https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Between-Home-and-Homeland-by-Sharmila-Jay.jpg When born to a place and brought to another the heart remains torn between the two – this is true to many migrants across the world today. Sharmila Jay ( Sharmila Jayasinghe Niriella) a Sri Lankan born Australian author discusses this unseen struggle of a migrant woman in her fiction prose published in the current issue of Swamp Literary Magazine. Source:SwampWriting Mrs Fernando woke up with a dreadful feeling, a dreadful feeling for she had lived through the night. She had nothing to do but she still woke up early. Her mother’s voice had nagged her every morning all her life, telling her ‘girls shouldn’t sleep till the sun shines on their bums’. It was an alarm she couldn’t silence. She dreaded facing the empty day but forced herself to sit up. Her morning ritual was predictable. The day didn’t begin till she’d had an overly sweet black coffee. ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/what-is-half-christmas-workaholics.jpg Source:Island This year it was a quiet, subdued, Christmas. The restrictions imposed to control the Covid 19 pandemic made sure of that. We were confined, constrained and constricted. Such controls were absolutely necessary and no one but the pitifully ignorant or stubbornly indifferent would have protested. Even the Church endorsed such steps and rigidly enforced the Covid -19 Safety Protocols. But there was a time not so long ago when Christmas was more than just a date on the calendar. It was a season. It was one long season of celebrations, revelries, festivities. The season was ushered in during the very first week of December as the airwaves replayed the Golden Oldies of Christmas. ‘White Christmas’, ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,’ ‘ I saw Mummy kissing Santa Clause,’ ‘Jingle Bells.,’ ‘Little Drummer Boy’ etc…etc…. Then came the shops announcing a ‘Pre- Christmas Sale’ By mid – December the sign ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Ivan-Attanayake.jpg Source:Island Ivan Attanayake was my classmate from grade 1 to AL’s at St. Peter’s Collage Colombo 4. He was a very good student and passed all exams with extensions. Both of us took part in sports and extra curriculum activities and joined the school cadet corps initially as cadets and later as troop sergeants. I recall going to Diyatalawa for training, where we met late Denzil Kobbekaduwe, a cadet from Trinity College, Kandy. After his AL’s at the age of 19, he left for the UK for higher studies in Electrical Engineering and graduated in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from Mid-Essex Technical College UK. His first appointment after graduation was with Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company in Essex, the first Electronic and Radio Communications equipment manufacturing company established by Marconi, the Nobel prize winner in 1909. On completing his studies in Electronic Engineering, he returned to then Ceylon and enlisted ...

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Source: A Surgeon’s Tales “Reminiscence of a Surgeon” – Dr Gamini Goonetilleke “I was never a military surgeon!  I was not even enlisted as a volunteer doctor to serve in the Sri Lanka Army Medical Corp. I gathered considerable experience in the management of war casualties while working as the only surgeon at the Base Hospital, Polonnaruwa. I wanted to use that experience for the benefit of the army personnel injured in conflict. Thus I volunteered my services to treat the armed forces injured in battle in the North”. Background The explosion of a Landmine in Thirunelvely in the Northern city of Jaffna on the 23rd of July 1983 originated the onset of clashes between the Sri Lankan Armed Forces and The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the Northern Province. This phase of the war was designated as Eelam War 1. The clashes went on till the Indian intervention ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/sketch-1.jpg The First Red Ball Cricket match in Polonnaruwa – 5th December 1982 Source:A Surgeon’s Tales “Reminiscence of a Surgeon” – Dr Gamini Goonetilleke “This story is about the introduction of red ball cricket to Polonnaruwa. It is an event that took place thirty eight (38) years ago and is not an easy task to recollect everything in detail. I also wanted to include some photographs as they an integral part of any story. I must admit that I could not find all the photographs taken at that time. However, those that I was able to find, depicted our youthful looks and including these photographs in the story was fully worth at the end. Being one of the pioneers, I have done my best to gather my thoughts in this short article to bring out the salient aspects of this important historical sports event for the benefit of sports lovers, ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/John-Keels-Stock-Brokers5.jpg Brought to you by – John Keells Stock Brokers (JKSB)       John Keells Stock Brokers (JKSB) is a leading equity brokerage house in Sri Lanka and is a subsidiary of John Keells Holdings PLC (JKH), the largest listed entity on the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE). We are one of 15 founding members of the Colombo Stock Exchange and our history in equity trading dates back to 1896. We are widely regarded in the industry for good governance practices with an emphasis on compliance and regulations. Our core sales and research staff have been engaged with the firm for a period of 10 – 25 years. Over the years this has helped JKSB develop strong and lasting relationships with our core client base of Foreign Funds/Individuals, Local Institutions and HNWI’s. This has contributed to our superior offering of order sourcing and placement capabilities. JKSB has always excelled in ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/01_Scott-Morrison_C-High-Res-for-Print.jpg   Happy New Year, Australia.You know, as we embark on this New Year, I have never felt more proud of my country than I am today.We have confronted the greatest challenge Australians have faced since the Second World War. And we have proved that once again, we are a nation of overcomers. We’re a nation that prevails.And we are making our way through this crisis in a very Australian way, guided by our own enduring principles and values that have served us so well.And together we have done better than almost any other country in the world.Like the generations before us, in this past year we have found that same indomitable Australian spirit.We’ve found the grit, we’ve found the ingenuity and the forbearance. And we have been upheld most of all by our wonderful spirit of mateship.In a period of unprecedented isolation, we have once again found each other ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/australia-1296727_640.png As 2021 begins, the Morrison Government continues to deliver on its Economic Recovery Plan, building back from the COVID-19 crisis by securing Australian jobs and keeping businesses in business. From 1 January 2021, a number of new measures come into effect across government including: The most significant changes to Australia’s insolvency framework in 30 years, reducing costs, cutting red tape and helping more small businesses recover from the pandemic. The reforms introduce a new, simplified debt restructuring process, drawing on key features of the Chapter 11 bankruptcy model in the United States. These measures apply to incorporated businesses with liabilities of less than $1 million – covering around 76 per cent of businesses subject to insolvencies today, 98 per cent of whom who have less than 20 employees. Australians will have more power to choose their own superannuation fund, instead of being forced into a fund because of enterprise ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/dad-e1609398943215.jpg   “His Brilliance is my Confidence.” The world around us have ample information about the cricketing career of my Dad. True Brilliance, a tiny shine (light) in him is the life of my dad that impacted his offspring. The Blood of my parents are still alive in the 8 children living his Legacy. The last few years of his life on earth, he was questioning his own faith he inherited from his parents. He was inflicted with a sickness; statistics show: only 1 in 4 million humans are inflicted with this dreadful decease. In 1979, six months before he passed away, I had returned to see my Dad who was living on Blood transfusions for the last four years. His common phrase was “How the mighty has Fallen”.  In 1960, I was barely 13, my Dad was a Mighty Force, his strength was his Maker, we inherited this theological ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Kathy-Skantzos1.jpg Many of us will be happy to put 2020 behind us and embrace a fresh new year. But along with New Year’s resolutions comes a raft of new rules, regulations, taxes and some benefits you need to know about. Here are all the changes coming in 2021. COVID-19 VACCINE ROLLOUT The Australian Government is aiming to have as many people vaccinated against COVID-19 as possible in 2021. The first vaccinations will likely be rolled out in Australia in March 2021. Priority groups will get the first available doses, provided they are proven safe and effective, but more people will be have access to a vaccine as more doses become available throughout the year. Anti-vaxxers will not be forced to have the vaccine as Prime Minister Scott Morrison stressed that a mandatory COVID vaccination “is not the government’s policy and has never been the government’s policy”. “Of course, we would ...

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