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In the history of Sinhala songs, we come across a little girl called Surangi. She is sad and starts to shed tears. A drop of a tear runs to the river and flows to the sea. This teardrop finds its way inside a pearl oyster and, after few years, it turns into a pearl. The pearls are harvested and return

Full Article Sunday, 27 July 2014 00:00

Shedding light on the talents of the differently abled young people attached to Sunera workshops in various regions, the finals of the Samanalayaya 2014 (Field of Butterflies) went on board at Lionel Wendt, on July 16.
Samanalayaya Drama Festival is the key event in the Sunera calendar organized with a view to showcase the creativity of Sunera participants from our workshops around

Full Article Sunday, 27 July 2014 00:00

India has already initiated its plan to recapture the lost glory and capitalize on its long coastal boundary. India is going to relax its Cabotage policy (Carriage of cargo between two points within a country by a vessel or vehicle registered in another country. Permission to engage in cabotage is, in general, strictly restricted in every country) and in fact is

Full Article Sunday, 27 July 2014 00:00

‘Voice of Tobacco Victims’ is a campaign to make Tobacco Victims as the public face of the tobacco control movement in India. Dr Pankaj Chaturvedi, the associate professor of Tata Memorial Hospital is the brainchild of ‘Voice of Tobacco Victims’.  He always wondered how a cancer-causing substance, that kills millions every year, be sold so freely and advertised so brazenly.

Full Article Sunday, 27 July 2014 00:00

All my life, I’ve maintained that five hours of sleep is enough; and on a lazy day, six. This has been the case from my early teens when I kept up reading books into the early hours, every day. My theory, in the height of immaturity, I grant now, was that if the Buddha survived on four hours of sleep

Full Article Sunday, 27 July 2014 00:00

The Kandy Music Society presents a memorable choral experience, the Defrost Youth Choir, conducted by Prof. Thomas Caplin and the Peradeniya Singers, Conducted by Bridget Halpé on July 31 at Kandy Girls’ High School Auditorium at 6.00 pm.
The Defrost Youth choir is a Norwegian choir comprising members between

Full Article Sunday, 27 July 2014 00:00

Places are made of people.  They are also made of songs and melodies, words and lines.  Moments are also similarly made. ‘Times’ too.  We hear a song or a particular configuration of words and immediately something is triggered and for a moment we take flight to an individual, an encounter, a place or a particular period in our lives;

Full Article Sunday, 27 July 2014 00:00

Sri Lankans are extremely nice in their ways, but that’s only till someone stretches them beyond a certain tolerance level. One of the best features we Sri Lankans display is this niceness. Any foreigner stepping on the island’s shores will vouch that we, as hosts, are extremely friendly and nice. But we’ve shown that there are limits to our niceness.

Full Article Sunday, 27 July 2014 00:00

Polonnaruwa, once a majestic Kingdom, today lay in ruins. Destroyed and burnt to the ground by the invading Cholas, nevertheless these ruins proudly showcase the once thriving civilization which was in existence centuries ago and is a standing testimony to the greatness of our rulers.A stroll through the ruins of the old Kingdom of Polonnaruwa will reveal that it

Full Article Sunday, 27 July 2014 00:00

The Kids’ Parade organized by Chitra Lane School for the Special Child in collaboration with the Colombo Swimming Club and sponsored by Colombo Jewelry Stores will take place on August 2 (Saturday). Young people from the Chitra Lane School will walk the ramp to showcase some young trends this season. This show will be choreographed by designer and choreographer,

Full Article Sunday, 27 July 2014 00:00

The appalling state of many school canteens in the country, which came to light last week has compelled health officials to urge for a mechanism to monitor food providers to schools islandwide. The plight of several school canteens was revealed following countrywide inspections carried out by officials of the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA).

Full Article Sunday, 20 July 2014 00:00

In The Story Girl, LM Montgomery says that “Nothing is ever really lost to us as long as we remember it.” Today memory is at the top of my mind. I am unwell and indulging myself reading Moonwalking With Einstein. The book recounts young journalist Joshua Foer’s yearlong quest to improve his memory, so that he coul...

Full Article Sunday, 20 July 2014 00:00

Hemas Hospital Wattala has been in the forefront of delivering quality and safe healthcare services to the people of western province for the past four years. Currently Hemas Hospital stands out as the only internationally accredited hospital chain in Sri Lanka from the prestigious Australian Council on Healthcare standards international, (ACHSI) the leading body for hospital accreditation in Australia.

Full Article Sunday, 20 July 2014 00:00

Since 1912, with the establishment of the Ratmalana School for the deaf and blind, a pattern of   providing support for special needs children emerged in Sri Lanka.  When a child’s impairment is blatant and can be easily identified, there will be no debate that the child needs help. The problem emerges for children with mild to moderate disabilities, whose disability do not seem ‘obvious’.

Full Article Sunday, 20 July 2014 00:00

The Sri Lankan Malays, known by the Sinhalese majority as Ja Minussu is an ethnic minority in Sri Lanka, yet they are well renowned as an integral entity rich in culture and heritage. The population of this vibrant community has drastically fallen from 54,800 to fewer than 40,189, in a short span of 10 years thus making them an endangered minority in Sri Lanka.

Full Article Sunday, 20 July 2014 00:00

A giant did not fall on the 18th of July, 2005.  A giant went his way, left stage as gracefully as he always had, left a signature as formidable in its absence as in its presence.  That was Chitrasena; Deshamanya Chitrasena, the honorific probably not one which he would care much for today if he were a live considering the kind...

Full Article Sunday, 20 July 2014 00:00

The novel depicts the way in which the western super powers maneuver the third world countries for economic gains; how they exploit the very anti imperialist sentiments of the masses to swindle them and make them gullible takers of what the global market has to sell.The story maps out the gradual usurpation of the non-commercial media by the global commercial media...

Full Article Sunday, 20 July 2014 00:00

Berty Gunasekera held a camera for the first time when he was a member of Kaluthara Tissa Central College, Photography Club, of which he later became president. Although he was a civil servant at the Planning and Implementation Bureau between 1970 and 1979, his frustration at the then government drove him to vacate his post and take up photography as a career.

Full Article Sunday, 20 July 2014 00:00

In August 2012, like in Augusts that came before, one man like many other men walked around Notre Dame.  Like other men before him, he saw and he took pictures.  We have no way of knowing if others saw Notre Dame and the life around the cathedral with similar eyes.  We don’t know if the photographers, forever strangers to one another,...

Full Article Sunday, 20 July 2014 00:00

Witnessing a stage drama is different from all other aesthetic experiences. It’s live and a fine theater production is capable of speaking to the heart as well as the brain of the audience. “Once a person experiences this wonderful feeling he or she will never abandon theater. This is why there is always a good turnout for a fine...

Full Article Sunday, 20 July 2014 00:00

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