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St. Josephs College in Colombo: Its Multi-faceted Achievements over 125 Years-by Michael Roberts Source:Thuppahis Lynn Ockersz, in The Island, 13 June  2022, where the title runs thus “St. Joseph’s College, Colombo – a dignified 125 years” One hundred and twenty-five years into its existence, St. Joseph’s College, Colombo remains dignified and spiritually-focused in the Sri Lankan school system. Its achievements have been numerous and multidimensional over the decades but if one were to sum up the essential identity of the College, then, spiritual development would be the phrase to choose. Fortunately, my association with the College has continued unbroken since the sixties and early seventies when I was a student at this veritable citadel of Catholic education under the distinguished rectorship of Rev. Dr. W.L.A. Don Peter, who was a legend even in his lifetime. Decades though it has been since I left College and immersed myself in the tumult of local public life, having ...

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Nillakgama Bodhigara: Carved in stones-BY MAHIL WIJESINGHE A front view of the Nillakgama Bodhigara Source:Sundayobserver One of the best preserved Bodhi-garas (Bo-tree house) in the country is in Nillakgama, Hettigama. Our journey seeking the Bodhigara, however, was met by much more than what one would expect – rocky crevices and tanks blossoming with water lilies. We took a secondary road rather than a trunk road. We took the Ibbagamuwa-Moragollagama secondary road turning left from Saliyagama and driving down another 18 kilometres on the Galgamuwa road via Ehutuwewa. Upon reaching Gallewa on the Ehutuwewa-Galgamuwa road, a Department of Archaeology signboard directs to a turn off to Bodhigara. Turning right to the narrow gravel road flanked by shrub bushes, we went through chena cultivations and a wooded area for about six kilometres to arrive at the Nillakgama Bodhigara, Hettigama. We parked the vehicle in the shade of a huge tree just a ...

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Memories are Made of This: The Agar-Hewawissa-Plunkett-Forbes Lineages of Ceylon-by Michael Roberts Source:Thuppahis This picture brought back memories. I knew Ashton Agar’s Great Grandfather from way back in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). Mr. Plunkett worked at Walker Sons & Co Ltd as a car salesman and resided at Negombo. He had two daughters Sheila and Carmaline. (Bubbles). Sheila was married to Nala Hewawissa and Carmaline to Ron Forbes. In the 1950’s the Demetagoda Christian Guild Recreation Club as a fund raiser organised its Annual September Dance at the Colombo Town Hall and the main attraction was the selection of the “Queen of the September Dance.” In 1957 the panel of Judges were Dr. P.R. Thiagarajah, Mr & Mrs Rajagopal, Mrs. Sita Parakrama, Mr Livy Wijemanne. ...

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Hail the Sri Lankan Cricket Fans: Joe Paiva’s Pictorial Applause from Adelaide:-by Michael Roberts Joe Paiva’s Colourful Applause from Adelaide Congratulations the People of Lanka for welcoming the Aussies with open arms and warm hospitality. This is the Sri Lankan way.  Cricket Australia take special note and reciprocate, when overseas teams grace our  great, multicultural continent…. Australia. In the past Australia has treated foreign team shabbily. That now must change. It is sport not war. Sri Lanka despite its dire situation has shown the world how it should be done.   ICC take note. Black, brown, white or yellow  we are all human beings under our exterior. HUMANITY. One binding factor, universal thread is sport … cricket. Bat , ball and stumps and the pitch in the centre………… ………. Joe Paiva, in  Adelaide  ...

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Sri Lanka Crisis Light of Hope – By Dr harold Gunatillake Website: www.Doctorharold.com The indomitable world around us Nations helping with a mighty rush An island separated by ethnic clashes United, with no more bashes A great future awaits our masses *Tamil Nadu sends aid worth nearly Rs 400MN which includes a consignment with rice, milk powder, medicine, and more consignments of essentials Sri Lanka today received a consignment of humanitarian aid worth over 3 billion Sri Lankan rupees from India. *The 15,000 MT consignment includes rice, milk powder, and essential medicines, according to the Indian High Commission. The Indian High Commission said that Sri Lanka would receive more assistance in the future. Ambassadors of the European Union (EU) called on President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Palace in Colombo on 24th June. “Consider European countries as friends of Sri Lanka….” “Will assist at this difficult time….” These remarks were made ...

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Gentleman Des – A Felicitation – by Max Gerreyn As much as it is a safe bet that a large  percentage of our fellow Australians  are familiar with the surname Kelly its  much shorter odds that the entire population of expatriate  Sri Lankan  Australians in Melbourne are even  more aware  and cognisant  of `Mr. Music’ – Desmond Anthony Carl Kelly – to name him in full.   I am privileged to  claim greater familiarity  and call him `Dessa’ since  becoming a fond and firm cyber-friend with him from the beginning of the current century.  Indeed  I can claim  to even closer almost familial relationship with  Dessa as  I also  began another cyber relationship  – in the previous century – with his younger more rumbustious, heavier and  younger brother Ian . The latter  calls himself `Mala Kelly’ and for other s who have known him well before he self-exiled back to Mother Lanka  ...

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Golden Star( Gehaniya) of the Sinhala cinema Swarna Mallawarachchi reminisced after five decades -by Sunil Thenabadu Photo Source:dailymirror.lk   Charisma , hard work, dedication and commitment are  those real surface qualities with charm expressive that would make a fabulous actress like Swarna Mallawarachchi.This is because performing on camera, requires a certain amount of expressive energy .Swarna is an  individual with high-octanes of energy she has the ability to translate that energy on-screen. Swarna possess natural charisma which has benefited her in successful performing endeavors.  Swarna Mallawarachchi born on 1st August 1948 in Kosgas Handiya, Grandpass is perhaps the most popular actress ever produced in the Sri Lankan cinema since it’s inception often popularly known as the “Golden star of Sinhalese cinema” also as “Gehaniya of the Sinhala cinema’. Swarna began her acting career whilst still a schoolgirl,Vijayaba Maha Vidyalaya Grandpass, before she was barely seventeen years old starring in the year 1966 in the blockbuster film ‘Sath Samudara’ directed by Siri Gunasinghe. She has had no intention ...

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Trevor Jayetileke – the role of his siblings and him for our Motherland Charmaine elder sister, is a MBE living in the UK now in care at 85, the other elder sister Sriyani Wickramasingha 83 former PA to the Captain of the SL Navy Rajan. Kadirgamar, and Trevor at 80. Consultant in International Upstream Petroleum/World Petroleum Analyst, and presently  Chairman of the Australia Sri Lanka Council Inc. in Melb. estb in 1994.    ...

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School meal program in Sri Lanka-Rise Up RISE UP – School Meal Program – Phase 2 Sri Lanka is in the midst of an unprecedented economic crisis with extreme inflation and shortages of essential items including food. Schools in Sri Lanka are noticing a decrease in the attendance of students, particularly in schools located in areas that are severely impacted by this economic crisis. One of the main reasons attributed to this attendance decline is lack of availability of food. Rise Up School Meal Program (https://www.facebook.com/RiseUpMeals) is collaborating with Dr Tara De Mel (Former Secretary, Ministry of Education , Sri Lanka), to provide a mid-day meal to students of schools located in certain underprivileged areas of Sri Lanka. Simultaneously schools will be encouraged to develop ‘food gardens’ to sustain the school meal program. The project currently cover15 schools with 5 schools each from Maha Oya Education Zone – Ampara District ...

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