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Spotlight on Sri Lanka’s glorious wildlife 

Views - 23 Saturday, 18 November 2017 00:59

The quality of Sri Lanka’s wildlife with its almost unparalleled biodiversity is not news to anybody, at least not anymore. There was a time, before the end of the war, that all of the country’s hidden wonders were known to just a select few enth

Gourmet on the go at Cafe Kai

Views - 45 Saturday, 18 November 2017 00:10

It may be one of the most instantly recognisable names in hospitality, but the Hilton is not resting on its laurels. Following the success of Graze Kitchen and the redone LAB lounge and bar, the latest area to get a face-lift is the in-house bakery,

Nalanda Gedige – The Solitary Shrine

Views - 12 Saturday, 18 November 2017 00:05

Nalanda Gedige is a monolithic structure entirely vaulted from brick where you could see an infusion of Hindu and Buddhist architectural elements.

Lifetime of passion, inspired by wild cats of Ceylon

Views - 6 Saturday, 18 November 2017 00:00

Inspired by photography, influenced by my father Asoka Jayatilake, his friends, late Sumitta Amarasinghe and late Dr. Nihal Fernando, I began my journey into the wilds of Sri Lanka at an early age of just 11. Soon these vacation-based trips would gro

A race stops the nation

Views - 4 Saturday, 18 November 2017 00:00

The second Tuesday in November is the day that ‘a race stops the nation’. It’s the day when the Emirates Melbourne Cup – the country’s foremost race is held. True the race is run in Flemington in the State of Victoria but the whole country

TNL Radio hosts movie buffs to early screening of ‘Justice League’

Views - 6 Saturday, 18 November 2017 00:00

A special screening of ‘Justice League’ was held at Scope Cinemas on Thursday, a day ahead of the worldwide release, hosted by TNL Radio

Youngsters pay tribute to the Maestro

Views - 5 Saturday, 18 November 2017 00:00

It was refreshing to go back to the ‘World of Amaradeva’ over the past week or two when Pandit Amaradeva’s first death anniversary was commemorated. Media devoted space for programmes highlighting the Maestro’s contribution for the developmen

Indu’s rib-tickling comedy ‘Chaos by SMS’ next week

Views - 63 Saturday, 18 November 2017 00:00

Pandemonium ensues after an SMS meant for Ram’s latest love interest (Nelum), is accidently sent to everyone in his contact group ‘Little Black Book’ inviting them to spend a ‘dirty weekend’ at his estate bungalow.

Sri Lanka’s nightingale Latha Walpola completes 70 years in singing career

Views - 170 Saturday, 11 November 2017 00:58

Latha Walpola, the greatest living legend of playback singing behind the Sinhala silver screen, the golden voice ever created with the Deshamanya title, the second highest National Award, completes 70 years this year 2017 in her career in singing. Th

Legend of the silver temple – Ridi Viharaya

Views - 20 Saturday, 11 November 2017 00:30

Ridi Viharaya makes a good stop when travelling towards Matale or other ancient cities of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya or Dambulla from Kurunegala.

The good old baila days

Views - 17 Saturday, 11 November 2017 00:01

The four lines sum up the happy-go-lucky ‘musical mood’ in the premier baila town with boys singing and girls dancing. Reading about the ‘Punsanda Paaya 2017’ show, I was reminded of our school days several decades ago. Whether one was from M

‘Hanthana Pirumpuma’ tomorrow at BMICH

Views - 4 Saturday, 11 November 2017 00:00

The Engineering Faculty of the University of Peradeniya has inherited the essence of art and culture from the Peradeniya University, where the gratitude for art and culture has remained unchanged over generations. The Faculty of Engineering, well-kno

TNL Radio hosts movie buffs for ‘Thor: Ragnarok’

Views - 6 Saturday, 11 November 2017 00:00

A special screening of ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ was hosted at Scope Cinemas on Wednesday, hosted by TNL Radio

Celebrating Sybil

Views - 3 Saturday, 11 November 2017 00:00

An art exhibition titled ‘Celebrating Sybil at 90’ was held at the Lionel Wendt Art Gallery from 31 October to 2 November – Pix by Shehan Gunasekara

Hilton Colombo’s fabulous Oktoberfest 2017 now on!

Views - 14 Saturday, 11 November 2017 00:00

Hilton Colombo’s Oktoberfest kicked off on Thursday and will run until 18 November, being held for the 25th consecutive year. Taking the form of a typical German beer festival serving special brews as well as authentic German staples such as bratwu

A night at ON14

Views - 13 Saturday, 11 November 2017 00:00

Every Thursday for four weeks, from 2 November to 23 November, one of Sri Lanka’s hottest bands, The Slipping Chairs, is playing at OZO Colombo’s rooftop bar ON14. The move is part of their initiative to place more focus on music and entertainmen

Wildlife conservationists denounce alleged politically-motivated decision

Views - 39 Saturday, 28 October 2017 00:06

A group of conservationists that included former Director General of the Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC) Dr. Sumith Piliapitiya on Wednesday denounced a Government decision to overrule an expert committee recommended decision by the DWC to

SLAITO backs Govt. initiative to regulate number of vehicles entering Yala

Views - 11 Saturday, 28 October 2017 00:00

The Sri Lanka Association of Inbound Tour Operators (SLAITO) has extended its support to the initiative taken by the Department of Wildlife to limit the number of vehicles entering Yala National Park. The Association is of the view that Yala is over

Unchartered waters: Exploring the unknown

Views - 19 Saturday, 28 October 2017 00:00

In the days past from the medieval Vikings that chartered the mighty oceans to the sophisticated ocean-going vessels of today, man has always been linked

Beyond the shores

Views - 8 Saturday, 28 October 2017 00:00

Living in an island that is as photogenic as Sri Lanka, it was natural that we were inspired to launch guided photographic safaris in search of all that is wild and free in this resplendent land.

‘Ruins’ book signing at Barefoot today

Views - 23 Saturday, 28 October 2017 00:00

A book signing of ‘Ruins’ will take place today at Barefoot from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. About the book: In the restless streets, crowded waiting rooms and glittering nightclubs of Colombo, five family members find their bonds stretched to breaking po

“A long beautiful dream”

Views - 16 Saturday, 28 October 2017 00:00

These are words by the renowned children’s book author/illustrator Sybil Wettasinghe who steps into her 90th year in three days – on Tuesday, 31 October. She tells these words to her biographer, Vijita Fernando who uses them to end the book, ‘T

‘Yashwant Vaishnav Live in Concert’ at The Sooriya Village

Views - 9 Saturday, 28 October 2017 00:00

The Sooriya Village Concert Series is extremely excited to present ‘Yashwant Vaishnav Live in Concert’ on Sunday 29 October from 7:30 p.m. onwards at The Sooriya Village – Artist Area for one-of-a-kind tabla recital. Yashwant Vaishnav, a stude

Goodbye to once-popular Holden

Views - 15 Saturday, 28 October 2017 00:00

It was an emotional moment for the employees at the Holden car plant in Adelaide to watch the last car coming out of the assembly line. As the red Holden Commodore, the most popular model, was driven out a week ago employees took photographs recordin

Galmaduwa Viharaya “The most Hindu-looking Buddhist temple in existence”

Views - 64 Saturday, 21 October 2017 00:01

By Aysha Maryam Cassim Galmaduwa Viharaya on Kundasale Road is an unfinished stone temple that combines both Hindu and Buddhist architectural features. It is an edifice that exhibits the excellence of massive stone and brick masonry that existed duri

Sri Lanka – Land of lichens

Views - 112 Saturday, 21 October 2017 00:00

Lichens are curious life forms – an entity formed by the association of two living organisms- fungus and alga. Exhibiting a brilliant morphological and genetic diversity, lichens have adapted themselves to every possible environment – frosty lan

The 100-year-old Fort Station

Views - 24 Saturday, 21 October 2017 00:00

By D.C. Ranatunge Colombo Fort Railway Station celebrated its centenary early this month. Ironically the landmark event coincided with a strike by railway employees resulting in a deserted station as compared with the thousands of commuters who fill

Vinyl Wednesday back at The Sooriya Village

Views - 12 Saturday, 21 October 2017 00:00

The Sooriya Village is delighted to bring back Vinyl Wednesday, featuring veteran DJ, Tareeq Musafer on Wednesday, 25 October, 7 p.m. onwards. An evening of Soulful Jazz, Funk, Nostalgic 90s and Disco grooves played off the spinning discs from back i

Child pornography: Pastor found guilty

Views - 16 Saturday, 21 October 2017 00:00

In Australia under both State and Commonwealth (Central Govt.) laws, sexualised depiction of persons under 16 (or in some cases 18) is considered to be child abuse material. Possessing, disseminating or producing child abuse material is a criminal of

National NGO LEADS celebrates 34 years of service in Sri Lanka

Views - 7 Saturday, 21 October 2017 00:00

LEADS, a registered charity, is at the threshold of moving to 35 years of service in ‘Touching Lives, Transforming Communities and Building the Nation of Sri Lanka’. “By the communities for the communities” is the philosophy LEADS follows as

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Mangala’s Mangala Budget – Part 2: Go for reforms but permanently fix the country’s rising debt prob

Monday, 20 November 2017

Mangala’s Mangala Budget was approved in its Second Reading by a two-thirds majority in Parliament last week.

Improving the quality of policy proposals in the Budget

Monday, 20 November 2017

Every Budget Speech includes complex policy measures. Given the traditions associated with the Budget Speech, it is not possible to conduct public consultations on each of the measures beforehand.

Today’s bonding with Bhagavad-Gita

Monday, 20 November 2017

We live in times of moral complexity. Whose deed is more pernicious, a burglar raiding the vault or the cop who wipes away the burglar’s fingerprints?

Is Iran a threat to global peace?

Saturday, 18 November 2017

The aim of this article is to explore Iran’s nuclear program and its consequences throughout the world. Iran one of the nuclear power countries in the Middle East, which has brought very grave concern to the US.

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