My friends all tell me I’m a fool
To be in love with you
But they don’t know how much I’ve tried
To care for someone new
I’ll always be behind you, foolishly as it may seem
If ir’s only to remind you
That I’ve got a right to dream


I’ve got a right to dream
That you’ll come back to me someday
I’ll just go on pretending that
You never went away
And if someday on your finger, dear
A wedding ring may gleam
I’ll be in the background at the church
Cause I’ve got a right to dream

I know it’s useless to recall
The happy hours we knew
Those memories, however small
Help me feel I’m close to you
My hopes were washed away
Like little pebbles in a sream
But whatever might have happened
I’ve still got a right to dream

CHORUS (to end song-repeat final 2 lines).


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Alcoholic drinks when having diabetes

Written by Dr Harold Gunatillake-Health writer

Yes, true, people having raised blood sugar need to be careful drinking alcohol. They still can enjoy a drink or two without guilt, but intelligent drinking is the solution. Men with diabetes can still enjoy two drinks a day, just like the non-diabetics and women too can have just one drink a day.

A sugary drink like a cocktail can raise your blood sugar, and if you are on insulin medication you could whack small insulin shot to maintain a steady blood sugar level. Those on anti-diabetic tablets unfortunately may not have this flexibility.

If you drink on empty stomach, on the other hand a strong alcohol drink will bring your blood sugar level too low.

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SRI LANKA NEWS IN BRIEF (SEPTEMBER  2016) Compiled by Victor Melder

Over the past thirteen years, HALO had cleared more than 3,088 acres of land of mines in northern Sri Lanka and 2,471 acres remained to be cleared under its demining programme, the HALO Trust Operations Manager Edward Robert Syfret said. The Government of Japan (GOJ) has decided to provide USD 607,380 in grant aid for humanitarian mine clearance in Northern Sri Lanka, under its grant assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project (GGP). The ‘Project for Humanitarian Mine Clearance for Resettlement and Livelihoods in Northern Sri Lanka’ implemented by The HALO Trust, will expedite the efforts of the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) to make mine contaminated areas safe for people to return and resume their livelihood activities. Under the newly signed grant, the HALO would clear 21 hectares of land in the north, Syfret said. “This year alone teams supported by the GOJ have cleared over 26 hectares and removed more than 8,183 mines and other explosive devices,” he noted. Japan had been a steadfast donor to HALO, and all mine clearance operations in Sri Lanka, supporting HALO without fail since 2003. Consistent support from the GOJ had been crucial in clearing the minefields, the Halo Trust Operations Manager said. “This has ensured the safe resettlement of over 800 families and enabled approximately 6,645 people to return to their lands for productive use of housing, farming and infrastructure,” he said, adding that it would enhance peace and prosperity in the north for the benefit of all Sri Lankans. “We know how much work remains to be done,” Syfret said. “GOSL is fully cooperative and we have the knowhow and trained staff to do it if donors help us achieve our goal. With Japan’s continued support we can aim to achieve a mine free Sri Lanka.” Japan has been a major donor supporting mine clearance in Sri Lanka to accelerate the resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and to facilitate engagement in agriculture and other livelihood activities of the returnees. Since 2003, the Government of Japan has provided a sum of approximately USD 28.7 million for demining activities in the North and the East under its grant assistance schemes. This can be seen as a vital contribution by Japan in achieving Sri Lanka’s target of being mine-impact free by the year 2020. (Daily Island 2.9.2016.)

Hatton National Bank (HNB) is to hold an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) to obtain shareholder approval to allow the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to invest US $ 50 million in a private placement, taking a stake of up to 10 percent of the bank’s ordinary voting shares. “An HNB stock exchange filing states that it sees the ADB as a ‘strategic investor’ and that the money will be used to strengthen the bank’s balance sheet and support overall business growth, besides expanding its operations beyond the region, Manager, Sales, Candor Equities Limited Buddhike Payoe told The Island Financial Review. “This is the largest transaction by ADB with a Sri Lankan private sector bank and the funds raised would be deployed towards infrastructure development projects with special emphasis on renewable energy, power and irrigation, which are key sectors in the economic resurgence of Sri Lanka, HNB sources said. The ADB would be sold the stake at the average price at which HNB shares were traded in the 30 market days preceding the EGM, or at Rs220 if the average price is over Rs220 or Rs190 if the average price is less than Rs 190. According to Payoe, the 145,000 shares of HNB that were traded at Rs 227.20 per share, which amounts to a turnover of Rs 33 million, were the highest contributor to the day’s turnover. Other heavily traded stocks were Grain Elevators, which traded Rs 25 million worth of shares, Hayley’s Exporters Rs 19.3 million, Commercial Bank Rs 18.2 million and John Keels Holdings Rs 10 million. CSE trading was subdued yesterday due to reduced market activities by both foreign and local investors, CSE sources said. The All Share Price Index dropped by 12.64 points, while the S and P SL20 dropped by 6.42 points, with the day’s turnover reaching Rs 281 million, CSE sources said. “The market was subdued yesterday because most investors did not purchase new stocks, but people were keen on taking profits, they added. (Daily Island 6.9.2016)

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MALCOLM DE KAUWE – The Life & Times Highlights:

Malcolm de Kauwe A Tribute to Bill Forbes

Malcolm De Kauwe It’s About Time

1954 Beginning of musical career with the late Mr. Donovan Andre and performed nightly at his 3 Clubs Fun Fair along with the crème of Sri Lankan talent.

1955 Won 1st prize in Radio Voice Competion run by St Joseph’s College Colombo open to all comers.1955 Performed solo with rave reviews at the Mr Lanka Contest and continued as a solo Performed at various functions. 1957 Was booked by Donovan Andre as supporting act for the ever popular Tony Brent at The Green House Performed regularly for entrepreneur Mr. Mubarak Thaha at the Atlanta nightclub, With good buddy Cliff Foenander. 1958 Joined the Harold Seneviratne Combo (Sri Lanka’s leading dance band) as lead vocalistand Bass player at the No1 leading night club “ The Blue Leopard” in the Taprobane Hotel (formerly the GOH) 1969 Toured with the Harold Seneviratne Combo as resident band at the Oberoi Intercontinental Hotel New Delhi. 1971 Migrated to Sydney Australia 1972 Signed up by Lou Menzer Enterprises (who launched Kamahl’s career) to perform In the club circuits and RSL clubs in Sydney Wagga Wagga Tamworth and Brisbane 1974 Moved to WA and wasted no time in joining The Hawaiian Rhythm Kings (band leader Mr. Don Fernandez)

1975 Joined the “WELLS’ a popular dance band in Perth playing at venues like The Pagoda Ballroom, The Embassy Ballroom, Association dances, Pubs & Hotels besides being supporting act along with International & Interstate artists until they disbanded 1987 Joined “Midnight Sun”as lead vocalist. Took over leadership and successfully Became Perth’s most popular cabaret band. He also performed as a solo artist both Locally and interstate. He was guest artist in Canberra for the Penny De Kauwe School of dancing for their 21st Anniversary celebrations.

 1993 Friends of Malcolm held a big show “Malcolm De Kauwe in Concert “ at the Moorabbin Town Hall, which was well supported and was a tremendous success. That same year he was special guest along with Harold Seneviratne (former band (leader) at the “Good Times Ball” in Melbourne backed by the Raddy Fereira Orchestra. This event was also well supported and turned out to be a very nostalgic and Successful night.

1994 Malcolm launched his 1st cd “IT’S ABOUT TIME” at a gala dance at the Pagoda Ballroom, which was well attended. The CD itself was well received and is still on Sale when requested.

1995 Visited Sri Lanka after 26 years and promoted his CD. He was also awarded the “Golden Clef Award 1994 for his long-standing contribution to music as a Sri Lankan abroad. Later in the same year the Consulate of Sri Lanka for New York invited him to perform as a solo and guest artist at The Sri Lankan Medical Dinner & Dance at Birchwood Manor New Ark. It was a ballroom classic of the most opulent Nature. He was a big hit with the audience.

2003-2006Malcolm has been proud and honoured to be invited back year after year to open Harmony Week Folk Fest held at the Burswood Casino Perth. Government Dignitaries hailed his rendition of the Australian National Anthem as one of the best and heartwarming rendition they’ve heard.

2004 Marked a milestone in Malcolm’s 50-year musical career. The Hyde Park Hotel was packed to capacity with ardent fans and supporters as he celebrated this auspicious Event. Malcolm was overwhelmed and touched by the accolades and acknowledgement  of his contribution to music, and entertainment. His longevity in the business is born by his undoubted talent, professionalism, dedication and his commitment to the old adage “The Show Must Go On”

2005 Malcolm was again invited back to perform at the Royal College old boys assoc held inNew York backed by a terrific Phillipino band “ MUSIC BOULEVARD” and was a great success

2006 Invited by Mr. Jay Liyanage (Hon Consul for SL In New York) to sing in Sri Lanka at his 75th Birthday. He was also guest artist at a 50th Wedding Anniversary at The Bay Leaf restaurant. While in Sri Lanka, Malcolm took the opportunity to produce his 2nd CD “BY REQUEST” at Sonexco Studios. 2007 Performed at The Grand in Melbourne on the 29th September for a nostalgic show produced by Alston Koch as a tribute to Dallas for his 50 years in show biz. In October he took his whole band “Midnight Sun” along with his famous daughter Amanda Dee to perform at the prestigious Awards Night at the famous Crystal Ballroom of the historic Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles California. Malcolm has no intention of slowing down and will continue to woo audiences with style and panache until “The Voice” packs up.

2016 Malcolm de Kauwe A Tribute to Bill Forbes


Patrick Ranasinghe


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SLANSW Launches Its Very Own Youth League

By Sharmila Jayasinghe Niriella


The Launch of SLANSW Youth League
The Launch of SLANSW Youth League The Launch of SLANSW Youth League
The Launch of SLANSW Youth League The Launch of SLANSW Youth League

SLANSW launched their first ever youth league on Sunday the 25th of September 2016 at a charity event held to raise funds for the Lisa Harnum Foundation. Chaminda Hindurangala the youth coordinator of SLANSW proudly announced the youth branch to an audience consisting of SLANSW members, friends and guests. The Youth League which was implemented with the guidance of SLANSW president Ajith Karunaratne and the committee invites youth between the age of 17yrs to 25yrs  to join the Youth League which has a professional outlook where it focuses on developing skills & network of aspiring youth with a Sri Lankan background. While the office bearers were announced the youth league  got involved with the evenings proceedings by presenting a portrait of Lisa Harnum done by the SLA Youth League president Dilara Niriella who is also the Young Archie winner for 2016 . The portrait done in oil paint was accepted by the CEO & Founder of the Lisa Harnum Foundation Mrs Ailene Mountifield & Frank Sedmak, the Chairperson of the foundation. 

For details and membership inquiries of the Youth League please contact Chaminda on 0447487925

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Ceylon/Sri Lanka in the words of Lee Kuan Yew

The founding father of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew will be laid to rest today. He had first travelled to Sri Lanka in 1956and remembered his stay at the Galle Face Hotel in his autobiography ‘The Singapore Story’. During his stay in Colombo he had dined with S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike and also played golf with Dudley Senanyake. He remembered interacting with Sirimavo Bandaranaike and described the world’s first woman Prime Minister as a tough person. Lee had also visited the University of Peradeniya and played golf in Nuwara Eliya staying at ‘The Lodge’, the official residence of former British Governors.

The following are excerpts from ‘The Singap

My fist visit to Sri Lanka was in April 1956 on my way to London. I stayed at the Galle Face Hotel, their premier British-era hotel by the sea. I walked around the city of Colombo, impressed by the public buildings, many with stone facing undamaged by war. Because Mountbatten had based his Southeast Asia Command in Kandy, Ceylon had more resources and better infrastructure than Singapore.

That same year, Solomon West Ridgeway Dias Bandaranaike won the election as leader of the new Sri Lanka Freedom Party and became Prime Minister. He had promised to make Sinhala the national language and Buddhism the national religion. He was a brown “pukka sahib”, English-educated and born a Christian, he had decided on nativism and converted to Buddhism, and had become a champion of the Sinhala language. It was the start of the unravelling of Ceylon.

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SRI LANKA CRICKET NEWS – SEPTEMBER 2016 – Compiled by Victor Melder

The touring Australians beat Sri Lanka by 5 wickets to win the fifth and final One-Day International, played at Pallekelle International Cricket Stadium, Kandy. Scores:
Sri Lanka – 195 in 40.2 Overs (Gunathilaka 39, de Silva 34, Mendis 33, Pathirana 32, Starc 3/40, Head 2/22, Zampa 2/43, Boland 1/28)
Australia – 199/5 in 43 Overs (Warner 106, Bailey 44, Perera 3/51, de Silva 2/35)
Player of the Match: D.A.Warner (Australia)
Player of the Series: G.J.Bailey (Australia)
Australia won the 5-match series 4-1.

The touring Australians beat Sri Lanka by 85 runs to win the first T20 game, played at Pallekelle International Cricket Stadium, Kandy. Scores:
Australia – 263/3 in 20 Overs (Maxwell 145no, Head 45, Khawaja 36, Warner 28, Pathirana 1/45, Senanayake 1/49, Perera 1/58)
Sri Lanka – 178/9 in 20 Overs (Chandimal 58, Kapugedera 43, Mendis 22, Starc 3/26, Boland 3/26, Henriques 1/24, Zampa 1/27, Faulkner 1/38)
T20 debut: S.S.Pathirana (Sri Lanka)
Player of the Match: G.J.Maxwell (Australia)

The touring Australians beat Sri Lanka by 4 wickets to win the second and final T20 game, played at R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo. Scores:
Sri Lanka – 128/9 in 20 Overs (de Silva 62, Perera 22, Zampa 3/16, Faulkner 3/19, Hastings 2/23, Starc 1/32)
Australia – 130/6 in 17.5 Overs (Maxwell 66, Warner 25, Wade 14, Dilshan 2/8, Pathirana 2/23, Prasanna 1/16)
Player of the Match: G.J.Maxwell (Australia)
Player of the Series: G.J.Maxwell (Australia)
Australia won the 2-match series 2-0

The National cricketers are in for a substantial pay-cut in their contract fees as well as on match-fees as their paymaster – Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) prepares a performance based pay-packet for the ensuing year. Instead, players will receive a significant increase in individual performance bonus and win bonus – a strategy the SLC is keen to implement to encourage better performances of players. A SLC media statement on Sunday said that it would contract 100 players in all – 30 National and ‘A’ Team players who would be given central contracts, 20 youth players (emerging category), 25 state players (senior veterans) and 25 provincial players. “Discussions among the players of all categories and officials of the SLC led by President, Thilanga Sumathipala took place on September 10 at the SLC Headquarters, and the contracts are due to be signed next week,” the statement added.

The documents has in possession reveal that SLC had disbursed a sum of Rs. 684.85 million among 16 National players from March 2015 to April 2016, around 33 per cent of the Board’s annual income.
Out of the sixteen who received central contracts, nine players have received from anything over Rs. 40 million to Rs. 95 million. These payments include contracts fees, match-fees, seniority payments, win bonus, prize monies, 10 per cent share of the ICC and ACC events, percentage of clothing and team sponsorship and individual performance bonuses.

Though SLC’s income is comparatively lower than those of affluent board’s like India and Australia, they have paid their cricketers handsomely on par with the international standard. For an instance, a Grade 1 cricketer in India was paid an annual contract fee of US $190,000, a Test match-fee of US $7,500, an ODI fee of US $4,500 and US $2,250 for a T20 match last seasons. Australia offered an annual contract fee of Australian $ 900,000, a Test match fee of $ 14,000, an ODI fee of $ 7,000 and a T20 fee of $ 5,000 for all contracted players while the skipper earns 25 per cent more in his retainer fee as ‘captains’ bonus’.
A player in Sri Lanka’s top category received a contract fee of US $165,000, category 2 US $100,000, US $70,000 in category 3 and US $40,000 in category 4 during the 2015-2016 contract periods which ended in February. In addition they were also paid a match fee of US $7,500 for a Test, US $3,000 for an ODI match However, SLC’s decision is likely to spark a fresh revolt from the players given that they will suffer a substantial financial loss under the proposed performance based system.

In 2014, the Sri Lankan players refused to sign the new payment contracts as their demands of 20 per cent share from the income derived through ICC events haven’t been met by the Cricket Board However after a lengthy battle, the matter was settled after the SLC offered a flat fee for ICC Tournament participation and a further incentive payment, in response to the players’ demands for a 20 per cent cut of the gross sum received by the SLC for global events. (Champika Fernando) (Daily Mirror 28.9.2016)

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Sri Lankan Recipes by Curry Mad – Eggplant pickle



2 Banana Chillies

1 Capsicum

1 Sprig Curry Leaves

2 Eggplants

2 Tblsp Mustard paste Oil to fry

2 Onions – quartered Salt to taste


Wash and cut the Eggplant, Banana Chillies and Capsicum into strips and deep fry until almost crisp. Sprinkle Salt on the Eggplant.
Pass the cut Banana Chillies, Capsicum and Oil through the hot Oil.

Drain all fried ingredients thoroughly and mix these with Mustard Paste. Store and use as required.

If you don’t want to prepare the Mustard paste yourself, the commercially prepared Mustard paste can be bought from various Supermarkets.

**Prepared Mustard Paste


50g Black Mustard seeds
1Tsp Chilli powder
3cloves Garlic
1* 1/2″ piece Ginger – fresh
Salt to taste
2 cups Vinegar


Soak the Mustard in Vinegar for 30 minutes. Blend all ingredients in a Food Blender. Bottle, store and use as required.


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1948 VALE – MAX WALKER 2016.

So very sad to hear about the death of a great Australian, taken away far too early, aged just 68.

He was a Cricketer, bowled his “medium pacers” with a smile during the halcyon days when cricket was indeed “a gentleman’s game” Nicknamed “tangles”because of his bowling style, he also played “Aussie-Rules” football for Melbourne, was a “Speaker” who held his various audiences in the palm of his hand simply because, where there was Max, there was humour, both subtle & “hilarious”, was a “draughtsman” by trade, intelligent & well-read. In addition to all this, he was an Author, wrote as many as 14 books, the talents of this man were many.
Max, I have many of your books and I read them with pleasure. You were a funny bloke, your smile certainly lit-up many a room. On behalf of all Lankans in Australia let me send our sincere condolences to your family & loved ones. Rest in peace now Max & may God bless you & keep you,always.

An admirer & fan,

Desmond Kelly.

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You Will Not Believe This, Russian Couple Adopted An Orphaned Bear 23 Years Ago, And They Still Live Together

Meet Stepan, a domesticated bear who lives with his humans Svetlana and Yuriy Panteleenko in Moscow, Russia. The Panteleenkos adopted Stepan when he was just a 3-month-old orphaned cub. He was found by hunters in a forest all alone and in a very bad condition, so Svetlana and Yuriy decided to give him a home.

This couple adopted Stepan when he was a 3-month-old orphaned cub


He was found by hunters in a forest very weak and lonely


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