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A Rare Valentine’s treat

Views - 68 Saturday, 16 February 2019 00:00

If you’re familiar with Colombo’s fine dining space, then you’re likely already aware of the calibre of fare offered by Rare at Residences by Uga. However this past Valentine’s Day the ‘Rare Valentine’s’ food and beverage pairing surpas

The Days We Screamed

Views - 125 Saturday, 9 February 2019 00:10

In the early ’70s, the Sri Lankan political landscape started changing, with violence becoming an integral part of society and politics – and with it Sri Lankan art lost its naïve innocence. The early ’80s saw the wor

10 things to do in Negombo

Views - 85 Saturday, 9 February 2019 00:10

The golden beach in Negombo is an oasis of serenity amidst the bustling city of tourists. Not second to the many spectacular beaches in the island, at the views of sunset is absolutely stunning and a walk along the shore with feet buried under the wa

‘Rural Zone’ by Sandatharaka Abeysinghe at Paradise Road Galleries

Views - 48 Saturday, 9 February 2019 00:05

‘Rural Zone,’ an exhibition by Sandatharaka Abeysinghe, is being held from 8 to 27 February at Paradise Road Galleries, No. 2, Alfred House Road, Colombo 3. Nourished by folklore, Abeysinghe’s works highlight the authenticity of rural culture;

Fairway Colombo starts the year Desi style

Views - 63 Saturday, 9 February 2019 00:00

Fairway Colombo City Hotel’s first Street Food Festival for the year kicked off as an Indian Food Festival, celebrating 150 years of Mahatma Gandhi at Hospital Street. The successful event saw a massive crowd visiting over the weekend, local and fo

Global Gallery & Café opens at Global Towers

Views - 50 Saturday, 9 February 2019 00:00

Global Gallery & Café opened at Global Towers on Thursday, presenting an opportunity for artists to exhibit their creations while catering to discerning clients with fine taste in both food and art. At hand to welcome guests at the celebratory openi

Removing “remnants of colonialism”

Views - 61 Saturday, 9 February 2019 00:00

The Bandaranaike Government had announced a policy of nonalignment in terms of foreign and defence policy, which meant that there was not going to be any alignment with power-blocs.

Cave divers Australian(s) of the Year

Views - 45 Saturday, 9 February 2019 00:00

Remember how in June last year the entire world waited anxiously to see how the 12 soccer players and their coach who were trapped in a cave after heavy rain in Thailand would escape? Two Australians gave the lead for the rescue team. The two cave di


Views - 72 Saturday, 9 February 2019 00:00

To the uninitiated, it is a true delight to watch Sunela Jayewardene come up with a quick sketch for a house design on an empty and often desolate plot of land. With unerring instinct and bold, sure strokes she sketches in rooms, verandas, living an


Views - 36 Saturday, 9 February 2019 00:00

Shortlist: Gratiaen Prize 2018 Sailfish (an imprint of Perera-Hussein) Rs. 1,200 in all bookshops a


Views - 219 Saturday, 2 February 2019 00:10

A man loves a woman. But he also loves another woman. And he tells the first – his wife – about the second – his co-worker. Then she finds out, by snooping into his carelessly left lying around mobile, that they’ve b

‘Art Moves’ on Marine Drive

Views - 77 Saturday, 2 February 2019 00:10

With so many art-connected events happening all around the city at the moment, Global Towers – the pioneer star-class hotel – is doing it again by adding a bistro style art gallery and café’ to its already existing line up of F&B outlets such

Share the love at Hilton Colombo – Creating memories this Valentine’s!

Views - 84 Saturday, 2 February 2019 00:00

Hilton Colombo is creating memories this Valentine’s Day with a host of love smitten activities to entertain the young and the old! Embark on a journey with sweet memories with your loved one and be spoilt for choice. Indulge in love bites and cak

Celebrating Chinese culture

Views - 39 Saturday, 2 February 2019 00:00

The China Cultural Center in Sri Lanka in collaboration with the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region cultural and tourism department held a special cultural week organised representing the cultural identity of the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region of China in

He won the hearts of all

Views - 47 Saturday, 2 February 2019 00:00

The Bandaranaike regime saw a drastic change in the foreign policy with the establishment of diplomatic reciprocal missions in China, Russian and other red countries. The first firm acceptance of this policy was shown by the People’s Republic of

Australia Day for many – Invasion Day for others

Views - 44 Saturday, 2 February 2019 00:00

All States held celebrations last Saturday, 26 January, to mark Australia Day. The celebrations included picnics, traditional Aboriginal performances and citizenship ceremonies, where more than 16,000 new Australians pledged their commitment to the n

Out of the Blue

Views - 32 Saturday, 2 February 2019 00:00

Travelling beyond Lanka’s shores, one soon realises that we are blessed with a super-abundance of nature. Trees, Birds, Animals, Insects – Lanka attracts them all and we seem blessed with a higher proportion than anyone else. Much as we thrill to

Inter House Music and Dance today by Elizabeth Moir Senior School

Views - 50 Saturday, 2 February 2019 00:00

Elizabeth Moir Senior School presents Inter House Music and Dance, a unique event that gives students the opportunity to explore their creative talents while infusing original ideas into their performances. Inter House Music and Dance will take place

The De Lanerolle Brothers celebrate 10!

Views - 49 Saturday, 2 February 2019 00:00

Celebrating 10 years of music and entertainment, the De Lanerolle Brothers, Rohan and Ishan, kicked off the first in a series of 20 celebratory concerts scheduled for this year on 28 January at the BMICH. The show saw the 1992 and 1999 batches of S.


Views - 263 Saturday, 26 January 2019 00:10

First they climbed Kilimanjaro, then they climbed Everest. Now they want to take on five more mountains, having set their sights on summiting the highest mountains in each of the seven continents as part of the Seven Summits Challenge. Come Thursday

‘Fe+’ by Lalith Senanayake at Gandhara art gallery

Views - 141 Saturday, 26 January 2019 00:10

A scrap metal sculpture exhibition titled ‘Fe+’ by Lalith Senanayake showcasing facets of wildlife opened on Thursday at the Gandhara art gallery at Stratford Avenue

‘In-Between’ by Kingsley Gunatillake at Saskia Fernando Gallery

Views - 75 Saturday, 26 January 2019 00:00

‘In-Between,’ an exhibition by Kingsley Gunatillake, opened to the public on 23 January and will remain open daily until 7 February at the Saskia Fernando Gallery

Women’s rally against violence

Views - 28 Saturday, 26 January 2019 00:00

She is just five years old. She was among thousands of men, women and children of all ages marching through the streets of Sydney last Sunday calling for women’s equality and an end to gender violence. The highlight of the m

Fiesta Latina at Honey Beach Club

Views - 63 Saturday, 26 January 2019 00:00

The Kingsbury’s Honey Beach Club will be transformed into an exciting monthly dance festival starting tomorrow, 27 January, with Fiesta Latina: Social Dancing by the pool. From 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. dance enthusiasts will have the opportunity to move

‘Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi’ at Scope and Liberty Cinemas

Views - 107 Saturday, 26 January 2019 00:00

‘Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi’ is now showing at Colombo City Center – Scope Cinemas and Liberty Cinema. The movie is an Indian historical biographical film based on the life of the Rani Laxmibai of Jhansi and her war against the British Ea

Planting trees with Thuru

Views - 364 Saturday, 26 January 2019 00:00

The fifth phase of Thuru – Attanagalu Oya Tree Planting Campaign was held in Yakkala on 13 January. So far, around 750 trees have been planted in the surrounding areas of Attanagalla stream in four segments as a part of the series. As an organisat

Busy time in Parliament

Views - 52 Saturday, 26 January 2019 00:00

The third Parliament which opened in April 1956 elected H.S. Ismail, the Independent candidate who won the Puttalam seat without a contest, as the Speaker of the House of Representatives, also uncontested. While the Speaker pres

NAMES & NUMBERS – stories

Views - 65 Saturday, 26 January 2019 00:00

There are times, especially when relaxing at the end of the day, when a collection of short stories goes down better than a novel. Such collections usually require less concentration than lengthy novels and the possibility of skipping to the next sto

‘Uncertainty’ by Jayantha Pushpakumara at Art Space Sri Lanka

Views - 61 Saturday, 26 January 2019 00:00

An exhibition consisting of 10 new paper works by Jayantha Pushpakumara is now on at Art Space Sri Lanka. The exhibition is free and open to the public from 24 January to 31 January

Did the Greeks create our Buddha statues?

Views - 426 Saturday, 19 January 2019 00:10

Sri Lanka is a country with majority of the population being Buddhists. Since the introduction of Buddhism to the country in 3rd century BC, the Buddhist culture of Sri Lanka has been heavily influenced by regional phenomena. But one of the most stri

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Why are Sri Lankan passports so bad?

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

My children have two different passports, making them a sort of case study in the stupidity and ultimate cruelty of passports. My daughter has a white passport, so no visas required. My son has a brown passport and he has to prove that he’s not try

Concept of Free Zones and their economic importance

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

With the growth of cross broader international trade, economic liberalisation and relocation of manufacturing facilities to economical location in search of competitive advantages, the concept of Free Zones was born. Free Zones include varieties of F

Howard at the PIM

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

A number of very important people called to thank me for inviting them to the very popular presentation by Dr. Howard Nicholas. It was held on 18 July at the Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM) auditorium. The title of the presentation was ‘

“Sri Lanka’s future lies in producing exportable manufactured goods”: Dr. Howard Nicholas

Monday, 22 July 2019

Drawing lessons from Vietnam’s experiences The Sri Lanka-born economist attached to The Hague based Institute of Social Studies – Dr. Howard Nicholas – addressing a packed audience consisting of the alumni of the Postgraduate Institute of Manag

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