Canada CKFM’s with Carl Banus Live – Patrick Ranasinghe Please check this photo. It is very interesting if fine any more information regarding all Ceylon Broadcasting Programme staff let me know. I have uploaded Video on youtube the recording wad done by my late good friend Vicky Rajalingum in 1972 and send to my when I was living in Ceylon over 50 years ago. Enjoy the Video feel free to forward to your fellow Canadian. ...

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FIRST JET AIRCRAFT TO LAND IN SRI LANKA Compiled – By Gp Capt Kumar Kirinde, SLAF (Retd) Annex A – Brief on Gloster Meteor, Page 10 Annex B – Brief on De Havilland Vampire, Page 11 Based on an article by aviation historian and writer Roger Thiedeman in the Sri Lanka Sunday Times of January 30, 2000; plus other material supplied and written by Roger. The day jet planes first came to Ceylon – by Roger Thiedeman (Sri Lanka Sunday Times, January 30, 2000) https://www.sundaytimes.lk/000130/plus10.html Passengers, visitors and those who work at Katunayake airport would be accustomed to the sound of jetliners landing and taking off. The shrill, piercing whine or deafening roar of jet engines is today a familiar backdrop to the bustling activity at Colombo’s aerial gateway. But there was a time when Katunayake knew only the more genteel drone of piston engines and the hum of whirling ...

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STRINGENT MEASURES TO FIGHT BRIBERY AND CORRUPTION. – By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando The current economic crisis is exacerbating day after day. People line up in extended queues, although the Government advises not to line up in long rows. The general public does that because they may lose their place in the queue once they leave. Therefore, desperate folk stand in queues day and night and sleep wherever possible because of this problem. The Sri Lankan people have never seen such a predicament in the last 74 years since ‘Ceylon’ gained Independence. Ex-President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has left Sri Lanka and is in hiding, initially in the Maldives. The latest news is that he has travelled to Singapore, but his permanent residence is still unknown. Also, that US immigration rejected his visa to enter the U.S.! Meanwhile, Basil Rajapaksa, who attempted to flee the country was blocked at the Katunayake airport ...

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26th JUNE IS WELL KNOWN PETERITE CRICKETER DAVID HEYN’s 77th BIRTHDAY Source: SPC Melbourne FB The Melbourne SPC OBU wish David “Happy Birthday” …..and thank him for his contribution to Sri Lanka Cricket. David Heyn, a left-handed middle-order batsman and an outstanding fielder in the covers, was born on this day in 1945. Peter David Heyn, born on 26 June 1945, played for St Peter’s College from 1961 to 1964, captaining the team in 1964. He played for Ceylon/Sri Lanka from 1966 to 1976. Heyn made his international debut for Ceylon in November 1966 when he was selected for the first unofficial four-day Test played at the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore. Heyn, who scored 69 runs against the West Indies in January 1967, stood up courageously to the menacing pace of Hall and King and went on to give an exhibition of quick run making getting his first 25 runs in even ...

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Kangaroo Vs Lions ; 140-Yr Sticks & Stones Rivalry Reconciled with All-Yellow Bat & Ball Game – By KKS Perera Source:dailymirror.lk British rock band Coldplay’s “Yellow” released on 26 June -2000 reached number four on the UK Singles Chart: they sang….  “Look at the stars” Look how they shine for you And everything you do Yeah, they were all yellow Australian cricket authorities and players responded positively to a tour that was hanging in balance after political insecurity and the economic catastrophe that prevailed. Appreciating their gesture, spectators kept their ‘blues’ in wardrobes and sported yellow on Friday; a well deserved accolade for sporting Kangaroos, ending a record five-match series victory for the Lions. The most luminous colour of the spectrum, Yellow captures our attention of happiness, optimism, enlightenment and creativity.  The ‘Tampa Bay Lightning’ is a professional ice hockey team based in Tampa, Florida, banned fans entering in opposing teams’ ...

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Our Generation – by Des Kelly This time, from “Keiths-Squared”, with thanks to, firstly, Keith Ockersz and then to Keith Bennett, this, both interesting & revealing portrait on what it was like, during the good old days, especially in Ceylon then, & Sri Lanka now. Let’s not waste time, Des., let’s get onto it. If this happens to be a repeat, then, it’s a repeat worth repeating. Desmond Kelly (Editor-in-Chief) e’ Lanka. >       *WE ARE A GENERATION WHO* >           *WILL NEVER COME BACK* >       ———————————————— >                        May 2022 > > ⚄ A generation who *walked to school* and then walked back. > ⚄ A generation who *went to school* by *bus/train* and came back. > ⚄ A generation who did their *homework alone* to get out of the house *to play in the street.* > ⚄ A generation who ...

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“HOT, OFF THE PRESS” – by Des Kelly With due thanks to my friend Jude Goonewardane, Collector/Keeper of ALL Musical Extravaganzas emanating from olde Ceylon, Sri Lanka, and finally, from abroad, where Nimal Mendis, God rest his soul, composed this song to promote Air Lanka, a few years ago. The general public did not hear this song, unless they were on a flight of the said Airline. This was what we would term, a strictly promotional song, until Jude decided to install it on You-Tube, simply to give us all the chance to reminisce about this highly talented Icon, in Nimal, who also sings his song. Once again, thank you Jude, for giving me the chance of promoting yet another Songwriter from My Lovely Island Home. Desmond Kelly. (Editor-in-Chief) e’ Lanka. ...

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A migrant’s story – 2: Leaving Ceylon and landing in high spirits in Australia! BY RON PIERES My first journey out of Ceylon in March of 1974 was a very memorable one. My wife and I were migrating to Sydney, Australia. So, we sold most of our possessions as we had to pay for the tickets. We sold our worldly belongings, even clothes and my beloved transistor radio! We had to pay 66%  FEEC’s plus the cost of tickets. To purchase foreign exchange, it was called Foreign Exchange Entitlement Certificates. Our first visit was to the Taxation Office to obtain tax clearance. I bribed the peon RS10 to ensure the swift movement of our file from desk to desk for approval! We then had to go to the notorious 10th Floor of the CID to obtain clearance certificates to leave Ceylon. We did this without getting thrown out of the ...

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Rose quartz mountain range – largest in Asia – By Arundathie Abeysinghe   Nestled in the vast ironwood forest (popularly known as “Na Uyana” or “Jaathika Namal Uyana” due to its vast range of Na trees – Mesua ferrea), the oldest and largest man-made forest in Asia and situated in close proximity to *Dambulla, the rose quartz mountain range also known as “pink quartz mountain” (known as rosa thiruwana kanda in Sinhala) comprises seven mountains. According to scholars, the rose quartz mountain range enclosed in Namal Uyana is over 500 million years old. The rose quartz mountain is the most well-known and unique attraction of the heritage site. Vistas of the breathtaking splendor of the pink quartz mountain range is a unique experience. There is no presence of common black rock in the entire area. Although, quartz crystals are common in many parts of the world, this deposit is renowned ...

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Taking a closer look at ‘aragalaya’ – By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando   The ‘Aragalaya’ or the protest by peaceful demonstrators in front of the Presidential Secretariat has exceeded fifty days and continues. The protesters claim the 6.9 million who voted for a change and for Gotabaya Rajapaksa failed to deliver what was promised on election platforms.  Fuel prices have gone up several times to unprecedented levels. Consequently, people stand in long queues mainly for petrol, gas and milk-food, while consumer prices are sky high. The scarcity of medicines in hospitals is also flashing red lights. People complain they have to spend their time in queues constantly. The poor cannot afford the wave of fuel and consumer price hikes. Yet, it is the fault of all Governments since Ceylon became independent in 1948 for not implementing robust economic policies. Still, everyone blames the present President in a matter of three ...

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