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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2710

Sri Lankans Honored by Consul General Wickramasuriya in Los Angeles

By Philip Fernando in LA for Asian Tribune

Los Angeles, 14 May, (Asiantribune.com): Consul General Jaliya Wickramasuriya feted Hassina Leelaratne on the occassion of the 25th anniversary of the publication of the Sri Lanka Express, the only newspaper for expatriates published in USA.

A crowd of well-wishers watched the ceremony to honor Hassina Leelaratnna, the Editor, who said that it was her late husband's inspiration that made her to continue this venture.Hassina Leelaratne, Editor receuiving Plaque of Appreciation from Consul General Wickramasuriya.Hassina Leelaratne, Editor receuiving Plaque of Appreciation from Consul General Wickramasuriya.

Deeptha Leelaratne passed away few years ago. Their efforts have been greatly appreciated by the Sri Lankans for giving them a glimpse of what is happening in their motherland. Now in its 25th year, the paper is very well received throughout the United States. Photo shows Hassina Leelaratne, Editor receuiving Plaque of Appreciation from Consul General Wickramasuriya.

In another ceremony, Sunil Edirisinghe, the popular singer, who toured USA for the third time within a span of 12 years, was honored by Consul general Wicrkamasuriya. His musical show, Sandakada pahan (Moonstone) was applauded by large crowds wherever it was staged.

Sunil Edirisinghe was accompanied by his wife Nandani and other reputed instrument players in Sri Lanka, Mahinda Bandara (guitar), Hemapala Gallage (tabla), Suresh Maliyadde (key board), Kalani Perera (violin). The team was on an eleven-show tour of North America, including three in Canada.Consul General Wicramasuriya with Sunil Edirisisnghe and his troupe.Consul General Wicramasuriya with Sunil Edirisisnghe and his troupe.

The net proceeds from the musical event in LA will be remitted to a fund for the construction of a community hall which includes a computer center, a library and an assembly facility, in one of the 24 Ranavrugamas (villages for war veterans). “Pangolla Ranavirugama”, established for the families of soldiers killed in action or for those who have been permanently disabled at the battle front.

The two and half hour grand musical event was staged on Saturday, the 03 May, at the Rosemead High School Auditorium, Rosemead, California.

“The shows have been very effectively and carefully planned with dedication, and I am honored to be associated with the LA based “Sri Lankan Patriots” good cause of being helpful to the Ranaviru project for the disabled, commented Edirisinghe.

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