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The AUSTRALIAN ‘Umpire’ bats for Sajith and depicts Gota as Anti-Democratic Ogre

 Amanda Hodge in The Weekend Australian, 16 November 2019, where the title runs Sri Lanka election dilemma: democracy or the dread of dynasty”

Ahead of Sri Lanka’s polarising presidential elections on Saturday, an editorial tinged with desperation in the Sunday Observer newspaper urged voters “to keep the lights on in Asia’s oldest democracy. Vote to keep the journalists in this newsroom and newsrooms across the country, who are trying to be truth-tellers, safe from harm,” it said. “There are 35 candidates on the November 16 ballot paper, but a presidential election is ultim­ately a choice between two candidates. One of them terrifies us.”

Presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa with the Sinhalese-Buddhist nationalist party on Wednesday during the last political rally before heading to the polls on Saturday. Picture: Paula Bronstein/Getty Images.

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Eastern Australia is HOT and Burning

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Hate. Where An Incisive Cartoon provokes Australian Invective

Michael Leunig, in The Sydney Morning Herald, 1 November 2019, where the title runs thus: “Aiming to stir the possum, I got engulfed in free-floating hate”

It was exactly 50 years ago that I started working as a full-time newspaper cartoonist, and as if to celebrate this anniversary, mysterious fate had me drawing a cartoon which brought so much hostile public reaction that I began to lie awake at night wondering why I had followed such a troubled, painful and precarious career path.

The cartoon at the centre of the controversy.
The cartoon at the centre of the controversy….. CREDIT:MICHAEL LEUNIG

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Vanni Hope and Anduren Eliyata in Charity Work in the North

A Memo from Barnaby Bernardus to Chandra Fernando of ANDUREN ELIYATA, October 2019

Dear Mr  Susadath/ Mr. Candra, ….. I wish to inform you that  we distributed  50 solo light  to Jaffna children  on 21 st of August 2019. The balance 50 solo light are with us. on that we could not distribute  all 100 light. Due to heavy  rain most of children couldn’t come to the Jaffna event.The balance 50 children are living close to Killonichchi.

.So, we are hoping send balance 50 solo light to Brigadier Ajith Elwatha  of Killinochchi Army First week of next month to distribute  solo light to the children . Then he will take all photos  to us after that I will send you.. Continue reading

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In Memory of Tony Greig: A Sturdy Friend of Sri Lanka

Michael Roberts

As the Sri Lankan cricket team embarks on a short tour of Australia, I remind one and all of a sturdy supporter from within the ranks of the cricketing world in Australia whose premature death in December 2012 was a loss to one and all.  A South African who played cricket for England, Tony became Kerry Packer’s right-hand man during the revolutionary World Series cricket[1] on the 1970s (which new generations must study) ….. and made Sydney his home.

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Scott Morrison the Water-Boy at Manuka Oval

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Murali’s Marching Tune …. the Alston Koch Way

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