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Let’s Break The Taboo

Views - 88 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 - 32 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


FIND YOUR LION!

Views - 71 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 - 174 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 - 24 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 - 102 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 - 50 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 - 20 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 - 116 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 - 38 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 - 988 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 - 70 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 - 41 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 - 52 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 - 21 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 - 50 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 - 356 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 - 130 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 - 86 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 - 70 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 - 71 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 - 44 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


Top 5 Fairway Galle Lit Fest choices

Views - 389 Saturday, 5 January 2019 00:00

Whether you make an annual trek down to Galle for four days of high-brow entertainment or whether you vicariously follow visiting authors from the comfort of your armchair to update yourself with names you might not have encountered, the FGLF has inv


Catching ‘pol horu’

Views - 29 Saturday, 5 January 2019 00:00

A prototype burglar alarm to catch ‘pol horu’ – burglars who steal coconuts in villages – has been developed by a team of youngsters who attended the ‘Innovation, Creativity, Entrepreneurship’ (ICE) program held recently. “Burglars ste


Two most readable books

Views - 24 Saturday, 5 January 2019 00:00

During Malala’s recent visit to Australia, among the many merchandise items for sale were the latest edition of her biography and the book on her father’s life story written by him. She has updated her biography from the first edition in 2013. T


Gregory Burns inspires kids to be creators, not consumers

Views - 54 Saturday, 29 December 2018 00:10

The world-renowned American artist Gregory Burns conducted an art workshop for the kids of Secret Garden art school recently at Connect at Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo. The hotel welcomed Bu


Thuna Paha at Waters Edge: A superb Sri Lankan feast!

Views - 189 Saturday, 29 December 2018 00:10

Change is always welcome, especially when it comes to cuisine – and Waters Edge has certainly changed things up in style when serving up traditional Sri Lankan cuisine at its authentic Sri Lankan restaurant, Thuna Paha. Set in a beautiful space, Th


Celebrations aplenty

Views - 29 Saturday, 29 December 2018 00:00

Christmas is over. Not really, I would say. Holiday mood continues. Many an activity keep everyone busy. Office-goers are enjoying the long holiday during Christmas. Having closed a couple of days before Xmas, m


Ending violence against women and girls

Views - 35 Saturday, 29 December 2018 00:00

At this time of year, a time of peace and joy, a time for family and friends, a time for celebration, let’s not forget that many people around the world are disadvantaged, and that women especially remain disenfranchised and often victims of abuse.


‘Bumblebee’ at CCC Scope Cinemas and Liberty Cinema

Views - 146 Saturday, 29 December 2018 00:00

‘Bumblebee’ is showing at Colombo City Centre Scope Cinemas and Liberty Cinema from 4 January. ‘Bumblebee’ is an American science fiction action film centred around the Transformers character of the same name. It is the sixth installment of t


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Come, let us build!

Friday, 26 April 2019

It was the best of times; it was the worst of times. Best because Sri Lanka was united in what it did well: being at peace, on an extended sabbatical, pursuing the absence of conflict – even mindlessly – and enjoying the fruit of island life. Wor


Black Easter

Friday, 26 April 2019

To Sri Lankan Christians, Easter this year was a day of God where demons reigned. It can be considered an unfortunate day in which the country was plunged again into the uncivilised wretchedness that prevailed in the country during the violent confli


Explaining Sri Lanka’s new Emergency Regulations on ‘publication’

Friday, 26 April 2019

Sri Lanka’s President issued a new set of Emergency Regulations on 22 April. This note explains the contents of Emergency Regulation 15, which concerns the ‘control of publications’, and certain other regulations relevant to publication. There


A secular public space is essential for the safety and wellbeing of all

Friday, 26 April 2019

The heart is heavy and the pen is slow. The environment is thick with the shared sorrow of many. Pain and suffering caused by deaths of hundreds and maiming of more on Easter of 2019 will linger for the rest of our lives. But life must go on and we m


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