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Dynamic duality of Tony Ranasinghe

Views - 2608 Saturday, 1 September 2018 00:11

Several dashing and debonair actors have graced the Sinhala silver screen over the years. Arguably the most lovable among these cinematic heroes was the dynamic Tony Ranasinghe who acted in both lead as well as character roles.


They danced to help cataract patients

Views - 200 Saturday, 1 September 2018 00:00

By D.C. Ranatunga It was a most absorbing evening watching the maiden performance by a group of Sri Lankan youth from the newly-formed Maathra Dance Studio in Sydney, Australia.


Bringing the pieces together

Views - 37 Saturday, 1 September 2018 00:00

I have found that in my recent journey in promoting my art through various exhibitions – specially with my major breakthrough in 2016 sponsored by the Pegasus Reef Hotel with the help of its very innovative General Manager Harsha Jayasinghe and pre


Building climate resilience

Views - 296 Saturday, 1 September 2018 00:00

Recognising the critical need for private sector involvement in climate adaptation, Dilmah Conservation, in collaboration with Global Compact Network Sri Lanka and Biodiversity Sri Lanka, held a national dialogue on the threats, responses and opportu


Stigmata puts Sri Lanka on the world music map again

Views - 262 Saturday, 1 September 2018 00:00

Sri Lankan Heavy Metal luminaries Stigmata have had a fabulous year in 2018. The band has performed a series of regular and consistent shows of impressive variety, from the 139th Battle of the Blues Royal-Thomian encounter, the Mosh Scream Rock festi


Breakfast done right at Graze!

Views - 45 Saturday, 1 September 2018 00:00

Ah, breakfast! The most important meal of the day. But the breakfast buffet is of a different breed altogether.


Fifth PM in five years

Views - 17 Saturday, 1 September 2018 00:00

Three years ago all eyes were on Canberra because of the crisis within the ruling Liberal Party. Prime Minister Tony


Capturing changing Colombo

Views - 69 Saturday, 25 August 2018 00:10

Colombo city is changing rapidly. New skyscrapers are becoming a common sight and these construction sites carry gigantic billboards that exhibit photographs of the future. There are many billboards around Galle Face, with slogans of ‘Colombo Finan


‘ Love, Lies & Diamonds ’

Views - 187 Saturday, 25 August 2018 00:10

This hilarious story revolves around the philandering owner of Kukulawala Holdings, Kusal Kukulawala, who has ordered a diamond necklace for his new muse. Trouble, confusion and chaos begin, when Kusal’s wife, Deepika shows up unannounced at the of


‘Bayan’ – A winter of content

Views - 70 Saturday, 25 August 2018 00:10

Author of ‘Behind the Eclipse’ and several other novels, Pramudith D. Rupasinghe is a clinical psychologist by profession and has worked in different parts of the world as a humanitarian diplomat. In the backdrop of the recent re-launch of ‘Bay


All for the good of the needy

Views - 73 Saturday, 25 August 2018 00:10

To see a row of white tuk tuks (as three-wheelers are known by all) on the road was an unusual sight. For one thing we hardly see white colour tuk tuks. They are mostly green or red. And the drivers didn’t loo


Her long journey in cinema

Views - 25 Saturday, 25 August 2018 00:10

On stage at 17. On the screen at 20. Completes 50 years in cinema. Over 150 films. At a quick glance that is the record of the ‘Queen of Sri Lankan Cinema’, Malini Fonseka. I remember watching her in the stage drama, ‘Akal Vessa’ in 1965. She


DMK Chief “Kalaignar” Karunanidhi excelled as a Tamil film script writer

Views - 2503 Saturday, 18 August 2018 01:01

Muttuvel Karunanidhi, known to the Tamil-speaking world as “Kalaignar” (artiste), passed away at the age of 94 in Chennai on 7 August. Karunanidhi had been Chief Minister of India’s Tamil Nadu state for a total of 19 years. He was Chief Ministe


Nigella magic

Views - 45 Saturday, 18 August 2018 00:11

By Uditha Jayasinghe Most chefs tell people how to cook but Nigella Lawson has won legions of fans by telling people how to eat. She has liberated millions scared of “proper” cooking by unashamedly chopping unevenly, dropping ingredients, and ent


Glamorous Randoli Perahera

Views - 34 Saturday, 18 August 2018 00:10

It’s past 6 in the evening. The sound of a gunshot is heard from the Dalada Maligawa at the auspicious time. It’s soon followed by the second, third and fourth. Each one is a signal for the devales – Natha, Vishnu, Kataragama and Pattini, in th


The prolific writer

Views - 27 Saturday, 18 August 2018 00:10

Buddhadasa Galappatty – best known as Buddhi – had several other interests while serving as a senior executive in the corporate sector. Theatre was one such interest, not as an actor or producer but as a behind-the-stage craftsman.


‘Symphony of Freedom’ fetes India’s 71st independence anniversary

Views - 11 Saturday, 18 August 2018 00:10

Celebrating the 71st anniversary of India’s independence, the High Commission of India Colombo recently held ‘Symphony of Freedom’, a musical extravaganza by the renowned Bollywood playback singer Usha Uthup at the BMICH


City2Surf – Great fun and helping charities

Views - 13 Saturday, 18 August 2018 00:10

Imagine close upon 80,000 competitors taking part in a road race! It was great fun. Men and women of all ages, youths, groups, families – they all took part. Thousands lined up the streets to watch and cheer.


Okonomiyaki at Ikoi Tei: Grilled as you like!

Views - 30 Saturday, 18 August 2018 00:10

Hilton Colombo’s Japanese restaurant Ikoi Tei located at the Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct is serving Okonomiyaki, a delicious and tempting Japanese savory pancake containing a variety of ingredients.


Lifetime Felicitation Award for Chandramani Thenuwara at ‘Sri Lanka Design Week 2018’

Views - 116 Saturday, 11 August 2018 01:18

The first-ever Sri Lankan woman to qualify abroad as a Chartered Textile Technologist and to go on to become the first Sri Lankan woman Fellow of The Textile Institute UK is to be felicitated by the University of Moratuwa – Department of Integrated


Cookery books – the start

Views - 26 Saturday, 11 August 2018 01:14

The news of the launch of the English version of ‘Mahasupawansaya’ – ‘The Great Chronicle of Sri Lankan Culinary Art’ – by Master Chef, Dr. Pabilis Silva, made me go back to the days when I remember my mother using the ‘Dinamina Supa Sh


Winter ‘sleep out’ to help homeless youth

Views - 20 Saturday, 11 August 2018 01:10

We tend to think that youth in developed countries have no problems. ‘They are well looked after’ is the picture we have created in our minds. But it is not so. Homelessness is one of the major issues among youth.


Voice for the Voiceless Foundation: Empowering the marginalised

Views - 70 Saturday, 11 August 2018 01:04

These are the immortal words of Jackie De Shannon, with which Dishan De Silva, the Main Advisor of Voice for Voiceless Foundation, couldn’t agree more. “Sri Lanka today is at a crossroads, with racial and ethnic tensions continuously simmering un


‘Sinha’ dance ballet mesmerises audiences

Views - 11 Saturday, 11 August 2018 01:01

‘Sinha,’ a unique dance ballet based on a historic theme, scripted and choreographed by award-winning dancer Nilan Maligaspe, was held at the Lionel Wendt Theatre in Colombo amidst a distinguished gathering.


The Bayleaf and Zesta launch ‘Afternoon Tea’

Views - 92 Saturday, 11 August 2018 00:56

The Bayleaf launched ‘Afternoon Tea’ in partnership with Watawala Tea Ceylon, serving up a unique experience for tea lovers, featuring 15 special blends alongside an array of finger food at its Wine and Tea room or private rooms daily from 2 p.m.


‘A Chocolate Indulgence’ with Chocolatier Zeba Kohli

Views - 36 Saturday, 11 August 2018 00:54

Collaborating with India’s renowned chocolatier Zeba Kohli, Hafele presented an innovative chocolate experience to their guests at the largest state-of-the-art Hafele Design Centre in the heart of Colombo.


Chocolate mania at Hilton Colombo!

Views - 28 Saturday, 11 August 2018 00:34

EatDrinkHilton is all about fresh produce, seasonal offerings and local tastes. This month the focus is chocolate! Not only will you find this in the special dishes at the dining outlets, you will find it in every aspect of the Hilton hospitality exp


Esala festival begins with ‘Kap’ ceremony

Views - 17 Saturday, 11 August 2018 00:29

Known as Senkadagala or Senkadagalapura during the time of the ancient kings, Kandy came to be known as Maha Nuwara being the only remaining ‘Great City’ – the last capital of Sinhala kings, with Colombo being under successive foreign powers.


‘Why? Saama’ – A curious little girl giant who travels around Sri Lanka

Views - 79 Saturday, 11 August 2018 00:22

Saama conveys an important message – she wants everyone to know how caregivers can help girls to reach their full potential by giving them an opportunity to shine. The Little Girl Giant Puppet is a collective creation of MJF Charitable Foundation,


The sweet and sour real life romance of reel actors Savitri and Gemini

Views - 3163 Saturday, 4 August 2018 00:20

The recent release and box-office success of the Telugu biographical movie ‘Mahanati’ (Great Actress) has created a great deal of interest in the famous South Indian actress Savitri. The bio-pic simultaneously released in Tamil as ‘Nadigaiyar


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Reaching global quality standards through Deming Award

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

The importance of quality in the contemporary competitive business environment cannot be over-emphasised. Total Quality Management (TQM)is a company-wide, all pervasive management philosophy, which organisations globally, in many business sectors hav


Ramsar accreditation of Colombo Wetlands: Rebranding Colombo as a Wetland City

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Colombo, once known to be “kolonthota,” has always been identified as a wetland complex at the heart of the Kelani river delta. Today this city is increasingly drying up, with around 20 sq km left as wetlands which continue to be threatened every


Coup Sri Lanka: some winners, mostly losers

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

As a president proves shockingly stubborn, a nation waits with baited breath as to what His Excellency the loose cannon on a rocky slope will do next. Two Prime Ministers and the fates of their respective parliamentary groups hang in the balance lik


Rising dollar and bank NPA, brothers in arms?

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

The rising Non-Performing Advances (NPA/NPAs) is a matter of concern to the entire financial industry. It is a nightmare. The weekend papers have published some articles based on interviews journalists conducted with respective bank CEOs and also bas


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