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  Great expectations from A tour for Pakistan, Sri Lanka - ESPNcricinfo.com


Great expectations from A tour for Pakistan, Sri Lanka
For Pakistan, where no Test-playing side has gone after the Sri Lanka team bus was attacked by terrorists in 2009, the resumption of A tours is a windfall. They are due to play three one-day matches and three four-day unofficial Tests against Sri Lanka A.
Two nations with one aimnation.lk - The Nation Newspaper
Adopting Pakistan's policiesThe Island.lk (subscription)

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  Former president's brother arrested in Sri Lanka - Al Jazeera America

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Former president's brother arrested in Sri Lanka
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Basil Rajapaksa, the youngest brother of former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, was arrested on Wednesday as the country's new government closes in on the powerful family, which ruled the island nation virtually unchallenged for nearly a decade ...
Former Sri Lankan Minister Is Charged With Misuse of Public FundsNew York Times
Brother of former Sri Lankan president arrested in fraud inquiryThe Guardian
Sri Lanka ex-leader's brother Basil Rajapaksa arrestedBBC News
Yahoo! Maktoob News -Sri Lanka Guardian
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  Frittered and frazzled - The Economist

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Frittered and frazzled
The Economist
The change of government offered a chance to face up to Sri Lanka's bloody past, including atrocities during the war with the rebels. Optimists said that public institutions could again become accountable and that waste and corruption could be cut.
Investors wait for economic reform in Sri LankaBBC News
Sri Lanka Government marks completion of 100 days todayThe Official Government News Portal of Sri Lanka
BLOG: Sri Lanka's 100 day reform period bows out with weak results for media ...International Press Institute (press release)
Lanka Business Online -Colombo Page
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  Scott Borthwick's winter in Sri Lanka has done Durham star the world of good - ChronicleLive


Scott Borthwick's winter in Sri Lanka has done Durham star the world of good
Borthwick went to play domestic cricket in Sri Lanka instead, and will run out at home to Sussex on Sunday in the batting form of his life. The 25-year-old has scored half-centuries in all three innings since returning to England, falling one shot ...

  New tourism circuit with Sri Lanka - The Hindu

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New tourism circuit with Sri Lanka
The Hindu
The decision is on the basis of the discussions Minister for Tourism A.P. Anil Kumar, who is leading an official delegation to Sri Lanka on a two-day visit to work out the roadmap for 'triangle” tourism circuit and maiden roadshow, had with Sri Lankan ...
Kerala to form new tourism circuit with Sri LankaBusiness Standard
Sri Lanka to Partner with Kerala in Tourism SectorThe New Indian Express

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Peace Leadership Workshops

Sri Lanka Reconciliation Forum - Peace Leadership Workshops


In pursuit of a just and meaningful reconciliation, the Sri Lanka Reconciliation Forum (SLRF) and the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) present a series of tandem workshops in April 2015.


Date: Sat 18th April & Sat 25th April (attendance on both days required)

Time: Arrive 8am for 8:30am start, 6:30pm finish.

Venue: Auburn STARTTS office, Level 1, 44-50 Auburn Rd, Auburn NSW 2144

Refreshment: Morning Tea, Lunch, and Afternoon Tea will be provided

What skills will you acquire?

This Basic workshop you will develop the skills of:

  • Affirmation

  • Communication

  • Co-operation

  • Community building

  • Creative Conflict Transformation


The workshops are open to all the various communities in our diaspora. Tamil, Sinhala, Malays, Muslim, Burgher and others including those of mixed backgrounds. Also to people of all political persuasions and those who have none.

To learn more or register, please email your contact details to reconciliationforum@gmail.com or call Shanaz on 0430 650 073

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3 tips to pay off your mortgage sooner By William de Ora

3 tips to

pay off your mortgage sooner

By William de Ora

Did you know that you could virtually pay off your 30-year home loan in half the time? Imagine not having the worry of a mortgage payment every month! More importantly, have you ever considered just how much money you could save? Literally, it’s tens of thousands of dollars in interest.

Financial journalist and author of Smarter Property Investment, Peter Cerexhe, advises home owners to use online mortgage calculators to see how much difference a small repayment, or more regular payments can make to reducing the life of your loan. Cerexhe says, “What you'll find is that if you can afford to pay a little extra, you can achieve a substantial reduction in the term of the mortgage.”

Paul Ahearne, Managing Director, Locumsgroup Mortgage Group believes that the sooner you can start paying down your home loan the better you’ll be. He says, “As you know, today’s interest rates are at all-time lows and lenders are offering very competitive rates. If you’ve had your home loan for a while, talk to us about the possibility of re-financing to get a lower rate. If your circumstances have improved since you first took out your home loan, this could also help you get a better rate. What you should be seeking to achieve is to reduce the principal of your mortgage because this will save you money on interest and can significantly reduce your loan term.”

Here are three simple tips from Paul Ahearne to reduce your home loan faster.

# 1 Do you have an offset account?

A mortgage-offset account is simply a savings or transaction account that is linked to your home loan. However, it really can work in your favour by reducing the amount of interest you have to pay on your home loan.

By directing all your income, and savings into your offset account it becomes the hub for all transactions. The real benefit is that it can greatly reduce the amount of interest you pay on your loan and also save years on your home loan term.

For example, if you have a $400,000 home loan and can keep $100,000 in your offset account, you only pay interest on $300,000. If you were to have your wages paid directly into your offset account you will reap the benefits. Interest earned in a bank account is taxable but interest saved in an offset account is not.

Let’s say you get paid $6,000 a month. If those funds sit in your offset account, even just for a few extra days per month, you could save a few hundred dollars in interest every year. It doesn’t sound like much, however it does all add up. Ahearne says, “This can greatly reduce the interest that you pay, as the interest is debited at the end of the month and usually calculated daily.”

# 2 Pay your mortgage fortnightly instead of monthly

Another very easy and convenient way to pay down your mortgage faster is to make your home loan repayments fortnightly instead of monthly. By splitting the payment in two, instead of one monthly repayment could cut years off your loan term and save a lot of money in interest.

Although this may sound too good to be true, here’s how it works. If you pay monthly, you are only making 12 payments. However, there are 26 fortnights in a year. When you take this over a 30-year loan term, this could take about 4 years off your loan payments without affecting your cash flow.

# 3 Increase your repayments while rates are stable

We are definitely living in a very fortunate period with interest rates at an all-time record low. While many people are enjoying the reductions, one way to take advantage of this is to choose to continue paying your repayments at the same level you were before the rate cuts. This simple method can reduce your loan terms by a couple of years.

Remember, when the Reserve Bank eventually moves to increase official interest rates, causing the banks to increase theirs, you won’t have a choice, you will be compelled to make additional loan repayments. So why not make additional payments while rates are down and reduce the size of your loan.

If you’ve had your home loan for a while, Ahearne recommends that you consider looking at the possibility of refinancing to get a lower rate. As you are aware, the experts are predicting that interest rates will fall even lower in the coming months. So, when you are talking to your broker ask him or her how you can reduce the principal of your mortgage. This will save you money on interest, and can significantly reduce your loan term.

Your home loan is one of the biggest financial commitments you’ll ever make. While it’s easy to fall into the trap of a set and forget attitude for the next 30 or so years, if you want to get ahead, or are ready to build a property portfolio, you should set yourself the goal of paying off your mortgage within the next 10 – 15 years.

William de Ora is the founder of IPNA - investment properties for new Australians. He was born in Sri Lanka and is a best-selling co-author of three business books. You can contact William on 0414 834 733 or email: William@ipna.com.au

William de Ora

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Finance News from Sri Lanka - Gradient Alliance - March Issue 2014
In Economic News   In Business News   In Consumer News
2014 GDP up 7.4%, service and ind. sectors offset agri. decline.   Tourists up 16.7% YoY in Feb, 165,541 visitors arrive.   Govt. intervenes in foods, tea, milk tea and hopper prices fixed.
Consumption to drive future SL growth: ADB and EIU says.   Vehicle reg. up 77.5% YoY, rejects hybrid tax reduc. request.   March inflation at just 0.1% YoY, (-50bps MoM)
Port City restarts and stops, creates a diplomatic headache   Business conf. drops 30p to 160, new taxes unsettle corps.   Trade deficit in Jan expands to USD 771.8m (+2.7% YoY).
Plantations in crisis, cost of production at an all-time high.   Stock market at 6,820.34 in March, down 6.6% MoM   Consumer confidence at a 3 yr high, reaches 87 (+3p MoM)
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Lakbime Kahala Naadaya Helabase Swarnamaya Hadin

'Ran Sara' production team wish you all a very happy and prosperous Sinhala and Tamil New Year.

Following are some highlights of last Sunday 'Ran Sara' Radio Program:


* A special message from SCF president about 'Sooriya Sanakeliya' (Sunfest)

* A special Discussion with Dr Piyasoma Medis about Sinhala Avurudda

* News from Sri Lanka

* Sinhala New Year Songs* 'Lama Geetha' selected by Indika Chandrasekara

'Ran Sara' Radio program was produced by Dr Palitha Ganewatta

Technical Support by Upul Padukkavidana

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Kalpanthe Sihinayak

Kalpanthe Sihinayak

The Sinhala film “Kalpanthesihinayak” directed by ChannaPerera could be considered a Sydney-based production with three of the film’s producers calling Sydney their home. PerlyWijesinghe, a children services provider and entrepreneur specialising in baby products who longed visioned for the historical basis of the storyline and who managed and co-ordinated set locations; SunethraBalasuriya, a well-known for her Sri Lankan spice business and HarshaGamathige a Nalandian who provided managerial assistance to the film’s production through his expertise in the banking industry. These three exceptional Sydney-siders have truly made Kalpanthesihinayak a Sydney Production.
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Invitation to all Sri Lankans from the former Governor General Michael Jeffery

Invitation to all Sri Lankans from the former Governor-General Michael Jeffery …..
a multicultural veggie patch

By William de Ora

What does a multicultural veggie patch have to do with Sri Lankans and General Jeffery? Well, on October 23rd 2012, General Jeffery was appointed as Australia’s first ever Advocate for Soil Health. The appointment is to raise awareness of the importance of having healthy soils, and that this must become a national priority. More importantly, the United Nations General Assembly has declared 2015 as International Year of Soils.

Former Governor-General Michael Jeffery says, “This is great news because there is a (soil) crisis and we all need to make this a priority.” He also says, “If we don’t do something now, not only will it affect you and I today, it will have a massive affect on your children, and their children.” You may be asking why a former Governor-General is so passionate about soil?

Save the soil and save the planet

General Jeffery says, “Soils are critically important to our survival and the quality of life for our children and grandchildren. At the G20 meeting in Brisbane President Obama said ‘we all have a role to play – it is not something we can leave solely to governments to sort out.’”

I met with General Jeffery, and he is an encyclopedia for facts and figures regarding the soil degradation of this country, and in fact the world. He quotes former US President Franklin D. Roosevelt: “A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.”

To put this into perspective, General Jeffery shared this sobering thought, “Did you know that two-thirds of the Australian farming soils are classed as severely degraded through soil erosion, salinity, contamination, and loss of native vegetation and water damage? This, in time will have a grassroots practical impact as well as globally affect each and everyone of us.”

His view of this predicament is this, "We all live in a global village; if there are millions of people crossing borders because of hunger and thirst, it will affect Australia. It could make the current boatpeople issue pale in comparison."

However, he believes "The bigger question is how were we going to meet the food needs of a global population of nine to ten billion by 2050? All research points to the fact that we will have real trouble doing that. If hundreds of millions of people are going to be short of food, and we have rising food prices because of shortages of land and crops, that is going to lead to social unrest and the possibility of conflict.

"It will become a huge social and security issue that will affect everyone, wherever they live, including in Australia, unless we do something about it now.

"And the only way we, as Australians, can have an impact on that is by working out what we are doing well in a food security sense and exporting that knowledge to countries that also want to help get our planet back into shape, while also producing more food."

General Jeffery makes the point that his passion about the need to tackle this future problem does not arise from a fear that Australia will be unable to feed its own population. With more than 70 per cent of our agricultural produce being exported, which helps to feed another 60 million people offshore, there is little danger of Australia starving.

However, he acknowledges that regrettably this problem was created particularly during the past 100 years. “We have drastically compromised soil health, and have mined and degraded soils and natural resources from our land and ocean. Then cleared 75 per cent of the earth’s primary forests and their carbon draw down.”

It’s easy to think that governments or larger organisations will be the ones who can solve this problem. However, General Jeffery says, “Everyone can play a part in helping to solve this problem.” He looked straight at me and said, “Especially the New Australians.”
“William, you know this as someone from Sri Lanka, people from the Indian Sub-Continent have a spiritual connection to the soil.” He wasn’t talking to me personally. General Jeffery was talking to everyone who has chosen to call Australia his or her home.

Does your school have a veggie patch?

So, General Jeffery is seeking your support. “Our children are our future and an effective way of fostering change is to get kids interested in how our food is produced and the fascinating process of how plants grow.”

He says, “A simple act of getting a veggie patch at each school can make a huge difference. Not only will it have a positive impact on your environment, it will help your kids, and the planet.”

The idea of having a school veggie garden is nothing new. But former Governor-General Michael Jeffery says, “Introducing a veggie patch in every school can lead to a change in thinking throughout the world.”

“Saving the soil is an education process. With knowledge you have an opportunity to bring a lasting change.” General Jeffery paused for a moment. “Look at the difference ‘Clean Up Australia’ has made.”

General Jeffery is making a very valid point. The founder of Clean Up Australia, Ian Kiernan was just one person. All it takes is for one mother or father to instigate one action, and it could be the difference that is required. Just like the ripple effect that Clean Up Australia has made on a global stage.

“The more kids learn and understand what it takes to grow healthy plants can lead to better informed future citizens.” In a world driven by technology we all know that kids gravitate towards the computers and less and less of the basic community activities like digging up soil to grow a plant.

“We know kids are inherently curious. They will ask questions like ‘what helps plants grow besides water and nutrients?’ They learn about importance of fresh, clean air and healthy soil. They want to know what happens when dirty air caused by smoke, gases, and other pollutants can be harmful to plants, limiting their ability to take in carbon dioxide from the air for making food (photosynthesis). It can also block out sunlight, which is also necessary for healthy plant growth.

General Jeffery smiles, “You can teach all this and more with a simple veggie patch. With hands on experience, we can teach kids what would happen if we don’t fix the problem of severely degraded through soil erosion, salinity, contamination, and loss of native vegetation and water damage.”

Multicultural plants in your backyard

“Ignorance is the cause of conflicts.” General Jeffery is asking us to take on this simple challenge. “What if you get all the kids of different nationalities to grow plants from their own mother land. A veggie patch is not just teaching about growing plants. It can teach about different cultures and bring about racial harmony.”

“What if the kids can grow fennel, sweet bay, or coriander? Then tell stories or even how they are used in cooking. This is also about using plants to bring the different nationalities together, and to appreciate each other’s cultures.”

Research tells us that many new Australians often feel displaced and disconnected when arriving in a new country. Working with soil could bring about sense of belonging and connection to their chosen country. For some people it can even foster inner peace and mental wellbeing.

General Jeffery believes that, “By working with Australian soil it anchors these new Australians to their new country at deep level.”

If you have a child, or know someone who has children at a school, my invitation to you is that you ask the Principal of that school how they can create a multicultural veggie patch. Just imagine what could be possible if we educate children, and begin to address the crisis of our soil degradation.

William de Ora
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Nalika Priyadharshi Padmasena awarded the prestigious Stepan Kerkyasharian AO Harmony Award

Nalika Priyadharshi Padmasena - awarded the prestigious Stepan Kerkyasharian AO Harmony Award

KURUNEGALA-BORN Nalika Priyadharshi Padmasena, who encouraged women from culturally-diverse backgrounds to open up about family and domestic violence issues, has been presented the prestigious Stepan Kerkyasharian AO Harmony Award.

NSW Premier Mike Baird, who presented the award to the humble mother of one during his Harmony Dinner at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse earlier this month, said she is a great example to the community.

“Ms Padmasena worked in legal services at Toongabbie after arriving in Australia from Sri Lanka in 1995,” Mr Baird said.

“She chaired the Immigrant Women’s Speakout Association and volunteers at the Sinhalese language school at North Parramatta in her spare time.

“Women in Australia enjoy many rights that women in other countries do not.
“Tonight we recognise the work she has done to inform female migrants of their legal rights while providing safe environments for them to speak out about domestic violence.

“I’m proud to offer Ms Padmasena this award “I’m proud to offer Ms Padmasena this award, which comes a week after I announced that if re-elected, the NSW Government would trial a scheme to allow suspecting women to access information on whether their partner has a history of violence.

“We live in one of the most multicultural states in the world and I would like to congratulate all winners of tonight’s Multicultural Community Medals for the contributions they make to ensure our society remains peaceful and harmonious.”
Ms Padmasena said: “I am very happy to get this award and I can now see a difference in how women are talking more about domestic violence and also reporting it.

“The important thing is how we respond to this and provide them with the services they need.”

Ms Padmasena has worked to promote justice and human rights by providing forums for culturally-diverse communities to discuss family and domestic violence issues.

Her involvement with the Religion and Family Harmony project has facilitated discussion between religious and community leaders to develop solutions to local issues Ms Padmasena has held various positions, including treasurer of the Immigrant Women’s Speakout Association, and chairwoman Auburn Community Development Network Currently she is the Chairperson of Boronia Multicultural Services at Toongabbie and treasurer of Toongabbie Legal Centre.

Minister for Communities and Citizenship Victor Dominello said the Premier’s Harmony Dinner, now in its fourth year, was a celebration of cultural diversity — the state’s greatest economic and social asset.

Steven Croft Sri Lanka is the reason why I play cricket

Steven Croft: Sri Lanka is the reason why I play cricket

Lancashire's Steven Croft

Lancashire are enjoying a 10-day pre-season training camp in Sri Lanka – and new vice captain Steven Croft admits he would not be where he is today if it wasn’t for the cricket-mad country.

Croft and his Red Rose team-mates are preparing for the new season in the sweltering heat of Colombo, a place where the 30-year-old all-rounder once called home.
In 1993, Croft’s father accepted a job in the city and took Steven with him.

A mad keen Blackpool football fan, the game of cricket had rarely registered on his radar. Out in Sri Lanka, he had little choice but to get into the game.

“There’s not much football going on out there, but cricket is everywhere, and that’s where I got into cricket really,” he said.

“They are cricket-mad out here, and any bit of spare land is taken up by a game.

“There can be as many as five games going on just one bit of land. They just love it.

“I was a mad footballer, and I don’t think I’d even picked up a cricket bat before I went. So I thank my dad for getting me into cricket that way.

“I lived out there for three years, 1993-1996. I went to school at Colombo International High, and I’m looking forward to going back to hopefully see a few familiar faces.”

One familiar face Croft will be catching up with is also no stranger to Lancashire fans – Championship-winning all-rounder Farveez Maharoof.
“We are going to catch up with Roofy while we’re out here,” he said.

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“He’s very popular in our side, and we’re really looking forward to seeing him. I’m sure he’ll show us a few nice places that we didn’t know about.

“He fitted in really well with the side in 2011. There’s no bones about it, we didn’t have a lot of cash to spend, but he came over and wanted to get back into the international side.

“It’s an ideal opportunity to come over when your national side is also touring, and it’s the same with Peter Siddle this time.

Farveez Maharoof during his time at Lancashire

“With the Ashes later in the summer, there’s a bit of extra on it for him.

“Roofy got his call-up, and we were delighted for him because he gave his heart to Lancashire. He was really popular and fitted in well.

“He was an overseas player, but you just took him for one of the lads.

“He always asks if we need someone, and if it came about it would be great. His skills in Twenty20 are up there.

“It would be nice one day to see him in a Red Rose shirt again.”

CEYLON SOCIETY OF AUSTRALIA Talk by Dr Sanjiva Wijesinha

APRIL 2015 - Sunday 26th, 3.00pm to 4.30pm


A/Prof Sanjiva Wijesinha will present an illustrated talk titled

“From Friends to Strangers – The Journey of a Sri Lankan Writer”

Sanjiva Wijesinha will talk about his fifty year journey - how he started writing as a schoolboy in Ceylon and ended up publishing several books about health, friends, life in the army and a walk across Spain.

His early writing serendipitously gave him the opportunity to write a column for the Sunday Times about common medical problems and was entitled Health in These Times. Later on he stopped writing solely about health matters and commenced a column for the Sunday Island entitled My Island in the Sun with tales about day to day life in Sri Lanka. In 1986 the best of the Health articles was published as Health for Busy People. Encouraged by the success of the Health book he decided to also publish the Sunday Island articles, selecting articles about school friends, university friends, patients who became friends, pen friends and calling the book Friends. A later edition entitled ‘Tales from my Island’ was published as an e-Book. As these books proved popular, he decided to collate the short stories he had written over the years drawing on his experience serving in the Army during the Sri Lankan war. These stories were published as Not Our War based on a title of one of the stories. Reflecting now on these stories, he realised that because they were based on “things I saw and things I heard”, they present a perspective of war which folk who have not been actively involved know little about. The third book, Strangers on the Camino came about as a result of the pilgrimage he did in 2011 with his son – a six week journey of 800 km on foot from one end of Spain to the other on an ancient trail called the Camino of Santiago. This talk will mainly cover the stories in the three books about friends, the army and the walk.

At St Scholastica's Community Centre, St Scholastica’s Church, 348 Burwood Highway, Bennettswood, BURWOOD (Melway 61 D6).


Contact: Hemal 0427 725 740

Health and Views April 2015 2nd issue

Lowering LDL cholesterol may increase the incidence of Cancer

Those who took pravastatin was associatedwith a 51% increase in prostate cancer in a 15 year follow-up of one large trial. In patients who took low dose simvastatin for six years, those whose cholesterol was lower than 160 mg/dl (4.12 mmol/L), had three times the number of cancer deaths than controls with normal or high cholesterol. A meta-analysis of 23 large statin trials similarly concluded that the magnitude of LDL lowering was correlated with an increased risk of cancer.

Pravastatin linked to breast Cancer

In the CARE (Cholesterol And Recurrent Events) trial, 12 of 286 women taking pravastatin developed breast cancer compared with only 1 of 290 in the placebo group. Several in the pravastatin group had a recurrence of breast cancer, and the sole patient in the control group, who died, had a history of breast cancer. It is also of
interest that since this 1996 study, cancer patients have routinely been excluded from cancer trials, although the justification for this is not discussed. A very recent study also reported that women who had been taking statins for 10 years had an alarming 83% increased risk of invasive ductal carcinoma and a 97% increased risk of invasive lobular carcinoma of the breast compared with controls.

Cholesterol, cancer, and statins

Numerous studies of healthy people show that a low cholesterol concentration that has persisted for a decade or more is associated with an increased risk of cancer, and that elevated cholesterol has the reverse effect. This has raised concerns that statins might result in an increase in malignancies, especially since all
statins are cardinogenic in doses that produce blood concentrations in animals similar to those attained in treating patients.

If statins are carcinogenic, the two malignancies most likely to be detected first are cancers of the skin and breast. In that regard, the current “epidemic” of non-melanoma skin cancer has been linked to the widespread use of statins, and particularly simvastatin. This may be significant since simvastatin is the only statin that has been widely available without a prescription since

The World Obesity Federation, which represents members of the scientific, medical and research communities, says "increasing numbers of overweight young women are now having children who are large at birth and much more prone to future obesity".

Sinhala & Tamil New Year

Sinhalese New Year, generally known as Aluth Avurudda (Sinhala: අලුත් අවුරුද්ද) in Sri Lanka, is the new year of the Sinhalese people in Sri Lanka. It is a major anniversary celebrated by not only the Sinhalese people but by most Sri Lankans. The timing of the Sinhala New Year coincides with the new year celebrations of many traditional calendars of South and Southeast Asia. The festival has close semblance to the Tamil New year, Thai New year,Bengali New Year, Cambodian New Year, Lao New Year, Thingyan in Myanmar and Oriya New Year festival in India.[1] It is a public holiday in Sri Lanka. It is generally celebrated on 13 April (14 April on leap years).

According to Sinhalese astrology, New Year begins when the sun moves from Meena Rashiya (the house of Pisces) to Mesha Rashiya (the house of Aries). It also marks the end of the harvest and spring.


Sodium and potassium

Sodium is one essential nutrient that most Americans consume more of each day than they need (mostly in the form of salt).

Excess sodium interferes with the natural ability of blood vessels to relax and expand, increasing blood pressure—and increasing the chances of having a stroke or heart attack.

But potassium encourages the kidneys to excrete sodium. Many studies have shown a connection between high potassium intake and lower, healthier blood pressure. According to the current guidelines, adults are supposed to get 4,700 mg of potassium and 1,200 mg to 1,500 mg of sodium daily.

To meet these criteria, you need to follow general healthy eating guidelines. To increase potassium intake, load up on fruits and vegetables. To decrease sodium intake, cut back on cookies, salty snacks, fast foods, and ready-made lunches and dinners. Harvard Medical School

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“Dancing for the Gods”

gets excellent reviews


The new committee of the Sri Lanka Association of NSW proudly promoted the Sri Lankan dance company from the Chithrasena dance Academy of Sri Lanka.

Mr Arun Abey, an entrepreneur & a member of the Sri Lanka Association, initiated the task to showcase Sri Lankan culture & heritage to a wider audience outside Sri Lanka.

The results are outstanding. Arun reports that the well known critics have given an excellent “Thumbs up” for this performance. Here are, some of the reviews by some well known critics, about this performance.

Deborah Jones of The Australian said: If there is a more immediately captivating dancer than Thaji Dias, I have yet to see her, or him…In the first solo, Dias reeled her audience in effortlessly with divinely articulated wrists, rippling shoulders, jaunty strides around the stage, the deepest and plushest plies and her warm, direct gaze. She is an artist of exceptional individuality

Bill Stephens of Canberra Critics Circle while also commenting on Thaji, then went on to commend the whole troupe: Her beautiful face serene and smiling, completely in the moment, and dancing with all the grace, skill, security and showmanship of a classical ballerina, Thaji Dias was truly mesmerising.

With these reviews it is fair to say that this performance was a great success.

You will be able to read all about it in the inside pages of this issue.


Back to work ...

After a short holiday break at the end of the year, most members of the new committee are back at the bench. SLA hosted the Chithrasena Dance company
performers for a sumptuous dinner, as the first event of their new term of office. The committee hopes to follow this up with HSC high achiever recognition and the Seniors day. Updating of the 2002 constitution with necessary amendments is another high priority task of the committee. We also
hope to run a series of information sessions on topics of special interest to our members and the community

Editorial - Australians of Sri Lankan Heritage ?

The first objective of Sri Lanka Association of NSW is stated as ‘To provide a common meeting ground for persons of Sri Lankan origin and to integrate with the Australian community on a multi-racial basis’. However there has been some recent debate about who the SLA represents and how we should describe our membership. In particular, it has been suggested that the SLA is best described as representing ‘Australians of Sri Lankan Heritage’. However, it is fundamental to the aims and objectives of the SLA that all Sri Lankans living in New South Wales should be welcome to membership and representation, regardless of their citizenship or migration status. This includes anyone with Sri Lankan roots living in New South Wales.

To understand who we are, it is helpful to look back at the history of Sri Lankan migration to Australia. There were very few Sri Lankan migrants in Australia prior to the 1950s. Then, in 1966, the Australian government made a watershed policy announcement which began the gradual dismantling of the White Australia Policy. The environment following these changes prompted many Sri Lankans of European heritage to find their way to Australia. Hence, the first wave of migrants to arrive here were Burghers, descended from the Dutch and Portuguese who colonised Sri Lanka.

From the 1970s onward, political upheavals in Sri Lanka prompted people with English education and professional backgrounds to look to the world outside Sri Lanka for greener pastures. A massive influx of migrants from Sri Lanka occurred in the late 1980s and the 90s. Many people discovered the opportunities in Australia and during this time roughly 2000 to 3000 persons arrived each year to resettle.

There is no single way to describe the experiences of these many Sri Lankan migrants. Some embraced the culture of their new home with ease, while others found it more difficult to integrate. Many of us, who have lived in Australia for years, or decades, still find our hearts in Sri Lanka.

If we look at the profile of our current SLA members, and more broadly at Sri Lankans in New South Wales, we discover an interesting mix. We are: Sri Lankan citizens, Australian citizens, dual citizens, Permanent Residents, for a start. Presently we also have a large student population and those seeking migration for family reunion. On top of that, the number of Sri Lankan nationals visiting Australia, and granted temporary entry, is about 14,000 per year since 2009.
(Country profile report—Sri Lanka).

These individuals may not be Australian citizens, but they are equally entitled to representation by the SLA. It is not enough to say that we (SLA) are representing ‘Australians of Sri Lankan heritage’. The SLA does not seek to draw lines along differences in our membership,but rather seeks to galvanize our diverse community. The Sri Lanka Association of NSW is dedicated to the interests of all persons living in New South
Wales from Sri Lankan heritage. So, however you identify with your Sri Lankan heritage, we value your participation and contribution in the SLA community.

Hema Perera - Editor


President’s Message

Dear Friends,

The heralding in of the New Year has also seen the appointment of a new committee for 2014/2015, in this 42nd year of the Sri Lanka Association of NSW. I am
honoured to represent you, the Sri Lankan Community of NSW, as your President. The committee is comprised of a diverse group of people, ranging from those
who have served in previous committees to the youth, all of whom are eager to initiate programmes that will benefit this Community.

Although the Association’s roots had a social purpose in connecting the small group of Sri Lankan migrants in NSW, it has evolved into a multifaceted organisation with focuses on education --and community service. Even though the Association has changed throughout the years, one thing has remained constant – the Sri Lanka Association of NSW has and always will remain an organisation that is open to all Sri Lankans and friends of Sri Lanka.

Ultimately, the Sri Lanka Association of NSW belongs to you, the membership. Therefore, I urge you to get involved and participate with your friends in the activities, programmes and events that are planned this year. We would also love to hear from you- whether you’re a new member to the Association or a longstanding one; and we welcome any suggestions or comments you may have.

Finally, I would like to thank the outgoing President, Mr Rajan Wijey and his committee for a job well done. I hope to see many of you at the events organised by the SLA and look forward to the year ahead! Ruwan Walpola—President, SLA NSW


An Eminent Sri Lankan of Pre-independence era–Ananda Coomaraswamy -

By Thiru Arumugam


“The artist is not a special kind of person; rather each person is a special kind of artist” Ananda Coomaraswamy.

Sir Muttu Coomaraswamy (1834-1879) was the first Ceylon Tamil Knight. He was a lawyer and Member of the Legislative Council of Ceylon. He was the first non-Christian Asian to be called to the English Bar. He married a wealthy English lady, Elizabeth Beeby, who was a Lady-inWaiting to Queen Victoria. They had one child, Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy, who was born in Colombo in 1877.

Fig 1– Ananda Coomaraswamy (1877—1947)

Ananda grew up in England where he studied at the University of London, graduating with first class honours in Geology and Botany. He returned to Ceylon and in 1903 was appointed as the first Director of Mineralogical Surveys. In 1904 he identified the mineral Thorianite and his work on this subject led to the award of a Doctor of Science degree from the University of London.

He called it Uraninite in an article in Spolia Zeylanica and then followed an extended correspondence with double Nobel Prize winner Madam Curie about its radioactivity. She suggested that it be called 'Coomaranite' but he declined the honour.

After a few years he moved to India and studied Indian and South-East Asian Arts and Crafts, Religion and Metaphysics. He later wrote books on Buddhism such as 'Buddha and the Gospel of Buddhism', 'Elements of Buddhist Iconography', 'The origin of the Buddha Image' and 'Hinduism and Buddhism'. He described his work as 'research not only in the field of Indian Art but at the same time in the wider field of the whole of traditional theory of Art and of the relation of man to his work, and in the fields of comparative religion and metaphysics to which the problems of iconography are a natural introduction'.

Encyclopaedia Britannica describes him as a 'pioneer historian of Indian Art and foremost interpreter of Indian culture to the West'. He set about dismantling Western prejudices about Asian Art through an affirmation of the beauty, integrity and spiritual density of traditional art in Ceylon and India. He was fluent in 36 languages, where he defined fluency in a language as the ability to read a scholarly article without referring to a dictionary. Anthony Ludovici the famous British
writer and philosopher says of Coomaraswamy "Thanks to his command of Greek, Latin and Sanskrit, he was probably the greatest scholar of his age in the Scriptures of both East and West, and was therefore a formidable exponent of the philosophical and ontological foundations of his cultural doctrines". He refused to join the British armed services in World War I on the grounds that India and Ceylon were not independent and he was exiled from the British Empire and a bounty of 3000 Pounds placed on his head by the British Government.

He moved to USA in 1917 together with his extensive art collection. He was appointed Curator of Indian and Oriental Art at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and worked there for the next thirty years until he retired in 1947. His entire private art collection was transferred to this Museum and the Asian collection there is described as 'among the finest in the Western world'. The Museum's Catalogue lists 1419 artworks as originating from the Coomaraswamy Collection. Even today the Head of this Section is designated as the 'Ananda Coomaraswamy Curator of South Asian and Islamic Art', and the Ananda Coomaraswamy Annual Lecture is held every year.

In 2002 James S Crouch published 'A Bibliography of Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy'. Crouch says that 'this book documents the remarkably productive career of one of the great minds of the 20th century'. The book describes in detail American, English and Indian first editions of 95 books by Coomaraswamy, plus descriptions of a further 96 books containing contributions by him and details of more than 900 contributions by him to periodicals and newspapers. What a prolific writer! No wonder it took Crouch 20 years to complete the Bibliography which runs to 430 pages. It is not surprising that Ananda Coomaraswamy has been described as the 'most distinguished Sri Lankan of our time'. Outlines of two selected books out of the 95 books by Coomaraswamy are given below.

Medieval Sinhalese Art

This was Coomaraswamy's first major book and it was published in 1908. The full title of the book is "Medieval Sinhalese Art: Being a Monograph on Medieval Sinhalese Arts and Crafts, mainly as surviving in the eighteenth century, with an account of the structure of Society and the status of Craftsmen". It has 340 pages with 55 plates consisting of multiple photographs and 153 illustrations. The photos were selected from over 1000 relevant photographs taken by his English wife Ethel Mary Coomaraswamy (nee Partridge) on glass plate negatives which was the technology of the day. To avoid going cap in hand to Publishers begging them to publish his book, Coomaraswamy did the next best thing and bought the ailing Essex House Press. Using his considerable inherited wealth he bought a small church called Norman Chapel in Broad Campden in Gloucestershire. He used part of the premises as his residence and moved the machinery of Essex House Press to the rest of the building. Hand printing of the book started in September 1907 and was completed in December 1908. The layout of the book, which is a work of art in its own right, and the printing of the 425 copies were supervised by him. Copies of this first edition are quite rare in Australia, only two copies are traceable in libraries open to the public and the estricted access copy in the New South Wales State Library is numbered No. 313 of 425 copies. Coomaraswamy believed that in traditional societies there was no distinction between fine arts and other arts nor between religious and secular arts. He says in the book that rural arts and crafts are "the only true art discoverable in Ceylon today. In a few years it may be gone for ever.


I have tried to make a picture of it, before it is too late". The reason for its probable disappearance he says is that " In Ceylon as in India, the direct and indirect influence of contact with the West has been fatal to the arts.

The two most direct causes of this adverse influence have been the destruction of the organisation of state craftsmen, following British occupation and that this occupation "has driven the village weaver from his loom, the craftsmen from his tools, the ploughman from his songs and has divorced art from labour". Among the subjects discussed and illustrated in detail in this 340 page large sized (35 by 27 cm) comprehensive study of the subject are: Elements of Sinhalese Design and Ornament; Architecture; Woodwork; Stonework; Figure Sculpture; Painting; Ivory, Bone, Horn and Shell work; Metal work - Iron, Brass, Copper and Bronze; Gold and Silver; Jewellery; Lac work; Earthenware; Potter's songs; Weaving; Embroidery; and Mat Weaving and Dyeing. As a typical example of an illustration from the book, Fig 2 shows Bherunda Pakshaya, the double headed eagle represented in the flag of the Three Korales. This form also appears in wood and ironwork, in brass trays and plates, and also in jewellery.


Bronzes from Ceylon, chiefly in the Colombo Museum

This book was first published in 1914 by the Colombo Museum as the first in a series of Memoirs of the Colombo Museum. It has 31 pages of text followed by 189 photographic reproductions of bronze sculptures, including a few from Coomaraswamy's private collection. Some of these sculptures he says are 'of spiritual and aesthetic rank nowhere surpassed'. Among the Buddhist Bronzes, eleven images of Buddha are illustrated. The largest of them is a 55 cm high sedentary statue and Coomaraswamy dates this as 5th or 6th century. It was found in Badulla and was presented to the Museum by G FK Horsfall, possibly a Government Agent. Coomaraswamy says that 'The existence of a Mahayana cult in Ceylon is abundantly supported by the discovery of many images of Bodhisatvas and Mahayana feminine divinities in Ceylon'.

By far the largest of the Bodhisatva images is the 46 cm high bronze, probably of Maitreya, discovered in 1898 near the Thuparama Dagoba in Anuradhapura. Also illustrated are four small images of Avalokitesvara. The largest of the Hindu bronzes are the eight images of Siva as Nataraja, all were found in Polonnaruva. The largest of these is nearly a metre high and is shown in Fig. 3.


However, Coomaraswamy does not rate these too highly and says that 'they are inferior as works of art to the best of the Buddhist images, the best images of Saiva Saints in Ceylon and the two splendid Natarajas in the Madras Museum'. There are also eight smaller size images of Parvati, Siva's consort. There are seven images of Saiva Saints and Coomaraswamy describes the image of Sundara Murti Swami as having 'a touching quality of suddenly arrested movement and breathless wonder, and is one of the most remarkable works of all Indian art'.

Also illustrated is the stunning bronze of the Goddess Pattini, nearly five feet (1.5m) tall. Coomaraswamy dates this as 7th or 8th century. It was found in the east coast of Ceylon and presented by Governor Brownrigg in 1830 to the British Museum in London where it is a prized exhibit. Coomaraswamy says that it 'is a most striking work; the face strong and thoughtful, and the modelling of the body and limbs most admirable'. Since it has spent nearly 200 years in London, it is about time that it is returned to its country of origin.



By Ajith Karunarathna

Breast Cancer is the most commonly diagnosed form of cancer with 38 females diagnosed per
day. Research shows that Sri Lankan and Indian women in NSW aged 50 – 74 have one of the
lowest rates of participation in the Breast Screen NSW program which is run by the Department of Health.

The Pink Sari Project is a means of bringing everyone together to support a common cause – increasing breast screening (and thus breast cancer survival) in women from the Indian and Sri
Lankan groups. Communities play a major part in the implementation of all the strategic approaches to ensure their members benefit and lives are saved.

Visit the website: www.pinksariproject.org.
Join in the conversation on their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/thepinksariproject.
Listen to a presentation by Nirmala Pathvanathan, Associate Professor, Westmead Breast Cancer
Institute: http://youtu.be/Lf5lAd3bOVI

Dr Palu Malaowalla, GP in Rosehill and Breast Cancer Survivor - see link to watch her story

Indian and Sri Lankan community members and Pink Sari Project organisers at the Breast Screen Information Forum

Did you know these facts about Sri Lankan Migrants?

Following information sheet was compiled By Hema Perera (Editor), using “Country Profile Report
– Sri Lanka” published by
The Economic Analysis Unit
Department of Immigration and Border Protection
© Commonwealth of Australia, 2013

Fact 1 - Despite having a relative high educated and literate population, Sri Lanka’s gross domestic product per capita is less than a seventh of Australia’s.

Fact 2 - Around 1.8 million Sri Lankans are working abroad and remittances from Sri Lanka’s international diaspora account for 7 per cent of its gross domestic product.

Fact 3 - A summary measure of wellbeing is the Human Development Index (HDI). Sri Lanka rates well relative to the rest of South East Asia with a HDI of 0.72 compared to the regional average of 0.56. Internationally, Sri Lanka currently ranks 92 out of 186 countries.

Fact 5 - In August 2013, 63000 Sri Lankan-born people were working in Australia—32 per cent professionals, and 20 per cent clerical and administrative workers.

Fact 6 -A total of 5390 Sri Lankan nationals were granted a permanent visa through Australia’s Migration Programme and Humanitarian Programme in 2012−13, with the Skill Stream accounting for 76 per cent of the visas granted.

Fact 7 - In 2012-2013, 3228 Points Tested Skilled Migration visas were issued to Sri Lankans. The main occupations of those granted a Points Tested Skilled Migration visa were accountants, software and applications programmers, and ICT business and systems analysts.

Fact 8- In family Migration category, Sri Lankan nationals accounts for 1.5 per cent (883 grants) of the total grants. This was 11 per cent higher than the 794 visas granted the previous year, but it represented a 12 per cent fall since 2009–10.

Fact 9 – In Student Visas category, Australia is the second most popular tertiary study destination, behind the United Kingdom, for international students originating from Sri Lanka. In 2010, 20 per cent of all Sri Lankan international tertiary students chose Australia. As at 30 June 2013, 4170 Sri Lankan Student visa holders were in Australia, representing 1.4 per cent of all international students in Australia.

Fact 10 - Visitors Visa - In 2012–13, the number of Sri Lankan nationals visiting Australia continued to increase. A total of 16 421 Visitor visas were granted, up by 12 per cent on 2011–12 and 34 per cent higher than the number granted (12 253) in 2009–10. Tourists accounted for 92 per cent of all Sri Lankan visitors.


Fact11 - Permanent residents departingIn 2012–13, 321 Sri Lanka-born permanent residents indicated at departure that they were leaving Australia permanently, with around 17 per cent indicating that they intend on returning to Sri Lanka. Of these emigrants: around a third (35 per cent) were professionals, with managers accounting for another 21 per cent, the largest proportion were emigrating from New South Wales and Victoria – 41 per cent and 35 per cent respectively



By Hugh Karunanayake


February 4 1948 was the date on which Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) was granted “dominion sta-tus "by its Colonial overlord Great Britain. Till then Ceylon was a colony of the British. What was described as “independence’ was a change in status vis-a vis the metropolitan power Great Britain. Officially it was called the grant of “dominion status” .to Ceylon.– It is important to remember that “dominion status ” did not confer sovereign power to the island. Neither did the change of status denote a transfer of power. In fact by 1950 (two years later) His Majesty the King of England was still the King of Ceylon, the Governor General of Ceylon continued to be appointed by the King and had the power to ap-point. or remove the Prime Minister .of the coun-try, the national anthem was “God save the King” the official language was English, and the national flag was the Union Jack! A Parliament consisting of a House of Representatives and a Senate exist-ed from 1947 with its legislative powers subject to concurrence and tacit approval by His Majesty.

In fact the British approved Constitution of Cey-lon required the appointment of six Members of Parliament in addition to those elected by the peo-ple. Two of the appointed members in the House of Representatives in 1947 were appointed to rep-resent British interests. Although the island had a Supreme Court that name was a misnomer and the Court not really Supreme, the Privy Council in England had the power of revision of any decision of the Supreme Court. In fact in 1964 sixteen years after the country was granted “independence” the Privy Council in England overruled a decision of the Supreme Court of Ceylon by which the Supreme Court had deter-mined the guilt of persons charged with conspir-ing to overthrow by force a lawfully elected gov-ernment. There were an Imperial Light House Service and Military bases in Katunayake and Trincomalee outside the control of the govern-ment and subject to direction by the United King-dom.

Imperial Honours by which the Queen granted Knighthoods and other honours to her “loyal sub-jects” also continued until such vestiges of coloni-al rule were removed by the 1956 government of SWRD Bandaranaike. Thus in essence the coun-try did not enjoy sovereignty till the fetters re-stricting its independence were removed .

This occurred through a process culminating in the Constituent Assembly of 1972 which made a self declaration of independence through the for-mal establishment of an independent republic. This process which led to the achievement of total political independence was marked by events that formed the “process’ such as the adoption of national flag in 1950, the adoption of a National anthem in 1951,becoming a member of the UN in 1955, the adoption of National languages in 1956 and the national acquisition of the military bases in 1958.

The creation of a Republic in 1972 and the change from the anglicised name of Ceylon to a more indigenous name Sri Lanka completed the process.
It is also important to remember that in 1948 the country was a plantation economy, dualistic in character with a surplus creating urban sector and a rural sector functioning below subsistence level . The economy largely driven by the output from plantations were largely in the hands of Brit-ish companies and so were the major Agency Houses which managed the production, and ex-port of plantation produce. What were described as “the commanding heights of the economy” were therefore mainly British owned and con-trolled for many years after independence. The administration of the country before and after 1948 was through the Ceylon Civil Service estab-lished by the British in the 19th Century which was replaced by the Ceylon Administrative Ser-vice fifteen years after independence in 1963.

One of the major criticisms of the Ceylon Civil Service was that its structure and traditions stood in the way of the transfer of real political power to the people. of the country. In fact India with its Indian Civil Service was such a hindrance to the modernisation of India that it prompted Ja-warhalal Nehru to foresee in 1934 that “no new order can be built in India so long as the spirit of the Indian Civil Service pervades our administra-tion and our public services”.
Thirty years later when he was asked what his greatest failure was he replied by saying “I could not change the administration; it is still a colonial administration”. Although it could be said that the Ceylon Civil Service did not have the same all pervasive influence over the body politic,


it could be surmised that the Ceylon Civil Ser-vice did have a stifling effect on the emergence of a political culture that could lead to a more ef-fective political transformation.

The grant of independence occurred 67 years ago and in retrospect could be difficult for people of today’s generation to understand the nuances of the anglicised culture which pervaded the country at the time. Perhaps the accompanying photo-graph taken at the main function associated with the grant of independence in 1948 may capture to some extent part of the essence of the colonial hangover of the time. It shows the Inspector General of Police Sir Richard Aluvihare standing smartly to attention and saluting the Governor General on his entry. Such a spectacle would be impossible to imagine in modern Sri Lanka.

While the grant of “dominion status” was a sig-nificant step towards the achievement of mean-ingful political independence, it also commenced the “process” through which a new political consciousness was created. .It well could be claimed that the new, confident, modern Sri Lanka was in fact conceived in 1948.

Chithrasena Dance Company through the eyes of Sydney Audience – By Arun Abey

Dance Co tour to Australia, which was short but very successful. Dancing for the Gods as Arts Hub’s Lynne Lancaster said was: A vi-brant, energetic and exotically colourful way to open this year’s Sydney Festival. But to understand how remarkable this success was, it’s worth providing some background to the tour.

Imagine being a choreographer where your studio is like an old-fashioned shearing shed – a simple floor with a tin roof and no sides. And that you are working in one of the hotter, more humid climates in the world. Well, that is the workplace that Heshma Wignaraja voluntarily returned to after a decade of studying and working in dance in the USA. Despite the many financial and material comforts of life in the USA, being away from her famous dance family, founded by her grandpar-ents Chitrasena and Vajira, caused Heshma to realise how much she loved and missed the world of Sri Lankan dance to which she had been born.

So she and her husband Arjuna returned home to take on the challenge of continuing the family legacy, with limited financial and human resources. The company was and is still recovering from the devastating loss of its headquarters which combined the family home and dance studios a few decades ago, following the death of its then major patron. In 2013 we embarked on the idea of a return trip to Australia and after a lot of work, last July, Heshma learned that the Company had been chosen to perform in the prestigious Sydney Festival 2015. While she had a pro-duction Dancing for the Gods, that had been performed in Sri Lanka to great acclaim, Heshma wanted to polish what she saw as still a rough diamond. The end result was a reworking of the entire program, that had its international premiere in Sydney. Through about a dozen trips to Colombo over the past couple of years, I had the privilege of watch-ing the production evolve. I perform my day job with people with whom I share a strong work ethic. But our work ethic pales com-pared to what I saw in Colombo.

From the initial choreography in the incredibly hot and humid ‘shearing shed’, to frenzied months and months of hard work, interspersed with private performances in the same shed to test the ideas, to the stage of the York Theatre at the Seymour Centre in Sydney and the Play-house at Canberra Theatre Centre, I saw Heshma take on the mantle of a slave driver.

But the slaves were willing ones. In fact, they seemed to love it. Her seven dancers, led by her cousin Thaji and accompanied by 4 mag-nificent drummers, responded wonderfully. Her other cousin Umi worked frantically to put together all the materials required for the tour. The result was that 43 years since their last visit to Australia, the Company was again warmly welcomed by Australian audiences and critics with rave reviews. To provide some flavour of these:
Deborah Jones of The Australian said: If there is a more immediately captivating dancer than Thaji Dias, I have yet to see her, or him…In the first solo, Dias reeled her audience in ef-fortlessly with divinely articulated wrists, rip-pling shoulders, jaunty strides around the stage, the deepest and plushest plies and her warm, direct gaze. She is an artist of excep-tional individuality.

Bill Stephens of Canberra Critics Circle while also commenting on Thaji, then went on to commend the whole troupe: Her beautiful face serene and smiling, completely in the moment, and dancing with all the grace, skill, security and showmanship of a classical ballerina, Thaji Dias was truly mesmerising…. Each dancer is superbly trained, each step so pre-cisely polished and executed, that it’s possible for even the most uninitiated observer to soon recognise and admire the movement and its execution, and even variations to the original, as dancer and drummer challenge each other in later sections.

The Company has been working on expanding its number of dancers, using scholarship pro-grams largely funded by HSBC in Sri Lanka as well as by individuals. Akila Palipana is the youngest and newest member of the troupe under this program and it was gratifying that the experienced eye of dance critic Michelle Potter of The Canberra Times observed of him:

I found his stage presence powerful, I loved his sense of rhythm and his clean precise technique and my eye was particularly taken with the way his whole body was involved at every moment, whether in stillness or ac-tion.

The Guardian’s Madhvi Pankhania felt: The choreography is both enchanting and mysti-fying in other places within Dancing for the Gods...... The poise that shapes the company and the way they dance reveals an impres-sive discipline – as engaging to watch as these narratives are to work out.

Jill Sykes of the Sydney Morning Herald said: Their commitment to the traditions of their country and their craft shines through their performance and invests it with warmth and integrity. Heshma’s overall success in continuing her family’s ability to link an ancient tradition to the contemporary stage was best summed up by Michelle Potter’s comment: Dance in Sri Lanka dates back thousands of years and has its roots in ritual. In its current manifestation by Chitrasena Dance Co, it is a contempo-rary performing art that continues to honour that past. It has lost none of the ritualistic feeling, but through energetic choreography, compelling performances, evocative lighting and beautifully designed and made cos-tumes, it becomes an exciting 21st century art.

For those of you who want to learn more, I have either attached or at the bottom of this provided links to some of the full reviews.

One of the most gratifying events during the tour was the Lecture-Demonstration Work-shop, which was followed by a Master Class. The event was quickly sold out, caus-ing the Company to put on a second Master Class. The range of participants was diverse including students of Sydney Dance Compa-ny, led by teacher Ian Castenetto as well as Australians of Sri Lankan origin, belonging to Dinesh Perera’s Sankha Ridma Dance Ensemble. The cultural interchange and the enjoyment that the participants gained from this was wonderful to witness first hand. And truly in keeping with the spirit of the Sydney Festival.Bringing the Company out here for such a successful tour, after the long gap of 43 years involved a lot of support from a number of people to whom the Com-pany and I will always be grateful.

The list is too long to name individuals, but the role of the Sydney Festival, with its a magnifi-cent team, was of course paramount.

The Canberra Theatre Centre also did a re-markable job in supporting the one night per-formance there. The Sri Lanka Association, HSBC Sri Lanka, ozlanka, the Dilip Kumar Group, the Cinnamon Hotels Group, Barefoot Sri Lanka, the Canberra Committee, and the Nilgiris and Blue Elephant Restaurants respec-tively are all owed many thanks. And much gratitude as well is owed to my personal friends and father who sacrificed a lot of time and effort in supporting this project.

Going forward the Dance Co faces challenges and opportunities in continuing its proud tradi-tion. Funding, particularly of dance students and productions is one, which needs to expand to provide the company with more depth. If you are interested in sponsoring a dancer or supporting the Company in other ways, do let me know. Do also follow the Company’s pro-gress via its Facebook Page. Artistically Heshma’s goal is to continue to evolve Sri Lankan dancing into a classical dance form, while remaining true to its traditional roots. Jill Sykes alluded to this potential when she contrasted Sri Lankan dancing to what she sees as the richer classical dance forms of In-dia. I am not sure that Jill’s comparison to a different dance genre is entirely valid. But the underlying opportunity to continue to innovate while remaining true to the tradition will be an exciting artistic challenge which will provide ongoing stimulation for the current generation and beyond.

But these are for the future. For the present, I feel grateful for the chance to develop a close relationship with such warm, extraordinarily committed, talented, yet humble, artists, who have become part of our extended family. And whose motivation is to produce something that inspires for both the gods and humans a sense of universal beauty and joy. The love, skill and sacred respect in which they hold their dance form meant that they succeeded in this goal. The joy of seeing it will live with us for a long time, but hopefully we will not have to wait another 43 years to experience it again.

Stars of the Chithrasena Dance Company
A vibrant, energetic and exotically col-ourful way to open this year’s Sydney Festival.
Lynne Lancaster
Arts Hub, Dance critic
On the left– Heshma & Arjuna Wignarajah
Picture Below:
Principal Dancer Thaji Dias (Right)
Grand daughter of Chithrasena & Vajira
Upeka Chithrasena—Managing Director(left)
Upeka is the daughter of late Dr Chithrasena
President (slansw) Ruwan Walpola with some performers of the Chithrasena Dance Company.
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Old Town of Galle Sri Lanka

Bastioned stone wall and rampart encircling the Dutch town

The bay of Galle lies off the south-west coast of Sri Lanka, sheltered by a rocky peninsula. Mentioned as early as 545 in the cosmography of Cosmas Indicopleustes, it is one of the most ancient 'ports of call of the Levant'. When Ibn Batuta landed there in 1344, it was the principal port of Ceylon. Portuguese navigators settled there in 1505, two years before settling in Colombo. It seems that they preferred Colombo at first. In 1588, they decided to withdraw to Galle and they hastily constructed a rampart and three bastions to defend the peninsula on the northern landside. The seaward side was considered invulnerable and was not fortified.

Few vestiges subsist from a Franciscan chapel that was built in 1543. When the fortified town fell into the hands of the Dutch in 1640, they decided to replace the precarious Portuguese defences constituted partially of palisades and earth banks. They encircled the whole of the peninsula with a bastioned stone wall so as to render it impregnable against the English, French, Danish, Spanish and Portuguese fleets vying with Holland for the supremacy of the sea.

This fortified city, built by the Dutch, exists still, but with few changes. It has an area of 52 ha inside the walls defended by 14 bastions. The majority of the curtain walls were built in 1663. The northern fortified gate, protected by a drawbridge and a ditch, bears the date 1669. Much of the city, laid out on a regular grid pattern adapted to the configuration of the terrain (north-south peripheral streets are parallel to the ramparts and not to the central traffic axes), dates from this period.


Dementia 'halted in mice brains' By James Gallagher Health editor, BBC News website

It is observed that in Alzheimer's, immune cells that normally protect the brain instead begin to consume a vital nutrient called arginine. By blocking this process with a drug, they were able to prevent the formation of 'plaques' in the brain that are characteristic of Alzheimer's disease, and also halted memory loss in the mice.
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Jet Travel and Cruise Black Tie Dinner Ball

MAY  2015 - Saturday 16th, 7.00pm

Jet Travel and Cruise Black Tie Dinner Ball. At Springvale Town Hall, Springvale.
More information to follow.

Contact: Romaine Ferdinands 0423 737 074

Open Day

Combined Charities Annual Luncheon

Yes, it is time for our Annual Luncheon once again & this time we have a huge special attraction!

We will through the very kind auspices of Norreen & Roger Wright have as our Special Guest
Fr Dilan Perera OMI - The Director/Superior of St Vincent's Boys Home in Maggona.

Other details are as per the attached flyer & may I suggest you get in early for your tickets as we are
expecting the many new friends/donors we have acquired throughout last year to patronise & support
a cause that offers them such varied opportunities!

Blessings & Regards,
"Christ's Grace & Peace"

“Never underestimate what, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, or an honest compliment, can achieve in the life of someone down! "


MISTY at St Benedict Dinner Dance

Burgher Association Association - Migration Anniversary Ball

The Sydney Tamil Christian Fellowship

Disce Aut Discede: Royal College celebrates 177 years of excellence

Disce Aut Discede: Royal College celebrates 177 years of excellence

When the British took over the island in 1796, Colombo had a population of 4,700. In the city of Colombo, there were horse driven carriages, bullock carts and rickshaws.
This was a time when ladies wore long gowns and had feathered hats. Most of the gentlemen had long whiskers and top hats. There were no established educational institutions during this era. Colombo was a hub of activity with trade, commerce and many social events. Cinnamon Gardens might have been a mere urban forest.

A very fast journey in a ship from London to Galle via Cape of Good Hope took just five months. From Galle to Colombo it took only 12 hours!
In 1835, Rev. Joseph Marsh, a 32-year-old Scotsman who was the acting Colonial Chaplain of St. Paul’s Church, Wolfendhal, Colombo, started a private school in the back verandah of the Church with 20 pupils. It was called “Hill Street Academy”.

On a petition submitted by influential Burghers of Colombo, calling upon more boys to have English education, the then Governor, Sir Wilmot Horton converted this school to “Colombo Academy” in January 1836. This school was in an upstair house at Messenger Street for a short time and was shifted to San Sebastian Hill in July 1836.

By 1837, the school became the talk of the little town of Colombo. The Lower school had 72 boys and the Upper school had 31. The first Public Examination in the country was held on the 29th of June 1837 at “Colombo Academy” San Sebastian Hill.

Rev. Marsh continued to be the Headmaster of this school till 1838, when there were 168 students, and two other Masters. But feeble health forced him to go on leave. In 1839, on his way to England, he died at sea. Young Brooke Bailey was appointed the Acting Head Master for six months.

Thereafter, the Governor appointed Rev. J.F. Haslam the first Principal of the “Colombo Academy”. Till then he was the Principal of the Church Missionary Society in Cotta. In 1940, Rev. J.F. Haslam resigned as the Cotta Institute wanted him back. Again young Brooke Bailey and Rev. Andrew Kessen took charge as Joint Head Masters.

In 1842, Rev. Dr Barcroft Boake, an Irishman and the son-in-law of Rev. Joseph Marsh became the Principal. He was always clad in a clergyman’s cassock, sporting side whiskers projecting below his jaw. The school roll was 186. In 1851, the Schools’ Commission recommended to the Governor the closing of the “Colombo Academy”.

At this stage, two petitions were sent to the Governor by the Burghers and the Sinhalese led by the distinguished old boy Richard Morgan (first Ceylonese Chief Justice) and Maha Mudliyar Ernest de Saram. Their point, “The value of Colombo Academy as an unsectarian institution with lesser fees than Bishop Chapman’s S. Thomas’ Collegiate School founded in 1851″ saved the Colombo Academy.

This was possibly the first of the many subsequent occasions of which distinguished old boys rallied round to repay the school, the debt they owed.

Rev. Dr. Barcroft Boake left for Australia after 28 years of service. Mr. George Todd was the next Principal. He taught a different class every day. During his time, the School Motto and School Colours were first mentioned. In 1876, Mr. Ashley Walker, a Cambridge Cricket Blue came from England as a Mathematics Master. He introduced Cricket on an organized scale. In 1878, Mr. J.B. Cull, stout and strongly built, red haired and red bearded, succeeded Todd. He was a strict disciplinarian. During his period, he introduced Science subjects into the curriculum.


In 1879, the inaugural Cricket match was played with S. Thomas’ College, Mutwal. Mr. Ashley Walker captained the Colombo Academy while Rev. S. J. Meyrick, a member of the staff played for S. Thomas’ This encounter is not considered the first match as Masters played for both sides.

Many Changes

In 1880, only the students took part and this first official encounter between the Colombo Academy and S. Thomas’ College, Mutwal was played at Galle Face Grounds, which is today the site of the Taj Samudra Hotel. The match commenced at 4.00 p.m. each day. The Beira Lake stretched up to the present railway line close to San Sebastian Hill and the two teams rowed across in boats to the Galle Face Grounds. In this first encounter Colombo Academy won by 62 runs.

In 1881, Principal J.B. Cull, with the approval of Her Majesty Queen Victoria, changed the name of the Colombo Academy to Royal College on the 1st of August 1881. In 1890, Mr. Joseph Henry Marsh, son of the first Principal Rev. Joseph Marsh was appointed Principal. During his time, in 1891, The Royal College Union was formed.

In 1892, Mr. John Henry Harward took over as the Principal. His period was called the “Golden Age” of Royal College. He started Literary Societies and the first College Magazine was launched. The first College Athletics meet was held in 1892. In 1902, the first lady teacher, Mrs. Grute was appointed. In 1903, Mr. Charles Hartley was appointed Principal. He noticed that the buildings at San Sebastian Hill were not suitable for the students. Even the rooms were insufficient to hold classes. After representations were made to the Governor, he agreed with the Principal that the School has to be taken to a new location.

On the 27th of August 1913, after 78 years at San Sebastian Hill, Principal Charles Hartley, along with 200 students occupied the new building at Thurstan Road (Now University of Sri Lanka).

In 1915, due to World War I and ethnic riots in Ceylon, the School roll went down to 71 pupils. During the same year, a committee recommended that Royal College Upper school be converted to a University College. But, due to the efforts by the RCU and a memorable speech in 1916 by Mr. Frederick Dornhorst, made the Governor Sir Robert Chalmers to conclude that Royal College should be retained and a separate University College be established.

In 1917, the students finally settled down in the peaceful, picturesque Cinnamon Gardens, a very quiet residential area. All the roads were lined with flamboyant trees full of flowers.

All Royalists of the present generation should specially remember two great Royalists, who defended the College in its darkest days. They were Sir Richard Morgan (1851) and Mr. Frederick Dornhorst, K.C. (1916). Sir Richard Morgan was one of the greatest Royalists of the very early days and the first Asian in Britan’s Far Eastern Empire to receive a Knighthood. Mr. Frederick Dornhorst is now remembered for the “Dornhorst Memorial Prize”, which is awarded annually for the best all-round student. This award is the most coveted prize at Royal College.

In 1920, Major Harry Leslie Reed, who introduced the modern public school atmosphere, was appointed Principal. During Major Reed’s period, the first Royal-Trinity Rugby Encounter was played in 1920. Up to 1922, Royal College being a government institution used the emblem of the British Royal Coat of Arms – The Lion and the Unicorn. Major Reed changed it to a Shield with an elephant and a palm tree in the centre surrounded by the Motto and laurel wreaths. He introduced the Prefects and the House System. Major Reed composed the College song, which perhaps was his finest achievement. On the 10th of October 1923, Governor Sir William Manning declared open the present buildings at Reid Avenue. It was the beginning of a new life.

Mr. L.H.W. Sampson, the first Vice Principal at Royal, took over as the new Principal in 1932. He introduced Sinhala and Tamil Languages to the Curriculum. In 1935, the Centenary of the College was celebrated with a Dinner at the Galle Face Hotel and a carnival.

By now, 100 years after 1835, a steamship took only four weeks to reach Colombo from London.

In 1938, Mr. H.J. Wijesinghe assumed duties as the first Ceylonese Acting Principal. In 1939, after much effort by the RCU, Royal College Boarding House obtained “The Maligawa”, opposite the school at Race Course Avenue.

In 1939, shortly after the outbreak of World War II, Mr. E.L. Bradby assumed duties as the Principal. School buildings were taken over by the British Army for a Military Hospital. The Upper 6th Form classes, laboratory and school functions were at the University premises for a short time. Forms 1 to 3 (80 students) were shifted to ‘Glendale’, Bandarawela during 1942 – 1945. Principal Bradby went to Bandarawela once a month to ensure that all was well. The main part of the school (465 students) was moved to four bungalows in Turret Road, with classrooms in Carlton Lodge and Turret House, office in Sudarshan House and the Science Block in Firdoshi House. Mr. E.L. Bradby will be well remembered for the “Bradby Shield” he presented for the annual Royal – Trinity Rugby Encounters (Colombo and Kandy) where the Trophy will be awarded to the team that has the highest aggregate of points in both matches. Mr. E.L. Bradby retired in 1945 to end a period of 111 years dedicated service by the British who guided Royal since 1835.

In 1946, Mr. J.C. Aelian Corea became the first Ceylonese and the first old Royalist to be the Principal of Royal College. He brought the students back to their old home at Reid Avenue in 1946 itself after four years of exile. Principal Corea saw the dawn of a new era in education in Ceylon with the implementation of the Free Education Scheme in 1947. In 1951, the two large East and West Wing Blocks of three floors were built. In 1954, Major H.L. Reed, the former Principal arrived in the island and visited his old school.

In 1954, Mr. Dudley K.G. de Silva was appointed Principal. He became the second Royalist to be the Principal of Royal College. Mr. Dudley de Silva is unique amongst Royal’s Principals in that he had six Masters on his staff, all of whom taught him at College between 1921 and 1927. He trained and conducted the College Choir. He showed great respect for all religions and formed four important societies. (Student Christian Movement, Buddhist Brotherhood, Islamic Society and Hindu Students’ Union). This ensured that the Royalists grew up in an atmosphere of religious tolerance, which was so important for their later life in our multi-religious society.

First Buddhist

In January 1967, Mr. Bogoda A. Premaratne was appointed Principal. He became the first Buddhist and the first non-old Royalist Ceylonese to be appointed Principal. The new Swimming Pool was opened in 1968. During the same year, the new College Song in Sinhala came into being. In 1970, Principal Premaratne honoured the person responsible for the House system by adding another House-Reed House.

Between 1971 and 1972, Mr. D.G. Welikala and Mr. D. J.N. Seneviratne served Royal College as Principals for short periods.

In 1972, Mr. L.D.H. Peiris was appointed Principal. During his tenure of office, there were vast changes in the School. In 1977, The Royal Junior School was amalgamated with Royal College. With this, the School Roll increased to nearly 7,000 pupils, with 260 teachers looking after them. Even with ever expanding administrative duties, he resisted the efforts to change the name of Royal College with the support of the RCU. Principal Peiris was a strict disciplinarian, but he never used the cane. His regime was another ‘Golden Era’ as the .College was supreme in both academic and sports achievements.

Mr. C. T. M. Fernando took over as Principal in January 1981. In July 1983, two former Principals, Mr. E.L. Bradby and Mr. J.C.A. Corea visited the College and they were also present at the Bradby Shield (Colombo Leg) Encounter.

From 1985 to 2010, Royal College students were nurtured by Mr B. Suriarachchi, Mr. S.H. Kumarasinghe, Mr. H.L.B. Gomes and by the present Principal Mr. H.A.U. Gunasekara.

Now, in 2010, a steamship or a cruiser will take only three weeks to reach Colombo from London while, a Jet will take around 11 hours.

Today, the School that started in 1835 in the back verandah of a Church in Wolfendhal with 20 students is situated in a 24-acre land area with a student population of 8,257. Two electorates, Colombo West and Borella share the College.

Students are divided into four sections. The Upper School, Upper Middle School, Middle School and the Primary School. In addition to the Senior Deputy Principal, each section is headed by a Deputy Principal, altogether there are 360 teachers and 185 classrooms.

The College has 24 Sports activities and students can make maximum use of the Swimming Pool, three Cricket Grounds, Tennis Courts, Basketball Court, Sports Complex, Scouts Den and the Rugby Football Grounds.

The 64 Clubs and Societies and the College Bands give the students every opportunity to pursue their interest to improve their skills.

The Royal College Union and the School Development Society have been closely linked with Royal College. The Sports Complex in 2001, The Loyalty Pledge in 2002, the first Edex Expo Exhibition in 2004 and the opening of the Skills Development, Career Guidance Centre and the Scouts Complex in 2005 were four important features which were inaugurated by the RCU.

Since 1880, the “Battle of the Blues” Encounter has been played every year and this series is the second oldest annual Cricket encounter in the world among the schools. Members of the two teams now come to the grounds in special coaches straight from their own College Hostels. The match is being played in a carnival atmosphere and all the old boys of both Colleges try their best to be present at the grounds to cheer their respective teams. Around 8,000 spectators (students included) had been present for all Battle of the Blues Encounters during the last 30 years. In 1979, for the Centenary encounter, a three-day match was played and thereafter, except in 1985, this new system had been in operation.


The Bradby Shield Rugby encounter had now become the most prestigious Rugby match in the country. After 2001, the Colombo Leg of this encounter was played at the Sports Complex where nearly 7,000 spectators could be accommodated.

Royal’s venture to discover new avenues under Mr. H.A.U. Gunasekara was recognized when Royal was selected as the best innovative school in the world by Microsoft Corporation in 2009 and secured the first place in the main list of Global Pathfinder Schools.

Under the guidance of the 24 Principals, when Royal College celebrates its 177 years of excellence and service to the nation having moulded men of all walks of life, let us pray that this great institution will continue in the ages to come. courtesy: The Sunday Island

Music Concert ATHMA LIYANAGE Live In Concert

MAY 2015 - Saturday 23rd, 6.00pm
Music Concert - "ATHMA LIYANAGE Live In Concert"

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MELBOURNE see ATHMA LIYANAGE live in concert at The Besen Centre in Burwood.

Contact: Prasanna Sedera 0411 342 200

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JUNE  - Saturday 6th,

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Contact: Dhanushka 0401 632 264, Darshi 0466 262 862


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Minimaruwa Niruwathin - Stripped Killer

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Starring: Chandani Seneviratne, Bimal Jayakody, Jagath Chamila, Jagath Manuwarna,Sulochana Weerasinghe

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