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                               ACQUISITIONS   FOR  THE  MONTH  OF  JULY  2019


  1. Constitutional Reform and Crisis in Sri Lanka edited by Asanga Welikala, 2019
  2. Sri Lanka: The Recent Past, Brief Essays in History & Politics by Prf. K. M. de Silva, 2018
  3. Ethnic Conflict in Buddhist Societies in South and Southeast Asia, edited by Prof. K. M. de Silva, 2015
  4. Sri Lanka: Come Wind, Come Weather. A Political History of Sri Lanka Since Independence in Narrative Form, Vol 1,2015,by Prof. K. M. de


  1. Sri Lanka: Come Wind, Come Weather. A Political History of Sri Lanka Since Independence in Narrative Form, Vol 2,2016,by Prof. K. M. de


  1. A Field Guide to the Bats of Sri Lanka by Wipula Bandara Yapa, 2017.
  2. The Kandy Asala Maha Perahera by Lorna Dewaraja, 2018.
  3. The ‘Traditional Homelands’ of the Tamils. Separatist Ideology in Sri Lanka: A Historical Appraisal, by Prof K. M. de Silva, 2013.
  4. The Odyssey & Living Legacy of sieur de La Nerolle. The French Lieutenant of the Expedition Escadre de Perse to Ceylon in 1672 by Yasmin 

    Rajapakse, 2018.

      (No’s 1 – 9, donated by Hemal Gurusinghe, Chelsea Heights, Vic)

  1. Marian Epic, Tewatta’s Fulfilment. The Dedication of the Basilica of Our Lady of Lanka, February 6, 1974.
  2. The Enchanted Circle, A Sri Lankan Memoir of the Rosary by Manny Candappa, 1997
  3. The Palm of His Hand, by E. C. T. Candappa, 2003
  4. Parish Hymnal, St Mary’s Church, Dehiwela, Sri Lanka, 1991.
  5. ‘Sing Every Song’ – Bi lingual Song Book, Sri Lanka, 2001
  6.  Sri Lanka’s Secrets. How the Rajapaksha Regime Gets Away With Murder by Trevor Grant, 2014.
  7. Journey for Justice, The Life & Work of Rev. Fr Michael Rodrigo, OMI  by Nandini Gunewardena, 2017.
  8. Ceylon, Historical Sketch & Guide by The Ceylon Publicity Committee.
  9.  The Power of Good People, Surviving Sri Lanka’s Civil War, by Para Paheer & Alison Corke, 2017.
  10.  Symbols of Conflict, A Novel by Cedric Forster, 1989
  11. Emergency ’58, The Story of the Ceylon Race Riots by Tarzie Vittachi, 1958
  12. Tenth Parliament of Sri Lanka, compiled and edited by W. G. Goonerathne & R. S. Karynarathne, 1989
  13. Parliament of Sri Lanka – Lake House, Colombo
  14. The Catholic Church in Sri Lanka, The British Period, Vol 1, 1795 – 1844, The Colombo Vicariate, by Fr. V. Perniola, SJ, 1992.
  15. Reflections – Ceylonese Welfare Organisation Inc, Foundation & Journey, 1973 – 2012 (Facsimile) 
  16. A History of the Southern Vicariate of Colombo, Sri Lanka, being also, The History of the Apostolate of the Sylvestrine-Benedictine Monks in the

     Island, by Dom Bede Barcutta, OSB, 1991.

               (No’s 10 – 25, donated by Clair Herft, Glen Waverley, Vic)

  1. A Concise History of Ceylon, From the Earliest Times to the Arrival of the Portuguese in 1505, by Nicholas & Paranavitana, 1961.
  2. Essays in Railroading by Udaya Peeligama, 2016.
  3. Essays on Ceylon Railways (1864 – 1964), by Hemasiri Fernando, 2017.
  4.  Tales of the Blue Elephant, Life & Times with the Ceylon Police by Douglas Ranmuthugala, 2000.
  5.  Symbols of Conflict, A Novel by Cedric Forster, 1989.
  6.  Birdsong & Other Tales by Carl Muller, 2000.
  7.  Crosscurrents, Sri Lanka & Australia at Cricket by Michael Roberts & Alfred James, 1998.
  8.  Aspects of Sinhala Folklore by J. B. Disanayaka, 2004.
  9.  Best Loved Folk Tales of Sri Lanka by Manel Ratnatunga, 1999.
  10.  Evolution & Development of Water & Soil Conservation Ecosystems from Ancient Dry Zone Forest Garden to Modern Jaffna Market Garden by 
  11. L. O. Mendis, 2001.
  12. WTO, Globalization & Eppawala after Seattle, edited by D. L. O. Mendis, 2000.
  13.  Pugwash, Globalization & Eppawala – Pugwash Betrayed ? or Eppawala Betrayed ? by D. L. O. Mendis, 2000.
  14. History of Kingship in Ceylon, up to the Fourth Century AD, by Tilak Hettiarachchy, 1972.
  15.  Guide to Ceylon (Sri Lanka), by H. A. J. Hulugalle, 1973
  16. Ceremonial Dances of the Sinhalese, An Inquiry into Sinhalese Folk Religion, by Otaker Pertold, 1973.
  17.  Wild Ceylon, Describing in Particular the Lives of the Present-Day Veddas, by R. L. Spittel1951.
  18.  Ceylon, A General Description of the Island & Its Inhabitants, by Henry Marshall, 1969.
  19.   Water Heritage of Sri Lanka by D. L. O. Mendis, 2002
  20. Village Folk Tales of Ceylon, collects and translated by H. Parker, Vol 1, 1971.
  21.   Village Folk Tales of Ceylon, collects and translated by H. Parker, Vol 2, 1972.
  22. Village Folk Tales of Ceylon, collects and translated by H. Parker, Vol 3, 1973.
  23. A History of Sri Lanka, by Prof . K. M. de Silva, 2005.
  24. Bronzes From Ceylon Chiefly in the Colombo Museum, Series A, Mo 1, by Ananda K. Coomaraswamy, 1914
  25. Rail 2000, Sri Lanka Railway, 1864 – 2000 by Priyal de Silva, 2000.
  26.  Innovation & Self – Reliance, Kulasinghe Felicitation Volume, History of Engineering in Sri Lanka, Vol 2, Part 1, by D. L. O. Mendis, 2001.
  27. Celebrations – Fifty Years of Sri Lanka Interactions, edited by C. A. & I. H. vanden Driesen,
  28. Art of the Ancient Sinhalese, by Senarat Paranavitana, 1971.
  29. The Story of Sigiri, by Senarat Paranavitana, 1972.
  30. Island of Light, Buddhism in Sri Lanka by T. Y. Lee, 2010.
  31. The Light of Asia, by Sir Edwin Arnold, 1994.
  32. The Story of Sinhalese Painting, by D. B. Dhanapala, 1957.
  33. Stories from the History of Ceylon, Book 1, by Marie Musaeus-Higgins, 1997.
  34. Railways of Sri Lanka, by David Hyatt, 2000
  35. Early Prints of Ceylon (Sri Lanka) 1800 – 1900, by R. K. de Silva, 1985.
  36. Ridma Rekha, A collection of deco-motifs based on traditional style. Decorative Motiffs by Jayasiri Semage, 1996.
  37. Lost Cities of Asia, by Wim Swaan, 1976.
  38. Water For People & Nature, Arumugam Commemoration Volume, Sri Lanka Water Heritage, History of Water Conservation, Vol 2, by Bhadra

            Kamaladasa, 2003

              (No’s 26 – 62, donated by Mrs Srimathie de Zoysa, Glen Waverley (Her late Husband, Nihal de Zoysa’s Collection)           


  1. Lanka Railway Digest, Ten Issues from Vol 1, Issue 2 to Vol 6, Issue 1 (assorted)

 (No 1, donated by Mrs Srimathie de Zoysa, Glen Waverley (Her late Husband, Nihal de Zoysa’s Collection)

  1. ‘Serendib’, The In Flight Magazine of Sri Lankan Airlines, Vol 39, No 3, May 2019.
  • ‘Serendib’, The In Flight Magazine of Sri Lankan Airlines, Vol 39, No 4, June 2019.
  • ‘Lankan Isle’, A Collector’s Digest, Vol 2, No 2, April – June 2019 

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

  • ‘The Ceylankan’ -Journals of the Ceylon Society of Australia, Journal 68 to 85, inclusive.

  (No 4, donated by Clair Herft, Glen Waverley, Vic)

  • ‘Serendib’, The In Flight Magazine of Sri Lankan Airlines, Vol 39, No 4, June 2019.
  • ‘Serendib’, The In Flight Magazine of Sri Lankan Airlines, Vol 39, No 5, July 2019.

  (No’s 6 – 7, donated by Shenon Fernando, Roxburgh Park, Vic)


  1. Large selection of assorted Newsletters – Australia / Sri Lanka Welfare Guild Inc, Ceylonese Welfare Organisation Inc, Eighty Club Melbourne 


            (No’s 1, donated by Clair Herft, Glen Waverley, Vic)

  1. Newsletter – Eighty Club Melbourne Inc, 2nd Edition, July – October 2019, Newsletter No 149.
  2. Newsletter  – Ceylonese Welfare Organisation Inc (CWO), Vol 37, Issue No 2
  3. “Silverscene” – Newsletter, Silver Fawn Club Inc, Qld, Issue: July / August 2019
  4. Newsletter – Burgher Welfare League of WA Inc, Vol 30.1, July 2019.
  5. :Outreach: Newsletter – Voluntary Outreach Club Inc, July 2019.


  1. Souvenir, “Off the Beaten Tack 2019”, CDF Transport Annual Ball
    (No 1, donated by Hemal Gurusinghe, Chelsea Heights, Vic

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HENDRICKS – FERGUS,  husband of the late Maureen, father of Portia and Shawn, father-in-law of Silmiya, grandfather of Dephane. Brother of Horatious & late Lorna, late Hiyazeene & Boby Crusz, Fabian & Lorraine, Sheila & Herbert Kreltsheim, Rodney & Wendy and Esme & Ralph De Visser, in Sri Lanka. (Daily News 4.7.2019) 

MARTYN – SCHOLASTICE (MARIE),  wife of G. A. (Maurice) Martyn, mother of Sandra Walgama, Charmaine Mathews and Sean Martyn, grandmother of Shane, Jessica, Shanese, Shontel, Shanelle and Stefan. Daughter of late Clement and Zena Pereira, sister of late Kevin, Angela, Therese, Bernard, Marie, Annette and Bernadette, in Sri Lanka. – 74, Halpe Mawatha, Kandana, Sri Lanka. (Daily News 9.7.2019) 

KELLY – GERTRUDE, wife of late Rex Kelly, mother of late Trevor, Tyronne, Therese, Rhonda, Radley, Sandra and late Rennet, daughter and sons-in-law, grandchildren and great grandchildren, in Sri Lanka. (Daily News 11.7.2019)

PULLE – BERTHA MONICA (nee Marcelline), wife of Dr Christopher Pulle. Daughter of Mr & Mrs B.M. Marcelline, sister of Frances, Greg, Annette, Heddy, Mark, Berny, Billy and Hilary, sister-in-law of the Pulle family – Dunstan, late Josephine, Stan and Austin, on July 7, 2019, in California, USA (Daily News, 13.7.2019 and contributed)

ROELOFSZ – ANGELA DAISY,  wife of Malcolm, mother of Jennifer and Geoffrey, mother-in-law of Peter, on May 25, 2019, aged 102, in Sydney. (Sydney Morning Herald, 13.7.2019)

JOACHIM – CLAUDE DENZIL, father of Aubrey and Doyne Joachim, father-in-law of Nelum and Angela, grandfather of Ryle and Dale, Nichole, Linda and Suzette, great grandfather of Zara and Hazel, in Sydney on July 10, 2019, aged 96 years. (Elanka, 12.7.2019)

BARTLETT – DR RENE. Wife of late Dr Jayam. Sister of Inez Gunawardena and of the late Bertille De Silva, Leah Fernando, Maureen Jayatilleke, Dr Melva Perera and the late Fr Claver  Perera, in Sri Lanka. – 19, First Lane, Ratmalana, Sri Lanka. (Daily News, 20.7.2019)

JESURASINGHAM – DR ANTHONY ALEXANDER, husband of Imelda, father of Nathan and Elaine. Brother of Violet, Wilfred, Josephine, Hamilton, Daisy, Fr Patrick, Philip, Jeyam, Nessy and Rajie, in Brisbane, aged 84 years. (Brisbane Courier Mail, 20.7.2019)

FERNANDO – MARY BEATRICE,  wife of late Stanley Fernando, mother of Sunimal and Chrysanthe. Sister of the late Eva, Leela, Mervyn, Violet and Margie, in Sydney. (Daily News, 25.7.2019)

VANDERWERT – ROLLO, husband of Betzy, father and father-in-law of Dexter – Asuntha, Pollyann – Kumar Fernando, Sharon, Marissa – Olga Perera, Chomo – Tharanga, Sandra – Jude Gunasekera, Rezleigh – Pomoda, grandfather of Christine, Marlon, Fiorenza, Tania, Sara, Shanie, Naveen, Kevin, Genesius and Malathi, great grandfather of Malinka, Maleesha, Khane, Eron, Jeynon, in Sri Lanka. – 152, Suhada Mawatha, Mahahunupitiya, Negombo, Sri Lanka. (Daily News 25.7.2019)

APONSO – LUCIAN STANLEY, husband of late Berryl, father of Shivanthie and Lasha, father-in-law of Toni and Gerard. Brother of late Nimal (George), Connie and Jackson, in Melbourne on July 22, 2019. (Daily News, 26.7.2019)

MOLLIGODA – ERIC WENDY (nee Pereira), 03.02.1944  – 10. 07.2019, wife of Bandula, mother of Suriya. Sister of Joan, Edda (Switz), Jeanne, late Heather, Sylvia (Lalla) and Megan (UK), Rudy, Clem and Esther (Aust), in Melbourne. < > (Daily News, 26.7.2019 & 31.7.2019)) 

GUNASINGHE – E.D., husband of Chandralatha, father of Darshana and Ajitha, father-in-law of Yameng and Tharishi, grandfather of Ruwana and Sarah, Seshan, Luckni, Harini, Kushil, Chaniru and Ashni, great grandfather of Isaiah, in Sydney. (Daily News, 27.7.2019)

ELIAS – CLEMENT JOHN, husband of Margo (dec), father of Neil (dec), Sandie (dec) and Trish, grandfather of Tracey, Nigel, Marion, Jo, Mel and Kate, great grandfather of 9, in West Australia. (The West Australian, 27.7.2019)

FRANCIS – JOSEPH  JEROME, husband of Gail, father of Jason and Joel. Son of late Giles and Therese (Dolly), brother of late Jennifer and of Darrel, brother-in-law of Dicky, Jacqueline, Dave Rhonda, Astrid, Tania and Kevin, in Sri Lanka. (Sunday Observer, 28.7.2019)

FAREED – YVONNE (YASMIN),  nee Koch, wife of late Colonel A. M. M. Fareed, mother of Rev. Richard and Dawn Brohier, grandmother of Andre and Amanda, great grandmother of Asher, Sierra and Aaliyah. Daughter of late Walter and Ruby Koch, sister of late Mervyn, late Zena Koch (Syd), Mavis & late Elmo White (Syd), late Louis & Fortune (UK), sister-in-law of late Inudeen, late Kahideen & Lyna, in Sri Lanka. (Daily News 31.7.2019)

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

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Demand for land in Thalahena, Gothatuwa and Kolonnawa are rising significantly, resulting in the highest percentage increases in land prices in Greater Colombo, according to a recently concluded study. analysed postings in its website to ascertain the change in asking prices for land in the Greater Colombo area. Thalahena topped the list, recording a year-on-year percentage increase of 64 percent. Ragama, Gothatuwa and Kolonnawa continues to be popular with land prices recording a percentage increase of between 55-35 percent The percentage increases are in line with the increases noted in the asking prices of land. In Thalawathugoda, the average price per perch is between 1.7 – 2 million Rupees. Interestingly, with the spike in percentage increase, neighboring suburb Thalahena, joins the same price category. While land in Kolonnawa and Wellampitiya both fall within the range of 700,000 to 1 million Rupees, both have displayed a remarkable increase in land prices over the last year. The implications of these percentage increases in average price per perch of land are far-reaching. Notably, the most expensive areas in Greater Colombo for average perch prices remain much the same as last year. Areas that are closest to Colombo show the highest prices, with Dehiwala and Nawala the most expensive of the areas in Greater Colombo . As the two figures indicate, people are seeking living spaces outside of the city. This is most noticeable to the east of the Colombo city. Although there are certain pockets where land prices have shown slower growth i.e. Nugegoda, Rajagiriya and Pannipitiya areas (this could be due to prices already being high in these areas), prices in Athurugiriya, Pita Kotte, Maharagama, Kottawa and Hokandara all indicate an increase in percentage between 25-32 per cent. Land prices therefore will continue to increase further, as potential buyers seek out land for purchase in proximity to the Colombo city. (Daily Island, 1.7.2019)

The Government has made arrangements to mobilize foreign financing of US$ 2.439 billion by entering into 19 Agreements with foreign development partners and lending agencies from 1st January to 30th April 2019, to support the public investment program. According to the Mid-Year Fiscal Report 2019 released by the Ministry of Finance, this mobilization consists of US$ 2,431 million in the form of loans, that is, Official Development Assistance (ODA) and US$ 8 million by way of ODA grants and technical assistance. China led the ODA commitments during this period amounting to US$ 989 million followed by the World Bank (US$ 352 million), Asian Development Bank (US$ 310 million), Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (US$ 280 million), Japan (US$ 270 million), France (US$ 85 million), HSBC-Hong Kong (US$ million 72), United Kingdom (US$ 64 million), Austria (US$ 10 million), Korea (US$ 6 million), Food and Agriculture Organization (US$ 0.3 million), and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (US$ 0.02 million), respectively. Of the commitments made in the form of ODA during the first four months of 2019, the highest amount was committed for the roads and bridges sector (US$ 1,053 million), while the ground transport sector received commitments of US$ 570 million. In addition to the funds raised from ODA development partners, US$ 2.4 billion was raised through International Sovereign Bonds (ISB) during the period under review of which, US$ 1 billion was raised at a fixed interest rate of 6.85 per cent with a 5 year tenure while the balance US$ 1.4 billion was raised at a fixed interest rate of 7.85 per cent with 10 year tenure. (Daily Island, 3.7.2019)

Tourism in Sri Lanka suffered a huge blow after the Easter bombings that killed 258 people including 45 foreigners, but official figures Wednesday showed a modest recovery. The industry, which before the April attacks had expected a record number of foreign holidaymakers in 2019 on the back of rave reviews in international travel magazines, saw arrivals plummet in May. The number of tourists dived to just 37,800 in May, down from 166,975 in the previous month, and 129,500 a year earlier, Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority figures showed. But the figures also showed an uptick since, with some 63,000 visitors arriving in June, a 66-percent increase compared to May, but still way below the June 2018 figure of 146,828. Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera said last week that the damage to tourism from the April 21 attacks was less than initially feared. Samaraweera had initially predicted that Sri Lanka could lose 30 percent of its tourism revenues, or about $1.5 billion, this year. But now he believes the loss will be less than $1 billion. The total number of holiday makers hit a record 2.33 million in 2018, up 10.3 percent compared to 2017. This year was expected to be another record high with arrivals jumping five percent in the first quarter before the Easter attacks devastated three churches and three luxury hotels. Sri Lanka topped the Best in Travel 2019 rankings of Lonely Planet, and this week the travel guide said the country remained its top pick. Many countries have softened their travel warnings on Sri Lanka which is, however, under a state of emergency since the attacks that also left nearly 500 people wounded. (Daily Island, 4.7.2019)

The Supreme Court yesterday granted interim relief by halting judicial executions until October 30. The interim relief also suspended the operation of all death warrants until then. The fundamental rights violation petition filed on behalf of M. H. P. Nawaz was called before the court. The next date of calling of that petition will be on October 30. At the outset Sumanthiran, PC supporting a fundamental rights violation petition filed against the imposition of the death penalty, said that the basic human right was the right to life. Article 11 and Article 13 (2) of the constitution denied cruel inhuman treatment and enshrined the right to life. The death penalty had not been implemented for 43 years now. When the current President, on June 26, this year, imposed the death penalty on four persons, nobody knew how he picked those four persons to be executed in four days. At the end of the term he had decided to implement the death penalty which had not been carried out for 43 years, Sumanthiran contended. Senior Deputy Solicitor General Nerin Pulle, who appeared for the Attorney General replied that Article 16(2) of the Constitution, stated that the subjection of a convict to a punishment did not violate fundamental rights. A person was imposed with death penalty, after a hearing in a Court of Law. The President only fixed the date, and the place for the implementation. (Sunday Island, 7.7.2019)

Lanka Hospitals, the internationally accredited multi award-winning private healthcare provider announced the successful delivery of 1250 IVF (In-Vitro Fertilization) babies. The Lanka Hospitals Fertility Centre has set several benchmarks in the sub-fertility field in Sri Lanka such as the delivery of the first pregnancy through vitrification, high pregnancy rates with blastocyst transfers and has implemented novel investigations such as Reactive Oxygen in Semen (ROS) and sperm DNA fragmentation analysis to identify male factor infertility in order to increase the chance of conception. Additionally a new technology called (Pre-implantation Genetic) will also be introduced in the near future. This will enable the embryo to be checked for genetic disorders such as Down Syndrome, Hemophilia and Thalassemia before being transferred into the womb. “We at Lanka Hospitals are extremely proud to announce the surpassing of the 1250th IVF birth this year. It is indeed an honor for Lanka Hospitals to be playing an instrumental role in providing support for countless number of couples in fulfilling their dream of having healthy children” stated Lanka Hospitals Group Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Prasad Medawatte. Lanka Hospitals’ Fertility Centre established in 2008 is recognized as one of the most sophisticated providers of fertility care in South Asia. It maintains a high success rate which is in par with the world’s most successful and developed fertility centers in practice. “The female partner only has to make about five visits to the hospital for the whole treatment process. This includes three visits for the scans, one for egg pickup and one for embryo transfer. This is the modern way which is in practice globally and Lanka Hospital has been practicing it for a significant period,” stated Lanka Hospitals Consultant Obstetrician and Gynecologist Dr. Nishendra Karunaratne. Lanka Hospitals Diagnostics (LHD) is the only Sri Lankan Laboratory to be accredited by the prestigious laboratory accreditation body, Collage of American Pathologists (CAP). (Sunday Island, 7.7.2019)

Public funds to the tune of Rs 698mn were squandered on an unsuccessful bid to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Sri Lanka and a special investigation must be carried out into the donation of Rs 570,819,155 towards this effort by other institutions and private individuals, the National Audit Office (NAO) says. The findings are contained in a ‘Special Audit Report on Securing the Hosting Right for the Commonwealth Games 2018’. The Sports Ministry and General Treasury provided Rs 110mn in initial capital while the Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) and Sri Lanka Telecom contributed Rs 18mn.Cash grants were also obtained from private organisations and individuals. The company raised Rs 689.9mn but Sri Lanka did not win the bid. The NAO said the money was not properly monitored and was spent without transparency and financial control. Company administration did not comply with the relevant rules as evidenced by books, bills, various documents, interviews and statements. At the time of canvassing funds for this private company, request letters were issued by former Governor of the Central Bank and the Sports Minister using official designations. Furthermore, a significant number of donors were commercial banks and financial institutions regulated by the Central Bank. But the company had not issued formal receipts to private donors for their contribution of Rs 570,819,155. And Rs 120,402,653 was directly obtained in cash. (Sunday Times, 7.7.2019)

More than 25,000 dengue cases had been reported in the first half of 2019, the Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health said. As the annual dengue peak occurs during June and July, medical experts have warned the public to be cautious due to the prevailing rainy weather. The report confirmed 25,267 dengue cases had been reported from the country with the Western Province heading the list. Colombo records the highest number of cases (5403), Gampaha comes second with 3,281 cases and Galle third with 2,248 cases. According to hospital sources about 35 dengue-related fatalities have been recorded during the first six months of 2019. In 2018, more than 51,000 dengue cases were reported including about 50 deaths. Dengue infects nearly 400 million people across more than 120 countries each year. Most survive with few or no symptoms, but more than two million annually develop what can be dangerous dengue hemorrhagic fever, which kills more than 25,000 people each year. (Daily Island, 8.7.2019.

The World Health Organization yesterday announced Sri Lanka has eliminated measles, interrupting transmission of the indigenous virus that causes the killer childhood disease. “Sri Lanka’s achievement comes at a time when globally measles cases are increasing. The country’s success demonstrates its commitment, and the determination of its health workforce and parents to protect children against measles,” said WHO South-East Asia Regional Director Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh, congratulating the island nation. An independent verification committee reviewed in detail all data and ongoing efforts for measles elimination in the island nation and concluded that Sri Lanka has stopped transmission of indigenous measles virus.  The country reported its last case of measles caused by an indigenous virus in May 2016.
Sri Lanka’s success follows its persistent efforts to ensure maximum coverage with two doses of measles and rubella vaccines being provided in the childhood immunisation program. The vaccination coverage in the country has been consistently high – over 95% with both the first and second dose of measles and rubella vaccine provided to children under the routine immunisation program. Additionally, mass vaccination campaigns with a measles-rubella vaccine have been held periodically to plug the immunisation gaps, the last one in 2014.
The country has a strong surveillance system and all vaccine-preventable diseases are an integral part of the communicable disease surveillance system. Measles is a notifiable disease in the country.
Further strengthening immunity of the vulnerable population, capacities to detect and readiness to respond to measles virus both at the national and sub-national levels, would be the key to the country’s continued measles-free status in the coming years,” the Regional Director said. 
Elimination of measles is achieved when a country interrupts transmission of indigenous virus for three years. Rubella control is achieved when a country reduces the number of rubella cases by 95% as compared to cases in 2008. (Daily Financial Times, 10.7.2019)

Drought has affected parts of the country, up to half a million people remain with livelihoods disrupted and health under threat due to heat and lack of water.  More than 500,000 persons of over 100,000 families are still affected by drought prevailing in some parts of the island. The drought affected families are in the Kegalle, Puttalam, Kurunegala, Vavuniya, Jaffna, Mannar, Killinochchi, Mulaitivu, Matale, Kandy, Hambantota, Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura districts, according to DMC reports. The general public is requested to contact the DMC’s emergency hotline 117 for more information regarding the prevailing weather situation and warnings.  Presently rainstorm conditions have already brought about several minor earthslips and flash floods in the Hillcountry over the past two days resulting in four deaths so far, the DMC official said. He said that armed services and Police disaster response units remain on alert ready to be deployed immediately for any rescue mission. Several Navy teams are currently deployed with boats and equipment in the Ratnapura area on rescue missions amidst the series of flash floods and earth slips in that area. Kodippili said that as at yesterday noon, the flood waters in Ratnapura was receding, but the evacuated communities, now in temporary accommodation in Ratnapura, Ayagama, Kiriella and Elapatha, were being advised not to return to their homes yet. The DMC said that the water level of the Kalu Ganga was further rising as at noon, yesterday, and requests people living in downstream to be extra vigilant. According to the Meteorology Department, Dunkeld Estate in Nuwara Eliya received the highest rainfall of 251.5mm in the 24 hours ended at yesterday noon. (Daily News 20.7.2019)

The Office for Reparations has announced that it has disbursed funds worth Rs 265 million as compensation to the victims of the terrorist attacks on April 21.  According to the Reparations Office, funds worth Rs 199 million has been disbursed to the families of 201 victims who lost their lives in the attacks while Rs 66 million which has been disbursed to 442 persons who were injured in the tragedy. The bombings which took place on Easter Sunday across seven places including three churches and three leading hotels, killed 263 people and left 503 injured. The Office for Reparations noted that the allocations for the foreign nationals who were affected by the attacks have not been collected yet. Meanwhile, Rs 25 million has been issued as an advance payment for army and navy officers who are currently engaged in the reconstruction of the churches. According to the Prime Minister’s office, Rs 10 million each had been granted to the St Sebastian’s Church in Katuwapitiya and the St Anthony’s Church in Kochchikade, while Rs 5 million had been granted to the Zeon Church in Batticaloa. (Times online, 22.7.2019)

Sri Lanka has re-introduced and expanded a visa-free entry scheme for visitors in a bid to revive its flagging tourism sector after the deadly Easter bombings, officials said. The concession for tourists from 39 nations was suspended after Islamists bombed three churches and three luxury hotels in Colombo on April 21 killing 258 people, including 45 foreigners. “As the security situation has improved, the cabinet of ministers decided to revive the visa-free scheme and also extended it to seven more countries,” the government said in a statement. A tourism official said foreign governments have relaxed travel advisories for Sri Lanka since the attacks. There has also been a lift in the number of arrivals, which nosedived soon after the bombings blamed on a home-grown jihadist group, the official said. The new countries added to the expanded scheme — which already allows travelers from the European Union, Australia and the United States to enter Sri Lanka without a visa — include China and India. Visitors still have to obtain a visa on arrival, but the government has waived the $35 fee from August 1. Sri Lanka initially projected a 30 percent dip in the number of foreign holidaymakers after the attacks. The following month the number of tourists plunged to 37,800, down from 166,975 in April, according to official figures. But they improved last month with some 63,000 visitors, although numbers are still down from 146,828 in June 2018. Sri Lanka welcomed a record 2.33 million tourists in 2018, and was named the world’s top travel destination for 2019 by the Lonely Planet travel guide. (Sunday Island, 28.7.2019)

Sri Lanka’s tea production in June saw a sharp gain of 3.9 million kilos to 27.1 million kilos from a year earlier. 
Low Growns have shown the highest gain year on year followed by High and Medium Growns. 
Despite the significant gain in June, the cumulative first half crop figure reflects a marginal increase of only 0.3 million kilos to 158.4 million kilos from the corresponding period of last year. High Growns show a negative variance compared to January-June 2018, whilst Mediums together with Low Growns have shown a growth YOY.
CTC production in June was up 0.17 million kilos to 1.9 million kilos but the first half crop was down by 0.9 million kilos to 11.2 million kilos. (Daily Financial Times, 29.7.2019)

Sri Lanka’s tea exports in the first half of this year have reached to highest ever of Rs. 121.8 billion, up by 7% from the earlier record established in the corresponding period of last year despite a drop in volume. 
Forbes and Walker Tea Brokers said FOB value for the first half of 2019 was Rs. 839.46 per kilo, up by Rs. 11.33 per kilo from a year earlier. January to June 2019 cumulative exports volume wise amounted to 145.1 million kilos down by 5.5% from the corresponding period of last year. Forbes said Iraq has retained the No. 1 spot as the largest importer of Sri Lankan Tea for the period January-June 2019 followed by Turkey, Russia and Iran. 
Further, Libya, China and Azerbaijan are some of the noteworthy importers, whilst it is also relevant that destinations such as India, Germany and USA have shown a significant growth in imports for the period under review when compared to the corresponding period of 2018, Forbes said.  The dip in June is comparison to improvement in May 2019 when tea exports gained by 3.5 million kilos to 26.6 million kilos vis-a-vis a year earlier and value up by Rs. 3 billion to Rs. 22.1 billion. FOB value saw a gain of Rs. 2.94 to Rs. 832.20 per kilo.(Daily Financial Times, 29.7.2019)

By yesterday evening some 615,984 people had been affected by the prevailing drought in most parts of the country, according to the Disaster Management Centre (DMC). The DMC said 615,984 people belonging to 173,091 families were affected in several districts, particularly in the Northern, North Central, Central  and North Western Provinces are among the worst affected areas. In the Batticaloa District, 24,285 families are affected and in the Jaffna district 21,094 families totaling, 70, 628 persons have become drought victims. Due to the extreme dry weather that has been worsening steadily over the past few months, people in the Parakumyaya, Welikanda area are facing difficulties due to the shortage of clean water. In the North, North-Central and Eastern provinces continue to suffer from the drought. The situation has aggravated as the wells in the areas have also dried up. However, by yesterday the government had taken action to provide drinking water to most of the affected areas. The Agriculture Department says due to the delay in monsoon rains and the reduction of nearly 50 per cent of expected rainfall, corn cultivation will be affected. (Daily Island, 29.7.2019)


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Sri Lanka defeated West Indies by 23 runs, winning the 39th Match of the One-Day International Series, played at Riverside Grounds, Chester-le-Street.


Sri Lanka – 338/6 in 50 Overs (Fernando 104, M.Perera 64, Thirimanne 45no, Mendis 39, Karunaratne 32,  Holder 2/59, Allen 1/44,  Thomas 1/58, Cottrell 1/69)

West Indies – 315/9 in 50 Overs (Pooran 118, Allen 51, Gayle 35, Malinga 3/55, Mathews 1/6, Vandersay 1/50, Rajitha 1/76)

Player of the Match: Avishka Fernando, Sri Lanka

India defeated Sri Lanka by 7 wickets, winning the 44th Match of the One-Day International Series, played at Headingley, Leeds.


Sri Lanka – 264/7 in 50 Overs (Mathews 113, Thirimanne 53, de Silva 29no, Bumrah 3/37, Jadeja 1/40, Pandya 1/50, Yadav 1/58, Kumar 1/73)

India – 265/3 in 43.3 Overs (Rahul 111, Sharma 103, Kohli 34no,  Rajitha 1/47, Udana 1/50, Malinga 1/82)

Player of the Match: Rohit  Sharma (India)

Ranjan Madugalle, the chief among ICC Match Referees has been chosen once again as the head of the match officials for the epic final between New Zealand and England. This will be the 60-year-old’s fourth World Cup final having officiated in the 1999, 2003 and 2015 finals. The former Test captain missed only three World Cup finals since joining the ICC in 1993 and that’s because in 1996, 2007 and 2011 Sri Lanka were in the final. Madugalle is a highly respected official and has been chosen to officiate some key ICC events and important bilateral series like the Ashes. His balanced decisions, communications skills, chilled out exterior but steely convictions has earned the admiration of all nations. It is said that Madugalle has mastered the art of diplomacy so well that when he tells a player to go to hell, he does it in such a way that the player in fact looks forward for the trip. He fined Jason Roy 30 percent of his match fee for showing dissent after being given out in the semi-final against Australia in Birmingham. Umpire Kumar Dharmasena has been also chosen to stand in the game as an on-field umpire alongside South Africa’s Marais Erasmus. During Thursday’s semi-final, it looked as if Dharmasena had cooked his goose after he gave a bad decision. The former Test cricketer ruled Roy caught behind when the bat was nowhere near resulting in an angry outburst by the batsman. England had no reviews left and were left fuming. Thankfully, the decision didn’t cost them the game. Apart from that one poor decision, Dharmasena had a very good game and rarely his decisions were overturned. Dharmasena also officiated in the last World Cup final when Australia beat New Zealand at MCG. He was recently ranked world’s best umpire. Dharmasena was  a member of the Sri Lankan side that won the 1996 World Cup. He concentrated on a career in banking after retiring from the sport and took up umpiring as a hobby. But in 2008, he was fast tracked as an international umpire by Sri Lanka Cricket and in a very short period made an impact. (Daily Island, 13.7.2019)

New Zealand will tour Sri Lanka, from August 3, 2019 to September 7, 2019, playing Two test Matches and Three T20 Matches. They will play one Test at Galle and the other in Colombo. The T20 matches will be, two in Colombo and one in Kandy. They will also play a 3-day Warm-Up Match, prior to the Test’s and a T20 Warm-Up match prior to the T20 matches. (SLC Media Release, 5.7.2019))

Sri Lanka named an unprecedented squad of 22 players for just three ODI matches against Bangladesh starting on July 26.

Sri Lanka squad: Dimuth Karunaratne (captain), Kusal Perera, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Thirimanne, Shehan Jayasuriya, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Danushka Gunetilleke, Dasun Chanaka, Wanidu Hasaranga, Akila Dananjaya, Amila Aponso, Lakshan Sandakan, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Pradeep, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Lahiru Madushanka (Sunday Observer, 21.7.2019)

The touring Bangladeshi’s, beat the Sri Lanka Board President’s XI by 5 wickets to win the One-Day Warm-Up match, played at the P. Sara Oval, Colombo. Scores:

Sri Lanka Board President’s XI 282/8 in 50 Overs (Shanaka 86no, Jayasuriya 56, Rajapaksa 32, de Silva 28, Gunathilaka 26, Sarkar 2/29, Hossain 2/31, Reza 1/22, Rahman 1/29, Ahmed 1/57)

Bangladesh – 285/5 in 48.1 Overs (Mithun 91, Rahim 50, Iqbal 37,  Mahamudullah 33, Rahman 31no, Kumara 2/26, de Silva 1/39, Dananjaya 1/47, Rajitha 1/57) 

Sri Lanka beat the touring Bangladeshi’s by 91 runs to win the First ODI, played at the R.Premadasa Stadium, Khettarama, Colombo. Scores:

Sri Lanka – 314/8 in 50 Overs (M. Perera 111, Mathews 48, Mendis 43, Karunaratne 36, Islam 3/62, Rahman 2/75, Sarkar 1/17, Uossain 1/54, Miraz 1/56)

Bangladesh – 223 in 41.4 Overs (Rahim 67, Rahman 60, Malinga 3/38, Pradeep 3/51, de Silva 2/49, Kumara 1/45) 

Player of the Match: Kusal Perera (Sri Lanka)  

Lasith Malinga shone in his farewell match after Kusal Perera struck a quick-fire century as Sri Lanka crushed Bangladesh by 91 runs in the first one-day of a three-match series in Colombo on Friday. Malinga rattled Bangladesh with his fiery opening spell, reducing the visitors to 39-4 in the process, without allowing them to recover from the damage despite the best efforts by Mushfiqur Rahim and Sabbir Rahman. Mushfiqur made 67 while Sabbir added 60 as the duo shared an 111-run partnership for the fifth wicket but Bangladesh stuttered to 223 all out in 41.4 overs replying to Sri Lanka’s 314-8. Retiring Malinga claimed 3-38 while Nuwan Pradeep (3-51) and Dhananjaya de Silva (2-49) played their parts in the win. “I feel it’s the right time for me to retire from ODIs. I have been playing for the last 15 years for Sri Lanka and this is the right time to move on,” Malinga, who finished his ODI career with 338 wickets, said after the game. “My time is over and I have to go.” (Sunday Island, 28.7.2019)

Sri Lanka beat the touring Bangladeshi’s by 7 wickets to win the Second ODI, played at the R.Premadasa Stadium, Khettarama, Colombo. Scores:

Bangladesh – 238/8 in 50 Overs (Rahim 98no, Miraz 43, Dananjaya 2/39, Pradeep 2/53, Udana 2/58)

Sri Lanka – 242/3 in 44.4 Overs (Fernando 82, Mathews 52no, Mendis 41no, M. Perera 30, Rahman 2/50, Miraz 1/51)

Player of the Match: Avishka Fernando (Sri Lanka)

Sri Lanka beat the touring Bangladeshi’s by 122runs to win the Third and final ODI, played at the R.Premadasa Stadium, Khettarama, Colombo. Scores:

Sri Lanka – 294/8 in 50 Overs (Mathews 87, Mendis 54, Karunaratne 46, M. Perera 42, Shanaka 30, Sarkar 3/56, S. Islam 3/68, T. Islam 1/34, Hossain 1/55)

Bangladesh – 172 in 36 Overs (Sarkar 69, T. Islam 39no,  Shanaka 3/27, Rajitha 2/17, Kumara 2/26, de Silva 1/16, Dananjaya 1/44)

Player of the Match: Angelo Mathews (Sri Lanka)

Player of the Series: Angelo Mathews (Sri Lanka)

Sri Lanka won the 3-match series 3-0

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SRI LANKA NEWS – JUNE 2019 – By Victor Melder

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All Muslim ministers in the UNF-led government resigned, yesterday. They had done so to allow the government to bring about reconciliation and conduct an impartial investigation into various allegations, Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) Leader, Rauff Hakeem told the media at Temple Trees. The decision had been taken after a lengthy discussion with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and others, Hakeem said. Hakeem requested the government to have an investigation conducted by the CID into the allegations and take legal action within one month if there was ample evidence. The Muslim community and the politicians who represented them had fully cooperated with the authorities to ensure the safety of the country following the Easter Sunday Bombings, and attacks on Muslims had to be condemned, Hakeem said. Although they had resigned from their ministerial posts, they would not resort to any action that would weaken the government, Hakeem said, adding that they would protect the government as backbenchers. The Muslim community expected them to do so, Hakeem said. Muslims were extremely worried about and scared of the developments during the last several days and it was not fair to vilify the entire community for the actions of a few, he added. Hakeem said he did not believe that any solution could be reached through parliamentary select committees and there had to be an immediate CID investigation into the allegations at issue. (Daily Island, 4.6.2019)

Sri Lanka has reduced electrocutions by over 50 per cent to just 89 such incidents in 2018 compared to 2012, the Electrocution Report 2018 prepared by Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) says. There were 180 electrocutions in 2012. According to the international benchmark, the possibility of electrocution occurring is only one electrocution for one million people, per year. In 2012, Sri Lanka was at the position of nine electrocutions for one million people which was reduced to five electrocutions for one million people per year in 2018. PUCSL as the safety regulator of the industry has adopted various measures to make public aware of the safe use of electricity and introduced several regulatory tools including the licensing of electricians in Sri Lanka, national standard for plugs and sockets, rules and regulations with regard to the minimum distance of power lines to the premises and etc. to create an electrical safety environment for public and premises. The latest statistics show that males are more exposed to electrocutions as they accounted for 83 per cent of total electrocutions reported in 2018. Southern province reports the highest number of electrocutions in 2018 while Sabaragamuwa reported the lowest. The Southern Province reported 67 electrocutions in the 2015-18 period. Laying power lines illegally to protect cultivations or to kill wild animals has been identified as the main cause of electrocutions in the country while carelessness and improper or unsafe wiring and bad maintenance practices also contributed largely to the electrocutions in 2018. (Daily Island, 7.6.2019)

Scientists have identified a new species of endemic day gecko (Reptilia: Gekkonidae: Cnemaspis) from a wet zone forest in second peneplain of Southern Sri Lanka. The team comprises Anslem de Silva of the Amphibia and Reptile Research Organization of Sri Lanka, Aaron M Bauer Department of Biology, Villanova University, Madhava Boteju of the Biodiversity Conservation Society, and Suranjan Karunaratna of Nature Explorations and Education. The new day gecko species of the genus Cnemaspis Strauch, 1887 is described from a geographically separated forested area at Ensalwatte in the Matara district. This species is medium in size and can be differentiated from all other Sri Lankan congeners by a suite of distinct morphometric, meristic and colour characteristics. The species is recorded from rock outcrop habitats in wet, cool and shady forest with minimal anthropogenic disturbance at low-elevations (below 860m). Existing data suggest that this gecko is a point endemic. Being rupicolous micro habitat specialists with a scansorial mode of life, this species is susceptible to both localized and widespread threats. Therefore, isolated forest patches warrant special conservation action, including habitat protection, in depth research and species specific hands-on management practices. They possess comparatively large, forward and upwardly-directed eyes with round pupils, and widely-splayed limbs bearing elongate slender digits that are bent at an angle and bear entire sub digital lamellae (Deraniyagala, 1953; Manamendra-Arachchi et al. 2007; Wood et al. 2017). These crepuscular geckos though mostly rupicolous, but a few are arboreal and ground-dwelling, most members of the genus Cnemaspis have a cryptic morphology and coloration, both of which help in camouflaging (Grismer et al. 2014; Wood et al. 2017). Genus Cnemaspis has been the subject of numerous taxonomic revisions and new species descriptions in recent years.  Currently, 26 Cnemaspis, all of which are endemic to the island, are known to inhabit Sri Lanka. (Daily Island, 7.6.2019)

Sri Lanka’s first satellite Ravana 1, designed and developed by two Sri Lankan research engineers will be released into orbit on Monday, June 17th, Director Communication Engineering (Project Manager Nanosatellite projects) at Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Modern Technologies, Kavindra Jayawardena told Daily Mirror. On Monday, June 17th, 2019 at 2.15PM Sri Lanka time Raavana-1 will be deployed to the 400km orbit at an inclination of 51.6 degrees using the JAXA (Japanese Aerospace and Exploration Agency) owned Kibo experiment module. ‘Ravana 1’ would be deployed to 400km orbit, using the Kibo experiment module by JAXA scientists in the International Space Station (ISS). Mr. Jayawardena said Ravana 1 was launched to the ISS in the 400km orbit by the Cygnus spacecraft of NASA on April 18 at 2.16 am Sri Lanka time by the rocket ‘ANTRAS.’ “The spacecraft CYGNUS was connected to ISS by April 20 and it was accepted by the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency section in the ISS. “Ravana – 1, the nanosatellite, signified Sri Lanka’s entry to the field of space research. RAAVANA-1 which is a cube-seized miniature satellite and Sri Lanka’s first research satellite built by two Sri Lankan youth Tharindu Dayaratne and Dulani Chamika marking our entrance into the space age. Tharindu Dayaratne is an Electrical and Electronics engineer of the University of Peradeniya and a research engineer at the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Modern Technologies and Dulani Chamika is a Mechatronics engineer from the same institute. The satellite which was designed and built at the Kyushu Institute of Technology in Japan is 1000 cubic cm in size and weighs 1.1 kg. The RAAVANA-1 was officially handed over to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency on February 18, 2019. The satellite is expected to fulfil five missions including the capturing of pictures of Sri Lanka and surrounding regions, active attitude stabilization which ensures that satellite’s attitude is stable under the influence of external talks. (Daily Mirror, 14.6.2019)

Sri Lanka’s beleaguered tourism industry, reeling under the impact of the devastating Easter Sunday terror attacks, has suffered a loss of more than Rs. 62 billion, a senior Minister revealed. When losses all around are assessed and taken into account, the figure could exceed the present estimate of Rs. 62 billion plus, Economic Reform and Public Distribution Minister, Dr. Harsha de Silva told a news conference convened by Sri Lanka Tourism last week. As confirmed by the Bank of Ceylon, 1,001 applications amounting to Rs. 8 billion are already being processed to extend relief to some of the businesses affected. The Minister explained that the affected businesses were small entrepreneurs, micro level businesses, for example those in the ‘home stay’ enterprises, tourist vehicle owners, amongst others. He said the process to accommodate appeals for relief is a priority consideration and would continue based on the urgent need of existing necessities. Private banks, according to information at hand, are also actively contributing towards the moratorium scheme. However, the position of leasing companies is somewhat hazy. The Central Bank has been asked to provide weekly reports on the current position of relief to the tourist industry to ensure its revival to the pre 21/4 position. Small time entrepreneurs present at the media briefing complained that they had to pay Rs. 25,000 to have their loans processed. However, they have now been assured this would not be necessary for a limited period of three months. Minister John Amaratunga asserted that tourist arrivals have improved. Around 2,000 tourists are registered on a daily basis, which, he said, is encouraging. China, India, Germany and The Netherlands have lifted their travel advisories, and there is every reason to believe the position would improve, he noted. Asked about the existing security situation, the Minister asked an officer from the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) to address the media. The security officer assured that there is no threat of a repetition of 21/4. (Sunday Island, 16.6.2019)

St. Anthony’s Church, Kochchikade celebrated its 185th feast on Thursday with a trilingual festive High Mass. The Archbishop of Colombo, His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith officiated at the shrine, which was repaired by the Sri Lanka Navy after the Easter Sunday bomb attack. The bomb blast triggered immense interest on the shrine and on St. Anthony with worldwide media focus on the tragic 21/4 incidents in Sri Lanka. (Sunday Island, 16.6.2019)

President Maithripala Sirisena is gearing to carry out the first hanging in the near future raising fresh concerns within the diplomatic and rights activists. According to sources in Presidential Secretariat, “it has been put in motion”, to carry out the first hanging in the near future, but not as “early as next week, as rumoured”. The President decided to carry out executions on repeated drug offenders who are on death row, proposing the move as an effective deterrent to address the drug trafficking in Sri Lanka. The move will end a 43-year-long moratorium on the death penalty, where the country has not carried out executions although the death penalty has been given by court rulings. The Sri Lankan Government voted to maintain its moratorium at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly in December 2018.  Earlier this year, the Commissioner of Prisons called for applications to recruit two hangmen to fill the positions that have remained vacant for over a decade. The diplomatic community who on earlier occasions too have raised concerns over Sirisena’s decision to re-enact the death penalty, are now raising fresh concerns on the matter with warnings that the decision will likely negatively affect GSP+ while also having personal repercussions.  The President on several occasions has reiterated that he is going to carry out the death penalty regardless of what the international community feels about the move. Earlier this year President Sirisena said that he has already decided on a date on which the death penalty would be implemented, but declined to publicise the date. However, there has been concerns from both the international community and rights activist against the President’s decision to restart executions. In April this year, the EU in a joint statement with Embassies of France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Romania and the UK High Commission, the Embassies of Norway and Switzerland, as well as the High Commissions of Canada and Australia called on the Government to reconsider its decision noting that evidence does not show the move as an effective deterrent to address drug trafficking. “We call on the Sri Lankan Government to maintain its moratorium on the death penalty in line with its vote at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly in December 2018,” the statement said.  (Daily Financial Times, 22.6.2019)

Sri Lanka is seeking a loan of nearly $1.0 billion from China for energy and highways as the island recovers from the devastating Easter Sunday bombings, the finance ministry. Talks are underway with China’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) to raise the new loan in addition to the $1.2 billion obtained from international agencies this year, the ministry said. “We have been discussing with the AIIB to obtain nearly an additional US$ 1,000 million for further development of the Power and Highway sectors,” the ministry quoted Finance minister Mangala Samaraweera. Sri Lanka’s former government borrowed heavily to rollout ports, highways and railroads, but several ambitious infrastructure projects ended up as white elephants and left the country facing a mountain of debt — mainly to China. Unable to service its loans, the government of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe leased a Chinese-built port at Hambantota to a Beijing company for $1.12 billion in 2017. Samaraweera said the country was able to maintain economic stability despite the April 21 attacks that killed at least 258 people at three churches and three luxury hotels. The government expects tourism to decline 30 percent this year as a result of the suicide bombings. The loss of revenue has been estimated at $1.5 billion. The minister’s remarks came as the census department said the country’s economic growth in the first quarter of this year was 3.7 percent — better than the 3.5 percent forecast by the authorities. That compares to 1.79 percent in the final quarter of 2018 and 4.02 percent a year earlier. Last month, the Central Bank of Sri Lanka cut its main lending rate by 50 basis points to 8.5 percent to encourage borrowing and mitigate any fallout from the bombings. The government has begun subsidising loans to hotels which were already suffering a declining in foreign guests following last year’s political crisis. The country had plunged into turmoil in October when President Maithripala Sirisena sacked his Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and called fresh elections. However, the Supreme Court held that the president’s actions were illegal and restored the status quo. But, three international credit rating agencies downgraded the country’s debt making it more expensive to borrow abroad. Official figures show that Sri Lanka will have to repay a record $5.9 billion in foreign loans in 2019. Officials say about two-thirds of it has already been paid. (Sunday Sun, 23.6.2019)

Sri Lanka’s per capita consumption of liquor has increased up to a staggering 95 percent, a report by the WHO has revealed. According to the 2018 Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health by the WHO, the total number of new alcohol users in Sri Lanka had increased up to 10.4 percent by 2016. According to the report a majority of new alcohol users have been termed as addicts,  adding that every one in three alcohol users are heavy drinkers. The report also revealed that 40 percent have been consuming illicit liquor.  Accordingly, the global health body insisted that both health and financial policies must be collectively considered while preparing Excise laws in a bid to control liquor consumption in the country. However, the WHO had appreciated the steps taken to introduce the National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol Act, No. 27 of 2006 in Sri Lanka. (Times online, 29.6.2019)

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  1. Cab Forward 4294, Southern Pacific Railroad’s Signature Locomotive by David N. Anderson, et al, 2018

(Donated by Udaya Peeligama, Baulkham Hills, NSW)

  1. The Penguin Book of Hell, edited by Scott. G. Bruce, 2018

(Donated by Hemal Gurusinghe, Chelsea Heights, Vic)

  1. Fond Reminiscence, A Memoir by Sheila De Zoysa, 2019  (Donated by the Author, Colombo 5, Sri Lanka)
  2. Legends All, ‘First’ in Sport in Sri Lanka, by Asoka Goonetilleke, 2016
  3. A Fiery Finale, Memories, Chronicles, Essays by Tissa Devendra, 2014
  4. Those Were the Days by P. G. Punchihewa, Reprint 2016
  5. The Ceaseless Chatter of Demons by Ashok Ferry, 2016 

 (No’s 4 – 7, Donated by Ajit St John, Meadow Heights, Vic)  

  1. A Short Historical Review of the Sylvestrine Monks in Ceylon, from 1845 to 1920 (Facsimile) by Re. Fr Laurence Hyde, OSB

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  1. ‘Serendib’, The In Flight Magazine of Sri Lankan Airlines, Vol 39, No 1, March 2019
  2. ‘Serendib’, The In Flight Magazine of Sri Lankan Airlines, Vol 39, No 3, May 2019

 (No’s 1 – 2, Donated by Ajit St John, Meadow heights, Vic)

  1. Hi!! – The Society Magazine, Sri Lanka, Series 17, Vol 2, 2019.


  1. Newsletter, St Peters College Old Boys Social Club Melbourne Inc, Autumn/Winter 2019 issue.
  2. Newsletter, Burgher Association (Australia) Inc, Winter 2019 issue.
  3. “The Harbinger”, Family Magazine, Australia / Sri Lanka Welfare Guild (ASWG) Inc, Vol 44, No 3, June 2019







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SRI LANKA CRICKET NEWS – JUNE 2019 by Victor Melder

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Sri Lanka will wear a World Cup cricket uniform made out of recycled plastics that were polluting the ocean. The initiative has been hailed around the world. The country’s clothing sponsor, MAS Holdings, has recycled plastic sea waste from the Sri Lankan coastline and, with the help of the Sri Lanka Navy, produced the predominantly blue strip. Veteran bowler Lasith Malinga said the kits felt “very comfortable”. Malinga said his teammates were keen to support the eco-friendly cause to clean up the beaches of Sri Lanka and around the world. “It’s a good thing for Sri Lanka and the People”, Malinga said. “(We’re) very happy to wear that and we will support it” (HeraldSun, 29.5.2019)

Sri Lanka lost to New Zealand by 10 wickets,  in their first Match of the One-Day International Competition (3rd Match of the Series), played at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, England. Scores:

Sri Lanka – 136 in 29.2 Overs (Karunaratne 52no, M. Perera 29, N. Perera 27,  Ferguson 3/22, Henry 3/29, Santner 1/5)

New Zealand – 137/0 in 16.1 Overs (Guptill 73no, Munro 58no)

Player of the Match: Matt Henry (New Zealand) 

Sri Lanka defeated Afghanistan by 34 runs, winning the 7th Match of the One Day International Series, played at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, England. Scores:

Sri Lanka – 201 in 36.1 Overs (M. Perera 78, Karunaratne 30, Thirimanne 25, Nabi 4/30, Khan 2/17, Zadran 2/34)

Revised Target for Afghanistan, (D/L Method) 187 runs from 41 Overs)

Afghanistan – 152 in 32.4 Overs (Zadran 43, Zazai 30, Naib 23, Pradeep 4/31, Malinga 3/39, N. Perera 1/19, Udana 1/28)

Player of the Mach: Nuwan Pradeep (Sri Lanka)

The 11th Match of the One Day International Competition, between Sri Lanka and Pakistan, was abandoned due to rain

The 16th Match of the One day International Competition, between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, was abandoned due to rain.

Australia defeated Sri Lanka by 87 runs, winning the 20th Match of the One Day International Series, played at London. Scores:

Australia – 334/7 in 50 Overs (Finch 153, Smith 73, Maxwell 46no, Warner 26, de Silva 2/40, Udana 2/57, Malinga 1/61)

Sri Lanka – 247 in 45.5 Overs (Karunaratne 97,  M.Perera 52, Mendis 30, Starc 4/55, Richardson 3/47, Cummins 2/38)

Player of the Match: Aaron Finch (Australia)

Sri Lanka defeated England by 20 runs, winning the 27th Match of the One Day International Series played at Headingley, Leeds, England. Scores:

Sri Lanka – 232/9 in 50 Overs (Mathews 85no, Fernando 49, Mendis 46,  de Silva 29, Wood 3/40, Archer 3/52, Rashid 2/45)

England – 212 in 47 Overs (Stokes 82no, Root 57, Morgan 21, Malinga 4/43, de Silva 3/32, Udana 2/41, Pradeep 1/38)

Player of the Match: Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka)

South Africa defeated Sri Lanka by 9 wickets, winning the 35th Match of the One Day International Series played at Riverside Grounds, Chester-le-Street. Scores:

Sri Lanka – 203 in 49.3 Overs (M. Perera 30, Fernando 30, de Silva 24, Mendis 23, Pretorius 3/25, Morris 3/46, Rabada 2/36)

South Africa – 206/1 in 37.2 Overs (du Plessis 96no, Amla 80no, Malinga 1/47)

Player of the Match: Dwaine Pretorius (South Africa)

Sri Lanka’s hope of reaching the World Cup semi-finals were dented as South Africa thrashed them by nine wickets. The Sri Lankans gave a woeful batting performance. Play was interrupted for a few minutes after Lunch, when a swarm of bees invaded the pitch, resulting in the players and umpires having to lie flat on the grounds until the swarm moved away. (Daily News 29.6.2019)

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Sri Lanka have slipped to number nine in the official ICC Rankings that was updated yesterday. Dimuth Karunaratne’s side is ranked sixth in Test cricket. India finished top of the Test rankings while England finished number one in ODIs. The ninth rank is Sri Lanka’s lowest and now they are in jeopardy of not qualifying for further ICC events directly.

ICC Test Team Rankings

1 India 113 (-3), 2 New Zealand 111 (+3), 3 South Africa 108 (+3), 4 England 105 (+1), 5 Australia 98 (-6), 6 Sri Lanka 94 (+1), 7 Pakistan 84 (-4), 8 West Indies 82 (+5), 9 Bangladesh 65 (-3), 10 Zimbabwe 16 (+3)

ICC ODI Team Rankings – Rank Team Points

1 England 123 (-), 2 India 121 (+1), 3 South Africa 115 (+3), 4 New Zealand 113 (+1), 5 Australia 109 (+1), 6 Pakistan 96 (-1), 7 Bangladesh 86 (-4), 8 West Indies 80 (+4), 9 Sri Lanka 76 (-), 10 Afghanistan 64 (-), 11 Zimbabwe 54 (+1), 12 Ireland 46 (+3), 13 Scotland 40 (+7). (Daily Island, 3.5.2019)

Having spent ten days in the United Kingdom acclimatizing to the conditions, the national cricket team will feature in their first game of the long tour when they take on Scotland in an ODI today in Edinburgh. The two match series is preparation ahead of the World Cup campaign that beings early next month. These two games will give an opportunity for the Sri Lankan management to decide on their composition for the World Cup campaign. Players like Angelo Mathews, Kusal Janith Perera and Nuwan Pradeep, who are returning from injuries, will be on show in today’s game. Not just for the three of them, but for majority of Sri Lankan players in the squad, the two games will be an opportunity to find their ODI form. Sri Lanka’s selectors surprised everyone when they picked as many as five players in their World Cup squad, who had not featured in an ODI for more than 18 months. Captain Dimuth Karunaratne and leg-spinner Jeewan Mendis haven’t played an ODI for more than four years. Premier fast bowler Lasith Malinga has been rested for the two games. Scotland and Sri Lanka have played two ODIs so far with Sri Lanka  winning both encounters. The Sri Lanka Squad (From):    Dimuth Karunaratne (Captain), Lasith Malinga, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Kusal Janith Perera (wk), Avishka Fernando, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana,  Milinda Siriwardena, Jeewan Mendis, Jefferey Vandersay, Suranga Lakmal and  Nuwan Pradeep. (Daily Island, 18.5.2019)

The first ODI between Sri Lanka and Scotland yesterday at Edinburgh was called off without a ball being bowled due to inclement weather. (Sunday Island, 19.5.2019)

Britain’s leading newspaper The Daily Telegraph claims that corruption investigations in Sri Lanka will drag on at least till the end of this year and that more individuals will be charged before September, possibly after the World Cup. Sri Lankan cricket is rocked by serious allegations of corruption with former Test captain Sanath Jayasuriya banned from the game for two years and several other individuals charged. Former Fast Bowling Coach Nuwan Zoysa, former Batting Coach Avishka Gunawardene, former all-rounder Dilhara Lokuhettige and Sri Lanka Cricket’s Performance Analyst Sanath Jayasundara have been all charged for various breaches of the Anti Corruption Code. The newspaper reported that the focus of the ICC Anti Corruption Unit at the moment will be to ensure a corruption free Cricket World Cup, the sport’s showpiece event. It said that the investigators have taken the extraordinary step to warn suspected match fixers against travelling to England for the World Cup having launched the biggest ever protection operation ahead of the ten team event that will get underway later this month in England and Wales. As a result, anti-corruption officers will be posted with each of the ten teams, a step undertaken for the first time. In addition, there will be two investigators and one evidence analyst on duty throughout the tournament. The ICC has also taken steps to contact suspected match fixers through solicitors and warned them that they will be thrown out of cricket grounds if they were spotted during a game. The game’s governing body is confident that the World Cup will be clean and poses a low risk due to extra security measures. “Badly run events attract the corrupters and they look for vulnerabilities in events and players but the World Cup is highly organised, well run, well governed and the players are well protected so we expect it to be clean,” Alex Marshall, the General Manager of the ICC’s Anti-Corruption unit was quoted as saying.  (Daily Island, 21.5.2019)

South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 87 runs, to win their ICC World Cup Warm-up match, played at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, UK. Scores:

South Africa – 338/7 in 50 Overs (du Plessis 88, Amla 65, van der Dussen 40, Phehlukwayo 35, Lakmal 2/63, Pradeep 2/77, Udana 1/42, de Silva 1/44, Mendis 1/45)  

Sri Lanka – 251 all out in 42.3 Overs (Karunaratne 87, Mathews 64, Mendis 37, Phehlukwayo 4/36, Ngidi 2/12, Duminy 1/27, Tahir 1/31, Pretorius 1/34, Rabada 1/40)

Australia beat Sri Lanka by 5 wickets, to win their ICC World Cup Warm-up match played at The Rose Bowl, Southampton, UK. Scores:

Sri Lanka – 239/8 in 50 Overs (Thirimanne 56, de Silva 43, B.K.G.Mendis 24,  B.M.A.J. Mendis 21,Zampa 2/39, Smith 1/9, Maxwell 1/14, Cummins 1/23, Starc 1/38, Lyon 1/48)

Australia – 241/5 in 44.5 Overs (Khawaja 89, Maxwell 36, Marsh 34, Stonis 32, Vandersay 2/51, de Silva 1/17, Pradeep 1/28, Siriwardana 1/28)

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  1.  Tides of Violence: Mapping the Sri Lankan Conflict from 1983 to 2009, May 2019 – Public Interest Advocacy Centre, Sydney, NSW 2000.

(Donated by Hemal Gurusinghe, Chelsea Heights, Vic)

  1.  ‘Viva Italia’, An Introduction to Basic Italian with Opening Exercises in English & Sinhala by Alex Van Arkadie, 2019

 (Donated by the Author, Rome, Italy)

  1.   Miracles Attributed to Ven. Fr Joseph Vaz, & Pastoral Letters, 1987
  2.   The Jeweled Isle, Art from Sri Lanka by R.Brown and et al, et al (Donated by Michael Roberts, Adelaide, SA)


       CORRECTION (Title) – BOOKS, APRIL 2019

  1. Riding the Zeitgeist, The Hemaka Amarasuriya Story by Savithri Rodrigo, 2018  (Donated by the Author, Dehiwela, Sri Lanka)


  1.  The ‘Ceylankan’ – Journal of the Ceylon Society of Australia, Journal 86, Vol XXII, No 2, May 2019.


  1.  The Journal of the Australia Ceylon Fellowship Inc (ACF), Vol 61, No 2, May 2019.
  2.  “Silverscene”, Newsletter of the Silver Fawn Club Inc, Qld, May/June 2019 issue.
  3.  “The Vine”, Evergreen’s Newsletter, Operation Hope Inc, April 2019


  1.  Sinhala Muslim Relations in Sri Lanka by M. D.D.Pieris, Dr. A.M.A. Azeez Memorial Oration

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

DE ZYLVA, MAURICE, in Melbourne, on May 2, 2019. (Contributed)


DE JONG – OUIDA, wife of late Herbert, mother of Rolph, late Jeffery and od Travis and Graham, mother-in-law of Cheryl, Katy, Tamaris and Rehana. Grandmother of Nicola, Natalie, Hamish, Annalease, Griffith, Neliya, Cheyanne and Jaclyn, great grandmother of seven, in Sri Lanka. (Daily News 3.5.2019)


KLEYNIGNATIUS  LOYALA,  husband of late Pushpom Kleyn (Annie), father of Ann, Belinda, Charles, Delrin, Esther and Fritzroy,  father-in-law of Jude, Neville, Shyama, Frank (Italy), Roy and Dilhani,  grandfather of Roger, Shani, Remien, Remona  & Dexter, Remeena, Rozanna  & Ashen, Ryan, Julia & Dinith (Australia), Sharia & Jian, Gayasha, Natasha, Deanna, Jenny (UK) & Mario (UK), Jessica (UK), Jesmine (UK), Fiona, Demien, Kevin, Trevor, Bernedeen and Barbra, great-grandfather of Dion, Sheilly, Shenelle, Diendra and Daranza, in Sri Lanka. – 55/1, Alwis Town, Hendala, Wattala, Sri Lanka (Daily Island, 4.5.2019)


SMITH – DANE, husband of Padminie, father of Patrick. Son of late Elaine Mortier, step brother of late Christoper Mortier-Joseph, in Sri Lanka. – 3/9, Medagodawatte, Thumbowila, Piliyandala, Sri Lanka. (Contributed)


DELAMOTTE – GORDON SEARBY, husband of Val (dec), father, grandfather and great grandfather, in NSW. (Central Coast Express, NSW, 16.5.2019)


GREBE – BELLA, wife of late Sam, mother of Jeremy, mother-in-law of Roshika, grandmother of Dimitri, in Sri Lanka. (Daily News, 17.5.2019)


DE WAAS – MARGIE, wife of late Raymond De Waas, mother of Sandya, Sarto and Sriyantha , mother-in-law of Nimal, Lumina and Dujeewa, grandmother of Shivantha, Rochelle, Harshaka, Imali, Hanisha and Kavisha, great grandmother of Ethan. Daughter of late Christopher and Annie, sister of Rev. Fr. Joe Paul, Rev. Sr. Rose and rev. Fr. Damian, and sister of late Patricia, Therese, Eddie, Aloy and Rev. Sr Clement, in Sri Lanka, aged 84 years. – ‘Rosa Mystica’, Weboda Road, Bolawalana, Sri Lanka. (Daily News, 18.5.2019)


BARTHOLOMEUSZ – EVELYN ROSE, (July 11, 1926 – May 13, 2019), wife of the late Risien, mother of Chiron, Dylan and Delyse, mother-in-law of Anne-Marie, Kelly and Frances, grandmother of Derena and Matt, Ramon and Kate, Lorenz, Nelson, Elana, Brandon, great grandmother of Jake, Olivia and Henry. Sister of Beryl and the late Mary, in Adelaide. (The Adelaide Advertiser, 18..52019)


FONSEKA – BARBARA MIGNON (nee Ferdinands), wife of the late Wilton Fonseka, mother of Tamara, Rochelle, Suzie, David, Sandra and Nathalie, mother-in-law of Neville Davidson, Ryan Jaliel, Wilhelm Wijesekara, Ingrid Gibson and the  Jeremy Benedict and Lalith Akmeemana, grandmother of Salomie, Tina, Rosalie, Jodasche, Tracy, Trudy, Amanda, Vanessa, Deanne and Wendell, great grandmother of Sarah, Stacey, Ethan, Hannah, Dwayne, Kyra, Kimaya, Kavish, Kalena and Aiden. Daughter of the late Anna Myrtle and Oswald Arthur Ferdinands, in Sri Lanka. (Daily News 22.5.2019)


MACK – CHRIS,  (27.03.1949 – 17.05.2019), husband of Ruth, father of Craig, Margaret and Ken, father-in-law of Dean, grandfather of Harry, Joel, Logan, Toby and Cohen. Brother of Roberta (dec) and Lindy, in Canberra. (The Canberra Times, 22.5.2019)


BRUNTON – RODNEY NEVILLE, husband of Wimaladevi, father of Hermoine and Suzyanne, grandfather of Savinda, Sohan and Shannon, great grandfather. Kylie. Son of late Joseph and Mary Brunton, brother of Celine, Doris, Sandy, late Noeline and Clement, in Sri Lanka. (Daily News 23.5.2019)


KOELMEYER – NOELINE MARY, wife of Elmo, mother of Rodney, Desmond, Elvis and Romain, mother-in-law of Eleanor, Raywathy, Wendy and Tyrone, grandmother of Jacqueline, Richie, Reeve, Natasha, Tashya, Liza, Crystal, Klenn, Liam. Sister of Mignonne, Anita, late Benjamin, Olga and Milroy, sister-in-law of Kalyanaratne , Bendedict, Emil, Jacinta and late Ilene, in Sri Lanka. – 38A, Christ the King Avenue, Mahabage, Sri Lanka. (Daily News 23.5.2019).


GERREYN – STELMOND, husband of the late Blossom, father of Lorraine Lawson, Cedric, Patrick (UK) and Susie Ranchhod (Aust), on May 20, 2019. HIS BROTHER, GERREYN – HENRY, husband of the late Audrey, father of Tania and Owain (UK) and the late Trisha, on May 21, 2019. (Daily News, 24.5.2019)  


GUNASEKARA – YVONNE, (nee Rebera), wife of  late Trevor, mother of Debbie and Warren, mother-in-law of Sajith Sumanasiri, grandmother of Pehan and Vehan. Sister of late Allan, Stanley (Aust) and late Daphne, in Sri Lanka. (Daily News 24.5.2019)


THOMAS – PAULINE. Wife of the late Mr. J. Thomas, mother of Gabriel, Noel, Mary Anne, Leo, Felix, Julius and Tania, mother-in-law of Mercy, Wijee, Dilani, Brenda, Angeline, Ravi and Godfrey, in Sri Lanka. (Sunday Observer, 26.5.2019)


ALOYSIUS – DR DENNIS JESUTHASAN, husband of the late Chrisse (nee Perera), father of Rohini, Ranjini, Ranee, Prof. Rohan and Ruvani, father-in-law of John Garrett, Anil Fernando and Campion Fernando, grandfather of Angelo, Romano, late Roshika, Ashan, Cherani, Rashini, Tiyani and Ravin. Brother of Lucy Page and of the late Cyril Gardiner, Mangalam St George, Pushpam Savundranayagam, Joe, Dr Hubert and Peter, in Sri Lanka. (Daily News 27.5.2019)


DANISTER – MRS TILAKA, mother of Isha Perera (nee Kariyawasam), mother-in-law of Claude Perera, in Melbourne. (Contributed)


BALASINGAM – PATHMASIRI, husband of Ann Raji, father of Nithiya Shri, Kaaviyansiri and Samudra Sri. Son of Velupillai Balasingam and late Maheswari Balasingam, son-in-law of Rajeswaran and late Amalasothy (Rani). Brother of late Mangalasiri and Nimalsiri, brother-in-law of Aravinthan (Melb), Sumangala (UK) and Yasodai Sivapriya (Syd), in Melbourne on May 24, 2019. (Daily News 29.5.2019)


HINGERT – JEAN, wife of late Edgar, mother of Shane and Shama, Nigel and Melanie, grandmother of Ryan, Dyan, Clire and Jason, in Sri Lanka. (Daily News 29.5.2019)

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




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