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Women’s rally against violence

Views - 20 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 - 38 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 - 63 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 - 206 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 - 28 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 - 47 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 - 31 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 - 211 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

Let’s Break The Taboo

Views - 70 Saturday, 19 January 2019 00:10

In a country that thrives on diversity and differences, many topics of conversation are whispered in hushed tones, swept under the carpet, and never see the light of day. There are battles that we all face on a day to day basis from cyber bullying t

Challenging and interesting

Views - 25 Saturday, 19 January 2019 00:10

Reporting parliamentary proceedings was challenging and interesting. It was challenging because most of the speeches were in English at that time. We had to translate and write the copy straightaway. Most – if not all – the English newspaper rep


Views - 57 Saturday, 19 January 2019 00:00

Sri Lankan hard rock and heavy metal vocalist Chitral ‘Chity’ Somapala launched ‘Sinha Lokaye Sinhaya,’ his seventh music video, with a private screening at Colombo City Centre on Wednesday.

‘Localising Youth 2030’ – Working with and for young people

Views - 162 Saturday, 19 January 2019 00:00

The Adhil Bakeer Markar Foundation hosted a Youth Dialogue on ‘Localising Youth 2030’ with the United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth Jayathma Wickramanayake on 14 January at Hotel Mandarina in Colombo. This one-day event sought to

The Kingsbury’s Chinese New Year food festival now on at Yue Chuan

Views - 20 Saturday, 19 January 2019 00:00

The Kingsbury opened its Chinese New Year food festival last evening at Yue Chuan, welcoming the Year of the Pig. The food festival will be on from 18-25 January and features a distinct à la carte menu which has been carefully curated to suit the pa

Lalith’s Fe2+ scrap metal sculpture exhibition next week

Views - 77 Saturday, 19 January 2019 00:00

Lalith Senanayake is no amateur to the field of visual arts in Sri Lanka. Scrap metal welded and bent, to breathe life, certainly an awe-inspiring work of art. Immense creativity and persistence in whatever Lalith produces is a result of many years o

Tamil for Travellers – Everyday Words for Visitors to Sri Lanka

Views - 40 Saturday, 19 January 2019 00:00

Whether your travel takes you overseas or to far-flung parts of the home country, there is no denying that you will have a better experience if you speak the local language. Although Sri Lanka speaks just three languages, many of us don’t stretch o

What displacement means

Views - 13 Saturday, 19 January 2019 00:00

When Malala spoke in Sydney last month, she announced that her new book on displaced persons would be released in mid-January. It is now in bookshops and is fast selling. Titled ‘We are displaced’ the cover uses pictures of some of the displaced

Seeing through BUDDHISM

Views - 104 Saturday, 12 January 2019 00:06

By Aysha Maryam Cassim Nathalie Johnston is the Founder of Myanmar Art Resource Center and Archive (MARCA). Her gallery in Yangon has featured young and upcoming street artists whose paintings and installations have challenged audiences to see Buddhi

A nutty January at Hilton Colombo

Views - 33 Saturday, 12 January 2019 00:00

Hilton Colombo is going nuts with its seasonal produce, focusing on a variety of nuts this month. The lounge and bar L.A.B and Café Kai are presenting present menus that include a range of cakes, cocktails a mocktail and dessert. A variety of nuts

Next Innings scores high

Views - 858 Saturday, 12 January 2019 00:00

THE PLACE The latest addition to the ever-expanding list of eateries in Colombo, Next Innings is a sports lounge with its very own atmosphere. It serves up food that is quite different to what we’ve come to expect from such establishments and the p

Carnatic vocal recital by Sakthi Ravitharan

Views - 51 Saturday, 12 January 2019 00:00

To celebrate Thai Pongal, Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre, High Commission of India, Colombo will be presenting a Carnatic vocal recital by Dr Sakthi Ravitharan a vocalist from Australia, on 16 January at 6 p.m. at Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre

VOICES OF PEACE – they were just like us

Views - 34 Saturday, 12 January 2019 00:00

Although South Africa set a shining example in peace-building with its truth and reconciliation process to nations struggling with the aftermath of civil war, not many have followed in their footsteps. Before reaching for reconciliation, truth, espec

Busy start as a reporter

Views - 40 Saturday, 12 January 2019 00:00

Having supported the UNP at the 1956 general election, Lake House faced a daunting task in building relations with the new Prime Minister and Cabinet ministers. On the other hand, the new Government also wanted media publicity for its policies and pl

‘Pink Test’ raises money for Cancer Fund

Views - 15 Saturday, 12 January 2019 00:00

‘Pink Test’ was held for the 11th year with the Saturday of the game that started on Boxing Day being declared Jane McGrath Day. Jane McGrath Day is named in honour of Jane McGrath, wife of former Australian fast bowler Glenn McGrath, who died o

Value of the Tripitaka

Views - 29 Saturday, 12 January 2019 00:00

“The greatest contribution that the Sinhalese people had made to the intellectual heritage of mankind,” is how Professor Senarat Paranavitana, renowned archaeologist, describes the writing of the Buddhist Canon (Tripitaka). Until the Tripitaka wa

Another elephantine disaster waiting to happen?

Views - 347 Saturday, 12 January 2019 00:00

There is possibly no other wild elephant who is more famous in Sri Lanka than Rambo of Uda Walawe National Park (UNWP). For the past two decades, Rambo has patrolled the stretch of the UNWP bund, and he has now become a permanent fixture there. Many

Celebrating the 34th SAARC Charter Day in Colombo

Views - 114 Saturday, 5 January 2019 00:10

On 8 December in 1985 at the first SAARC Summit held in Dhaka, the leaders of the Seven South Asian Countries: Maldives, India, Bhutan, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka signed a contract in order to establish the South Asian Association for

Defying adversity via art

Views - 68 Saturday, 5 January 2019 00:10

Priya Goonetilleke is a career artist who is very much a self-taught one. Being the daughter of art critic, journalist and diplomat the late L.P. Goonetilleke, she says her father was her greatest inspiration. Priya, who has started her art journey b

Bollywood Boutique launches ‘Drape’

Views - 52 Saturday, 5 January 2019 00:00

The popular ethnic wear brand Bollywood Boutique extended its product offerings recently to launch its latest label ‘Drape’ – an exquisite range of festive, party and casual wear sarees. The collection comes in a variety of top-quality fabrics

A silent revolution

Views - 40 Saturday, 5 January 2019 00:00

April 1956 was a decisive month for Ceylon – as Sri Lanka was then known. The United National Party (UNP) which administered the country for nine years at a stretch from 1947 was ousted by the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP) – a coalition of the S

Yellow Carpet Premiere of ‘Bumblebee’

Views - 35 Saturday, 5 January 2019 00:00

The Yellow Carpet Premiere of ‘Bumblebee’ hit Scope Cinemas Multiplex at Colombo City Centre on 3 January, hosted by Liberty Cinemas Ltd., the official distributor of Paramount Pictures in Sri Lanka. Special invitees attending the event saw the f

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MMDA, ACJU, politicians and women

Saturday, 16 February 2019

It is 10 years since Justice Saleem Marsoof (JSM) and his committee was appointed to review and make recommendations to reform the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA), passed originally in 1951 and amended in 1954, 1955, 1965 and 1969 before becom

President Trump looked for the failed idea of a wall

Saturday, 16 February 2019

The talks over the “Wall of Trump” between the US-Mexico Border Security broke down with Congressional leaders over the weekend. After the renewed call for a wall at his second State of the Union, President Donald Trump attended a political rally

‘The Man Who Would Be King’: Remembering Anura Bandaranaike on his 70th birth anniversary

Friday, 15 February 2019

‘The Man Who Would Be King’ is the title of a long tale written by Rudyard Kipling in 1888. This very popular story was made into a successful film starring Sean Connery, Michael Caine and Christopher Plummer by the well-known director John Husto

Of pseudo-democrats, discipline and the coming death of liberty?

Friday, 15 February 2019

I despair of our politicos and would-be politicians. Not that they are not all honourable men. From the honourable prime minister to the former defence secretary discharging his duty honourably after premature retirement! But that honour often dresse

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