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‘I am 21: No gifts please’

Views - 50 Saturday, 23 December 2017 00:00

Reaching 21 years is a milestone in one’s life. You are then considered an adult. Even if boys don’t much care to celebrate, for a girl it’s a big day. Friends and relations are invited to share an eventful day in her life. She is showered with

Cashew colony of Sri Lanka

Views - 63 Saturday, 23 December 2017 00:00

As you pass the fruit stalls in Horagolla, Nittambuwa, a few kilometres away, along the Colombo-Kandy main road lies another street spectacle – the Kajugama in Bataleeya.

Jacqueline Fernandez: Scintillating jewel of Sri Lanka

Views - 1395 Saturday, 16 December 2017 00:45

‘Spotlight’ shines again after many weeks to focus on a luminous Sri Lankan star of Sri Lanka who has been illuminating the Hindi cinematic firmament for several years.

A museum of trees and ruins

Views - 38 Saturday, 16 December 2017 00:15

An arboretum is a garden where plants, trees and herbs are cultivated for conservation and scientific study. Simply put, it’s a museum, devoted to trees. Menikdena Arboretum is not just a botanical library. As you meander along the network of fores

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Views - 50 Saturday, 16 December 2017 00:00

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols was held at The Cathedral of Christ the Living Saviour, Colombo 7. The Cathedral Choir led by Ishan De Lanerolle and the Junior Choir sang to a full congregation accompanied at the organ by Neranjan De Silva and

Sir Ivor is recognised

Views - 25 Saturday, 16 December 2017 00:00

The saying goes “Better late than never”. Sixty-four years after Sir Ivor Jennings left Sri Lanka, his statue was unveiled at the Peradeniya campus last week in recognition of his pioneering efforts in ensuring that the country had a well-laid ou

New Year rush to get married

Views - 8 Saturday, 16 December 2017 00:00

Come 9 January 2018, gay couples in Australia will start rushing to get married. Though the same-sex marriage law in Australia became effective with the Governor-General giving his assent on Saturday 9 December, the Bill passed by Parliament two days

A Night of Carols at The Terrace, Cinnamon Lakeside

Views - 31 Saturday, 16 December 2017 00:00

Bringing you the magic of Christmas in song, the Terrace at Cinnamon Lakeside – the premier urban resort – comes alive on 22 December from 7 to 8 p.m. with the soothing tones of the highly acclaimed Metho-Cantanti Choir as they warm your heart an

‘Burn the Floor,’ Royal Dancing Academy Dinner Dance on 30 December

Views - 18 Saturday, 16 December 2017 00:00

Dancing is a unique form of communicating without words. It brings joy and peace and also adds a lot of colour.

Blackpool, Nuwara Eliya mixes X’mas cake in creative and innovative fashion

Views - 18 Saturday, 16 December 2017 00:00

Christmas is synonymous with cake. The Christmas cake-making ceremony is an age-old tradition with a history going back to several centuries.

Kaema Sutra shines at Shangri-La Colombo

Views - 104 Saturday, 16 December 2017 00:00

For a country as abundantly rich in ingredients and natural resources as Sri Lanka, its cuisine has yet to reach the dizzying heights of its northern neighbours. While this is now slowly but surely changing for the better, a large reason for that is

Stefan’s picks for giving Christmas gifts

Views - 61 Saturday, 9 December 2017 00:10

Designer extraordinaire, Co-Founder/Director of the absolutely divine Arq Style House, and delightful dynamo Stefan Andre Joachim takes some time off from creating magical Christmases around the island to give Weekend FT readers some tips on great gi

‘SatisFactory’ disposable toilet seat covers: Comfortable, eco-friendly and local

Views - 18 Saturday, 9 December 2017 00:00

By Fathima Riznaz Hafi Using public restrooms, especially those in Sri Lanka, can be a cringe-worthy experience when the facilities are not kept in a hygienic condition and most people would rather wait until they get home rather than subject themsel

Weaving the pattern of life

Views - 45 Saturday, 9 December 2017 00:00

By Aysha Maryam Cassim The Colombo-Kandy A6 is the road most travelled by me. As a child, I recall my parents pulling over by the wewal boutiques in Radawadunna located next to Kaju Gama. From chairs to brooms and fancy string-hopper moulds, these sh

Saying NO to violence against women

Views - 5 Saturday, 9 December 2017 00:00

Saturday 25 November was White Ribbon Day. Women, men and children in a large number of countries wore a white ribbon in support of preventing domestic violence. In the main cities in Australia demonstrations were held to mark the day. Violence agai

Tianjin Symphony Orchestra performs in Sri Lanka

Views - 4 Saturday, 9 December 2017 00:00

Celebrating 60 years of friendship between Sri Lanka and China, the Tianjin Symphony Orchestra performed an evening of musical elegance in Colombo recently. The event, organised by the China Cultural Centre in Sri Lanka and supported by The Embassy o

A song to remember

Views - 9 Saturday, 9 December 2017 00:00

My dreams are roses for my love – I drop them down for her feet Walk on them softly my love – Your feet will make them more sweet

‘Sri Lanka, The Island from Above’

Views - 37 Saturday, 9 December 2017 00:00

The book launch and exhibition ‘Sri Lanka, The Island from Above’ by Dominic Sansoni, Sebastian Posingis and Richard Simon was held at Barefoot Gallery recently – Pix by Shehan Gunasekara

‘The Art of the Wild – A Personal Journey’

Views - 11 Saturday, 9 December 2017 00:00

‘The Art of the Wild – A Personal Journey’ by Nawaz Vilcassim was launched recently at the Barefoot Gallery in the presence of Chief Guest Central Bank Governor Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy and other invitees – Pix by Shehan Gunasekara

Alu Viharaya the temple of light

Views - 84 Saturday, 25 November 2017 00:56

The Pali Tripitakaya (Canon) can be attributed to Gautama Buddha and Theravada Buddhism. From the 5th century BCE to 1st century BCE, Buddha’s discourses and disciplines were passed on orally, memorised and recited by generations of monks to the ne

Epicure – fine dining, done right

Views - 527 Saturday, 25 November 2017 00:50

When you think of the term ‘fine dining,’ several images instantly come to mind, from elegantly-dressed waiters to tasteful cutlery on silky white tablecloths, to deliciously expensive bottles of wine. Indeed, from food to service to atmosphere,

Imitators and innovators

Views - 194 Saturday, 25 November 2017 00:47

On the eve of the annual Sunil Santha Memorial Lecture two days ago, I was reminded of the inaugural lecture delivered last year by the Australian music researcher, Dr. Tony Donaldson. The thought-provoking talk given by him has been published as a b

Drum Festival 2017 on Sunday

Views - 28 Saturday, 25 November 2017 00:00

The Drum Festival 2017 is to take place this Sunday (26) from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the world-renowned Lankan percussion band NAADRO. The event, a day-long festival of drums at the Viharamahadevi Park open air theatre

Shakti’s latest collection of special gifts at Int’l Christmas Charity Bazaar tomorrow

Views - 26 Saturday, 25 November 2017 00:00

A Shakti gift promises many things besides offering near perfect quality workmanship. It is also a unique product in that it innovatively combines Sri Lankan handloom with prints in an attractive combination providing something for everyone. Designs

Dr. Tanya Ekanayaka to perform with Chamber Music Society of Colombo on 5 December

Views - 31 Saturday, 25 November 2017 00:00

The Chamber Music Society of Colombo will perform its ‘Season Finale’ on 5 December at the Lionel Wendt Auditorium. The concert, brought to you by Fairway Holdings, will feature the internationally acclaimed composer-pianist Dr. Tanya Ekanayaka p

Elegant coffee table book tells story of 75-year-old Peradeniya University

Views - 69 Saturday, 25 November 2017 00:00

To mark the 75th anniversary of the degree-awarding university system in Sri Lanka this year, a group of old students of Peradeniya University have produced a coffee table book on their alma mater.

It’s a YES win – what next?

Views - 6 Saturday, 25 November 2017 00:00

The long-drawn-out debate is over. Australia has said YES to same sex-marriages. Analysts feel the decision will lead to an economic boom by way of weddings and other celebrations. That would, of course, be after Parliament passes legislation legally

Artisan Hub, Glitteray’s new manufacturing facility

Views - 59 Saturday, 25 November 2017 00:00

In recognition of Sri Lanka’s strategic importance, Glitteray has made a long-term commitment to play a major role in the development of the cottage crafts industry.

Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo opens stylish Capital Bar & Grill

Views - 298 Saturday, 25 November 2017 00:00

Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo opened its stylish and elegant Capital Bar & Grill on Thursday. Serving the finest steaks and seafood grills, as well as the city’s most extensive selection of whiskies, the buzzing bar features expert mixologists who shak

Spotlight on Sri Lanka’s glorious wildlife 

Views - 49 Saturday, 18 November 2017 00:59

The quality of Sri Lanka’s wildlife with its almost unparalleled biodiversity is not news to anybody, at least not anymore. There was a time, before the end of the war, that all of the country’s hidden wonders were known to just a select few enth

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Constitutional clash: realism in a time of crisis

Monday, 19 February 2018

Most of the discussion of today’s crisis is from the perspective of a lawyer. Mine is not a legalist point of view. It is a political science view

Many things go into constitutions

Monday, 19 February 2018

“Constitutions are primarily about political authority and power- the location, conferment, distribution, exercise and limitation

An economic crisis worsened by a political crisis: Time is running out for Sri Lanka

Monday, 19 February 2018

The Central Bank Governor Indrajit Coomaraswamy, while announcing the Bank’s monetary policy stance for the next two months

Restoring credibility of Central Bank: What ails the system?

Monday, 19 February 2018

We are today, and have been indeed for the past two years, in the throes of a classic case of regulatory failure on the infamous ‘Bond Scam

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