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Vimukthi Weeratunga on ‘Living Free’

Views - 7 Saturday, 30 September 2017 00:00

I still remember my first time in the wild. It is a play-by-play of vivid memories of our first trip to Wilpattu when I was but a child. After four and a half decades, the good times we shared during that amazing safari – the sound of laughter, the


A testament of faith: The Christian Reformed Church celebrates 375 years

Views - 9 Saturday, 30 September 2017 00:00

The Christian Reformed Church in Sri Lanka, formerly known as the Dutch Reformed Church, celebrates 375 years on 6 October.A trilingual service of thanksgiving to celebrate this milestone is planned at the Christian Reformed Church in Galle on 5 Octo


AMIC – from Singapore to Manila

Views - 5 Saturday, 30 September 2017 00:00

I felt so happy to read that one-time journalist colleague of mine, Shelton Gunaratne along with another media man from Sri Lanka, Wijayananda Jayaweera have won awards from the prestigious Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC) in


An oasis among sand dunes

Views - 15 Saturday, 23 September 2017 00:23

One hundred and sixty km north west from Colombo, passing dried fish ‘wadiyas’ and salterns, you will find an oasis among sand dunes. Once an arid strip of land, the Calpentyn Peninsula today is lined with resorts and lodges where you’d find ki


A peep at happenings in the early days

Views - 21 Saturday, 23 September 2017 00:00

On the eve of the 58th death anniversary of the late Prime Minister S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike on 26 September, this rather unusual picture appeared in a Facebook entry announcing the release of 1,000 historic photographs by the Government Information Dep


The Sooriya Village celebrates Children’s Day

Views - 8 Saturday, 23 September 2017 00:00

The Sooriya Village, in line with the spirit of Children’s Day, is hosting a festival in their own aesthetic by bringing drama, stories, and music on 1 October from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.


Japanese Film Festival this weekend

Views - 3 Saturday, 23 September 2017 00:00

A Japanese Film Festival will be held at National Film Corporation Theatre, 303, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 7, on 23 and 24 September.


Sri Lanka Embassy takes part in Beijing International Language and Culture Expo

Views - 5 Saturday, 23 September 2017 00:00

The 1st Beijing International Language and Culture Expo was ceremonially opened on 12 September at the China International Expo Center, Beijing, while the Sri Lanka Embassy in Beijing participated to showcase culture and language of Sri Lanka.


ESCAPE Stories of Survivors

Views - 17 Saturday, 23 September 2017 00:00

Little Theatre Group and its Director Angelo Pereira presented ESCAPE at Sooriya Village last week, based on six true stories of survivors of child sexual abuse.


‘Music is for All’

Views - 6 Saturday, 23 September 2017 00:00

The Sri Lanka Norway Music Cooperation was established in 2009 and is funded by the Royal Norwegian Embassy and is implemented by Kulturtanken, Norway and Sevalanka Foundation, Sri Lanka.


A Korean explosion

Views - 60 Saturday, 23 September 2017 00:00

Explosions and Korea it seems are all the rage these days, but while the North has been making headlines recently for its nuclear-charged game of chicken with the US’ Cheeto-in-Chief, its neighbours down South have been involved in altogether less


From tulips to old crocks

Views - 4 Saturday, 23 September 2017 00:00

It’s not tulips in Amsterdam – it’s about tulips in Bowral in the Southern Highlands in New South Wales. September is ‘Tulip Time’ in Bowral. It is a springtime festival with tulips in bloom along with a host of other colourful flowers. It


Calpentyn Dutch Fort and colonial influences on the north west coast

Views - 103 Saturday, 16 September 2017 00:10

Robert Knox mentioned Kalpitiya by the name of Calpentyn, and described it as one of the fortified and opulent places in the Island at his time. The Gulf of Kalpitiya acted as a navigable passage which flourished the trade unions between Coromandel C


Pulasthi Raja gets a royal welcome

Views - 24 Saturday, 16 September 2017 00:09

It was heartening to read that the group of tuskers at the Sri Dalada Maligawa has now been strengthened by one more. Following protocol, President Maithripala Sirisena formally handed over the tusker gifted by the Myanmar Government to the Diyawadan


Japan’s homeless banish despair through dance

Views - 16 Saturday, 16 September 2017 00:08

Penniless and subsisting only on water for three weeks, Tokyo street-dweller Tokuchika Nishi thought he had come to the end of his life.


Carrie Fisher’s annotated ‘Empire Strikes Back’ script up for auction

Views - 14 Saturday, 16 September 2017 00:00

Los Angeles (Reuters): Carrie Fisher’s hand-annotated script for her “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back” movie is expected to fetch up to $50,000 at an auction next month of her personal property.


Two first-time authors make Man Booker Prize shortlist

Views - 14 Saturday, 16 September 2017 00:00

London (Reuters): Two first-time female authors feature on the 2017 Man Booker Prize fiction shortlist which comprises three women and three men including best-selling US writer Paul Auster.


Darren Aronofsky on ‘mother!’: ‘We want to shake audiences’

Views - 23 Saturday, 16 September 2017 00:00

New York (Reuters): Darren Aronofsky does not just want audiences to watch his new film “mother!” He wants to shake them up and leave them thinking about his genre-defying, surreal apocalyptic thriller.


Young Muscovite group risks life and limb to scale tall buildings

Views - 16 Saturday, 16 September 2017 00:00

A handful of young Muscovites spend their spare time braving the risk of arrest, injury and even death to scale tall buildings. Their motivation is simple: to feel more alive.


Music for Three by the Chamber Music Society of Colombo

Views - 16 Saturday, 16 September 2017 00:00

On 24 September at 7 p.m. at the Goethe-Institute, the Chamber Music Society of Colombo in association with the Goethe-Institute and sponsored by Fairway Holdings, will present ‘Music for Three,’ a recital of music by Mozart, Haydn, Borodin, Irse


Naomi Rajaratnam presents ‘Resurrection,’ a spectacular assemble of dance

Views - 24 Saturday, 16 September 2017 00:00

A dance extravaganza titled ‘Resurrection’ took centre stage at the Bishops College auditorium on 26 and 27 August. The performance was choreographed and presented by Naomi Rajaratnam, famed for her ‘With my feet’ productions that have taken


Old Joes Choir presents ‘Evolution: The Journey’

Views - 28 Saturday, 16 September 2017 00:00

Since their humble beginnings at the St. Joseph’s College carol service back in 1997, the Old Joes Choir (OJC) has come a long way. Their latest production ‘Evolution: The Journey’ will reflect the ensemble’s 20-year journey and will take on


From refugee camp to runway, hijab-wearing model breaks barriers

Views - 30 Saturday, 16 September 2017 00:00

New York (Reuters): Roughly one year ago, Denise Wallace, executive co-director of the Miss Minnesota USA pageant, received a phone call from 19-year-old Halima Aden asking if she could compete in the contest wearing her hijab.


It’s time for wild flowers

Views - 12 Saturday, 16 September 2017 00:00

Come September – it’s spring. It’s also wild flower time. Western Australia is the most famous for wild flowers. Driving north of Perth, the capital of Western Australia one can see wild flowers everywhere – on either side of the road and in


Drought grinds proud farmers

Views - 45 Saturday, 9 September 2017 00:01

Farmers make up large communities of self-sufficient families in rural Sri Lanka. But deprived of their livelihood by the merciless drought, they are finding everyday life starkly difficult. Even with Government support, many contend that all they ha


Weddings by Shero Bringing exquisite dreams to life

Views - 405 Saturday, 9 September 2017 00:00

Combining many intricate elements to present picture-perfect weddings, Weddings by Shero headed by Shero Meezan is all about showcasing perfection, light and life. Shero is the strength behind the service and everything she does embodies this spirit


Amidst world famous sand dunes

Views - 19 Saturday, 9 September 2017 00:00

Sand, surf and sunsets. These are the key attractions publicised about Lancelin, a popular tourist town in Western Australia situated at the end of the Indian Ocean Drive – the motorway alongside the sea from Perth. The place is globally renowned f


Reminiscing… Going round bookshops

Views - 23 Saturday, 9 September 2017 00:00

September is Literary Month. The State Literary Festival is held, State Awards are presented to the best publications of the year, seminars are conducted – all to promote the reading habit. The climax is the Colombo International Book Fair to be he


Stigmata rocks Comic Con with a heroic performance

Views - 74 Saturday, 9 September 2017 00:00

After much contention and a hiatus of nearly a year, local metal stalwarts Stigmata re-emerged with an electric performance at this year’s Asus Lanka Comic Con 2017 at the SLECC. The heavy metal group faced a considerable dilemma when three of its


A promising start Recognition where it is due

Views - 15 Saturday, 9 September 2017 00:00

The Ramon Magsaysay award presented to Pandit Amaradeva now belongs to the people of Sri Lanka. As I read about the fine gesture by the Amaradeva family presenting the medal and the certificate to the President I was reminded of what Pandit Amaradeva


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Bringing beedi into tax net can yield Rs. 40 b in revenue

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Last week, the Financial Times quoted an AFP article that stated Sri Lanka will start regulating the toddy industry to boost tax revenues from the informal sector. This same principle should be applied to the beedi trade, which has also grown unabate


Grade 5 Scholarship examination and the future of the country

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

The Grade 5 scholarship examination results have been released recently. Although this is known as the “Mothers’ exam,” the mentality of the children can be well articulated when children come from the examination halls after the exams. Today w


Need for tax reforms: Government should not lose it this time but go for them early

Monday, 23 October 2017

In the first economic policy statement, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe made a number of pledges related to taxes and tax reforms. One was that the Government would review whether the tax concessions given to investors have really delivered the e


Lessons from Geneva

Saturday, 21 October 2017

‘Mission Impossible – Geneva’ is an inspiring account of developments at the Human Rights Council in Geneva when Dayan Jayatilleka was our Permanent Representative there. It is written by his wife Sanja, which provides for fascinating insights


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