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Film tourism is a growing phenomenon worldwide, which encourages the growth of the entertainment industry as well as tourism industry. In this post war scenario, both film and tourism industries are given priorities. Economic researchers see film tourism as a massive source of marketing opportunities that enables international film audiences to witness the exquisite destinations of a particular country. 
Full Article Sunday, 21 December 2014 00:00
History is full of stories, poems, ballads, plays and even films of the great pirates of the Caribbean. Edward ‘Blackbeard’ Teach, who terrorised Atlantic shipping in the early part of the 18th century, was captured in battle in 1718 and beheaded. Bartholomew ‘Black Bart’ Roberts, who plundered over 400 ships, died in battle in 1722.
Full Article Sunday, 21 December 2014 00:00
Nobel Prize winning author Salman Rushdie, during a television show, once named ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin” as a novel which had the potential to change a society and its people. Such was the power of the novel where its author, Harriet Beecher Stowe, used the topic of slavery to spark a civil war. But more than 100 years later with the…
Full Article Sunday, 21 December 2014 00:00
“And then they came for me,” a play based on the book ‘Eva’s story’ to be staged at Nelum Pokuna, in February 2015, centers on the life of two girls with different fates. Made up of international casts, from England, Russia, Algeria and India, the producer brings this play, for the first time to Sri Lanka, with local actors diversifying…
Full Article Sunday, 21 December 2014 00:00
Professor Ariyarathne Kaluarachchi is the Vice Chancellor of the University of the Visual and Performing Arts. Here he speaks with Malin Ganithage about his plans for the future of higher education, his uncompromising passion for the theatre and his long history with the university. 
Full Article Sunday, 21 December 2014 00:00
Young artiste Saman Lenin talks about the power of Sinhala literature and poetry and the potential they have to help even the most depressed individuals cope with extreme emotions A famous Sinhala song by TM Jayarathna – ‘Piya senehasata kaw gee liyawuna madi…’ pinned the blame on society for not producing enough songs and poems in appreciation of fathers. Yet,…
Full Article Sunday, 21 December 2014 00:00
The Matale mass grave has had its 15 minutes of fame. From the time when it was first uncovered in November 2012, throughout the judicial inquiry by the Matale Magistrate and right up to the appointment of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry, the media fluttered around it moth like. Recently the mass grave got a definitive date. The news failed…
Full Article Sunday, 21 December 2014 00:00
“The ocean looked a little closer to our hotel than usual”, Sonali Deraniyagala, the author of the book ‘Wave’ describes, adding that within minutes, things changed before her eyes, and her family was ripped away by the tidal wave. Deraniyagala, recounts her life before and after the tragic tsunami. Critics called it a book that contains a lot of grief,…
Full Article Sunday, 21 December 2014 00:00
As per Holy Bible, Mattew,5:9, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” Once again Sri Lankans have got an oppurtunity to elect their Head of the State by exercising their voting rights. Apparently, there are two contenders for the post, one is incumbent President and the other is former general secretary of the ruling party,…
Full Article Sunday, 21 December 2014 00:00
The color light signals were installed opposite the Lake House weeks before the CHOGM. Now even mid-December has past but still those lights are not functioning. This was brought to the notice of the CMC by publication of two letters in The Nation on 01.06.2014 and 03.08 2014 but of what use? What has really gone wrong is not known…
Full Article Sunday, 21 December 2014 00:00
Narasimhan Sadasivan, ‘Sada’ to many, passed on Tuesday, December 09, 2014 after a futile battle against kidney disease and ischemic heart in Chennai. He was born on January, 25, 1947. Sada hailed from a distinguished family. His grandfather, Shankar Iyer, was the original immigrant to Ceylon post-WW1, and, with Unilver buying out his flourishing business, became its island-wide sole distributor.…
Full Article Sunday, 21 December 2014 00:00
50 years of service in any sector is admirable, but a man who has dedicated 50 years of his life to preserving and enhancing the rule of law has to be highly commended. On November 20. 2014, a special event was held at No. 9, Bedford Row in London to pay tribute to Fritz Kodagoda and his numerous accomplishments both…
Full Article Sunday, 21 December 2014 00:00
As another academic year comes to an end, it is apt to reflect on the significance of the role of the teacher and seeking ways to upgrade the quality of teaching knowing the influence that the teacher has in the formation of the character of the future generation. The principal of a leading school in Kandy invited me to make...
Full Article Sunday, 14 December 2014 00:00
I saw the article "Vehicle carrier kills pregnant teacher" by Madura, Ranwala on December 3, 2014. While this teacher is a pedestrian, a car carrying you or your/my loved ones would have had the same fate just as this poor soul due to a sleeping driver. Sri Lanka should wake up to the reality that unless victims go after and…
Full Article Sunday, 14 December 2014 00:00
This young brainiac knows her science. Year 8 Keilor Downs College student Tharudini Dandeniya was celebrating last week as equal-top scorer in an international Big Science competition. More than 49,000 students at 660 secondary schools across Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Iran and Switzerland – including 96 Keilor Downs College students – took part earlier this...
Full Article Sunday, 14 December 2014 00:00
Snowden, the whistleblower announces that he has discovered the following draft of a GTF document:  “Vote of Thanks 9/1/2015 On behalf of the Global Tamil Forum I extend my sincerest thanks to the parties and persons listed below for ensuring the victory of our puppet Maitripala and the arrest and incarceration of Mahinda R [pending deportation to the ICC in…
Full Article Sunday, 14 December 2014 00:00
The year 1815 is historically significant. It was a coup year. The year 2015, according to some, can also be seen as a moment when a coup might take place. They could argue that history is repeating itself. There is a western conspiracy - 1815 it was British and in 2015 it is US and some European. Shown reason -…
Full Article Sunday, 14 December 2014 00:00
Conservationists are urging authorities to take immediate action to protect several critically endangered sea turtle species whose key nesting sites are found in Sri Lanka. Five species of sea turtles use Sri Lanka’s beaches as nesting grounds. These species are Loggerhead Turtle (Caretta caretta), Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas), Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata), Olive Ridley Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) and Leatherback...
Full Article Sunday, 14 December 2014 00:00
A little over ten years ago, there was a General Election.  This was in April 2004.  It was an election that was won by the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA), but was one that was marked by the entry of the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) and through them a visible and decisive presence of bikkhus in parliamentary politics. What happened…
Full Article Sunday, 14 December 2014 00:00
“He has outsoared the shadow of our night; envy and calumny and hate and pain, and that unrest which men miscall delight, can touch him not and torture not again; from the contagion of the world's slow stain, he is secure.” - Percy Bysshe Shelley.As I was walking through the gates of the Cathedral on Bauddhaloka Mawatha seven years ago...
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