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Representing AMIC

Views - 14 Saturday, 22 June 2019 00:10

Having said goodbye to ‘active’ journalism when I left Lake House and joined Lever Brothers, I still continued my interest in writing. I helped in editing ‘Lever Pavula,’ the company’s house journal. As one of the brand managers I had to sh

Climate change and us

Views - 70 Saturday, 22 June 2019 00:10

As a writer, one of the most critical aspects in compiling a story is differentiating between the information in your head and what’s needed in the story. A general rule of thumb is that you should invariably have more informati

Maugham’s letter: A prized possession

Views - 11 Saturday, 22 June 2019 00:05

By Chandani Kirinde British author W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) is among the most celebrated writers of all time. His books including ‘Of Human Bondage’ (1915), ‘The Painted Veil’ (1925) and ‘The Razor’s Edge’ (1944) continue to be s

‘Being the Other’ at Saskia Fernando Gallery

Views - 10 Saturday, 22 June 2019 00:00

Fabienne Francotte’s ‘Being the Other’ exhibition is on at the Saskia Fernando Gallery; 41, Horton Place, Colombo 7, from 20 June to 11 July. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. The exhibition map

When LIFE reached 50

Views - 12 Saturday, 22 June 2019 00:00

Glancing through my collection of books and magazines I came across the special issue of the LIFE magazine released to mark its 50th anniversary. At one time TIME and LIFE were the most popular, ‘in demand’ publications – the first for its news

NPAS holds 43rd Annual Competition and Exhibition

Views - 9 Saturday, 22 June 2019 00:00

The National Photographic Art Society of Sri Lanka held its 43rd Annual Competition and Exhibition of Photography 2019 on 7, 8 and 9 June at the J. D. A. Perera Art Gallery Colombo. The Chief Guest was Cinematographer M. D. Mahindapala – Pix by Ruw

NCCCPDD comes to Kandy

Views - 112 Saturday, 22 June 2019 00:00

The National Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy and Other Developmental Disorders (NCCCPDD) opened its first extension in the hill capital on 23 May as part of Dilmah’s MJF Charitable Foundation’s efforts to strengthen the response to the ne

Still going strong!

Views - 91 Saturday, 15 June 2019 03:44

The ‘grand old lady’ Irangani has just reached 92. Still quite active and lively some artistes were seen celebrating the event at her home. Kumar de Silva should be congratulated for taking the initiative in writing her biography which I review

Dawn of Buddhism

Views - 23 Saturday, 15 June 2019 03:38

Next to Vesak Poya which commemorates the Birth, Enlightenment and Parinirvana of Gotama the Buddha, Poson Poya, the full moon Poya in the month of June, is the most significant Poya day for the Buddhists in Sri Lanka. As every Buddhist knows, the Po

‘A Love Story’ by Yuwantha Yasas Silva

Views - 18 Saturday, 15 June 2019 03:34

An exhibition titled ‘A Love Story’ by Yuwantha Yasas Silva is on at Paradise Road Galleries, The Gallery Café, from 6 June to 27 June – Pix by Ruwan Walpola

Arun Welandawe-Prematilleke wins Gratiaen Prize 2018

Views - 51 Saturday, 15 June 2019 03:27

‘The One Who Loves You So,’ a play by Arun Welandawe-Prematilleke, won the Gratiaen Prize 2018, for the best work of creative writing in English by a Sri Lankan writer living in Sri Lanka. The H.A.I. Goonetileke Prize for Translation, which was a

‘Axis Mundi’ on 2-4 November

Views - 13 Saturday, 15 June 2019 03:24

‘Axis Mundi’ is artist Nihal Senarathna’s debut solo art exhibition to be held on 2 to 4 November at the JDA Perera Gallery. Through this exhibition he will be realising a long-held dream of presenting his labour of love to the public. With an

MILK RICE 2 – Stories for Children

Views - 22 Saturday, 15 June 2019 03:21

Although MILK RICE 1 was geared to children between the ages of 6 to 10, Ameena received feedback from numerous children and their parents that the reading level was too high – a comment she found surprising, but one she took on board when sending

Making tea, Orwell style

Views - 20 Saturday, 15 June 2019 03:19

George Orwell has been in the news this week as one of his best-known novels, ‘1984,’ turned 70 on 8 June. His prophecies of a dark political order descending on human kind, with 24/7 surveillance of citizens, restriction on individual freedom, e

From news to features

Views - 22 Saturday, 15 June 2019 03:15

When handling features for a newspaper, the features editor and the staff have to be very much on the alert of what’s going on. News stories have to be closely followed and features related to interesting happenings should be planned to follow up n

Keeping the faith

Views - 33 Saturday, 15 June 2019 03:06

The newly-painted white walls at the St. Anthony’s Church, Kochchikade shine bright. The newly-installed church pews bear no marks of the devastation of less than eight weeks ago when a suicide bomber struck inside the much-revered place of worship

On a Press Union Fellowship

Views - 27 Saturday, 8 June 2019 00:10

In the 1950s and ’60s Lake House had an office in London. Situated next to the BBC, it was manned by senior journalists at editor level with a few journalists in the English newspapers to support in collecting news. They were rotated from time to t

Freshly ground coffee at Colombo Coffee Company

Views - 25 Saturday, 8 June 2019 00:01

Sri Lanka’s trusted total coffee solutions provider, the Colombo Coffee Company (CCC), recently introduced its latest service of grinding fresh coffee beans purchased at its Colombo 7 outlet. CCC, which stacks a variety of locally grown and importe

‘The Secret Life of Pets 2’ released in Sri Lanka

Views - 35 Saturday, 8 June 2019 00:00

Universal Pictures and Illumination’s ‘The Secret Life of Pets’ is back with the second part of the film. After winning hearts of millions around the world, the makers of the film bring to you ‘The Secret Life of Pets 2’, the highly-anticip

Motorcycling adventures in Sri Lanka

Views - 99 Saturday, 8 June 2019 00:00

For many of us, there is nothing quite so enjoyable as being on an open road. At every chance I get, I pack my pick-up truck and head out of town with Ameena. Despite our country’s present troubles and the multitude of other troubles we have been

Dutch Govt. in talks to return looted artefacts

Views - 168 Saturday, 8 June 2019 00:00

By Chandani Kirinde Sri Lanka could benefit from a project undertaken by the Dutch Government to look into the possibility of returning some ancient artefacts that were looted and taken away when the coastal areas of the country were under Dutch rul

All about the maestro

Views - 18 Saturday, 8 June 2019 00:00

Much has been written about Pandith Amaradeva (1927-2016) in newspapers, weeklies and journals over the years. His is a captivating story of a boy from Koralawella, Moratuwa, fond of the sea becoming an internationally-renowned musician/singer.

June’s 8 best movies

Views - 19 Saturday, 8 June 2019 00:00

Esquire.com: June has a strange slate of movies coming out. If you look at the description on paper, there are really only about two-and-a-half original ideas below. Everything else is a reboot or remake of something that’s come before it. But the

Free tickets for children to watch ‘Suba Theraniyo’ movie

Views - 35 Saturday, 8 June 2019 00:00

Children under the age of 12 have been offered an opportunity to watch the Sinhala movie ‘Suba Theraniyo’ for free when they come to the theaters with their parents or guardians. This offer is available from 7 to 14 June at theatres which are scr

It’s a ‘rap’ with Dush and Malin

Views - 97 Saturday, 8 June 2019 00:00

Dush and Malin are two young English rap artists who are new to the rap music scene in Sri Lanka. Young and talented, they have surprised everyone and have challenged the norms to pursue their passions. They were friends from school who had a simila

‘A Treasure Trove’ by Laki Senanayake at Barefoot Gallery

Views - 36 Saturday, 1 June 2019 00:10

An exhibition titled ‘A Treasure Trove’ by Laki Senanayake, featuring an exclusive preview of selected drawings and paintings from Laki’s extensive body of work, is on at Barefoot Gallery from 30 May to 16 June – Pix by Shehan Gunasekara

From Sinhala to English

Views - 34 Saturday, 1 June 2019 00:10

The Government set up in 1960 July with Sirimavo Bandaranaike as Prime Minister continued the nationalisation policy and the media had an exciting time. A significant change was the nationalisation of the American and British owned oil companies and

Nita’s most challenging yet triumphant role

Views - 55 Saturday, 1 June 2019 00:10

Acclaimed actress Nita Fernando is no stranger to winning recognition for her work, but her latest accomplishment, bagging the Best Actress award in the Foreign Film category at the Nice International Film Festival in France for ‘Paangshu’ (Earth

‘Sparkle’ showcases Anouki at The Kingsbury

Views - 41 Saturday, 1 June 2019 00:00

The Kingsbury hosted ‘Sparkle,’ its High Tea Fashion Show, on Wednesday 29 May, showcasing an extravagant selection of culinary delights and a splendid collection of fashion at The Gourmet Station. The Designer for May was Anouki Cooke, featuring

Taron Egerton’s singing in the Elton John Biopic ‘Rocketman’ is spectacular

Views - 20 Saturday, 1 June 2019 00:00

Esquire.com: Whenever an actor steps into a music-heavy role, it’s always a toss-up as to whether the performer will take a risk and use their own voice or use backing vocals to be added in later. The latest performer in the musical crosshairs is T

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Need for an education revolution: Future of our kids and the nation is at risk – Part II

Thursday, 27 June 2019

Lessons to be learnt from the Asian educational giants A journalist of New York Times requested Hideki Shirakawa, a Nobel laureate, to describe Japanese culture. He said, “Fundamentally, Japanese culture is based on rice farming. Rice cultivation r

Country’s reconciliation with English and Moragahakanda

Thursday, 27 June 2019

When the country received independence from British, it was blessed with an efficient administration, a high standard in education, and also sound foreign exchange reserves; the country was admired by other countries. The three major and several mino

Implementing SC Orders

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

The Supreme Court on 18 April has ordered six Ministries, their Secretaries and three Government authorities to take immediate several effective measures to be enforced in the design and construction of all parts of new buildings and services the pub

Need for an education revolution: Future of our kids and the nation is at risk – Part I

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

It is said that a country is only good as her people. A country belongs to her people. In a democratic country, people elect the leaders to manage the country on their behalf. Hence, to be hailed as a progressive country, it is paramount for a countr

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