Victor Melder

VICTOR  MELDER  SRI  LANKA LIBRARY 7, Benambra Street, Broadmeadows, Vic 3047, Australia. Telephone + 61 3 9309 4040 E-mail < melder.rjvm1935@bigpond.com > Web Site < www.vmsl-library.com > THOSE WISHING TO DONATE BOOKS & OTHER PUBLICATIONS TO THIS LIBRARY, THEY ARE MOST WELCOME. PLEASE CONTACT ME AT ABOVE ADDRESS, BY EMAIL OR TELEPHONE. Thank You.                                  ACQUISITIONS   FOR  THE  MONTH  OF  MAY  2022 BOOKS. MAGAZINES The Ceylankan’, Journal of the Ceylon Society of Australia, Journal 98, Vol 25, No 2, May  2022 NEWSLETTERS “The Harbinger”, Family Newsletter Australia / Sri Lanka Welfare Guild Inc (ASWG), Vol 47, No 2, May 2022.  The Journal of the Australia Ceylon Fellowship Inc (ACF), Vol 63, No 1, April 2022.    Newsletter – Ceylonese Welfare Organisation Inc (CWO), Vol 40, Issue No 2, April 2022.     “Silverscene”, Newsletter of the Silver Fawn Club, Qld, May/June 2022 issue. OTHERS Stolen Assets. How Do We Recover Stolen Assets ...

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SRI LANKA CRICKET NEWS MAY 2022 Compiled by Victor Melder   Sri Lanka Cricket is planning to conduct Sri Lanka ‘A and Australia ‘A’ cricket series concurrently with Sri Lanka- Australia National cricket series from next June and its confirmed by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Chief Executive officer (CEO) Ashely de Silva yesterday. Australia’s National men’s cricket team will arrive in Sri Lanka to play all format cricket series which will work off from June 7 to July 12 while in this same period we have made arrangements to conduct Sri Lanka ‘A’ and Australia ‘A’ cricket series here. Sri Lanka ‘A’ cricket series itinerary has already finalized and it will announce very soon, said CEO Ashley de Silva. Earlier SLC has released their National cricket itinerary of the series against Australia. SLC CEO Ashley de Silva further said “We are in for some exciting cricket, especially considering that an ...

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SRI LANKA NEWS (MAY 2022)- By Victor Melder. Tea production in March had slumped by 24% to 22 million kg from a year earlier, marking it as the lowest crop since 2009, Asia Siyaka Commodities said. It also said in 2020 when the country went into complete lockdown in mid-March and production declined to 13.5 million kg. Quoting Sri Lanka Tea Board preliminary data, Asia Siyaka said first quarter production dropped by 15% to 63 million kg from 74.5 million kg a year ago. This year’s January – March figure is also the lowest since 2009. In that year production slumped due to fallout from the global financial crisis and the market collapsed, teas remained unsold and farmers stopped plucking their fields and estates were pruned.  Asia Siyaka said this year’s first quarter losses however resulted from dry weather that took its toll on bushes that had not received adequate fertilizer ...

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SRI LANKA NEWS (FEBRUARY 2022) Compiled by Victor Melder. Headline inflation increased to 14.2 per cent in January 2022 from 12.1 per cent in December 2021, says the Central Bank of Sri Lanka It is measured by the year-on-year change in the Colombo Consumer Price Index (CCPI, 2013=100), On an annual average basis, the CCPI increased to 6.9 per cent in January 2022 from 6.0 per cent in December 2021. Inflation was driven by monthly increases of prices of items in both food and non-food categories. Subsequently, food inflation increased to 25.0 per cent in January 2022 from 22.1 per cent in December 2021. Non-food inflation increased to 9.2 per cent in January 2022 from 7.5 per cent in December 2021, the CBSL adds. (Ceylon Today, 1.2.2022) Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga today said that 82,327 tourists have arrived in the country in the first month of this year. “Between 2000 ...

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SRI LANKA CRICKET NEWS(FEBRUARY 2022) Compiled by Victor Melder       Former Sri Lanka Test Captain Suranga Lakmal has informed Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) that he will retire from all forms of International Cricket following the completion of the upcoming Sri Lanka Tour of India 2022, the SLC said today. “I’m indebted to Sri Lanka Cricket for giving me this astonishing opportunity and having faith in me to bring back my mother land honour as it has been absolute pleasure to be associated with the board that shaped my professional life and also enriched my personal development,” said Lakmal in his retirement letter submitted to Sri Lanka Cricket. “I have nothing but the utmost respect for all my players, coaches, team managers, support staff, administrative staff and all other supportive staff,’’ Lakmal has said further. Suranga Lakmal played for Sri Lanka across all international formats, making valuable contributions to ...

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SRI LANKA NEWS (JANUARY 2022)Compiled by Victor Melder. Export earnings from rubber, coconut and cinnamon are on the verge of exceeding $ 4 billion, creating history by recording the highest annual income generated from these crops in a year, Plantation Industries Minister Dr. Ramesh Pathirana said. He also said that the Plantation Ministry was committed to make the tea industry a profitable industry in 2022. He said despite not being able to reach the target export earnings, tea crop was estimated to be 305 million kg in 2021. He outlined that the tea industry was a key export crop which contributed significantly to the national economy. “If we want to build up the economy, then we must strengthen the planters. The COVID pandemic and fertiliser problems have caused some setbacks in the industry. But, amidst all these problems, we are working to strengthen the smallholders who contribute to the national ...

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SRI LANKA CRICKET NEWS (DECEMBER 2021) Compiled by Victor Melder Sri Lanka beat the touring West Indies by 164 runs to win the second and final Test played at the Galle International Cricket Stadium. Scores: Sri Lanka – 1st Innings – 204 (Nissanka 73, Karunaratne 42, Mathews 29, Permaul 5/35, Warrican 4/50, Chase 1/64) West Indies – 1st Innings   253 (Brathwaite 72, Blackwood 44, Mayers 36no, Bonner 35, Mendis 6/70, Jayawickrama 2/59, Embuldeniya 2/94) Sri Lanka – 2nd Innings (de Silva 155, Nissanka 66, Mendis 25, Parmaul 3/106, Chase 2/82, Brathwaite 1/11, Holder 1/26) West Indies – 2nd Innings – 132 (Bonner 44, Blackwood 36,  Embuldeniya 5/35, Mendis 5/66_ Player of the Match:  Dhananjaya de Silva (Sri Lanka) Player of the Series: Ramesh Mendis (Sri Lanka)   Sri Lanka won the 2-match series 2-0 Test Debut: Charith Asalanka (Sri Lanka) Points: Sri Lanka 12, West Indies 0 Zimbabwe and Sri ...

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SRI LANKA NEWS (DECEMBER 2021) Compiled by Victor Melder. Sri Lanka’s inflation, as measured by the change in the Colombo Consumers’ Price Index (CCPI) increased to 9.9 percent in November 2021 from 7.6 percent in the previous month, the Department of Census and Statistics reported Tuesday. The CCPI for all items for the month of November 2021 increased to 150.7 from 146.9 in October 2021. With respect to October 2021, the reported inflation for November 2021 was mainly due to the higher price levels prevailed in the month, the Department of Census and Statistics said. As a result, the Year on Year inflation of Food Group increased to 17.5 percent in November 2021 from 12.8 percent in October 2021 and the Year on Year inflation of Non Food Group increased to 6.4 percent in November 2021 from 5.4 percent in October 2021. For the month of November 2021, on year‐to‐year ...

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“Voice of the Night: The Devil Bird of Sri Lanka” – by Victor Melder In 1963, whilst stationed as engine driver, CGR, Galle, late one night I was riding my push bike home at about 1.00am (after a late night turn) It was a still, sultry night. Half way home I heard an eerie blood curdling Cry (as if someone was being murdered).   I got off my push bike, realising that it was the cry of the ‘devil bird’ (as I read all about it in the ‘Loris’ magazine) and flashed my torchlight up towards the tree tops and heard the flap of the wings, of a bird taking off.   The call of this Owl is much more eerie as featured in this youtube documentary. Blessings Victor ...

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 SRI LANKA CRICKET NEWS (AUGUST 2021) Compiled by Victor Melder Sri Lankan cricketer Kande Arachchige Isuru Udana Tillakaratna, better known as Isuru Udana, announced his retirement from International cricket today (31). Issuing a statement on the matter, the all-rounder said “I am proud to have served my nation, and Sri Lanka Cricket with utmost dedication, commitment, and passion to my fullest with a bunch of people who have touched my soul with the relationship of never-ending friendship. However, I believe the time has come for me to retire from International cricket in order to make way for the next generation of players’’.  Udana, who played 21 ODIs and 35 T20Is for Sri Lanka in his 12-year international career, picked 18 ODI and 27 T20I wickets. He last played for Sri Lanka in the 2nd T20I versus India in Colombo. (Ceylon Today, 1.8.2021) Sri Lanka Cricket’s (SLC) revenue took a sharp dip in ...

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