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Frangipani is a Sinhala film made in Sri Lanka in 2014 written, directed and produced by Visakesa Chandrasekaram, a Sydney-based lawyer and creative writer.  While it is an important and welcome addition to the genre of queer film in South Asia, it would be doing it a disservice to label it just as a gay flick.  Rather it is an…
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Earlier this year I arrived in Cartagena – certainly one of the most beautiful small-walled cities in the world – hoping to learn something more about the literary-political hero Gabriel Garcia Márquez, whose name is indelibly linked to the city and the country.  The city, on the north-east coast of Colombia, was founded in 1533 by the Spanish and named…
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Society consists of multiple social groups, norms, behaviors, cultures, and religions etc. that are interrelated and interdependent on each other so that people can come together and help the overall functioning of society as a whole. Therefore, it is only natural to see individuals and social groups interacting with each other, creating and sustaining relationships within the larger context.
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Anyone in Mandana Town knows Mercy. She is a middle-aged lady who runs an inn, close to the railway station. She is around 45 years of age, and can make heads turn wherever she walks into. Mercy’s little business, Gregory’s Inn, attracts middle-aged people who return home after work. They drop in there for a quick drink and a...
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“Did you ever think we’ll meet like this?” She asked while she slightly shook the glass. Ice cubes clinked. “I never thought we’d ever meet. I actually wished we won’t.” He didn’t reply. He took a sip. “I also wished the same” Both looked at each other searching the truth in each other’s eyes. But no, both were good at...
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Sri Lanka knows Duleeka Marapana best as a skillful actress who has an extraordinary talent in imitating characters. We also know her as a musician and few among the songs she has sung have reached popularity. We know little about her skills in art, yet she says that drawing is what she enjoys the most among all the aesthetic subjects.
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Communication evolves and becomes more important as technological developments lead to new or different methods of communication. There was a time when snail mail was depended on to get a message across and to which the quicker solution for shorter and urgent messages was introduced in the form of the telegram. Telephone usage has evolved from pay phones to land...
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How many calendars does one country need? There is the globally-accepted Gregorian calendar, the Chinese calendar, solar and lunar calendars. But Sri Lanka is probably the only country that makes use of three calendars. We work by the Gregorian calendar, observe the lunar calendar for religious purposes, there is that added advantage of poya holiday and we observe the solar...
Full Article Saturday, 18 April 2015 00:00
Among the hundreds and thousands of Sinhala songs, Neela Wickremasinghe’s Viyo Gee Gayenaa Hade, Ran Tikiri Sina and Master Sir, Milton Mallawarachchi’s Upul Nuwan Widahaa and Amaradeva’s Nim Him Sewwa are invaluable. Although the lyrics are popular in Sinhala, they were originally written in English. Two days after Sinhala Avurudu, comes the sad news of the passing of lyricist Nimal...
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Tributes are paid to Günter Grass on Monday in his city of birth, Gdansk, and German hometown of Lübeck following the death of the Nobel Prize winning author who died in hospital last Monday. Former Polish president Lech Wałsa said Grass was a great intellectual, calling him a citizen of Gdansk. Günter Grass is a...
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I feel like having me a whale of a time story telling. Indulge me folks. As a teen, when we were scaring each other with horror stories, I used to be fond of telling the tale of over-crowded mouse enclosures where everything was aplenty but space at a premium. For me, it was the scientific bogey story to beat...
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Gotabhaya Rajapaksa earned the respect and admiration of the citizens of this country with his leadership and excellent management skills that resulted in ending a 30-year- long-war. As impressive are his post-war efforts to transform Colombo and other cities through development of infrastructure under the ten -year Urban Development Framework (UDF).  In a short period of 5 years, Colombo has…
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In today’s context when some of our own leaders have thought it fit to balkanize the SLFP, it is necessary for the current leaders as well as the Sinhala masses to be aware that the SLFP was the only Political Party that stood for the masses of the Sinhala people- the downtrodden- those who have suffered since the colonial...
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The progress and advancement of Sri Lanka in all its spheres depend on all its citizens getting a wholesome education. Children spend much of their time in the classroom and in the school for various extracurricular activities. In today’s education system, schools focus much emphasis on the aspects of scholastic achievements and passes in examinations and...
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The UNESCO Global Monitoring Report (GMR) launched its annual report card this week on the sidelines of the World Bank and IMF spring meetings. The report presents a comprehensive, 500-page overview of education progress over the past 15 years. So what is the verdict? Overall the report presents a mixed but rather bleak picture. Only one-third of countries achieved all...
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The Ukraine crisis served as a trigger for a broader crisis in the West-Russia relationship. Today, a year and a half after it started, what are the stakes and the bets? Firstly, the declared objective of the EU’s Ukraine policy is to have it firmly integrated in a Greater Europe, represented by the EU. Thus, it would influence Russia’s development...
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In recent days, we’ve seen further reports of young people being stopped by the authorities, suspected of attempting to carry out terrorist acts. What’s really going on? Since the birth of the Islamic State (formerly known as ISIS/ISIL) we’ve witnessed the growing phenomena of young people joining them. Young men want to be like the so-called Jihadis they see on...
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The BBC’s editorial complaints unit has rejected a complaint about a controversial documentary on Rwanda that questioned official accounts of the 1994 genocide. The group of scholars, scientists, researchers, journalists and historians who made the complaint now plan to appeal to the BBC Trust over the decision.Rwanda’s Untold Story, broadcast on 1 October 2014, sparked controversy by suggesting President Paul…
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Survivors of a capsized migrant boat off Libya have told the aid group Save the Children that an estimated 400 people are believed to have drowned.The Italian coastguard had helped rescue some 144 people on Monday and immediately launched an air and sea search operation in hopes of finding others. The coastguard said it assumed that there were many dead…
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Geneva (AFP) - The United Nations warned Kenyan authorities Tuesday that closing the world’s biggest refugee camp complex would have “extreme humanitarian and practical consequences” and would violate international law. On Sunday, the Kenyan government said it had asked the UN refugee agency to repatriate hundreds of thousands of Somali refugees from the sprawling Dadaab refugee camp by July in…
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