Victor Melder



  1. Ceylon Daily News Cookery Book by Hilda Deutrom, 2011 edition (Donated by Shenon Fernando, Roxburgh Park, Vic)
  2. Persaudaran (Brotherhood), Malay Life in Sri Lanka by Tuan M. Zameer Careem, 2016 (Donated by Tony Saldin, Wattala, Sri Lanka)
  1. A Man in his Time, The Jetwing Story and the Life of Herbert Cooray by Shiromal Cooray. 

(Donated by Ms Sharlie Pickering, Alderley, Qld)

  1. General Denis (Perera), The Epitome of Leadership by M. D. D. Pieris, 2018

(Donated by the Perera family, Etul Kotte, Sri Lanka)     


  1. HI!! – The Society Magazine, Sri Lanka, Series 16, Vol 5, 2018


  1. Newsletter – Ceylonese Welfare Organisation Inc (CWO), Vol 37, Issue 1, January 2019.
  2. “Silverscene” – Newsletter of the Silver Fawn Club Inc, Qld, January/February 2019 issue.


  1. Article – ‘Defend Lanka Your Home’: War on the Home Front in Ceylon, 1939 – 1045, by Ashley Jackson, pp 213-238 (War in History, Vol 16, No  2, 2009) –  (Forwarded by Ms Yvette Paulusz, Glen Waverly, Vic)



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SRI LANKA NEWS IN BRIEF (JANUARY 2019) – Compiled by Victor Melder                                             

Victor Meldor - eLankaForeign reserves had declined by USD 1 billion within the 51-day political crisis completely upsetting the debt management plans of the country, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said, yesterday, making a ministerial statement in Parliament. The PM said he was confident of overcoming all the challenges in the economic front and the government would present a “people-friendly budget”. Wickremesinghe remained focused on stabilising the rupee. “The rupee depreciated by 3.8 percent within the 51 days of the crisis while other currencies gained value. From October 26 to December 16, 2018, USD 312.9 million in Treasury Guarantees, USD 29.1 million in Treasury Bills and USD 29.8 million in Treasury Bonds flowed out of the country. We previously had a target of reaching USD 8 billion foreign reserves by the end of this year. We had USD 7,991 million foreign reserves as at October 26, but this had dropped to USD 6,985.4 million owing to the political crisis. As per the estimates, we need a total of USD 5,900 billion to pay for foreign loans and interests this year. Sri Lanka’s highest ever loan installment of USD 2,600 million is due on January 14. Our effort was to manage this debt in manner that it does not burden the ordinary masses. That is why we had made far-sighted plans, but now we have to start again.” The Reserve Bank of India had agreed to provide USD 400 million under SAARC swap facility, the PM said. Asked by NFF Leader Wimal Weerawansa whether the government had promised to lease out China Bay and Kankasanturai ports, Mattala airport and Colombo Port’s East Terminal to India in return, the PM answered in the negative, adding that only the terms and conditions of SAARC swap facility would apply to it.   The PM also said that another USD 500 million was expected from Chinese Panda Bonds and Japanese Samurai Bonds. He said that USD 1 billion was expected to be obtained from the international monetary market, adding that Finance and Mass Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera would fly to Washington next week to discuss about it. The Premier expressed confidence that those would help arrest the depreciation of Rupee and stabilize it in the market. (Daily Island, 11.1.2019). 

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                               ACQUISITIONS   FOR  THE  MONTH  OF  DECEMBER  2018


  1. A Heritage of Song, Book 2 . The Musical Journeys of Musicians with Sri Lankan Roots who have performed mainly in English, compiled by

Ishan Bahar, 2017  (Donated by Dallas Achilles, Clayton South) 

  1. A Naturalists Guide to the Reptiles of Sri Lanka by Anslem de Silva & Kanishka Ukuwela, 2017.
  2. A Field Guide to the Bats of Sri Lanka by Wipula Bandara Yapa, 2017

(No’s 2 & 3, Donated by Roger Thiedeman, Keysborough, Vic)

  1. Kakiyan, The Story of a Crow by Elmo Jayawardena, 2018 (Donated by the Author, Moratuwa, Sri Lanka)
  2. The Big Girl by Alagu Subramaniam, 2018.
  3. Mission Impossible, Geneva. Sri Lanka’s Counter-Hegemonic Asymmetric Diplomacy at the UN Human Rights Council by Sanja De Silva

           Jayatilleka, 2017.

  1. Geoffrey Manning Bawa Decolonizing Architecture by Shanti Jayewardene 2017
  2. Yantra Drawings on Palm Leaf, Sri Lanka by L.S.D.Pieris, 2018

    (No’s 5 – 8, Donated by Hemal Gurusinghe, Chelsea Heights, Vic)  


  1. HI!! – The Society Magazine, Sri Lanka, Series 16, Vol 2, 2018. (Donated by Hemal Gurusinghe, Chelsea Heights, Vic)
  2. HI!! – The Society Magazine, Sri Lanka, Series 16, Vol 4, 2018.
  3. ‘Serendib’, The In Flight Magazine of Sri Lankan Airlines, Vol 38, No 5, July 2018

           (No 3, Donated by Roger Thiedeman, Keysborough, Vic)


  1. “Outreach” Newsletter – Voluntary Outreach Club Inc, December 2018
  2. News Bulletin – Burgher Association (Australia) Inc, Summer 2018
  3. “The Old Aloysian”, Journal of The old Aloysians Sports Club (Australia) Inc, December 2018. 


  1. Souvenir, Sri Lankan Study Centre for the Advancement of Technology & Social Welfare (SCATS), 25th Anniversary, October 7, 2017.
  2. Souvenir, Melbourne Talents “Autumn Breeze”, Dinner Dance, May 26, 2018
  3. CDF Patient Transport Charity, Bi-Annual Edition, Issue IV, 2018

  (No’s 1 – 3, Donated by Hemal Gurusinghe, Chelsea Heights, Vic)

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SRI LANKA CRICKET NEWS – (DECEMBER 2018) – Compiled by Victor Melder

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Victor MeldorSri Lanka’s off-spinner Akila Dananjaya has been suspended from international cricket with immediate effect after an independent assessment has found his bowling action to be illegal, the International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced. The ICC said the assessment revealed that his deliveries exceeded the 15 degrees level of tolerance permitted under the regulations. “In accordance with Article 11.1 of the ICC Regulations For The Review of Bowlers Reported with Suspect Illegal Bowling Actions, Dananjaya’s international suspension will also be recognised and enforced by all National Cricket Federations for domestic cricket events played in their own jurisdiction. However, according to Article 11.5 of the Regulations and with the consent of the Sri Lanka Cricket, Dananjaya may be able to bowl in domestic cricket events played under the auspices of the SLC,” it said. Dananjaya was reported with a suspect bowling action during the first Test against England, which the visitors won by 211 runs in Galle and had undergone an independent assessment of his bowling action on November 23 at the National Cricket Centre, Brisbane. The ICC said Dananjaya can apply for a re-assessment after modifying his bowling action in accordance with clause 4.5 of the Regulations.(Daily Mirror, 10.12.2018)

Batting Coach Tilan Samaraweera has become the second casualty after Sri Lanka’s humiliating 3-0 whitewash at the hands of England as Sri Lanka Cricket did sweeping changes to the national cricket team’s support staff. Accordingly, Samaraweera along with Fielding Coach Manoj Abeywickrama will relinquish his duties midway through the tour of New Zealand. Samaraweera is expected to return home after the Test leg of the tour that gets underway next week. Sri Lanka’s batting was a letdown during the England series with not a single batsman managing a century during the three match series. The team’s batting also failed miserably during the Asia Cup campaign where Bangladesh and Afghanistan handed Sri Lanka heavy defeats. He is now expected to be part of the High Performance Center where coaches work with second string players. Sri Lanka Cricket were yet to make an official announcement at the time this edition went to print, but sources told The Island that SLC had signed up with the 48-year-old Jon Lewis. Lewis like Steve Rixon is believed to have been signed up on a short seven month stint that will take him through to the World Cup in England. The Island learns that Lewis had been signed up due to his extensive knowledge about conditions in north England where Sri Lanka will play most of their World Cup games. Lewis is expected to arrive in the island shortly. He will accompany the ODI specialists to New Zealand later this month. Sri Lanka will play three ODIs and a T-20 International in New Zealand apart from two Tests. Sri Lanka also hired Australian Steve Rixon as Fielding Coach after Chairman of Selectors Ashantha De Mel made a scathing criticism of the team’s fielding. (Daily Island, 12.12.2018)

Sri Lanka’s leadership roulette continues with Lasith Malinga now being appointed as the limited-overs captain, and Niroshan Dickwella as his deputy, for the upcoming ODIs and a lone T20I in New Zealand. The board took a big call in reinstating Angelo Mathews into the side, after dropping him for the England series, citing fitness concerns. The Mathews axing episode got quite ugly, with the all-rounder accusing the board of making him the scapegoat of an abysmal Asia Cup campaign. Sri Lanka will be without their lead spinner Akila Dananjaya, who is under suspension after being called for illegal bowling action. Upul Tharanga, who played just the first two of the five-match series against England (didn’t bat in the first, scored a duck in the second) – has also been left out. The pair of opener Sadeera Samarawickrama and left-arm spinner Amila Aponso – who played three and four fixtures respectively in the England series – also didn’t find a place in the 17-man shortlist. SLC went with Danushka Gunathilaka at the top of the order, while Asela Gunaratne also comes in after having played his last ODI in Bangladesh in January this year. Sri Lanka also recalled leg spinner Seekkuge Prasanna who played the last of his 38 ODIs in October 2017. Top-order batter Kusal Perera has recovered completely from his quad strain that he sustained in the second ODI against England and missed the remainder of the series. Kusal Mendis, who came in as his replacement and scored a half-century, has managed to hold on to his spot.

ODI and T20I Squad: Lasith Malinga (captain), Niroshan Dickwella, Angelo Mathews, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Perera, Dinesh Chandimal, Asela Gunaratne, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Lakshan Sandakan, Seekkuge Prasanna, Dushmantha Chameera, Kasun Rajitha, Nuwan Pradeep, Lahiru Kumara

Sri Lankan cricketer Lahiru Kumara has been fined 15% of his match fee and has also received one demerit point after being found guilty of using an audible obscenity during the third day’s play in the first Test against New Zealand in Wellington on Monday, the ICC said. In a statement, the ICC said the bowler was found to have violated Article 2.3 of the code, which relates to “use of an audible obscenity during an international match”. “Kumara used an audible obscenity after an outside edge off Tom Latham’s bat in the 96th over went for a boundary. These comments were heard by the on-field umpires and also picked up by the stump mic. After the day’s play, Kumara admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Richie Richardson of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees and, as such, there was no need for a formal hearing,” it said. The charge had been levelled by on-field umpires Rod Tucker and Michael Gough, third umpire Richard Illingworth, all from the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Umpires, as well as fourth umpire Tim Brown. (Daily Mirror, 18.12.2018)

Sri Lanka’s new Sports Minister Harin Fernando has invited three former cricketers-Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara and Aravinda de Silva, to present their views on the development of cricket in the country. Former ICC match referee Roshan Mahanama is set to be the president of the SLC new Interim Committee, the Pakistan Observer reported. This news was revealed exclusively to a reporter in Mumbai. Speaking exclusively from Colombo, he says, ‘I want to discuss with former Sri Lankan players about how the game can achieve its best height in the country. Earlier they had prepared a presentation but nothing had happened thereafter. I am sure they will come forward now for the betterment of the game in Sri Lanka’, he hoped. Elaborating more about his future plans, he also revealed, ‘the selection committee will soon be replaced and Sidath Wettimunny will be appointed the Chief Selector. Mahanama has worked with the ICC and he will be the ideal candidate to head the interim committee’, he added. All these new appointments will be subject to these players’ availability. Ashantha de Mel and other selectors very recently replaced Graeme Labooy and company and in a few weeks’ time, the new selection committee will be announced. ‘I have also decided to write to the ICC and propose to have its Anti-Corruption Unit be head-quartered in Sri Lanka’  (Daily Mirror, 23.12.2018)

The first Test between the touring Sri Lankans and New Zealand, played at Wellington, ended in a draw. Scores:

Sri Lanka, 1st Innings – 282 (Mathews 83, Dickwella 80no, Karunaratne 79, Southee 6/68, Wagner 2/75)

New Zealand, 1st Innings – 578 (Latham 264, Williamson 91, Taylor 50, Nicholls 50, Kumara 4/127, de Silva 2/54)

Sri Lanka, 2nd Innings – 287/3 (Mendis 141no, Mathews 120no, Southee 2/52, Boult 1/62)

Player of the match: Tom Latham (New Zealand) 


Sri Lanka’s chances of saving the second Test against New Zealand suffered a major blow after Angelo Mathews retired hurt with an apparent hamstring trouble during the fourth day’s play on Saturday. Mathews has been sent for a scan later last evening to see the extent of his injury and the chances of coming out and resuming play will depend entirely on the results of the scan. On day four. Sri Lanka were batting in chase of a mammoth 660, Mathews felt his right hamstring pull up while taking a couple of runs. He struggled at first and had the medical staff attend to him immediately. He continued to bat on until tea as he opted not to come out to bat after the break. The former Sri Lanka skipper has had recurring injuries in his hamstrings and calves over the past two years and had missed several entire series. The latest injury could keep him out of the limited over series that follows the New Zealand Tests and also the two Test series against Australia late in January. (Sunday Times, 30.12.2018)


Angelo Mathews has been ruled out of the upcoming three-match ODI series against New Zealand and is also doubtful for the subsequent two Tests against Australia due to a hamstring injury. The 31-year-old was forced to retire hurt after picking up the injury during the afternoon session on the fourth day of his side’s second Test against New Zealand, which the latter went on to win by huge 423 runs in Christchurch. Now, the scans have revealed that a grade two strain in his left hamstring, something which will keep him out of action for at least four weeks. Mathews was earlier dropped from Sri Lanka’s limited-overs squad before Lasith Malinga, who was named the side’s skipper for the New Zealand tour, decided to pick him for the three ODIs and lone T20I against the Kane Williamson-led side.  Sri Lanka and New Zealand will lock horns in the ODI series from January 3 at the Bay Oval while they will face Australia in the two-match Test series, beginning January 24 at the Gabba in Brisbane.(Daily Mirror, 31.12.2018)


New Zealand beat the touring Sri Lankans by 423 runs to win the second and final Test played at Hagley Oval, Christchurch. Scores:

New Zealand, 1st Innings – 178 (Southee 68, Watling 46, Taylor 27, Lakmal 5/54, Kumara 3/49, Perera 1/13)

Sri Lanka, 1st Innings – 104 (Mathews 33no, Silva 21, Boult 6/30, Southee 3/35, Grandhomme 1/19)

New Zealand, 2nd Innings – 585/4 dec (Latham 176, Nicholls 162no, Raval 74, Grandhomme 71no, Williamson 48, Kumara 2/134, Chameera 1/147, Perera 1/149)

Sri Lanka, 2nd Innings – 236 (Mendis 67, Chandimal 56, Perera 22, Mathews 22 ret hurt, Wagner 4/48, Boult 3/77, Southee 2/61)

New Zealand won the 2-match series 1-0.

Player of the match: Tim Southee (New Zealand)



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

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One-year no pay leave will be granted to female public officers to obtain fertility treatment to have a baby, according to a decision taken by the Cabinet recently. The Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs has, in a circular informed all state institutions that the rules have been revised to include this benefit for women employees in the public sector. No-pay leave up to one year would be granted for female public officers to spend in or out of the island to obtain treatments for sub fertility on the recommendations of a Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist. These provisions are effective from November 21, 2018. Fertility transition in Sri Lanka began in the mid-1960s and the declining trend continued over the decades. The Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) showed the total fertility rate (TFR) reaching 2.3 births per woman, a level below replacement fertility. The analysis of factors affecting the likelihood of having a larger family (more than 2 children) revealed that lower educated women were more likely to have a higher number of children than their counterparts with a higher level of education. (Daily Financial Times, 3.12.2018)

Trade union action demanding Rs. 1,000 daily wage in the plantation sector continued for the second day, dimming hopes for a breakthrough, with Regional Plantation Companies (RPCs) insisting on an alternative productivity-based wage model, and politicians calling for fair reasoning. United National Front (UNF)-linked MPs, National Union of Workers (NUW) Leader MP Palany Thigambaram, Up-Country People’s Front (UCPF) Leader V. S. Radhakrishnan, and UNP MP Vadivel Suresh yesterday called on the estate workers to think before they take part in the strike, noting that they would have to face issues in January without a proper salary.
“The union that had called for the strike hasn’t even been able to work towards in getting the arrears from the strike that took place in 2015. So, be thoughtful in taking part in this strike,” the MPs told journalists in Colombo. Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) Leader MP Arumugam Thondaman on 3 December requested all plantation workers to join in an indefinite strike, until plantation companies agrees to increase their daily wages to Rs. 1000, which continued to day two. Shifting entirely into a productivity-based wage model is the only sustainable way that can benefit the industry, companies, workers and the national economy, said the plantation industry stakeholders.

“Rising productivity is an absolute must, amidst the internal and external challenges. It is critical that wage is linked to productivity for the sustainability of the industry, and the national economy as a whole,” sources told Daily FT on condition of anonymity. It was pointed out that if the daily wage is increased to Rs. 1,000 the impact would be as high as Rs. 9.1 billion, while gratuity impact is Rs. 10.9 billion totalling to Rs. 20 billion. Furthermore, annually the companies have to absorb Rs. 9.6 billion, including the Rs. 437 million as gratuity impact.DFT, 4/12
Sources said that the impact for the RPCs for the proposed wage package of Rs. 940 is, for wages alone, Rs. 6.3 billion, and for gratuity, Rs. 5.5 billion, totalling to Rs. 11.8 billion.  Furthermore, annually the companies have to absorb Rs. 6.5 billion every year, as the cost of the wage increase and the annual gratuity impact of Rs. 218 million. Currently the average annual plucking average per worker is around 21 kilos.  The norm is a worker should pluck between 16 kilos to 18 kilos per day.  If they pluck more than the norm, the workers are entitled to an additional payment of Rs. 28 per kilo over and above the daily wage package at present. “Therefore, the worker has to increase only one kilo output if they are to reach the Rs. 1,000 per day, based on the productivity-based wage of Rs. 46/- per kilo, including the EPF/ETF,” they pointed out. (Daily Financial Times, 6.12. 2018)

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Victor MeldorThe Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) recently computed the prices of residential, commercial and industrial lands, using per perch bare land prices (collected from the Government Valuation Department) and determined that the overall land price in the Colombo District has gone up by 16.3%, year-on-year. The computing of the three sub-indices has taken into consideration the diverse ways of land-use and the comparability of the quality of lands. The CBSL periodically compiles and analyses several indicators in order to monitor the developments in the real estate sector. Accordingly, the Land Price Index (LPI) (base year 1998) had been compiled annually from 1998-2008 and bi-annually from 2009-2017, covering 50 centres of five DS divisions in the Colombo District. With the increasing importance of monitoring land prices, geographical coverage of the LPI has been expanded to 82 centres covering the District and revising its base period from 1998 to 1st half of 2017 to accommodate this expansion. Areas included in determining the Land Price Index were; Seethawaka, Padukka, Homagama, Kaduwela, Kolonnawa, Colombo, Thimbirigasyaya, Dehiwala, Ratmalana, Moratuwa, Kesbewa. (Daily Island, 2.11.2018)

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All Saints Church, Borella: Where the carillon chimes




Source: Sunday Observer, November 4, 2018

The residents around Campbell Park have grown up with a familiar tone, the glorious pealing of the bells of All Saints Church. For decades this sanctuary has spiritually empowered thousands of Catholics. One of her unique distinctions in terms of worship is that her parishioners and clergy have celebrated 3,000 novenas to Our Lady of Perpetual Help, in 2011. One can visit this church via Baseline Road or the turn off at Punchi Borella Junction.

Fr. Ivan Perera, the resident priest explained the history of the church and her rewarding novena.




Early beginnings

A majority of churches in Sri Lanka are the fruits of spiritual labour of dedicated friars and priests. Such is the story of this church, as well. The building dates back to the latter part of the 18th century. It was Fr. Bonjean who laid the foundation stone on June 22, 1886.

The enthusiastic clergyman behind the building process was Fr. Collin. He was able to acquire two acres of land with the intervention of Lady Arthur Gordon (wife of the Governor of Ceylon) and Lady Johanna Thompson (wife of the Superintendent of the Convict Establishment, today, referred to as the Welikada Jail). It is said, Sir Arthur Gordon brought some documents written in Latin placed in a glass jar and buried them with the foundation stone.

To collect funds for the construction Fr. Collin is supposed to have organized carnivals. The construction work was further enhanced by the dedicated leadership of Fr. Jayamane.

3,000 Novenas

The roots of the first novena date back to 1951, when an Irish priest, Fr. Christopher McCarthy came to Ceylon. He had joined the Redemptorists Novitiate (Dundalk, Ireland) in 1929, aged 19.

Fr. McCarthy had undertaken missionary journeys to India and Australia, and is said to have visited many churches in Ceylon wanting a sanctum to place our Lady of Perpetual Help. It was during this time that Fr. John Pascal Herat was associated with All Saints Church. He was a native of Kurunegala, was ordained as an Oblate of Mary Immaculate, and served as secretary to three Archbishops.

Fr. McCarthy met Fr. Herat and the two men were keen to begin this novena. With the consent and blessing of Archbishop Thomas Cooray the first perpetual novena was held on December 8,1951. Every Wednesday evening people came in earnest. Initially, there were about 100 and eventually, 2,000 people were attending. Fr. Christopher McCarthy was very satisfied, and after serving God for almost five decades, entered into eternal rest aged 72.

Since its inception the novena had inspired many Catholics. One of the young men was Fr. Bertram Dabare.

He has recollected that in 1952 he attended his first novena as a schoolboy, wanting his athletic team to achieve victory at the Public Schools Meet held in Colombo. Years later, young Bertram joined the seminary and was ordained. He returned to All Saints Church as assistant parish priest. Subsequently, he succeeded Fr. John Herat as parish priest, a remarkable journey of faith.

Another young student from the Kynsey Road Seminary who came here for prayer was Nicholas Fernando.

He went on to become Rev. Dr. Nicholas Marcus Fernando, Archbishop Emeritus. The congregation of All Saints Church celebrated their 3,000th novena on July 6, 2011, which drew the attention of Pope Benedict XVI.

Mother of Perpetual Help

The outer structure of this church is painted in cream with light brown borders accentuating her beauty. Both sides of the aisles are adorned with statues of venerated saints. Gazing upwards your eyes are mystified by the florid stained glass windows.

At the altar a crucifix stands in solitude, reminding us of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, as he yielded his life on Calvary’s cross for the remission of our sins, Agnus Dei, Qui Tollis Peccata Mundi – Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. His outstretched nailed hands, challenges us mortals to let go of material possessions, for this life is transient to the true believer. Rising gently above her son is the Blessed Mother, conspicuous in a stained glass mosaic.

This image of the Madonna (a replica) has its origins in the 15th century, drawn by a Greek artist. It was enshrined in the Church of St. Alphonsus, in Rome. It was then brought to the Church of St. Matthew on the Esquiline Hill.

During the 18th century the church was gutted by a raging fire, but the painting remained intact.

The portrait was taken to St. Eusebius Church. Papal approbation of this sacred image was acknowledged by Pope Pius in 1867. It was ceremoniously crowned by the Vatican chapter. As we walked closer to the altar the entire vista behind the original painters’ vision began to make sense. This Byzantine era image of Blessed Mary on the stained glass has many details. She is carrying Jesus. The Greek abbreviation ICXC there denotes Jesus Christ. The angel on the left is Archangel St. Michael and Archangel St. Gabriel stands on the right side. The background in hues of gold is symbolic of heaven. Virgin Mary is adorned in a red tunic – the colour worn by virgins in that era.

The dark blue mantle is a reflection of the colour worn by Palestine mothers, after all Mary was a good mother. Salve Regina, Mater Misericordiae – Hail holy Queen mother of Mercy.

As we walked back Fr. Ivan gave me permission to climb the old wooden steps to the choir loft, to take a photo of the ancient pipe organ. The view from this height of the inner sanctum takes your mind to celestial realms.

The Singing Tower

Most churches have a belfry. But the tower at All Saints is unique. Some opine it is the only one of its kind in the Asian region. Fr. Ivan explains, “The distinction behind this tower is that it does not have one bell, but 25 bells. In 1957, the church was celebrating her 300th novena and the dedicated churchmen and women made tremendous sacrifice and installed a carillon chiming system”.

The 25 bells were made in Germany and sent to Ceylon. (The heaviest carillon bell system in the world is at Riverside Church, New York). The carillon is actually a musical system where the chords of each bell are connected to a keyboard, which has to be played manually. Levers and wires then activate ‘clappers’ to hit the bells. The person chiming the bells was called a carillonist.

With time the manual operation was converted to an electric system. A wooden board has the names of the 25 men and women who donated a bell each to this amazing bell tower.

The beauty of this church and her service to the community is captured in a poem by Fr. Marceline Jayakody in his text, “Pearls and Roses”.

All Saints Church Borella is a testament to God’s continuing grace. Dominus Vobiscum – the Lord be with you.

Victor Melder
Sri Lanka Library

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                                                              SRI LANKA NEWS IN BRIEF – (OCTOBER)  2018)

Victor MeldorCompiled by Victor Melder.

The total number of tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka during September reached 149,087, posting a 2.8% year-on-year growth, while pushing cumulative arrivals to over 1.7 million, latest data released by the Government said.. In September the largest source market for tourists was India, followed by China and the United Kingdom. As at 30 September, 1,731,922 tourists had visited Sri Lanka for this year – an 11.6% growth over last year when 1,551,931 tourists had visited the country during the same period. Asia and Pacific continued to be the largest source of tourist traffic to Sri Lanka with 47% of the total traffic received in September 2018, while Europe accounted for 43% of the total traffic, America 6%, Middle East 3% and Africa 1%. India, China, the United Kingdom, Australia and Germany were Sri Lanka’s top five international tourist generating markets in the month of September this year. India was the largest source of tourist traffic to Sri Lanka with 22% of the total traffic received in September. China accounted for 13% of the total traffic, while the United Kingdom, Australia and Germany accounted for 9%, 6% and 6% respectively. Cumulative earnings amounted to $2,160 million during the first half of 2018. Tourism Development Minister John Amaratunga said he was hopeful that by the end of this year the country would be able to increase its numbers to 2.5 or three million. Tourist arrivals rose 3.2% to 2.1 million last year. Tourism revenues rose by a similar percentage to an all-time peak of $ 3.63 billion. (Daily Financial Times, 5.10.2018).

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SRI LANKA NEWS IN BRIEF – SEPTEMBER 2018 – Compiled by Victor Melder
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Wildlife officials will be armed with Russian-made Kalashnikov AK 47 assault rifles under a Rs. 42 million project to protect elephants from poachers and to save human lives in the human-elephant conflict, the Cabinet has decided. These weapons, more sophisticated than the standard issue of Chinese-made T-56 assault rifles, are to be bought on a recommendation by Sustainable Development, Wildlife and Regional Development Minister, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka. The total number of AK 47s to be imported is 2,568. Field Marshal Fonseka’s Deputy Minister, Palitha Thevarapperuma, told the Sunday Times that the purchase of assault rifles would be connected with the human-elephant conflict, caused mainly as a result of people encroaching into the jungle habitats of elephants. “At present wildllife officials are reluctant to intervene when civilians and elephants are threatened,” he said. The proposal is for the purchase of 1,500 firearms this year, each valued at Rs.16,000 with the total cost at Rs. 24 million. Next year, 1,068 weapons, each valued at Rs. 17,000 would be bought at a cost of Rs. 18 million. Of these, 2,334 firearms will be issued to small maintenance groups at wildlife parks, while 234 will be issued to Assistant Rangers. The new proposal envisages the construction of a 2,651 km long electric fence in places identified as having elephant threats. This will be connected to the existing electric fence of about 4,349 km. The Deputy Minister said they had identified the cadre requirements of around 1,000 new personnel for the Wildlife Department, including 20 veterinary surgeons, 117 wildlife rangers, 234 assistant rangers, 234, wildlife guards, 19 development officers, 150 heavy machinery operators and 200 drivers. He said they would also deploy Civil Defence Force personnel and maintenance officers for around-the-clock surveillance.
In the past five years, some 375 people have died in incidents related to the human-elephant conflict, with 1,177 elephant deaths and 5,800 instances of property damages also being reported. (Sunday Times, 2.9.2018).

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SRI LANKA CRICKET NEWS (AUGUST 2018) – Compiled by Victor Melder



Victor Meldor - eLankaThe touring South Africans beat Sri Lanka by 4 wickets to win the second One-Day International, played at Rangiri International Stadium, Dambulla. Scores:

Sri Lanka – 244/8 in 50 Overs (Mathews 79no, Dickwella 69, Phehlukwayo 3/45, Ngidi 3/50, Mulder 1/26, Rabada 1/48)

South Africa – 24/6 in 42.5 Overs (de Kok 87, du Plessis 49, Amla 43, Duminy 32,Dananjaya 3/60, Perera 1/34, Lakmal 1/39, Rajitha 1/44)

Player of the Match: Quinton de Kok (South Africa)


The touring South Africans beat Sri Lanka by 70 runs to win the third One-Day International, played at Pallekelle International Stadium, Kandy. Scores:

South Africa – 363/7 in 50 Overs (Hendricks 102, Duminy 92, Miller 51, Amla 59,  Perera 4/75, Kumara 2/67, Dananjaya 1/81)

Sri Lanka –  285 in 45.2 Overs (de Silva 84, Dananjaya 37, Mathews 32, Mendis 31, Ngidi 4/57, Phehlukwayo 3/74, Shamsai 2/62, Mulder 1/34

Player of the Match: Reeza Hendricks (South Africa)  


Sri Lanka beat the touring South Africans by 3 runs (Duckworth Lewis Method) to win the fourth One-Day International, played at Pallekelle International Stadium, Kandy. Scores:

Sri Lanka – 306/7 in 39 Overs (Shanaka 65, M.Perera 51, N.Perera 51no, Tharanga 36, Dickwella 34, Duminy 2/35, Ngidi 2/65, Maharaj 1/37, Phehlukwayo 1/45, Mulder 1/51)

South Africa – 187/9 in 21 Overs (Amla 40, Duminy 38, de Kok 23, Miller 21, Lakmal 3/46, N.Perera 3/32, Shanaka 1/20, de Silva 1/26, Dananjaya 1/30)

Player of the Match: Dasun Shanaka (Sri Lanka)


Sri Lanka beat the touring South Africans by 178 runs to win the fifth and final One-Day International, played at the R.Premadasa Stadium, Khettarama, Colombo. Scores:

Sri Lanka – 299/8 in 50 Overs (Mathews 97no, Dickwella 43, Mendis 38, de Silva 30, Mulder 2/59, Phehhlukwayo 2/60, Maharaj 1/32, Rabada 1/47, Dala 1/57)

South Africa –  121 all out in 21.4 Overs (de Kock 54, Markram 20, Rabada 12no,  Dananjaya 6/29, Kumara 2/34, de Silva 1/21, Lakmal 1/22)

Player of the Match: Akila Dananjaya (Sri Lanka)

Player of the series: Jean-Paul Duminy (South Africa)

South Africa won the 5 match Series 3-2.


Sri Lanka beat the touring South Africans by 3 wickets to win the one off T20 International match, played at the R.Premadasa Stadium, Khettarama, Colombo. Scores:

South Africa – 98 all out in 16.4 Overs (de Kock 20, Hendricks 19, Klaasen 18, Miller 14, Dandakan 3/19, de Silva 2/22,Dananjaya 2/15, Udana 1/9, Rajitha 2/27)

Sri Lanka – 99/7 in 16 Overs (Chandimal 36no, de Silva 31, Shanaka 16, Dala 2/22, Eabada 2/24, Shamsi 2/26, Duminy 1/2)

Player of the Match: Dhanjaya de Silva (Sri Lanka)

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