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  Sri Lanka shift on civil war anniversary - BBC News

BBC News

Sri Lanka shift on civil war anniversary
BBC News
Sri Lanka's president has promised to seek reconciliation on the sixth anniversary of the army's victory over Tamil Tiger separatists. Maithripala Sirisena said the truth of what happened in the conflict needed to be established and justice delivered ...
Sri Lanka Marks Anniversary of Civil War's End With New Focus on ReconciliationWall Street Journal (blog)
Sri Lanka president vows national reconciliationArab News
Q&A: A new Sri Lanka?Daily Maverick
Saudi Gazette -The Official Government News Portal of Sri Lanka
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  Sri Lanka nominates former cricket boss as top envoy to Australia - Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

Sri Lanka nominates former cricket boss as top envoy to Australia
Sydney Morning Herald
Sri Lanka has nominated a new chief envoy to Australia – a former cricket administrator, businessman and member of country's Tamil minority. Somasundaram Skandakumar, originally from the country's northern city of Jaffna and a past secretary of the ...
Tamil Leaders Honor Dead From Sri Lankan War at Battle ZoneABC News
Sri Lankan Tamils openly mark anniversary of war's endHindustan Times
Distasteful crusade of the constrained mediaSri Lanka Guardian

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  6 Reasons Why Accountability in Sri Lanka Matters - Groundviews

Groundviews

6 Reasons Why Accountability in Sri Lanka Matters
Groundviews
Sri Lanka's 26-year civil war ended six years ago amidst allegations of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and other serious abuses by both government and rebel forces. In 2011, a U.N. panel concluded that “the conduct of the war by [both sides] ...
The high-profile case of ThayaparajahThe Island.lk (subscription)

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  Free Trade Agreement: Pakistan, Sri Lanka could enhance trade to $2.7b - The Express Tribune

The Express Tribune

Free Trade Agreement: Pakistan, Sri Lanka could enhance trade to $2.7b
The Express Tribune
The Pakistan Business Council (PBC), a not-for-profit research-based business advocacy forum that represents Pakistan's 47 largest businesses, conducted the study titled “An assessment of the Pakistan-Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement”. According to the ...
Lackluster trade growth despite FTAFreshPlaza

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  Sri Lanka: New Army Chief a Blow to Justice - Human Rights Watch

Sri Lanka: New Army Chief a Blow to Justice
Human Rights Watch
Sri Lanka's new government has promised genuine accountability for wartime abuses, but naming the general of an abusive unit the army chief of staff is a slap in the face for victims. Members of the UN Human Rights Council expecting genuine ...

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NSB records an impressive profit growth during 1st Quarter 2015

NSB records an impressive profit growth during 1st Quarter 2015

 

Profit Before Tax (PBT) of the National Savings Bank recorded a 32% increase in 1st Quarter in 2015, as compared to the same period last year. This is despite a Rs. 1.1 billion one off gain reported during 1st Quarter last year. Therefore, on an organic business as usual basis, the growth is most impressive at 137%.

Net Interest Income of the Bank increased by 73% to Rs. 6,968 million in 1st Quarter 2015 as compared to Rs. 4,026 million recorded for 1st Quarter last year. Total operating income comprised of net interest income, net gain from trading & financial investments and other income, increased by 21% to Rs. 6,792 million from Rs. 5,635 million recorded in correspondent period last year. While net operating income increased by 26% to Rs. 6,166 million from Rs. 4,891 million recorded in 1st Quarter 2014.

Net Interest Margin also improved to 3.56% by end of March 2015 from 2.98% recorded at the end of 2014. Also Return on Average Assets (before tax) increased to 1.52% as at 31st March 2015 from 1.46% recorded as at 31st December 2014.

The Bank also witnessed a positive change in deposit mobilization mix during the first three months of the year and total mobilization for the period was 6,036 million which consisted of Rs. 5,612 million savings deposits. Total deposits of the Bank stood at Rs. 558 billion at the end of 1st Quarter, 2015.

Total loans and receivables recorded a growth of 5.4% during the first quarter when excluded the negative growth of pawning advances and with pawning advances growth rate was 3.9%. Total assets of the Bank stood at Rs. 785.2 billion at the end of 1st Quarter, 2015.

In another positive change the bank’s Gross and net Non-Performing Loans (NPL) ratios stood at 7.19% and 6.76% respectively down from 7.80% and 7.38% at the end of 2014.

The Bank’s Tier 1 capital adequacy ratio reduced from 20.46% to 19.93%, while total capital adequacy for the reviewed quarter reduced to 18.45% from 18.98%. These ratios however, remain well above the regulatory standards for well capitalized banks. Liquidity ratio of the Bank stood at 83.24% by the end of March 2015, which is well above the regulatory requirement of 20%.

Widening its reach Bank opened 4 new branches at Thambiluvil, Periyakallar, Galenbindunuwewa and Horowpathana increasing the total Branch network of the Bank to 240 as at 31st March, 2015. Bank is scheduled to open several more branches in under penetrated areas going forward as well.

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A roaring 40 for Lion Harry de Sayrah

A roaring 40 for Lion

Harry de Sayrah
 

Immediate past President of the CSA and now on the Committee, Lion Harry de Sayrah OAM JP recently received the 40-year Milestone Chevron Award for serving the Community of Australia and Sri Lanka. His dedication to Lionism commenced in Sri Lanka when Commodore Malcolm de Costa, the then ADC to the Governor-General, invited him to join the World’s Largest Service Organisation in 1974.

He held positions such as the first elected President of the Lions Club of Kollupitiya and Deputy District Governor of District 306 Sri Lanka and in 1989 was transferred to the Lions Club of Bankstown in Sydney. Harry continued to be an active member in Sydney and was soon elected as the 39th President of the Lions Club of Bankstown District 201N5 Australia in 1995.

Though living in Sydney, Harry’s greatest ambition was to help the needy people of Sri Lanka and he was involved in the Club’s Save the Sight Project by exporting used Australian spectacles to the Sri Lankan Lions Clubs. While the inmates of the Silverwater Jail did the packaging for export, Singapore Airlines gave him a helping hand by air lifting, free of charge, 150 kilos of the spectacles at a time. This benefited one million needy Sri Lankans from all walks of life.

The used Spectacle Project spread throughout Australia till Lions Australia took over this great humanitarian project and recommended Harry to the Governor-General’s Honours Committee for an Order of Australia Award. He received OAM (Order of Australia Medal) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2007.

Harry went further. He persuaded his Lions Club to donate $50,000 during the 1994 Tsunami in Sri Lanka and the Board readily agreed – the Old Boys Union of St Joseph’s College, Colombo, rebuilt part of a Catholic School down south of Colombo and the Lions in Sri Lanka built an 8-bed ward and named it “Bankstown Ward” at the Lions Eye Hospital in Panadura.

Lions Clubs International quickly recognised these great humanitarian projects initiated by Harry and presented him with the Lions highest award, the “Melvin Jones Fellowship” and invited him to Life Membership of Lions Clubs International.

Harry has been the Treasurer of the Lions Club Bankstown for more than a decade and continues to help, through Lions, various Sri Lankan organisations in Sydney.

(Published courtesy of The Ceylankan)

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Sarasa Wasanthaya - Amarasiri Peiris Live in Concert

Sarasa Wasanthaya - Amarasiri Peiris Live in Concert

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Sunday the 17th May 2015 saw lovers of Sinhala music congregate in large numbers at the Bowman Hall at Blacktown. This was to witness one of the premier musical events of the Sydney Calendar, the musical extravaganza, the Live Concert by the Maestro with a powerful deep voice - Amarasiri Peiris. The Maestro started the proceedings with the popular song Budu Sihila Galala. Then he continued to mesmerise the audience with his numerous popular hits Hanthaneta Payana Sanda, Apple Malak, Iki Gasa Handana and many more. Amarasiri Peiris was amply assisted by our own Samanali, Ayomi and Prasadika by beautifully singing a few duets. Providing music to a classical show like this is a massive task. The music Director Agra Premaratne and the orchestra took to this task very well. There were two very attractive dances which added a new dimension to the evening which were superbly performed by Thilini Wanigatunga and VidhuNarthana Dancing School led by Vidusha Surige. Compering by Nishantha and Ayomi was short sweet and entertaining.

Sarasa Wasanthaya, musical evening was organised by the Sri Jayawardenepura Alumni Association of NSW/ACT with the noble purpose of raising funds to financially assist the present deserving students of the University of Sri Jayawardenepura.

Report by Cicil Fonseka

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✈Super Sunday Sale - Fly to Indian Subcontinent with Air Fares Starting from $943*

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Finance News from Sri Lanka - Gradient Alliance - April Issue 2015
         
In Economic News   In Business News   In Consumer News
         
   
         
Political uncertainty affects econ. and bus. env.: Chamber.   Tourists up 18.0% YoY in March, 157,051 visitors arrive.   Duty on potatoes and onions up, to safeguared domestic pdtn.
         
Opaque RTI causes concern, dilutes purpose.   Vehicle reg. up 147.1% YoY, 3-wheeler reg. reaches 12k.   April inflation rose just 0.1% YoY, flat MoM.
         
Private sector credit growth reach 2 yr high, +12.6% YoY   Business conf. drops to 152 in March, -8 pts MoM.   Trade deficit in Jan expands to USD 771.8m (+2.7% YoY).
         
Debt soars to pay state sector salaries,, as tax rev. is impacted.   Stock market closes at 7,179.00 in April, up 5.3% MoM   Consumer confidence drops to 85 in March, -2 pts MoM
         
         
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Proposals for further constitutional reforms

Proposals for further constitutional reforms

Communiqué issued by the Sri Lanka Reconciliation Forum, Sydney
10th May 2015

With reference to the Constitutional reform program presently undertaken by the government, as specified in the 19th Amendment and the proposed 20th Amendments to the Constitution, the President and government have indicated
that further constitutional amendments to address the national question and advance reconciliation amongst all communities will be announced after the election due to be held shortly.

The Sri Lanka Reconciliation Forum, Sydney (SLRF), whose objective is to advance reconciliation amongst communities of Sri Lankan origin in Sydney, and more widely in Australia, is of the view that a few key measures could be considered to address the national question and advance reconciliation in Sri Lanka, which in turn will have a significant positive impact on the same objectives here in Australia. These measures are being proposed in principle, as it is not the intention of this Forum to go into details of these proposals. This we feel is a task for the government and people living in Sri Lanka.
The following were identified as matters that the SLRF would like to submit to the SL government and other stakeholders.

1. Devolution of power - Appointment of a wider Constitutional Forum consisting of eminent persons, representing all sections of the community, to consider and formulate a long lasting solution to the national question utilizing, among others the following;
• The Draft Constitution proposals of (1995, 2000) developed by the late Dr Neelan Tiruchelvam and Professor G L Pieris during the Presidency of Chandrika Kumaratunga.
• The All Party Representatives Committee (APRC) Proposals for reform of the Constitution submitted by its Chairman Professor Tissa Vitharana in 2007 during the Presidency of Mahinda Rajapakse.
• The 13th Amendment to the 1978 constitution.

2. Second Chamber. Introduce further constitutional measures to ensure power sharing. In this context, in addition to devolving power to the provinces, a second chamber is proposed at the national level, as a House of review for all national legislation. It is also proposed that the second chamber be so constituted that it acts as a buffer against the majority community imposing its will on a minority group, through the use of superior numbers in parliament. Further, the chamber should have representatives from sections of the community that cannot be represented in parliament through the electoral system.

3. Bill of Rights and legislative safeguards. Further strengthen the current human rights provisions in the constitution by introducing a Bill of Rights, which guarantees every citizen’s basic human rights, the violation of which, whether by any other individual or entity or the State, will attract heavy punitive measures. In addition we recommend safeguards in the Constitution against legislation which allows discrimination based on ethnicity, religion and gender, in a manner similar to how it was addressed by the ‘Soulbury constitution’ of 1848. This should the prevent any legislation and administrative measure by the government which discriminates any section of society on grounds of ethnicity, religion, caste or gender under any circumstances, except in the case of having to prevent further discrimination by a particular religious cultural or ethnic group. It is also proposed that a Constitutional Court be set up as the final arbiter of constitutional issues and challenges arising from any violation of the Bill of Rights or anti- discrimination legislation.

4. Women and minorities in government. Similar to the proposal to introduce a minimum representation of women in the executive arms of the government including the national and provincial cabinets and outer ministries - a measure which has already been proposed by numerous individuals and organizations as a positive anti -discrimination measure to advance equal rights for women - introduce a measure to include a minimum representation of minorities including Tamils and Muslims.

Political Strand
Sri Lanka Reconciliation Forum Sydney
reconciliationforum@gmail.com
www.slreconsyd.org.au

 
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Miss Mr Mrs Teen Miss and Teen Mr Sri Lanka Australia 2015

Miss, Mr, Mrs, Teen, Miss & Teen Mr Sri Lanka Australia 2015

 
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Lanka Reconciliation Forum remembers all those who lost their lives in the Civil War

Lanka Reconciliation Forum remembers all those who lost their lives in the Civil War.

 
 

On the 24th of this month the Sri Lanka Reconciliation Forum Sydney held a solemn event to remember all those who died in the civil-war in Sri Lanka. The Forum emphasised on the fact that the war was more than anything else a tragedy, and that it should be remembered as such. The dead were remembered just as human beings; as someone’s son, daughter, mother, father, husband, wife, friend, rather than as heroes, villains or terrorists.

One could sense something strange and at the same time touching about the event, as a small but diverse group of people gathered inside a national park in Sydney to mourn all the people who died in a long war fought in a distant country almost 10,000 kilometres away. Though the number of people who had gathered was small, they represented a microcosm of Sri Lanka.

There were those as young as five and old as eighty. There were Sinhalese, Tamils Burghers and Moors. There were Buddhists, Christians, Hindus and Muslims.
The participants stood in a circle holding white flowers to symbolise the dead, as a communiqué from SLRF was read, followed by messages from different religious leaders.

Indran Kurukal from the Sydney Murugan Temple, said that the Athmas of all those who died are precious and should be prayed for, as they made their journey to become one in God. He also stressed that while remembering the dead, it is also important to remember the suffering of those still alive. The Rev John Jegasothy from the Sydney Tamil United Church said, while remembering the dead, we need to be willing to forgive but at the same time also stand for justice. He said that it is important that people come to know what happened to their loved ones, and that what happened was a tragedy and an injustice. The Ven Kovida Thero from the Australian Buddhist Vihara said in a message, read by Raj Gonsalkorale, that according to the Buddha all people are interconnected, regardless of nationality, race, colour and ethnicity, and that hatred will never be overcome by hatred, but only by love and compassion. He urged people to step outside their busy lives and take a look at the troubled world we live in, and that we should do this as often as we could. Only through this, he said, we could put an end to hatred. He said that we should not remember just the dead, but also the injured and even the animals.

Annathaie Abeyasekera read a message from Phil Glendenning of the Edmund Rice Centre, who said the people of Sri Lanka from Jaffna to Galle, and from Negombo to Batticaloa, have witnessed far too many deaths and experienced far too much deep, scarring grief. No nation, and no people, should ever be forced to endure such pain. He wished that from this day onwards, Sri Lanka should see a future of peace and non-violence.
Srikantha Nadaraja also from the Sri Lanka Reconciliation Forum, then read a message from the Sri S.G. Ragunatha Kurukal of the Sri Karphaga Vinayakar Temple, who said that we should remember the war dead in the morning, the afternoon and in the night, and that he hopes peace will prevail in the future, no matter what happened in the past.

Following this, Rev Jeffrey Abeyasekera, read a few quotations from history on the theme of reconciliation. Then in a moment of reflection said that we should not only remember the dead but also those who have been left behind, the injured, the widowed, the orphaned and importantly those who have to take care of them. He called on everyone to help these people as much as they could.

Then, as the autumn-sun set over the ancient forests of the Lane Cove national park, the group lit candles and stood in a circle observing two minutes silence. The white flowers were thrown into the Lane Cove River. The youngest and oldest participants jointly threw the last bunch of flowers into the
water, to symbolize hope and continuity in spite of the tragedy of the past thirty years. The proceedings ended with the singing of the National Anthem in both Sinhala and Tamil. Once the proceedings ended every one stood at the edge of the water and watched the white flowers slowly drift away, carried by the gently flowing water of the Lane Cove River.

The Sri Lanka Reconciliation Forum Sydney, thanks everyone who made this event a success and hopes that the war in Sri Lanka will be remembered in this way by more people in the future – as nothing other than a catastrophic human tragedy.

 
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Sydney Eye Lions Club Dinner

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Roo 2015 - Ran Roo Sanda Raa

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Gypsies in los angeles Aluth avurudha Engelbert Sharmini Mathew Good News From Jayam

Good News From Jayam

April 30, 2015

Happy Vesak

The Beautiful Vesak Lantern at the Sarathchandra Temple

in North Hollywood, Ca. last year.

Melbourne Australia /Serendib Awards



Alston Koch carried away the 'Lifetime Achievement Award' at a glittering award ceremony held in Melbourne, Australia recently. Among his achievements have been the No 2 Album for SONY RECORDS in Australia & the Pacific in 2013, been recognised by the Australian music body A.R.I.A as 'The Funk Master' by the ARIA Chartfacts team. Alston Koch was also admitted to the Grammy Academy in America meeting their stringent criteria and also received the G.O.D Awards 'World Artist Of The Year' at the United Nations. Gold & Platinum Awards as well since 1977 for both RCA and ARIA have Australia's major newpapers crowning him the King Of Disco and the biggest selling Australian magazine 'Woman's Day' calling his success 'The 'Good News' Chart Success of 2013'

Sidadiyen dura atha

Manik Pereira - Maritime Wake Up Call

Manik Pereira is the Chairman of Pership Group and Asha. He has witnessed the highs and lows that have buffeted the industry for decades, and notes that "the global shipping industry has also been volatile over the past few decades, while the European shipping lines, the Greeks and then the Far East lines held - and continue to hold - sway in global shipping." As an industry veteran, Pereira urgently calls for a long-term vision on the part of authorities: "We need to market the port aggressively abroad, and invite more shipping lines to enter the market with bigger and better incentives." "Our location is our best asset, and we should learn to exploit this to the fullest. Greater cooperation between the public and private shipping interests would also benefit the industry.

Sri Lanka's Open Air Zoo in Pinnawela

Two leopards are seen at the Pinnawala open-air zoo declared open recently by Sports and Tourism Minister Naveen Dissanayake. A large crowd visited the zoo after the opening. Local and foreign tourists will be admitted free-of-charge till April 30, 2015.

Fruits of Sri Lanka

Cadju Pulang. The cashew (cadju) tree is a tropical evergreen tree that produces the cashew nut and the cashew apple. It can grow as high as 14 metres, but the dwarf cashew, growing up to 6 metres, has proved more profitable, with earlier maturity and higher yields.

President Presents Cargills Farmer Awards

President Maithripala Sirisena presents award to a farmer while Cargills
Chairman Louis Page looks on. The President awarded 18 vegetable and dairy farmers from across Sri Lanka the Cargills Saru Bima Farmer Citizens award at a ceremony held at the BMICH, Colombo recently. The occasion also saw over 200 students receiving scholarships towards higher education while 500 farmers received medical insurance policies during the ceremony.

Jayam's Choice

Marianne - The Brothers Four - Pls click on link

Roma's Recipes

RED VELVET CAKE WITH MASCAPORNE
AND CREAM CHEESE ICING

CAKE INGREDIENTS

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups Sugar
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 teaspoon fine grain Salt
2 teaspoons unsweetened Cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups Vegetable Oil
1 cup Buttermilk (at room temperature)
2 large eggs (at room temperature)
2 ozs.Red food coloring
1 tablespoon Vinegar
1 teaspoon Vanilla extract

Method
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.Lightly oil and flour
3 (9x1 1/2 ') round cake pans.
2. In a large Bowl, sift together the Flour, Sugar,
Baking Soda, Salt and Cocoa powder.
3. In another large Bowl,whisk together the oil, Buttermilk,
Eggs, Food coloring, Vinegar and Vanilla.
4. Divide the smooth Batter equally into the three cake pans.
5. Bake for about 20 minutes or till the sides leave the sides
of the Pans. Test for doneness with a skewer in the center of the
Cake. Rotate cakes after 10 minutes in the oven. Do not overbake.
Remove pans from oven and let cool and then turn over onto wire
racks.

Mascaporne/Cream Cheese Icing.
Ingredients
1 cup or 2 sticks unsalted room temperature Butter
1 cup or 8 ozs Cream Cheese (at room temperaure)
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
Pinch of fine Salt
1 cup (8 ozs) Mascaporne Italian Cream Cheese.
(At Room Temperature) available at Grocery Stores.
Method
Whisk the Butter, Cream Cheese, Powdered Sugar,
Vanilla and Salt. Add the Mascaporne and blend evenly.
Do not overbeat as it could curdle.

To assemble
Place one circle of cake on your Platter,spread about a
1/2' of icing evenly and place the second cake very
carefully on top and spread the second top with the
icing in the same way. Lastly, place the third cake and
spread icing around the entire Cake and the top.Sprinkle
chopped Pecans OR a Red Rose for MOM on her special
Day which is coming up.

Please email me with any questions or requests.
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!
romadezoysa1@gmail.com

Obituaries - Sad News


Sharmini Mathew
Passed away in Nuwara Eliya after a heart attack.
Wife of the late Srikantha Mathew, Mother of Sonali and Shanaka, Mother in Law of Maithri Gunaratne and Chulanthi Mathew. Grandmother of Charitha, Lochana, Migara and Kavinda. Sister of Rohan Abeysinghe, Anoma Fernando and Nihal Abeysinghe. Cremation was on April 18, 2015 at Kanatte. Sharmini was the most kind hearted person we have known. "It is not how much we give but how much love we put into giving." - Mother Teresa. Sharmini gave to orphanages and hospitals, always with love. She will surely attain Nibbana!

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MENDIS - NIMAL
Veteran Musician Nimal Mendis passed away. Renowned composer and musician well known lyricist and composer passed away April 17, 2015
Some of the his early western compositions sung by Mary Marshall , Cliff Foenander ,Sandra Edema, The Jay Brothers and the very popular instrumental "Kandyan Express"

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DR. ABDUL RASHID HANIFFA
(Formerly of Sulaiman's Nursing Home). Beloved husband of Everilde (nee Lye), loving father of Shano Cristilli, Anju Haniffa and Nina Schussman, father-in-law of Lali and Michael Cristilli, loving grandfather of Richelle, Stephanie, Kasandra and Tara, son of late Mr & Mrs P.T. Haniffa, brother of late Hashim, Faleel and Kaleel. Janaza took place on April 6, 2015 at Westminster Memorial, California

The Rukkaththana Flower of Sri Lanka

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Night with Sunflower

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The Hon Scott Morrison MP launched The Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal to Multicultural Communities

The Hon Scott Morrison MP launched

The Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal to Multicultural Communities

The Salvation Army launched its annual Red Shield Appeal to multicultural communities on 6th May 2015, with a national fundraising target of $74 million, which includes a $9.5 million target for the doorknock weekend. The Salvation Army is again looking to the Australian public and business community for support.

The Hon Scott Morrison MP, Federal Member for Cook, Minister for Social Services launched this year’s event and was joined by Lt-Colonel Mark Campbell, Secretary for Business Administration, The Salvation Army Australia Eastern Territory.

The multicultural launch is one of the key events of the annual Red Shield Appeal, culminating with the doorknock weekend which will take place this year on 30 – 31 May.

Joseph Assaf AM, pioneer of multicultural communications in Australia, Founder of Ethnic Business Awards and a long term supporter of The Salvation Army said, “The Salvos are always ready to support people regardless of their religious or cultural background. Therefore, we should all be ready to support the Salvation Army in its worthwhile cause and be ready to say ‘Thank God for the Salvos!’ ”

MultiConnexions is again proudly partnering with The Salvation Army as the sponsor of this year’s event.
CEO for MultiConnexions, Sheba Nandkeolyar, said, “Australia would not be complete without The Salvation Army. The support they show to disadvantaged Australians, including those from ethnic communities, is a real inspiration and I would encourage everyone to either volunteer for this year’s Red Shield Appeal doorknock or to dig deep and donate.”

Lt-Colonel Mark Campbell, Secretary for Business Administration, says he is humbled by the support the Australian community show each year to Australians who are doing it tough, by volunteering their time and donating to the Red Shield Appeal.

“The funds raised through the Red Shield Appeal directly support the services which disadvantaged Australians rely upon each and every day,” Lt-Colonel Campbell said. “The Salvation Army exists to provide hope where it is needed most”.

Some of the services which The Salvation Army provide to multicultural Australia include homelessness support, women’s and children’s services, financial counseling through Moneycare, addiction and recovery services, legal assistance through Salvos Legal Humanitarian, learn to drive programs and many more.

To donate or volunteer for this year’s Red Shield Appeal doorknock weekend please call 13 SALVOS (13 72 58) or register online at salvos.org.au/volunteer.

Donations can also be made online at salvos.org.au, in person at any Westpac branch or by posting your cheque to PO Box 9888 in your capital city.

   
   
   
   
   
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News flash from the Sri Lanka RecNews flash from the Sri Lanka Reconciliation Forum Sydneyonciliation Forum Sydney

News flash from the Sri Lanka Reconciliation Forum, Sydney

The Sri Lanka Reconciliation Forum, Sydney has taken the leadership to remember all those died during the long and bitter 30 year armed conflict in Sri Lanka that ended on the 19th of May 2009. The SLRF has informed that this is being done as a humanitarian gesture devoid of any political messages or undertones, and they have invited their members and well-wishers to join them in a solemn occasion planned for the 24th of May 2015. In their communiqué, the SLRF has invited those of Sri Lankan origin living in Australia and well-wishers to remember all those who died in the war in Sri Lanka, in a religious or civil ceremony during this period by observing two minute silence. They have also urged places of religious worship to make a special reference to those who died and invoke blessings on them during the normal religious programs conducted by the place of worship during this period and observe two minutes silence in remembering those who died

The invitation extended and the communiqué issued by the SLRF are quoted below.

On the 19th of May this year, six years would have passed since the end of the thirty-year civil war that caused the deaths of tens of thousands of lives in Sri Lanka.
Making peace takes more than the cessation of hostilities.
When combatants cease fighting, the war ends, but it is not necessarily the beginning of peace.
Creating peace is the responsibility of the people. It requires real change in the minds of everyone at every level of society. A collective memory must speak as one. People should face each other, acknowledge the truth in its entirety and recognize the common humanity in each other.
We believe in a just and lasting peace in Sri Lanka and in our diaspora communities, based on accountability, understanding, respect and our shared identity and kinship.
We should never forget that every human being killed in the war would have been a son, a daughter, a brother or a sister, a husband or a wife, a grandfather or a grandmother.
We humbly ask you to join us in honoring every human life lost during the civil war that cursed our country and ensure that none of whom we have lost are forgotten.
Please join us on the 24th of May from 3.30 to 6.00 PM in a solemn ceremony to remember all those who died in the thirty year conflict in Sri Lanka.
Venue: Howitt Flat (area 24), Lane Cove National Park, Lady Game Drive.
The communiqué issued by the SLRF to mark the occasion

The end of the armed conflict in Sri Lanka: A day of remembrance for all those who died during the conflict

The 30 year armed conflict in Sri Lanka, which ended on the 19th of May 2009 means different things to different people.

Successive governments saw it as defending the sovereignty of the nation, protecting its territory and maintaining the unitary nature of the state. They saw the final brutal stages of the conflict as a necessary step in ending the three-decade long separatist war waged by a group of armed dissidents who lacked legitimacy.

While others saw it as a freedom struggle and an attempt to establish a separate state in the part of the country, which they believed was their traditional homeland. They saw the ruthless armed campaign against the state as a natural outcome arising out of the failure of all attempts to find a peaceful and negotiated settlement to the underlying political issue.

Moderate observers could see a level of truth in both these positions. However the recent history of Sri Lanka has shown that the use of violence - by the state or by liberation movements - has hardly led to anything constructive. Political violence hurt the very people on whose behalf it was waged, and only ended up worsening the situation and adding more layers to the original problem.

Violence kills people.

Regardless of whether person killed is called a terrorist, a hero, a combatant, or a civilian, it is a life lost, which cannot be retrieved. Each human being killed would have been a son or daughter, brother or sister, a husband or wife, a grandfather or a grand other. Someone, if not many, would have grieved at the death of each human being killed, during the three decades of war.

Now that the period of armed conflict is over and the nation is striving to unite and move towards peace and reconciliation, reconstruction and rebuilding, and a resumption of normal life as much as it is possible despite the grieving over loss of life, it is necessary for the nation to remember the dead, mourn and pay respects to each and every one who lost their lives as a result of the war:

We mourn all civilians killed, regardless of whether they got in a cross-fire, or they were deliberately targeted.

We mourn all combatants killed, regardless of which side they were on. We do this in a humanitarian frame of mind without attaching any labels to those killed, in an act of compassion to those who died and their loved ones who are grieving. We are not exonerating or judging anyone’s actions, but just recognizing the humanity in all.

We mourn all those who were killed in the line of duty; journalists, aid-workers, doctors, nurses, teachers, transport workers, public servants, priests and numerous others who heeded the call of duty even in the most extremely dangerous conditions.

In the spirit of reconciliation and with the hope that political issues henceforth will be resolved without recourse to violence, the Sri Lanka Reconciliation Forum invites those of Sri Lankan origin living in Australia and well-wishers to remember all those who died in the war in Sri Lanka, in a religious or civil ceremony during this period by observing two minute silence.

We also urge places of religious worship to make a special reference to those who died and invoke blessings on them during the normal religious programs conducted by the place of worship during this period and observe two minutes silence in remembering those who died.

 
 
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From Jayam

 Date and Nut Cake with Cream Cheese and Mascaporne Icing

Ingredients for Cake
1/2 lb. Butter
1/2 lb. Flour with 1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
(sifted three times)
1 lb. Sugar
6 Eggs
2 teaspoons Vanilla extract
2 teaspoons Almond essence
1 lb. Dates (seedless) soaked overnight in a coffee
mug of dark tea with a good pinch of
Baking Soda.
Method
1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
2. Butter and Flour Cake Pan to be used
3. Cream Butter and Sugar till light and creamy.
4. Add Eggs one at a time and continue beating
5. Add the essences
6. Fold in Flour till well incorporated in batter
7. Fold in drained and chopped dates
(Do not squeeze as they should be moist)
8. Fold in chopped nuts
9. Pour batter into prepared Pan
10. Place in Oven and bake for 30 minutes.
Test center of cake for doneness with a metal skewer
Place pan on a metal rack to cool completely.

Ingredients for Icing.
1 cup Butter (2 sticks) unsalted and at room temperature
1 cup Mascaporne (8 ozs.) also at room temperature
2 cups powdered (confectioner's sugar)
A pinch of Salt
2 teaspoons Vanilla extract
2 teaspoons Almond essence
A splash of Dark Rum (Myer's) if available
OR
Some Brandy (This is optional)
1 cup slightly toasted chopped Cadjunuts
Method
1. Beat Butter, Cream Cheese and powdered Sugar
till light and creamy adding salt and essences
while beating.
2. Add the Mascaporne turning the speed of beater
very low and beat for a short time as it can curdle
if overbeaten
3. Sprinkle chopped, toasted Cadjunuts on top of icing
4. Spread on cool cake
The Mascaporne (Italian Cream Cheese) is available at
most grocery stores

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Last Sunday the 19th of April, the most important cultural event of the Sri Lankans was celebrated in grand scale. Many Sri Lankan community organisations in NSW joined hands with The Sinhalese Cultural Forum of NSW (The SCF) to organise this grand event.

Sri Lanka Association, Sanka Ridma Dancing ensemble, North Parramatta Sinhala School, Blacktown Sinhala School, Minto Sinhala School, Peradeniya University Alumni Association of NSW, Jayawardenapura University Alumni Association of NSW and Old Girls Association of St Pauls contributed to this event. The Hills Shire Council and Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation also supported this event. More than 3000 people gathered to Castle Hill Showground to witness this memorable event.

The event was inaugurated with the singing of National anthems of Sri Lanka and Australia. Ms Shehara Wijayapala,the vice president of the ‘Tharuna’ youth group of the SCF welcomed the invitees and the audience, which was followed by lighting of the traditional oil lamp.

Sydney’s Sri Lankan community had the very rare opportunity of seeing a ‘Kamatha’ in Australia on that day. It was the product of the remarkable work of Somaratne Uvage and Nihal Rupasinghe.

The Writer’s Guild of the SCF headed by Dr Cicil Fonseka helped in performing traditional cultural rituals that have been protected and passed through many generations. President of the SCF Mr. Indu Premathileka addressed the audience outlining the importance of protecting our unique identity through honouring our proud heritage,followed by serving of traditional Sinhalese New Year Festival food to the attendees.

All the fun-filled activities started after such formalities. Kids were seen having a fun-day taking part in many traditional New Year games. As winners and some participants received presents delighted faces could be seen all around the play ground. These New Year games-of-fun have been organised by the collaborative of Minto,
Blacktown and North Parramatta Sinhala Schools with the assistance of Mr. Roshan Siriniwasa, the Vice President (Education) of the SCF. Adults games were co-ordinated by Shantha Wanigathunga.

Although the melodious call from Asian Koel (Koha) and sound of crackers were missing, all hearts of the Sri Lankans in there were taken back to our motherland, Sri Lanka by the sound of Raban keenly organised by Minto Sinhala School and Sanka Ridma dancing ensemble.

This year more food and variety stalls could be seen around the ground. The SBS Radio that help promote ethnic languages in Australia engaged with the crowd through their own stall. There was also a book stall for the benefit of book-lovers in Sydney.

Mr. Indu Premathilaka and Ms Shaheara Wijayapala shined as the Masters of Ceremony during the evening cultural show. The show kicked-off with a ‘Fancy dress parade’ where children dressed as various characters seen in Sri Lanka and were making cute and funny speeches, sinking the audience in laughter.

This was followed by the presentation of the April issue of the ‘Sinhala’ magazine of the SCF. Mr. Manjula Wettasinghe, Ex Vice President (Media) of the SCF gave a brief description of the 25 year history of the ‘Sinhala’ magazine. He invited the current Vice President (Media) Mrs. Malee Dissanayake and the Editor of the ‘Sinhala’ magazine to ceremonially present the first three copies of the ‘Sinhala’ magazine to Mr. Indu Premathilake (President of the SCF), Mr. Nimal Ratnayake, a past president of the SCF and Mrs. Chandrani Buddhipala (Marketing Manager), as a gesture of gratitude for their ongoing support for the publishing of the ‘Sinhala’ magazine.

The spectacular cultural show organised by the SCF Cultural Sub-committee headed by Mr. Upul Padukkavidana started to flow from there. Sydney’s popular Sri Lankan Singers and dancers showcased their tremendous talents to the appreciation of the audience.

Vote of thanks was delivered by Ms Shehara.

The SCF media team would like to thank SBS Radio, Ozlanka, ‘Pahana’ and ‘Sannasa’ newspapers, Vidura media, Derana TV, iRadioCeylon, RCBTV, NPSS and Blacktown Sinhala School web sites and Lanka Cube for providing media sponsorship for the event and to Senura Jayasekara who did videography for Sri Lanka Rupavahini Co-operation.
Official photographers for the event were Robin Bosco and Pearlie Wijesinghe.

 
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