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Everything we know about George RR Martin’s ‘The Winds Of Winter’

Views - 6 Saturday, 20 January 2018 00:15

Esquire.com: We love Game of Thrones. A lot. But season seven’s condensed plotting and occasional character teleportation (“Just popping down to King’s Landing from Dragonstone, be back in 10 minutes!”) has made us ache for the next instalmen


Vessagiriya: Cave monastery of commoners

Views - 8 Saturday, 20 January 2018 00:10

Vessagiriya has been closely associated with Isurumuniya and is considered one of the most important monastic establishments dedicated to the use of ascetic monks in the 2nd century B.C.


Women open up about wearing black at The Golden Globes to protest sexual harassment

Views - 5 Saturday, 20 January 2018 00:00

Esquire.com: Women wore black to the 2018 Golden Globe Awards to protest sexual harassment and raise awareness for Time’s Up, a new initiative fighting sexual misconduct in Hollywood and beyond. As the stars took the red carpet for the ceremony, ma


Ramani Fernando – Sunsilk Hair and Beauty Academy Graduation 2017

Views - 8 Saturday, 20 January 2018 00:00

The annual graduation ceremony of the Ramani Fernando Sunsilk Hair and Beauty Academy was held for the 12th successive year to celebrate the accomplishments of the Graduating Class of 2077. Followed by the much-anticipated hair show of the year ‘Ha


British curry kings in Colombo to showcase their talents

Views - 7 Saturday, 20 January 2018 00:00

Sri Lankan diners can whet their appetites by tucking into British curry, as the Taste of Britain Curry Festival sets up a base at the five star luxury Hilton Colombo from 24-28 January.


Classical guitar concert today

Views - 5 Saturday, 20 January 2018 00:00

A classical guitar concert, ‘Solidarity with Cuba, Venezuela & Palestine,’ performed by Aditya Gandhi (India) and powered by Yamaha Music Centre will be held today, 20 January, at the Russian Centre from 6 p.m. onwards.


A fine gesture

Views - 9 Saturday, 20 January 2018 00:00

It was most encouraging to read that a galaxy of musicians will rally round to raise funds to meet medical expenses of fellow singer Ivor Dennis who has been critically ill for the past few weeks. At least 16 of them have agreed to participate – fr


The unforgettable King

Views - 4 Saturday, 20 January 2018 00:00

The past week saw huge crowds flooding to Parkes, a regional town in New South Wales to participate in what is described as “the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest and best tribute to the King”. It was the Elvis Presley Festival, an annual event ce


‘ For the Love of Trees ’

Views - 18 Saturday, 13 January 2018 00:58

An exhibition of paintings and drawings by Charmaine Mendis and Minha Mahushukeen


Indulging the Japanese way

Views - 13 Saturday, 13 January 2018 00:43

There are few cuisines in the world that combine the drama and subtlety of Japanese food so seamlessly and nowhere is this better showcased than at Ikoi-Tei. The cosy restaurant has become a staple for people seeking high quality Japanese food in a


The romance of antiquity in Isurumuniya

Views - 23 Saturday, 13 January 2018 00:10

On the east side of Tisa Wewa embankment is a rock temple that is renowned for its antique sculptural embellishments. Isurumuniya Raja Maha Viharaya in Anuradhapura was built out of a group of huge granite boulders. The main temple is set around a lo


A historical research study of the life and work of Devendra Mulachari

Views - 11 Saturday, 13 January 2018 00:00

In the over-2,500-year-old history of Sri Lanka, Kandy and the Kandyan Kingdom has played a historic role in maintaining the sovereignty and culture of Sri Lanka. The Kingdom is well known for its ancient historical monuments, unique architecture, ca


Reminiscing old newspaper days

Views - 12 Saturday, 13 January 2018 00:00

With the Daily News celebrating its centenary, my mind goes back to the days when as a kid the first paper I saw (not read) was the ‘Ceylon Daily News’. It was the only daily newspaper that was bought by my father, who was the headmaster of Hanwe


It was pink all the way

Views - 7 Saturday, 13 January 2018 00:00

It was a sea of pink at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) last Saturday, 5 January, celebrating Jane McGrath Day. Pink shirts, pink hats and caps were most visible right round the ground. This year was special since it marked the 10th anniversary of th


Colombo Jaffna Classic Motorcade – ‘In Friendship We Drive’

Views - 17 Saturday, 13 January 2018 00:00

The Colombo Jaffna Classic Motorcade is a friendship drive from Colombo to the northern capital of Jaffna in classic cars from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, organised by a passionate group of vintage automobile enthusiasts.


Literary festivities by the shores: Fairway GLF 2018 with Jetwing Hotels

Views - 11 Saturday, 13 January 2018 00:00

Bringing the city of Galle to light the Fairway Galle Literary Festival will be taking the South by storm from 24-28 January 2018. Once again Jetwing Hotels has joined with the five-day festival as its hospitality partner – a partnership that has s


Ranmasu Uyana – The Pleasure Gardens of the Royals

Views - 28 Saturday, 6 January 2018 00:31

According to Sinhalese literature, gardens and bathing complexes were one of the important aspects of Sri Lankan cultural life, which provided sensual enjoyment for Royalty. These boulder gardens were mostly associated with both monasteries and royal


16 movies vying for Best Picture in 2018 Oscar race

Views - 26 Saturday, 6 January 2018 00:21

Huffington Post: In the wake of a wonky political year and the overwhelming fallout surrounding sexual misconduct in Hollywood, this Oscar season has felt long and trivial. But the show must go on, so we’ve still dutifully logged predictions for th


SMILE a spectacular success!

Views - 86 Saturday, 6 January 2018 00:02

The SMILE Sri Lanka Kiddies Carnival 2017 which was held at Mount Park on 30 December saw more than 2,400 underprivileged children enjoy the joy of the season. More than 100 volunteers from all walks of life came together to put this annual event tog


Ideal for a day’s outing

Views - 14 Saturday, 6 January 2018 00:00

It is a fascinating visit through a picturesque old English village named Cockington in Devon. The old village has been redone in Canberra and is a popular place for visitors to spend the day enjoying the scenery and beautifully turned out miniature


‘Awa-Odori’ dance performance to commemorate 70th anniversary of Independence

Views - 18 Saturday, 6 January 2018 00:00

A traditional Japanese dance performance called ‘Awa-Odori’ will be presented at BMICH on 9 January as a part of the program ‘Departure to the future of Sri Lanka & Japan’ to celebrate the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of Sri Lanka’


A legend relates his musical journey

Views - 13 Saturday, 6 January 2018 00:00

The young Josephian, having sat for the O/Level exam, left for home at Batugedera, Ratnapura to spend the school holidays.


Short film screening at The Sooriya Village

Views - 5 Saturday, 6 January 2018 00:00

Art in the Village is back once more in the new year, with a fresh lineup of short films screening on 7 January, from 7 p.m. onwards at The Sooriya Village. The lineup consists of; A story nobody cares about by Thisara Mangala, Dragonfly scream by S


‘Game of Thrones’ won’t return this year

Views - 4 Saturday, 6 January 2018 00:00

It’s official: ‘Game of Thrones’ fans have to wait at least a year for its eighth and final season to find out who will win the Iron Throne.


Sivaji, MGR, Gemini – The three kings of Tamil cinema heroes

Views - 1475 Saturday, 30 December 2017 00:50

‘We Three Kings of Orient Are’ is a popular Christmas carol written and set to music by Rev. John Henry Hopkins Jnr in 1857. This is about the wise men mentioned in the Bible who came to Bethlehem with the gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to


‘Worship once and cleanse yourself’

Views - 9 Saturday, 30 December 2017 00:45

The year is ending. A new year begins on Monday. 1 January 2018 is also the Duruthu Full Moon Poya day. The renowned Buddhist place of worship, Kelaniya being synonymous with Duruthu Poya, always draws devotees in large numbers. Coupled with it being


Horton Plains: Scaling the Highlands

Views - 26 Saturday, 30 December 2017 00:00

A region of mystical beauty often described as strange, the central highlands of Sri Lanka was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 2010. An excellent hike, often dotted with adventurous holidaymakers, the serial property comprises of three compo


Boxing Day and cricket

Views - 8 Saturday, 30 December 2017 00:00

Australian cricket fans eagerly awaited the Boxing Day Ashes Test at the MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground). They turned up in numbers filling the huge grounds with a capacity crowd of 95,000 on the opening day. They got their money’s worth when Austra


A sculptor at work

Views - 10 Saturday, 30 December 2017 00:00

One Vice Chancellor sculpts another Vice Chancellor! A most rare occurrence indeed. Recently the statue that the Vice Chancellor of the University of the Visual and Performing Arts Sarath Chandrajiva did of the founder Vice Chancellor of the Universi


Children of Doolmala

Views - 17 Saturday, 30 December 2017 00:00

It was just another school day at Doolmala Islamic Centre for the Physically Handicapped (ICPH).


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Many roads open

Saturday, 20 January 2018

We have just commenced Yahapalana Year 4. The third anniversary of Yahapalanaya is also the third anniversary of the defeat of the Rajapaksa regime. Both anniversaries coincide happily with the imminence of an island-wide election, the first since 20


Kasur child rape stems from subjugation of women in general

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Since the first week of the New Year, Pakistan has been in turmoil over the abduction, rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl, Zainab, in Kasur, a small town not far from Lahore in the Punjab province.


Demagoguery, deception and decrepitude inherent in most contemporary democracies

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Democracy is well and good as long its erstwhile proponents and players remain committed to high attendant ideals, pursuing with some degree of intelligence and sanity (fast eroding with the ascent of Donald J. Trump). Surely one must be faithful and


Problem is not us women and booze: It’s paternalism and capriciousness in policymaking

Friday, 19 January 2018

The other day the President of Sri Lanka went public expressing his intention to revoke a ministerial order revoking the notion that a woman of any age has no more maturity than a youth less than eighteen years old.


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