Nirosha Ranawaka finalist in the International Student of the Year Awards –
By Lawrence Machado

Nirosha Kumudini Ranawaka

Nirosha Kumudin Ranawaka, who is a presenter for the SBS broadcasts in Sinhalese, has been shortlisted as a finalist for the 2018 International Student of the Year Awards, run by NSW Government.

Ms Ranawaka, 45, who is undertaking a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at the University of New England, Armidale, is one of the three finalists in the higher education category. 

The winners of the different categories will be announced on September 25 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.

Ms Ranawaka is also known for her volunteer work and has become known as someone to go to for advice on settling into the local community. 

The Colombo local has particular subject matter expertise in entomology and environmental science.

Ms Ranawaka’s broadcasts included topics aimed at international students and new arrivals, while others are on areas where she has particular subject matter expertise, including entomology and environmental science.

“Nirosha saw the need for this service and engaged with SBS to deliver it,” the organisers said when announcing her as finalist. 

“She is also passionate about child wellbeing and, as part of the UNE International Student Ambassador program, organised two International Children’s Performances in 2017, for which she received an outstanding achievement award. 

“In 2018 she was invited to present ‘words of encouragement’ at the mayor’s civic welcome to newly-arrived international students in Armidale.”

The other categories are vocational education and training. schools, community engagement -education providers and community engagement – community/business.


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Little Heroes of Randeniya – Photos from Book Launch –
Photos by Pubudu Dissanayake

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Book Launch of Little Heroes of Randeniya, an adenture novella by Mrs.Thalatha Wijerathna was held on September 8th, at Metro Inn – Ryde, NSW.

Guests: Dr. Leonard Pinto (guest speaker), Dr Gnanatilaka Hewa-Gamage (The President Writers Guild of the SCF), Mr. Bhupen Thakker (Indian poet and writer living in Sydney).

Photographer: Pubudu Dissanayake

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Thursday night is Street Food Night at the Walawwa – Story and pics: Marie Pietersz, Melbourne


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Thursday night is Street Food Night at the Walawwa  Thursday night is Street Food Night at the Walawwa

Thursday night is Street Food Night at the Walawwa

Thursday night is Street Food Night at the Walawwa

Thursday night is Street Food Night at the Walawwa

Thursday night is Street Food Night at the Walawwa

Thursday night is Street Food Night at the Walawwa

The Walawwa “The Bungalow” Restaurant and Bar at Sandown Regency, 477 Princes Highway, Noble Park, is seeing a resurgence in popularity under the capable management of Walter Perumal and his team. Walter is a patient listener when it comes to discussing  potential clients’ complex needs and nothing is too much trouble in his attempts to accommodate and cater for events to suit the customer. Team members Chef Saman and Food and Beverages Manager, Suranga, will make sure your appetite is satisfied and your thirst is quenched. 

Friday to Sunday are busiest for private functions at the Walawwa, but Manager Walter has created a special theme night for walk-in guests, so Sri Lankan food lovers can kick off their weekends earlier – on Thursdays – and eat out at the Walawwa, and for that he promises you a  Street Food Night when the Walawwa dedicates its catering to Sri Lankan village cuisine, the only one of its kind in Melbourne. 

On the deguatation menu you will find mouth-watering Sri Lankan fare. Main meals include hoppers, pittu and babath (tripe), kothu roti, egg roti, pol (coconut) roti, parathas and stringhoppers, served with the usual complementary accompaniments and your choice of curries of either chicken, beef, pork, mutton (goat) and fish – all for the very affordable price of $15 and under. Desserts like wattalappan and creme caramel will cool you down after your hot and spicy dinner. You can BYO wine, but spirits and soft drinks can be purchased at reasonable bar prices.


Although Thursday night caters for walk-in diners, bookings are recommended from the full house I encountered on my recent visit. It appears Street Food Night is gaining popularity from reviews about the delicious food at affordable prices and ample servings to be had.  Friendly staff and efficient service add to a pleasant dining experience, and speculative diners are now trying out this Noble Park restaurant, joining regulars to check out what makes Thursday nights at the Walawwa so popular.


So unplug yourself from the day-to-day work routine, leave your late night shopping for Fridays and go and tantalise your tastebuds with family and friends on Thursdays at the Walawwa. Join the Sri Lankan food lovers set at either the first sitting from 7.00-8.30 pm or the second from 8.30-10.00 pm. Call 9548 2798 for more information or to make a booking.


Restaurant and function centre

The Walawwa is the place for tasty eastern/western food at reasonable prices. Great ambience and venue for celebratory occasions and dances, and offers two function rooms.  The downstairs room can seat 130 people and the venue can be configured and decorated to fit the occasion, serving both buffet and a la carte. You can pick from a variety of live music options. It is open from 10am-10pm. 


For your next function, consider the Walawwa and call 0424 299 226 and discuss your needs with Walter.


Other services offered by the Walawwa are:

Friday nights buffet with live music, $25 pp, 7.30 pm-10 pm

Weekends lunch buffet $18 pp 12 noon-4 pm

Cafe opens week days for lunch until 4 pm – choose from tasty snacks to mini buffet to village fare (game kema) for $10-12 pp.


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Good advice by Dr Harold – Is Fish Oil another Snake Oil?

Talk of the town was coconuts sometime back, how bad it was for the humans, and one lady professor claimed it was poison. Now the focus is on fish oil that has been popular and believed to lower the risk of inflammatory diseases, heart disease, stroke, and improve the intelligence of kids, among others.

A recent study on 15,000 people in the UK published in the New England Journal of Medicine, revealed that participants taking a daily capsule of omega-3 fish oil did suffer from heart attack and stroke as much as people not taking any fish oil. The study revealed that 8.9 per cent of the people given the fish oil capsules suffered a heart attack or stroke, compared to 9.2 percent in a placebo group, and the difference is marginal.

This study was done on diabetics, and not on others. The question is will omega-3 fish oil capsules do help to prevent heart disease and stroke among the non-diabetics? 

Another series of studies done by the South Australian researchers at the Medical Research Institute in Adelaide found that fish oil doesn’t make more intelligent and smarter babies.

A group of women were given a daily dose of 800mg of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), an omega-3 fatty acid found in fatty fish during the second half of their pregnancies. A second group of pregnant women were given a placebo.

 The fish-oil kids – at 18 months old- showed no superior or accelerated cognitive, language, and motor development than the babies whose mothers took a placebo.

But, this does not prove that fish oil given to mothers are not doing some good to the foetus.

The beneficial factor in fish oil is eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid
(DHA). These two fatty acids have been considered so far to boost optimum brain function and regulating the serotonin levels in the brain. DHA is highly concentrated in the brain, retina, testicles and semen.

People often lack enough omega-3 fats (polyunsaturated), mainly DHA (antiinflammatory)
which is necessary to balance with the inflammatory omega-6 fat ratio. The ratio is considered 1:1.

What this implies is that taking more inflammatory polysaturated fatty acids as cooking oils, or in food may lead to inflammatory diseases. So, you need to increase your omega-3 fatty acids to neutralize the bad effects of the inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids.

Omega -3 fatty acids are found in vegetables, too. It is an essential fat that our body cannot make. These anti-inflammatory foods can repair damaged cells and restore a healthy balance that can prevent diseases like Alzheimer’s, cancer, heart disease and arthritis. In one study, men took fish oil capsules containing DHA supplements for 12 weeks decreased the concentrations of several inflammatory markers in their blood by about 20%.

These omega-3 fatty acids can be obtained from fatty fish, especially tuna, salmon, mackerel. Vegetables containing omega-3 fat are flaxseeds, walnuts, chia seeds, canola oil,

In another study it was found that fish oil higher in EPA than DHA lowered inflammatory cytokines, associated with neurodegenerative and autoimmune diseases.

Studies also showed that a dietary supplementation of fish oil lowers the activity of chronic inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, psoriasis, lupus erythematosus, multiple sclerosis and migraine headaches.

It is observed that arthritic patients benefit and respond well on taking 10 capsules of fish oil a day.

The National Heart Foundation in Australia advises some people with high risk factor for heart attack or existing heart disease to take omega-3 supplements.

Despite the above two studies mentioned- population studies have consistently found that omega-3 fatty acids cut down the risk of heart disease by 18 per cent.

Why then eat fish?

Fish is recommended twice a week for people, because of its health benefits of the omega-3 fatty acids in the body of oily fish, which includes eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). These fatty acids being anti-inflammatory in action prevents chronic inflammatory diseases as mentioned earlier, including heart disease.

The rate of coronary heart disease among Japanese men is less than on third that of the U.S. at 45.8 (per 100,000/year). While American men have a rate of 150.7, though the percentage of men who smoke is 35.4%, more than double the rate of 17.2% in the U.S.

Japanese eat a lot more fish than Americans, and this is important, since omega-3 fatty acids, the type in which fish is abundant, are protective against heart disease

A study done in 2005 found that the more fish the Japanese ate, the higher was their consumption of omega-3 fats, and the lower was their rate of heart disease

Bottomline: Do not get discouraged by the two studies showing that fish oil does not benefit to reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, and not help in enhancing the I.Q. of  kids.

Population studies and epidemiological observations prove otherwise.

Hope this article will convince you to continue taking fish oil supplements

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Belvoir will transform Sydney Town Hall for its biggest show ever

Belvoir 2019 season

Counting & Cracking (Jan 11-Feb 2) – Time TBC – Please check website –
Venue = Sydney Town Hall
By S. Shakthidharan
Director: Eamon Flack

Belvoir has been one of the country’s leading theatre companies since it was founded in 1984, constantly punching well above its weight and sending killer shows out across Sydney and into the world. But in 2019, Belvoir is going somewhere it’s never been before with its biggest production to date.

Counting & Cracking is an epic new play that will have its premiere as part of next year’s Sydney Festival. It brings together 16 actors from five countries to tell a story of Australia today. The company is moving out from its Surry Hills home for January to take over Sydney Town Hall, transforming it into a Sri Lankan town hall.

“I don’t know that there’s ever been a story about Australia as a migrant nation put on a mainstage of this scale before,” says Eamon Flack, Belvoir’s artistic director. “There’s been a lot of discussion recently about how much the country has changed. The population of the country is 5 million bigger than it was a generation ago, and that’s largely been driven by migration.”

The play is penned by S. Shakthidharan, an Australian artist with Sri Lankan heritage who has been working with migrant communities across Sydney for more than a decade. The play is predominately set in Sydney but tells the story of one family across four generations, stretching across the world to Colombo.

Belvoir has been working with Shakthi on the play for five years, and Flack says it required much of that time to get together a group of producing partners who could help get the play up on its feet. It’s a massive investment for the company, but Flack insists it’s worth going all-in on a play that looks to the future. Most of Belvoir’s biggest hits in recent years have been new Australian plays.

“This is absolutely our attempt in one huge leap to establish a new pillar in Australia’s cultural life,” he says.

In fact, all of Belvoir’s 2019 season is quite forward-facing. Every play is from the last five years apart from Bertolt Brecht’s Life of Galileo, which will be given a refresh by Tom Wright, who adapted Brecht’s The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui this year for Sydney Theatre Company’s five-star production.


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Abirami Natya Shestra School of Dance – Concert 2018 – Photos thanks to RoyGrafix

Abirami Natya Shestra School of Dance presented its fourth annual dance showcase on the 28th of July 2018. Director of Abirami Natya Shestra, Mrs Meera Joy, orchestrated an incredible night of performances at Werrington Corr Community Hall in Sydney.

Enthusiastic audience members at the event showed their support and enjoyed every performance.  

Director Mrs Meera Joy inaugurated the event alongside Mr Vishal Prajapati, Father Mathew and Penrith’s Deputy Mayor, Councillor Tricia Hitchen by the lighting of the lamp ceremony.

Abirami Natya Shestra’s program announcer for the evening was Chinnu Jose who did a brilliant job introducing every performer. The evening celebrated classic Bharatanatyam, Semi-classical and Indian fusion dances.

The night of outstanding performances began with Domina Augustine’s Pushpanjali followed by the Oriental Examination Board London (OEBL) presentation ceremony. Students of Abirami Natya Shestra were recognised for passing their OEBL level 1 and were given medals.  Later on in the evening Glorian Muralitharan gave a vote of thanks to all attendees and chief guests.
The following students of Abirami Natya Shestra delivered incredible performances: Emey Sara Ginu, Joanna Jins, Snigdha Nishani, Isabella George, Angel Sara Ginu, Yugalsri Nadamuri, Geosera Muralitharan, Domina Augustine, Neelima Menakath, Snikitha Nishani, Monica Maria Paramundayil, Sudeepthi Kanta, Sanya Shina, Airen Jeremih Roy, Rhys Zac Joseph, Misha Jithin, Aleena Alex, Ann Mary Thomas, Annet Sijo, Smitha Dickson, Hema Rinto, Irine jins, Jaimy Jose, Katya McLearie, Kavitha Sheen, Maegan Mathews, Naiji Thomas, Olivia Chandy and Sheeja Shine.

Students of Jeeva Elyathamby also performed during the evening.

Abirami Natya Shestra School of Dance held an award ceremony at the end of the evening in recognition of all students. Every participant received a certificate and trophy recognising their dedication and hard work.

All great movements colourfully captured by Roy Gunaratne of RoyGrafix.

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Abirami Natya Shestra School of Dance – Concert 2018

Abirami Natya Shestra School of Dance – Concert 2018


Abirami Natya Shestra School of Dance – Concert 2018


Abirami Natya Shestra School of Dance – Concert 2018

Abirami Natya Shestra School of Dance – Concert 2018

Abirami Natya Shestra School of Dance – Concert 2018

Abirami Natya Shestra School of Dance – Concert 2018

Abirami Natya Shestra School of Dance – Concert 2018

Abirami Natya Shestra School of Dance – Concert 2018

Abirami Natya Shestra School of Dance – Concert 2018



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FERNANDO –  Amy, ever-loving wife of Dudley, much loved mother of Beverley, Christopher and Cheryl expired.

Funeral on Thursday 13 September 2018 at St Joseph’s Church, Liverpool Road, Enfield at 10.30 am and cremation thereafter at Rookwood Cemetery.


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If your parents attain old age, do not repulse

them or

look at them as a burden,


An 80 year old man was sitting on the sofa in his house along with his 45 years old highly educated son. Suddenly a crow perched on their window.

The Father asked his Son, “What is this?” The Son replied “It is a crow”. After a few minutes, the Father asked his Son the 2nd time, “What is this?” The Son said “Father, I have just now told you “It’s a crow”. After a little while, the old Father again asked his Son the 3rd time, What is this?” At this time some expression of irritation was felt in the Son’s tone when he said to his Father with a rebuff. “It’s a crow, a crow”. A little after, the Father again asked his Son the 4th time, “What is this?”

This time the Son shouted at his Father, “Why do you keep asking me the same question again and again, although I have told you so many times ‘IT IS A CROW’. Are you not able to understand this?”

A little later the Father went to his room and came back with an old tattered diary, which he had maintained since his Son was born. On opening a page, he asked his Son to read that page. When the son read it, the following words were written in the diary: –

“Today my little son aged three was sitting with me on the sofa, when a crow was sitting on the window. My Son asked me 23 times what it was, and I replied to him all 23 times that it was a Crow. I hugged him lovingly each time he asked me the same question again and again for 23 times. I did not at all feel irritated I rather felt affection for my innocent child”.

While the little child asked him 23 times “What is this”, the Father had felt no irritation in replying to the same question all 23 times and when today the Father asked his Son the same question just 4 times, the Son felt irritated and annoyed.

So. If your parents attain old age, do not repulse them or look at them as a burden, but speak to them a gracious word, be 

cool, obedient, humble and kind to them. Be considerate to your parents. From today say this aloud, “I want to see my parents happy forever. They have cared for me ever since I was a little child. They have always showered their selfless love on me.

They crossed all mountains and valleys without seeing the storm and heat to make me a person presentable in the society today”. Say a prayer to God, “I will serve my old parents in the BEST way. I will say all good and kind words to my dear parents, no matter how they behave.

Pray this clip will be a blessing to you.

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