You do not need to have an Australian visa label in your passport and visa holders are no longer routinely issued visa labels. From 1 July 2014 the charge for a visa label is $150.

Students drive migration

Tuesday, 08 July 2014 00:00 Written by

OVERSEAS student arrivals will increase and departures fall away as a result of work incentives and other visa changes, the immigration department predicts.

According to her dad, Elina started singing even before she could talk – she even used to cry in vibrato!

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Wednesday, 02 July 2014 00:00 Written by

Australian Louise Searle tells why she would give up life in Australia for Sri Lanka.

WHEN Australian Louise Searle made an impromptu trip to Sri Lanka, she never imagined how it would change her life forever.

A GERALDTON doctor has been charged with murdering her husband, who was also a doctor, in a domestic dispute.

Major Crime Squad detectives last night charged the 34-year-old woman with the murder of Dr Dinendra Athukorala on June 24, at a house in Shenton Street, Geraldton.

Tips for Tax time

Friday, 27 June 2014 00:00 Written by

Australia Tax time is on the horizon. ATO has provided some tips on your tax return. We have listed down few highlights and you can visit ATO web site and YouTube channel for more information.

Sri Lankan Muslims Protest In Canberra

Thursday, 26 June 2014 00:00 Written by

Julie Owens MP speaks to protesters at Parliament House on June 26, 2014 in Canberra, Australia. The rally is a response to the pogrom led by Buddhist Extremist group Bodu Bala Sena in the south-west of Sri Lanka that targeted the Christian and Muslim minorities and left hundreds wounded and four dead. (Photo by Cole Bennetts/Getty Images)

1st article of the series of articles from Mr. Gamini Leslie Director of Customs(Legal) / Media spokesperson

How powerful is your passport?

Wednesday, 25 June 2014 00:00 Written by

Travelling around the world may be much easier now compared to how it was just mere years ago, but even then, not every nationality enjoys the same freedom to travel anywhere in the world without a visa. 

Housemates intervene to save life of 40-year-old man in Melbourne after he poured petrol on his legs and set them alight, weeks after similar case saw another Sri Lankan asylum-seeker die from burns

AusNewsLanka.com the Media Partner for Miss Sri Lanka Australia covered behind the scene videos and here is the collection. 

All set for an international standard pageant on 3rd of August 2014. Full credit goes to MSLA team for organizing this event in Australia for the first time. 

AusNewsLanka.com will publish the pictures and videos of the pageant. Stay tuned! 

Julian Simonsz performed “Suit And Tie” by Justin Timberlake on The Voice Australia Sing Off on Monday June 16, 2014.

Australia has advised its citizens traveling to Sri Lanka to "exercise a high degree of caution" in the country at this time because of the unpredictable security environment in the island.

COMPARING THE COST OF A DEGREE OVERSEAS

Tuesday, 17 June 2014 00:00 Written by

The enduring reputation of many British and American universities continues to attract the lion’s share of international students, but things are changing in the world of international recruitment. With Australasia and Asia emerging as increasingly attractive options for many overseas students, it’s often hard to compare the real cost of study in different countries. So which study destination presents best value for money? 

Julian hit the right notes with his energetic performance of MKTO's chart topper and now he is in live show rounds. Lets wish all the very best to Julian and all the Sri Lankans are behind him to win the title. 

"Expressions of the Month" - June Gallery

Monday, 02 June 2014 00:00 Written by

Lankan photo enthusiasts section. This month collection is from Dushmantha Bulathsinhala.

Aus Govt confirms Sri Lankan asylum seeker death

Monday, 02 June 2014 02:02 Written by

A Sri Lankan asylum seeker living in the community on a bridging visa in Geelong has died after suffering burns to 90 per cent of his body. A Victoria Police spokeswoman says officers were called to a unit fire in inner suburban Newtown on Saturday morning following reports a man was on fire in the front yard. It's believed the injuries were self-inflicted, she said.

Julian Simonsz battling with Krishool singing Superstition in The Voice Australia 2014

And the winner is......... 

Lodge you tax online this year

Tuesday, 03 June 2014 02:02 Written by

Want to spend less time doing your tax return this year? myTax is ATOs new easy online lodgment option.

You will be able to lodge anywhere, anytime with your tablet, smart phone or computer.

Here some highlights from Miss Sri Lanka Australia 2014 - Castings Team 

The pageant is on 3rd of August 2014. Stay tuned to AusNewsLanka.com for more updates on Miss Sri Lanka Australia 2014!

Newly-wed Julian Simonz has been singing professionally for the past three years. He recently married his girlfriend of seven years and the loved-up pair has postponed their honeymoon for his blind audition on The Voice.

Of Sri Lankan heritage, Julian was exposed to both eastern and western music from an early age and has developed a broad genre base that skews passionately towards R’n’B and pop. He has recently completed a Bachelor of Audio Production; skills that he applies when writing and producing his own music and lyrics.

Australia the most expensive country in the G20

Monday, 12 May 2014 00:00 Written by

Australians are living in the most expensive G20 economy in the world. A study by the World Bank shows the costs of goods and services in Australia are elevated around the levels of pricey European countries Switzerland, Norway, Denmark and Sweden.

Australia’s Defence Minister Senator David Johnston expressed appreciation of the role played by Sri Lanka in combating people smuggling and other illegal activities and underlined Australia’s resolve to work closely with Sri Lanka in this area.

Honest Sri Lankan student gets to keep $80,000

Friday, 09 May 2014 00:00 Written by

Chamindu Amarsinghe said on Thursday he was speechless to hear he will get $81,597 of the cash he found at Channel 9’s Docklands headquarters, after no one came forward to claim it.

Melbourne Rail Link will enable the addition of more services, improve reliability and provide capacity for 30% more passengers in the peak hour.

By adding two new tracks in the inner core of Melbourne's rail system, the project will enable dedicated train lines, each using their own set of tracks - delivering more frequent and more reliable train services for all passengers.

Melbourne Rail Link will also deliver the Melbourne Airport Rail Link, connecting Melbourne Airport to Southern Cross Station.

"Expressions of the Month" - May Gallery

Friday, 02 May 2014 00:00 Written by

Lankan photo enthusiasts section. This month collection is from "Mystic Radiance Photography"

CO-OPERATION between Sri Lanka and Australia on fighting people-smuggling has reversed migration patterns, with thousands more Sri Lankans arriving as skilled workers while the flow of illegal boats from the South Asian nation, which peaked at tens of thousands, has now stopped.

Happy Sri Lanka!!!

Monday, 26 May 2014 00:00 Written by

Collection of Pharrell Williams - Happy Videos (Remakes done in Sri Lanka)

Sri Lankans are now enjoying peace, stability and economic progress. We can see that from the faces of locals and the tourists.  Visit Sri Lanka!!!

Miss Sri Lanka Australia LAUNCH PARTY 2014

Thursday, 03 July 2014 00:00 Written by

Launch of MSLA ! See the contestants on the runway and dance the night away. Brought to you by Miss Sri Lanka Australia and Club Ministry. Message MSLA to get on the guestlist. Launch: 7pm-9pm and permitted to stay on for the rest of the night. 

The new Ranger camera can detect motorists using mobile phones and not wearing seat belts up to 700 metres away.

Send your New Year celebration pictures/highlights to publish on this digital magazine. AusNewsLanka.com - The online magazine for Sri Lankans in Australia

Muthuhara invites Melbourne Children to join hands

Thursday, 10 April 2014 00:00 Written by

Muthuhara Melbourne admission is now open

Newly arrived and planning to settle in Melbourne?

Tuesday, 08 April 2014 00:00 Written by

Good opportunity for those newly who migrated to Melbourne. 

"දැහැන" - Brisbane monthly Newsletter

Monday, 07 April 2014 00:00 Written by

If you are live in Brisbane and like to know about the Sri Lankan community activities, you can subscribe Daehena Newsletter  

Keen to study in Australia?

Friday, 04 April 2014 00:00 Written by

Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection has simplified assessment levels for student visas.

We are one month old

Monday, 31 March 2014 00:00 Written by

www.AusNewsLanka.com is now 1 month old

Coming to Melbourne?

Tuesday, 25 March 2014 00:00 Written by

Drop by the visitor centre at Fed Sq or Bourke St for ideas and advice

ICC T20 Cricket World Cup 2014 Schedule

Thursday, 20 March 2014 00:00 Written by

BnS Australia Tour 2014 

After very successful shows in Brisbane and Sydney last week, BnS, the crew Randir Umaria, Ashanthi and the band will be in Canberra and Mebourne this weekend for there shows. Then the team heading to Adelaide and Perth in the following week for the final shows. 

 
 

Muthuhara information night in Melbourne

Thursday, 20 March 2014 00:00 Written by

මුතුහර ළමා සමාජය, මෙල්බර්න්

Festival of Cricket Australia 2014 (HIGHLIGHTS)

Friday, 14 March 2014 00:00 Written by
The inaugural Festival of Cricket Australia is an initiative of OYOB to celebrate unity and to relive the Big Match experience. 
 
Please visit the Foundation of Goodness website for more information on the extensive projects supporting rural Sri Lanka: www.unconditionalcompassion.org
 
Champions of the Festival of Cricket Australia 2014 is Royal College 
 

Good News for International Students!

Monday, 10 March 2014 00:00 Written by

For the very first time, a Sri Lankan National Day event was held on board the ‘Magistic’ cruise in Sydney on 4 February. Organised by the Consulate General in New South Wales, the cruise hosted diplomats, members of parliament, media, defence personnel, business and community leaders and friends of Sri Lanka.

With the proud Sri Lankan flags fluttering, the Sri Lankan National Day cruise went past the famous Opera House, under the Harbour Bridge, Shark Island and other Sydney icons, for two hours with guests enjoying a delightful mix of Sri Lankan and Australian delicacies; kiribath, kokis, Sri Lankan fish rolls, vadai, battered prawns, among other delicious finger foods. The best of Sri Lanka’s Dilmah Tea and traditional delicacies, interspersed with iced tea mocktails and special Colombo sling giner ale. Consul General Ambassador Bandula Jayasekara proposed the toast with a glass of Sri Lanka’s Dilmah iced tea.

A tribute was paid to a dear friend of Sri Lanka, the late Tony Greig. The new Sri Lankan cricket t-shirt and a limited edition plaque of the world record batting partnership (one of just 400 pieces singed by Mahela and Kumar recording the highest partnership in cricket) was presented to Tony’s son, Tom, who follows in his father’s cricketing footsteps.

The festivities kicked off with Greig’s daughter, Beau, singing the Australian National Anthem and Chiranie Kulatilake singing the Sri Lankan national anthem. Later, celebrity Sri Lankan- Australian Chef and author of My Sri Lankan Kitchen Peter Kuruvita and Bree Hutchins regaled the guests with stories about the spices and flavours of Sri Lanka and how much the island nation meant to them.

Sri Lankan band led by Mastero Shelton Premaratnes son dished out Sri Lankan songs of yesteryear and Sri Lankan ballads during the two hours on board.

The invitees to the event were encouraged to wear traditional dress, and many obliged by wearing sarongs, osaris and sarees, lending colour and vibrance to the event.

Bond of friendship

In his speech, Ambassador Bandula Jayasekara Consul General praised Sri Lanka and Australia for having strengthened their relationship like never before. He thanked the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbot and the people of Australia for standing by Sri Lanka as true friends. He went on to say, “We are sure that the bond of friendship established between President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Tony Abbot will remain for a very long time,” Ambassador Jayasekara also spoke about the successful visit undertaken by Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Prof G.L. Peiris to Sydney for the Business Forum with the participation of Barry O Farrell, Premier of New South Wales with the Ministers address at the Australian Institute of International Affairs.

He lauded the tremendous interest among Australians to invest in Sri Lanka, led by James Packer, saying that even Shane Warne wanted to invest in Sri Lanka and was expected to travel to the island soon. He recognised the presence of Dr. Lakshman Jayaweera, Chairman of the Board of Investment of Sri Lanka, for building the bridges of investment between Sri Lanka and Australia. This year, he said he hoped to give new life to the Sri Lanka-Australia Business Council, building on the opportunities provided by a renewed bilateral relationship.

The guest of honour on this National Day was Minister for Citizenship and Communities and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Victor Dominello who was also representing the Premier of New South Wales. In his address, the Minister went on to affirm the positive role of Sri Lankans in the Australian community, particularly their strong presence in the tertiary education sector. He ended by embracing the richness of Sri Lankan culture, its contribution to the multicultural fabric of Australia, and signalled the NSW government’s intention to set up a Sri Lankan Ministerial Committee to help smooth dialogue between the two countries.Among the special guests this evening were former Federal Minister of Sports and Director of CPH Holdings Mark Arbib, eminent Professors Siri Kannangara and Naren Chitty, Vivian Greig wife of late Tony Greig and children, Shemara Wickramanayake, Head of Macquarie Funds Group , Cameron Mcleod, Manager of ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, General Michael Slater, Commander Forces Command in the Australian Defence Force, Deputy Police Commissioner Nick Kaldas, Rina Hores – Executive Director, Donald Bradman Foundation. The event was supported by the Board of Investment of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka’s Dilmah Tea, Ananda Rajapaksa, Agx Intl, Universal Magazines, Digital Copy Centre, Blue Elephant restaurant and, Kingsgrove sports.

 

Battle of the Ex-Maroons 2014 in Melbourne (Highlights)

Thursday, 06 March 2014 09:44 Written by

An exciting game of cricket from old Ananda and Nalanda pupils, including some Sri Lankan national cricket team players, school team captains and school team players was held at LS REID Oval, Oak Avenue, Doveton on 02/03/2014

Ananda scored 179/6 in 40 overs.

Nalanda won the match by reaching the target in 37.4 overs. Final score was 181/6.

Aus News Lanka visited 3ZZZ Radio. The Melbourne Ethnic Community Radio.

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Wednesday, 01 January 2014 00:00 Written by

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