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Anindya Dutta, in The Cricket Monthly, 25 June 2018, where the title reads “A dinner in 1946”
It was the last tour by undivided India to Britain. It was the summer of Merchant and Mankad, and independence was around the corner.The year was 1946. England was caught between the exhilaration of emerging victorious from the Second World War and the devastation the war had wrought upon the country, both in terms of people and resources. Rationing was still in place, and the economy was in tatters.For six long years, while war raged, cricket had taken a backseat. There had been little first-class cricket, and the battlefields claimed some of England’s most talented players, like the venerated Hedley Verity. There were only 11 first-class matches in the 1945 season. Nineteen forty-six was the first year when a normal county season was scheduled and Test cricket could again be played. Cricket was seen as a way to restore a feeling of normalcy to a country severely affected by war and its consequences.
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The Editor, Express Tribune, 27 November 2018, “Navjot Singh Sidhu says Imran Khan’s name will be written in the first page of history books”
Indian cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu has said Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s name will be written on the first page of history books for opening Kartarpur border for Sikh pilgrims in India. Speaking in Express News programme “Takrar” on Tuesday, the visiting dignitary said the Pakistani premier will grow stronger by facing even tougher tests in the future. “I know him [PM Imran] for a long time … he is a brave, honest and empathetic man which made him join the tough field of politics,” he remarked.
Indian Minister and former Test cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu in the “Takrar” program of Express News
Archaeologists found erotica dated 79AD in long lost Pompeii which is is a vast archaeological site in South Italy! The Roman fresco depicts a myth in which Zeus turned into a swan and raped the Queen of Sparta!
Jean Arasanayagam: marking Prof. Halpe’s birth anniversary which fell on the 18th of November 2018
Recalling our youthful days as students at the University of Peradeniya, sharing our interests in drama and theatre, music, painting and literature.
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Lionel Wijesiri, in Daily News, 12 November 2018, where the title reads “Are NGOs a force for good?”
Jeevan Thiagarajah’s story titled “Why Indonesia is right to limit NGOs” (Daily News – November 5) has induced me to add few of my own thoughts on the same subject. NGOs are nothing new to us since they have been functioning in Sri Lanka for more than six decades. They are highly complex organisations that a simple man-in-the-street will find it difficult to comprehend. In fact, even the term NGO itself has various interpretations.
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