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“MUSICAL MEMORIES” – By Des Kelly Among the hundreds of latter-day recordings of our Sri Lankan Bands and groups of Entertainers, I have been fortunate to pick a few that stand out, and am privileged to publicise on e’Lanka.  Let us start with this one. Amazing talent that helps us ex-patriots everywhere to remember and reminisce, with the help of very special “MUSICAL MEMEORIES”. Desmond Kelly. (Editor-in-Chief) e’Lanka. ...

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International community reiterates support for Sri Lanka Source : dailynews.lk The 29th Edition of the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) took place on August 5 at Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. The forum was hosted by the current chair of ASEAN, Cambodia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister Prak Sokhonn. This year’s forum addressed the importance of bilateral relations between the ARF member states with the theme of ‘ARF A.C.T: Addressing Challenges Together’. Whilst being congratulated by most delegations on his recent appointment, Foreign Affairs Minister M.U.M. Ali Sabry, PC, had fruitful discussions on bilateral relations with some of the key members from the ARF. The delegations from the European Union, China, India, and Japan reiterated their support for Sri Lanka in the path of economic recovery, whilst the delegation from the United States sharing the same sentiments emphasized on the opportunity that awaits Sri Lanka with ...

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Japan grants Rs.761 mn for HRD Scholarships Source : dailynews.lk The Government of Japan has provided a grant aid worth approximately Rs.761 million for the Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS) project to enhance the capacity building of public sector officials. The Japanese Yen 282 million (approximately Rs.761 million) grant will be extended to train young executive officers in the public sector at various universities in Japan and develop their skills in order to qualify them as future national leaders in their respective fields. Under the project, 17 public sector officials will be sent to pursue a two-year Master or PhD degree from 2023 to 2025. Areas of their degrees cover Public Policy, Macroeconomics, Public Finance and Investment Management, Industry Development Policy and Investment Promotion, and Urban and Regional Development. As a long-standing friend, Japan has placed great emphasis on assistance in human resource development via many capacity building and skills development ...

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Anglican Archbishop Kanishka Raffel-by Michael Roberts Source:Thuppahis Jordan Baker in Sydney Morning Herald, 5 August 2022, where the title runs thus: —“Charming and unapologetic: Sydney’s Anglican archbishop isn’t afraid to be out of step with the times” Kanishka Raffel’s election as Archbishop of Sydney broke the mould. His predecessors are all of European descent; his heritage is Sri Lankan. Many of those who went before him were sons of Sydney’s Anglican dynasties, and attended its sandstone schools; he moved to Australia as a boy and went to Carlingford High. Anglican Archbishop Kanishka Raffel was born a Buddhist. CREDIT:LOUIE DOUVIS But the most unusual thing about Raffel, in the annals of Christian archbishops, is that for the first 21 years of his life he was a Buddhist. He meditated, chanted Buddhist prayers, and went to the temple. He watched his mother – a doctor, who was widowed young – perform acts of charity to accrue merit for her late husband. But ...

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Government lifts import ban on glyphosate Source:Dailymirror The Finance Ministry has lifted the import ban on the popular weedicide glyphosate with effect from August 5 while allowing glyphosate imports into the country subject to import control license requirement. According to the Gazette Extraordinary No 2291/44 signed by President Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Minister of Finance, Economic Stabilisation and National Policies, N-(phosphonomethyl) Glycine and its salts and derivatives (Glyphosate) has been removed from the ban list of goods specified in schedule four in the Gazette Extraordinary No.2044140 published on November 09, 2017, as amended. ...

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Prabath Jayasuriya takes home ‘Player of the Month’ award Source:Dailymirror Sri Lankan spinner Prabath Jayasuriya’s sensational start to international cricket has been capped off by winning the ICC Men’s Player of the Month award for July 2022. the ICC announced. Jayasuriya beat England batter and June’s Player of the Month winner Jonny Bairstow, and French sensation Gustav McKeon for the coveted monthly award, after a brilliant start to international cricket in the longest format.  The 30-year-old was thrilled to have won the monthly award. ...

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Youth Music Competition 2022: Uncovering a National Musical Journey-by Dinuli Francisco Source:Dailymirror Music is the ultimate escape from reality: it has the unrivalled ability to transform a gloomy mood into a joyful one in a matter of seconds! Mastering a specific aspect of music, such as improving your singing or playing a specific instrument, would undeniably give you the advantage of receiving some extra knowledge and allowing you to explore a profound end of the subject compared to everyone else. Piqued your interest a little there? Well, let me divert your attention to this grand opportunity: The London College of Music (LCM) proudly presents the Youth Music Competition 2022 to all you music prodigies in Lanka! Since 1887, the UK’s largest specialist music and performing arts institution has welcomed all those with a desire for music and drama, encouraging many generations of students to become performers, composers, teachers, and informed ...

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eLanka Newsletter – 10th August 2022 – 3rd Edition Sri Lankans in Australia Click here or on the image below to read this week’s elanka Newsletter “Life stories in song” – by Des Kelly ‘Her legacy will live on’: World pays tribute to Australian ‘icon’ Olivia Newton-John sri lanka foundation’s sri lanka day expo and parade must not be missed – register now – letter from jayam Health & Views August 1st issue 2022 – By Dr harold Gunatillake Two Books, Two Backstories – By GEORGE BRAINE Asylum Seeker Boats: Australia Aids SL Navy’s ‘Arrests’-by Michael Roberts FOOD FOR THOUGHT – by Charles Schokman Digging into ‘Kota Vehera’ By Somasiri Devendra The Seekers Judith Durham 25 Year Reunion (Complete Concert) Are we one? By Sean Perera Lessons from the Bees, Butterflies, Insects & Birds. – By Noor Rahim Tribute to Icon thespian actor Wijeya Nandasiri on his sixth death anniversary ...

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Belumgala – defense fortress of Kandyan hills – By Arundathie Abeysinghe Located in *Kadugannawa Gap approximately 10 kilometers from *Pilimathalawa, Belumgala Rock offers spectacular vistas of the environs as far as the eye can see including surreal vistas of Kadugannawa valley. Many visitors hike the adjacent small rock, believing it to be Belumgala, mistakenly. Belumgala is visible from *Pahala Kadugannawa viewpoint too. Also spelt as “Balumgala”, the mountain was thus named due to its strategic location as a place of defense. Considered as a silent defender of Kandyan hills, Colombo-Kandy Road can be seen clearly for many kilometers from the summit of Belumgala. As the location was a great boon for Sinhalese soldiers tracking enemy invasions, the mountain was known as “Belumgala” (meaning viewing mountain in Sinhala) for centuries. During the *Kandyan Kingdom, Sinhalese soldiers had been dispatched to this location and it had served as a major checkpoint when ...

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