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Takiko Yoshida’s 115th Birth Anniversary today

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The 115th Birth Anniversary of Japanese Philanthropist Takiko Yoshida who opened up opportunities for Sri Lankans in Japan is celebrated today (16).

On the occasion of Ms. Yoshida’s 115th Birth Anniversary, a commemorative ceremony will be held at the Yoshida Preschool and Yoshida Shokanji International School (YSIS) premises in Sapugaskanda, its Director Hemakumara Gunasekara said.

Venerable Banagala Thera, who arrived at Abeysekarama Vihara in Sapugaskanda from Japan, established the Yoshida Education and Social Service Foundation and launched the first Traditional Japanese Early Childhood Development Centre in Sapugaskanda, on June 26, 1979. Ms. Yoshida arrived in Sri Lanka and fully contributed to the initiative.

At that time, there was no talk of travelling to Japan for work or educational purposes from Sri Lanka. Everyone in Sri Lanka was focused on sending their children to countries like England, the USA and Germany. The discussion in Sri Lanka about employment and educational opportunities in Japan commenced when Banagala Thera sent a large number of Sri Lankan girls to Japan to study early childhood development education for the first time.

The country called Japan gained popularity among Sri Lankans thanks to the efforts of Ms. Yoshida and Banagala Thera. These early childhood development centers known as “Japanese Preschools” were established in Nittambuwa, Horana, Nuwara Eliya, Maththegoda, Agalawatta, Polgasowita, Malambe, Kandy and Neluwa with the help of Japanese philanthropists under the coordination of Ms. Yoshida.

Since then, Ms. Yoshida has become one of Sri Lanka’s closest and dearest development assistants. That’s why many Sri Lankans fondly call her “Okasan Amma”.

Born on August 16, 1908 in Kyushu, Japan, Ms. Yoshida later married a renowned surgeon, Kishi Yoshida, and became a shareholder of Yoshida Hospital, one of the largest private hospitals in Japan today.

She offered to provide free medical treatment at that hospital to many people including the Mahanayake Theras of Sri Lanka. Ms. Yoshida was a renowned Japanese woman who was highly respected by monks and Buddhist leaders in Sri Lanka.

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Term tests for Western province suspended

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The term tests for grade 10 and 11 in the Western province schools has been postponed after some of the question papers were shared on social media ahead of the examination.

A senior official said that the decision had been taken after complaints that several question papers had been leaked out before the examinations.

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Russian Naval Ship Varyag Visits Colombo

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The Russian Naval Ship Varyag has arrived at the port of Colombo on a formal visit. 

This 187m long Missile Cruiser, manned by a crew of 529, is led by Flag Officer Captain 1st Rank Velichko Anatoly Vasicievich, with Captain 2nd Rank Glushakov Roman Nikolaevich serving as the Commanding Officer.

During their stay in Sri Lanka, the ship’s crew is expected to participate in various programs organized by the Sri Lanka Navy, fostering camaraderie and exploring tourist attractions in the country. 

The official visit will conclude, and Varyag is set to depart from the island tomorrow.

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SL over 60s cricket team ranked 4th in the world

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The Sri Lanka Over-60s cricket team, led by Garry Gunasekara, achieved a commendable 4th place in the recently concluded Over-60s Cricket World Cup in Chennai. 

Twelve teams, including all major cricketing nations except Pakistan and Bangladesh, participated in the tournament.

In the group league stages, Sri Lanka secured victories against India, Wales, and the Rest of the World. 

They also tied with the West Indies and suffered their only defeat to Australia, finishing 2nd in the group. 

Sri Lanka faced England in the first semi-final, resulting in a loss, while New Zealand lost to Australia in the second semi-final. Australia went on to convincingly win the final against England.

In the third-place match, Sri Lanka faced New Zealand and narrowly lost by 20 runs, ultimately securing the 4th position in the Over-60s Cricket World Cup.

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