Sri Lanka women win 100m relay silver in India

COLOMBO (News 1st); The Sri Lanka Women’s 100m relay team sprinted their way to silver at the 61st Indian Interstate Athletics Championship 2022 on Sunday (12), in Chennai.

The Sri Lankan team of Amasha de Silva, Shelinda Jansen, Medhani Jayamanne and Lakshika Sugandhi clocked 45.35 seconds to win silver in 100 relay event.

The Indian team cruised to Gold clocking of 43.95 second while the team from the Indian state of Kerala came in third.

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Derana launches ‘Api Wawamu’ national competition

Derana media network, marking another milestone in the history of television and reassuring its efforts to embark on a new national responsibility, launched the ‘Api Wawamu’ national competition today (June 03).

The aim of this competition is to encourage the people of the country to engage in cultivation in their own capacity to face the looming food crisis.

Accordingly, those who are interested in taking part in the competition can submit applications individually or in groups by cultivating short-term crops at their houses, piece of lands, apartments, schools, institutions or greenhouses.

People from all walks of life are invited to participate in this national competition.

The winner will be awarded Rs. 5 million.

More details can be obtained via 0115 300 800 or 0115 300 700 between 9.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. from Monday to Saturday.

The applications can be submitted through the following link:

On the urgent request of the University Teaching Hospital Peradeniya Shanthi & Nandi Jasentuliytana Raised Funds at their 40th Wedding Anniversary

On the urgent request of the University Teaching Hospital Peradeniya (UTH), medical supplies were dispatched by Meditech Data International CEO Mr. Dilip Niranjan Jayasekara with the assistance of Dr. Deepthi Jayasekara to UTH from the funds raised at Shanthi & Nandi Jasentuliytana’s 40th anniversary gathering. UTH took delivery of 860 PENCAN SPINAL NEEDLES from B Braun Inc (Germany). In the picture (from L to R), Dr. Saman Nanayakkara, MD (Consultant Anaesthesiologist/Head of Department), Ms Geethani RN (Nurse-in-Charge OR) and Voluntary Consultant Anthologist Prof. Nanda Lal De Silve who coordinated the project.


The University Teaching Hospital (UTH) Peradeniya, National Hospital Kandy is the second largest healthcare system complex in the country. This is true for patient care and postgraduate medical training. Urgent Need-Our biggest challenge is to sustain the Obstetric Anaesthesia Service. We have approximately 6000 deliveries at UTH @ year. Of this number, approximately 3000 are by Caesarean Section (C/Section). This amounts to about 250 operative deliveries @ month, of which 40-50% are high-risk mothers. Spinal Anaesthesia is the standard of care globally for this operation. Hence, Spinal Anaesthesia needles and Local Aesthetic Drugs are a prerequisite for the provision of safe obstetric anaesthesia. Our URGENT NEED is to establish a buffer stock of Spinal Needles, as we are duty bound to provide safe and seamless care, no matter what the macro-economic situation in the country is.

Dr. Saman Nanayakkara, MBBS, MD.
Senior Lecturer, Department of Anaesthesia & Critical Care,
University of Peradeniya.
Consultant Anaesthetist and Intensivist, UTH Peradeniya.

1st Ceylon International Film Festival 2022 in Santa Barbara!!!

The Ceylon International Film Festival (CEYIFF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts and educational organization formed by Aruni Boteju, headquartered in Santa Barbara, California. The focus of Ceylon International Film Festival is to promote Sri Lankan Cinema while opening up opportunities for Sri Lankan filmmakers to enter into the global standards of filmmaking by having an exposure to Hollywood. This also provides them with ample opportunities to exchange the global culture and immerse themselves in the creative landscape of filmmaking.

Ceylon International Film Festival (CEYIFF) is the first-ever Sri Lankan Film Festival Organized outside of Sri Lanka. CEYIFF is dedicated to presenting International and Sri Lankan Cinema to film lovers.

We are committed to promoting new filmmakers’ projects and showcasing their films to international audiences. Our mission is to screen independent films of all genres from all around the world.

The educational arm of the organization focuses on providing scholarships and other benefits to the filmmakers with the objective of encouraging them to strive in the filmmaking industry. Further, the educational arm also offers courses and training programs to help them sharpen the saw, using modern tools and innovations.

Master Class program for young filmmakers can be identified as another milestone of the organization where the two cents of experts are being given to the new bees, using virtual workshops and in-person workshops. This takes place in both countries, ensuring the exchange of customs and cultural knowledge that are indigenous.

The story of the International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival established by a single individual, Igor Blazevic, just over a decade ago, is a classic case study on how one can transform to reality and run a film festival even in a place with no facilities and infrastructure, but only an idea. First supported by a small NGO, People in Need, The One World Festival, presents over 100 documentary films during nine days in Spring from around the world. It was the catalyst for the Human Rights Film Network, which brings together 33 festivals from around the world. That example boards well for Aruni’s planned Ceylon International Film Festival, which has a head start with the support of the Santa Barbara Institutions and leading personalities, including the mayor, a big supporter of the effort.

𝐁𝐮𝐲 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐤𝐞𝐭𝐬 𝐧𝐨𝐰! Come experience these incredible stories! Click on the link to book your tickets!

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Aruni Wijesinghe’s Poetry Collection, 2 Revere Place, Officially Launched

On Sunday, May 15, 2022, Drs. Nandi and Neelakshi Wijesinghe hosted a private book launch event at their home in Anaheim, California to celebrate the launch of their daughter Aruni’s debut poetry collection titled 2 Revere Place.

The event was a warm gathering of friends from all parts of Aruni’s life, from close family to former teachers, friends from childhood and adulthood, and members of the local literary community. The family’s goal was to recreate family parties of the 1970s that they so fondly remember as the poetry collection is a loving look back to that childhood. A combination of Sri Lankan short eats and 1970s-style appetizers was on the menu for the garden party, and Aruni gave a brief reading of poems from her book mid-afternoon.

The family deeply appreciates the love and support shown for this debut book and is hopeful for continued interest in this look at Sri Lankan-American identity. Aruni will continue to have public readings and book events throughout the summer at different locations around Southern California both live and on Zoom. She hopes to do a few readings up in the San Francisco Bay Area in late summer and back east in New York and Washington DC in the autumn.

Her book can be ordered from her publisher, Moon Tide Press:

You can follow Aruni’s work at her website and on Instagram @aruniwrites

SLF International, USA Donates Urgent Medical Consumables to Sirimavo Bandaranayaka Specialized Children’s Hospital in Peradeniya

On Friday, May 6th, Sri Lanka time at 3.00pm, Sri Lanka Foundation International, USA donated urgent medical consumables to the Sirimavo Bandaranayaka Specialized Children’s Hospital in Peradeniya to save lives.

Dr Aruna Herath, Pediatrics Pulmonologist accepted the most needed medical items in large quantities such as Sildenafil 50mg, Laryngeal mask airways 1.5,Laryngeal mask 2.0, Syringe 10ml, Urine catheters 6,Umbilical catheters 3.5(PVC), Umbilical catheters polyurethane 3.5, Umbilical catheters, E.T Tube 2.5/3/3.5/4 with great appreciation as many children were in a life and death situation due to the shortage.

SLF extend their deepest gratitude to our ongoing loyal donors that made a difference to this life saving situation.

Also our sincere thanks to the President, Lanny Lin of Capital City Rotary & his Team for facilitating the delivery and other support extended to execute this project in Sri Lanka.

Click on the link to listen to a special message of appreciation from Dr Aruna Herath.
Click on the link below to donate as we have received many other urgent requests:
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Shirani Stanislaus:213-304-7500 or
Keshini Wijegoonaratna: 213-400-7705 or

Sri Lankan Poet Releases Her Full-Length Poetry Collection”

Aruni Wijesinghe is a Sri Lankan-American writer. A project manager, ESL teacher, occasional sous chef and erstwhile belly dance instructor. She holds a BA in English an AA in dance and a certification in TESOL. Aruni is a native New Yorker, born in the Bronx and raised in Rockland County, New York and Orange County, California.

Her work has been published in journals and anthologies both nationally and internationally. She has a solo poetry collection forthcoming with Moon Tide Press and (2022) and a duet collection with Picture Show Press (2022). Most notably, her first full-length poetry collection is due for release in April of 2022. Titled 2 Revere Place, this collection of memoir in verse is a love song to her family; the subject matter is the first ten years of her family’s life in the U.S. and tackles subjects ranging from cultural identity to assimilation to the challenges of being an immigrant family in the United States during the 1970s. Though these poems are not her first publication, this volume is her first solo collection.

Aruni is the daughter of Drs. Nandi and Neelakshi Wijesinghe, and sister to Ashini Wijesinghe Harris and Dr. Manik Wijesinghe. Her parents were both raised in Galle, attended medical school in Sri Lanka, and immigrated to the United States in 1969. They made their first home in New York state, where their three children were born, then made the move across country to Southern California in 1979. Dr. Nandi Wijesinghe established his private practice in Obstetrics and Gynecology with specialty in Perinatology in Orange County while Dr. Neelakshi Wijesinghe worked as a Pediatrician and top administrator for the Orange County Health Department. Dr. Nandi Wijesinghe is the recipient of the Sri Lanka Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award for 2012.

She lives and writes in Orange County, California with her husband Jeff and their cats Jack and Josie.

Book description for Moon Tide website:

In 2 Revere Place, Aruni Wijesinghe unfolds her family’s first ten years in the United States through a gently curated collection of poems. The lush narrative moves from Sri Lankan beaches through apartment living in the Bronx to a quiet Rockland County suburb, leaving a trail of exquisite details charting the journey. Ms. Wijesinghe chronicles her family’s evolution into Americans through the eyes of a child learning what it means to hold two countries inside herself. Her reflections on the past glimmer with firefly light while calling the immigrant experience of 1970’s America into laser focus. Part memoir and part coming-of-age story, 2 Revere Place invites readers to live inside tender skin that tiptoes the line between cultures.

Copies of the book can be ordered directly from the publisher, Moon Tide Press, via this link:

SLAASC in Southern California Celebrates Sinhala & Tamil New Year

Sri Lanka America Association of Southern California celebrated Sinhala and Tamil New Year at Woodley Park on April 23rd, 2022. 

The festival started with electing officers for the 49-year-old association. A tray with kiribath, banana, betel leaves and other sweets were served after the lighting of the oil lamp. The tents offered many traditional sweet and food items. Among the games ‘pillow fight’ attracted many different age groups while coconut scraping game aroused more enthusiasm. The event had subdued music due to the prevailing situation in Sri Lanka. The following were unanimously elected to serve the year 2022.

Michael Samantha Kurera was elected to serve as the President for the second term due to his dedication and commitment to the Sri Lankan community in Southern California.

The following Office Bearers were unanimously elected to serve the year 2022.
Vice President: Trevine Berty Fernando 
      Secretary: Ishan Hettiarchchi
Asst Secretary: Vidushi Madawala
Treasure: Lorna Goonetilleke
Committee Members: Jude Abeygunerathne, Nedra Abeygunerathne, Faisal Buhari, Mano Cabral, Nadhini Silva, Syilvia De Silva, Jagath Perera, Jude Fernando, R Gobishankar, Mangala Jayakody, Aruna Krishntha, Kaushika Geethani, Ardie Palpola, Nelupa Perera, Shamuganathan Vaithillingam,

Sri Lankan Healthcare Crisis Webinar

“Save a Dream” team is extending an invitation to all our community members and associations to join our guest speakers, as they explain the impact of the current humanitarian crisis on treatment of neonatal patients in Sri Lanka” A COLLABORATION BETWEEN SRI LANKAN-AUSTRALIANS AND ROTARY AUSTRALIA

Date:Wednesday, 27th April, 2022

Time:8.00pm-9.30pm AEST

Meeting ID-873 8921 1159

Crisis Continues, Need your Support!!SLF, International, USA Donated urgent medical consumables to NHSL, Colombo to Save Lives


The following urgent items such as NG Tubes, Urine Catheters, ET Tubes, Spinal Needles, Sutures, Monofilament and Syringes were received by Prof Ishan De Zoysa & Prof Sanjeewa Seneviratne, Surgeons at the NHSL Hospital in Colombo.


SLF would like to thank the Capital City Rotary Club in Sri Lanka for assisting with the project.

Donation of medical consumables to ensure essential healthcare needs of children and adults in Sri Lanka we need your help!!!!

As you know, with the current economic crisis in Sri Lanka, the healthcare sector is also experiencing severe challenges with a shortage of drugs and consumables needed for the smooth functioning of healthcare facilities in the country. 

Sri Lanka Foundation International, USA, considers it imperative to address this serious challenge to take the lead in facilitating raising funds to mitigate the situation. With direction and guidance from our Medical Director, Dr. Deepthi Jayasekera, we aim to ensure that the health and wellbeing of the children and adults in our motherland will not be adversely compromised due to a shortage of drugs or consumables in the healthcare sector. 

We firmly believe that there are many people in our country and overseas who genuinely care for the welfare of the people of Sri Lanka. Therefore, we are appealing to your kindness and goodwill to help us in this endeavor. 

In response, we have initiated action to purchase essential items urgently needed from the local private pharmaceutical companies if such items are available. We have already identified a list of most urgent essential supplies, and depending on the size and the number of donations, we will proceed. 

Our goal is to raise $100,000 by the end of May 2022. Our Point of Contact in Sri Lanka is Prof. Ishan De Zoysa, Professor of Surgery, University of Colombo, and Secretary of Sri Lanka Medical Association in Sri Lanka.

We have attached a list of essential items that will soon be out of stock in Sri Lanka. We would be very grateful to you if you could consider our request and help us save lives. 

Thank you in advance for your kindness extended towards needy people in Sri Lanka. 
See attached list:


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