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First foreign fort built 500 years ago

Views - 40 Saturday, 23 June 2018 00:00

It was exactly 500 years ago, in 1518, that the Portuguese built a fort after arriving in Ceylon (as Sri Lanka was then known) in 1505, which the Portuguese historian Joao Ribeiro described as “the loveliest parcel of land the Creator had placed in

‘Visions beyond the Frame’ at the Wendt next week

Views - 68 Saturday, 23 June 2018 00:00

‘Visions beyond the Frame – A Triumphant Odyssey’ will feature the journey of passionate photographer, Ravindra Ranasinghe and his personal odyssey in becoming a photographer over the last eight years.

Music Maker

Views - 269 Saturday, 9 June 2018 00:56

Towards the end of last year, film composer and classical musician Lakshman Joseph De Saram, a regular at Poetry P’lau gatherings, turned up early for one with his violin in tow – a breathtakingly beautiful late 17th c

Animal welfare is their task

Views - 20 Saturday, 9 June 2018 00:55

In the home mail box was a white envelope with just one neatly-written line. It said: ‘Just a quick note in case you’ve got forgotten!’

Eating smart at Cafe Nuga!

Views - 98 Saturday, 9 June 2018 00:10

Cafe Nuga is the latest eatery promoting healthy living in Colombo – a fast-growing niche in a competitive restaurant space – and just like their produce, they’re fresh on the scene having opened its doors on 22 March.

12 years of enchantment!

Views - 42 Saturday, 9 June 2018 00:00

It was a night of magic and nostalgia with a generous dose of fairy dust, when the cast and alumni of the Jehan Aloysius’ hit production ‘Pyramus & Thisby’ celebrated its 12th anniversary at an exclusive event in Colombo. The show is an enchant

Protecting temple murals

Views - 18 Saturday, 9 June 2018 00:00

Temples situated at Gadaladeniya and Lankatilaka are two popular places of worship close to Kandy. Those going to Kandy to worship the Sri Dalada – Sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha – often visit these temples as well. They can be reached conveni

A new a la carte menu at Café Kai, Hilton Colombo

Views - 56 Saturday, 9 June 2018 00:00

They say it’s gourmet on the go, it’s grab and go and it’s a quaint little corner in a busy lobby. Café Kai is that place where one could just relax over a hot cuppa or a fresh juice and a salmon bagel or an oven-fresh fruity Danish with a fri

‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ premieres in Sri Lanka

Views - 151 Saturday, 9 June 2018 00:00

‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ premiered in Sri Lanka on Thursday at a special viewing at Scope Cinemas, a day after its world premiere on 6 June. The movie, which is the fifth in the Jurassic Park franchise and the second in touted Jurassic Wo


Views - 159 Saturday, 2 June 2018 00:50

Ramadan is the fourth pillar of Islam that gives the chance to cleanse one’s soul via piety and penance. Upon the first glimpse of the crescent moon, Muslims around the world start the ritual fast of 30 days, embarking on a spiritual journey

Jean Arasanayagam wins the Gratiaen

Views - 58 Saturday, 2 June 2018 00:44

‘The Life of the Poet’ by Jean Arasanayagam is the winner of the Gratiaen Prize 2017, for the best work of creative writing in English by a Sri Lankan writer living in Sri Lanka. Arasanayagam’s writing was commended by the judges for its erudi

Values we should cherish

Views - 37 Saturday, 2 June 2018 00:00

“I drew material for my plays from a body of myth and legend that has been current among my people for some two thousand years and has influenced their attitudes and actions. I was hoping to get at the roots of our culture, a

‘Soba Roo’ exhibition at J.D.A. Perera Gallery

Views - 30 Saturday, 2 June 2018 00:00

The National Association of Photographers – Sri Lanka is holding its annual members’ exhibition titled ‘Soba Roo’ (Nature’s Beauty) at the J.D.A. Perera Gallery Horton Place, Colombo. The exhibition is open to public today, 2 June, from 12

A simple, unassuming Governor

Views - 18 Saturday, 2 June 2018 00:00

I was reminded of the often-repeated term ‘An Officer and A Gentleman’ (following the film in the 1980s) as I read about my friend A.S. Jayawardena’s departure a few days back. The simple, unassuming individual that he was, A S never threw his

The Chef’s Table at Colombo Fort Café – An eclectic experience!

Views - 216 Saturday, 2 June 2018 00:00

We kick off The Chef’s Table series this week, which zooms in on the ’places and plates’ aspect of the Watch List.

More butter offers from Pelwatte at Arpico Super Centres

Views - 18 Saturday, 2 June 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka’s 100% local dairy manufacturer, Pelwatte Dairy Industries Ltd. is further extending its offers on the signature Pelwatte Butter during the month of June. The offer this time will be 15% at all Arpico Super Centres island wide. The offer

Protein-rich Ice Pop made out of whey protein introduced by Carmello

Views - 31 Saturday, 2 June 2018 00:00

Pioneer milk base gelato producer in Sri Lanka, Carmello introduced its latest product as an alternative to existing ‘Ice Packets’ in the market which are mostly produced without good manufacturing practices, with water and artificial flavours.

Wonder Woman

Views - 585 Saturday, 26 May 2018 00:55

Tell me about yourself – what you do, your family, your career and so on

Writing in the early days

Views - 44 Saturday, 26 May 2018 00:44

The news that the Peradeniya University has set up a Palm-leaf Conservation Unit took me back a few years to a visit made to the Suriyagoda temple near Kiribathkumbura close to Peradeniya. It is the temple where Velivita Sri Saranankara Sangharaja Th

Where are we standing ?

Views - 35 Saturday, 26 May 2018 00:43

At the start of civilisation, humans lived in harmony with nature because their needs were limited. Since primitive man did not have the means to change his environment dramatically to suit his own needs, it was possible for him to coexist with the e

‘ Strategic marriage ’

Views - 43 Saturday, 26 May 2018 00:00


Views - 489 Saturday, 19 May 2018 00:50

Fuelled by his passion for making change and being creatively different with everything he delves into, entrepreneur, designer and “rabble-rouser” Stefan Andre Joachim says what he does best is light fires in the souls of those who dare walk thro

Sri Lanka gets a load of Deadpool... again

Views - 81 Saturday, 19 May 2018 00:48

If we could pick a superhero that embodies all that TNL Radio is, we’d definitely pick Deadpool. Smart, edgy, funny, and completely irreverent, the merc with a mouth made his way to the paradise isle and TNL R

From ‘Koombiyo’ – move on

Views - 65 Saturday, 19 May 2018 00:01

‘Paayana kaaledi re daval mahansivi – Kanda de reskarai koombiyo…’

Rotaract 3220 celebrates innovation, empowerment and passion

Views - 17 Saturday, 19 May 2018 00:00

Rotaract District 3220 Sri Lanka and Maldives is the local counterpart of the internationally renowned youth service organisation Rotaract, which functions under Rotary International. Rotaract functions under the motto self-development – Fellowshi

Rotaract ‘Red Carpet Affair’: Experiencing Rotaract in true red carpet style

Views - 33 Saturday, 19 May 2018 00:00

Rotaract Red Carpet Affair witnessed the presentation of the Rotaract Community Awards for the year 2017-18 that have been designed to celebrate the successful and inspirational ventures organised by Rotaract Clubs throughout this year. Recognitions

Worst mass shooting in two decades

Views - 22 Saturday, 19 May 2018 00:00

As Australian media was getting ready to build up for the Royal Wedding giving their viewers/readers regular programmes and features, there came the tragic story of what was described as Australia’s worst mass shooting in more than two decades. The

He well-deserved the recognition

Views - 20 Saturday, 19 May 2018 00:00

A photograph of D.B. Nihalsingha, the first CEO and General Manager of the National (then State) Film Corporation was unveiled a few days back by President Maithripala Sirisena at the Corporation. It was a well-deserved recognition of a professional

Hypnotik mesmerises patrons at Hilton’s LAB

Views - 77 Saturday, 19 May 2018 00:00

On Wednesday night, the Hilton Colombo had an exclusive cocktail party with several members of Colombo high society on the guest list to preview the latest attraction at the LAB (Lounge & Bar): Hypnotik.

Doing it his way!

Views - 183 Saturday, 12 May 2018 00:55

A contrarian and non-conformist throughout his life, playwright and entertainer Indu Dharmasena takes pride in living life his way, with an all-important caveat of course – he does not hurt anyone, deprive anyone or break any laws.

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Identifying traitors: I cannot wait until Dr. Padeniya presents his point scheme

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Cause for excitement I am excited! A way of identifying and measuring a traitor is soon to be unveiled; by no less than the President of the GMOA! Hasn’t he also qualified in some department of neurology? All the more reason to justify my excitemen

The evils of translocating wild elephants

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

The subject of translocating wild elephants has been a much-debated topic recently, after the Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWLC), acting on the orders of the Minster for Wildlife, wanted to move the only two wild elephants habituating the Sin

Climate scientists cheating us to a $ 12 b/year economic loss in 2050

Monday, 20 August 2018

Local news media carried the disturbing pronouncement by World Bank economists to the effect that Sri Lanka will become an extremely hot territory with 30C temperature rise and $ 12 billion per year economic loss by 2050.

Singapore miracle – How SL could benefit from trade with Singapore

Monday, 20 August 2018

According to a media report released by President’s Media Division, a committee of experts has been appointed by the President to examine and report on ‘the practical impact and use of the proposed officer policy guidelines and recommendations on

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