Patrick Strozoda, prefect of the Hauts-de-Seine department, mayor of Boulogne-Billancourt Christophe Baguet and a mine clearance expert stand next to a bomb dropped by an allied plane in World War II, on February 6, 2011, in Boulogne-Billancourt, west of Paris. Police evacuated 6,000 people in order to destroy the unexploded bomb. The bomb -- weighing half a tonne, of which half was explosives -- was found on a building site on the grounds of the old Renault car factory in Boulogne-Billancourt. AFP
The 11th series of currency notes of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka under the theme “Development , Prosperity and Sri Lanka Dancers” was launched today. The picture shows Central Bank governor Ajith Nivard Cabral presenting the new series of notes to Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama. Pix by Kushan Pathiraja
A weather satellite image taken above Sri Lanka shows the low pressure system affecting the country at 12noon local time today. (Picture courtesy Weather.com)
The picture shows cricket enthusiasts in front of the Sri Lanka Cricket office this morning after being informed no tickets will be issued today. Pix by Achalee Kumarage, Kithsiri de Mel
A helicopter dumps water on flames from a bushfire near Perth February 6, 2011 in this still image taken from video. Fire authorities in Western Australia said on Monday that bushfires around Perth had destroyed more than 40 properties and at least one firefighter had been injured battling the blazes. No serious injuries or deaths have been reported and hundreds of locals spent the night in emergency shelters. REUTERS
The JHU candidates who contest the local government election on the UPFA ticket stage an “Adistana Pooja’ today in the presence of Aggamaha Panditha Ven. Davuldena Gnanissara thera. They vowed to refrain from ten acts during their campaign such as violence, the use of polythene and fire crackers. Power and Energy Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka also participated in the event. Pic by Kitsiri de Mel
West Indies Ravi Rampaul walks past members of the Sri Lankan team as they celebrate their victory during their third and final one-day international cricket match in Colombo February 6, 2011. REUTERS
By Sumaiya Rizvi
The second night at the HSBC Colombo Fashion Week marked South East Asia’s first ethical fashion week with designers and labels all striving to make their creations environmentally friendly.
Bibi Russell a Bangladeshi designer started off the show with a bang in her ethnic music with earthly tones in interesting day wear garments for women and men alike. Her easy going clothes with a touch of colour were a welcoming change since yesterday.
Buddhi Batiks designer Darshi Keertisena amazed us all with her beige, off white and biscuit flowing maxi length Grecian dresses that saw a departure from her usual bright batik floral sarees. The most unforgettable ensemble in her collection was the jewelry. The huge pendant was the shape of a leaf that is part of the nobel prize logo and the other was an orchid both in
Dimitris Zoz was an Intalian denim wear designer and he boasted an array of female and male skinny jeans in autumn shades and wasted looks.
Malaysian fashion house Masaba displayed flouncy cocktail dresses in arresting pleats and lycra tights.
Strighopper Sri Lankan menswear brand brought to light the ultra short t-shirt like shirts in plaid. The label had paid attention to detail by introducing t-shirt hemming on the sleeve.
Colombo Jewelry Stores displayed their finest jewelry from the collection ‘quite simply stunning’. The diamond chandelier earrings together with pearls were the highlight of the show. Not forgetting their diamond brooch and hairpin that was intricately elaborate.
The new baby in the block the Avirate fashion house introduced their cocktail and maxi dresses in print and plain alike. They definitely have floral and abstract dresses in colourful and colourless in store for you.
The Ultra brand which is a foreign brand themed their collection on a biker mean look with most of their dresses in black and grey. Another Indian Designer was Samant Chauhan playing with Indian hand woven eco friendly silk and cotton.
The peak of the show was when Rizwan Beyg from Pakistan displayed his breathtaking collection in magenta pink, lemon green, indigo, orange, yellow and royal blue in pishwas like kameez, ponchos and overcoats. Made the entire colour and glamour quotient for the evening.
All in all it was an inspiring and satisfying evening. Join me again to bring you the break down of the final night at the HSBC Colombo Fashion Week. Until then it’s Sumaiya signing off.
Several sluice gates of Victoria, Randenigala and Loggal oya reservoirs were opened due to the heavy rains in the area. The pictures show Sluice gates that were open in these three reservoirs. Pix by Pradeep Pathirana
Belgian athlete Stefaan Engels (R), known as 'marathonman', runs his last marathon of the “Carretera de les aigues” (Road of the waters) with supporters on February 5, 2011 in Barcelona. Engels, 48, who set a goal of running 365 marathons in 365 days in several cities in Spain and Portugal with the aim of promoting physical activity and demonstrate that the effort is always rewarded, invites everyone to run with him. AFP PHOTO
This aeriel photograph shows Sri Lanka's flood-hit north, east Polonnaruwa and central regions that have been flooded for the second time since January, on February 05, 2011. Renewed rains have flooded a large number of towns and villages killing at least 13 and driven away some 800,000 people out of their homes, the Disaster Management Centre said. AFP PHOTO
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