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Transformation of Galle Face green  by Dr Harold Gunatillake The promenade was initially laid out in 1859 by Governor Sir Henry George Ward,  although the original Galle Face Green extended over a much larger area than is seen today.  The Galle Face Green was initially used for horse racing and as a golf course but was also  used for cricket, polo, football, tennis, and rugby.   The Dutch initially laid out the Galle Face Green to enable their cannons to a strategic line of  fire against the Portuguese. One version of how the name Galle Face is derived is that it is  from the original Dutch name for the fortifications, in that the gateway which gave access to  the Colombo Fort was called the Gal Gate, as it faced southwards to Galle and faas means  front, so it means in front of the fortification that encountered toward Galle. Another version ...

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           “CRYPTIC CYRELLIC” – by Des Kelly With our Sincere thanks to Keith Bennett, via Alan Benson, and, or Keating, as the case may be, let me now WARN ALL HACKERS, of our  e’mails of late, don’t try to get in, thru any (back gate), as e’Lanka will stop you, & your”cryllic alphabet”, Latin-Letters still stand out, as the best that we can get. Let us now forget the poetry and try to emphasise on the fact that e’mail addresses, in this day & age, are of the most importance, & so,  please peruse every alphabetical letter of the emails you receive, in order to ascertain that  HACKERS will try their hacking with someone else, the next time. Desmond Kelly. (Editor-in-Chief) e’Lanka. I wouldn’t have noticed this . . . Dear All, A scam warning – thanks to Alan Keating for bringing it to our attention. ...

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Rare White Elephant born in Myanmar The white elephant born in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. Source:Dailynews MYANMAR: A rare white elephant has been born in western Myanmar, state media said on Wednesday. Born last month in western Rakhine state, the baby weighs about 80 kilogrammes (180 pounds) and stands roughly 70 cm (two-and-a-half feet) tall, according to the Global New Light of Myanmar newspaper. Footage released by state TV showed the tusker tot following his mother to a river and being washed by its keepers, and later feeding from her. The mother — a 33-year-old called Zar Nan Hla — is kept by the Myanma Timber Enterprise in Rakhine state, the Global New Light said, adding the baby possessed seven of the eight characteristics associated with rare white elephants. ...

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Lanka to attract billionaires for motivational Workshops hosted by Guy Rosenberg Guy Rosenberg with Bar Baruch – Israeli Racing Driver Source:Dailynews Opening a new chapter in Sri Lankan MICE Tourism segment, Israel born globally acclaimed motivational trainer with Buddhism as his main theme, Guy Regev Rosenberg has selected Sri Lanka to host his next mind building and motivational workshop at the end of the year. A unique feature of his workshops which range from three days to three weeks and are held regularly all over the world is that they are patronized by billionaire businessmen, professionals and sportsmen all over the world. Popularly known world over as Guy he has spent several years living in thick jungles of Sri Lanka, Cambodia and India in Buddhist temples and monasteries learning the ethics of Buddhism to incorporate them into his workshops. “In addition I have also visited Japan and Korea and learnt ...

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Nadeeka caught off guard as boxing medal slips away Boxer Nadeeka Pushpakumari Ranasinghe a gallant display Source:Dailynews A momentary loss of concentration cost Sri Lanka boxer Nadeeka Pushpakumari Ranasinghe a possible boxing medal in the women’s minimum weight class quarter-final against Botswana’s Lethabo Bokamoso Modukanele on the sixth day of competition at the XXII Commonwealth Games on Wednesday. Lanky Ranasinghe, 31, boxed with great composure towering over her slightly shorter adversary displaying good body movements and unleashing speedy combinations. After being edged out in the first round she got the nod of the judges in the second round as she stepped up the tempo and took the fight to her opponent. It was a pretty even contest in the third round as both boxers fought toe to toe but the gritty 25-year-old from Botswana caught Ranasinghe off guard in the last 30 seconds forcing a mandatory standing ‘eight’ count after ...

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Two Lankan referees for Asian Rugby Sevens-by Hafiz Marikar Source:Dailynews Two of Sri Lanka’s top referees, Aaqil Jamaldeen, a Sri Lanka Division One referee and a product of Royal College and Dilum Deeshan, who is also a Sri Lanka Division I referee and a product of Vidyartha College, both of whom are ARFU 7’s panel referees, will be handling the whistle in ARST 2022 Asian Rugby Sevens which will take place in Jakarta, Indonesia on August 6 and 7. Aaqil Jamaldeen who started refereeing when he was 19 years in the year 2015 is a top-class ruggerite who learnt his rugby at Royal College, and after taking up refereeing he has done his best. In the same way, Vidyartha College’s Dilum Deeshan was a player who gave his best for his school and later as a referee. ...

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Historic Golden Night for Sri Lanka Athletics Yupun Abeykoon Source:Dailynews “I had lot of hopes to win a medal but I didn’t expect to win a silver,” said Bandara humbly, a native of Laggala, Matale whose best throw of 44.20m came in his fifth throw after securing second position with distances of 39.54, 41.48, 41.88, 43.13 and a no throw in his final attempt. Wales’ Aled Davies (F42) secured the gold with a throw of 51.39 while another Welshman Harrison Walsh (F44) got the bronze with a throw of 54.76m. “I am very happy and proud to win a medal. I wish to thank my coach Prabath Danushka Perera and the Army for all their support,” said Bandara, a father of two girls, not forgetting to express his appreciation to the NPC (National Paralympic Committee) and the NOC (National Olympic Committee). Yupun Abeykoon was elated like an excited schoolboy after ...

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SRI LANKA CRICKET NEWS (JULY 2022) By Victor Melder   The touring Australians beat Sri Lanka by 10 wickets to win the first Test played at the Galle International Stadium. Scores: Sri Lanka, 1st Innings – 212 (Dickwella 58, Mathews 39, Karunaratne 28, Nissanka 23, Lyon 5/90, Swepson 3/55) Australia, 1st Innings – 321 (Green 77, Khawaja 71, Carey 45, Cummins 26, R.Mendis 4/112, A.Fernando 2/37, Vandersay 2/68) Sri Lanka, 2nd Innings – 113 (Karunaratne 23, Head 4/10, Lyon 4/31, Swepson 2/34) Australia, 2nd Innings – 10/0 (Warner 10no) Player of the Match: Cameroon Green (Australia)    Test Debut: Jeffrey Vandersay (Sri Lanka) Points: Australia 12, Sri Lanka Sri Lanka have been hit by three more COVID-19 cases on the eve of the second Test against Australia, with Dhananjaya de Silva, Asitha Fernando and Jeffrey Vandersay ruled out of the game in Galle. It is understood that the trio had all reported feeling unwell which led ...

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Board of Investment launches online visa recommendation system From left- K. W. Elapatha, Deputy Controller (Visa), Department of Immigration and Emigration, BOI Director General Renuka M. Weerakone, Lt Col Asanka Karunarathna from Ministry of Defence,   Jatinder Biala, Chairman Free Trade Zone Manufacturers’ Association and Niranjali Weerasekera, Asst. Secretary General Joint Apparel Association Forum  Sri Lanka (JAAF). Pic by Pradeep Pathirana Source : dailymirror.lk The Board of Investment (BOI) yesterday announced the completion of the integration of the visa recommendation system which was established with the aim of further accelerating its digital transformation. The system was formulated by the BOI in coordination with the Department of Immigration and Emigration and the Ministry of Defence to provide online visa recommendation for potential investors visiting Sri Lanka and all the enterprises that fall under the purview of the BOI. Previously, investor s and enterprises were able to submit the visa application online and obtain ...

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Inspired by his parents’ noble commitment to community service, Singha transformed their sprawling ancestral Dambuwa Walawwa, into Peter Weerasekera Children’s Home – By Charmaine Fernando Inspired by his parents’ noble commitment to community service, Singha transformed their sprawling ancestral Dambuwa Walawwa, into Peter Weerasekera Children’s Home Source : dailymirror.lk Born on August 1, 1930 to the affluent family of Mudaliyar Peter Paul Weerasekera and Dona Francina Jayakody, of Dambuwa Walawwa, in Yakkala, Gampaha, the baby boy was named Jagathsingha Chandrawansa Weerasekera, by the first global Buddhist missionary Anagarika Dharmapala.  Growing up in an elite and influential, crème de la crème of high society, he shaped into an erudite intellectual and spirited business leader. He was fondly called ‘Singha,’ a name that became synonymous with magnanimity and philanthropy. He travelled the globe and lived a full, contented life, and passed away on May 26, 2021, aged 91 years. Commemorating his 92nd Birth ...

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