SRI LANKA NEWS IN BRIEF (JANUARY 2019) – Compiled by Victor Melder                                             

Victor Meldor - eLankaForeign reserves had declined by USD 1 billion within the 51-day political crisis completely upsetting the debt management plans of the country, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said, yesterday, making a ministerial statement in Parliament. The PM said he was confident of overcoming all the challenges in the economic front and the government would present a “people-friendly budget”. Wickremesinghe remained focused on stabilising the rupee. “The rupee depreciated by 3.8 percent within the 51 days of the crisis while other currencies gained value. From October 26 to December 16, 2018, USD 312.9 million in Treasury Guarantees, USD 29.1 million in Treasury Bills and USD 29.8 million in Treasury Bonds flowed out of the country. We previously had a target of reaching USD 8 billion foreign reserves by the end of this year. We had USD 7,991 million foreign reserves as at October 26, but this had dropped to USD 6,985.4 million owing to the political crisis. As per the estimates, we need a total of USD 5,900 billion to pay for foreign loans and interests this year. Sri Lanka’s highest ever loan installment of USD 2,600 million is due on January 14. Our effort was to manage this debt in manner that it does not burden the ordinary masses. That is why we had made far-sighted plans, but now we have to start again.” The Reserve Bank of India had agreed to provide USD 400 million under SAARC swap facility, the PM said. Asked by NFF Leader Wimal Weerawansa whether the government had promised to lease out China Bay and Kankasanturai ports, Mattala airport and Colombo Port’s East Terminal to India in return, the PM answered in the negative, adding that only the terms and conditions of SAARC swap facility would apply to it.   The PM also said that another USD 500 million was expected from Chinese Panda Bonds and Japanese Samurai Bonds. He said that USD 1 billion was expected to be obtained from the international monetary market, adding that Finance and Mass Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera would fly to Washington next week to discuss about it. The Premier expressed confidence that those would help arrest the depreciation of Rupee and stabilize it in the market. (Daily Island, 11.1.2019). 

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SRI LANKA NEWS IN BRIEF – SEPTEMBER 2018 – Compiled by Victor Melder
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Wildlife officials will be armed with Russian-made Kalashnikov AK 47 assault rifles under a Rs. 42 million project to protect elephants from poachers and to save human lives in the human-elephant conflict, the Cabinet has decided. These weapons, more sophisticated than the standard issue of Chinese-made T-56 assault rifles, are to be bought on a recommendation by Sustainable Development, Wildlife and Regional Development Minister, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka. The total number of AK 47s to be imported is 2,568. Field Marshal Fonseka’s Deputy Minister, Palitha Thevarapperuma, told the Sunday Times that the purchase of assault rifles would be connected with the human-elephant conflict, caused mainly as a result of people encroaching into the jungle habitats of elephants. “At present wildllife officials are reluctant to intervene when civilians and elephants are threatened,” he said. The proposal is for the purchase of 1,500 firearms this year, each valued at Rs.16,000 with the total cost at Rs. 24 million. Next year, 1,068 weapons, each valued at Rs. 17,000 would be bought at a cost of Rs. 18 million. Of these, 2,334 firearms will be issued to small maintenance groups at wildlife parks, while 234 will be issued to Assistant Rangers. The new proposal envisages the construction of a 2,651 km long electric fence in places identified as having elephant threats. This will be connected to the existing electric fence of about 4,349 km. The Deputy Minister said they had identified the cadre requirements of around 1,000 new personnel for the Wildlife Department, including 20 veterinary surgeons, 117 wildlife rangers, 234 assistant rangers, 234, wildlife guards, 19 development officers, 150 heavy machinery operators and 200 drivers. He said they would also deploy Civil Defence Force personnel and maintenance officers for around-the-clock surveillance.
In the past five years, some 375 people have died in incidents related to the human-elephant conflict, with 1,177 elephant deaths and 5,800 instances of property damages also being reported. (Sunday Times, 2.9.2018).

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                                 ACQUISITIONS   FOR  THE  MONTH  OF  NOVEMBER  2017


  1. Supplement to the Sapumal Foundation Collection  – Rohan de Soysa, additional notes by Neville Weereratne, 2017

       (Donated by Neville Weereratne, Hughesdale, Vic)

  1. Ceylon by S.A.Pakeman, 1964
  2. Guide to the Collections of the Colombo Museum, Part 1, Archaeology and Ethnology, 1912.
  3. Chinaman by Shehan Karunatilaka, 2012.
  4. Edge of Nowhere by Nalini de Sielvie, 2004.
  5. Serendib, Isle of Dreams by Nalini de Sielvie, 1998
  6. National Parks of Ceylon, A Guide by Lyn De Alwis, 1969.
  7. The Flower Boy by Karen Roberts, 1999.
  8. Once Upon A Tender Time by Carl Muller, 1995.
  9. Sri Lanka, A Travel Survival Kit by Tony Wheeler, 1984.
  10. The Road from Elephant Pass by Nihal De Silva, 2003.
  11. Ceylon by Ashley Gibson, 1929.
  12. Anuradhapura, Greatest of Ceylon’s Ancient Cities, Ceylon Tourist Board, 1953.

       (No’s 2 – 13, Donated by Cuthbert Lethbridge, Noble Park)   


  1. HI!! – The Society Magazine, Sri Lanka, Series 15, Vol 1, 2017.
  2. HI!! – The Society Magazine, Sri Lanka, Series 15, Vol 2, 2017.
  3. HI!! – The Society Magazine, Sri Lanka, Series 15, Vol 3, 2017.
  4. GEO, Vol 6, No 2, June – August 1984.
  5. GEO, Vol 8, No1, March – May 1986.
  6. Illustrated, January 20, 1945.

      (No’s 4 – 6, Donated By Cuthbert Lethbridge, Noble Park)


  1. Newsletter – The Burgher Welfare League of WA Inc, Vol 28.2, November 2017.
  2. Newsletter – The Eighty Club Melbourne Inc, Newsletter No 144, 3rd Edition, Nov 2017 – February 2018
  3. “The Harbinger”, Family Magazine of Australia / Sri Lanka Welfare Guild Inc (ASWG), Vol 42, No 5, November 2017.
  4. “Outreach” Newsletter, Voluntary Outreach Club Inc (VOC), December 207.


  1. 45rpm, “Ceylon Calling”, Part 1 & Part 2, Tamil and Sinhala Christian Devotional Hymns from Ceylon.

      (Donated by Cuthbert Lethbridge, Noble Park) 

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Victor MeldorSri Lanka arrive in India next month for a cramped tour that will have them playing three Tests, three ODIs and three T20Is in 37 days, with the first Test likely to begin in Kolkata on November 16, and final match to be played on December 24.

1st Test: November 16-20, Kolkata

2nd Test: November 24-28, Nagpur

3rd Test: December 2-6, Delhi

1st ODI: December 10, Dharamsala

2nd ODI: December 13, Mohali

3rd ODI December 17, Visakhapatnam

1st T20I: December 20, Cuttack

2nd T20I: December 22, Indore

3rd T20I: December 24, Mumbai

Nagpur and Delhi will host the second and third Tests, before the limited-overs leg kicks off with the first ODI in Dharamsala on December 10. Mohali and Visakhapatnam complete the ODI fixtures, after which the T20Is will be held in Cuttack, Indore and Mumbai. While the BCCI hasn’t made an official announcement yet, ESPNcricinfo verified the schedule with most of the hosting centres. The second Test will be Nagpur’s first Test since the ICC gave the Jamtha surface a ‘poor’ rating during the series against South Africa in 2015. The pitch in Nagpur has since been relaid, and it hosted the fifth ODI between India and Australia on October 1. Indore and Mumbai will be staging their second international games in the space of a few months, both hosting T20Is against Sri Lanka. Indore hosted an ODI against Australia, and Mumbai will host a New Zealand ODI. Thiruvananthapuram, which had been initially allotted a T20I against Sri Lanka, will now host a T20I against New Zealand on November 7 after swapping fixtures with Cuttack. (EspnCricinfo)

Angelo Mathews will be fit for Sri Lanka’s tour of India in November, while Kusal Perera and Asela Gunaratne are also expected to return to the national set-up. Sri Lanka Cricket expects to announce a new head coach by the end of the year, though it is unlikely to happen prior to Sri Lanka’s upcoming tour of India in November. SLC confirmed that they were in conversations with a couple of coaches about the vacant position. Interim coach Nic Pothas, who has been in charge since the abrupt departure of Graham Ford in June, is also in the running. “We are discussing with about three or four coaches, including Nic Pothas. We hope to finalise the decision by the end of the year,” SLC CEO Ashley De Silva said. “When it comes to recruiting a new coach, we have to be sure to select the right one, therefore it takes some time. As for the names, some of them are still working in other places so if it gets leaked they won’t be happy. We’ll reveal it when the time is right.” It means that Sri Lanka will head into arguably their toughest tour this year without a permanent head coach. De Silva refused to confirm if Pothas would retain his role as interim coach for the tour of India. All three were unavailable for the recently concluded Pakistan tour, but will be welcomed back warmly following Sri Lanka’s recent struggles in limited-overs contests. Sri Lanka have lost their last 16 white-ball matches, including both ODI and T20I series whitewashes against Pakistan and India. Their next assignment is a full tour of India starting with the first of the three Tests on November 16 in Kolkata, followed by three ODIs and as many T20Is. “Angelo and Kusal Janith [Perera] have both recovered and they will be considered for selection for the Indian series. Asela Gunaratne is fit as well,” SLC CEO Ashley De Silva said. (EspnCricinfo)

The 2-day warm-up match between the touring Sri Lankans and the Indian Board President’s XII, played at Jadavpur University Campus 2nd Ground, Kolkata, ended in a draw. Scores:

Sri Lanka, 1st Innings – 411/9 dec (Samarawickrama 105, Dickwella 73no, Mathews 50 ret, Karunaratne 50 ret, Warrier 2/60, Bhandari 2/111)

Indian Board XII, 1st Innings – 287/5 (Samson 128, Prem 39, J. Singh 35, Sandeep 33no, Gamage 2/41, Perera 1/22, de Silva 1/35, Fernando 1/51) 


The first Test between the touring Sri Lankans and India, played at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, ended in a draw. Scores:

India – 1st Innings – 172 (Pujara 52, Saha 29, Shami 24,  Lakmal 4/26, Perera 2/19, Shanaka 2/59, Gamage 2/59)

Sri Lanka – 1st Innings – 294 (Herath 67, Mathews 52,  Thirimanne 51, Dickwella 35,  Kumar 4/88, Shami 4/100, Yadav 2/79)

India – 2nd Innings – 352/8 dec (Kohli 104no, Dhawan 94, Rahul 79,  Shanaka 3/6, Lakmal 3/93, Perera 1/49, Gamage 1/97)

Sri Lanka – 2nd Innings – 75/7 (Dickwella 27, Chandimal 20,  Kumar 4/8, Shami 2/34, Yadav 1/25)

Player of the match: Bhuvneshwar Kumar (India)

India beat the touring Sri Lankans by an innings and 239 runs with more than a day to spare, in the second Test played at Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Jamtha, Nagpur. Scores:

Sri Lanka – 1st Innings – 205 (Chandimal 57, Karunaratne 51, Dickwella 24, Ashwin 4/67, Sharma 3/37, Jadeja 3/56)

India – 1st Innings – 610/6 dec (Kohli 213, Pujara 143, Vijay 128, Sharma 102no, Perera 3/202, Herath 1/81, Gamage 1/97, Shanaka 1/103)

Sri Lanka – 2n d Innings – 166 (Chandmal 61, Lakmal 31no, Thirimanne 23, Ashwin 4/63, Jadeja 2/28, Yadav 2/30, Sharma 2/43)

Player of the match: Virat Kohli (India)  

After all the good work in UAE, Sri Lankan cricket is back to square one as the national cricket team suffered their heaviest defeat in the history in Nagpur yesterday. The innings and 239 run loss at the hands of India with more than a day to spare is their heaviest in 35 years since being granted Test status. Sri Lanka’s previous worst defeat was their innings and 229 loss at the hands of Shaun Pollock and company on a green top where South Africa played four quicks. Sri Lanka had no business suffering such a massive defeat yesterday on wicket where three Indian batsmen had produced hundreds and their captain a double hundred. All what Sri Lankans could muster were three half-centuries – both innings put together. (Daily Mirror 28.11.2017)

Sri Lanka all-rounder Dasun Shanaka has been fined 75 per cent of his match fee after he admitted to ball tampering on day two of the Nagpur Test against India. Shanaka was charged by the umpires following the second day’s play, after television cameras showed him picking up an area on the ball next to the seam on several occasions. He duly admitted to “changing the condition of the ball” and accepted the proposed sanction handed down by match referee David Boon, meaning there was no need for a formal hearing. In addition to his fine, Shanaka has picked up three demerit points. Any player reaching four or more within a 24-month period faces a suspension. Boon said: “These are early days in Dasun’s career and I am sure this sanction will ensure he is more careful when maintaining the condition of the ball in the future.” (Daily Mirror 26.11.2017)

Ending weeks of speculation about the future of Upul Tharanga as captain, Sri Lanka Cricket yesterday confirmed Thisara Perera as the new captain of the ODI and T-20 sides. Tharanga’s future as captain of the ODI and T-20 sides came under a cloud after Sri Lanka suffered a third successive 5-0 whitewash under his charge this year. Never a natural leader, there were few eyebrows raised when Sanath Jayasuriya announced his former opening partner as Sri Lanka’s limited overs captain when Angelo Mathews stepped down in July. Less than five months later, he has been axed after Sri Lanka lost 12 ODIs in a row. Among full time Sri Lankan captains, his tenure was the shortest. Tharanga was made the stand in captain when Mathews was injured in January and suffered a 5-0 whitewash against South Africa. He was the stand-in captain in Sri Lanka’s maiden fixture of the Champions Trophy and was suspended for two games for slow over rate. (Daily Island 30.11.2017)

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Panic stricken motorists joined long queues outside filling stations in the country following fears of a shortage of fuel after a parcel of 30,000 metric tonnes of petrol imported by the Indian Oil Company (IOC) was rejected as the shipment failed to meet quality specifications. This development has led to a virtual ‘run’ on stocks maintained by the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC), officials said. With motorists desperate to tank up before CPC stocks also dried up, the demand has zoomed to a level that supplies cannot match, they noted. As a result not only IOC filling stations remained temporarily shut, but many CPC sheds were also hit and remained out of stocks due to the unprecedented clamor for fuel. CPC trade unionists were quoted as saying that some filling stations had not received fresh supplies of petrol since last Thursday and the overall picture appears grim as the next shipment was due on November 8, that’s in three days time. “All indications are that the dearth of fuel is bound to continue, with the situation worsening as existing stocks dwindle faster than anticipated due to the surge in demand”, they predicted. By October 31, the Kolonnawa refinery had in stock 7,000 metric tonnes of petrol and Muthurajawela 4,000 metric tonnes. The average consumption of petrol per day is around 3,000 metric tonnes. With motorists eager to tank up, the question is for how long existing supplies will last, they said. Meanwhile, the Office of Petroleum Resources Minister, Arjuna Ranatunga, in a special statement, urged motorists to economize on the use of petrol. “The CPC has maintained sufficient stocks of petrol to meet the requirements of motorists. However, a consignment of petrol imported by IOC failed to meet quality standards. As a result of halting the unloading of this stock of fuel, a shortfall in supplies has arisen”, the statement noted. It added: “The shortage has caused panic amongst motorists. However, we have been able to supply 80% of the requirements of petrol to the market. There is no disruption in the supply of diesel and kerosene. As this is a temporary development, motorists are advised to use petrol sparingly”. (Daily Island 5.11.2017)

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The touring Indians beat Sri Lanka by six wickets to win the fifth and final One Day International played at the R.Premadasa Stadium, Khettarama, Colombo. Scores:

Sri Lanka – 238 in 49.4 Overs (Thirimanne 67, Mathews 55, Tharanga 48, Bumrah 2/45, Chahal 1/36, Yadav 1/40)

India – 239/4 in 46.3 Overs (Kohli 110no, Jadhav 63, Pandey 36,  de Silva 1/29, Malinga 1/35, Fernando 1/40, Pushpakumara 1/40)

India won the 5-match series 5-0.

Player of the match: Bhuvneshwar Kumar (India)

Player of the Series: Jasprit Bumrah (India)

The touring Indians beat Sri Lanka by seven wickets to win the one and only T20 International played at the R.Premadasa Stadium, Khettarama, Colombo. Scores:

Sri Lanka –  170/7 in 20 Overs (Munaweera 53, Priyanjan 40no, Dickwella 17, Chahal 3/43, Yadav 2/20, Kumar 1/36, Bumrah 1/38)

India – 174/3 in 19.2 Overs (Kohli 82, Pandey 51no, Rahul 24,  Prasanna 1/25, Malinga 1/31, Mathews1/33, Udana 1/36)

Player of the Match: Virat Kohli (India)

T20 debut: Virat Kohli (India) and S.M.A.Priyanjan (Sri Lanka)

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  1. Ceylon Tea, The Trade That Made A Nation by Richard Simon, 2017.

      (Donated by Dr Rohan Pethiyagoda, Chairman, Ceylon Tea Board, Colombo, Sri Lanka)

  1. Fistful of Folly by E.C.T.Candappa, 2017

      (Donated by Ms Nimmi Candappa, North Dandenong, Vic)





  1. “Outreach” Newsletter, Voluntary Outreach Club Inc (VOC), Melbourne.
  2. Burgher Association (Australia) Inc (BAA), September News Bulletin, Spring 2017.
  3. Burgher Association (Australia) Inc (BAA), Notice of Annual General Meeting 2017/2018
  4. “The Harbinger”, Family Magazine, Australia / Sri Lanka Welfare Guild Inc (ASWG), Vol 42, No 4, August 2017.
  5. “Silverscene”, Newsletter, Silver Fawn Club Inc, Qld.
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OBITUARIES: Compiled by Victor Melder (E & O.E.) (SEPTEMBER  2017)

ISAAC – PAUL PETER, son of Mr & Mrs Peter, in Sri Lanka on September 1, 2017. (Sunday Observer 3.9.20170  

FERNANDESZ – VIRGINIA (nee Schokman), wife of Anton, mother of Ramona and Jackie, mother-in-law of Tyronne Francisco (Italy), grandmother of Ryan, Marianne and Shashi. Daughter of late Cecil and Nunnie, daughter-in-law of late Mervyn and Ada, sister of Anton and Joyce, sister-in-law of Elizabeth, Carmen and Jennifer (SL), Elmo, Carmel, Benny, Celine, Franklin, June, Walter and Doris (Aust), in Sri Lanka. – 530/3, Lake Way Terrace, Lake Road, Wickramasinghepura, Battaramulla, Sri Lanka. (Daily News 5.9.2017)

DURAISAMY – GORDON JEYARATNAM, husband of Caterine, father of Suhen and Nirmala (Aust), Ravin and Dharshana (Can), grandfather of Manju and Michael, Jeshu and late Roshi, Jerry and Noah, great grandfather of Sebastian and Isabela. Brother and brother-in-law of late Sam and Lily (Can), Nesam and late Christmas (Aust), late Jeya and Bubby (Aust), Devi and Chelvam (Aust), Raju and Malar (Aust) and Ranji and Leslie (DSL), in Sydney. (Daily News 7.9.2017)   

 MOLDRICH – BURTON CHALLICE (15.01.1937 – 02.09.2017) ,husband of Monica,​  father of Dmitri,​ Druvaan,​ Natasha and Jude (deceased),​ father-in-law of Bill and Michael,​ grandfather of Chayna,​ Daniel,​ Matthew,​ Mackay and Sienna, in Sydney.. Email: m​o​l​d​r​i​c​h​m​@​g​m​a​i​l​.​c​o​m​ (Daily News 12.9.2017)

KANTHASWAMI – MAHADEVI, wife of late Mr. C.K. Kanthaswami,​ mother of Dhayananthan (Sydney),​ Shantini (London),​ Abhiramy (London),​ Vaheesan (Brisbane) and Geethanjali (Sydney); mother-in-law of Vijayalakshimi,​ Dr. Kandiah Sivakumar,​ Dr. Jayantha Arnold,​ Dhushyanthi and Nirmalarajan, grandmother of Gajenthiran,​ Janarthani,​ Branavan,​ Sivahamy,​ Ahran,​ Ramya,​ Ahrani,​ Hariharan,​ Bhargavi and Sindhura, in Sydney. (Daily News 12.9.2017)

BARTLETT SAMUEL “SABA” SABARATNAM (18th August 1921 – 8th August 2017). Husband of Mani Bartlett.  father of Shirani,​ Suresh,​ Priyani and Rohan,​  grandfather of Praveen,​ Amrith,​ Hamish,​ Shaun,​ Anita,​ Shannon,​ Esther and Joel,​ in Melbourne. Unit 2, 561 Grimshaw Street, Bundoora, Vic 3083. (Daily News 12.9.2017).

THOMASZ – WILLIM RICHARD (Bunny), husband of Cynthia, father of Cheryl, in Sri Lanka. (Daily News 15.9.2017)

PESTONJEE – IRIS (Nee Joachim), daughter of late Dr A.W.R.Joachim, and Lucille, wife of Rutton, mother of Noshir and Kashmira (USA). Sister of late Rosemary Dias, Yvonne Ranasinghe, Ninette Joachim, Dr Michael and Marina Wijesekera, mother-in-law of Jennifer Pertonjee and George Reid, in Hawaii, USA on September 16, 2017. (Daily News 19.2.2017)

SPAAR – MIGNON NELL GERALDINE (nee Melder).​ Daughter of late Jerry & Pansy,​ wife of Lorenz,​ sister of Joan & late Ernie Boustead (Aus),​ Frankie & Valerie Melder,​ late Derrington & Judy (Can),​ Daryl & Dougie De Zilwa (Aus),​ mother of Karen & Jefferson,​ Keith & Christine,​ Gerald ,​ Gillian  & Prasad ,​  grandmother of Keryn  & Ryan ,​ Jared  & Dr Nethmini,​ Joshua (USA),​ Gareth & Dan, in Sri Lanka. No 8/1, 3rd Lane, Jambugasmulla Mawatha, Nugegoda, Sri Lanka. (Daily News 19.9.2017)

ABEYAGUNAWARDENA – DON SAMSON (1.5.1929 – 19.9.2017) in Canberra. (Canberra Times 23.9.2017)

LA’BROOY – MARIE EUPHRASIE, (10 May 1925 – 23 September 2017), wife of Brian dec), mother and mother-in-law of Jeanne & Collin Macpherson, Genevieve & James McCaughan, Etienne & Sarah La’Brooy. Grandmother of Caitlin & Ben Paton, Siobhan & Anthony Sadler, Lachlan, Cameron, Brynna, Ewen, Elspeth & Jeremy Bell, Ailis, Calum & Eadana Macpherson, Daniel, John, Rioghnach & Kamil Wegrecki, Mairead, Eamon, Colm, Cormac & Siobhan, Oistin, Criostoir, Finbar & Monie (dec) and Liam La’Brooy, great grandmother of Angus, Anna, Catherine, Thomas & Brigid Paton, Patrick McCaughan and Aurelia Wegrecka, in Sydney. (Sydney Morning Herald 27.9.2017)

COLLOM – EVERLYN ANNESLEY, (Malcolm), son of the late Eddie & Ruby Collom, brother of Patrick (dec) and Ivor, in Sri Lanka.. (Daily News 30.9.2017).

   Note: All spelling of names as taken from Sri Lankan newspapers

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Chairman Colombo Rubber Traders Association, ( CRTA) Sunil Poholiyadde said recently at the Annual General Meeting (AGM ) of the CRTA that the current performance of the industry was not at optimum. Comparing crop performances in 2015 and 2016 he reported a 79 million kilo drop in production in 2016. Additionally, he also expressed surprise at a very nearly 50 percent drop in production of natural rubber . He confirmed that 70 percent rubber originated from rubber small holders, who did not work their lands because of poor prices last year, seriously affecting production. Prices dropped to Rs. 200. per kilo which rendered such lands liabilities than assets. Additionally, small holders are now felling their rubber trees for timber for the lucrative furniture market. Consequences of such action will gravely affect production. Long term effects would be detrimental to the rubber industry. Poholiadda also said about 2500 hectares have been identified for acquisition as ex rubber lands to be administered by Regional Plantation Companies for expansion for industrial purposes. The drop in prices and reduced extents of rubber plantation resulted in a dismal overall performance. He added Regional Plantation Companies have continued their re-planting programmes but the main production sector, who are the small holders, who were accustomed to sales prices of Rs.600. per kilo, are now faced with insolvency. Poholiadda alluded to the Rubber Master Plan and the expected increase in production by 2045 of 300,000 kilos, inclusive of production of value added products for the export market. He said by that time rubber would contribute about 5 billion dollars in forex earnings. Secretary, Ministry of Plantation Industries Lakna Paranawitharna deputizing for Minister Naveen Dissanayake, who was unwell, confirmed the Rubber Master Plan was operative and its progress was on-going, although he said its progress was slow. At discussion he confirmed the Monaragala rubber project was now productive and some 3000 hectares of new planting were now productive. The target area was 5000 hectares. He, however, said a current shortage of labour was a serious phenomenon affecting production; the need to address this problem was imperative if the industry was to progress. (Daily Island 1.8.2017)

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BOLLING – TARA, wife of late Ralph Bolling, mother of Jeremy, David and Julian, mother-in-law of Prahashani and Nicola, grandmother of Deon, Georgi, Jordan and Jade. Sister of Rhuni, Oosha and Dijen, sister-in-law of Chantal and of late Maithree and Neil, in Sri Lanka. – 72, 5th Lane, Colombo 3, Sri Lanka. (Daily News 3.8.2017)


GOONAWARDENA – VANITHA, wife of the late Somadasa Goonawardena, mother and mother-in-law of Nayana and Johanne De Mel, Sunethra and Bandula Manodara, Deepa and Jayantha Gangoda and Duminda and Shyama Gonnewardena. Grandmother of 12, great grandmother of 2, in Sydney on August 6, 2017, aged 82 years.  (Contributed)


CHELLLAPPAH – ANNALAKSHMI, wife of late Rajasuriar Chellappah, mother and mother-in-law of Chelvy & Ranga, Nimal & Lakshmi, Shanti & Shivantha, Naren & Nandi, grandmother of 11, great grandmother of 16, in Sydney on August 4, 2017. (Daily News 7.8.2017) 


GOODCHILD – DULCIE BEATRICE, in Melbourne, Australia. (Daily News 8.8.2017) 


PETERSON – PAUL (JACKIE), husband of the late Norah (nee Maye), father of Jacqueline, father-in-law of Ian Pereira, grandfather of Jason and Jake. Son of the late Mr & Mrs P.A.E.Peterson, brother of the late Anton and Titty and of Sherney, in Sri Lanka. (Daily News 8.8.2017)


MORRELL – ROSEMARY,  wife of Steve, mother of Simone and Candice, mother-in-law of Andrew Christoffelsz. Sister of Christoble De Costa and late Clare, Kenneth, Doreen, Lena, Clement and Elmo , in Sri Lanka. (Daily News 10.8.2017)


ARNOLDA – ELIGIUS BOBBY (EARL), father of Rebecca, Dodwell, Christopher, Bernadine, Sandra and Debbie, father-in-law of Felix Rodrigo, Sam De Silva, Nivendra Cooray and Jeewani Arnolda, Brother of Maureen (Aust) and of the late Pat, Madge, Claire, Bucky, Anto and Neville, brother-in-law of George Parsons (Aust) and of the late Shelton Caspersz, Col. Babee Perera and Col. Joe Caspersz. Grandfather of Ewan, Dilshan, Shavaun, Donald, Natasha, Fallon, Shezard, Amanda and Andreen, great grandfather of Ella, Levi, Chloe, Zac, Noah, Isla and Billie, in Sri Lanka, on August 11, 2017. (Daily News 16.8.2017)  


DE ZILWA – VELMA (nee Koelmeyer), wife of late Neville, mother of Lourdes, mother-in-law of George Martinesz, grandmother of Georgia and Gihan (UK) and George, great grandmother of Greg. Sister of Ronnie, Virginia and of the late Bernard, Melville, Anton, Richie and Verita, sister-in-law of  Phyllis, Leonide, Rosemary, Lygia, Damon and the late Emalia, Conrad, Gracilla and Christobel, in Sri Lanka. – 38, Ave Maria Road, Negombo, Sri Lanka. (Daily Island 16.8.2017)  


LABROOY – YVONNE THERESE, (17.5.1931 – 10.8.2017), wife of Bunny (dec), mother of Chris and Keith, mother-in-law of Julia, grandmother of Emily and Hayley. Sister of Milroy, Annesley (dec), Rosemary, Cynthia, Maureen and Godfrey (dec), in Perth. (The West Australian 17.8.2017)   


BAPTIST – SHIRLEY KATHLEEN, wife of Frank, mother of Margaret, Allan and Kevin, grandmother of Samantha, Kate, Jason and Joel, great grandmother of Spencer and Evie. Mother-in-law of Graeme, Bev and Debbie, in Sydney on August 17, 2017, aged 90 years. (The Sydney Morning Herald 19.8.2017)


FRANCKE – CHRISTOPHER DERRICK, husband of Latika, father of Marsha and Dyan. Brother of Malcolm, Arlene, Christine, Tina and Eleanor, in Brisbane on August 19, 2017. (The Brisbane Courier Mail 23.8.2017)


STEPHEN – MARY, wife of late Claude, mother of Kennifer, Monty, Florina and Mavis (Aust), mother-in-law of Christine, Chrisenta, Shyane and Sean (Aust), grandmother of Talisa, Laura and Braden (Aust), Jaewon, Chantelle (Aust), Ashley, Pascale and Maja (Aust), great grandmother of Aoife (Aust), in Sri Lanka. (Daily News 25.8.2017)


KIEL – MICHELE, (1970 – 2017), in Brisbane on August 20, 2017. (The Sydney Morning Herald 26.8.2017)


HONTER – KENNETH, husband of Noeline, father of Ryan (Aust) and Jaimee (Aust), father-in-law of Tammy, grandfather of Sarah, James and Hannah, in Sri Lanka. (Sunday Observer 27.8.2017)


HENDERLIN – MAXTON BASIL, son of Aloysius & Hilda (both dec), husband of Elvina, father of Sherril, Tino, Gillian )UK), Princess (UK), Tracey, Steve and Diane, father-n-law of Ronnie, Rochelle, late Oswin, Lancelot (UK), Dilrukshi, Nishika and the late Ajith, in Sri Lanka. (Daly News 31.8.2017)  

 Note: All spelling of names as taken from Sri Lankan newspapers

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