Rohan Gunaratne Source:Dailynews St.Benedict’s College, Kotahena is one of the leading Catholic schools in the country  which has produced some quality yesteryear players, who donned the National jersey in several sports at International level. Gaston Rohan Gunaratne was one of them who made his ‘Alma Mater’ proud by representing the country in Basketball and Rugby.   Rohan hails from a sports loving family  His father is late Basil Gunaratne from Kalutara who served in the Health Department while his mother was Rosebell Gunaratne from Mutwal. Being the eldest in the family he has three brothers Philip, Keerthi and Jayantha while the sister is Basilda.   All three brothers excelled in sports while his younger brother Keerthi represented the Sri Lanka cricket team. Rohan started his school career with Holy Cross College, Kalutara and went to De La Salle College, Mutwal and later moved to St. Benedict’s College, Kotahena from grade eight onwards. ...

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Source:Dailynews N.K.Ratnayake, an old boy of Dharmaraja College,Kandy is a fine cricketer, Athlete and a veteran Tennis coach and was the youngest President of the Old Boys Union of Dharmaraja College, Kandy. Popularly known as Tissa Ratnayake to his associates. He is a cricketer with a lot of stamina as he used to bowl for a long spell as a medium pace bowler representing his Alma Mater at all times. He played under the writer at the victorious ‘Big Match’ of Dharmaraja College against Kingswood College, in the year 1965 by capturing a match bag of  six wickets for his school. He  used to swing the ball both ways. As an Athlete he won the Javelin Throw in School and District level.  N.K. Ratnayake represented the Central Zone Schools Cricket team under the captaincy of Harindra Dunuwille, a Trinitian. After leaving School he started playing Tennis and after several training ...

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Trinity College, Kandy is one of the premier schools in the country which has contributed immensely in producing several quality players in the field of sports. Harindra Gunasekera was one of the yesteryear players who became cynosure of all eyes at school, club and at International level in rugby. Harindra Gunasekera had a nickname called ‘Bogah’ in sporting circles. His father was Tudor Gunasekera and Mother Nimali. His father was an owner of coconut and rubber estates in Katunayake / Kadirana area in Negombo, and was a very prominent figure in that area. He has one elder brother Nihal who also attended Trinity College but left for England at theage of 20. He is now back in Sri Lanka after 35 years. His younger sister Roshan, who attended Ladies College, Colombo also represented Sri Lanka in swimming in 1973 and 1974. Bogah was housed at the College hostel along with ...

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“DILEEPA PODI PUTHU” Lyrics & Music:- Clarence Wijewardena “Cover Version”-  Lohan Samaratunga   How many times have we heard this phrase ?. This is a very special Sri Lankan song, composed by the late, great Clarence Wijewardena to portray the loving relationship between Father & Son, and now, many years later, what I think is a beautiful “cover” version of this song,done by Lohan Samaratunga, for his Dad, Kirthi, is a video that I felt would be appreciated by all our eLanka members & readers around the World. What was even more surprising to me, is that Kirthi Samaratunga is the Son of a certain Lieut.Comdr. Samaratunga of the Royal Ceylon Navy during the 1950 era, that I served under, so now, here am I, nearly 60 years later listening to his grandson singing on you-tube. I repeat, it is a small World, isn’t it ?.       The present Samaratunga ...

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Ikram Odayar It was Ikram Odayar a top class boxer and ruggerite of Trinity College, who introduced rugby to Thalathuoya Central. He was a versatile all-rounder who was a top player and a coach. He coached Trinity College and gave up coaching in 2001 when the team’s performance was at its peak. Ikram was the youngest Trinitian to win the Trinity Lion in 1981, at the age of 14, for Boxing. He won the rugby Lion in 1986. He played for Trinity in 1984 and 1985 under D. Wijesinghe and Manoj Jayatissa and in 1985 was the vice captain.. In 1983 he played for the team which toured overseas under the captaincy of Ashan Ratwatte. Ikram played and led the outstation schools rugby team and also led the Sri Lanka Youth team in1986. He later played for Kandy Sports Club and from there he took up planting and played for ...

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Kapila Silva Source:Dailynews Kapila Silva, an Old Boy of Isipathana Vidyalaya, Colombo is a National Rugby player and Administrator. He started his Rugby career under the guidance of Kelum Gunaratne, a veteran Rugby Coach. Kapila Silva’s team- mates were Vajira Hewage, Amith Rasanga and Shamly Nawaz to name a few. While in School he played as second row forward and played for CH and FC in two matches. Before joining Kandy Sports Club in 2000 he played for CR & FC for two years and from 2000 to 2008 he played for the victorious Kandy SC as Flanker and Second Row forward. He played along with outstanding Sri Lanka Rugby players like Asoka Jayasena, Pradeep Basnayake, Indrajith Bandaranayake, Nalaka Weerakkody and Sajith Mallikarachchi to name a few. During his Rugby playing days he represented Sri Lanka Rugby team as well as Sri Lanka Rugby Sevens. He played for the National ...

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Apita Wage Thirisasunta – by Asoka Geevaka Weerasekera   This is one of the 3 original songs which Asoka recorded in 2019. It suits people who talk ill of others, praise oneself, gossip,  etc. People do not realise that it is the good deeds which will earn merit. The post Apita Wage Thirisasunta – by Asoka Geevaka Weerasekera appeared first on eLanka UK. Source link ...

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    Image Source: Stuff.Co.NZ Source:Dailymirror Sri Lankan born Vanushi Walters of New Zealand’s Labour Party has won the race to be Upper Harbour MP in northwest Auckland, taking over from retiring National MP Paula Bennett, Stuff. CO. NZ reported today. She claimed a narrow victory over National candidate Jake Bezzant, a former tech company chief executive and cricketer for Hamilton, receiving 14,142 votes to Bezzant’s 12,727. During the campaign, Walters, a board member of Amnesty International, said she was passionate about the electorate because of its “diverse” and “warm” communities. Upper Harbour covers the north-western reaches of Waitematā Harbour. It stretches from Massey in the west, through Hobsonville, and across to Greenhithe and on to Glenfield and Unsworth Heights on the North Shore. Karen Chhour was the ACT nominee, and said she wanted to empower mental health patients by setting up a mental health and addiction agency. Ryan Nicholls ...

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Breathtaking sunrise and sunset views… Lush green views of cloud forests…Verdant carpets of tea… Awe-inspiring vistas with epic ‘clicks’ of spectacular views as far as the eye can see…Picturesque peak with a moderate hike and epic scenery with 360 degree magnificent vistas…According to locals, Little Adam’s Peak got its name from Sacred *Adam’s Peak (where the footprint of the Buddha is preserved) as both mountains have a similar shape. Locals call this Peak ‘Punchi Sri Paada’ (meaning Little Adam’s Peak –Adam’s Peak is known as ‘Sri Paada’ in Sinhala).Due to the difficulty in climbing Adam’s Peak which is an arduous task, many prefer to climb Little Adam’s Peak (also known as Mini Adam’s Peak) in Ella which is considered as the “brother of the larger peak” by locals. Little Adam’s Peak is 1141 meters high and can be climbed by an inexperienced hiker also and the path is good up ...

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Source:STC Old Boys Association This article is written by an invited author. If you also want to write articles with us, visit our Invited Writers Forum. Provide Articles Mount Lavinia St. Thomas’ College is a school that has gifted many talented players to the Sri Lankan cricket team. St. Thomas’ College produced six Test cricketers and one ODI and 20/20 cricketers during the period 1975-2020. Especially in the 70’s and 80’s, St. Thomas’ College produced superstar cricket stars, but that did not happen in later times. For the past 32 years, the school has produced only one Test player. 70s In the 70’s, the Sri Lankan team participated in two ODI World Cups. Michael Tissera, Anura Tennakoon, Duleep Mendis and Mevan Peiris, who represented Sri Lanka in those tournaments, had studied the four Zips at St. Thomas’ College. Anura Tennakoon Anura Tennakoon captained Sri Lanka to the 1975 ODI World ...

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