eLanka Newsletter – 10th July 2022 – 3rd Edition Sri Lankans in Australia Click here or on the image below to read this week’s elanka Newsletter “IN A NUTSHELL”-by Des Kelly Sri Lankan protesters attack residences of President and PM as pair promise to resign Launch of Desmond De Silva Website – By Phyllis De Silva Kangaroo’s move in for Lion’s annihilation – By Trevine Rodrigo in Melbourne Doctor’s mercy dash across surging floodwaters to help patients As Sri Lanka faces bankruptcy, police impose curfew before mass protest – By Bharatha Mallawarachi Understanding the challenges and exploring solutions to Sri Lanka’s economic crisis with Murthaza Jafferjee – Chairman, Advocate Institute Sri Lanka Watch Sri Lanka vs Australia Second Test Highlights – Galle – July 2022 Sri Lanka Current – By Dr harold Gunatillake Smith, Labuschagne lead Aussie charge for clean sweep – By Trevine Rodrigo (eLanka Sports editor) Aid Across ...

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PRESENTATION OF THE BOOK – THE EXTRA MILE TO THE COMMANDER OF THE SRI LANKA ARMY-by Dr Gamini Goonetilleke Source:Drgamini I had the privilege and pleasure of meeting the Commander of the Sri Lanka Lt. General Vikum Liyanage RWP RSP ndu at the Army Headquarters on 21st June 2022. At this meeting I presented my book titled, THE EXTRA MILE : A surgeon’s experiences to the  Army Commander. A memento from the Sri Lanka Army was presented to me by the Commander in appreciation of my services to the military during the 30 – year armed conflict in Sri Lanka  Link to the Story of ‘Renowned Surgeon Presents Maiden Copy of His Book to Army Chief’ For the benefit of overseas readers we have arranged online purchase available from the below link: https://www.books.lk/product/the-extramile/ ...

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A TRIBUTE BY THE JAFFNA MEDICAL ASSOCIATION – 1999-by Dr Gamini Goonetilleke Source:Drgamini With the easing of travel restrictions in and out of Jaffna and the improvement of the conditions in the peninsula after the military operation ‘Riviresa’ in 1995, and more freedom being afforded to the Citizens of Jaffna many doctors returned to their homes in Jaffna and resumed work at the hospital as well as the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Jaffna. THE DOCTORS IN JAFFNA DECIDED TO RE-ACTIVATE THE JAFFNA MEDICAL ASSOCIATION WHICH WAS DORMANT FOR SEVERAL YEARS BECAUSE OF THE CIVIL WAR Jaffna Medical Association This was the only medical association in the entire Jaffna peninsula The association originated in 1941 as Jaffna Clinical Society and the first president was Dr. S Subramaniam, the Provincial Surgeon of Jaffna The objective of the association was the advancement of medical knowledge in the Northern region of Ceylon as it ...

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Good News From Jayam May 1, 2022 Pls Scroll Down 35 items Hiran Abeysekara: Best Actor at Olivier Awards 2022: Making history in the performing arts Making history in the performing arts, Sri Lankan theatre actor, Hiran Abeysekara won the Best Actor for the stage adaptation of ‘Life of Pi’ at Olivier Awards 2022 in London at the Royal Albert Hall. The Wyndham in London’s West End, Hiran’s consistent stellar performance rightfully earned him the award of Best Actor. Hiran was the ‘star’ of that jubilant evening of the most prestigious, historical theatre awards festival in the world by winning the Best Actor award for Playing his extravagant performance as Pi Patel in the Lolita Chakrabarti’s stage adaptation of Yann Martels’ book Life of Pi, one of the highly acclaimed productions of Sheffield Theatre Production. Embassy of Sri Lanka in Beijing Celebrates National New Year Day The Embassy of Sri ...

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Tribute to Dr. Gamini Goonetilleke Source:ft.lk The launch of the second book about a dedicated surgeon’s experiences in the war zone took place at the auditorium of the College of Surgeons at Torrington Place before a packed audience on 7 April. Guest Speaker was former High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in Australia S. Skandakumar. Here are excerpts from his speech. When my Sandhurst-trained brother-in-law Maj. Gen. Balaratnarajah, one-time Commander of the Volunteers, and Chief of Staff, of the Army said to me that there was a Sri Lankan doctor doing some amazing work with their injured soldiers, I could not have imagined that 30 years later, I would be speaking at the launch of that surgeon’s second book, the “Extra Mile”. I am both humbled and honoured Gamini, that you invited me to speak today, and thank you for the opportunity. In an extraordinary journey of a never-ending mile, surrounded ...

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New book released in Colombo – by  Avishka Mario Senewiratne This is to announce the launch of the book – THE EXTRA MILE: A surgeon’s experiences. This autobiographical book by Dr Gamini Goonetilleke FRCS, a Senior Consultant Surgeon in Sri Lanka with four decades of experience reflects on his life and work, during the armed conflict as the only surgeon at the Base Hospital in Polonnaruwa and later in hospitals in the combat zone especially the Palaly Hospital in the High Security Zone in Jaffna.  He also writes about his experiences during his visit to the rebel-controlled territory on invitation by medical professionals in the North, the only doctor from the south to do so. The book contains over 350 ‘never seen before’ colour photographs. The following review by Desamanya M.D.D. Peiris gives a glimpse   Launch Notice   The launch of this book was held on Thursday (April 7) at ...

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Dr Gamini Goonetilleke: Experiences of being a surgeon in a war zone – by Muqaddasa Wahid Source:dailymirror.lk The Extra Mile: A Surgeon’s Experiences’ will be launched on  April 7 at the College of Surgeons of Sri Lanka. The book will be available for purchase at 22, Sulaiman Avenue, Colombo 5 and is priced at Rs 3000/ USD 25. Dr Gamini Goonetilleke can be contacted on 0777 794107/ 011 2503938   How would it feel to be the only surgeon for a population of 260,000 people? How would it feel to be a surgeon who had access to only a X-ray machine and no monitors to monitor a vitals of a patient under anesthesia? How would it feel to be a surgeon who has no house officers or a junior doctor? How would it feel to be a surgeon who had to play multiple roles? Fresh out of the UK, after ...

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eLanka Newsletter – 3rd November 2021 – 1st Edition – Sri Lankans In Australia Click here or on the image below to read this week’s elanka Newsletter “TECHNO-MEAT” – by Des Kelly Watch Cricket T20 World Cup Match Highlights: England v Sri Lanka – Nov 2nd 2021 Buttler’s Swashbuckling unbeaten ton makes it four out of four for England after early hiccups – by Sunil Thenabadu (Sports editor – eLanka) Sri Lanka need a different mindset to topple England march – By Trevine Rodrigo in Melbourne. President leaves for UK to attend UN Climate Change Conference A HISTORIC MEETING OF SURGEONS By Dr Gamini Goonetilleke Sri Lanka’s fortunes are on the rise despite limited success – BY TREVINE RODRIGO IN MELBOURNE Brisbane 4EB Sri Lankan Newsletter – Dæhæna – November 2021 Kaleidoscope with Savithri Rodrigo 77 29 10 21 Lakmini blends academic and skilfulness to achieve aesthetic splendour – by ...

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eLanka Newsletter – 10th October 2021 – 3rd Edition – Sri Lankans In Australia Click here or on the image below to read this week’s elanka Newsletter COUNTRY SHAKESPEARE – BY Des Kelly Action from inaugural Oman-Sri Lanka T20 Cricket Match on 07 Oct 2021 – photos and video thanks to Sanath Hemachandra TECHNOLOGY ALTERNATING THE CULTURE OF GIFT-GIVING – YANIKA AMARASEKERA, FOUNDER AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF SILVER AISLE Sri Lanka thrash Oman in first Twenty20 Yevin and Tiyara phenomenal golfing siblings “Down Under” ‘Middle order sorted’: Struggling cricket team’s incredible lifeline – by Nick McCallum and Digital Staff Vale Dr Bede Muller Obituary: Mrs Mihindukulasuriya Beatrice Perera (Nee Fernando) (24 May 1924 – 3 Oct 2021) Asian American Hidden Communities – Sri Lankan Community in Staten Island – US Sri Lanka Day – organised by The Federation of Sri Lankan Organisations in Queensland Preview to the T 20 ...

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‘THE TRAGEDY OF A BURNT GULLET’-by Dr Gamini Goonetilleke Source:Drgamini Let me begin with a short story … For 42- year old Somalatha, working overseas as a housemaid promised to be that fabled ‘green pasture’. Having slogged as a servant in Colombo households to earn a living, the prospect of going abroad held much appeal. She dreamt of a new country, a new life, a new job, and a new lease to her existence, having suffered much along life’s rocky road. It was with this hope and anticipation that she left Sri Lanka, never expecting that a cruel twist of fate would see her back home in two months rather than two years. For reasons not known, her employer overseas had forced her to swallow a solution containing acid used to clean the toilet. This cruel act had caused her much pain and she was admitted to the hospital. On recovery ...

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