Kangaroo flop at Pallekelle – Trevine Rodrigo (Melbourne – eLanka Sports editor)   Australia will question their resolve after they blew a golden opportunity to take a commanding one-day stranglehold over Sri Lanka when a flurry of wickets fell to give the home team a series levelling 24 run win at Pallekelle.  In a second rain affected game in Sri Lanka’s Hill Capital, the Duckworth-Lewis method this time favoured the plucky Lankans who defended a moderate total against much against the tide of expectation.  The Australians currently decimated by injuries to key players have found handy replacements from the squad and have even dug deep into the touring A team to fill in vital spots as the series moves to Colombo for the deciding three games left.  Sri Lanka have not had much success in the one day format in recent times and the win will raise all expectations of ...

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Blue Ocean Group Stands Tall During Challenging Times  Construction industry Sri Lanka’s construction industry contributes to about 7.1% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the country and employs more than 650,000 workers. Despite the economic slowdown faced globally across all industries and the resultant optimism dent within the real estate and construction sector, the Colombo District Land Valuation Indicator (LVI) reported an overall 6.8% growth rate in the first half of 2021.    Post-pandemic situation & subsequent economic crisis After dealing with the many hurdles that the pandemic had thrown, the Sri Lankan economy moved into a state of an unprecedented economic crisis in late 2021. As a result, the construction and real estate sectors have undergone various challenges that had caused many smaller players to drop out of the market. Many others have developed a high-risk “hit and run” approach with their projects due to the scarcity of resources ...

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Why You Must Visit Sri Lanka Now by Brightsun We’ve all heard about news reports of Sri Lanka’s worsening economic crisis, soaring inflation and widespread protests but if you want to visit this beautiful country, the pros outweigh the negatives. Despite the crisis, Sri Lanka continues to welcome tourists, as hotels are filling up and the mood remains upbeat. Non-resident Sri Lankans are also returning home to visit their families, and perhaps, at this point of time, this is the best way to help this struggling country, as a whole eco-system will restart with hotels, restaurants, guides, cabs etc. Plus, the country has never been so affordable to tourists. Brightsun Travel have special discounted fares on several airlines including Emirates, plus added extras like increased baggage allowance up to 40kg if you are going home to visit friends and family. With endless beaches, lush landscapes, oodles of elephants and fun ...

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Some Street names in Colombo OLD and NEW – By Hemal Gurusinghe For those who grew up in a different era and left Sri Lanka long ago, will now be lost if they were to find directions in Colombo by their current street names. Politicians made a great deal about changing street names.  Perhaps to display their “Nationalism”, maybe an easy con to fool the people. This mania of changing street names happens all the time and everywhere.  London changed streets named after colonial characters whose reputations are now in question.  The irony is that it is Saddiq Khan, the Mayor of London, who is presiding over these changes in the aftermath of Black Lives Matter protests.  Unlike Colombo, New Delhi (and other state capitols) renamed their colonial era street names after internationally famous people, like Nelson Mandela.  In Colombo, one hardly knows some of the characters whose names adorn ...

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Revelations? “Nationalities” in the 1871 Census of British Ceylon – By Michael Roberts This table has been kindly abstracted by Iranga Silva of the ICES in Kandy from  Michael Roberts, Ismeth Raheem & Percy Colin-Thome: People Inbetween. The Burghers and the Middle Class in the Transformations within Sri Lanka, Ratmalana, Sarvodaya Printers, 1989, pp  202-03. Source:thuppahis.com TABLE 21: LIST OF “NATIONALITIES” IN THE 1871 CENSUS with special reference to Colombo and the Coffee Estates 1 Population of Colombo 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Nationality or Race 2   3   4   % in Colombo Population of Ceylon: numbers Col.4 as % of Col.6 Population on coffee estates Col. 10 as % of Col.6 Males Females Total Males Females Total Afghan 02 02 04 * 06 66.6 + + + + African 01 – 01 * 11 9.1 + + + + American 06 01 07 * 28 25.0 + + + + ...

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Whirlwind Shanaka rocks Aussies – by Trevine Rodrigo (Melbourne – eLanka Sports editor) https://www.elanka.com.au/watch-cricket-highlights-sri-lanka-vs-australia-t20-series-june-2022/ If there was a performance that exemplified the adage “glorious uncertainties of cricket” it was given profound meaning by Sri Lanka skipper Dasun Shanaka who single-handedly steered his country to an unlikely win over Australia at Pallekelle. The high riding Aussies who had clean swept the Lankans in Colombo to take an unassailable series lead and was on course for a clean sweep of the three game contest, reckoned without Shanaka, who bludgeoned the hitherto feared attack to all parts of Sri Lanka’s Hill country for a 25 ball 54 that will live long in the minds of those who watched his epic knock apart from the shell shocked Aussies.  Marcus Stonis possibly summed up the outcome best by saying “We probably got ahead of ourselves”, not expecting Sri Lanka to chase down what seemed like an ...

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Sri Lanka Progress talks IMF Bailing Out Details – By Dr Harold Gunathilake Website: www.Doctorharold.com Transcript: Wickremesinghe requested that the staff-level delegation from financial institutions visit Colombo as soon as possible to finalise the staff-level agreement. Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has urged IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva to send a team to Colombo “as soon as possible” so that a staff-level agreement could be finalised as his cash-starved government is seeking to find USD 6 billion to keep the country afloat for the next six months. During his talks with the IMF Managing Director on Tuesday, Wickremesinghe “requested that the staff-level delegation from the IMF visit Sri Lanka as soon as possible so that the staff-level agreement could be finalised,” online portal news first. Lk reported on Wednesday, quoting a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Media Division. The statement said that Georgieva expressed her willingness to support Sri Lanka ...

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Scared of hunger, Sri Lankans are willing to risk their lives on boats – By Chris Barrett Source:theage.com.au Sri Lanka/Singapore: At a fish market in Negombo, an hour’s drive north of Colombo, Mallika Fernando had a message for me via my interpreter. “Tell him to take us to Australia by boat,” said the 57-year-old fish seller, as she struggled to offload what she had at her waterfront stall last week She was only half joking. Sri Lanka’s crippling economic collapse has seen the prices of everything – from fish to rice, to petrol – soar, triggering a food security crisis in a nation already bankrupt. Now, as people struggle to make ends meet, some are looking for a way out and the boats towards Australia have resumed. Last month, on the morning of the federal election, a small trawler was intercepted by Australian Border Force west of Christmas Island. Its 12 ...

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Sri Lanka Is a Small Preview of a Global Default Crisis – By Ruth Pollard The country is already wracked with shortages. The social order may shatter if the economy isn’t infused with cash soon.   Source:bloomberg.com High school teacher S. Jeeva has spent two days in the baking sun lining up for cooking gas in the north of Sri Lanka’s capital. He’s been standing with thousands of others waiting for a delivery that, so far, hasn’t come. Meanwhile, many of his students, who will sit for important national exams Monday, have joined protests against the government at the waterfront along Colombo’s iconic Galle Face Green. Both are symbols of the economic and political crisis gripping the nation — the result of decades of corruption and financial mismanagement that pushed the country to default on May 19. It is, Jeeva says, his students’ democratic right to protest and demand a better government. Daily life has become ...

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China becomes wild card in Sri Lanka’s debt crisis – by BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI China says its initiative to build ports and other infrastructure across Asia and Africa, paid for with Chinese loans, will boost trade Source:abcnews.go.com COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — China says its initiative to build ports and other infrastructure across Asia and Africa, paid for with Chinese loans, will boost trade. But in a cautionary tale for borrowers, Sri Lanka’s multibillion-dollar debt to Beijing threatens to hinder efforts to resolve a financial crisis so severe that the Indian Ocean nation cannot import food or gasoline. Sri Lanka’s struggle is extreme, but it reflects conditions across dozens of countries from South Pacific islands through some of the poorest in Asia and Africa that have signed onto Chinese President Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Initiative. The total debt of poor countries is rising, raising risks others might run into trouble. Sri Lanka’s 22 ...

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