Pornography, often abbreviated ‘porn’ or ‘porno’ in informal usage has become mainstream, with easy access to the Internet. Pornography is no more restricted to magazines and CDs which are secretly sold or exchanged. This can be the reason why pornographic material raids are more frequently in the news. Last week it was reported that two persons allegedly involved in
A long dormant interest in men’s headgear (wear?) was revived when TV news began displaying the unusual hats worn, as official dress, by quite a few African Heads of State. Nigeria’s, delightfully named President, Goodluck Jonatahan is never seen without his tall black felt hat incongruously topping his multicolored robe. President Museveni of Uganda
I was hidden in the closet. The edges of the clothes tickling my ears as I maintained a squatted position beneath the silky fabrics. “Junior,” the familiar voice echoed throughout the house as I felt a sense of fear and adventure. I heard voices downstairs and began to make myself comfortable. Dark and moist in my brand new confines,
Facebook is a social media site used by persons of all ages. From urban areas to villages wherever internet is available it is impossible to find a person who does not have a Facebook account. However it has become a topic of much debate in Sri Lanka recently as the site has been linked to the deaths of a number
Poor parents and school authorities can be caught napping if their ignorance gets in the way of solving problems faced by teens, who are foolhardy enough to play with fire while browsing the internetThe world rejoiced at the arrival of Face Book (FB) in 2004, but Sri Lankans seem to lament embracing this tool in social media.
On December 14, 2013 Chang’e 3, China’s first lunar land exploration probe soft-landed on the Moon, becoming the first spacecraft in 37 years. Chang’e 3 mission consists of a Lunar Lander and a Rover. The Lander is a stationary robotic unit which features propulsion and navigation systems needed for the trans-lunar flight, landing gear to soft-land on moon and scientific equipment
The invention of printing technology made a great contribution to the dissemination of literary works and thereafter the door of the copyright world was opened. The invention of radio communication technology, the appearance of radio broadcasting, and the invention of recording technology and phonograms contributed to the spread of musical works.
Some people are messy by nature or else by acquired habit. Some are neat to a fault. Some have messy desktops but are endowed with exceptional clarity of mind. They may appear disorganized but they have computer-like brains, with facts neatly filed in relevant mind-folder, diary-less but never missing an appointment, taking on 101 things and getting it all done on
The Women’s Chamber of Industry and Commerce (WCIC) in association with the South Asia Women’s Network (SWAN) Sri Lanka joins the Afghan Women’s Network (AWN) in appealing to President Hamid Karzai, to the Afghan National Assembly and to all legislative commissions, especially the Independent Oversight Commission on the Constitution, to uphold equality
Ranaviru Real Star (RRS), the first ever military reality program is currently in its fourth venture. The 36 finalists were featured on February 24 at Hotel Galadari. The final stage of Ranaviru Real Star was tagged Mission IV. RRS has been one of the most anticipated and viewed reality programs in the history of television in Sri Lanka. Mission I and Mission
Indian Cultural Center, Colombo in association with the Hindu Educational Society and the Express Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd. is organizing Sri Thyagaraja Aaradhana, an annual musical and dance festival, paying homage to carnatic music composer Thyagaraja, on Monday 3, March 2014 at 6.00 pm at the Saraswathie Hall, Bambalapitiya.Musicians, vocalists as well as instrumentalists and percussionists
The collection of short stories titled ‘Maha Gedara’ and authored by Rathnapala Wijesinghe was launched at the National Library Board Auditorium recently. Present at the occasion were; (from left) Veteran Journalist, Thilakaratna Kuruwita Bandara, Dr. Leel Gunasekara, Prof Sunanada Mahendra and Sirinimal Lakdusinghe. In the foreground is the author presenting the first copy of the book to his older brother medical
A musical show of the past and contemporary drama songs will be staged on March 8 at Bishop’s College Auditorirum, 6.45pm.From John De Silva’s Siri Sanga Bo staged in 1903 to Jayalath Manorathna’s drama Guru Tharuwa the duration spans over 100 years. Gee Ranga Siri presents the popular drama songs in the period providing a rare opportunity
In the 1,800 pages of the dictionary, we give 112,500 English synonyms for 76,800 Sinhala words or phrases.
When learning English as a second language, the biggest challenge is matching vocabulary of your mother tongue to its English synonym.
What was at the top of my mind when sitting down to write this article was how the edition of this paper on February 23 carried an article by Daya Dissanayake on how ideologues regress the advancement of knowledge through censorship and outright destruction of publications that present views and findings contrary to the interests of the blocs in power.
During the early years of the 19th Century, Russian Theater had its major downfalls with melodramatic plays pioneering the movement. It was full of clichéd traditions and acting was hopeless. Acting had a bad reputation although aristocrats took pleasure in visiting theater. At a time like this Russian actor and theater director Konstantin Stanilavski came up with the idea
Only the second such in Sri Lanka to possess the exclusive ‘Excellence FIAP’ distinction the EFIAP, Chandrasena Perera is an avid hobbyist photographer. Having been a diligent photographer for over 40 years, his work has received critical acclaim the word over.
The tragic suicide of a former student of Peradeniya University, whose body was found hanging from a tree on the university premises on February 11, has once again shined the spotlight of the ugly practice of ragging, its unforeseen consequences, and the shocking failure of university authorities to protect the victims who come forward.
It was the year 1994. It happened days after the People’s Alliance, led by the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), assumed power after 17 long years in the political wilderness. In one of the first acts of the newly elected Government headed by Chandrika Kumaratunga, a man called Sunil Sarath Perera was removed from the post of Chairman at Rupavahini. He was
Ravaged by war for years, the civilians in the Northern Province are now settling back into their lives. While the war ended over four years ago and peace prevails, there have been news reports of increased gang activity in the North. According to the reports, these groups have been extorting money from Northern inhabitants. Even though the groups are not