NEWS - February 2007

The Sri Lankan community met the Minister of Health Care & Nutrition Hon. Nimal Siripala De Silva at Deakin University - Melbourne on 27th February. Minister Nimal Siripala discussed the political situation & outlined the peace efforts in Sri Lanka. Minister Wishva Warnapala, Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa & HighCommissioner K. Balapatabendi were also participated.
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Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse's official visit to the China.
Photos Sudath Silva
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Sri Lanka Air force flight trainer crashes killing 2
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SL Navy foils LTTE attempt to smuggle arms- Dondra Point
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Medical Aid Team received the HUMANITARIAN OVERSEAS SERVICE MEDAL from Professor David De Kretser Governor of Victoria on Monday 26 th February at Government House in Victoria
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Dr. Quintus de Zylva --->
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'Terrorist Investigation Division' (TID) arrested Dushantha Basnayake a director of 'Standard Newspapers Private Limited' which prints the popular Sinhala weekly 'Mawbima'.

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'Tikiri Children's Drama Festival'
was held  on Feb 24, 2007 at Drums Theatre in Dandenong. This was organised and presented by the Tikiri Newspapers Group. Produced and directed by Ms Malini Kulatunga
- Photographer - Vijaya Wickrama Karunasena
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Internationally renowned film director Dr. Lester James Peris was awarded the "Sri Lanka Abhimani" award by the president Mahinda Rajapakse on 24 th of February.

Pic - Sudath Silva

Sri Lankan boat people intercepted by Australian Navy

Anura Bandaranaike sworn in as National Heritage Minister before President Mahinda Rajapaksa on 22nd of February

Pic - Sudath Silva

800 New Doctors Reciving Appoinment lettres from President

Photo Sudath Silva
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Sinhala women too in LTTE - Gotabhaya
by Norman Palihawadane

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Saudi executes Lankans for robbery
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Mangala's letter to the President --->

'Polo' elephant gets mad, takes on minibus
No one was inside this minibus when a Sri Lankan elephant called "Abey" left an elephant polo game on 15th Feb  and went on a rampage

Photo courtesy of Buddhika Weerasinghe / Reuters
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Popular fiction writer Deemon Ananda (published 1054 books) passed away on 15th of February at the age of 74. Funeral will be held on 18th- saturday.

Dr.Kim Howells Minister State for foreign and Commenwelth Affairs in Britan  met President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Prdsidential Secretariat on 15th morning, SriLankan Foreign Minister Mr.Rohitha Bogollagama also in the picture
Photo courtesy of Sudath Silva

Umpires caught in the act!
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Australia, Feb. 4, 2007: Umpires Azad Rauf of Pakistan (L), Steve Davis (C) quench their thirst while third umpire, former Australian pace bowler Paul Reiffel looks on.
Pic by Johan Jayasinghe/SNNI


Opening ceremony of The Our Lady Of Lanka Shrine - Bacchus Marsh, Victoria was held on 4th of february 2007.

Photographers - Natashi Perera & Shenali Perera
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Birthday present for Anura
Anura Bandaranayake accepted the Aviation Ministry on 14th of February. He was sacked from the Council of Ministers by President Mahinda Rajapaksa on 9th of February along with Mangala Samaraweera & Sripathi Sooriyaarachchi. Anura celebrates his 58th birthday on 15th of February. (Lankapura-Colombo)

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Speech in Parliament by the Hon'ble Ranil Wickremesinghe Leader of the Opposition on 6 th February 2007

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Sri Lanka marks 59th Independence Day.
Photo - Sudath Silva
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Sri Lankans in Melbourne throng at Kingston hall -Moorabbin, Victoria for national day celebrations on 4th of february 2007, organised by the Consulate of Srilanka in association with the Committee for Srilanka.

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Melbournians celebrated 59th Independence day, on 4th of February at Clayton hall in Victoria. Proudly organised by Sinhala Cultural & community Services Foundation - Victoria.
Photos-Vijaya Wickrama Karunasena.
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Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa visits to Vaharai.
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Professor Sivathambi's brother-in-law abducted --->


H.E. President Mahinda Rajapakse appointed JHU Policy Formulator Patali Champika Ranawaka M.P. as Minister of Environment & Natural Resources on 1st of February 2007.
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Courtesy of SNNI - Photo - Sudath Silva


SPORTS


Ranatunga turns Sri Lankans into world-beaters
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Sri Lankans - the true tigers
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Thurstan and Isipatana are poles apart
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'
Lanka in 1996 was better’ — Murali
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We didn't want New Zealand tour Gilchrist
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Sun & Fun Cricket Awards on Sunday
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India's Rahul Dravid plays a shot as Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara
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Sri Lanka named Arnold
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Sri Lanks unveil world cup team
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Eagerly awaiting his fifth World Cup
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Sri Lanka edge past India by five runs
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England seals series - England has stunned Australia by claiming a 2-0 win in the Commonwealth Bank Series finals after clinching a nail-biting 35-run victory at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
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Now it's Lokuge's turn at cricket politics.
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Moody should coach England after Cup: Botham
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Warwickshire Announce Sangakkara Signing
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ICC CWC 2007 ticketing revenue looking good
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Sachin's back in business in LG ICC Player Rankings
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Lokuge says he will not meddle with Sri Lanka Cricket right now
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Tom Moody out of contention for Australia role

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