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The 87th Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, was held on February 22 in Hollywood. Amidst many stunning performances by artistes including Lady Gaga and John Legend, a number of stars and films were awarded and the winners include,

Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00

 It has been reported that the  ISIS has burnt 112, 709 books and manuscripts from Mosul’s library. Many rare texts that were of great importance and value have been destroyed, and The Independent reported that, ‘Among the documents believed lost are a collection of Iraqi newspapers from the beginning of the 20 century, maps, books and collections from the...

Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00

Doctors treating Bobbi Kristina Brown have brought the aspiring actress out of a coma. Doctors treating Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina, have brought the 21-year-old out of a medically-induced coma. The aspiring actress was admitted to hospital in Georgia on January 31 after her partner Nick Gordon found her face down and unresponsive in a bathtub at...

Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00

All businesses face risk – internal as well as external. A useful acronym that summarises these risks is PESTEL – political, economic, socio-cultural, technological, environmental, and legal risk. Due to the speculative nature of some of their transactions, as well as the pressure to take on higher risk in order to gain a higher return for their shareholders, banks in particular face...

Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00

The eminent consultant psychiatrist late Dr. D. V. J. Harishchandra’s Buddhism and Psychiatry “Manovidyawa Saha Buddadarmaya” edited by Dr. Tolusha Harischandra is a splendid book published in Sinhalese by the Vijitha Yapa publications that unravels the hitherto unknown confluence of Buddhism and Psychiatry. The foreword of this book is aptly written by a long-standing associate of the late...

Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00

‘Untitled’, an exhibition of visual arts, will be held at the Lionel Wendt Art Gallery, Colombo 7, from March 6-10. According to a press release issued by its organizers, creations by artistes Manoranjana Herath, Vajira Gunawardena, Prageeth Rathnayake, Sanjaya Senavirathna and Damitha Iddamalgoda will be exhibited. The opening ceremony is scheduled for March 6 (Friday) at 6pm. The exhibition...

Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00

Gamini Abeykoon’s art exhibition Line Poetry will be held at Lionel Wendt Art Gallery Colombo 7 from February 28 to March 2. The art exhibition is open
to public.

Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00

Renowned-photographer Sandun Gamage will hold his debut exhibition in Australia on March 28 at the famous Coburg Hall in Melbourne. This exhibition is organized parallel to the World Cup Final 2015 which is happening in Australia.  The organizer of the exhibition hope to attract some leading Sri Lankan cricketers as special invitees for the exhibition. Further, the exhibition will, among other pictures, feature photographs...

Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00

Sunil liked to sit on a chair and watch the waves lash at rocks scattered along the beach. He often told his mother that the sea near Mandana Town behaved differently compared to the mass of water that surrounded other parts of the island’s coastal belt. His mother often disagreed with what Sunil said about the...

Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00

Jarrell published his only novel in 1954 when he was 40 and teaching at the Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina. The unnamed narrator also teaches at a women’s college, this one called Benton. “If Benton had had an administration building with pillars it could have carved over the pillars: “Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall...

Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00

A language that exists among other languages is bound to be influenced by them. In Sri Lanka, Sinhala or Tamil is often peppered with English words. Similarly, the English spoken by Sri Lankans often includes many words and phrases borrowed from Sinhala or Tamil. With usage and time, a language evolves, and although many criticize the evolution of a language...

Full Article Sunday, 22 February 2015 00:00

A family kayaking in Santa Barbara harbor in California on Saturday found themselves paddling with an extra passenger when a sea lion pup hopped aboard and hitched a ride. “Next thing you know, I could tell he had climbed aboard,” Rodney Gist told KTLA.
Gist was on the kayak with his 10-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son while his wife and 8-year-old daughter watched from another kayak, KABC reported.

Full Article Sunday, 22 February 2015 00:00

Richard Hopley, from Liverpool, pens poems inspired by River Mersey on iPad using his nose instead of fingers to activate letters. A cerebral palsy sufferer is celebrating seeing his first book published and stocked in Waterstones after it took him more than a year to write using just his nose.

Full Article Sunday, 22 February 2015 00:00

‘Thangamale’ is how people working on the tea plantations, all Tamils, refer to Glenmore Estate, Haputale, located between the Haputale and Idalgasinna railway stations.  It means ‘golden rain’.  The Sinhalese who lived in a small village at the lower end of the tea plantation use the corruption or rather the Sinhalized term ‘Thangamalewatte’.  Their village is called Yahalabedda.  The Sinhalese did not work in the tea plantations.  That was the lot of Tamils, descendents from labor brought over from South India.

Full Article Sunday, 22 February 2015 00:00

Thirteen years ago, my mother decided to do her teaching diploma in Peradeniya. And so, the family moved to Kandy. Our father was working in the Ministry of Agriculture and my recollection is that he came up only on weekends. Naturally, we needed a place to stay and it so happened that Dr. Siri Gunasinghe was going on Sabbatical leave.

Full Article Sunday, 22 February 2015 00:00

I doubt that even now his novel, Hevanella, which has been rendered into English by Hemamali as ‘Shadow’ far from being included in their lists of ‘recommended reading’ has been read by our academics. She, herself, is a distinguished academic, and it is to be hoped that a major literary festival, centered on translation (now being planned)...

Full Article Sunday, 22 February 2015 00:00

‘American Sniper’ which has been nominated under six categories (Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role- Bradley Cooper, Best Film Editing, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Best Adapted Screenplay) for the 87th Academy Awards has definitely sparked a larger debate surrounding the depiction of Iraq and the military invasion by the US in 2003.

Full Article Sunday, 22 February 2015 00:00

Indian spiritual teacher Sunandaji finds audiences warming up to her whenever she makes tours abroad. She propagates Vedanta (the ancient philosophy of living an efficient life) and has been teaching for over three decades.  She is a disciple of her father, the famous Vedanta guru Swami A. Parthasarthy. She is also a Senior Administrator and Trustee of Vedanta Cultural Foundation in India.

Full Article Sunday, 22 February 2015 00:00

Medical history was created in Sri Lanka when Credence Genomics, the Country’s first and only commercial Biotechnology venture, equipped with Next Generation Sequencing technology was launched on Friday. The farsighted team behind this pioneering venture comprised Dr. Vaz Santosh Gnanam, Raj K. Omprasadham, Ananda Atukorale and Malaka Talwatta. They have succeeded where few have dared to venture.

Full Article Sunday, 22 February 2015 00:00

If you had to list three words that described the Renaissance, it is almost certain that you would never say “accounts”. In fact, it would not even make the top ten list which is more likely to be comprised of words such as Europe, rebirth, art, music, culture, architecture, Da Vinci, Michelangelo, 14th century, and Italy.

Full Article Sunday, 22 February 2015 00:00

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