eLanka Newsletter – 17th December 2023 – 5th Edition – Sri Lankans In Australia Sri Lankans in Australia Click here or on the image below to read this week’s elanka Newsletter A Christmas Evening. A night to remember! – By Aubrey Joachim Pakistan show defiance as Aussie bowlers toil. – BY TREVINE RODRIGO IN MELBOURNE. (eLanka Sports editor) Antonians in Melbourne joined Rev Fr Hilarion O.S.B in celebrations of his Golden Jubilee of priesthood and thanked him for his dedicated services to the College. Australia XI for the first Test against Pakistan DEMISE OF CALLISTA KULUGAMMANA DEARLY BELOVED MOM OF SAMANTHA KULUGAMMANA FORMERLY OF MUSCAT INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL It’s that time of the Year – Once again.- By Noor Rahim Orient Finance’s Alternative Finance Business Unit Wins International Accolades The Brad and Kiara Show Podcast – 2023-12-16 Adelaide University Celebrates Year 2023 & Envisions A Good Future-by Michael Roberts THE GLOBAL ...

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A Historical ‘Cuppa’ of Ceylon Tea-by Michael Roberts Source:Thuppahis Ceylon Tea: The Trade That Made a Nation The Colombo Tea Traders’ Association will celebrate the 150th anniversary of Ceylon tea on July 20th with the launch of an illustrated history entitled Ceylon Tea: The Trade That Made a Nation. This art-quality large-format illustrated book has been authored by Richard Simon with Dominic Sansoni as Illustrations Editor, while the design has been fashioned by Sebastian Posingis. Aficionados of Sri Lankan history are in for a treat. A FACEBOOK page is already in place https://www.facebook.com/Sinnedorai/?view_public_for=136713836896307 Ceylon Tea: The Trade that Made a Nation Text by Richard Simon Picture research by Dominic Sansoni Project co-ordination & design by Sebastian Posingis Printed by Tien Wah Press, Singapore 2017 ISBN 978-955-7394-00-8 © The Colombo Tea Traders’ Association 2017 All rights reserved. The pictorial illustrations below are NOT from the book –buy the book to savour its illustrative treats ...

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Merrill Joseph Fernando: The ‘tea maker’ who left behind a remarkable legacy-by KKS Perera   Drawing upon over decades of tea expertise Merrill J.Fernando, at the time of his passing away, was regarded as the most proficient tea maker globally. Source:Dailymirror Merrill’s greatest achievement lay in establishing a brand that not only overcame the exploitation of Sri Lanka’s tea industry, but also endeared it to tea enthusiasts globally Dilmah also extended its altruistic efforts to the environment through Dilmah Conservation Merrill Joseph Fernando, the visionary founder and CEO of Dilmah Tea, the world renowned Sri Lankan tea brand, passed away on July 20, 2023, at the age of 93. Born on May 6, 1930, in Negombo, Sri Lanka, he came from a modest background. Merrill’s initial ambition was to pursue a career in law, but he shifted his focus to the tea industry when he saw an opportunity as a tea ...

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Part 4: Inability To Pay Loan-Traps, and Future Bankruptcy – A candid study and an action plan Economic and social development for Sri Lanka – By Professor Sunil J. Wimalawansa Would taking excessive (unnecessary) loans by Sri Lanka lead to bankruptcy? In 2002, Sri Lanka paid more than US $320 million as import duties to affluent countries.  While some European countries exported three to five times more than Sri Lanka, Norway paid only $125 million, and Switzerland paid $245 million in the same year.  Why such a discrepancy?  Such data illustrates how Sri Lanka is trapped in increasing its debt and widening its trade gap, partly due to the Western agenda but primarily due to greed, lack of familiarity with macroeconomics and proactive actions by lazy politicians.   Irrespective of the political party in power, the government must have a long-term, viable and sustainable national policy to develop the country, protect ...

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Raising a hearty cuppa to gentle giant behind famed brew-By Yomal Senerath-Yapa Source:Sundaytimes For decades he has not only been the face of Dilmah but the mascot of 100% pure Ceylon tea as well. As Merrill J. Fernando, with his new autobiography, looks back on 93 years of blessed, serendipitous living, it is occasion to raise a hearty cup of Irish Breakfast or Moroccan Mint to the doyen. The practice of having Merrill’s face on the tea packaging of Dilmah was made necessary because of fake products in the market but it also ensured that generations cherished his genial visage across the globe for the personal or ‘family’ touch of his farmer-grown tea. For Merrill, it all began 93 years ago, in 1930, when he was born in the balmy village of Pallansena, Negombo, where he bathed in the Maha Oya and was an altar boy at the church of ...

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Ceylon tea – By Malsha – eLanka Ceylon tea, also known as Sri Lankan tea, is a type of black tea that is grown and produced in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is one of the largest tea-producing countries in the world, and the tea industry is a significant part of the country’s economy. Ceylon tea has a bold, full-bodied flavor with a rich aroma and a bright, coppery color. The tea is known for its brisk and lively taste and is often described as having a citrusy quality. Ceylon tea can be enjoyed on its own or with a dash of milk and sugar. The tea is produced from the Camellia sinensis plant, which is grown in the high-altitude tea estates of Sri Lanka. The country’s unique climate and soil conditions are said to give Ceylon tea its distinctive flavor and aroma. The tea is produced using traditional methods, including ...

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Ceylon tea – by Nadeeka – eLanka Ceylon tea is a type of tea that originated in Sri Lanka, formerly known as Ceylon. The history of Ceylon tea dates back to the 19th century, when British colonialists introduced tea cultivation to the island nation. Prior to this, the main cash crop in Sri Lanka was coffee, but a fungal disease devastated the coffee crops, leading to a switch to tea production. By the 20th century, Ceylon tea had become a major export for Sri Lanka, and the country became one of the largest tea producers in the world. Today, Ceylon tea is renowned for its high quality and unique flavor profile, and continues to be an important part of Sri Lanka’s economy and cultural heritage. James Taylor is widely considered the “father of Ceylon tea.” He was a Scottish planter who introduced tea cultivation to Sri Lanka (then known as ...

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Did you know that Frank Hadow was a tea planter in Ceylon and also won the Wimbledon? facebook Did you know that Frank Hadow was a tea planter in Ceylon and also won the Wimbledon? This is mainly from the History of Ceylon Tea (Anura Gunasekara’s article on the connection between Ceylon Tea and the Wimbledon) The Sidelines What does Ceylon Tea and the Wimbledon have in common? Frank Hadow, a planter from Ceylon who won the 2nd Wimbledon in 1878 while on holiday! Born on the 2nd of January 1855, Patrick Francis Hadow was one of seven brothers and attended Harrow School, where five of his brothers also attended and they were known as the “Harrow Hadows.” Soon after his days at Balliol College, he settled in Ceylon as a planter. ...

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St. Thomas’ College: A Wide-ranging History of the ‘School by the Sea’-by Michael Roberts Source:Thuppahis David Sansoni, whose preferred title is “STC – an unauthorised history of Lanka’s greatest Public School” Richard Simon’s ‘history of Lanka’s greatest public school’, is an epic poem! Epic, in its reach; poetic, in its lyricism, this towering, magnificent opus is a pearl, of both history and literature. “STC” touches the soul and core, of historophile, linguaphile and bibliophile; Christian, Lankan and, above all, Thomian. This book is not a chronicle of STC history. Keble and Billimoria served that purpose amply. Neither is it intended to evoke feelings of nostalgia in Old Thomians wishing to relive the ‘best years of their lives’.”It is more ambitious. The story begins in 1801, the year “modern, Western-style education” was established in British Ceylon. Fifty years of Lankan history precedes the foundation of St. Thomas’s College. This pattern – Thomian history ...

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“BURGHER BUGGER-BAILA” – by Des Kelly A great ‘Baila-Story’ that does bring back some precious memories to this writer, who migrated to Melbourne in 1962, continued with my rudely interrupted Showbiz career, by attending some early dances in Melbourne, where the organisers PAID me almost as much as the rest of the band combined, to do a session of about 40 minutes of Baila Classics,   because I was the only ‘known’ BaIla-Singer around, In the City of  Melbourne, of that era.  Desmond Kelly (Mr.Music) (Editor-in-Chief)   e’Lanka. ...

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