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Sat, 17 Aug 2019
The 37th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Colombo University Alumni Association was concluded recently at the Senate Hall, College House, Colombo University. Alumni President Rajeev Amarasuriya and office-bearers were elected for a further term.
It gives me a great sense of pleasure to pen an appreciation to celebrate the life of my beloved father. Vernon Francis Siriwardene passed away peacefully on Sunday eve, the day after Vesak full moon Poya day, three months ago.
Each star that rises in dusky twilight, Each flower that opens petals small and white, Growing through the day and dangers all, At day’s end will fade and fall.
Lord Buddha was at an assembly addressing monks when Patachara, grieving the loss of her entire family, stark, naked, raving mad, with no mind of her own, ran to the compassionate one.
Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old climate activist and Olympic athlete Björn Ferry have stopped flying in an attempt to save the environment. This idea around reducing (or not flying at all) has become so well-known in their home country of Sweden tha
Yesterday was India’s Independence Day and was celebrated by India’s Jaffna Consulate – an event that Jaffna looked forward to as one of its important festivals with good food and Indian artistes com
Nimansa* has spent most of her life in a Child Care Institution (CCI). She was first raped at the CCI at the age of eight. She was raped again and impregnated at the age of 14, during which time she was physically abused by the police. She was convin
People in under-developed areas consider life as a burden. But bringing about a change in their lives in terms of looking at life positively means the world to them. After identifying issues that keep people from enjoying their lives, a group of acad
Sri Lanka is facing a garbage crisis among other crises. It’s clear that we haven’t learned any lesson from the Meethotamulla garbage dump collapse which also claimed 32 lives. While the Government proposed the Aruwakkalu sanitary landfill projec
I write to you regarding the editorial that was published in your newspaper on August 9, 2019, titled Populist waves and political fortune. I wish to respond to the comments made by the author of this editorial with some key facts about Presidential
The apparel industry in Sri Lanka is –historically- a recent addition to the economy of the country, first showing significant growth in the 1980s and then grew much more significantly under the Multi Fibre Agreement that brought about quota restri
I hold no brief for Kandy City Centre Chairman Tusitha Wijesena, but what he has done for the Kandy Esala Perahera should be praised, so that those who fatten their purse during the time of the Kandy pageant could henceforth remind themselves what sh
Kandy Esala Perahera (Kandy pageant), which is now winding through the streets of Kandy in all its splendour, is yet to be acknowledged as a pageant one of its kind. Despite its historic significance, cultural diversity along with pomp and glory, int
The huge urge to guzzle down a cup of Kasippu to salvage their day’s spent energy at dusk is perhaps the ultimate satisfying feeling for a daily paid minor labourer, who is into drinking. Driven out of exhaustion most underprivileged workers in Sri
A free, professional and plural media contributes greatly to good governance and the development of society. Having a vibrant media, enables access to information and dialogue, encourages accountability and people to express views and causes greater
Jean Arasanayagam writes these lines in her poem titled ‘Mortality’, which appeared in her poetry collection Life of a Poet. As it represents, being mortal humans, we all live lives with one sure destiny....
The exhibition of watercolour paintings, ceramics and calligraphy by Chinese artist Wang Rongmao held at the J. D. A. Perera Gallery, the University of Fine Arts, Colombo, gave a rare opportunity....
The wives of the Holy Prophet (Sal.) and his descendants are known as “Ahlul Baith”. They are called in different names in certain countries. They are called “Thangal” and “Koya” in India. These descendants are called : “Mowlana” in S
K. Gunaratnam, popularly known as ‘KG,’ with his humble beginnings in Jaffna, had commenced businesses in Colombo. I came to know him in 1974 when his son G.R. Pathmaraj introduced me to him. Mr. Gunaratnam wanted....
Unselfish, unruffled, Ubeypale Orugamage, gentleman extraordinary, Benign lad, hailed from Baddegama, Galle, self-made man, exemplary.
The hard and certain reality of death has taken away from our midst the wife of our Peradeniya Don Dr. George,Vijeydevi. Vijeydevi was the daughter of a teacher and Malar of Kopay.
The acquittal of Dr. Shafi Shihabdeen, the unquiet return of several Muslim Ministers to the Cabinet, and the leadership tussles in the UNP, SLFP, and SLPP have turned the tables on the head of the local Catholic Church, Archbishop Cardinal Malcolm R
One would prefer sidestepping the intricate task of positioning this a typical oeuvre in literature genre map we are accustomed to. Sadly, one has no choice. It should be placed somewhere.
Buddhist history of Sasana says that the historical value has gone up and Mihintale Village was known as Mihintalawa, as the historical rock became popular due to arrival of Anubudu Mihindu Thera.
Matale district is very prominent among the areas where big onions are cultivated in Sri Lanka. Onion is cultivated in the areas such as Sigiriya, Dambulla and Galewela. In addition, the farmers in Naula, Kongahawela, Laggala, Pallegama and Wilgamuwa
The calls to reform the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA) in Sri Lanka have been longstanding. Drawbacks pointed out by the Muslim female activists in the much old community law are the minimum age of marriage....
“I have a squint by birth, but my seniors don’t understand that. They asked me to remove my glasses and look straight. Even though I did, they thought I was looking elsewhere. Then they referred to me as a ‘pottaya’ and questioned as to why I
Diabetes is reaching epidemic proportions in Sri Lanka and around the world. According to recent statistics by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), the prevalence of diabetes among adults in Sri Lanka is at 8.5% of the population (about one i
Back in 2000, when Sri Lanka’s Olympic medalist Susanthika Jayasinghe publicly accused a Cabinet Minister of wanting to have sex with her, her complaints fell on deaf ears. 19 years later, the National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka’s (NOCSL) Wom
Deshabandu Karu Jayasuriya, M.P. and Speaker of Parliament will be paying respects to Maha Sangha in a ceremony to be held on 7th August presided by the Chief Prelates of the Tri Nikayas and attended by Maha Sanga, Members of Parliament, political le
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