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Confrontation. Covid-Quarantine. Ordeal.

Michael Roberts

Preamble: I flew to Sydney in Australia on Sri Lankan Airlines UL 606 leaving Katunayake at 17.00 o’clock on Wednesday 16th September. The airport was depressingly empty. Only about 35 passengers were on the flight –undoubtedly due to Australian restrictions. Two were Aussie women and the rest looked dinky-die Sri Lankan.

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Milinda Moragoda’s Heavy Burden in Delhi and the World-Around

Shenali Waduge, in her Facebook Page, 11 September 2020, https://www.shenaliwaduge.com/can-moragoda-deliver-a-sri-lanka-first/ fbclid=IwAR0ENoSao7UVsWL5vdkIb0fLN61HCL_Sn49DJldGZ8MgQqI5gfaXj5UCnm8 .… where the title is “Will Moragoda deliver a ‘Sri Lanka First’?”

With much thought and strategy Sri Lanka has appointed Moragoda as Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to Delhi iced with cabinet ranking, the first such fringe benefit afforded to a high commissioner. No doubt, Sri Lanka is thinking the Moragoda magic will provide much relief to Sri Lanka, given the appointment is being made against tremendous objections.

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Myth-making Ridiculous: Raavana on Fire!

Grace Bains in  Scoopwhoop where the title is A Demon For Us But A Hero For Sri Lankans, The Fascinating Story Of Ravana, According To Lanka” and Chandre Dharmawardena, in Island, 11 September 2020

As we celebrate Dussehra, we recount Ramayana and the lessons that come with it. For us, the Ramayana isn’t just a story of Lord Rama winning over Ravana and rescuing Sita. It is about good winning over evil despite the many obstacles. It is the story that gives Indians hope and motivation to keep fighting for what they know is right.

But we all know that every story has two sides.

Source: Daily Mirror

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A Personal Message from South Australia

Dear Michael,

Thanks to the ongoing cooperation of South Australians, we are in a position to announce further relaxing of restrictions today.

As of midnight tonight, weddings and funerals can have up to 150 people.

Eating and drinking while seated at a bar will be allowed, provided no food preparation or production occurs at or near the bar (i.e the bar is not a kitchen bar).

AFL crowds can now be up to 15,000, with gradual increases to crowds (up to 25,000), phased in over the coming weeks.

We know many workplaces have worked hard over the past months to put the right measures in place to keep their workforce safe and, as such, we have formally removed our advice that people should work from home where possible.

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I want to genuinely thank every single person in South Australia for the contribution they have made to keeping themselves, their families and community safe by abiding by the restrictions that have been put in place.

We can’t be complacent but we should take this moment to pause and reflect on how lucky we are to be in South Australia at this time.

Regards,

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STEVEN MARSHALL
Premier of South Australia 

 

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“Bl…. Hell STEVE!….. How can I benefit when you do not permit Sri Lanka Air or any other airline to fly to Adelaide !! Do not expect my vote at the next election.”

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Best Spot for Covid Test?

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August 30, 2020 · 12:06 pm

Fortitude: Murali’s Fight to stay on the Field

Andrew Fidel Fernando. in Cricket Monthly within ESPNcricinfo, 11 August 2020, where the title runs  “Growing up with Murali,”

Ten years after he retired, a reflection on what Muttiah Muralitharan has meant – and means – to a nation

Before I watched an umpire no-ball Muttiah Muralitharan at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, I had no idea that cricket mattered.

Security personnel and spectators look on next to a giant cutout of Sri Lankan spin bowler Muttiah Muralitharan erected on a 17th century Dutch-built fortress during the third day of the first test cricket match between India and Sri Lanka in Galle, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, July 20, 2010. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

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A President One Could Die With … in Portugal

Ryan Fahey for MailOnLine, 17 August 2020

  • Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, 71, swam out to rescue the two stranded women  
  • The Portuguese president was in the Algarve for 2 days in a bid to boost tourism 
  • Footage shows the head of state, who underwent minor heart surgery last year, swimming out to help assist the pair whose canoe had capsized 

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An Aussie Foundation that is an US Handmaiden

Echo Hui, ABC Investigations, and Hagar Cohen

The Federal Government’s foundation that was meant to “turbocharge” relations with China is beset by dysfunction, a lack of purpose and possible conflicts of interest, say senior insiders.

Key points:

  • A new National Foundation for Australia-China Relations was announced by the Federal Government in 2019
  • Former consul-general to Hong Kong says two recent appointees may have conflicts of interest
  • One of the directors runs a newspaper that has links to Falun Gong, an anti-communist party religious movement

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Lanseelam in 1985: Cut and Thrust ….

“EELAM INSPIRES LANSEELAM BY BURGHERS”….. Appendix ONE in People Inbetween by Roberts, Colin-Thome & Raheem, Ratmalana 1989, Sarvodaya Book Publications, pp.

1, Deebuey Street, Lan Sea Park, A. 5071.

1 January 1985.

Dear Sir/Madam,

I write on behalf of the Lanseelam Association of Australia Inc., a body which was recently formed for the purpose of defending the rights of Burghers in Sri Lanka.

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Australians in Limbo: Morrison’s Government under Siege

Andrew Taylor & Tammy Mills, in Sydney Morning Herald, 11 July 2020, with this title

Australians living overseas have criticised the Morrison government’s decision to make it harder to return home, while forcing people to pay for two weeks in quarantine has been labelled as “almost cruel”.

Matthew Spence worked in the aviation industry in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, until he was made redundant on June 30. Mr Spence said flights from Malaysia to Sydney were sparse, and he was booked on the first available flight on July 18. “I am concerned that the intake cut will result in flight cancellations, further adding to the stress of Aussies trying to return,” Mr Spence said. “If you are an Australian citizen you have the expectation that you can always return home when you need to.”

Kerryn Finnis (right) has been separated from her fiance Nick (left) by the travel restrictions Australia has imposed. 
Kerryn Finnis (right) has been separated from her fiance Nick (left) by the travel restrictions Australia has imposed. 

Prime Minister Scott Morrison ordered airlines to slash the number of flights and available seats to Australia from Monday to reduce the number of international arrivals in a bid to relieve pressure on hotel quarantine.

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