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VICTOR MELDER SRI LANKA LIBRARY –

ACQUISITIONS FOR THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER 2017

7, Benambra Street, Broadmeadows, Vic 3047, Australia.

Telephone + 61 3 9309 4040

E-mail < melder.rjvm1935@bigpond.com >

Web Site < www.vmsl-library.com >

 THOSE WISHING TO DONATE BOOKS & OTHER PUBLICATIONS TO THIS LIBRARY, PLEASE CONTACT ME AT ABOVE ADDRESS, BY EMAIL OR TELEPHONE. Thank You.

                                 ACQUISITIONS   FOR  THE  MONTH  OF  NOVEMBER  2017

  BOOKS

  1. Supplement to the Sapumal Foundation Collection  – Rohan de Soysa, additional notes by Neville Weereratne, 2017

       (Donated by Neville Weereratne, Hughesdale, Vic)

  1. Ceylon by S.A.Pakeman, 1964
  2. Guide to the Collections of the Colombo Museum, Part 1, Archaeology and Ethnology, 1912.
  3. Chinaman by Shehan Karunatilaka, 2012.
  4. Edge of Nowhere by Nalini de Sielvie, 2004.
  5. Serendib, Isle of Dreams by Nalini de Sielvie, 1998
  6. National Parks of Ceylon, A Guide by Lyn De Alwis, 1969.
  7. The Flower Boy by Karen Roberts, 1999.
  8. Once Upon A Tender Time by Carl Muller, 1995.
  9. Sri Lanka, A Travel Survival Kit by Tony Wheeler, 1984.
  10. The Road from Elephant Pass by Nihal De Silva, 2003.
  11. Ceylon by Ashley Gibson, 1929.
  12. Anuradhapura, Greatest of Ceylon’s Ancient Cities, Ceylon Tourist Board, 1953.

       (No’s 2 – 13, Donated by Cuthbert Lethbridge, Noble Park)   

MAGAZINES

  1. HI!! – The Society Magazine, Sri Lanka, Series 15, Vol 1, 2017.
  2. HI!! – The Society Magazine, Sri Lanka, Series 15, Vol 2, 2017.
  3. HI!! – The Society Magazine, Sri Lanka, Series 15, Vol 3, 2017.
  4. GEO, Vol 6, No 2, June – August 1984.
  5. GEO, Vol 8, No1, March – May 1986.
  6. Illustrated, January 20, 1945.

      (No’s 4 – 6, Donated By Cuthbert Lethbridge, Noble Park)

NEWSLETTERS

  1. Newsletter – The Burgher Welfare League of WA Inc, Vol 28.2, November 2017.
  2. Newsletter – The Eighty Club Melbourne Inc, Newsletter No 144, 3rd Edition, Nov 2017 – February 2018
  3. “The Harbinger”, Family Magazine of Australia / Sri Lanka Welfare Guild Inc (ASWG), Vol 42, No 5, November 2017.
  4. “Outreach” Newsletter, Voluntary Outreach Club Inc (VOC), December 207.

 OTHER

  1. 45rpm, “Ceylon Calling”, Part 1 & Part 2, Tamil and Sinhala Christian Devotional Hymns from Ceylon.

      (Donated by Cuthbert Lethbridge, Noble Park) 

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SRI LANKA NEWS IN BRIEF – NOVEMBER 2017 –
Compiled by Victor Melder

Panic stricken motorists joined long queues outside filling stations in the country following fears of a shortage of fuel after a parcel of 30,000 metric tonnes of petrol imported by the Indian Oil Company (IOC) was rejected as the shipment failed to meet quality specifications. This development has led to a virtual ‘run’ on stocks maintained by the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC), officials said. With motorists desperate to tank up before CPC stocks also dried up, the demand has zoomed to a level that supplies cannot match, they noted. As a result not only IOC filling stations remained temporarily shut, but many CPC sheds were also hit and remained out of stocks due to the unprecedented clamor for fuel. CPC trade unionists were quoted as saying that some filling stations had not received fresh supplies of petrol since last Thursday and the overall picture appears grim as the next shipment was due on November 8, that’s in three days time. “All indications are that the dearth of fuel is bound to continue, with the situation worsening as existing stocks dwindle faster than anticipated due to the surge in demand”, they predicted. By October 31, the Kolonnawa refinery had in stock 7,000 metric tonnes of petrol and Muthurajawela 4,000 metric tonnes. The average consumption of petrol per day is around 3,000 metric tonnes. With motorists eager to tank up, the question is for how long existing supplies will last, they said. Meanwhile, the Office of Petroleum Resources Minister, Arjuna Ranatunga, in a special statement, urged motorists to economize on the use of petrol. “The CPC has maintained sufficient stocks of petrol to meet the requirements of motorists. However, a consignment of petrol imported by IOC failed to meet quality standards. As a result of halting the unloading of this stock of fuel, a shortfall in supplies has arisen”, the statement noted. It added: “The shortage has caused panic amongst motorists. However, we have been able to supply 80% of the requirements of petrol to the market. There is no disruption in the supply of diesel and kerosene. As this is a temporary development, motorists are advised to use petrol sparingly”. (Daily Island 5.11.2017)

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SRI LANKA CRICKET NEWS

(OCTOBER 2017)
Compiled by Victor Melder

Victor Meldor

Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 21 runs to win the first Test played at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi (Sri Lanka’s tour of United Arab Emirates & Pakistan). Scores:
Sri Lanka, 1st Innings – 419 (Chandimal 155no, Karunaratne 93, Dickwella 83, Perera 33, Abbas 3/75, Shah 3/120, Ali 2/88, Sohail 1/51)
Pakistan, 1st Innings – 422 (Ali 85, Sohail 76, Masood 59, Aslam 51, Herath 5/93, Lakmal 2/42, Fernando 2/77, Perera 1/92)
Sri Lanka, 2nd Innings – 138 (Dickwella 40no, Silva 25, Mendis 18, Shah 5/51, Abbas 2/22, Shafiq 1/7, Sohail 1/7, Ali 1/21)
Pakistan, 2nd Innings – 114 (Sohail 34, Shafiq 20, Ahmed 19, Herath 6/43, Perera 3/46, Lakmal 1/12)
Player of the match: Rangana Herath (Sri Lanka)

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VICTOR MELDER SRI LANKA LIBRARY

7, Benambra Street, Broadmeadows, Vic 3047, Australia.
Telephone + 61 3 9309 4040
E-mail < melder.rjvm1935@bigpond.com >
Web Site < www.vmsl-library.com >

Victor Meldor

 

THOSE WISHING TO DONATE BOOKS & OTHER PUBLICATIONS TO THIS LIBRARY, PLEASE CONTACT ME AT ABOVE ADDRESS, BY EMAIL OR TELEPHONE. Thank You.

ACQUISITIONS FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER 2017

BOOKS
1. Ancient & Traditional Boxes, Caskets & Chests in Sri Lankan Museums, Vol 1, 8th – 18th Century, by P.H.D.H De Silva, 2015.
2. Ancient & Traditional Boxes, Caskets & Chests in Sri Lankan Museums, Vol 2, 19th – 20th Century, by P.H.D.H De Silva, 2016.
3. Ancient & Traditional Boxes, Caskets & Chests in Sri Lankan Museums, Killota or Chunam (Lime) Boxes, by P.H.D.H De Silva, 2015.
4. Saga of the Elephant in Sri Lanka (Extracts from ‘Loris”, Vol 21 (1996) to Vol 27 (2015), Part 3, by Douglas B. Ranasinghe et al, 2017.
(No’s 1 – 4, Donated by Lalith Seneviratne, Colombo 5, Sri Lanka)
5. Ceylon Railway Heritage, by K.A.D.Nandasena & Vinodh Wickremeratne, 2017
(Donated by Vinodh Wickremeratne, Boralesgamuwa, Sri Lanka)
6. The Power of Mindfullness by Nyanaponika Thera, 2017
7. The Cake that was Baked at Home – Lakshman Kadirgamar by Ajita Kadirgamar, 2016
(No’s 6 – 7, Donated by Hemal Gurusinghe, Chelsea Heights, Vic)

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OBITUARIES

Compiled by Victor Melder
(E & O.E.)
(OCTOBER 2017)

Victor Meldor

CRUSZ – RIENZI, (17.10.1925 – 8.9.2017), husband of Anne, father of Daphne, Maria (Hakan), John (Kim) and Michael (Joanna), grandfather of Jens, Jasmine and Ella. Brother of Maxwell, Noeline and Jerome Crusz and Yvonne, Vernon, Noel and Hillary (all dec), on September 8, 2017, in Ontario, Canada. (Funeral Parlour Notice)

SCHARENGUIVEL – DAGMAR, wife of J.R.N. (Bunting) Scharenguivel, mother of Anne-Marie Kellar and Jerome (USA), grandmother of Dominic and Daniel Kellar, in Sri Lanka on September 20, 2017. – 37, Piyaratnarama Road, Dehiwela, Sri Lanka. Email: < annemarie.kellar@gmail.com > . (Contributed)

RAMENADEN – ENID CHRISTOBELL, wife of late Richard Ramenaden, mother of Delrine, Deliah, Roger (USA), late Shirani, Charmaine, late Jackie and Damien (Australia), mother-in-law of Siva, late Michael, Aloma (USA), late Leslie, Gerard, Desmond and Cheryl (Australia), sister-in-law of late Rev. Brother Lewis, Camilus Ramenaden and grand children, in Sri Lanka – 105/15, St Anthony’s Mawatha, Station Road, Kandana, Sri Lanka. (Daily News 2.10.2017)

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SRI LANKA NEWS IN BRIEF (OCTOBER 2017)

Compiled by Victor Melder

Victor Meldor

The national carrier SriLankan Airlines recently held its 39th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Shareholders last Monday at the Auditorium of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka at Malalasekera Mawatha in Colombo 7. It was well attended by many former and current employee shareholders, anxious to ascertain the future of the airline. A Group Net Loss of LKR 28,339,51 was reported in 2016/17, up 135% from Group Net Loss of LKR 12,083.62 in 2015/16. Latest Group Net Loss includes LKR 14,362.81 Mn. paid as compensation for the cancellation of lease agreements for four Airbus 350-900 aircraft. Significant increases in Operating Expenses compared to previous year were; Aircraft Maintenance & Overhaul (22%), Rental on Leased Aircraft (13%) Employee Costs (12%) and Marketing & Advertising (11%). In his message to shareholders, Chairman Ajith Dias stated, “Although our financial performance for the year is, on the face of it, less satisfactory than the year before, it has been seen in the context of numerous challenges which we faced”. He need be applauded for highlighting in his message, the airline’s operations being hampered by the “method of interacting, reporting, decision-making through bureaucratic and political channels”, an obvious reference to political interference. It contradicts what was stated during his recent interview with Ada Derana of having submitted a restructuring plan to the government and awaiting approval. Or else, the airline has implemented at least parts of the restructuring plan, whilst awaiting approval. He also claimed during the interview, the carrier required less wide bodied A330 aircraft and more A320/321 narrow bodied aircraft in order to make the airline profitable. However, only six out of 24 routes operated with A320/321 narrow bodied aircraft during 2016/17 achieved breakeven load factor. The CEO has elaborated on the reduction in the single biggest cost component i.e. fuel. It is not known what percentage of the saving is due to reduction in fuel consumption resulting from discontinuation of long haul flights to Paris, Frankfurt and Rome. He made no mention of the 12% increase in manpower costs from previous year. No meaningful response was forthcoming on the issue of high employee costs. The airline employed 7,021 staff to service 24 aircraft, a staff to plane ratio of 292 for each aircraft. Carriers known with staff to plane ratios worse than that of the national carrier are Syrian Arab Airlines 400:1 and Pakistan International Airlines with 391:1. Air India has managed to reduce staff to plane ration from 300:1 in 2012 to 108:1 by 2015. In 2016/17, Group Employee Costs including Crew Salaries amounted to LKR 20,015.81. Crew Expenses consisting of allowances amounted to an additional LKR 5,435.70 making the total Salaries and Allowances bill a massive LKR 25,451.51 Mn. Aircraft Maintenance & Overhaul Costs amounted to LKR 17,644.09 Mn. in March 2016/17, a 48% increase from LKR 11,932.41 Mn. in 2014/15, despite the induction of several new aircraft which generally results in reduced maintenance & overhaul costs. (Sunday Island 1.10.2017)

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The touring Indians beat Sri Lanka by six wickets to win the fifth and final One Day International played at the R.Premadasa Stadium, Khettarama, Colombo. Scores:

Sri Lanka – 238 in 49.4 Overs (Thirimanne 67, Mathews 55, Tharanga 48, Bumrah 2/45, Chahal 1/36, Yadav 1/40)

India – 239/4 in 46.3 Overs (Kohli 110no, Jadhav 63, Pandey 36,  de Silva 1/29, Malinga 1/35, Fernando 1/40, Pushpakumara 1/40)

India won the 5-match series 5-0.

Player of the match: Bhuvneshwar Kumar (India)

Player of the Series: Jasprit Bumrah (India)

The touring Indians beat Sri Lanka by seven wickets to win the one and only T20 International played at the R.Premadasa Stadium, Khettarama, Colombo. Scores:

Sri Lanka –  170/7 in 20 Overs (Munaweera 53, Priyanjan 40no, Dickwella 17, Chahal 3/43, Yadav 2/20, Kumar 1/36, Bumrah 1/38)

India – 174/3 in 19.2 Overs (Kohli 82, Pandey 51no, Rahul 24,  Prasanna 1/25, Malinga 1/31, Mathews1/33, Udana 1/36)

Player of the Match: Virat Kohli (India)

T20 debut: Virat Kohli (India) and S.M.A.Priyanjan (Sri Lanka)

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VICTOR  MELDER  SRI  LANKA LIBRARY

7, Benambra Street, Broadmeadows, Vic 3047, Australia.

Telephone + 61 3 9309 4040

E-mail < melder.rjvm1935@bigpond.com >

Web Site < www.vmsl-library.com >

 

 THOSE WISHING TO DONATE BOOKS & OTHER PUBLICATIONS TO THIS LIBRARY, PLEASE CONTACT ME AT ABOVE ADDRESS, BY EMAIL OR TELEPHONE. Thank You.

ACQUISITIONS   FOR  THE  MONTH  OF  SEPTEMBER  2017

 BOOKS

  1. Ceylon Tea, The Trade That Made A Nation by Richard Simon, 2017.

      (Donated by Dr Rohan Pethiyagoda, Chairman, Ceylon Tea Board, Colombo, Sri Lanka)

  1. Fistful of Folly by E.C.T.Candappa, 2017

      (Donated by Ms Nimmi Candappa, North Dandenong, Vic)

 

MAGAZINES

 

NEWSLETTERS

  1. “Outreach” Newsletter, Voluntary Outreach Club Inc (VOC), Melbourne.
  2. Burgher Association (Australia) Inc (BAA), September News Bulletin, Spring 2017.
  3. Burgher Association (Australia) Inc (BAA), Notice of Annual General Meeting 2017/2018
  4. “The Harbinger”, Family Magazine, Australia / Sri Lanka Welfare Guild Inc (ASWG), Vol 42, No 4, August 2017.
  5. “Silverscene”, Newsletter, Silver Fawn Club Inc, Qld.
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OBITUARIES: Compiled by Victor Melder (E & O.E.) (SEPTEMBER  2017)

ISAAC – PAUL PETER, son of Mr & Mrs Peter, in Sri Lanka on September 1, 2017. (Sunday Observer 3.9.20170  

FERNANDESZ – VIRGINIA (nee Schokman), wife of Anton, mother of Ramona and Jackie, mother-in-law of Tyronne Francisco (Italy), grandmother of Ryan, Marianne and Shashi. Daughter of late Cecil and Nunnie, daughter-in-law of late Mervyn and Ada, sister of Anton and Joyce, sister-in-law of Elizabeth, Carmen and Jennifer (SL), Elmo, Carmel, Benny, Celine, Franklin, June, Walter and Doris (Aust), in Sri Lanka. – 530/3, Lake Way Terrace, Lake Road, Wickramasinghepura, Battaramulla, Sri Lanka. (Daily News 5.9.2017)

DURAISAMY – GORDON JEYARATNAM, husband of Caterine, father of Suhen and Nirmala (Aust), Ravin and Dharshana (Can), grandfather of Manju and Michael, Jeshu and late Roshi, Jerry and Noah, great grandfather of Sebastian and Isabela. Brother and brother-in-law of late Sam and Lily (Can), Nesam and late Christmas (Aust), late Jeya and Bubby (Aust), Devi and Chelvam (Aust), Raju and Malar (Aust) and Ranji and Leslie (DSL), in Sydney. (Daily News 7.9.2017)   

 MOLDRICH – BURTON CHALLICE (15.01.1937 – 02.09.2017) ,husband of Monica,​  father of Dmitri,​ Druvaan,​ Natasha and Jude (deceased),​ father-in-law of Bill and Michael,​ grandfather of Chayna,​ Daniel,​ Matthew,​ Mackay and Sienna, in Sydney.. Email: m​o​l​d​r​i​c​h​m​@​g​m​a​i​l​.​c​o​m​ (Daily News 12.9.2017)

KANTHASWAMI – MAHADEVI, wife of late Mr. C.K. Kanthaswami,​ mother of Dhayananthan (Sydney),​ Shantini (London),​ Abhiramy (London),​ Vaheesan (Brisbane) and Geethanjali (Sydney); mother-in-law of Vijayalakshimi,​ Dr. Kandiah Sivakumar,​ Dr. Jayantha Arnold,​ Dhushyanthi and Nirmalarajan, grandmother of Gajenthiran,​ Janarthani,​ Branavan,​ Sivahamy,​ Ahran,​ Ramya,​ Ahrani,​ Hariharan,​ Bhargavi and Sindhura, in Sydney. (Daily News 12.9.2017)

BARTLETT SAMUEL “SABA” SABARATNAM (18th August 1921 – 8th August 2017). Husband of Mani Bartlett.  father of Shirani,​ Suresh,​ Priyani and Rohan,​  grandfather of Praveen,​ Amrith,​ Hamish,​ Shaun,​ Anita,​ Shannon,​ Esther and Joel,​ in Melbourne. Unit 2, 561 Grimshaw Street, Bundoora, Vic 3083. (Daily News 12.9.2017).

THOMASZ – WILLIM RICHARD (Bunny), husband of Cynthia, father of Cheryl, in Sri Lanka. (Daily News 15.9.2017)

PESTONJEE – IRIS (Nee Joachim), daughter of late Dr A.W.R.Joachim, and Lucille, wife of Rutton, mother of Noshir and Kashmira (USA). Sister of late Rosemary Dias, Yvonne Ranasinghe, Ninette Joachim, Dr Michael and Marina Wijesekera, mother-in-law of Jennifer Pertonjee and George Reid, in Hawaii, USA on September 16, 2017. (Daily News 19.2.2017)

SPAAR – MIGNON NELL GERALDINE (nee Melder).​ Daughter of late Jerry & Pansy,​ wife of Lorenz,​ sister of Joan & late Ernie Boustead (Aus),​ Frankie & Valerie Melder,​ late Derrington & Judy (Can),​ Daryl & Dougie De Zilwa (Aus),​ mother of Karen & Jefferson,​ Keith & Christine,​ Gerald ,​ Gillian  & Prasad ,​  grandmother of Keryn  & Ryan ,​ Jared  & Dr Nethmini,​ Joshua (USA),​ Gareth & Dan, in Sri Lanka. No 8/1, 3rd Lane, Jambugasmulla Mawatha, Nugegoda, Sri Lanka. (Daily News 19.9.2017)

ABEYAGUNAWARDENA – DON SAMSON (1.5.1929 – 19.9.2017) in Canberra. (Canberra Times 23.9.2017)

LA’BROOY – MARIE EUPHRASIE, (10 May 1925 – 23 September 2017), wife of Brian dec), mother and mother-in-law of Jeanne & Collin Macpherson, Genevieve & James McCaughan, Etienne & Sarah La’Brooy. Grandmother of Caitlin & Ben Paton, Siobhan & Anthony Sadler, Lachlan, Cameron, Brynna, Ewen, Elspeth & Jeremy Bell, Ailis, Calum & Eadana Macpherson, Daniel, John, Rioghnach & Kamil Wegrecki, Mairead, Eamon, Colm, Cormac & Siobhan, Oistin, Criostoir, Finbar & Monie (dec) and Liam La’Brooy, great grandmother of Angus, Anna, Catherine, Thomas & Brigid Paton, Patrick McCaughan and Aurelia Wegrecka, in Sydney. (Sydney Morning Herald 27.9.2017)

COLLOM – EVERLYN ANNESLEY, (Malcolm), son of the late Eddie & Ruby Collom, brother of Patrick (dec) and Ivor, in Sri Lanka.. (Daily News 30.9.2017).

   Note: All spelling of names as taken from Sri Lankan newspapers

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SRI LANKA NEWS IN BRIEF (SEPTEMBER 2017) Compiled by Victor Melder

Alleging that the army continued to hold about 85,000 acres of land in the North, Northern Province Chief Minister and former Supreme Court judge C.W. Wigneswaran,  sought the intervention of most Ven. Tibbatuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala Thera of Malwatte Chapter to shift troops out those lands. CM Wigneswaran claimed that only about 5,000 acres had been so far released to their original owners. The Chief Minister placed the strength of the army deployed in the Northern Province at 150,000. Asserting that there was no requirement to maintain such a large force in the Northern Province, Wigneswaran called for their removal. The Mahanayake thera told the CM to make representations to President Maithripala Sirisena as he could solve the problem. The prelate emphasised that the army could not be removed from the Northern Province. CM Wigneswaran told the Mahanayake that he sought his intervention to bring their problems to the notice of the President. Wigneswaran said there were at least 89,000 widows in the north as a result of the war. Rehabilitated LTTE cadres were unemployed as employers were reluctant to hire them. The farmers of the north had been affected by the import of chillies, onions and other such commodities. Fishermen from the South fished in the Northern seas, depriving the local fishermen of their income, he said. Responding to media Chief Minister Wigneswaran said that federalism did not divide the country but united the country instead. Three judges of the Supreme Court had recorded a judgement regarding federalism. Accordingly, there should be no fear that federalism would pave the way for separation, the CM said. Commenting on disputes over Buddha images being put up in the north Wigneswaran said there was opposition to statues coming up in inappropriate places. Attempts were made to put up Buddha images on lands owned by non-Buddhists, he said. The 20th Amendment to the Constitution had been rejected by the Northern Provincial Councils as it was a threat to democratic administration of the provinces, CM Wigneswaran said. Asked for his views regarding war crimes allegations Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka recently levelled against former Army Commander General Jagath Jayasuriya, Wigneswaran said that minister Sarath Fonseka might have had legitimate reason to make that statement. What he said might be true. The matter should be investigated, he said. (Daily Island 11.9.2017.

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