A visit to the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation

Recently Vernon Corea’s son, Ivan visited the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation and met with the new Chairman, Attorney At Law Nanda Muruttettuwegama, SLBC staff at the station including veteran broadcaster K.S.Sivakumaran, Nihal Bhareti and the legendary composer and singer/songwriter Nimal Mendis and his son Paul Marie Mendis. It was a wonderful meeting at the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation – joining them were the top SLBC producer Indira Priyadarshini Nawagamuwa and members of the Radio Ceylon Facebook Group Chrismarlon Perera and Shantilal Vairwaranathan.

Ivan was interviewed by SLBC legend Nihal Bhareti over the airwaves of the station.

Chris Marlon Perera of the Radio Ceylon Facebook Group with Ivan Corea in the foyer  of the SLBC.

Chris Marlon Perera of the Radio Ceylon Facebook Group with Ivan Corea in the foyer of the SLBC.

The entrance to the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation.

The entrance to the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation.

Ivan Corea near the original foundation stone of Radio Ceylon - Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation in Colombo.

Ivan Corea near the original foundation stone of Radio Ceylon – Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation in Colombo.

Top Sri Lankan singer-songwriter Nimal Mendis and the veteran broadcaster K.S.Sivakumaran with the photograph of legendary Radio Ceylon/Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation broadcaster Vernon Corea.

Top Sri Lankan singer-songwriter Nimal Mendis and the veteran broadcaster K.S.Sivakumaran with the photograph of legendary Radio Ceylon/Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation broadcaster Vernon Corea.

 Attorney At Law Nanda Muruttettuwegama the new Chairman of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation with Ivan Corea - on the right of the picture.

Attorney At Law Nanda Muruttettuwegama the new Chairman of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation with Ivan Corea – on the right of the picture.

Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation broadcasters with Ivan Corea and Nimal Mendis.

Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation broadcasters with Ivan Corea and Nimal Mendis.

Ivan Corea with top singer-songwriter Nimal Mendis and veteran broadcaster K.S.Sivakumaran near his father's photograph at the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation. (Radio Sri Lanka)

Ivan Corea with top singer-songwriter Nimal Mendis and veteran broadcaster K.S.Sivakumaran near his father’s photograph at the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation. (Radio Sri Lanka)

Ivan Corea with the legendary Radio Ceylon Broadcaster K.S.Sivakumaran at the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation.

Ivan Corea with the legendary Radio Ceylon Broadcaster K.S.Sivakumaran at the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation.

Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation legend Nihal Bhareti interviews Ivan Corea in a studio.

Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation legend Nihal Bhareti interviews Ivan Corea in a studio.

Ivan Corea with senior journalists in the News Division of the SLBC. The late Vernon Corea was Director News of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation in 1975.

Ivan Corea with senior journalists in the News Division of the SLBC. The late Vernon Corea was Director News of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation in 1975.

The massive transmitter of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation. (Radio Sri Lanka)

The massive transmitter of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation. (Radio Sri Lanka)

At the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation - Radio Sri Lanka.

At the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation – Radio Sri Lanka.

With the photograph of the late Vernon Corea, legendary broadcaster of Radio Ceylon/Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation. (Radio Sri Lanka)

With the photograph of the late Vernon Corea, legendary broadcaster of Radio Ceylon/Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation. (Radio Sri Lanka)

SLBC Newsreader Viran Corea and Snathilal Vairwaranathan at the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation. (Radio Sri Lanka)

SLBC Newsreader Viran Corea and Snathilal Vairwaranathan at the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation. (Radio Sri Lanka)

Ivan Corea presents SLBC English Services Director Yusuf Noordeen in memory of his late father Vernon Corea at the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation. (Radio Sri Lanka)

Ivan Corea donates some CDs to SLBC English Services Director Yusuf Noordeen in memory of his late father Vernon Corea in Mr. Noordeen’s office at the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation. (Radio Sri Lanka)

In the canteen of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation. (Radio Sri Lanka)

In the canteen of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation. (Radio Sri Lanka)

Ivan Corea with top Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (Radio Sri Lanka) Producer Indira Priyadarshini Nawagamuwa.

Ivan Corea with top Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (Radio Sri Lanka) Producer Indira Priyadarshini Nawagamuwa.

With the photograph of legendary broadcaster Vernon Corea at the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation. (Radio Sri  Lanka)

With the photograph of legendary broadcaster Vernon Corea at the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation. (Radio Sri Lanka)

The entrance of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation. (Radio Sri Lanka)

The entrance of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation. (Radio Sri Lanka)

Ivan Corea with the new SLBC Chairman Attorney At Law Nanda Muruttettuwegama - Sri Lanka Broadcasting   Corporation. (Radio Sri Lanka)

Ivan Corea with the new SLBC Chairman Attorney At Law Nanda Muruttettuwegama – Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation. (Radio Sri Lanka)

At the English Services of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation with SLBC Director Yusuf Noordeen.

At the English Services of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation with SLBC Director Yusuf Noordeen.

The airwaves of Radio Ceylon a remant of the old building from 1948.

The airwaves of Radio Ceylon a remant of the old building from 1948.

The tablet unveiled in 1967 at the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation. (Radio Sri Lanka)

The tablet unveiled in 1967 at the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation. (Radio Sri Lanka)

Sir Winston Churchill died 50 years ago

Sir Winston Churchill died 50 years ago.

Sir Winston Churchill died 50 years ago.

 

Sir Winston Churchill, the ‘greatest Briton’ died 50 years ago. Vernon Corea held him in high esteem. He had books on Winston Churchill in his library at 5 Maha Nuge Gardens and bought his children a comic book detailing the life of Winston – it was an Eagle comic book sold in Colombo.

The only Corea to meet Sir Winston Churchill was Vernon’s uncle, Sir Claude Corea.

Here is a rare film report from PATHE NEWS in the United Kingdom showing Vernon Corea’s uncle, Sir Claude Corea who was High Commissioner of Ceylon in London with the Prime Minister of Ceylon, Sir John Kotelawala at 10 Downing Street with the Prime Minister of Great Britain Sir Winston Churchill. Many Commonwealth Prime Ministers attended the high level meeting at 10 Downing Street including the Prime Minister of India Pandit Nehru.

The British Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill was 80 years old at the time of his meeting with the Prime Minister of Ceylon Sir John Kotelawala and Vernon’s uncle, Sir Claude Corea.

The State Funeral of Sir Winston Churchill – 50 years ago:

Ranjini Corea wish for a Charity Sing-A-Long was held on Saturday 24th January 2015 at 7.30 pm in Banqueting Hall at BMICH Colombo Sri Lanka

Vijaya and Ranjini Corea - The Ranjini Corea Memorial Concert is at the BMICH in Colombo today at 7.30 p.m.

Vijaya and Ranjini Corea – Ranjini Corea’s wish was to raise funds for the Cancer Hospital in Maharagama

 

The Ranjini Corea Memorial Concert will be in the Banqueting Hall in the BMICH today.

The Charity Event was held at the BMICH in Colombo

Sri Lankan superstar Annesley Malewana will be participating in the Ranjini Corea Memorial Concert.

Sri Lankan superstar Annesley Malewana participated in the Charity Sing-A-Long .

The stars came out for a Charity Sing-A-Long – it was a wish of the late Mrs Ranjini Corea, wife of Sri Lankan media personality Vijaya Corea – it was held today Saturday 24th January 2015 pm at 7.30 p.m. at the Banqueting Hall at the BMICH in Colombo. Sri Lankan superstar Annesley Malewana will be a Guest in the Charity Event and proceeds will go to the Cancer Hospital in Maharagama.

Tickets were available at Rs 1,000 from Torana at Liberty Plaza in Kollupitiya, Colombo-3 and at Torana Majestic City in Bambalapitiya.

 

His Holiness Pope Francis visits Sri Lanka in January 2015

His Holiness the Pope recently visited Sri Lanka in January 2015.

His Holiness Pope Francis in Sri Lanka - Photograph courtesy of the Daily News Sri Lanka.

His Holiness Pope Francis in Sri Lanka – Photograph courtesy of the Daily News Sri Lanka.

His Holiness Pope Francis  said that the legacy of injustices, hostilities and mistrust bequeathed by the protracted conflict in Sri Lanka can only be overcome by cultivating good virtues which foster reconciliation, solidarity and peace.

His Holiness Pope Francis greets the crowds in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Photograph courtesy of the Daily News Sri Lanka.

His Holiness Pope Francis greets the crowds in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Photograph courtesy of the Daily News Sri Lanka.

His Holiness Pope Francis with Sri Lanka's new President Maithripala Sirisena during his visit to the island in January 2015. Photograph courtesy of the Daily News Sri Lanka.

His Holiness Pope Francis with Sri Lanka’s new President Maithripala Sirisena during his visit to the island in January 2015. Photograph courtesy of the Daily News Sri Lanka.

“It is no an easy task to overcome the bitter legacy of injustice, hostility and mistrust left by the conflict. It can only be done by overcoming evil with good,” the Pontiff said.

The Holy See was of the view that the process of healing also needs to include the pursuit of truth, not for the sake of opening old wounds but rather as a necessary means of promoting justice, healing and unity.

He added that followers of various religious traditions have an essential role to play in the delicate process of reconciliation and rebuilding taking place in this country.

“For that process to succeed, all members of society must work together. All must have a voice. All must be free to express their concerns, their needs, their aspirations and their fears,” the Pope added.

The Holy Father was speaking at the welcoming ceremony at the Bandaranaike International Airport. Pope Francis added that everyone should live as one family by accepting one another and respecting their legitimate differences. “Whenever people listen to one another humbly and openly, their shared values, aspirations become all the more apparent. Diversity is no longer seen as a threat but as a source of enrichment.

The path to justice, reconciliation and social harmony becomes all the more clearly seen,” he said.

The Pope stressed that the rebuilding of the country should also include promoting human dignity and respect for human rights with full inclusion of each member of society.

“It is my hope that Sri Lanka’s political, religious and cultural leaders, by measuring their every word and action by the good and the healing it will bring, will make a lasting contribution to the material and spiritual progress of the Sri Lankan people.”

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Sri Lanka has a new President – Maithripala Sirisena

Maithripala Sirisena is sworn in as the President of Sri Lanka - Photograph courtesy of the Daily News in Sri Lanka.

Maithripala Sirisena is sworn in as the President of Sri Lanka – Photograph courtesy of the Daily News in Sri Lanka.

 

Maithripala Sirisena was elected President of Sri Lanka in the recent Presidential Elections in Sri Lanka. Here is the Wikipedia entry for him –

 

Pallewatte Gamaralalage Maithripala Yapa Sirisena (pronounced [pʌllɛwʌθθə gʌmʌɹɑːlʌlɑːgeɪ maɪθɹiːpɑːlʌ jɑːpɑːsɪɹɪseɪnə], Sinhala:පල්ලෙවත්තෙ ගමරාළලාගේ මෛත්‍රීපාල යාපා සිරිසේන) (known as Maithripala Sirisena,Sinhala: මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන; born 3 September 1951) is the 7th President of Sri Lanka.He joined mainstream politics in 1989 and has held several ministries since 1994. He was the general-secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and was Minister of Health until November 2014 when he announced his candidacy for the 2015 presidential election as the opposition coalition’s “common candidate”. He had also served as the actingDefence Minister for several occasions during the Sri Lankan civil war. On 9 January 2015, Maithripala Sirisena, presidential candidate of the New Democratic Front, was elected as the President after his opponent Mahinda Rajapaksa conceded defeat

Early life and education

Sirisena was born on 3 September 1951. He is the son of World War II veteran Albert Sirisena, who was awarded five acres of paddy land in Polonnaruwa near Parakrama Samudra by D. S. Senanayake.

He was educated at Royal College, Polonnaruwa. He studied for three years at the Sri Lanka School of Agriculture, Kundasale. In 1980 he earned a Diploma in Political science at the Maxim Gorky Literature Institute in Russia.

Early political activity

As a teenager Sirisena became interested in communism but in 1967 he joined the Sri Lanka Freedom Party‘s (SLFP) youth league in Polonnaruwa. He was jailed during the 1971 Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna Insurrection.  He rose up the SLFP ranks, joining itspolitburo in 1981. He became president of the All Island SLFP Youth Organization in 1983.

Sirisena worked at the Palugasdamana Multi Purpose Cooperative Society and also as a grama niladhari (village officer). 

Legislative career

Sri Lankan Parliament

Sirisena contested the 1989 parliamentary election as one of the SLFP’s candidates in Polonnaruwa District and was elected toParliament.  He was re-elected at the 1994 parliamentary election, this time as a People’s Alliance (PA) candidate. He was appointed Deputy Minister of Irrigation in the new PA government led by Chandrika KumaratungaPresident Kumaratunga promoted him to the Cabinet in 1997, appointing him Minister of Mahaweli Development. In August 2000 Sirisena tried to become general-secretary of the SLFP but was beaten by S. B. Dissanayake.  Sirisena was instead appointed one the Deputy Presidents of SLFP.  He was re-elected to Parliament at the 2000 parliamentary election and retained his ministerial portfolio. He became general-secretary of the SLFP in October 2001 following Dissanayake’s defection to the United National Party (UNP).

Opposition

He was re-elected at the 2001 parliamentary election but the PA lost the election and so Sirisena lost his ministerial position.

In January 2004 the SLFP joined forced with the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna to form a political alliance called the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA). Sirisena was re-elected at the 2004 parliamentary election as a UPFA candidate. President Kumaratunga appointed him Minister of River Basin Development and Rajarata Development in the new UPFA government in April 2004. He was also appointed Leader of the House. Sirisena’s ministerial portfolio was renamed as Minister of Irrigation, Mahaweli and Rajarata Development in July 2005. He resigned as Leader of the House in August 2005.

Minister of Agriculture

After the 2005 presidential election newly elected President Mahinda Rajapaksa appointed Sirisena Minister of Agriculture, Environment, Irrigation and Mahaweli Development in November 2005.  On 27 March 2006 Sirisena’s personal secretary M. L. Dharmasiri was shot dead by unknown gunmen in Aranangawila. Following a cabinet reshuffle in January 2007 he was appointed Minister of Agricultural Development and Agrarian Services Development by President Rajapaksa.

Assassination attempt

Sirisena narrowly escaped death on 9 October 2008 when a convoy he was part of was attacked by a Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam‘s suicide bomber at Piriwena Junction in Boralesgamuwa, Colombo. One person was killed and seven injured.

Minister of Health

Sirisena was re-elected at the 2010 parliamentary election and was appointed Minister of Health in April 2010.

Presidential campaign

Following days of speculation in the media, Sirisena announced on 21 November 2014 that he would challenge incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the 2015 presidential election as the common opposition candidate. Sirisena claimed that everything in Sri Lanka was controlled by one family and that the country was heading towards a dictatorship with rampant corruption, nepotism and a breakdown of the rule of law. He has pledged to abolish the executive presidency within 100 days of being elected, repeal the controversial eighteenth amendment, re-instate the seventeenth amendment and appoint UNP leader Ranil Wickremasinghe as Prime Minister.

Sirisena has received the support of the UNP, the main opposition party, as well as former president Chandrika Kumaratunga and several UPFA MPs that had defected alongside him (Duminda Dissanayake, M. K. D. S. Gunawardena, Wasantha Senanayake, Rajitha Senaratne, Rajiva Wijesinha).

Following the announcement Sirisena, along with several other ministers who supported him, were stripped of their ministerial positions and expelled from the SLFP. His ministerial security and vehicles were also withdrawn