eLanka Newsletter – 31st July 2022 – 9th Edition Sri Lankans in Australia Click here or on the image below to read this week’s elanka Newsletter eLanka Shop superposes 120 grocery packs distributed to families and loved ones in Sri lanka within a few weeks – by Des Kelly Watch the Sri Lankan Athletes Competing at the Commonwealth Games – Birmingham 2022 Watch Cricket Highlights of 2nd Test, SriLanka vs Pakistan at Galle, July 24 – 28 2022 Congratulations to Peterites Ramesh Fernando and Aralanka Peiris – Representing Sri Lanka at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, UK The US Ambassador’s Enthusiasm for the Aragalaya-by Michael Roberts Dhananjaya, Jayasuriya lead Sri Lankan resurgence against Pakistan – by Trevine Rodrigo (Melbourne – eLanka Sports editor) “Honouring The Legend”…….Overwhelming Response https://www.elanka.com.au/humanity-by-joe-paiva-adelaide-australia/ “NOTA BENE’— NOTE WELL”!! – by Des Kelly Covid’s Gift to Sri Lankan Cricket: Prabath Jayasuriya-by Michael Roberts YOMASHA CHAVINDI SILVA ...

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 Mokata Matters by Capt Elmo Jayawardena We have enough and more  good articles in the newspapers. Of course, some could be a bit warped and wrongly presented for ‘politically correct’ reasons. Some others are sterling in the quality of journalism. All these collectively wise us to what happened and what happens and what may happen in our Paradise.  We are well aware that certain political godfathers do dominate some parts of what is reported in Sri Lanka (same with many other so-called first world ‘holier-than-thou’ countries.) Journalistic souls do get pawned off and on at times and we do get to read ‘magic from the mud’. Culprits from the worst dungeons of corruption prop out as the ‘white-painted’ sepulchres with only the harp and the halo missing. But there is a lot of honesty too, ‘brave hearts’ who pen the truth without mincing words. Everything depends on what newspaper we ...

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eLanka Newsletter – 22nd December 2021 – 7th Edition – Sri Lankans In Australia Click here or on the image below to read this week’s elanka Newsletter CEYLON CHRISTMAS CHEER – by Des Kelly Christmas carols – an instrumental presentation by Shanti Hyacinth Senadeera Calling by Lucky Navaratne – Appreciation and a Tribute to all the De La Salle Christian Brothers Vale a true sporting legend of Sri Lanka and St Peters, our dear friend Royden De Silva – By Lawrence Machado Bonny an effervescent voyage in celebrity as a vocalist/entertainer for decades – by Sunil Thenabadu Bonny an effervescent voyage in celebrity as a vocalist/entertainer for decades – by Sunil Thenabadu All I want for Christmas…-By Somasiri Devendra AN INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER 2021 TASMANIAN TRAGEDY by Des Kelly Gas Maaru Pethi Choru by Capt. Elmo Jayawardena Kaleidoscope with Savithri Rodrigo 84 17 12 2021 Health ...

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Sri Lankans – for better or for worse By Capt Elmo Jayawardena     I wrote some articles to the newspapers mainly about Sri Lankan matters and the political climate after Nandikadal. It was just to share my humble thoughts on where we should be heading in search of peace. Many acknowledged my line of thinking, and some asked me why I do not write something about aviation? Not a bad idea, considering I have been around aeroplanes for more than fifty years. But I did wonder who would want to know how I landed through a snow- laden sky in Alaska or how I flew over the Golden Gate Bridge on my way from San Francisco to Hong Kong? At best, it could all be a bit on the boring side. Yes, I do have some unbelievable fairy tales to relate of times I flew VVIPs for Air Lanka, ...

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Semi-final Men Call any family friends and invite them for dinner. If the husband answers the phone he will politely say “Thank you, I’ll get back to you.” That is the Lord of the Manor, the almighty playing the semi-final role and postponing the acceptance of a simple dinner invitation. If it is the wife who took the line, “Sure we will be there,” no postponement, no checking with the supposedly head of the house, the answer is instant and intuitive, there is not even a moment’s hesitation. Isn’t it a very clear indication then who the concert conductor is and who is simply there to play a minor role such as blowing a flute? Familiar? Better be unless you too are one of those who think you run the show. Yes, we husbands do make all the major decisions in the family. I always do; consider me an expert ...

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Rata Yana Grandmothers By Capt Elmo Jayawardena     Remember the bygone years! Daughters got married and became pregnant a few rounds more than the current rate. The average production line extended to a foursome. Some even went further, “A” team types and came close to two-digit figures of adding new inhabitants to walk the planet. Today the story is different. “One is enough, and he will get all we have,” is quite a common comment and a few over-step the planned reproduction limitations purely by accident and reach the second round. Either way the count is kept low relative to the statistics of the previous generations. Thank God. Let’s make a few comparisons, I do recall the yesteryear, same show, as common as grass blades. The drum major of a mother-in-law invaded and took over the whole show, lock stock and cradle. Of course, she did not come alone ...

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‘Fun Fliers’ is a must when we talk of aviation-by Capt Elmo Jayawardena Source:Island The first Sri Lankan to get a private pilot’s licence was Dunstan de Silva. That was way back in 1936. He was a member of the flying club in Ratmalana. People who flew during that period were mostly expatriates. A few locals, too, learnt to fly and joined the fraternity of aviators as the ‘fun fliers’ of Ratmalana. The numbers grew and many an aeroplane enthusiast donned the leather helmet and wore goggles and flew open cockpit Tiger Moths and became a private pilot. It was great fun; they flew the blue skies and took trips to the Puttalam airport, landed and had lunch at the Rest House and by evening flew back to Ratmalana. That was more than 80 years ago. I remember the time when I was a fledgling pilot. Commercial trainees, like me, ...

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How many roads must a man walk down? – by Capt Elmo Jayawardena The journey has been long, very very long. It started in a little village called Dandu Bendi Ruppa in Nuwara Kalaviya when Dingiriamma rolled Jayathilaka in a ‘borrowed’ wheel chair for his first day in the village school. “Hodatama Wahinawa Mahaththayo” she told me, the skies were gray and raining and the distant clouds were coughing thunder. She had covered her 10 year old handicapped son with a plastic sheet and pushed him on rickety old wheels which were gifted to them when some old man died in the next village. Such was the beginning…. That was then, twenty five years ago. The ceremony was solemn, opulent and almost sacred. The National University of Singapore does not spare anything when it comes to their ‘lime light’ events. The Class of 2011 all gathered in their robes of ...

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“The JAFFNA” and the Bird Aeroplanes by Capt Elmo Jayawardena Some years ago, I was writing a book for the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka. They were commemorating 100 years of aviation in our skies. I was collecting information from every possible source, from people who remembered and from people who had heard aviation stories of yester-year that had connections to Ceylon. That’s when I came to know of ‘The Jaffna,’ which sure has its own fascinating story. The year was 1915. A group of Jaffna Tamil people who had migrated to Malaya, takes the lead role to relate an unusual tale about a British Royal Flying Corps (R.F.C.) fighter plane that carried a Sri Lankan name. Native people of countries conquered by the British Empire were called to serve the war effort against Germany. Many joined and saw action both on land and sea. Efforts were also made ...

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eLanka Newsletter – 22nd September 2021 – 6th Edition – Sri Lankans In Australia Click here or on the image below to read this week’s elanka Newsletter Pam Ayers Ode to Corona Virus – By Des Kelly Kerrigan La-Brooy – Nominated in the Australian Country Music People’s Choice Awards in 6 Categories Spring Fair to lift our moods during lockdown Business Systems Certification – ISO Certification by Sydney-based Australian company owned by Sri-Lankan Australians Johns Hopkins Cancer Researcher Ashani Weeraratna Appointed To National Cancer Advisory Board By President Biden – by Upali Obeyesekere Peanut’s Password Panic! | JEFF DUNHAM’S Completely Unrehearsed Last-Minute Pandemic Holiday Special Spring Fair to lift our moods during lockdown Veteran Journalist Thalif Deen Takes Over as IDN Advisor By Ramesh Jaura Memories of Yore – By Noor Rahim Pancreas gland- what does it do for you?-By Dr Harold Gunatillake Kaleidoscope with Savithri Rodrigo 71 17 10 ...

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