eLanka Newsletter – 19th September 2021 – 6th Edition – Sri Lankans In Australia Click here or on the image below to read this week’s elanka Newsletter “BAMBALAPITIYA BEAUTIES” – By Des Kelly Sri Lankan-born Dr. Ashani Weeraratna appointed to US National Cancer Advisory Board Sri lanka Association of NSW Inc Invites you to the Virtual Sundown Gathering (Weekly On Friday – 5.30pm to 7.30pm) (Sydney time) Celebratory Mass For Old Joe Mario Pieris in Los Angeles, Ca. JETLINERS Bass guitarist Felix Fernando – by Patrick Ranasinghe Lulu Hypermarkets in Saudi Arabia host Sri Lanka product promotion week Royal College Old Boys in Australia Association – FLOREAT MAGAZINE – September 2021 2FORTY2 BAJAWWA – 25th September 2021 at 08:00 PM – (AEST) – Online event Contours for a new Constitution with a difference, for the future, not for the past By Raj Gonsalkorale SYDNEY BENS St.Benedict’s College Old Boys Association ...

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eLanka Newsletter – 08th September 2021 – 3rd Edition – Sri Lankans In Australia Click here or on the image below to read this week’s elanka Newsletter “Vale’, Gypsy King” – By Des Kelly 65th Birthday Song – Sunil Ayya – Gypsies – Performed by various artists – Music by Piyal Perera THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC – By – Algi Wijewickrema Sunil Perera: Sri Lanka’s larger than life music legend dies at 68 By Ranga Sirilal and Ayeshea Perera eLanka Cartoons by Max Gerreyn Kerrigan La-Brooy wins Lifetime Award for “Fair Play” at the Red Carpet Award Show in Holland Europe STC OBA NSW/ACT Presents a “Thomian Trivia Night” on Zoom. Nishantha: The coach behind historic Paralympic gold-by Reemus Fernando Watch ODI Cricket Highlights – Sri Lanka vs South Africa 2021 Sri Lanka Police celebrates its 155th Police Day Drum and Tabla – JIMMY x Peshala – MusicTech “MUSICAL ...

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Passing away of former UNP MP for Ambalangoda, Mr. Buddhika Sarath Kurukularatne- by Algi Wijewickrema Source: Algi Wijewickrema FB Just received the sad news of the passing away of my friend, boss and guru, former UNP MP for Ambalangoda, Mr. Buddhika Sarath Kurukularatne, this morning. He was a journalist, lawyer, author and a qualified and experienced Personnel Manager apart from being a politician. I would venture to say too honest to have been in parliament. My working career was given a turbo boost by this humane ‘Boss’ who inspired me when things looked all but lost in 1981. After recruiting me to Balfour Beatty Nuttal JV who were the Main Civil Contactors for the Victoria Dam & Hydro-Electric project, he made sure I never looked back. He was not in good health for some time but I was hoping to have a little chat with him on 19th when he ...

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Christmas of the Present-By Algi Wijewickrema Source:Island It was four days before Christmas and father Asiri was in his little office room when Peter, his faithful sacristan who doubled as butler, bodyguard, odd job man, et al, came in and announced that a young woman wished to see him. Although parishioners young and old visiting him was not something to be considered special, father Asiri detected something in Peter’s manner that told him it was not a normal visit. The young girl ushered to his presence was no more than twenty, dressed in a wrinkled skirt and blouse and was carrying a child who  could not be more than a few days old. She could not be called beautiful but could have been attractive if not for her troubled look. Fr. Asiri inquired from her what the problem was but it was Peter who answered saying that she had been ...

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eLanka Newsletter – 23 Dec – 7th edition – Sri Lankans in Australia Click here or on the image below to read this week’s elanka Newsletter FELIZ NAVIDAD – Blind Guitarist and Percussionist in one – Amazing talent! “MERRY CHRISTMAS” – By Des Kelly A beautiful Eulogy was written in memory of the Victims of the Easter Carnage in Sri Lanka – A Tribute to Our Nation – Friends in Harmony Orchestra Jean Van Heer White Christmas Light railway system for Jaffna peninsula-By Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam Bambalapitiya Flatters and Friends website – (Connecting Flatters from all over the world) – by Kumar Bhagwandas This Dutch Burgher lamprais will make you forget curry even exists-By Rushani Epa Somebody stole my Christmas – by Capt. Elmo Jayawardena Health & Views December 3rd issue 2020 – By Dr Harold Gunatillake Nuwara Eliya Post Office – Tudor style iconic structure in Central Highlands By ...

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THE FIRST PETERITE BISHOP ( EXTRACTED FROM THE PRE-SEVENTIES FB PAGE) – by Algi Wijewickrema  With one thing and another happening during the Christmas season this year, what with COVID-19 and restrictions, the 18th of December passed without the installment of the Notable Peterites being published. We apologise to our fans for that miss. With our apology tendered and with a promise not to miss deadlines where future publications are concerned, our publication today is about the the first Peterite Priest (the only full term Peterite), to be elevated to the rank of Bishop. ...

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A PETERITE PRIEST AND MARTYR – by Algi Wijewickrema Source:Peterite – pre 70s FB 18th of November has come round and in the run up to the Peterite centenary falling on 18th January 2022, having covered the notables among the Rectors (including the first Peterite to be Rector, Fr. Claver Perera), today we commence publishing brief details of notable alumni. What better way of presenting notable alumni than to commence with those who served in the Vineyard of the Lord. Since the death anniversary of Rev. Fr. Michael Rodrigo fell on 10th November (30.6.1927 – 10.11.1987), we begin our posts of Peterite alumni who opted to serve in the Vineyard of the Lord, with him, a Priest martyred for his services to God’s poor. ...

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JOY IN COMMEMORATING A DEATH ANNIVERSARY – by Algi Wijewickrema   Author: Algi Wijewickrema   On 10th November every year, many residents of Alukalwita, a small village in rural Buttala, come together to commemorate the death of a Catholic Priest who served them selflessly and was brutally killed in 1987. The Priest is Rev. Fr. Michael Rodrigo OMI who lived and worked with them helping to uplift them so they could stand on their own two feet. Unfortunately this year, when the 33rd death anniversary occurs, the COVID 19 pandemic might ensure that they would not be able to visit “Subasethgedera”, Fr. Mike’s House of Good Wishes. It is not only the villagers but visitors who usually come in numbers for the commemoration are also unlikely to attend. Although priests, friends and relations from Colombo or the surrounding parish churches are unlikely to make their annual pilgrimage to Buttala, I ...

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eLanka Newsletter – 23 Aug – 7th edition – Sri Lankans in Australia Click here or on the image below to read this week’s elanka Newsletter Prime Minister – Joint Media Release – New deal secures potential COVID-19 vaccine for every Australian DREAM-WORLD (REVISITED) ORIG. COMP – DES KELLY Brooke Jowett speaks out over her disappointment with The Bachelor franchise Stress Management Webinar – By Uma Panch (Sydney, Australia) AS WE APPROACH THE PETERITE CENTENARY – By Algi Wijewickrema Kamala Harris:Tamil Iyer Brahmin for Sri Lanka Tamil reparation? – By Daya Gamage Our small beginnings – By Lalin Fernando Health & Views – August 3nd Issue – by Harold Gunatillake ‘I wanna keep going out’: Campaign urges young people to socialise responsibly – By Andrew Taylor Source: Sydney Morning Herald Online Prayer Service and Reflection: by Rev Fr Srilal Fernando Stanley Kirinde: The gentle and cultured artist – MAHINDA WIJESINGHE ...

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AS WE APPROACH THE PETERITE CENTENARY – By Algi Wijewickrema We promised that we would publish monthly, about pioneering Rectors and notable alumni as we approach the centenary of our beloved College and so here’s a summarised version of that 1st Rector of St. Peter’s (note to differentiate between Fr. Maurice Le Goc who was the 1st Rector while the name of the College was St. Joseph’s College Colombo South). Even the summary is somewhat lengthy as Fr. Nicholas Perera’s achievements for St. Peter’s are legion. VERY REV. FR. D J NICHOLAS PERERA OMI, MA; BSC (LOND) (1927-1943) Rev. Fr. Nicholas Perera was first appointed as the President of the newly opened school, St. Joseph’s College, Colombo South when it opened on 18th January 1922. The reason being that Rev. Fr. Maurice Le Goc who was Rector of St. Joseph’s College, Colombo functioned as the Rector of the newly established school ...

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