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DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2019 to announce winner at Nepal Literature Festival in Pokhara

Views - 18 Thursday, 15 August 2019 00:00

The DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, which is now in its ninth year, has announced that it would be awarding the DSC Prize 2019 winner at the Nepal Literature Festival in Pokhara on 16 December. The felicitation ceremony is planned as the final


A successful jazz evening at the Vistas Rooftop Bar

Views - 26 Thursday, 15 August 2019 00:00

What is life without a little bit of jazz? The Mövenpick Hotel Colombo joined hands with some of the talented musicians in town as a part of the #CelebrateColombo festivities on the 7 August, by hosting an evening of jazz at the Vistas Rooftop Bar.


More than a dance show: Naomi Rajaratnam inspires audience to believe anything is possible

Views - 28 Thursday, 15 August 2019 00:00

Naomi Rajaratnam is a name that is synonymous with dance. From a young age, Naomi was passionate about perfecting her skills and she pursued it with a spirit of excellence. And this is what led to her becoming one of the most respected names in dance


Asia’s most iconic drag queen returns: Get intimate with Kumarsutra

Views - 80 Thursday, 15 August 2019 00:00

Back by popular demand, Asia’s most iconic drag queen Kumar will be back in Sri Lanka to entertain his many fans towards the end of the year. Singaporean-born Anita Dorai will bring down Kumar for yet another hilarious show filled with pithy punchl


‘Dora: The Lost City of Gold’ in Lankan cinemas from today

Views - 49 Friday, 9 August 2019 00:00

American adventure film ‘Dora: The Lost City of Gold’ will be released today in six Sri Lankan cinemas. They are Liberty by Scope Cinemas, Colombo City Centre, MC Cinemas, Empire Cinema, NIT Kurunegala and Ratnapura. A live-action adaptation an


OLU Swim Week Colombo presents 4th edition of CFW Fashion Films

Views - 18 Friday, 9 August 2019 00:00

Fashion Films enjoy a close relationship with the world of fashion and in its fourth season CFW Fashion Films presented by OLU Swim Week Colombo highlighted the work of high potential Sri Lankan film directors to a gathering of fashion and film lover


Mobitel customers can purchase tickets for movies and events on BookMyShow using mobile phone

Views - 16 Friday, 9 August 2019 00:00

Mobitel has partnered with a leading global entertainment destination, BookMyShow, to enable its customers to purchase tickets for the latest movies, cricket matches and other popular cultural and sporting events on BookMyShow (https://lk.bookmyshow.


Santoor maestro Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma and Pt Rahul Sharma to perform in Sri Lanka

Views - 18 Friday, 9 August 2019 00:00

To celebrate the 73rd Independence Day of India, the High Commission of India is organising a special cultural event ‘Strings of Harmony’ – a musical Jugalbandi featuring legendary Santoor maestro Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma and his son Pandit Rah


On the wings of ‘Grace & Glory’ with Naomi Rajaratnam

Views - 155 Wednesday, 7 August 2019 00:00

Just like two sides of the same coin, grace cannot exist without glory and glory cannot exist without grace. It is this multi-dimensional theme of duality that will be showcased in the dance production ‘Grace & Glory’ on 17 and 18 August at the B


‘Hobbs & Shaw’ finishes in first place with $60 million

Views - 14 Wednesday, 7 August 2019 00:00

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com): Universal’s ‘Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw’ crossed the box office finish line in first place, debuting with $60.8 million from 4,253 North American locations. The big-budget spinoff, starring Dwayne Johnson a


Sirisena officiates at 19th Presidential Cinema Awards ceremony

Views - 19 Wednesday, 7 August 2019 00:00

The 19th Presidential Cinema Awards ceremony was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the Nelum Pokuna Theatre recently. President Sirisena presented awards to 27 outstanding performers from 79 films screened from 2016 to 201


The Moose Clothing Company unveils its chic bottom-wear collection

Views - 38 Friday, 2 August 2019 00:00

The Moose Clothing Company recently made its runway debut at an exclusive fashion showcase that was attended by an elite gathering of the country’s top retailers, VIP guests, members of the media and celebrities alike. Held under the theme ‘A Pr


John Keells Properties supports the Car Free Day initiative

Views - 29 Friday, 2 August 2019 00:00

Colombo is Sri Lanka’s cosmopolitan hub and the country’s commercial capital. Yet the city retains a certain uniqueness unusual to its peers around the world – pockets of fresh air as one walks through the evening traffic, birdsong over the bla


‘One Won,’ a cause-based exhibit by 40 Sri Lankan artists to ‘Celebrate Colombo’

Views - 111 Friday, 2 August 2019 00:00

Colombo Fashion Week brings together four creative industries namely art, fashion, food and music,to host a week-long creative festival titled ‘Celebrate Colombo’ presented by So Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka Tourism and Promotion Bureau (SLTPB). The fes


Grease – The Musical now on stage

Views - 24 Friday, 2 August 2019 00:00

‘Grease’ – The Musical presented by Cold Theatre 7 will be staged from 1 to 4 August at the Lionel Wendt Theatre. Tickets are available for the 3 p.m. shows (Matinee) on 3 and 4 August and are priced at special rates of Rs. 4,000, Rs. 3,000, R


‘Duo exhibition of paintings by Segar & Nisansala’ on 3-4 August

Views - 27 Friday, 2 August 2019 00:00

The ‘Duo Exhibition of Paintings by Segar & Nisansala’ will be held on 3 and 4 August at the Lionel Wendt Art Gallery from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The two renowned artists with different mother tongues, ethnicity, gender and it’s entirely two diffe


Misty heats up the Margarita Blue

Views - 23 Friday, 2 August 2019 00:00

The Galadari Colombo’s popular Margarita Blue was rocking till dawn recently with ‘Misty at Blue’. The crowds danced all night long as Misty played their favourite music. It was an unforgettable night to remember as crowds got to relive the pop


Annesley’s sing-a-long on Saturday, a fundraiser to Olcott Sports Foundation

Views - 20 Friday, 2 August 2019 00:00

A sing-a-long program ‘Rhythm of the Night with Annesley Malewana and the Super Chimes’ has been organised at Grand Monarch Hotel, Thalawathugoda on 3 August from 7.30 p.m. onwards by the ‘Colonel Henry Steele Olcott Memorial Sports Foundation


Colombo City Centre hosts Open Mic Evening

Views - 27 Friday, 2 August 2019 00:00

To celebrate the diversity and unique nature of Sri Lanka’s incredible music community, Colombo City Centre will be hosting a thrilling ‘Open Mic Evening’. This event will offer aspiring singers the golden opportunity to showcase their vocal pr


‘Fast & Furious: Hobbs and Shaw’ franchise in Lankan cinemas from today

Views - 82 Friday, 2 August 2019 00:00

American action film ‘Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw’ will be released today in over 10 Lankan cinemas. They are Liberty by Scope Cinemas, Colombo City Centre, MC Cinemas, Empire Cinema, Regal – Gampaha/Nuwara Eliya/Jaffna, Aruna Kiribat


‘Avatar’ and ‘Avengers’ trade compliments as ‘Endgame’ becomes box-office champ

Views - 28 Wednesday, 24 July 2019 00:00

LOS ANGELES (Reuters): Director James Cameron on Monday handed over the baton for the biggest box-office movie of all time to the makers of ‘Avengers: Endgame’ after it ended the 10-year record of ‘Avatar.’ The Marvel Studios superhero movie


‘The Lion King’ rules with $ 185 million debut

Views - 30 Wednesday, 24 July 2019 00:00

LOS ANGELES, (Variety.com): Simba and Mufasa reigned supreme this weekend as Disney’s ‘The Lion King’ dominated box office charts. Director Jon Favreau’s remake of the animated classic collected a massive $ 185 million from 4,756 North Americ


Jolie in ‘Eternals’, Ali as ‘Blade’ highlight Marvel’s star-studded slate

Views - 29 Wednesday, 24 July 2019 00:00

SAN DIEGO (Reuters): Walt Disney Co.’s Marvel Studios on Saturday unveiled a star-packed slate of superhero films for the next two years that includes Angelina Jolie in ‘The Eternals’, Mahershala Ali in a remake of ‘Blade’ and Natalie Portm


Moratuwa YMCA conducts 7th United Christian Singing Concert 2019

Views - 38 Wednesday, 24 July 2019 00:00

The annual Christian singing concert, organised for the 7th time by the Moratuwa YMCA, was held at the Moratuwa YMCA main hall on 20 July. The objective of this religious concert was to foster amity among Christian youth of different denominations, a


ANBD welcomes exhibits from artists

Views - 26 Wednesday, 24 July 2019 00:00

Asia Network Beyond Design (ANBD) group was founded with design professors across Asia with the aim to promote many valuable exchanges and to perform Asian identity through networking over various boundaries. ANBD 2019 exhibitions and conferences hav


Chinese water colour exhibition by Master Wang Rong Mao from 29-31 July

Views - 76 Wednesday, 24 July 2019 00:00

The Sri Lanka China Trade and Investment Council (SLCTIC) in collaboration with the Department of Visual & Performing Arts has invited one of China’s famous masters in water colour painting to Sri Lanka. Master Wang Rong Mao will be in Sri Lanka w


Dialog Television’s ViU Hub Mini debuts Google Android TV in Sri Lanka

Views - 61 Friday, 19 July 2019 00:00

For the first time in Sri Lanka, Dialog Television, Sri Lanka’s premier pay television service provider, announced the launch of the next-generation television revolution with a smart device, powered by Android TV. This portable device powered by


The ‘SLMA Doctors’ Concert 2019’: A gala show with a difference

Views - 32 Friday, 19 July 2019 00:00

It is often said that doctors are a very serious group of people, with medicine being the be all and end all of their calling. It is of course definitely true to say that their vocational mission is of vital importance to the community at large. Doct


The Music Project: transforming lives of children with better opportunities

Views - 35 Friday, 19 July 2019 00:00

Twice a week students of Gunananda MV, Kurunegala and Palinagar MV, Mullaitivu gather in makeshift music rooms in their respective schools for lessons in orchestral and school band instruments. Today, the familiar strains of classical music emanate


HBO sets Emmy nominations record, tops Netflix

Views - 35 Friday, 19 July 2019 00:00

LOS ANGELES (Reuters): AT&T Inc’s premium cable network HBO scored a record 137 Emmy nominations on Tuesday, topping streaming service Netflix Inc. in what has become an annual battle for bragging rights in the contest for television’s biggest aw


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Trendvertising: The new world of communication in a hashtag world

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Rahul Bose, an Indian actor, caught a lot of attention for a video post that went viral, where he complained about the price of bananas during his stay at a five-star hotel in Mumbai. As he explained in his story – he went to the gym at his hotel w


Company Law intertwined with Income Tax – Understanding the nexus! Part II

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

A comparison and analysing the impact of corresponding provisions of Companies Act No. 7 of 2007 and Inland Revenue Act No. 24 of 2017 reveals invaluable insights corporate management must be aware of in day-to-day management activities as well as st


Will ‘10 February’ be repeated?

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Whilst Sri Lanka is in election mode, the thought crossing every Sri Lankans mind is, ‘Will the 10 February 2018 elections behaviour be repeated?’ given the head-start that ‘Brand Gota’ has got. Whilst many are speculating who will be the fig


Shanta Devarajan: Economist who cannot get disconnected from his motherland

Monday, 19 August 2019

For me, Shanta Devarajan, formerly the Acting Chief Economist of the World Bank Group succeeding the Nobel Laureate Paul Romer and presently Professor at Georgetown University, USA, was a legend by himself. When I met him in early part of the new mil


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