Michael Roberts

Stark Images of Ethnic Retribution & Violence in Colombo, late July 1983 Source:Thuppahis Photos selected by Michael Roberts & Rendered Accessible by David Sansoni of Sydney Commencing with a ‘shot’ of passers-by and ordinary citizens assaulting and ridiculing a Tamil person at Galle Road in Colpetty … seconded by Chandragupta Amerasinghe’s striking picture of the assailants and killers at Borella Junction where the pogrom began on the weekend when the Army personnel killed in Jaffna were scheduled for burial [a remarkable, brave & ingenious snapshot act because those snapped were killers on the rampage] Tamil residents of Colombo as refugees in their own city  Click here to receive your free copy of the eLanka Newsletter twice a week delivered directly to your inbox! ...

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Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh Twice — Away in Bangladesh – and Move to Third in Test Table-by Mahinda Balasuriya Mahinda Balasuriya in ESPNcricinfo, 3 April 2024, where the title runs thus:  “Sri Lanka wrap up 192-run win to complete series sweep” Source:Thuppahis Sri Lanka did not take long on the fifth morning to pick up the remaining three Bangladesh wickets • Getty Images Despite some dogged resistance from Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Sri Lanka needed just a little over an hour on the final morning to take the last three Bangladesh wickets and secure a resounding 192-run victory in Chattogram. The result meant Sri Lanka swept the series 2-0, but more importantly, collected vital World Test Championship points that see them go up to joint-third on the table. Bangladesh, meanwhile, dropped to eighth. The visitors went about wrapping up this game much like they had approached the rest of the series – by sticking to their plans. ...

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For Colombo … the DALI shatters the Bridge at Baltimore: Dramatic Scenario-by Michael Roberts Source:Thuppahis HOT PRESS …. Numerous News Items The “Dali” was heading for Colombo in Sri Lanka …………….   SEEhttps://www.reuters.com/world/us/16-mile-bridge-baltimore-collapses-after-ship-collision-fox-baltimore-reports-2024-03-26/ Click here to receive your free copy of the eLanka Newsletter twice a week delivered directly to your inbox! ...

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Ancestral Genealogy and the DBU’s Marvellous Service-by Michael Roberts Source:Thuppahis Nick Van Der Hoeven, whose choice of title was “The Dutch Burgher Union while highlights have been imposed by The Editor, Thuppahi snSpedtoorh3fi1c80a115m1h307g3u8i82016f0i28a6c396l64390307fi  · I have been reflecting on how lucky we are (as a group) to have such incredible access to the history of our ancestors. Yes, its very interesting: the diverse biological backgrounds (Dutch, British, Prussian, French, Portuguese, local etc). I am, however, a second generation Australian-born Burgher on my father’s side (plus Hungarian on mothers) and no doubt have a different reading history than those who ‘lived it’ back in Ceylon for those 500 years of colonisation. ...

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Two Twin Hundreds by Dhananjaya & Kamindu create history for Lanka – By Michael Roberts Source : thuppahis Dhananjaya de Silva and Kamindu Mendis become the first ever duo to stitch 170+ runs in both innings of a Test match & 3rd ever pair of batsmen to score Centuries in both innings of a Test match! BRIAN THOMAS and HIRAN HEWAVISENTI also had high praise for the two ….. with the latter having this to say: …. Ha ha …. FB denies copying rights. What a bugger THE REPORTS in espncricinfo …. thus far = bugger all …. Nought yet on the innings within easy access. SL 280 & 418 BAN (13 ov, T:511) 188 & 47/5 Day 3 – Bangladesh need 464 runs. Current RR: 3.61  • Last 10 ov (RR): 37/3 (3.70) ...

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Rukrakaganno’s Ecological Reforestation Project in Singharaja Rainforest-by Michael Roberts Source:Thuppahis Ruk Rakaganno — A Note about this NGO’s Enterprising Programme in Protecting a Vital Element in the Singharaja Rain Forest ……….. Hanne Lund Madsen, Sustainability Director, Forward Advice, Denmark Sri Lanka was recently awarded international recognition at the United Nations Environmental Assembly, Nairobi, for its flagship initiative to restore mangroves in Puttalam in northwest region of Sri Lanka. The ecological reforestation project by Ruk Rakaganno in the borderlands of the Singharaja Rainforest Reserve, a world heritage site, is also deserving recognition and support. As a Sustainability Professional I am impressed with the perseverance of Ruk Rakaganno that since 1975 has mobilized volunteers to conserve nature and advocate protection of the environment. Their determination and continued efforts have now materialized in the reforestation project in Suduwalipotha in the southwest region of Sri Lanka. ...

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Sirimavo Bandaranaike on The World Stage in Pictorial Power-by Michael Roberts Source:Thuppahis Item in Daily Mirror, 14 March 2024 ………………………… https://www.dailymirror.lk/ The Bandaranaike Museum Committee has taken step to publish the second limited edition of the Pictorial Biography; ‘SIRIMAVO – Steering the Destiny of a Nation’ in collaboration with the Sarasavi Bookshop and it is now available for sale, the Bandaranaike Museum Committee said. It said the book was published due to various request from the public here and abroad. The first edition of this book showcasing rare archival photographs depicting the remarkable public life of Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranaike, who made history in July 1960 as the world’s first woman Prime Minister, was released in March 2022 as a limited publication, and was sold out within few months, the Committee said in a statement. This coffee table book, ‘SIRIMAVO- Steering the Destiny of a Nation’ presents the remarkable story of Sirimavo ...

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Beach Slum to Cricketing Heights: The Marvellous Tale of Yashasvi Jaiswal-by Michael Roberts Source:Thuppahis James Wallace in The Guardian, 11 March 2024, where the title runs The opener has gone from living in a tent to breaking records and plays for an Indian Test side with frightening depth. PHOTO wd not dowlnload You may, by now, have heard the origin story of Yashasvi Jaiswal, the 22-year-old Indian opener who has just crunched 712 runs in a series, the most inflicted on an England side by any Indian batter in Test history. No matter – it’s a tale that bears repeating. Jaiswal was just a slight and shy 10-year-old boy when he left his home district of Bhadohi, eastern Uttar Pradesh, with his father, and headed 1,000 miles south across India’s vast expanse to the bright lights of Mumbai in pursuit of a seemingly impossible dream – to make it as ...

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England vs India at Dharmasala: Daniel Byrne’s Ringside Account onDay One-by Michael Roberts Source:Thuppahis Daniel Byrne …. England collapse once more after a positive start as the Indian spinners take the batsmen to the cleaners. Day One in Dharmasala. Pope stumped …. Rohit on song We decided not to visit Nick’s Kitchen in the end and headed straight to the cricket stadium at 7.45 am. It was just as well as entry into the ground was an absolute nightmare. There were two “Gate” numbers on the tickets which didn’t help matters and by the time we realised “ME3 Gate” stood for Main Entrance 3, we had already wasted 45 minutes looking for Gate 7 which turned out to be a further “inner” gate for more security checks once you had survived the first assault on your patience. There were around 300 people in front of me when I eventually joined ...

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Hulugalle’s Appreciation of Revd Senior’s Career in Old Ceylon-by Michael Roberts Source:Thuppahis FROM the recent ISLAND article …. 3-3-2024 …. by HAJ HULUGALLE on Revd SENIOR of Trinity and Ceylon” .… with highlighting emphasis added by The Editor, Thuppahi “Robert Crossette Thambiah and I, devoted old pupils of his, published these short poems in a slim volume called “Vita Magistra.” The centenary of the birth of W. S. Senior falls on Friday, May 10. Some of my younger readers may well ask, who he was and why any notice should be taken of his hundredth birthday. Walter Stanley Senior came to Ceylon in 1906 and, when I first met him in 1910, he was Vice-Principal of Trinity College, Kandy. He was a fine classical scholar, a great teacher, a social worker and, although a Yorkshireman, Sri Lanka’s best poet. ...

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