Three bindaas ways to connect back home in June

12th of June, 2018

Telstra is helping customers connect home in June with double data and unlimited standard international calls from Australia to India, United Kingdom, Canada and United States.

Customers can receive double their data with every $40 recharge (5GB data + 5GB Data Bank bonus) on Telstra Pre-Paid Extra™ before 2 July 2018 – as well as unlimited calls to standard international numbers in 10 selected destinations.*

To celebrate, Dimal Patel, Penrith Store Leader, is sharing three bindaas ways to connect home with India through your smartphone.

“When a son or daughter, aunt or uncle, cousin or friend is living overseas, it’s more important than ever to connect to home,” Mr Patel said.

“With Telstra’s special double data offer and unlimited standard calls to India on select pre-paid mobile plans, it’s easier than ever before to connect to home on Australia’s best mobile network.”

  1. A virtual tour of your Australian life

Spend a day taking your parents or loved ones on a virtual tour of your Australian home town with your smartphone. Take photos of your everyday life, including selfies from your favourite cafes, shops and parks and share in near real-time with your double data offer.

  1. Binge on a large family group chat

 Invite all your family and loved ones to a gigantic group chat party on WhatsApp and catch up on all the latest family news (and pictures).

  1. Talk for hours from your favourite place

 Have you got a favourite hangout place? Perhaps it’s a restaurant or Bondi or St Kilda beach? Snap pictures of your hangout spot and, while there, speak to loved ones back home for hours with unlimited standard international calls to 10 selected destinations, including India, on Telstra’s $40 and above Telstra Pre-Paid Extra plans – it’s never been easier to phone home.

For more information on Telstra’s special mobile offers head into a store or visit www.telstra.com/international. Telstra team members at the Penrith store, and many other stores, speak a range of languages, including Bengali, Hindi, Gujarati, Malayalam, Marathi, Punjabi, Rajasthani, Sinhalese, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu.

1. Dimal Patel, Telstra Penrith Store Leader – talking with home


2. Dimal Patel – Telstra Penrith Store Leader – digital smile


3. Dimal Patel – Telstra Penrith Store Leader – selfie with team


* Data Bank is capped at 50GB. Terms and conditions apply for products and offers mentioned. Visit a Telstra store or telstra.com.au for full details. Ten select destinations include China, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, UK and USA

Telstra Pre-Paid Extra inclusions:

Recharge $30 $40 $50 $60
Data 2.5GB 10GB 15GB 20GB
5GB + 5GB Data Bank bonus 7.5GB + 7.5GB Data Bank bonus 10GB + 10GB Data Bank bonus
Data Bank Data Bank capped at 50GB. Save up to 50GB of unused data, when you recharge $30+ before expiry. Active recharge required to access Data Bank.
Recharge inclusions for use in Australia within 28 Days

TYNTK: Telstra Pre-Paid Extra™: Your unused Data Bank data does not expire unless you switch to another offer. Unlimited International Calls excludes satellite and premium numbers, and video calls. ® are registered trade marks and ™ are trade marks of Telstra Corporation Limited, ABN 33 051 775 556

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Duleep’s grit and courage – need of the hour – by Rex Clementine

Source: The Island

It was on a day like this, 43 years ago, Sri Lankan cricket made its biggest impact in the world stage. The six full members of the ICC were automatic choices for the 1975 World Cup and in a bid to make up the numbers, Sri Lanka and a team comprising cricketers from East Africa were invited to play the inaugural event. The quality of Sri Lankan cricket was displayed on this day at The Oval against an Australian side comprising the Chappell brothers, Dennis Lille, Jeff Thomson and others.

A century by Alan Turner and half-centuries by Rick McCosker, Greg Chappell, and Doug Walters had propelled Australia to a total of 328. Many would have thought that Sri Lanka had little chance. But they did well; reaching 150 for two and needed 179 runs in 30 overs with eight wickets in hand.  Australian skipper Ian Chappell was a worried man.

Duleep Mendis and Sunil Wettimuny were out in the middle and yet to come were the team’s two best batsmen – Anura Tennekoon and Michael Tissera. Chappell’s last throw of the dice was to call up Jeff Thomson, who needed no invitation for aggression.

On a placid Oval pitch, Wettimuny and Mendis were making merry until Thomson came in for his second spell. The two batsmen were subjected to a barrage of short-pitched bowling. Wettimuny was left with a broken hip bone and a broken foot while Mendis was hit right on the center of the temple.

Mendis was set for his favourite cut shot, but the ball swung back sharply to hit him. There was no first aid at The Oval and no stretcher to carry the batsman off. He was taken to the nearby St.  Thomas’ Hospital. Wettimuny had gone onto become the first Sri Lankan to score a half-century in an international match and soon he too joined Mendis at the hospital.

Celebrated cricket writer Jack Staggles visited the two Sri Lankans at the hospital. In the story he published the next day, a quote from Mendis described the man. “What happened was one of those things. It would not bother me in the slightest if I had to go out and face Thomson again tomorrow. It would take more than this to intimidate me.”

Mendis was 22 then and his courage and grit was visible. The same traits were seen as he held many other responsible positions of Sri Lankan cricket over the next four decades.

An insatiable passion for the game, no-nonsense approach, and his visionary thinking saw the game thriving under his charge. Some of the decisions he took weren’t the most popular ones, but leaders are meant to take those unpopular decisions with the well being of the institution they serve in mind. Some of the problems that Sri Lankan cricket faces at the moment wouldn’t have happened had Mendis been around as the CEO of SLC.

How on earth Sri Lanka Cricket decided to promote a gym assistant to the post of Assistant Venue Manager of the Galle International Stadium is beyond our comprehension. Ousted SLC chief Thilanga Sumathipala owes an explanation to the cricket loving public in this country. It was this Assistant Venue Manager who was caught by the Al Jazeera sting that investigated corruption in cricket.

The hallmark of some of our politicians is to appoint clowns and cronies around them to important positions. Thilanga Sumathipala is no different. National Curator is one of the most prestigious positions in the cricket board held by some fine individuals over the years.  But under Thilanga this has been compromised and one of his confidants – Godfrey Dabare was appointed for the position. It was Godfrey’s suggestion to promote Tharanga Indika, who was caught in the sting operation, to be promoted as Assistant Venue Manager.

Had Mendis been the CEO of SLC, he would have vehemently opposed such a move.

Thilanga also has been criticized heavily for almost doubling the number of teams with First Class status. With the likes of Mendis sitting on the Executive Committee meetings, such a resolution wouldn’t have got passed so easily.

When Thilanga won the cricket elections in 2016, there was a move to bring Duleep back into the Sri Lankan cricket fold from Oman. In the end, the efforts didn’t materialize. It was said that SLC wasn’t fit enough to match the remuneration package that Oman had offered Mendis. Surely, given the deals that SLC has signed with some individuals in recent times, roping in Mendis was a child’s play.

Perhaps why Thilanga didn’t aggressively persuade to bring Mendis back home was because that he knows that with the likes of him around, there wouldn’t be smooth sailing all the time. The position SLC was going to offer Mendis was team Manager. We learn that individuals within the SLC Ex-Co were eyeing for the position of Team Manager.

When SLC terminated Mendis’ services as CEO in 2010, The Island pointed out the injustices meted out to one of the greats of the sport. SLC responded saying that Mendis was paid three months of his salary and was allowed to keep his car valued at Rs. 3.5 million as compensation.

We then pointed out that the service rendered by Mendis to Sri Lankan cricket is invaluable and it cannot be measured in terms of rupees and cents or aging automobiles. Today Sri Lankan cricket is paying a heavy price for getting rid of such visionary thinkers.

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“Goodbye Gina” by Des Kelly


She was born on the 8th of May, 1959, eldest daughter of Maureen (Neliya) Hingert, & Mario Zamparelli, grand-daughter of Mabel (Lorna) Hingert, nee de Run, & Leslie Hingert. Her Father, Mario was a celebrated designer to movie mogul, the late Howard Hughes, her Mother Maureen was a model & beauty queen, the very first to “put Ceylon on the map”, as a runner-up in the ” Miss Universe” contest of 1956.

Gina died on the 21st of May, 2018 aged just 59, but not before she made her own “name” by becoming the very first female American, L.A. based Concert Promoter, Pasadena’s best “Citizen of the year”for her work with the “Preservation Foundation” of California, and she sat on the “Board of Directors” for “Hollywood Heritage”. She also formed a non- profit organization “Friends of the Raymond Theatre”, whose mission was to save this historic building. She waged a long 20 year battle to preserve this theatre, which, as a historian, she loved. The Los Angeles Times Newspaper of the 25th of October 1990 wrote thus:, “Raymond Theatre has a Champion in Gina Zamparelli”

After a short illness, Gina died after being diagnosed with “Glioblastoma” , an aggressive cancer of the brain & her funeral will be held at a local Roman Catholic Church on the 16th of June, after which a celebration of her life will probably see hundreds of her friends and fans come together to reminisce about a great lady, taken away much too soon.

As the Editor of eLanka, & “The Lanka Times” in Melbourne, I take this chance to send our deepest sympathy to Gina’s family in America, especially to her Mum & Sister, Marisa, plus everyone in Los Angeles & America who thought the World of Gina Zamparelli.

May she now rest in peace. “Goodbye Gina, God bless you”.

Desmond Kelly.

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Pressure Drop in fantastic form at the Walawwa as we bid adieu to our friends Sampath and Surakshi Siriwardena as their holiday in Australia came to a close. Galadari’s General Manager showed us his other talent on stage alongside classmate Kelvin Speldewinde and wife Vanessa.

Click here or on the photos below to view the full set of photos on eLanka Facebook

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EILEEN MARY SIBELLE DE SILVA (nee DISSANAYAKE) – 29 September 1922 – 6 April 2018 –
A Woman of Value an Appreciation written by Mohini Gunasekera



29 September 1922 – 6 April 2018

A Woman of Value

Eileen Dissanayake was my English Literature teacher and later my class teacher in the HSC1 class at Holy Family Convent, Bambalapitiya, a prestigious Roman Catholic school in Sri Lanka.

Eileen had her primary and secondary schooling at Holy Family Convent and had a brilliant academic record throughout.  She won the Senior Cambridge Scholarship Exam, coming first in the Island and was the Head Girl at Holy Family Convent, Bambalapitiya from 1938 – 1941.  Eileen was one the editorial team for the school magazine, “Refreshing Breezes.”

At a time when women were not encouraged to study beyond Year 10, one would imagine there was very little support or assistance for women to enter University.  Eileen had to compete with students from prestigious boy’s schools that had far more resources and thereby some of the best teachers.  But this did not deter Eileen; she was determined and focussed.  Eileen was the first woman in her family to get a University education and so started her life-long passion for learning, education and teaching.  After graduating from the University of Colombo with a BA (English Hons), she joined her beloved Alma Mater as a teacher.

We were indeed privileged to have her as our teacher at that time.  Apart from being our teacher, Eileen was also a friend and confidante and I remember the great times we all had at Holy Family. 

In 1955, Eileen left Holy Family Bambalapitiya when she married Aloysius de Silva (Aloy), a successful lawyer from Kurunegala.  She lived in Kurunegala with Aloy and her 3 daughters:  Marie-lyse, Diane & Sandra who each excelled in their chosen professions.

Eileen later returned to teaching, this time at Holy Family Kurunegala until she retired at the age of 60!  Not content to be a ‘lady at large’ Eileen qualified as a Speech & Drama teacher obtaining a Licentiate and Fellow of the Trinity College of London whereupon she set up her own business as a teacher of Speech & Drama in Kurunegala.

Eileen moved to Australia in 1998 and quickly adapted to the Australian lifestyle.  Her deep faith and her loving family sustained her although she was so far away from the places she called home.  She got involved in the local activities in Lane Cove (U3A, Senior Citizens, teaching Scripture etc.,) and thereby made a number of friends.

Eileen loved writing, specially poetry.  In 2002, Eileen published a collection of poems called “Ripples on a Lake”.  These poems presented a broad spectrum of scenes, feelings and situations from her past as well as from the present and showed her love for the experience that is life.  All copies sold at the launch and she was absolutely thrilled with the result and could not be persuaded to publish any more.

Eileen also loved music, drama and singing (having trained choirs both at Holy Family Bambalapitiya and Holy Family Kurunegala and produced a number of plays as a teacher).  She was a proud member of a unique Sri Lankan choir (representing the various ethnic and religious groups from Sri Lanka) which sang at many venues in Sydney including at the Sydney Opera House.

Eileen was a teacher who instilled in us a thirst for knowledge and deep passion for learning.  She loved teaching with a passion; she gave it her all and encouraged and inspired her students to reach for the stars.  She has been instrumental in shaping the careers of many a young woman over the years and we were indeed very fortunate to have been under her tutelage.

At a personal and human level, Eileen touched many hearts and minds.  She was outgoing, friendly and generous.  She was a strong woman who loved teaching with a fierce passion.  She inspired, guided and moulded countless numbers of young minds to reach their full potential.  I will always remember Eileen with great fondness and as an exceptional teacher and a dear friend; as a woman of value.

May she Rest in Peace.


Mohini Gunasekera AM






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SRI LANKA NEWS IN BRIEF (MAY 2018) – Compiled by Victor Melder

Victor Meldor - eLanka

Colombo CPI continued to ease, settling below 4%, thanks to the continued moderation in food prices, which grew at its slowest in the past two years. Food prices eased on a sequential basis as well, led by vegetables, sea fish, onions and coconut. Non-food prices on the other hand, showed mild signs of pick up after easing for six continuous months. ‘Alcohol and beverage’, health, transport and recreation index picked up both on an annual and sequential basis, while that of ‘clothing and footwear’ eased. Core inflation mirrored this mild pick-up. Recent trends of moderation in food prices along with the statistical impact of last year’s high base is expected to keep inflation within the central bank’s target range of 4-6%. We forecast inflation to average 4.3% in 2018. The Central Bank of Sri Lanka in its April meeting reduced the upper bound of the policy rate corridor, i.e. cut the Standard Lending Facility Rate (SLFR) by 25bps to 8.5%. Easing inflation, stabilizing inflation expectations, cooling credit growth, and weak economic growth in 2017 warranted a reduction in the policy rate, according to the CBSL. (Daily Island 1.5.2018)

The funeral of world renowned film producer Dr. Lester James Peries will be held at 3 pm today at Independence Square with full State patronage. The remains will be kept at Independence Square from 12 noon to 3 p.m. for the public to pay their last respects. Internationally acclaimed cinematic genius Dr. Lester James Peries passed away on Sunday night, while receiving treatment at a private hospital in Colombo. He was 99. Large crowds, including artistes and politicians are expected to participate in the funeral today. Lester James Peiris was born to a reputed Roman Catholic family in Dehiwala on April 5, 1919. He was eleven years old when he was gifted a 8 mm Kodasco projector by his father. He started writing to the blue pages of the Ceylon Daily News at the age of 17. Rekhawa,” his debut film production showed his extraordinary knowledge in the technique of film industry in December 1956 earned him a commendable reputation as the best production of Sri Lankan Cinema. (Daily News 2.5.2018)

Plantations Minister Naveen Dissanayake said yesterday that the ban on glyphosate had been lifted for tea and rubber plantations from yesterday. However, the ban would be in force as regards paddy and other cultivations, the minister told a press conference in Colombo. Glyphosate was banned in 2015. Independent MP Ven Athuraliye Ratana has stated that he would take to the streets against the government if the ban on glyphosate is lifted. The tea and rubber planters continued to plead with the government to lift the ban as their cultivations suffered severely because of the ban as traditional use of labour to remove weeds was expensive. (Daily Island, 3.5.2018)

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