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In the aftermath of last month’s deadly communal violence in Aluthgama and Beruwala, the divisive issue of ‘hate speech’ and ‘hate campaigns’ directed at various ethnicities and religions, particularly over social media, has surfaced yet again. Calls for authorities to crack down on such campaigns conducted over social media have gained ground in recent days.

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Long years ago, let’s say in the seventies, there were trousers and trouser buttons.  Sometimes, say after a quick trip to the toilet, boys (and men of course) would forget to button-up.  Friends would alert thus: ‘TBO’ or ‘Trouser button open’.  Then we got zippers.  No more TBO.  But boys are boys, and men are men.  They continued to have

Full Article Sunday, 06 July 2014 00:00

My school mate’s son-in-law, who runs a pub and restaurant in the central city in close proximity to the Temple of the Tooth, the Dalada Maligawa, lamented, “These fellows are wrecking our business in Kandy.”It was last Sunday morning, when I visited the old couple to wish them on their wedding anniversary, I met the young man who

Full Article Sunday, 06 July 2014 00:00

As it was in life, 27 years after his death, Hettiarachchige Reginald Jothipala popularly known as ‘HR Jothipala’ and also as ‘Elvis Presley of Sri Lanka’, has something to offer to everybody, everyday over the radio waves. Twenty-seven years after his death on July 7, 1987, he is still a charismatic figure, widely recognized as the most popular Sri Lankan vocalist of all

Full Article Sunday, 06 July 2014 00:00

France’s celebrated Notre Dame Cathedral comes alive at the Lionel Wendt Art Gallery on the weekend of Saturday, July 12 and Sunday 13, 2014 with Nostalgie04 – Notre Dame de Paris, an exhibition of black and white photographs by well-known media personality Kumar de Silva.Presented by the Embassy of France in Sri Lanka and the Alliance Française de KOTTE as part of the c

Full Article Sunday, 06 July 2014 00:00

Oscar Wilde once said that, ‘Memory...is the diary that we all carry about with us’. We learn things by seeing, hearing, touching, tasting and smelling. Our ability to recall all this later is what we call memory.
Are we as familiar with the process as we are with our personal journals? Even neuroscientists are still learning about how our brains and in particular our memory works.

Full Article Sunday, 06 July 2014 00:00

Learning a new language is a choice to many. To me it was always a personal choice. Yet English has always been a compulsory subject in Sri Lanka occupying a very important place. Since I never really ‘studied’ English I do not know how hard it is to be absorbed by a mind speaking an eastern mother tongue like Sinhala.

Full Article Sunday, 06 July 2014 00:00

When Australian Louise Searle made an impromptu trip to Sri Lanka, she never imagined how it would change her life forever. After only two days in the country and an incredible twist of events she bought a slice of Sri Lankan property, sealing her fate for this magical land.Born in Adelaide and growing up in Sydney, Louise now owns

Full Article Sunday, 06 July 2014 00:00

Handicrafts Exhibition and Trade Fair organized by the National Crafts Council was declared open by Minister of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development, Douglas Devananda with the participation of Deputy Minister Weerakumara Dissanayaka and the Secretary to the Ministry V Sivagnanasothy on June 26 to 29 from 9.00am to 6.30pm at the National Art Gallery, Nelum Pokuna Mawatha.

Full Article Sunday, 06 July 2014 00:00

A-Thuma and Palamalla, two cartoon collections based on the famous cartoons characters of the daily Lankadeepa newspaper of veteran cartoonist Thalangama Jayasinghe will be launched on Thursday, July 10 from 3.00 pm onwards at the National Library and Documentation Services Board Auditorium. Chief Guests for the ceremony will be Minister of Culture and Arts,

Full Article Sunday, 06 July 2014 00:00

Hemas Hospitals, the only internationally-accredited hospital chain in Sri Lanka, expands its gastrointestinal services by introducing a walk-in clinic for diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal problems. This facility is available at its Wattala branch.The clinic which will be opened from 9.00am to 3.00 pm during weekdays and on Saturdays provides patients

Full Article Sunday, 06 July 2014 00:00

What we usually take notice about Somalatha Subasinghe is that she is a veteran theater artiste, an educationist, an actress and also a scriptwriter. She is also the pioneering personality behind Sri Lankan children’s theater. What few know is that she is also a talented artist. Her paintings range from portraits to landscapes. They portray love and compassion which are

Full Article Sunday, 06 July 2014 00:00

The second week of June should have been an eye opening moment for Sri Lankans. Heavy rains fell on the western slopes of Central Highlands, raising the fear of floods once again. It was just weeks after inclement weather had claimed more than 20 lives. Meanwhile, Rajarata, the agricultural heartland of the island, was still reeling from the effects of a

Full Article Sunday, 29 June 2014 00:00

The morning of June 5 (Thursday) certainly was an adventurous one for a duo of leopard cubs at the Yala National Park. Our driver Ajith and naturalist Gayan, of Cinnamon Wild Yala, are experts. We had been lucky enough to have had many leopard sightings with them before. So we thought we should follow the bear track for a change. Ours

Full Article Sunday, 29 June 2014 00:00

Sri Lankans in general show a high tolerance level when battered by catastrophes or natural disasters. We saw how a nation rallied around each other and overcame distress when the tidal disaster hit the island’s coastal belts, back in 2004. Everybody saw a friend among the unknown. Faith and race were nowhere in the criterion when it came to extending a

Full Article Sunday, 29 June 2014 00:00

Approximately, two billion people suffer from hidden hunger, a condition caused not by lack of food, but lack of essential nutrients. Many people are unaware of the condition, both on a global and domestic scale. Nutritional deficiency in hidden hunger comes from the lack of essential vitamins and minerals that the body needs to sustain life. Mainly it is caused

Full Article Sunday, 29 June 2014 00:00

The best teen fiction transports young readers on exciting new adventures, igniting their imaginations along the way and ultimately encouraging them to want to continue reading. Asiri’s Quest, the latest book from award-winning author Prashani Rambukwella, accomplishes this and more as it brings together ancient mythical creatures and modern-day Sri Lanka.

Full Article Sunday, 29 June 2014 00:00

I first read Alessandro Baricco’s Silk in 1998, in its English translation by Guido Waldman. The book, a tale of travel, passion and mysterious, silent communication, resonated with me immediately.
I had just returned to the United States after my graduate studies in Sri Lanka, and I was struck by the elegance of a story that appealed to my Sri Lankan

Full Article Sunday, 29 June 2014 00:00

Family is a frequently dealt with theme in Tolstoy’s novels along with concepts regarding property and luxury. Orphaned at nine, Tolstoy cast much of his attention to ‘the idea’ of a family, considering what is good and bad. In the early works, the trilogy; ‘Childhood, Adolescence and Youth’ one could clearly see how he directs his concern about family.

Full Article Sunday, 29 June 2014 00:00

In the early 80s, there were two Sri Lankan poets whose work was included in the GCE A/L English Literature syllabus, Lakdasa Wikkramasinha and Patrick Fernando. In later years, for reason best known to those responsible, the two were dropped.  The story doing the rounds was that there were enough ‘English’ poets (i.e. from England) whose work students needed to know about.

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