Victor Melder – Sri Lanka Independence Commemoration event in Melbourne – Award to Victor Melder For His Services to the Community and Sri Lanka in Australia. At the Sri Lanka Independence Commemoration event in Melbourne, Last Sunday,  Victor was given an award by the Consul General for his services to the Community and Sri Lanka in Australia. We at eLanka are so proud of your award and thank you also for the great service you do to the community! As they we say in Australia, “Good on Ya Victor” Love and Blessings. eLanka Team Best Wishes from Gamini Dissanayake, Minister from Sri Lanka. Gamini Dissanayake, Minister from Sri Lanka A man is attached to many things. Attachments though leading to sorrow in the end are the living reality of life. Amongst these many attachments, the most noble are the attachments to one’s family and to one’s country. You have left ...

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SRI LANKA CRICKET NEWS – By Victor Melder Chairman of cricket selectors Upul Tharanga said that Dhananjaya de Silva has been appointed the new captain of the Sri Lanka Test team succeeding Dimuth Karunaratne. Kusal Mendis will be the vice-captain. De Silva will become the country’s 18th Test captain when he leads Sri Lanka in the one-off Test against Afghanistan next month.  Karunaratne was Sri Lanka’s Test captain from 2018-19 till 2023 leading his country in 28 Tests with 12 wins, 10 losses and 6 draws. He captained Sri Lanka to three series victories, a rare 2-0 win in South Africa making Sri Lanka the only Asian country to win a series in Rainbow Nation in 2018-19, and 2-0 wins against West Indies (2021) and Ireland (2023). (Daily Financial Times, 6.1.2024) The first One Day International (ODI), played at R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, between the touring Zimbabweans and Sri Lanka, ended ...

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VICTOR  MELDER  SRI  LANKA LIBRARY 7, Benambra Street, Broadmeadows, Vic 3047, Australia. Telephone + 61 3 9309 4040 E-mail < melder.rjvm1935@bigpond.com > Web Site < www.vmsl-library.com > THOSE WISHING TO DONATE BOOKS & OTHER PUBLICATIONS TO THIS LIBRARY, THEY ARE MOST WELCOME. PLEASE CONTACT ME AT ABOVE ADDRESS, BY EMAIL OR TELEPHONE. Thank You.                                        ACQUISITIONS   FOR  THE  MONTH  OF  JANUARY  2024 BOOKS. Strayan Dictionary, The, by Dominic Knight, 2019 “Where the Rubber Meets the Road” Scripture based Poems by Sharlie Pickering, 2023    (Donated by the Author, Alderley, Qld) MAGAZINES. Ceylon Souvenir, Ceylon Tours, Colombo.    (No 1, Donated  by Tony Melder, Wantirna, Vic) LMD International, January – March 2024 – 3 Copies. LMD, The Voice of Business, Highlights, January 2024.    (No’s 2 -3, Donated by LMD, Media Services, Colombo 9 , Co-ordinated by Naushan Sariffadeen) NEWSLETTERS Newsletter, Australia Sri Lanka Association SA Inc, November 2023 Rhythm of ...

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Wishing Esther Margaret Dunsford & Randolph John Victor Melder a Very Happy 60th Wedding Anniversary Esther Margaret Dunsford & Randolph John Victor Melder, Saturday January 18, 1964 at All Saint’s Church, Borella, Colombo, Sri Lanka at 8.00am. Please Join Us as We give thanks to God for His Love and Mercies over this Period. We are Spending a Quiet Day with the Immediate Family. Love & Blessings. Victor & Esther. 18 January 2024 Navaratnarajah Senthinkumarn “Kum”, based in Singapore has been a long-time friend of mine. He is a talented and well-known artist, famous for his sketches and cartoons. This is his contribution re our 60th Wedding Anniversary, which was celebrated On January 18.  Esther’s grandfather and father being railwaymen, my grandfather and father being railwaymen and myself too, the sketch has a railway theme.  Every Blessing.  Victor Saturday, January 20, 2024, 11.21am, AEDT ...

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SRI LANKA CRICKET NEWS (DECEMBER  2023) Compiled by Victor Melder Members of the national selection panel are set to be the first casualties post World Cup in which the national cricket team had a disastrous campaign. Despite Sri Lanka finishing ninth in the ten-team event and failing to qualify for the Champions Trophy, none holding key positions within the national cricket team had stepped down. Although previous Sports Minister Roshan Ranasinghe and other bodies attached to the Sports Ministry were keen to change the selection panel headed by former fast bowler Pramodya Wickremasinghe, there was tough resistance from Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC). However, with Harin Fernando taking charge as Sports Minister following the dismissal of Ranasinghe, Fernando had discussed changes moving forward with fresh thinking coming in. Accordingly, SLC will advertise for selectors and in due time will pick a competent team.Under Pramodya, Sri Lanka ended up playing three qualifying ...

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SRI LANKA CRICKET NEWS (NOVEMBER  2023) Compiled by Victor Melder Paceman Pramod Madushan arrived in Mumbai on Tuesday to join the Sri Lanka World Cup squad as a travel reserve. Lahiru Kumara who was the Man of the Match in the last winning game against England in Bangalore but later got injured, is scheduled to depart for home today, as confirmed by the Sri Lanka team Manager, Mahinda Halangoda. Lahiru’s injury has prevented him from making a full recovery, leading the team management to decide to send him back home. This has opened the door for Pramod Madushan who was included as a standby player for the World Cup. Madushan’s ability to bat as a lower-order batsman is a helpful asset for the team. Hailing from Hambantota National School, Madushan can step in to replace any injured player in the squad with approval from the World Cup Technical Committee. Dasun ...

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eLanka Newsletter – 1st November 2023 – 1st Edition Sri Lankans in Australia Click here or on the image below to read this week’s elanka Newsletter Derrick J, our own King of Romance, A Legendary Entertainer Continues to Shine Bollywood music keeping the dressing rooms upbeat in WBBL season 09 Afganistan give Sri Lanka a lesson on pressure and superior strategy. Lankans choked in seven – wicket defeat. – By TREVINE RODRIGO IN MELBOURNE. (eLanka Sports editor) Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts to host Culinary Extraordinaire & Celebrity Chef Gary Mehigan in Sri Lanka! Health & Views NOVEMBER 1st issue 2023 – By Dr Harold Gunatillake, Undermanned All Blacks undone by ferocious Springboks. One point nail biter makes South Africa the only four time World Cup winner. – BY TREVINE RODRIGO IN MELBOURNE. (eLanka Sports editor) අගමැතිවරුන් හත් දෙනෙකුගේ පෙර ගමන්කරු – බ්‍රෑඩ්මන් වීරකෝන්, 93 වන ජන්ම දින සමරයි . – ...

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VICTOR  MELDER  SRI  LANKA LIBRARY 7, Benambra Street, Broadmeadows, Vic 3047, Australia. Telephone + 61 3 9309 4040 E-mail < melder.rjvm1935@bigpond.com > Web Site < www.vmsl-library.com > THOSE WISHING TO DONATE BOOKS & OTHER PUBLICATIONS TO THIS LIBRARY, THEY ARE MOST WELCOME. PLEASE CONTACT ME AT ABOVE ADDRESS, BY EMAIL OR TELEPHONE. Thank You.                                        ACQUISITIONS   FOR  THE  MONTH  OF  OCTOBER  2023 BOOKS. The Virtuous Weed, Weeds by Name only, not Weed by Nature by Dr Nimal R. Chandrasena.      (Donated by the Author, Winthrop, W.A.)  Stay, Daughter – A Memoir of Muslim Girlhood by Yasmin Azad, 202                      (Donated by Dr Firazath Hussain, Galle, Sri Lanka. Conveyed to Melbourne by Buddhika Samarakkody, Glen iris, Vic)  Sri Lanka, War Stories by Stephen Champion, 2008.                      (Donated by Ajit St John, Meadow Heights, Vic) MAGAZINES. Lanka Monthly Digest, International, July – September 2023 Lanka Monthly Digest, International, October – December 2023, ...

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SRI LANKA NEWS (OCTOBER  2023) Compiled by Victor Melder. The ban on single-use and short-term use plastics is scheduled to come into effect from tomorrow, 1st October, said the Central Environment Authority (CEA). A gazette notification issued on 19 July 2023 by the Minister of Environment has banned any use of nine plastic products. It prohibits the use of the single-use drinking. Accordingly, the use of those items in any process including manufacturing, and importation for local use, sale, offering for sale, displaying for sale, offering free of charge or exhibiting them will be prohibited with effect from October 01, 2023. CEA chairman Supun S. Pathirage said legal action will be taken against the violators in terms of the provisions of the National Environmental Act and measures will be taken to carry out related raids from tomorrow. (Colombo Page, 1.10.2023) Headline inflation, as measured by the year-on-year (Y-o-Y) change in ...

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SRI LANKA NEWS  (SEPTEMBER  2023) Compiled by Victor Melder. Merchandise trade deficit widened in July 2023 compared to July 2022, due to the combined impact of relatively low export earnings and high import expenditure, the Central Bank of Sri Lanka reported, releasing the External Sector Performance Review for July 2023. The deficit in the merchandise trade account increased in July 2023 to US$ 367 million, compared to US$ 122 million recorded in July 2022. However, the cumulative deficit in the trade account during January to July 2023 narrowed to US$ 2.657 billion from US$ 3.628 billion recorded over the same period in 2022, driven by lower imports. Earnings from merchandise exports declined by 12.4 percent in July 2023, over the corresponding month in 2022, to US$ 1.020 billion. The decline in earnings from industrial exports, including garments, associated with slowing external demand mainly contributed to this contraction in export earnings ...

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