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H.A.I.G. Goonetileke Prize for Translation 2018 on 9 June

Views - 19 Saturday, 1 June 2019 00:00

The H.A.I.G. Goonetileke Prize for Translation, awarded by the Gratiaen Trust, will be announced at an event held on 9 June, Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Lotus Room, BMICH, Colombo. The awarding of the H.A.I.G. Goonetileke Prize for Translation will take

Featuring the ‘Daha-ata-sanniya’

Views - 44 Saturday, 1 June 2019 00:00

Folk rituals have been practised in different areas of Sri Lanka from ancient times. Over time they have taken different forms and numerous types of ceremonies and rituals continue to be held. These traditions take different forms in different parts

Zooxanthellae: Rotaractors revive life beneath the waves

Views - 201 Saturday, 1 June 2019 00:00

The ocean beds surrounding our little island nation are filled with treasure. This treasure is not made of jewels, pearls, gold or silver; but of something far more valuable: Corals. However, these treasures are being destroyed due to the careless a

‘Godzilla – King of the Monsters’ at CCC and Liberty

Views - 70 Saturday, 1 June 2019 00:00

‘Godzilla – King of the Monsters’ is showing from yesterday at Colombo City Center – Scope Cinemas and Liberty Cinema. ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ is a 2019 American monster film directed and co-written by Michael Dougherty. A sequel

Savoy premieres ‘Avengers: Endgame’

Views - 25 Saturday, 1 June 2019 00:00

Savoy Cinemas, a Ben Holdings Company, commenced the premiere of the much-anticipated Marvel’s thriller, ‘Avengers: Endgame’, on 26 April at their premier 3D cinema, Savoy Wellawatte. This premiere coincides with the global launch of the movie.

Evening of Remembrance at Dutch

Views - 38 Saturday, 25 May 2019 00:20

An Evening of Remembrance was held on 21 May from 6 p.m. at Old Dutch Hospital to mark the one month anniversary of the Easter Sunday attacks, with the merchants together with the regular musicians of the Dutch Hospital standing in solidarity with fe

The Ohana Project: Bridging the gaps in mental healthcare

Views - 362 Saturday, 25 May 2019 00:00

Awareness and availability of mental health support is unevenly distributed in the country, with some having access while others suffer alone, unaware that help is available. Support in mental healthcare has always been important, but more so now, fo

‘Game of Thrones’ finale wasn’t the ending we deserved, but it was an ending nonetheless

Views - 22 Saturday, 25 May 2019 00:00

Esquire.com: There’s an old interview with George R.R. Martin at a convention in 1998 shortly after the publication of ‘A Clash of Kings,’ the second novel in his ‘A Song of Ice and Fire; series. At the time of this interview, George is a lar

The ‘Game of Thrones’ finale failed its female characters one last time

Views - 21 Saturday, 25 May 2019 00:00

Esquire.com: The final episode of Game of Thrones was stunning, until it wasn’t. Your stomach dropped as Daenerys Targaryen strode out to address her troops, Drogon’s wings extended behind her, itching to be airborne. For a moment, you forgot he

All dressed up but no film to show: Bollywood ‘needs new take’ at Cannes

Views - 27 Saturday, 25 May 2019 00:00

CANNES (AFP): It may be bold and booming but Bollywood needs a fresh approach if it wants to gain traction at the world’s top film festival in Cannes, a leading Indian actress says. Although Bollywood’s beauties maybe turning heads with their ex

Creating history

Views - 34 Saturday, 25 May 2019 00:00

Two elections within five months – March and July 1960 – in a country where a general election is normally held once in five years was a record indeed. Candidates, particularly those who contested as Independents, had learnt a bitter lesson. Most

Entertaining musical theatre

Views - 456 Saturday, 25 May 2019 00:00

It was a highly entertaining evening watching ‘Rhythm in Life’, the musical theatre held in Perth recently. The trio from Sri Lanka – Saranga Disasekera, Raveen Kanishka and Shanudri Priyasad – well talented in dancing and singing were suppor

Institute of Sri Lankan Photographers holds 25th anniversary photography exhibition

Views - 58 Saturday, 11 May 2019 00:10

The Institute of Sri Lankan Photographers (ISLP) held its 25th anniversary photography exhibition on 3, 4 and 5 May at the Lionel Wendt Art Gallery. Chief Guest was veteran film artiste Ravindra Randeniya, Guests of Honour were D.G Somapala and C


Views - 261 Saturday, 11 May 2019 00:08

Togetherness was the key message to all Sri Lankans in rising up in the aftermath of the Easter Sunday terror attacks and moving forward with resilience when Weekend FT’s Ruwandi Gamage spoke to a cross-section of personalities for their thoughts

Short-lived fourth Parliament

Views - 33 Saturday, 11 May 2019 00:05

My first experience in a general election as a journalist was in March 1960 following the sudden decision made by Prime Minister Dahanayake. It turned out to be quite exciting. While other reporters were assigned to follow the plans by the leading po

‘Twilight’ by Ruwan Prasanna at Paradise Road Galleries

Views - 23 Saturday, 11 May 2019 00:01

An exhibition titled ‘Twilight’ by Ruwan Prasanna is on at Paradise Road Galleries from 26 April to 13 May

Elevate brings you the finest high tea this Mother’s Day

Views - 29 Saturday, 11 May 2019 00:00

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, Elevate is set to host a special Mother’s Day High Tea – the perfect opportunity to treat your mom and show her how grateful you are for all her love, support and guidance. Spoil your mother with the b

Esquire’s Best Movies of 2018

Views - 23 Saturday, 11 May 2019 00:00

An ethnomusicologist and an aspiring young singer are gripped by l’amour fou in Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War, whose rapturous black-and-white cinematography and lyrically oblique style are reminiscent of the director’s prior, Academy Award-winn

‘Crossing Place,’ a unique exploration of contemporary art from Sri Lanka

Views - 32 Saturday, 11 May 2019 00:00

At a time when contemporary art from Southeast Asia enjoys increasing global attention, Baik Art is presenting ‘Crossing Place,’ a unique exploration of contemporary art from Sri Lanka. The exhibition, mounted in collaboration with Saskia Fernan

Beauty, goodness, truth and justice

Views - 179 Saturday, 4 May 2019 00:10

The Inhuman Race introduces us to the Colombo of an alternate future. A Colombo where the British Empire carries on in uneasy co-existence with the Chinese. Colombo itself is a wasteland, the seat of power is now Kandy. Much of what we know now has

Coffee Rooms: More than just coffee!

Views - 44 Saturday, 4 May 2019 00:10

Perfectly located in the Nawala/Rajagiriya area, away from the busy and noisy streets of Colombo, is a cosy coffee joint, Coffee Rooms, dedicated to creating a space for working parents and a safe and fun place for kids. A space is dedicated to versa

Splendid testimony of Christian faith

Views - 35 Saturday, 4 May 2019 00:10

A splendid testimony of Christian faith, Cologne Cathedral in Cologne, Germany, is a Catholic Church featuring monumental architecture and a spectacular interior. It took 632 years to complete, but at first glance, the architecture seems to be compl

9 ways therapists personally deal with anxiety

Views - 36 Saturday, 4 May 2019 00:00

HuffPost: As with all things mental health, anxiety is highly individualised, with many symptoms and aspects of the condition existing on a spectrum. The treatment and management of anxiety must be highly individualised as well.

Rocking and De Rolling – Dancing with The De Lanerolle Brothers at the Hilton

Views - 36 Saturday, 4 May 2019 00:00

Celebrating their fourth concert out of 10 to celebrate 10 years of their unification as The De Lanerolle Brothers, Rohan and Ishan sang for two hours for all gathered. Hilton Colombo hosted the event where the entire hall was transformed into a larg

Sinhala daily for 15 cents

Views - 53 Saturday, 4 May 2019 00:00

17 December 1959 was an eventful day for us on the Dinamina. That was the day Dinamina completed 50 years. Leading to the day we had a busy time when a special supplement was planned weeks ahead. Although the features desk handled the supplement, so

A readable columnist

Views - 28 Saturday, 4 May 2019 00:00

As newspaper readers we enjoy reading regular columns by writers, particularly if they are well written and cover interesting topics. Some are even tempted to cut and collect the ones he or she likes. Most of us don’t have the patience to do that u

It’s election time in Australia

Views - 20 Saturday, 4 May 2019 00:00

The federal – or in jargon ‘general’ – election in Australia will be held in a fortnight, on Saturday 18 May to elect 150 members for the House of Representatives and 76 for the Senate. The eligible voters have been sent an official guide ex

LEADS: Leading the way in protecting our children

Views - 111 Saturday, 27 April 2019 01:25

By Ruwandi Gamage LEADS is a faith-based organisation, with an evangelical fellowship at inception. With the acronym standing for ‘Lanka Evangelical Alliance Development Service,’ it is a child-focused National NGO, which has been responding to t

‘Dekala Purudu Kenek’

Views - 108 Saturday, 27 April 2019 01:06

By Dr. Prabha Manuratne Malith Hegoda’s debut film ‘Dekala Purudu Kenek’ (‘The Strange Familiar’) marks a prominent shift in the portrayal of domesticated sexuality in Sri Lankan cinema. Sinhalese cinema’s obsession with women’s sexuali

‘Parahuman’ by Hashan Cooray at Saskia Fernando Gallery

Views - 123 Saturday, 27 April 2019 00:00

‘Parahuman,’ an exhibition by Hashan Cooray, opened to the public on 5 April and will remain open daily until 2 May at the Saskia Fernando Gallery, 41 Horton Place, Colombo 7, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cooray has actively pursued his work as a visua

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Soaring heights of NPLs in banking

Thursday, 27 June 2019

Capital inadequacy, political interference, abuse of power, wasteful and unproductive expenditure, corrupt deals, circumventions of regulatory directions, unscrupulous lending operations, imposed IMF and WB conditions for reforms, and window-dressed

New Land Policy: Ideal alternate development strategy, but accompanying policies needed

Thursday, 27 June 2019

It is reported that the Government has prepared a law to grant freehold possession of farm land held under lease from the Government. This may be a revision of the Land Development Ordinance (LDO) of 1935. This article proposes to discuss the pros a

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

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