Sunil Thenabadu

Dimuth on the verge of several batting milestones – by Sunil Thenabadu Sri Lanka skipper Dimuth Karunaratne will equal the World Record for most consecutive fifties in Test match cricket if he scores a half-century in the first innings of the second Test against West Indies in Galle starting Monday.   Sri Lanka’s Test captain Dimuth Karunaratne has hit a purple stripe this year and the 147 he scored against West Indies in the first Test in Galle this week was his fourth hundred in 2021. The 33-year-old came up with an similarly solid 83 in the second innings as Sri Lanka won by 187 runs with  a session to spare.  His feats have seen him accruing 854 runs this year in Test cricket at an average of 77. Only Joe Root and Rohit Sharma have scored more runs in 2021 although they have played more games with the England captain participating ...

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Mahinda Samarasinghe renounces as Member of Parliament By Sunil Thenabadu  Photo Source:Facebook Member of Parliament Mahinda Samarasinghe quit from Parliament to accept his new prestigious post as the Sri Lanka Ambassador of the USA.  Mahinda Samarasinghe said in a statement that he had handed over the letter of resignation of Parliament Secretary General Dhammika Dassanayake.  Photo Source:dailymirror.lk “25th November was his last day would take leave from Parliament and expect to assume duties in Washington DC on  November 29. Thereafter, he will present my credentials to the President of the United States and commence his duties as Ambassador to Sri Lanka. He added that his solitary anticipation is to fulfil his role with commitment to Sri Lanka. He felt his constrained duty, once his  three-year service overseas is concluded, to return and once again provide leadership to, and serve the people of Kalutara and Sri Lanka. Although  he is taking a ...

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Chandani Seneviratne: An effervescent voyage in celebrity By Sunil Thenabadu Chandani Seneviratne is one of the most sought after deity actresses in the past three decades who has indisputably engraved a position in the souls and psyches of Sri Lankans for her impressive, incredible and gripping feats in films, theatre and television. During this period the accolades received and inestimable awards won are in abundance Thus her name is irrevocably allied with award winning television productions such as “Doo Daruwo”,”Gamperaliya” and “Giraya”. Along with these Tele dramas her name too was also etched as a household name predominantly for her possessing of immense modesty and warmness.  For Chandani it had all begun during school years at St.Paul;s Milagiriya, contemplatively after her primary education up to Grade 5 was at Dharmapala Vidyalaya Pannipitiya. She had confessed that until then a career in acting had never penetrated her mind. Instead, she attributes her preface to ...

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Roshan Pilapitiya- Dignified Superlative Actor – By Sunil Thenabadu Roshan Pilapitiya was born as the youngest in a family of four siblings to affluent parents in Hangurnketha close to Kandy.His father Ariya Abhayasinghe, a proprietary tea planter while his mother Mallika Pilapitiya had been the lead actress in the our first outdoor movie Rekawa directed by Lester James Peiris After his primary education in native Hanguranketha , Roshan was admitted to Dharmarajah College Kandy to pursue his higher education. Although he was good in studies had excelled in dramas and was adjudicated as the best actor in drama in year 1988. Roshan was born on 21st March 1975 had dated with actress Chthurika from year 2001 to 2013 thereafter married Ridma Perera in year 2017 is now a proud father of a son still a toddler. Although Roshan possessed innate aptitude for acting with his mother’s influence he had never thought then of creating a career for himself as an actor as music was his obsession then His passion for music continued after leaving ...

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  ‘Sihinayaki Re’ with lyricist Malini Jayaratne By Sunil Thenabadu   “Sihinayaki Re”….is a very trendy television programme telecast on every Sunday night over the Sri Lanka Rupavahini channel for two hours or more beyond mid night which has a tremendous viewer enthusiasm and which is reaching its 275th uninterrupted series program. The guest is a predominantly a prominent personality, head of a government department, famous singer, actor ,doctor. lyricist  or it could be a successful reputed business magnate.  The program is produced by Jayamini Illeperumagamlath and her team while the presenter is the skilled, acclaimed and consummate Mahesh Nissanka, who via his ability to pierce into the hearts of the guest has made the ‘Sihinayaki Re’ program spellbound and nail biting. The guest has the option to choose 10 songs. The guest has to justify the reason for selecting each song of his selection. A lot of spade work necessitates to ...

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Lasith Embuldeniya 5- 46  aids Sri Lanka beat threatening rain and West Indies – By Sunil Thenabadu (sports editor – eLanka) Photo source: daily news ( https://www.dailynews.lk/2021/11/25/sports/265652/sl-vs-wi-test-match-sri-lanka-wins-187-runs ) Chief Scores   Sri Lanka 386 (Karunaratne 147, Chase 5-83) and 191 for 4 dec (Karunaratne 83, Mathews 69*) beat West Indies 230 (Jayawickrama 4-40) and 160 (Bonner 68*, Embuldeniya 5-46) by 187 runs  Nkrumah Bonner scoffed Sri Lanka for 173 balls on day five, Joshua Da Silva joined him for a 100-run, (44.4-over stand) , but even though the sky was swaying with drab clouds, rain did not come until minutes after Sri Lanka took the last wicket to seal victory in Galle.  Having swept through West Indies’ top order on the fourth evening, Sri Lanka’s spinners were made to sweat on day five, bowling 48.3 overs for the last four wickets. Offspinner Ramesh Mendis had begun the day with four wickets to his name,but could not add ...

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West Indies  collapse to 52 for 6 unplayable against young spin trio  in pursuit of 348 – by Sunil Thenabadu (Sports editor – eLanka) Chief Scores:Sri Lanka 191 for 4 dec (Karunaratne 83, Mathews 69*, Warrican 2-42, Cornwall 2-60) and 386 lead West Indies 230 and 52 for 6 (Mendis 4-17, Embuldeniya 2-18) by 296 runs  Eleven wickets – seven  to the visitors – fell on the fourth day of the Galle Test between Sri Lanka and the West Indies as the hosts crept nearer towards victory. Sri Lanka’s spinners Ramesh Mendis,Lasith Embuldeniya more or less ran through the West Indies rigid batting line-up to leave them staggering at 52 for 6 at stumps. They need a further 296 runs to win with just four wickets in hand.  Much like in the first innings, it was the wise off spin of Mendis that did much of the destruction, as he was responsible for four ...

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GIHAN FERNANDO One actor, many roles – by Sunil Thenabadu Photo source; Watch Lanka ( https://watchlanka.com/name/Gihan-fernando ) Gihan Adrian Camil Fernando the award-winning acclaimed actor, playwright, comedian, and singer is acknowledged by those who are passionate about the theatre as a superlative and noble actor for his flamboyance. He portrays his characters so precisely and energetically gripping and embracing all audiences and leaves them spellbound.  Hailing from Wattala Gihan was educated at De Mazenod College, Kandana, where he had excelled in studies and shone as a soccer player. After leaving school he had been employed for a few years during which period he had studied about theatre under numerous foreign theatre directors through the British Council and other related places. Initially Gihan had got the opportunity to portray roles under a number of directors including the late Somalatha Subasinghe, K. B. Herath, Rajitha Dissanayake, Ravindra Ariyaratne and Dharmapriya Dias.  The Silver jubilee of ...

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Lowering of interest rates only escalates bank profits – by Sunil Thenabadu The motive of the government decision to lower the interest rates of deposits was predominantly to engross the banks to lend at lower interest rates  for entrepreneurs to boost the economy of the country which is in dire straits.However would this proposal prove productive?  Owing to this absurd stunt has left the senior citizens and pensioners high and dry resulting in unprecedented agony and anguish.Many who are victims have  highlighted to the media  the grievances on behalf of so many distraught senior citizens and pensioners particularly as many  have no access to the media. This much spoken of government’s harsh decision to lower interest rates has made the lives of senior citizen’s and pensioners miserable with escalating high cost of living, Skyrocketing  cost of medical expenses etc.It is pertinent to mention that monthly interest rates on fixed deposits which they mostly rely upon have been reduced to alarmingly low 4% and 5 % which has added to the woes already the senior ...

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West Indies avert follow-on  to be 224/9 Rain interrupts play after 4th over after lunch – by Sunil Thenabadu (sports editor – eLanka) West Indies 224 for 9 (Mayers 45, Brathwaite 41,holder 36,Cornwell 39 Jayawickrama 3-38, Ramesh 3-75) trail Sri Lanka 386 by 162 runs  Rain washed out the final session the entirety of the second session barring- only four overs completed after lunch before the trained ground staff was called into action – West Indies ended the third day on 224 for 9, still 162 runs behind Sri Lanka’s first-innings total. Play will begin 15 minutes earlier on the fourth and fifth days to cover for the lost time.  The rain proved a blessing in disguise the acquittal for the visitors on a day that had otherwise begun rather encouragingly, with Jason Holder and Kyle Mayers taking the attack to the home side. After the stand  ended,, with Rahkeem Cornwall being dismissed  for a ...

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