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An appreciation of Ozlanka and it founder
With much gratitude by Chitran Duraisamy and the many followers of Ozlanka.

Farewell dinner for departing Consul General, Mr. Lal Wickrematunge was held at the Australian Golf Club
High Commissioner designate of Sri Lanka to Australia H.E. Mr. J.C. Weliamuna,PC, Hon. Scott Farlow, representing Hon. John Sidoti – Minister for Sport, Multiculturalism, Seniors and Veterans, Ms Shemara Wikramanayake, Mr. Arun Abey, Mr. Ryan Neelam – Deputy Director/Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr. Harry Solomons and Mr. Dilip Kumar spoke in appreciation of the excellent work done by the departing Consul General, Mr. Lal Wickrematunge, to strengthen people to people ties, education, tourism and trade between Sri Lanka and Australia. 

Chess and your mental health
School going children and young adults from 800 families, a few from abroad, being members of the 64 Squares International Chess Academy, had their annual chess championship in August in Kandy, Sri Lanka from the 22nd of August for a week, ending with a grand finale of speeches, dance performances and the prize distribution to the runners-up and the champions in each grade, on the 27th August, at the Oak Ray Regency Hotel, having one of the best function centres in Sri Lanka for such large scale events.

Ozlanka achieves 20 years of unbroken community service
This month Ozlanka marks 20th year of service to the Sri Lankan community in NSW, ACT and the rest of Australia.The Ozlanka website has served the Sri Lankan community without asking or accepting any donations or funding from any individual or organisation for the entire two decades of operation of this website. I take this opportunity to sincerely thank all those who supported Ozlanka with articles, event photos and news items.  The support and encouragement I received from these individuals and the rest of the Sri Lankan community cannot be measured or counted, it was immense.

The Abirami Concert 2019 - photo album by RoyGrafix is now on line
Abirami Natya Shestra School of Dance presented it’s 5th annual dance showcase on the 27th of July 2019. Director and founder of Abirami Natya Shestra, Smt. Meera Joy, orchestrated an incredible night of performances at St Marys Memorial Hall in Sydney. Director Smt. Meera Joy inaugurated the event alongside her husband Mr. Edward Joy Selvaraja, Dr. Eswararaj Bastiampillai, Mr. Vishal Prajapati, Father Joe and Penrith’s Councillor Tricia Hitchen by the lighting of the lamp ceremony.

‘Vishama Bhagaya’ shown at Shanghai film fest and coming to Sydney
Lalith Ratnayake produced ‘Vishama Bhagaya’ to mark World Children’s Day 2004. The film, which focused on the extraordinary talents of children, was awarded ‘Best Telefilm’ that year and received rave reviews.Known as the only category A international film festival in China and one of the largest in Asia, the Shanghai International Film Festival ran from June 15 to 24. Around 522 films were shown in 47 cinemas all over the city during the 10-day event.
Your chance to enjoy this movie in Sydney and contribute towards a very worthy fund collection project

SAFAL Fest 2019 was a tremendous success
The Festival kicked off on 3rd August with the Screening of the Oscar Entrant Sri Lankan film Frozen Fire at the Event Cinema Macquarie Centre, North Ryde which was organised by Kithsiri Karunaratne. It was attended by Sri Lankan Consul General, Mr. Lal Raj Wikramatunga., Clr. Bernard Purcell from City of Ryde and members of Sri Lankan Community. The SAFAL Arts & Literature Festival was officially inaugurated by Mr John Alexander Federal MP for Bennelong on the 4th of August at the Brush Farm House, Eastwood and was also attended by Clr. Bernard Purcell from City of Ryde and members from the South Asian Communities.

Peradeniya University Alumni Association of NSW (PUAAN) – Winter Event - 2019
The winter event has always taken an intellectual flavour in keeping with the academic culture of the University of Peradeniya. Over the years we have had panel discussions on stimulating topics, lectures conducted by eminent scientists, presentations by visiting academics and highly regarded stage plays. This year it was two highly interesting and well researched presentations by two greatly respected senior academics of the University of Western Sydney – Dr. Michael Phillips and our own alumnus Prof. Kaila Kailasapathy – on a thought-provoking, highly talked of topic – “Enhancing Human Gut Health – Probiotics and Prebiotics”.

Photos from the successful "For Lanka" dinner held on Aug 3rd are on line with thanks to Robin Bosco

Popular Consul General Mr. Lal Wickrematunga will be leaving Sydney in September.
There are two community farewell events planned by several associations.
(1) Sydney Bens Farewell to Consul General - Mr. Lal Wickrematunga

(2) Sri Lanka Association of New South Wales  Inc.  together with the participation of the Sri Lankan Community 
Tickets are limited and its is suggested that tickets are purchased early. Cick above for the respective event notices

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