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Why should they come to Sri Lanka?

Views - 7221 Saturday, 21 January 2017 03:14

It’s encouraging to read the monthly statistics of tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka. The numbers are increasing which certainly is a good sign. Why do tourists come to Sri Lanka? Occasionally there are articles in numerous journals and newspape


Munchi, Salawatte’s multi-religious Christmas miracle

Views - 7717 Saturday, 21 January 2017 03:09

This little brown cow was given in fulfilment of a vow to a local Hindu soothsayer, protected by Buddhists, rescued by Muslims and saved last Christmas By C. Gadiewasam On 20 December, a social media SOS went out through the Ani


The Grand Oriental days

Views - 7410 Saturday, 21 January 2017 03:04

By D.C. Ranatunga A new hotel is opened in Colombo. An old one is to change hands, according to news reports.  The Movenpick Hotel was opened. The owners of Grand Oriental Hotel (GOH) are looking for a buyer. Movenpick is the latest. GOH


O.T. Perera publishes new book on Kafka

Views - 6525 Saturday, 21 January 2017 03:02

Most Sri Lankans, when they fly off to richer pastures, contribute very little to their motherland except by way of remittance. But Bellanwila O. T. Perera, who emigrated to England in 1977, is different. He comes up with a book of his own wheneve


First-ever ‘Night of Ideas’ in Colombo with Kianoush Ramezani on 26 January

Views - 6663 Saturday, 21 January 2017 03:02

On 26 January, the Alliance Française de Kotte along with the Embassy of France, will present the first-ever Night of Ideas held in Colombo. During a special night, participants will be invited to share their ideas on the theme of ‘


Goodbye to ‘full kit’!

Views - 6525 Saturday, 21 January 2017 03:00

Top Government officials are bound to breathe a sigh of relief over President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to free from the dress code that they should be, as we say, ‘in full suit’. They were directed to wear tie and coat b


Christmas lights everywhere

Views - 7013 Saturday, 24 December 2016 00:00

The past two to three weeks have been really busy time for households. They were unpacking boxes, scaling ladders, unrolling lights and inflating large objects. All of it to get ready for Christmas. Many drive out of their houses after dinner. I


Graduating from Coop Federal Bank

Views - 6870 Saturday, 24 December 2016 00:00

  Reading about the logo change of People’s Bank and its current vision, I remembered the early days of the bank.  In the 1950s, facing the sea near what was then known as the Parliament roundabout in the corner


Christmas cheer at the TAJ!

Views - 6815 Saturday, 24 December 2016 00:00

The Taj Samudra, Colombo herald in the Christmas season with bountiful goodies to get everyone in the festive spirit. The spirit of good cheer was enhanced by the melodious sounds of Christmas carols from MethoCantanti in the lobby.  


Kingdom Life launches debut album

Views - 6796 Saturday, 24 December 2016 00:00

If you’re a music enthusiast living in Colombo who loves to support local talent, the name Kingdom Life will definitely ring a bell. The band has gained much popularity in a short span of time around the country since their extraordinary per


Vanakkam! Roar Media launches Tamil edition

Views - 6774 Saturday, 24 December 2016 00:00

Roar, Sri Lanka’s new media platform, continues to realise its vision to expand globally, with Roar Tamil. This new edition delivers engaging content that focuses on current affairs, lifestyle and business to Tamil readers, both in Sri Lanka


Bursa: A journey to the birthplace of the Ottoman Empire

Views - 6995 Saturday, 10 December 2016 02:19

By Aysha Maryam Cassim Towards the North Western Coast of Marmara Sea, lies a trade destination that linked East to the West once upon a time. Being Turkey’s fourth largest city and the first capital of Ottoman Empire, Bursa bears


Toilet paper, the Daily FT and a loose stomach in Paree!

Views - 7335 Saturday, 10 December 2016 02:16

By Kumar de Silva Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was recently critical of the Daily FT over two opinion articles on Government plans for the Hambantota port and offers of tabs to students, and went on to liken the paper to cheaper


Magical celebrations at Galle Face Hotel this season

Views - 4958 Saturday, 10 December 2016 02:15

This year, the Galle Face Hotel has all the trimmings to make this festive season even more delightful for guests and their loved ones. South Asia’s leading grande dame set the tone for the season with the traditional lighting of the Christm


Positive approach to beat cancer

Views - 4834 Saturday, 10 December 2016 02:13

Preventing cancer is one most effective ways of beating cancer, says a prominent organisation that firmly believes that cancer “can and will be beaten”. Research shows one third of all cancers are related to smoking, overexposure to th


Planet-friendly gifts from Secret Garden

Views - 7483 Saturday, 10 December 2016 02:11

Secret Garden is a home-based planet-friendly venture that produces naturally grown plants, adhering to the ‘reduce-reuse-recycle’ concept in the production process. Rainwater is harvested, plastic pots are never used and the decor is


See the ‘Unseen Sri Lanka’

Views - 4795 Saturday, 10 December 2016 02:05

The Philatelic Bureau deserves to be complimented for the effort made in looking out for innovative themes. The latest theme selected for a set of 12 stamps is titled ‘Unseen Sri Lanka’ depicting places from different parts of the coun


Chris Creations: Exquisite cakes and cake structures

Views - 2297 Saturday, 10 December 2016 02:03

By Shannine Daniel Chris Creations run by Christine Joseph Batcho is a home-based cake business located in Dehiwala. Christine specialises in cakes and cake structures for wedding ceremonies as well as cakes for birthdays and other spec


Breeze into 2016 with Anantaya, Chilaw

Views - 4594 Wednesday, 30 December 2015 00:00

  Anantaya Resorts and Spa, LAUGFS Leisure Ltd’s island getaway nestled along Chilaw’s pristine coast, is set to take its guests on an unforgettable culinary journey this New Year’s Eve with a spectacular ra


Christmas Carols at the Taj

Views - 3924 Wednesday, 30 December 2015 00:00

The Taj Samudra, Colombo herald in the Christmas season with bountiful goodies to get everyone in the festive spirit. The spirit of good cheer was enhanced by the melodious sounds of Christmas carols from Choro Calibre and Metho Cantanti.


Seasonal greetings for Elephant House sausages lovers

Views - 4154 Wednesday, 30 December 2015 00:00

Elephant House sausage range is vast varying from chicken to beef to pork concocted with a unique difference to drive the ultimate desire of food high and fineness. It is made with utmost care and the best spices and highest quality meats are used


Chinese Dragon Café opens newest branch at Ratmalana

Views - 4922 Wednesday, 30 December 2015 00:00

From left: Manager Ajith Kumara, Director Saurabh Udeshi, Managing Director Naishadh Udeshi, Manager Jeromi Jayawardane and Branch Manager Warren Hameed    Chinese Dragon Café the pioneering resta


Master of fusion food – Michelin starred Chef Richard Toix at Cantaloupe Aqua

Views - 4314 Wednesday, 30 December 2015 00:00

A rare gastronomic experience with Michelin-starred chef Richard Toix, chef-owner of the acclaimed Passions et Gourmandises restaurant, awaits all at Cantaloupe Aqua when the French Chef who is being flown in from Paris showcases his award-winnin


The call of Trincomalee

Views - 4193 Friday, 18 December 2015 00:00

  Christmas in the big city or by the sea ... what will it be for families seeking a memorable if not unforgettable holiday this holiday season? Trincomalee, where sun, sea and sand find perfect fusion with history, is a v


Let’s start the New Year right at The Kingsbury

Views - 4402 Friday, 18 December 2015 00:00

  Sri Lankans are known for their love for celebrations. And one of the biggest celebrations is the dawning of the New Year. And nothing makes it more perfect than good food, good friends and great music. The Kingsbury has


Residence by Uga greets festive season with exciting calendar of events

Views - 4090 Friday, 18 December 2015 00:00

  Residence by Uga Escapes, the Colombo boutique hotel owned by leading leisure group Uga Escapes Ltd., will herald the festive season at its popular restaurant and bar, rare at Residence, through a line-up of exciting events


Indulge in sumptuous feasts on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at OZO Colombo

Views - 3700 Friday, 18 December 2015 00:00

  During the festive season, OZO Colombo is hosting special Christmas feasts at EAT Restaurant to help bring guests some holiday cheers! Executive Chef Meththa and his celebrated team of chefs at OZO Colombo are sleighing i


Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Taprobana Wadduwa

Views - 3748 Friday, 18 December 2015 00:00

  Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Taprobana Wadduwa where a countdown second to none awaits those who party at this awesome beach resort! With the night’s entertainment including great music, a fabulous dinner buffet


Christmas celebrations at Cinnamon’s city hotels

Views - 3699 Friday, 18 December 2015 00:00

  This Christmas, look no further than the popular Cinnamon’s city hotels – Cinnamon Grand, Cinnamon Lakeside and Cinnamon Red to experience the true magic of the season through a line-up of extensive gastronomic


A Cinnamon curated dinner with celebrity chef Marco Pierre White

Views - 3599 Friday, 18 December 2015 00:00

  Godfather of modern cooking Marco Pierre White, who is a three Michelin star celebrity chef and Judge of MasterChef Australia and Hell’s Kitchen fame, will be in Sri Lanka courtesy of Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts, fl


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