As Sri Lankans in Australia fill trolleys with goods to send home, some doubt the country’s new president will end crisis – By Joshua Boscaini and Vidita Sharma   Source : abc.net.au Sharan Velauthan and his partner spent hours at the shops in Melbourne this week, filling two trolleys with essential items bound for his family back home. The goods — pasta, spices, rice and cereal — are destined for his single mother in Sri Lanka, who is struggling as the country endures a crippling economic crisis. “It’s the most amount of groceries I have purchased in my whole life, which could be over $500 on basic essentials, for sure,” Mr Velauthan said. He said gas and fuel shortages and frequent power cuts were making it difficult for his mother to cook simple meals and he knows it could take two or three months for his food supplies to reach her. “Basically for me, more than money, it ...

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Biloela Tamil asylum seeker family set to return to town after election result – By Tobi Loftus Source:abc.net.au Supporters of a central Queensland Tamil asylum seeker family say they are hopeful the family are just weeks away from returning home. Labor promised during the campaign that if it won the election the Nadesalingam family would be allowed to return home to Biloela. Family friend Angela Fredericks said there was “so much relief” among the Home2Bilo campaigners after Labor’s election win. “I honestly don’t think I can find the words to explain it,” Ms Fredericks said. “There is so much excitement, so much relief and exuberance. It has all been worth it. “I think at the end of the day we have shown Australia that love, and humanity can win and community can win.” Just over four years ago the Nadesalingam family, also known as the Murugappan family, were removed from their home ...

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SriLankan Airlines Adds A Record Number Of Sydney & Melbourne Flights – BY JAMES PEARSON SriLankan Airlines is expanding its Australia offer, with Melbourne rising to 1x daily and Sydney to 5x weekly. Source:simpleflying SriLankan Airlines has added flights to Melbourne and Sydney. As such, it has more flights Down Under this northern summer (winter in Australia) than ever before. It has 722 round trip services (214,000 seats), up by 72% over the previous record in 2019. SriLankan increases Australia As the state of Victoria is home to Australia’s largest Sri Lankan community, it is no surprise that Melbourne, the state’s capital, has the most flights. Nor that it was the first Australian city to be served when the carrier returned to the country in 2017. From May 7th, Melbourne will have a 1x daily service, returning the route to the same frequency it had until early 2020. New South Wales has ...

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Desmond De Silva – Keeping his memory alive the way he wanted us to! – By his wife Phyllis De Silva I know around the world there is a lot of grieving. Grieving for an Entertainer who gave his best … as was his mantra, “the show must go on”. To me, he was a devoted husband, whose happy place was by my side. In the evenings we would sit together in our home in Sydney with our dogs and a glass of red to watch repeats of our favorite sitcoms, his laugher filling my heart. He was always content. In his words, he had “found his happy place”. To my sons and their wives, he was just “Des” who had some quick one-liners and dad jokes that made them smile. They loved him for his kind and loving nature and his ability to make anyone and everyone feel welcome, ...

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Melbourne erupts with a frenzied rush to ’22 – by Trevine Rodrigo Fun loving Melburnians who have been starved of interaction and entertainment over the past two years due to Covid restrictions can look forward to a brighter New Year and a hope for better things in ’22.  And, they have erupted into action like excited animals set free to roam once more. The effects of the crippling pandemic which brought the world to its knees has had an adverse effect on millions of outgoing people. So much so that there is an evident split in the reaction to it. Not all are in the mindset of going out anymore while others are going berserk enjoying the new freedom that has now opened up. Sr Lankan expats who have endured the longest lockdown in the world in Melbourne are breathing a sigh of relief that this year will be a much more close to norm event unlike last ...

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Sandra Jackson – A Tribute – By Trevine Rodrigo (Melbourne) A heart rendering tribute entitled “Darling, this song is just for you”, to a wife, soulmate and devoted mum and grandma is Esric Jackson’s dedication to dearly departed wife Sandra who left this world in the prime of her colourful musical journey. It’s been three years since Sandra Jackson succumbed to Pulmonary Fibrosis and a life that brought joy to thousands of music fans here in Australia and around the world, a life that was tragically cut short. Sandra was instrumental in promoting and mentoring many budding musicians here in Australia and from overseas. And her own contribution, which was indelible, left many in awe at her power packed performances. She was renowned for her incredible version of Tina Turners hit “Simply the best ” which she was tagged to for most of her wonderful career. Esric had been dealing with his own ...

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TRINITY-ANTONIAN OBA GAME IN MELBOURNE The annual Trinity-Antonian OBA cricket game was played yesterday at Sweeney Reserve, Narre Warren (Melbourne) amidst a good gathering. Although the game was keenly contested, it was played in the best spirits of sportsmanship. Congratulations to Trinity College for winning the two games, the open-game and over-40s encounter, with relative ease. They were too strong and too good for us on the day! Having been asked to play in both games due to player shortage, Lester Herathge didn’t disappoint us by top-scoring in both games.  Alfar, Nuwan, Kavinda and Dom supported Lester well in the open game and Spencer, Sujith and Susantha did likewise in the over-40s. We were bolstered by a few youngsters and hope to get many more next year, to help us compete with the strong Trinity unit. Shanogeeth was outstanding for the Trinitians and was easily the best performer of the ...

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A RE-UNION OF TWO CAPTAINS     In 2017, Shanogeeth Shanmuganathan (TCK) and Mohamed Alfar (SACK) had the unique distinction of captaining their respective schools at the 100th Trinity-Antonian encounter. And, yesterday, the two came together at the annual OBA big match in Melbourne. The fairy tale continued when Shanogeeth and Alfar won the respective man-of-the-match awards. Shanogeeth, however, went one better by scoring a brilliant 74 to carry TCK to a seven-wicket victory, to add to his outstanding bowling (2/10 in 5.4 overs). On the other hand, Alfar hit a quick 28 (5 fours) and took three smart catches in the outfield in addition to bowling three tidy overs. To add to the intrigue, Shanogeeth claimed Alfar’s wicket (stumped) and Alfar returned the favour by taking the catch to dismiss his counterpart. Compiled by Afzal Laphir (Melbourne) ...

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Australian doctor reflects on move to Rochester amid pandemic By – Emily Cutts   Source:-postbulletin Dr. Sarah Arachchi moved with her family in mid-December for a one-in-a-lifetime fellowship opportunity at Mayo Clinic for her husband, Dr. Abhinav Vasudevan. Making the decision to uproot your life and move thousands of miles away from home is never easy. Add young children and a raging pandemic, and, well, it just became harder. But Dr. Sarah Arachchi and her husband, Dr. Abhinav Vasudevan, and their two sons, 5-year-old Milin and 2-year-old Rishaan, did just that last month. They packed their bags and left their coastal Australian city, hopped on a plane (or two), and arrived in Rochester. Dr. Vasudevan had been accepted for Mayo Clinic‘s prestigious inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) fellowship. He was originally scheduled to start in June 2020, but pushed the program’s start date back six months, and the family arrived just before ...

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