Victor Melder

SRI LANKA NEWS –  (NOVEMBER  2019) –    Compiled by Victor Melder.

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Sri Lanka’s top court on Tuesday effectively blocked a plan by the president to bring back hangings for the first time since 1976 before he leaves office this month. Maithripala Sirisena said in June that he had signed death warrants for four drug offenders — mirroring the Philippines’ no-holds-barred anti-narcotics drive — alarming rights groups and the international community. A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court extended on Tuesday a stay order until the hearing of 15 petitions filed against Sirisena’s bid. “The bench extended the stay order till December 9,” a lawyer representing civil society groups, who call hanging a “cruel and degrading”, said after a brief hearing. Sirisena is not seeking re-election and must leave office as soon as a winner is declared after the November 16 election, more than three weeks before the court resumes hearings. There has been a moratorium on capital punishment in Sri Lanka since 1976. Sirisena told reporters on June 26 that he had signed the four death warrants and that he expected them to be hanged within weeks, or by before he leaves office at the latest. Sri Lanka’s last hangman retired in 2014, but officials said they had selected two out of 26 candidates to succeed him. Their names are being kept secret for fear of attacks. Sirisena justified his decision by saying there were 200,000 drug addicts in the country, and 60 percent of the 24,000-strong prison population were drug offenders. The Sri Lankan leader has also snubbed UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres who urged him three months ago to reconsider. The death warrants that Sirisena says he signed will remain in force once leaves office, but his successor can withdraw them. The ruling party candidate in the election, Sajith Premadasa, has supported Sirisena’s call to resume hangings for drug offenders, but has stopped short of saying he will actually carry out executions.  His main rival Gotabhaya Rajapakse, brother of former strongman president Mahinda Rajapakse, has remained silent on the issue. (Sunday Island, 3.11.2019)

Sri Lanka government’s total debt has skyrocketed to unmanageable proportions by an increase of 71 per cent since the current administration came into power in 2015, Finance Ministry statistics showed. The present administration has to borrow money since 2016 to repay the massive loans taken by the previous regime, Treasury accounts revealed. The most significant borrowing in 2013 was the US$750 million obtained from international markets at the highest ever interest rate of 8.9 per cent at a time when the global benchmark rate for that type of loan was 1.3 per cent, a senior official said. According to Finance Ministry data, public debt has increased to over Rs. 8000 billion in 2015 from Rs.4000 billion in 2009. While the government went on a borrowing spree on international capital markets, government revenue nose-dived. In 2005, Sri Lanka’s tax-to-GDP ratio was 13.7 per cent. By 2014, it was 10.1 per cent, one of the lowest in the world. As a result, expenditure necessary for long-run growth such as health and education suffered. And Sri Lanka needed to borrow more just to repay the loans of the previous regime.  in 2014 interest payments amounted to Rs. 436 billion, 24 per cent of government expenditure. Sri Lanka’s public debt has continued to escalate placing  huge pressure on the Government budget as well, Treasury sources said. Interest payments on public debt had consumed a large part of Government revenue representing a large portion of Government expenditure. Therefore the Treasury had to finance budget deficits through more borrowings, thereby increasing the amount of public debt, sources revealed.  At this decisive moment it is essential to take prompt action towards improving the revenue base and efficient collection of taxes and implementing expenditure control at Treasury level, the official said. In addition to in-house Treasury reforms, a policy plan of public sector enterprise reforms for reducing losses, malpractices, mismanagement of resources and waste would be the only way to reduce the prevailing fiscal deficit, he added. (Sunday Times, 3.11.2019)

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Friday completed the sixth review of Sri Lanka’s economic performance under the Extended Fund Facility (EFF) and approved the release of $ 164 million, bringing the total support so far to $ 1.31 billion.   This is following the IMF the granting of a waiver of non‑observance for the end‑June 2019 performance criterion on the primary balance Sri Lanka’s extended arrangement was approved on June 3, 2016, in the amount of about SDR 1.1 billion ($ 1.5 billion, or 185% of quota in the IMF at that time of approval of the arrangement. On 13 May, the Executive Board approved an extension of the arrangement by one additional year, until 2 June 2020, with rephasing of remaining disbursements.Following the Executive Board’s discussion of the review, IMF Deputy Managing Director and Acting Chair Mitsuhiro Furusawa said: “The Sri Lankan economy is gradually recovering from the impact of the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks. Growth is projected to strengthen to 3.5% in 2020, from 2.7% in 2019, as tourist arrivals and related activities gradually recover.”
“Sustaining fiscal policy discipline remains critical to strengthen resilience and support growth, as important downside risks remain, amid heightened external and domestic uncertainty,” he added. (Daily Financial Times, 4.11.2019)

The TNA has decided to support New Democratic Party (NDF) presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa. The decision was announced by TNA MP and spokesman M.A. Sumanthiran in Vavuniya yesterday. Sumanthiran said the TNA had made the decision not on the basis of Premadasa’s response to the demands made by the TNA but in view of the fact that Tamil people would be able to get more from Premadasa than any other candidate in the fray. The TNA members met at a private hotel in Vavuniya yesterday to take a final decision and held a press conference there to announce it. Members of the TNA allied parties namely ITAK, TELO, PLOTE, TMK party of former Northern Province Chief Minister CV Wigneswaran and EPRLF of Suresh Premachandran were present. The TNA earlier forwarded a letter containing 13 demands for the benefit of people living in the Northern and Eastern Provinces to the presidential candidates from main parties. None of the presidential candidates responded directly to the TNA’s demands, and TNA Leader R Sampanthan said that they would wait until NDF candidate Premadasa made his manifesto public so that they could study the promises the latter might make for the benefit of people in the North and the East. MP Sampanthan then also promised that his party would discuss the content of the manifesto with other Northern political party leaders and make a final decision. Accordingly, the Northern Tamil parties discussed the NDF candidate’s manifesto at a full day meeting and made it public yesterday. (Daily Island, 4.11.2019)

With Colombo city turning into a business hub more than a residential area, recent studies of LankaPropertyWeb (LPW) show that apartment developers are now exploring the suburbs to cater to the growing interest for vertical living amongst the locals. The numerous developments taking place in the main city resulting in diminishing space amongst houses for rent in Colombo and reducing demand for houses for sale in Colombo has in fact contributed to this interest largely. The rising population in the country and the changing lifestyles of people has also further influenced the number of apartments for rent and condominium construction taking place in the city. However, over the years such constructions taking place within the inner city of Colombo (i.e. Colombo 1-15), has continued to decrease in number. According to the data gathered by the Condominium Management Authority (CMA), from 2014 to 2016 there is an increase in condominiums in Colombo. But from 2017 onwards an obvious reduction is seen. Apartment constructions in the other districts are following a downward slope as well. However, in the greater Colombo areas like Sri Jayawardena Pura Kotte, Mount Lavinia, Rajagiriya, etc. that exclude Colombo 1-15, a continuous rise in complex constructions has been witnessed. Commenting on this Daham Gunaratna, Managing Director of LankaPropertyWeb says “The main reason developers are moving out of Colombo could be the cost of construction in Colombo (mainly driven by high land value) and thus the price of apartments going up.” (Daily Island, 4.11.2019)

Sri Lanka Podujana Permauna (SLPP) Presidential Candidate Gotabhaya Rajapaksa was declared as the winner of the presidential election by the Election Commission (EC) today (Nov 17). Mr Rajapaksa received 6,924,255 votes at the presidential election, outnumbering his opponent Sajith Premadasa who received 5,564,239 votes.Thirty-five candidates contested this year’s presidential election, which saw a voter turnout of 83.72 percent, EC Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya said during a meeting with the candidates. The polls chief observed that the poll had been conducted in a peaceful manner, despite having shortcomings due to the conduct of certain state media outlets, and some religious leaders. The SLPP in a statement said Rajapaksa will take oaths as Sri Lanka’s Seventh Executive President at the Ruwanweliseya Buddhist Shrine in Anuradhapura tomorrow.  He will address the nation after being sworn in as President.  (Times Online, 17.11.2019)

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa appointed a 16-member Cabinet yesterday, establishing an interim government focused on carrying out the manifesto which he presented to the public before the Presidential Election. President Rajapaksa stated that the interim government will hold office till the General Elections, expected early next year. “That’s why we appointed a Cabinet of 15 Ministers,” he said, pointing out that the manifesto indicated a reduced Government if he is elected. There were no Muslim Parliamentarians appointed to the Cabinet. 
The President recalled that the public had placed their trust in them and asked the new Cabinet to work towards a new political culture. “In the lead up to the Election, the public rejected the old political culture. I expect you all to work together for change,” he added. President Rajapaksa, addressing the Cabinet and other Parliamentarians, urged them to work with the State Ministers, who will be appointed next week. The President stated that heads and director boards of State institutions and enterprises will be appointed by a selection committee, and instructed newly appointed Ministers to make recommendations on suitable individuals to hold such posts to the committee. . President Gotabaya Rajapaksa made history this week when he appointed his brother, Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa, as the Prime Minister. Yesterday, he entrusted the Prime Minister with multiple portfolios. They include Minister of Finance, Economic Affairs, Policy Development, Buddha Sasana, Cultural, Water Supply and Urban Development, and Housing Facilities.The other Cabinet appointments were Nimal Siripala de Silva as Minister of Justice, Human Rights and Legal Reforms, Arumugam Thondaman as Minister of Community Empowerment and Estate Infrastructure, Dinesh Gunawardena as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Skills Development, Employment and Labour Relations, Douglas Devananda as Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Pavithra Wanniarachchi as Minister of Women and Child Affairs, Social Security, Health and Indigenous Medicine, Bandula Gunawardene as Minister of Information and Communications Technology, Higher Education, Technology and Innovations, Janaka Bandara Tennakoon as Minister of Public Administration, Home Affairs, Provincial Councils and Local Government, Chamal Rajapaksa as Minister of Mahaweli Development, Agriculture and Trade, Dullas Alahapperuma as Minister of Education, Sports and Youth Affairs, Johnston Fernando as Minister of Roads and Highways, Ports and Shipping, Wimal Weerawansa as Minister of Small Medium Enterprises (SME) and Enterprise Development, Industries and Supply Management, Mahinda Amaraweera as Minister of Passenger Transport, Power and Energy, S.M. Chandrasena as Minister of Environment, Wildlife, Land and Land Development, Ramesh Pathirana as Minister of Plantations and Export Agriculture, and Prasanna Ranatunga as Minister of Industrial Exports and Investment Promotions, Tourism and Aviation. (Daily Financial Times, 22.11.2019)

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is expected to lead an eight-member delegation to India next week in his first-ever overseas visit since assuming office. Among members of the Sri Lankan delegation are Secretary to the President Dr. P.B. Jayasundera, Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha, and former Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga, who was yesterday granted approval for travel temporarily by the Court. President Gotabaya will visit New Delhi from 29 November to 1 December, following an invitation from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. .It was learnt that President Gotabaya is likely to visit China next. (Daily Financial Times, 23.11.2019)

Headline inflation as measured by the year-on-year change in the National Consumer Price Index (NCPI, 2013=100)* increased to 5.6 per cent in October 2019 from 5.0 per cent in September 2019. The monthly increases of prices of items in the Food category contributed to this increase. Accordingly, Food inflation (Y-o-Y) increased to 7.3 per cent in October 2019 from 4.9 per cent in September 2019. However, Non-food inflation (Y-o-Y) recorded 4.3 per cent, continuing its decreasing trend observed since May 2019. The change in the NCPI measured on an annual average basis increased to 2.8 per cent in October 2019 from 2.3 per cent in September 2019. Monthly change of NCPI recorded 1.0 per cent in October 2019 and it was solely due to the price increases observed in the items of Food category. Within the Food category, prices of big onions, rice and vegetables recorded increases. Meanwhile, prices of items in the Non-Food category declined during the month owing to price decreases of the items in Housing, Water, Electricity, Gas and other Fuels; Transport; and Health sub-categories.The core inflation, which reflects the underlying inflation in the economy, remained unchanged at 5.6 per cent in October 2019 on year-on-year basis. However, annual average core inflation increased to 5.4 per cent in October 2019 from 5.2 per cent in September 2019. (Sunday Observer, 24.11.2019)

The Edinburgh University of the United Kingdom will return a set of nine human skulls to their homeland of Sri Lanka in a repatriation ceremony today.The skulls will be presented to the Chieftain of the Vedda community Uruwarige Wanniyalaththo, after anatomy researchers at the University agreed to the Vedda’s claim as the earliest inhabitants of Sri Lanka, Edinburgh Evening News reported.Vedda Chief will attend the presentation at the University’s Playfair Library in Vedda dress of a knee-length sarong and holding a traditional axe.
The skulls, thought to be over 200 years old, were taken from their place of origin more than a century ago. The Vedda plan to display the skulls in a collection that will showcase their history as traditional hunter-gatherers and forest-dwellers. Chief Uruwarige said the dead are very important in Vedda society.“Every year we hold a special ceremony to honour those who are no longer with us. Even though these remains have been in Edinburgh for many years, their spirits have remained with us in Sri Lanka.“This reuniting of spirits and physical remains – for which I thank the University – is a very special moment for my people.”University of Edinburgh Chair of Anatomy Professor Tom Gillingwater said: “We are delighted to welcome the Vedda tribes-people to Edinburgh and mark the return of their ancestral remains.”“Our vast and diverse collection is often used in research breakthroughs and teaching. We are pleased to be able to return these culturally-important artefacts to help ensure the Vedda’s legacy endures for generations to come.”The ceremony marks the end of a study by Anatomy researchers at Edinburgh University and researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Science of Human History in Germany, which confirmed the Vedda as Sri Lanka’s earliest inhabitants.(Daily Financial Times, 23.11.2019)

SriLankan Airlines has incurred a loss of over Rs. 44 billion in the financial year that ended on March 31, 2019, Auditor General, W. P.C. Wickramaratne says in his report on the state venture. The accumulated loss of the company was Rs. 230 billion. The Company’s current liabilities exceeded its current assets by Rs. 186 billion and total liabilities exceeded its total assets by Rs. 177 billion. Further, the Group (Company and its subsidiaries) incurred a loss of Rs. 41 billion during the same time with an accumulated loss of Rs. 223 billion and, as at that date, the Group’s current liabilities exceeded its current assets by Rs. 177 billion and total liabilities exceeded its total assets by Rs. 168 billion. The Auditor General has said: “These events and conditions, along with other matters as set forth in another part of the report, indicate a material uncertainty that may cast significant doubt on the Group’s ability to continue as a going concern.” Wickramaratne added that his opinion of the company’s situation had not changed despite mitigatory factors such as Cabinet approval on 27 August 2019 and the letter issued by the Secretary to the Treasury on 16 September 2019 confirming the support of the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) to the Company to continue its operations. Commenting on the decision to re-fleet with 14 aircraft and Termination of lease Agreements on 04 A350-900 aircraft, Wickramaratne said that: “Company had not adhered to Government Procurement Guidelines in obtaining consultative services for the entire process, selecting companies for purchasing six A 330-300 aircraft and four A350-900 aircraft, leasing another four A350-900 aircraft and sell and lease back of above six A 330-300 aircraft, within 08 years from the year 2013.” The decision for purchasing aircraft had been taken by the Board of Directors of the Company without obtaining approval of the Cabinet of Ministers and without making a proper cost benefit analysis. A sum of Rs. 17,058.1 million had paid as compensation in the process of revocation of lease agreements for obtaining four A350-900 aircraft on lease which was scheduled to be delivered in the year 2016/2017. “The Company is in negotiation with Airbus SAS Company to amend the purchase agreement of four A350-900 aircraft which are to be delivered in 2020 and 2021 to replace with A321 NEOs and/or A330 NEOs and as at the reporting date amounting to Rs. 2,528.12 million ( USD 19.21 Mn) had been paid to Airbus as pre-delivery payment. However, no final decision had been taken until the date of this report.” (Daily Island, 27.11.2019).

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday said he would renegotiate the Hambantota Port lease agreement, terming it a “mistake” and calling on the Chinese company to be open to the move while assuring that he remained committed to strong relations with the global superpower. (Daily Financial Times, 27.11.2019) 

The cabinet has agreed to reduce Value Added Taxes (VAT) and Nation Building Taxes (NBT) imposed on imported goods from December 1. Cabinet spokesman Bandula Gunawardena said the cumulative value of VAT and NBT which stood at 17 percent will be reduced to eight percent.  He said Economic Service Charges, Capital Gain Taxes, Pay As You Earn (PAYE) taxes, VAT imposed on condomoniums, and Withholding Taxes on interest have also been scrapped. In addition, taxes imposed on export of tea, rubber and minor export crops has been lifted with effect from December 1, Minister Gunawardena said.  Meanwhile, the cabinet spokesman said that steps would be taken to reduce prices of rice following complaints that the rice prices had gone up . (Daily Financial Times, 27.11.2019)

Rajapaksa, giving his first interview since taking office, told Indian Journalist and Defence Analyst Nethin S. Gokhle that he remained committed to close ties with both China and India. 
In an hour-long interview aired on Gokhle’s Strategic News International (SNI) web platform and on the defence website Barthshakthi, President Rajapaksa stressed that Sri Lanka’s close relations with China during his brother’s 2005-2015 presidential tenure were misinterpreted by international analysts as a strategic military relationship, and claimed instead it was purely an economic partnership. “We don’t want to become a part of a big power rivalry,” Rajapaksa stressed, pointing out that Sri Lanka would not do anything that would negatively impact India’s national security.  Rajapaksa stated that he would seek to reassure India that Sri Lanka would not do anything to harm India’s security interests and would be seeking continued Indian investment to Sri Lanka during his upcoming visit to New Delhi.  “We were never to give control of the port [Hambantota] to China; that was a mistake,” Rajapaksa opined, pointing out that the decision was made by the previous administration.
“The previous Government gave it on a 99-year lease, and even though China is a good friend of ours and we need their assistance for development, I am not afraid to say that was a mistake.”
Rajapaksa stated that he would request the Chinese to renegotiate the joint venture. Rajapaksa highlighted that the public was unhappy with the deal and pointed out that while leasing land for commercial purposes or for property development was acceptable, giving control of a strategic “economic location like a port” was not. 
President Rajapaksa called regional and international powers such as Singapore, Japan, India and Australia to invest in Sri Lanka, acknowledging that the said countries viewed Chinese investment in Sri Lanka with suspicion. 
President Rajapaksa also claimed that there was an inaccurate perception of him as an authoritarian and racist individual. “I am a disciplined person, that doesn’t mean I am authoritarian,” he stated, pointing out that he had proved in action that he was not racist nor did he work for only one section of the population. 
“That is why I invited the Tamils, the Muslims and everybody to join me to develop the country and build it up,” he argued, pointing out that the Opposition could paint him out as a dictator but the public would see him for who he was through his actions. He called on the international media not to believe or propagate rumours, but to come speak to him and understand his ways. Rajapaksa argued that war crimes allegations against the Sri Lankan military and him were unfairly blown out of proportion while the actions of superpowers in conflicts were not highlighted. “I like the Tamil diaspora to forget about these things, nobody benefits from these things [allegations]. Work with the country to benefit all communities,” he suggested, pointing out that if minority communities acted in a manner that was suspicious, it would trigger a reaction from the majority. Rajapaksa claimed that even in so-called advanced societies, divisions existed. Nevertheless, he declared that all Sri Lankan citizens were equal. 
“There will always be differences between communities, but through understanding they can coexist and thrive,” he added. (Daily Financial Times, 27.11.2019)

India will lend Sri Lanka $ 400 million for infrastructure projects, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday after talks with the new President Gotabaya Rajapaksa aimed at improving bilateral ties. Sri Lanka, located off the southern tip of India, has become an arena of competing influence between New Delhi and China, which has built ports, power stations and highways as part of President Xi Jinping’s signature Belt and Road Initiative, designed to boost trade and transport links across Asia .But the terms of some of those projects have drawn criticism from politicians in Sri Lanka and opened the way for countries such as India, the United States and Japan to rebuild ties in the Indian Ocean country that lies near key shipping lanes. Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka’s former wartime Defence Chief, is on his first visit to India after a sweeping election victory earlier this month won on a platform promising to pull the country out of its deepest economic slump in more than 15 years. He told reporters he wanted to take bilateral ties with India to a “very high level”. Modi said India would provide Sri Lanka with $ 50 million for its security needs in addition to the $ 400 million for infrastructure. “India is fully committed to the development of Sri Lanka,” he said. (Daily Financial Times, 30.11.2019)

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                               ACQUISITIONS   FOR  THE  MONTH  OF  NOVEMBER  2019


  1. The History of Royal College, 2019 (Donated by Senaka Weeraratne, Colombo 5, Sri Lanka) 
  2. Lions of Sri Lanka, Cricket – An Island Passion, Featuring the 30 Greatest Cricketers, LMD Publication, May 2019

(Donated by Roland de Silva, Media Services (Pvt) Ltd, LMD, Colombo 5, Sri Lanka)

  1. Cultures of the World: Sri Lanka by Nanda Pethiyagoda Wanasundera, 2002
  2. Sri Lanka, a Travel Survival Kit by Tony Wheeler, 1982.
  3. Tamil Tigress by Derek Bartholomeusz, 1997.
  4. Island of a Thousand Mirrors, by Nayomi Munaweera, 2012.

(No’s 3 – 6, Donated by Cuthbert Lethbridge, Noble Par, Vic)

  1. My Island Paradise by Dodwell Keyt, 2019.


  1. Discover Sri Lanka, January – March, 2019
  2. Discover Sri Lanka, 2019 Edition 2
  3. Living, A Celebration of Life, August 2019.
  4. Brands Annual, 2019 Edition.
  5. Most Respected Entities in Sri Lanka, Compiled by LMD, 2019 Peer Review.
  6. LMD 100, Sri Lanka’s Leading Listed Companies, Financial Year 2017/2018
  7. LMD, The Voice of Business, May 2019.
  8. LMD, The Voice of Business, September 2019.

   (No’s 1 – 8, Donated by Roland de Silva, Media Services (Pvt) Ltd, LMD, Colombo 5, Sri Lanka)

  1. National Geographic, Vol 164, No 2, August 1983.
  2. The Sri Lankan: One Island. One Nation,  Vol 5, No 5, Oct – Nov, 2014
  3. Arts of Asia, Vol 15, No 6, Nov – Dec, 1985.
  4. Arts of Asia, Vol 16, No 2, March – April 1986

(No’s 9 – 12, Donated by Cuthbert Lethbridge, Noble Park, Vic)  

  1. The ‘Ceylankan’ – Journal of the Ceylon Society of Australia, Journal 88, Vol XXII, No 4, November 2019.                                     



  1. “Silverscene”, Newsletter of The Silver Fawn Club, Qld, November//December 2019 issue.
  2. “The Harbinger”, Family Magazine of The Australia / Sri Lanka Welfare Guild Inc (ASWG), Vol 44, No 5, November 2019.
  3. Journal of The Australia Ceylon Fellowship Inc (ACF), Vol 61, No 4, November 2019
  4. Newsletter – St Peter’s College Old Boys Social Club Melbourne Inc, Spring 2019.
  5. Newsletter – Eighty Club Melbourne Inc, Newsletter 150, 3rd Edition, Nov 2019 –  March 2020.   



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Compiled by Victor Melder
(E & O.E.)
(OCTOBER  2019)

VAN STARREX – HANS ANTON, son of late Mr Hans Andreas Van Starrex and Gertrud Therese Van Starrex, in Sri Lanka. (Daily News, 1.10.2019)

JURIANSZ – LORENZO (SHANNON), aged 21 years, tragically in Melbourne. (Contributed)

AMBROSE – ANTHONY  (TONY), in Melbourne (Contributed)

PIETERSZ- KENNETH  (KENNY), in Melbourne. (Contributed)

MARCELINE – MARK, husband of Sonia, father of Dina, Anil, Nirmali, Zaneta and Sanayi, grandfather of Ashani, Nicolai, Camila, Marco and Marianna, great grandfather of Troy. Brother of Hedy and the late Frances, Greg, Annette, Bertha, Bernie, Billy and Hilary, in Sri Lanka. (Daily News, 2.10, 2019)  

FOENANDER – OLGA  (nee Gerreyn), daughter of the late Joe & Nita Gerreyn. Wife of Gordon (Weenie), mother of Karen Foenander and Denise Greep, grandmother of Jake Greep. Sister of the late Crosby, Annesley, Flo, Doreen, Lucien, Genevieve, Rita, Stelmond, Trixie and of Phyllis, late Lawrence (Lolly), Christy, Marie and late Henry, in the UK. (Daily Island, 8.10.2019)

FERNANDOPULLE – JENNIFER, wife of Bernard Sri Rajan. Daughter of Hyacinth and Joseph Holsinger, sister of Jacynth and the late Ian (Kinky) Mendis, Travice & Celine, Monty & Wendy, Bernard & Pauline, Janice & the late Iggy Paiva, sister-in-law of Nihal, Neville, Mahen and Praksah, in Sydney, On October 11, 2019 (Contributed & Sunday Observer, 13.10.2019)) 

PARSONS – HYACINTH, wife of Eric Parsons (dec), mother of Dennis (Aust), Jean (Aust), Romauld (Aust), Ralson (Aust), mother-in-law of Lorna Cole (Aust), Andrew Balfour (Aust), Liya (Aust) and Sharma (Aust), grandmother of 7, great grand Mother of 9. Daughter of Collin & Beatrice Nunna Alvis (dec), sister of Olga Peries (dec), Elmo Alvis (Can) dec, Merril, Anton, Myrtle (SL) and Gladys De Silva (Australia), in Melbourne. (Daily News 10.10.2019)

FRANCKE – RITA MAUREEN (nee Melder), wife of late Elmo Francke, mother of Collin, late Beverley and of Kevin, mother-in-law of Anne and Anouk, grandmother of Anya, Cian, Kieran, Keanu and Kiera. Daughter of late Felix and Greta Melder, sister of late Juby & Aloy, Lorna, Anette, Dawn & late John (Cuckoo), in Sri Lanka. (Daily News 10.10.2019)  

CALLANDER – HELEN MONICA, wife of Ralph, mother of Marina. Daughter of the late Hubert and Connie Congreve. Sister of the late Duncan and of Cynthia and Kenneth, in Sri Lanka. (Daily News, 15.10.2019)

DELAMOTTE – MARIE, friend to Joe (dec), Zalie, Dowson, Tanya and family for 40 years, in Perth. (The West Australian, 12.10.2019)

DEVADASON – DR INDRAN, father and father-in-law of Jeyanthi & Dushan and Inbam & Lashitha, grandfather of Benjamin, Sonya, Nathan, Rebekah, Ranisha, Chrishan, Sitara and Haran, in Perth, on October 8, 2019. (The West Australian, 15.10.2019) 

CASPERSZ – DAWN RITA (nee Weinman), wife of  Trevine (dec), mother of Sharon, Charlene, Tracy, Donella, Jeremy and Tamara and their partners. Grandmother of 13, great grandmother of 10, in Perth, on October 12, 2019. (The West Australian, 15.10.2019)

DE SILVA – SUNALINI (LINA), wife of late Dr D.P.K.M. De Silva (Metta), mother of Dr Chinthaka and Dr Ramela, mother-in-law of Sharmela and Mahesh, grandmother of Shehan, Shamil and Shanya, in Perth, WA. (Daily Island, 16.10.2019)

WILLIAMS – MERLE, daughter of the late Capt. Hendrick Mariampillai Williams and V.H.A.Rosaline, sister of the late Mary, Emily, Bernard, Emil and Anton, in Sri Lanka. (Daily News, 16.10.2019) 

SIMMONS – GERTRUDE (MONA), nee Coenraad, wife of late B.M.T. (Ben) Simmons, mother of Sherwood, Randolph (Aust), Bernadine Soertsz and Sandra Vanderlaan, mother-in-law of Indrani, Bernadette Darrell Soertsz and Ashley Vanderlaan, grandmother of Geraldine, Janine, Rozanne, Bernard, Diana, Ryan, Bradley and Stefan, great grandmother of Rihanna, Monique, Shahilyah, Shaniece, Shania, Amelia and David.

Sister of Olga Ekanayake and the late Ralph, Vere, Victoreen and Rex, in Sri Lanka. (Daily News 18.10.2019)

SCHOKMAN – FELIX, husband of Mala Schokman, father of Ashan Schokman, grandfather of Swetha, Marissa, Nicole, Miron and Joel. Brother of Concey Janz and Sydney Francios Schokman, in Sri Lanka. (Daily News 19.10.2019)

DIAZ – PATRICIA OLIVE, wife of late Hamilton (Bonnie), mother of Hamilton, Patrina, Keith, grandmother of Anslem, Haidy, Haily, Adele , Kimberly and Yaniah, great grandmother of Aaron, in Sri Lanka. (Daily News, 19.10.2019)

KRONEMBERG – DR HARRY AM, partner of Robyn, father of Ruth Ann (dec) and partner David, Coralie and partner Luke and Hugh. Grandfather of Clare, Yanni, Heather, Mischa, Alex, Lucien, Luca and Sam, great grandfather of Jasper, Odette, Elvira, Jude and Rufus, in Perth, on October 11, 2019, aged 93 years. (The West Australian, 19.10.2019) 

DAVIOT – CARL, husband of Shirley, father of Stephen and partner Lea, Bev and Phil and Mark. Grandfather of Jay and Radi, Stacey and Robin, Renee and Ryan, Matt and Brooke, Todd and Jake, great grandfather of Darcie, Ashton, Max, Elvie and Hunter, in Perth. (The West Australian, 21.10.2019)

SIMONSZ – ANTHONY TYRONE (TYRONE), husband of Paulette, father and father-in-law of Nigel and Kimber, grandfather of  Zachary and Allison. Brother to Cody, Suzie, Rosie, Arlene (dec), Maurice (dec) and Penny (dec), in Brisbane, on October 13, aged 77, years. (The Courier Mail, 21.10.2019)

MANT – WALTER EDWARD, husband of Leila, father of Tina, Bradley and Jay, father-in-law of Ross. Grandfather of Shantia and Pearl, in Brisbane, on October 18, 2019, aged 77 years. (The Courier Mail, 21.10.2019)

JANSZ – MONICA (BUDDY) nee Feltman, wife of late J. E. H (Joe) Jansz, mother of Rienze, late Trevine, late Randolph, Berny (Aust), Judy, Shane (USA) and Remo, mother-in-law of Audrey, Indranie, late Waldo, Hillery, Nadira and Indu. Sister of late Olga Jansen and late Shirley Feltman, in Sri Lanka. (Daily News, 22.10.2019)

MOLDRICH – JOSEPH LISTER ALLISON, (24 April 1946 – 17 October 2019), Son of Benjamin Augustus Moldrich & Constance Magdalene Holmes (both dec). Husband of Camille, nee Willenberg (dec), father of Merc, Mallory, Marvin and Mellany and their partners Abbie, Cassanra & Martina. Grandfather of Ethan, Coen, Zachry and Caleb. Brother of late Chalice (Syd), Christopher (UK), Royce and Travis (Qld),  in Sydney. (Sydney Morning Herald, 23.10.2019 & Contributed)

CRAMER – IRENE, wife of late Joseph (Joe) Cramer, mother of late Brian, mother-in-law of Rani, grandmother of Lenny, Adrian, Jacqueline, Rinnety and Darrel, great grandmother of Andrea, Keith, Spencer, Sondra, Marlon, Daphne and Jayden, in Sri Lanka, aged 103 years. (Daily News, 24.10.2019)

WILLEMBERG – TRAVIS, husband of the late Barbara, father of Brandon and Tamaris, in California, USA, aged 88 years. (Contributed)

EDMONDS – GEORGE CECIL WILLIAM, husband of Betty (dec), father & father-in-law of Robert & Gail, Stephen & Patricia and Peter and Jonathan, grandfather of Anthony &Renee, great grandfather of Aila and Kade, on October 10, 2019, aged 94 years, in Sydney (Sydney Morning Herald, 25.10.2019)

MILLS – DR BENJAMIN AMIRTHANAYAGAM, (3.4.1927 – 22.10.2019), husband of Leelawathy Pathmaranee Mills, father of Ravi & Dr Ruth, Anusha & Dr Binojan, Selvan and Dr Tiasha, grandfather of Dr Nilani, Priyanka, Jesuran, Jaden and Zale, in Sydney, aged 92 years. (Sydney Morning Herald, 25.10.2019)

DE SILVA – KARUNA (nee Siriwardena), wife of Chandana De Silva, mother of Priyani Bond, Kumari De Silva and Anjali (Kemp) De Silva,

in Sydney, Australia. (Daily News, 29.10.2019)

FREDERICKS – MELVYN ANTHONY, husband, brother, father, father-in-law, grandfather and great grandfather, in Perth, on October 19, 2019, aged 76 years – Esther, Sylvia, Nigel, Mark, Neil, Martyn, Michelle, Angela, Rebecca, Dustin, Jeremy, Amanda, Elijah, Bryce, Kaleb and

Max. (The West Australian, 30.10.2019)

VANHEER – DAVE J., husband of Minola Vanheer, father of Ivana. Son of the late Clarence Vanheer, the late Therese and Kingsley Kanangara, son-in-law of late Monty and Ayesha Janiel. Brother and brother-in-law of Valerie & Jorge (USA), Anslem & Romaine (Aus), Ophelia (Aus), Susan & Raj, Dilshan & Chamica (Aus), in Sri Lanka. (Daily News, 30.10.2019)

INCH – MABEL (DOTTIE), wife of late Herbert Inch, mother of Leonard and Milroy (Can), mother-in-law of Christine and Sabrina (Can), grandmother of Andre (NZ), late Sean (Can) and Shane (Can), great grandmother of Jarryd (NZ). – 50/4, Gunasinghe Gardens, Tennekumbara, Kandy, Sri Lanka. (Daily News 30.10.2019) 

Note: All spelling of names as taken from Sri Lankan newspapers

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                               ACQUISITIONS   FOR  THE  MONTH  OF  OCTOBER  2019


  1. Ivor Beven, ‘Fieldview’ and Beyond  by Joanne Russo, 2017

(Donated by Michael Roosmale-Cocq, Elanora, Qld)

  1. Kachchativu: and the Maritime Boundary of Sri Lanka by W. T. Jayasinghe, 2003

 (Donated H. E:  W.P.S.Prasanna Gamage, Sri Lanka Ambassador to Vietnam)

  1. The Empire’s Other Anzacs, The Ceylon Planters Rifle Corps, by Lieutenant Colonel Neil. C. Smith, AM, 2014



  • “Thorathuru”, News Magazine, Sri Lanka Association of New South Wales Inc , 2019 First Half issue
  • Newsletter of the Ceylonese Welfare Organisation Inc (CWO), Vol 37, Issue 4, October 2019.



  1. Article – “Dutch Burghers & Portuguese Mechanics: Eurasian Ethnicity in Sri Lanka by Dennis B. McGilvray

(Comparative Studies in Society & History 24 (2): 235-263, April 1982)


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  1. New Buddhist Extremism and the Challenges to Ethno-Religious Coexistence in Sri Lanka by Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri, 2016

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  1. Burgher Association (Australia) Inc, Spring Newsletter, September 2019.
  2. “Silverscene”, Newsletter of the Silver Fawn Club, Qld, Issue: September/October 2019
  3. “The Vine”, Evergreen’s Newsletter, Operation Hope, August 2019.
  4. “The Harbinger”, Family Magazine of the Australia / Sri Lanka Welfare Guild Inc (ASWG), Vol 44, No 4, September 2019.
  5. “Floreat”, Newsletter, Royal College Old Boy’s Association Australia, September 2019.



  1. “The Role of  Defence Establishments in Facing New Threat Dimensions Whilst Ensuring National Harmony”, General Deshamanaya Denis

             Perera Oration by Air Marshall Sumangala Dias, on August 11, 2019

             (Donated by Mrs Ranji Perera, Etul Kotte, Sri Lanka)

  1. Burgher Association (Australia) Inc, Notice of Annual General Meeting, 2019/2020

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SRI LANKA CRICKET NEWS (SEPTEMBER 2019) – Compiled by Victor Melder

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The touring New Zealanders, defeated Sri Lanka by 5 wickets, to win the first T20 International, played at Pallekelle International Cricket Stadium, Kandy. Scores:

Sri Lanka –  174/4 in 20 Overs (Mendis 79, Dickwella 33, Southee 2/20, Santner 1/22)

New Zealand –  175/5 in 19.3 Overs (Taylor 48, Grandhomme 44, Mitchell 25no, de Silva 2/21, Malinga 2/23, Dananjaya 1/30)

Player of the Match: Ross Taylor (New Zealand)

T20 debut: Wanindu Hasaranga (Sri Lanka)

The touring New Zealanders, defeated Sri Lanka by 4 wickets, to win the second T20 International, played at Pallekelle International Cricket Stadium, Kandy. Scores:

Sri Lanka – 161/9 in 20 Overs (Dickwella 39, Fernando 37, Mendis 26, Rance 3/33, Southee 2/18, Kuggleijn 2/38, Sodhi 1/34)

New Zealand – 165/6 in 19.4 Overs (Grandhomme 59,  Bruce 53, Dananjaya 3/36, Udana 1/18, de Silva 1/32)

Player of the Match: Tim Southee (New Zealand)

Sri Lanka beat the touring New Zealanders by 37 runs to win the third and final T20 International, played at Pallekelle International Stadium, Kandy. Scores:

Sri Lanka – 125/8 in 20 Overs (Gunathilaka 30, Dickwella 24, Santner 3/12, Astle 3/28, Kuggeleijn 1/21)

New Zealand – 88 in 16 Overs (Southee 28no, Santner 16, Malinga 5/6, Dananjaya 2/28, de Silva 1/12, Sandakan 1/33)

Player of the Match: Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka)

Player of the Series: Tim Southee (New Zealand)

T20 debut: Lahiru Madushanka (Sri Lanka)

New Zealand won the 3-match series 2-1.

The national cricket team will leave for Pakistan on Tuesday on a two week tour where they will play three ODIs and three T-20 Internationals in Karachi and Lahore. Karachi will host the first leg of the tour consisting three ODIs and then the team will travel to Lahore for the T-20 leg. Sri Lanka will take wings to Karachi on Emirates via Dubai. After ten senior players pulled out of the tour, SLC was forced to select a second string team. All support staff agreed to make themselves available for the tour. Performance Analyst Hanish Shetty will not be able to go to Pakistan as he is not able to get a visa. Shetty is an Indian national. The tour was in jeopardy after the Prime Minister’s office warned SLC of a possible terror attack during their stay in Pakistan. The board then put the ball back into government’s court requesting for a new security clearance. Officials of the defense ministry went to Pakistan to study the security measures in place for the team and following government level negotiations, SLC was given the clearance to go ahead with the tour. Some 8500 security forces will guard the national cricket team and officials during their stay in Pakistan. The team will travel to the ground for games and practices in two armoured vehicles. They will be taken in a security convoy in a diamond shape and all roads will be closed down for public when the team is on the move. While SLC left the choice to tour for the players, the board will be in a spot if some of the young players who are making the tour come up with impressive performances. (Sunday Island, 22.9.2019)

The Sri Lanka ODI Squad: Lahiru Thirimanne (Captain), Oshada Fernando, Avishka Fernando, Isuru Udana, Danushka Gunathilaka, Shehan Jayasuriya, Angelo Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Minod Bhanuka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lakshan Sandakan, Nuwan Pradeep, Kasun Rajitha and Lahiru Kumara

Sri Lanka T-20 Squad: Oshada Fernando, Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Danushka Gunathilaka, Shehan Jayasuriya, Angelo Perera, Dasun Shanaka (Captain), Lahiru Madushanka, Isuru Udana, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Minod Bhanuka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lakshan Sandakan, Nuwan Pradeep, Kasun Rajitha and Lahiru Kumara.

Sri Lanka in Pakistan Schedule:

Sep 27 1st ODI in Karachi

Sep 29 2nd ODI in Karachi

Oct 03 3rd ODI in Karachi,

Oct 05 1st T20I in Lahore

Oct 07 2nd T20I in Lahore

Oct 09 3rd T20I in Lahore. (Sunday Island, 22.9.2019)

Sri Lanka will play three T20 International (T20I)’s in India next year, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said, replacing India’s scheduled encounter with Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe had been suspended from international cricket since July this year by the International Cricket Council (ICC) citing political interference in the game. The ICC’s decision is to be reviewed at its board meeting expected next month. Accordingly, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had invited Sri Lanka for a three-match tour which would begin on January 5 and end on January 10.

The schedule is as follows :

  • January 05, 2020 : 1st T20I –  Guwahati
  • January 07, 2020 : 2nd T20I – Indore
  • January 10, 2020 : 3rd T20I – Pune         (Times Online, 26.9.2019)

Sri Lanka’s second One Day International (ODI) encounter with Pakistan has been rescheduled to September 30, hours after the first game had been washed out in Karachi today (Sept 27). The heavy downpour resulted in a soggy outfield at the Karachi National Stadium, which the PCB had said would take at least two days for ground staff to curate it for the next match. Both teams were expected to play the second game on September 29. However, Sri Lanka Cricket said the fixture had been revised after being consulted by the Pakistan Cricket Board. Sri Lanka, sans several senior players who dropped out citing security concerns, are to take on Pakistan in three ODI’s and T20 International (T20I)’s each.  The ODI’s would be played in Karachi while Lahore will host the T20I games. (Times Online, 27.9.2019)

The second ODI of the three-match series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, which was originally scheduled for Sunday, will now be played on September 30 at the National Stadium in Karachi. The decision was taken mutually by both the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) in order to ensure the ground staff get an additional day to ensure the playing conditions are better after the first match was washed out due to rain on Friday. “This week’s unseasonal heavy rains have forced us to review the series schedule. I am thankful to Sri Lanka Cricket as well as our host broadcasters for agreeing to amend the match schedule to ensure there are no further abandonments due to rain in what is an important bilateral FTP series for Pakistan,” said PCB Director, International Cricket, Zakir Khan in an official statement. The tickets sold for the first ODI, as well as for September 29 will be valid for both the second and the third ODI. Also, the ticket holders, who were unable to attend the game on the rescheduled day, will be refunded. The first ODI between Pakistan and Sri Lanka was set to be the first in over 10 years that Karachi would have hosted an ODI match. The last match was also played between the two teams on January 21, 2009. The 2009 match was played before the tour ended when the Sri Lankan team bus was attacked outside the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.(Sunday Times, 29.9.2019)

Pakistan beat the touring Sri Lankans by 67 runs to win the Second ODI, played at the National Stadium, Karachchi. Scores:

Pakistan – 305/7 in 50 Overs (Azam 115, Zaman 54, Sohail 40, de Silva 2/63, Kumara 1/59, Udana 1/60)

Sri Lanka – 238 in 46.5 Overs (Jayasuriya 96, Shanaka 68, de Silva 30, Shinwari 5/51, Khan 2/76, Amir 1/21, Riaz 1/27)

Player of the match: Usman Shinwari )Pakistan)

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Sri Lanka’s gross official reserves were 8,532.6 million US dollars by the end of August, up from 8,343.9 million US dollars in July, latest Central Bank data showed. By the end of August, foreign currency reserves were 7,494.7 million dollars while the reserve position in the IMF was 65.5 million dollars. Special Drawing Rights were 14.5 million, reserves in Gold were 956.8 million and other reserve assets were 1.1 million US dollars. The outstanding stock of T-bills and T-bonds held by foreigners decreased by 0.45 percent during the week compared to the previous week. During the year up to 6th September 2019, the Sri Lanka rupee has appreciated against the US dollar by 1.2 percent. (Daily Island, 9.9.2019)

The first-ever anti-venom serum developed in Sri Lanka to treat snake bites victims is expected to be introduced to the market shortly, officials said. The government spends around Rs. 1 billion to import anti-venom serum from India, but experts have pointed out that the potency of the venom, particularly when it comes to Russell’s Viper and Hump-nosed Viper in Sri Lanka, is more toxic than in India. The anti-venom ICP and AVRI that has been produced locally is polyspecific and it covers multiple species including, for the first time, the Hump-nosed Pit Viper, the most common cause of snakebite envenoming in Sri Lanka, and is known to cause serious systemic toxicity and death. Medical experts have shown that a victim with serious bites ends with acute kidney damage plus many other complications when it comes to the hypnale species. A decade ago, snake bites were a major problem with some 60,000 people falling victim annually. Only around 40,000 of the victims received treatment from hospitals, while the others resorted to traditional native snake bite treatment. In total, 97% of snake bite deaths are caused by the cobra, Russell’s Viper and Common Indian Krait. Apart from them, the Sri Lankan Krait and Saw Scaled Viper are categorized as a deadly species though they have not caused many deaths. The Merrem’s Hump-nosed Viper is now considered by the Sri Lanka Medical Association as a dangerous species. However, of the land snakes only a few are medically important or can inflict a bite, where the venom could be mild, moderate or highly venomous. It is of interest to note that to date, modern medical literature record human fatalities only due to four species of snakes – Russell’s Viper, Cobra, Kraits and the Hump-nosed Viper. The Hump-nosed Pit Viper (Hypnale Merrem’s pit viper) is a snake widely distributed in Sri Lanka and the South Western coastal region of India. It is the most common snake responsible for venomous snakebites in Sri Lanka, estimated to be between 22% to 77% of all snakebites (de Silva, 1981; Seneviratne, 2000). For centuries, it was considered a relatively innocuous snake until 1821, when for the first time, swelling and bleeding due to bites by H. hypnale was reported in animals (Davy, 1821) (Sunday Island, 15.9.2019)

A new dwarf day gecko has been added to Sri Lanka’s list of gecko species. The latest addition to the diverse herperto fauna brings the Cnemaspis richness to 33 species. The new species is dedicated to Sri Lanka’s Father of Herpetology, renowned scientist, Dr. Anslem De Silva. Dr. De Silva said that there are a number of species, especially reptiles and amphibians new to science, which are to be named soon. He commended young researchers for their devoted service to the field of science. The new species was named Cnemaspis anslemi by environmental scientists D. M. S. Surajan Karunarathna and  Kanishka Ukuwela. The new day gecko species of Genus Cnemaspis Strauch 1887 is from a midland forested area of Udamaliboda (north-western foothills of Samanala Nature Reserve) in Sri Lanka. The species is medium in size (30–35 mm SVL) and can be differentiated from all other Sri Lankan congeners by a suite of distinct morph metric, meristic and color characters (dorsum with smooth and homogeneous granular scales; chin, gular, pectoral, and abdominal scales smooth; precloacal pores absent in males, 14–15 femoral pores separated by 9–11 unpored interfemoral scales in males; subcaudals smooth, sub hexagonal, enlarged, sub equal, forming a regular median row). It was recorded from tall trees with smooth bark in home gardens, and also on clay walls in very old tall houses in wet, cool and shady forests, distributed across mid elevations (~450–650 m) with limited anthropogenic disturbance. They can climb of up to heights of 7m on vertical surfaces of trees. The most noteworthy behavior of this species is that when “scared,” it runs only upward to the canopy of a tree or along the wall to hide within crevices. Suranjan Karunarathna warned that the major threats to this species in Udamaliboda and other locations in lower Samanala Nature Reserve are habitat loss due to expansion of commercial-scale agriculture and monoculture plantations, and illicit forest encroachments. “Therefore, these foothill forests warrant special conservation, habitat protection, further in-depth research and specific hands-on management practices,” he stressed. (Sunday Island, 15.9.2019)

A senior spokesman for the Election Commission, last night, said the presidential election would be held on Nov. 16, 2019. The official said the relevant gazette notification would be issued Wednesday (18) night. The announcement was made in the wake of the SLPP alleging President Maithripala Sirisena planning to consult the Supreme Court again in respect of the duration of his term. The official said the nominations for the elections would be called for on Oct. 07. “There will be a two week-period to receive nominations. Cash deposits can be made in view of the elections, till noon on October 6.” The Commission took that decision in keeping with the election law, the official said. The SLPP and the National People’s Power Movement (NPPM) have named wartime Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Anura Kumara Dissanayake as their respective presidential candidates. The SLPP named Gotabaya Rajapaksa as its candidate on Aug 11. The JVP-led coalition made its announcement on Aug. 18. The UNP and its partners and the civil society are still continuing discussions among themselves, with UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, its Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa and Speaker Karu Jayasuriya vying for presidential nomination. UNP General Secretary Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said that the Working Committee would soon decide on the party candidate who would contest, through the National Democratic Front (NDF). Political sources said that contrary to claims by various spokesmen, the SLFP wouldn’t field a candidate. It would be the first time the SLFP will not in the presidential fray. The last presidential election was held on January 08, 2015. (Daily Island, 19.9.2019)

As envisioned in Budget 2019 proposals by Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera, the Cabinet of Ministers has approved the payment of a monthly interim allowance of Rs. 6,000 to families of missing persons including family members of the armed forces and the police missing in action, the Finance Ministry said. Issuing a statement, the Ministry said that across the island, in addition to heartbreak and trauma, families of missing persons had been undergoing severe economic hardships due to the disappearance of their loved ones, in most cases the breadwinner of the family. The Office of Missing Persons (OMP), in its interim report published in August 2018, had recommended providing interim relief to families of missing persons that had Certificates of Absence. Budget 2019 incorporated these recommendations. The interim relief is of Rs.6000 monthly bank deposit to the recipient of a certificate of absence. It will be provided until the newly-established Office of Reparations provides compensation and other forms of reparation. Interim relief will also not be a waiver of the right to adequate, prompt and effective reparations to seek judicial remedies. So far, 656 certificates of absence have been issued to families of missing persons in both the North and the South, some of whom include families of armed forces personnel who are missing in action. In order to facilitate the speedy issuance of certificates of absence, the Cabinet also approved the recruitment of additional officers to the Registrar General’s Department on a contract basis. (Daily Mirror, 20.9.2019)

The Working Committee of the United National Party (UNP) has agreed to nominate Minister Sajith Premadasa as its presidential candidate today (Sept 26). Accordingly, UNP Deputy Leader Mr. Premadasa would contest under the UNP-led Democratic National Front (DNF) banner which would be formed on October 9.  A final decision in this regard had been taken during a meeting at the UNP Headquarters which took place this afternoon.  Accordingly, the UNP would make its cash deposit for Minister Premadasa at the Elections Secretariat tomorrow.   UNP leader Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Speaker Karu Jayasuriya too were among the names tipped to be nominated as the presidential candidate. So far seven candidates have placed their cash deposits to contest at the November 16 election. This includes former Defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, businessman Rohan Pallewatta, and Ariyawansa Dissanayake. United National Party (UNP) presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa today (Sept 26) said that UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe will serve as Prime Minister, under his government.  “This isn’t a problem about choosing a Prime Minister. It is the presidential election,” Mr. Premadasa said in his first news conference after announcing his candidature. (Times Online, 26.9.2019)

The United Nations suspended Sri Lankan Army deployments in the world body’s peacekeeping operations after the Indian Ocean island nation appointed a war veteran who has been accused of serious human rights violations, an official said on Wednesday. “We have expressed our concern to the Government of Sri Lanka over the appointment of Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva to the position of Commander of the Sri Lanka Army despite well-documented, credible allegations of his involvement in serious violations of international humanitarian and human rights law,” UN Spokesman Farhan Haq said in New York. “In light of this appointment, the UN Department of Peace Operations is therefore suspending future Sri Lankan army deployments except where suspension would expose UN operations to serious operational risk.” Silva, 55, is credited with successfully leading an army division against dissident Tamil Tigers in the final phases of the island nation’s 26-year-long brutal civil war. His victory, however, was highly controversial. Thousands of civilians were killed in the last phases of the conflict, including in areas declared by the government to be a “no-fire zone” which came under sustained army shelling, including hospitals. A United Nations panel has accused Silva’s division of suspected extrajudicial executions of unarmed rebels in the final week of the war, which ended in 2009, and systematic torture of people in custody. Silva, who joined the Army in 1984 and had been its Chief of Staff since January, has denied the accusations.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said in a statement in August that Silva’s promotion “severely compromises Sri Lanka’s commitment to promote justice and accountability”. The United States expressed its disapproval of Silva’s appointment in a strongly-worded statement and said “the allegations of gross human rights violations against him, documented by the United Nations and other organisations, are serious and credible.” Silva was named Head of the Army after the term of the previous Chief, Mahesh Senanayake, ended in July. Various countries contribute forces to UN peacekeeping missions around the world. (Daily Financial Times, 27.9.2019)

The Government said yesterday it was in discussion with the UN  Secretary General over the latter’s announcement of UN Department of Peace Operations deciding to repatriate Sri Lankan Army Unit and individual officers serving with the UN Peace Keeping. “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who is leading the Sri Lanka delegation to the 74th General Assembly Session, is scheduled to discuss this matter with the Under Secretary General of the UN Department of Peace Operations, on Friday 27 September 2019,” the Ministry said in a statement. Deputy Spokesman for the UN Secretary General Farhan Haq on Wednesday said that the UN Department of Peace Operations has decided to repatriate a Sri Lankan Army unit and individual officers currently serving with UN Peacekeeping, due to concerns over the appointment of Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva as the Commander of the Sri Lanka Army. (Daily Financial Times, 27.9.2019)

Exports in July declined by 7% after posting steady growth for more than a year, which expanded the trade deficit to $ 717 million but in carminative terms the deficit for the first seven months of the year contracted by $ 2 billion in the first seven months, the Central Bank said. The trade deficit widened in July as exports fell more than the decline in imports. Export earnings recorded a decline of 7% (year-on-year) after a steady growth for several months while import expenditure declined by 2.2% (year-on-year) in July. The decline in export earnings in July can be largely attributed to a reduction in earnings from petroleum products due to lower prices of bunker fuel and the export of a naval craft in July 2018, which resulted in a higher export base in the corresponding month of the previous year. The trade deficit widened to $ 717 million in July compared to the deficit of $ 316 million recorded in June. The deficit in the trade account, which contracted significantly since November 2018, widened in July, both on a year-on-year basis and month-on-month basis. In cumulative terms, the deficit in the trade account contracted by $ 2,076 million to $ 4,314 million during the first seven months of 2019 in comparison to the corresponding period of 2018. Meanwhile, the terms of trade, which represents the relative price of imports in terms of exports, improved by 3.9% (year-on-year) as export prices, on average, reduced at a slower pace than the decline in import prices. However, on a cumulative basis, the terms of trade deteriorated marginally by 0.8% during the first seven months of 2019 in comparison to the corresponding period of 2018. (Daily Financial Times, 28.9.2019)

Three more elephants have been found dead yesterday at the Thumbikulam reserve at Habarana, bringing the total number of elephants found dead at the park to seven, Wildlife Conservation Department (DWC) officials said. In a pathetic scene, a five-year-old calf was seen refusing to leave the site of one of the elephants, believed to be its mother. The baby elephant attempted to revive the dead elephant by trying to breath into its mouth. Since wildlife officers were unable to approach the mother elephant to carry out a post-mortum examination they were forced to tranquilise the calf and drive it into the jungle. A visibly shaken Wildlife State Minister Ranjith Aluwihare who arrived at the scene reprimanded wildlife officers for not informing him about the tragedy. He said he had to learn of the deaths from media reports. Earlier on Friday, wildlife officials had found four dead elephants in the same reserve. The officials said they believed all the animals were from a single herd, and they were females with their ages ranging between 25 and 35 years. Meanwhile, DWC Director General Chandana Sooriyabandara, told the Sunday Times they had informed the Kekirawa Magistrate about the deaths. He said two veterinary surgeons had carried out the post-mortem examination and another veterinary surgeon was scheduled to go there today to carry out investigations into the mysterious deaths” The Wildlife Department would be producing a progress report in court to get an order to send samples collected at the post-mortem examinations for further investigation. Meanwhile, in another incident the body of a tusker had been found in Moragahawewa in Puttlam. Veterinarian Dr. Chandana Jayasinghe, said he believed the animal, around 7 feet tall and 15 years old, had died of poisoning. He added one of the tusks of the beast was missing and said he believed that whoever attempted to retrieve the tusks was unable to remove the other as the animal had fallen in a muddy area. (Sunday Times, 29.9.2019)

Sri Lanka is trailing behind many Asian and middle income countries in human capital with lower relative education and stunted children, while though the country is doing better in life expectancy, a new report has found. In newly compiled cross-country Human Capital Index (HCI) compiled by World Bank, Sri Lanka scores 58 points giving a ranking of 74 out of 157 countries. After 13 years of education a child in Sri Lanka has education level equal to about eight years of education in Singapore, Harsha Athurupane, Lead Economist and Program Leader for Human Development for Sri Lanka and Maldives said. Sri Lanka was weak in areas such as mathematics, he said. Based on the HCI index a child in Sri Lanka born today will be 58 percent as productive in adulthood compared to their full potential. “Children born in Singapore today can expect to achieve 88 percent of their potential, Children born in Japan and the Republic of Korea will achieve 84 percent and in Hong Kong 82 percent. “Sri Lanka was the best performing country in South Asia,” the report Sri Lanka Human Capital Development noted. “However it lags behind East Asian countries such as China, Malaysia, Mongolia, Thailand and Vietnam. In Sri Lanka a child has a 99 percent chance of surviving to age 05. About 26 percent of children die of accidents. The expected number of years of schooling is 13 years, on par with high income countries. On learning outcomes Sri Lanka scores 400, above lower middle income country average of 391, but less than the average upper middle income of 428. It is below the mean score of East Asia and Pacific of 451. The report found that Sri Lanka’s Southern Province had the highest HCI value of 63.3 higher than the Western province’s 61.8, largely due to improvements by the provincial council to schools. Southern Province overtakes Western in Sri Lanka human capital index In Sri Lanka 83 percent were not stunted, above the 73 percent for lower middle income countries, but below the average for upper middle income countries. “The county has deep-rooted challenges in stunting (reflecting chronic under-nutrition) and learning adjusted years of schooling,” the report said. “These are second generation challenges that are hard to address.” (Daily Island, 29.9.2019)

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BAINES – EVA DOROTHY (nee Hawke), wife of Robert “Sonnie” (dec), mother and mother-in-law of Allan (dec), Trevor & Doreen, Kenny & Marguerite, Ronnie & Jacinth and Marcia. Grandmother of Tanya, Adam, Khyam and Kesh, great grandmother of 7, in Qld on August 8, 2019, aged 100 years. (Brisbane Courier Mail, 15.8.2019) 

GAUDER – YVONNE (nee Vanderwert), wife of late Robyn Gauder, in Melbourne. (Contributed)

RAYMOND – RUSSELL OAM, husband of Shirley, father of Chris, Carmie, Anthony and Subi, father-in-law of John, Bryan, Jenni and Rhonda, grandfather of Nicholas, Sam, Alex, Ruby, Danny, Mayah and Charlie, in Perth, on August 25, 2019. (The West Australian, 27.8.2019) 

COOPER – MICHELLE,  wife of Terry, mother of Michael and Jy, mother-in-law of Ebonie and Amica, grandmother of Jaxon. Daughter of Hilarion and Pam Caspersz, sister of Jacqueline, Elise, Vanessa, Amarilla and Jerome, in Perth, on August 21, 2019. (The West Australian, 28.8.2019 and Contributed)  

DE BOND – DOROTHY, wife of Charles De Bond, mother of Duncan, Darryl, Deirdre, Deanna and Desiree, mother-in-law of Rowena, Nappy, Hong and Wil, grandmother and great grandmother. Daughter of the late Justin and Minnie De Sielvie, sister of Terry, Leslie (all dec) and Olga,

In California, USA, on September 1, 2019, aged 95 years (Contributed)

JAYAWARDENA – YVONNE (nee Keegel), wife of late Walter Jayawardena. Daughter of late Percy and Kitty Keegel, sister of Barbara, Gordon (Aust), late Welhelm and of Cynthia (Aust), Travis (UK) and Denver (Aust), sister-in-law of late Asheley Wijesinghe and of Indrani, Phoebe, Ralph Mortier, Lillian and Patty, in Sri Lanka. (Daily News 4.9.2019)

BARTLETT – ROBERT NOEL, husband of Noeline (nee Crusz), father of Michael and Spencer, father-in-law of Gena and Veronica, grandfather of James, Aaron, Jonathan and Harry. Brother of Vilma (dec), Hamilton (UK), Dagmar and Clifford in Sydney, on September 4, 2019.

(Ozlanka & Contributed)

CONDERLAG – ALAN, husband of late Dawn, brother-in-law of Lyn and Nimal (dec), in Qld. (The Courier Mail, 7.9.2019)

HIELER – PETER CLIFFORD, husband of the late Bernie Hieler, father of Mario Hieler, father-in-law of Merina Kushlani Perera, in Sri Lanka. – 10B/73/L, National Housing Scheme, Raddolugama. (Daily Island, 11.9.2019)

BOEKEL – RUDOLF JACOB, husband of Andrea, father of Danielle, Tanja and Melanie, father-in-law of Roger, Charles and Angelo De Silva, grandfather of Aria, Marie, Charles and Sol Jacob and Charles. Son of Herman and Antje (Neth), brother-in-law of late Ashely and Brian Tisseverasinghe, in Sri Lanka. (Daily News 12.9.2019)   

WEERASINGHE – THOMAS (DILIP), husband of Michelle (nee Nugara), father of Shadiya and Asika. Son of Jean and late Arthur Weerasinghe, brother of Anoma, Ayomi, Crishanthi, Athula, Yolanthi, ,Ellsworth and Dinali, brother-in-law of Denver, Russel and Jerome, in Sri Lanka. –  29/9, St Juwam Mawatha, Kandana, Sri Lanka. (Daily News 13.9.2019)

FERDINANDS – MAISIE ETHEL, (1922 – 2019), mother of Megan, Alan, Chris, Vern, Maree and Rick, grandmother of 11, great grandmother of 11, in Perth, on September 11, 2019. (The West Australian, 14.9.2019)

BEEKMEYER – PETER, husband of Pauline, father of Remon, father-in-law of Upeksha, in Sri Lanka. – 22B5, Rukmalgama Housing Scheme, Rukmalgama, Sri Lanka. (Daily Island 17.9.2019)

SELLAYAH – KEN, husband of Margot, in Sri Lanka. – 71B/36, 5th Lane, Attidiya, Sri Lanka. (Contributed)

EDEMA – YVONNE (nee Cameron), wife of the late Ralston Edema, in Sydney. (Contributed)

DE SILVA – MARIE (nee Direkze), wife of late Earle De Silva, mother and mother-in-law of Volly & late Marie Gunasekara, Earlie Shamalie De Silva (Fr), Tryane & Sonia De Silva (USA), Harrison & Monique Lowe (Can), Romesh & Halina De Silva (Fr), Nihal & Nilushini Lowe (Can), Suresh & Charitha De Silva. Daughter of late Mr & Mrs George Direkze, daughter-in-law of late Mr & Mrs Simon De Silva, sister and sister-in-law of George Direkze, Franklyn Direkze, Aloma & Gamini Yapa, Miriam & Anton Subasinghe, Noel & Fatima Direkze, Donald & Ira De Silva, late Margie & Kingsley Wijerathne, late Eric & Annette De Silva and late Lionel & Daphne Weerawardane, grandmother of 18, great grandmother of 9, in Sri Lanka. (Daily News, 19.9.2019)

HENRY – RACHEL, wife of Chandra, sister of Orima, John and Barbara, sister-in-law of Dilip Kumar, in Melbourne. (Contributed)

FERNANDO – KUMAR, husband of Nelunicka, father of Tehani, Ayesh and Sudesh, father-in-law of Prasantha and Anniesha, grandfather of Dhevin, Kayan and Ava. Brother of Mala, Marianne and Prabath, brother-in-law of Anandanie, Sarath, Rohan and Neela, in Melbourne. (Daily News 21.9.2019)

ELIAS –STEPHEN ANTHONY, husband of Victoria, father and father-in-law of Anthony & Mary, Bart & Kristine, Daniel & Elaine, Gregory & Jane, Lila, Natalie & Matthew, grandfather of Dominique, Victoria, Amelie, Indira, Elena, Isolde, Levi, Gabrielle, Austen, Zach, Elijah, Isaak, Sienna and Tahlia, in Sydney, on September 19, 2019, aged 73 years. (Sydney Morning Herald, 21.9.2019)  

BOUDEWYN – ROSHAN,  son of H. G. Boudewyn and  Margaret. Husband of Rossite (nee Tavarayan), father of Rochelle and Kevin, father-in-law of Chanaka and Michelle, grandfather of Anuka, Serah, Denem and Kyle, in Sri Lanka. (Daily News, 24.9.2019)

Note: All spelling of names as taken from Sri Lankan newspapers

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  1. To Wage War Against the Queen (The Coup d’etat of January 27, 1962) by Dorothy Ludowyk Joseph, Facsimile, 2001

(Donated by Kevin Melder, Dalkeith, WA)

  1. Lost in Floral Rain Journey of a Medical Student by Pushpa Suriyaarchchi, 2019.
  2. Contemporary Tamil Writing in Sri Lanka by K.S.Sivakumaran, 1974
  3. Kings of Sri Lanka, From Vijaya to Sri Wickrama Rajasingha by D.M.Karunarathna, 2005.
  4. Plead Mercy by Anne Ranasinghe, 1975
  5. The Golden Deer by Premini Amerasinghe

  (No’s 2 – 6, Donted by Samantha Sirimane Hyde, Denistone, NSW

  1. Lions of Sri Lanka, Cricket – An Island Passion, Featuring the 30 Greatest Cricketers, LMD Publication, May 2019

  (Donated by W.P.S.Prasanna Gamage, Akmeemana, Galle, Sri Lanka 




  1. ‘The Old Aloysian”, Journal of the Old Aloysians Sports Club (Australia) Inc, August 2019.


  1. The Constitution of The Dutch Burgher Union of Ceylon (DBU), October 2018.

(Donated by Kevin Melder, Dalkeith, WA) 




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OBITUARIES: Compiled by Victor Melder (E & O.E.) (AUGUST 2019)


ARASANAYAGAM – JEAN (nee Solomons), wife of Arasanayagam, mother of Parvathi and Devasundari, mother-in-law of John Gunter. Sister of the late Pat Solomons and Rosemary Emery, in Sri Lanka. (Daily News 2.8.2019)

DIAS – CORDELIA (LULIN) FLORISHA (nee Jackson), wife the late George Dias, mother of late Melvyn, Nalini, Noel Tyrone, Corrine (all Aust) and Barbara, mother-in-law of Francis perera and Charles Gunasekera, grandmother of Sean, Nadia, Roger, Tamara, Jessica, Yannick and Julian, great grandmother of AJ, Jordan, Cruz and Indiana, in Sri Lanka aged 100 years. (Daily News 3.8.2019)

ARNDT – GEORGE ARTHUR RICHARD, husband of Jeanne, father of Arlene, Sandy and Stuart, father-in-law of David, Johnny and Jayne, grandfather of Emily, Andrew and Tom, in Perth, WA. (The West Australian, 7.8.2019)

LEONARD – MARYSE, (16.04.1979 – 03.08.2019) daughter of  Vernon and the late Marina, in Melbourne. (Herald Sun, 12.8.2019 and Contributed)

BOCKS – YVONNE (nee Ziegelaar), daughter of Wilfred and Ula (both dec), wife of Douglas (dec), sister and sister-in-law of Elmo dec) and Joan (Aust), Ramsay and Victorine (Aust), Malcolm (dec) and Jean, Ursula (Aust) and Kevin Kennedy (dec) and Cynthia (dec), in Sri Lanka. – 5A, Windsor Avenue, Dehiwela, Sri Lanka. (Daily News 12.8.2019)

GREBE – BRIDGET CARMEN (nee De Fry), wife of late Victor Grebe, mother and mother-in-law of Mark & Rupa, Philip & Trissete (USA), Claire & Hubert, Anastasia & Gavin, Paul & Manel, Rose & Nick (UK), Scholastica & Darrel, Cecelia & Brian, Lorna & Rufus, Veronica & Lawrence. Grandmother of Ethel, Dimple, Julian & Trevor (USA), Christine & Amithap, Cheryl & Herman, Melissa & Chris, Amanda & Akhila, Rayan (It), Leyon, Damian, Vanessa & Jasmine (UK), Aletta & Millinda, Desiree, Jonathan (Aus), Rochelle & Dimantha (USA), Luke, Lance and Venora, great grandmother of Lily, Aviana, Amelia, Hayden and Meghan. Sister of late Aubrey and late Prosper De Fry, sister-in-law of late Cyril Grebe, late Pauline, late Monika, late Therese, late SK Surendran, late Bernard Pieris and late Hugh Fernando, in Sri Lanka. – 31/A/23, Bandigoda Road, Batagma, Ja Ela, Sri Lanka. (Daily News 13.8.2019)

DAVID – SOANN SHARMON (nee Rezel), wife of Victor David, mother of Vanessa, Steve and Denham, mother-in-law of Sanjeewa, Heshanka and Maheni. Sister of Brian, Cordelia, Paisley, Roma and Ophelia, sister-in-law of Roy, Vasantha, Stanley, Sheiela, late Susila, Hubert, Rani and Angeline, in Sri Lanka. (Daily News 14.8.2019)

PATTERNOTT – DAMIAN ROYCE, son of Gwendoline Pietersz, husband of Chamila, father of Jo-anne. Brother of Michelle and Fiona Gabriel (Kuwait), in Sri Lanka. – 91, Balasuriya Mawatha, Kandana, Si Lanka. (Daily News 22.8.2019)

SELA – PEARL ARGINA (nee Thiedeman), daughter of late Guy and Pearl Thiedeman. Wife of late Milroy. Sister of Yvonne, Deanna and Leonie and late Brian, Ronald, Shirley, Robert, Annabelle and Patrick, sister-in-law of Diana, Nita, Heather, Robert Sturrock, Robert Young, Eustace Matthau, late Clifford Guinan, late Lorna, late Russell and Tyrone Gray, Rosemarie and late Russell Bowen, Christine and Sam St Clair, Jennifer and Ainsley Sela, Albert and late Minnette Sela, Pearl (Dawn), in the UK, on August 20, 2019. (Sunday Observer, 25.8.2019) 

MACHADO – MAGDALENE (MAGGIE),  wife of late X.P.Machado, mother of late Therese, Joseph, Fatima, Bernard (Cashi) and Bonaventure, mother-in-law of Anton, Fatima and Ingrid, grandmother of  Tania, Tamara, Sachiel and Samara, great grandmother of Eva, in Sri Lanka on August 26, 2019. – 100, Waidya Road, Dehiwela, Sri Lanka. (Daily News 27.8.201)

ALLES – BERNADETTE, wife of late Alston, mother of Shahen and Shanika. Daughter of the late John and Anna Sylvester Pulle, sister of late Percy and Rita, sister-in-law of Sheila de Alwis in Sri Lanka. – 51 Dharmaloka Mawatha, Waragoda, Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. (Daily Island, 28.8.2019)

GEORGESZ – IDINA FRANCISCA (nee Holmes), wife of late Trevor, mother of Dayan, Gladwyn and Nicola, mother-in-law of Sanji Satyamurthy and Shameema Dean, grandmother of Zane. Sister of Audrey Kadramatamby, Marie Kelaart and Alric Holmes, in Sri Lanka. (Daily News 29.8.2019)

DON  PAUL – DAVE RASWATH, husband of Ruvini. Son of Terrance – Terry and Malkanth, brother of Bernadine and Fleming, in Sri Lanka on August 27, 2019. – 7, Kalyani Mawatha, Averiwatte Road, Wattala, Sri Lanka. (Daily News 29.8.2019)

BOLLING – DAVID, ex-husband of Prahasrhini, father of Deon. Son of late Ralph and Tara, brother of late Jeremy and Julian, in Sri Lanka. – 72, 5th Lane, Colombo 3, Sri Lanka (Daily News 30.8.219) 

CONDERLAG – ALAN, husband of late Dawn, in Queensland. (Contributed)

Note: All spelling of names as taken from Sri Lankan newspapers

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