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Fri, 20 Sep 2019
A Buddhist monk, two Catholic priests, politicians, professors, housewives and even a young girl with a white cane were among the cream that received awards at the 62nd State Literary Awards held last week at the BMICH.
Between this year’s August and January, more than 337,000 students will feel like they’re lost. Having spent the better part of their lives (13 out of 18 years) memorising over and agonising a cluster of subjects they’ll perhaps....
This book discusses the transformation of Ceylon’s economy and social structure under British rule in the nineteenth century. It focuses in particular on the waning of the old, the ruling class, changes....
Attacks on and discrimination against minorities in Sri Lanka have been widespread for years. Following the April 21 attacks such incidents, especially against Muslims, saw an increase, and were even condoned by politicians and religious leaders.
It was just another day for Plastic Surgeon Sasankaya Amila Ratnayake when he came into the Kandy General Hospital, with an array of surgeries lined up for the day.
I was pleased to see the editor’s note that regularly appears in the ... under the caption Sustainable Nation, alerting the readers to the immediate threats to the environment through human activities and the need for every one of us to play our pa
This work seeks to set out by recounting in anecdotal detail, situations encountered by a Public Servant in addressing himself to the responsibilities that different positions, right up to the summit of the hierarchy entail. Here we learn about the s
The maiden novella of Chathushkie Jayasinghe, an undergraduate of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, will be available to the public from September 20, at the Sarasavi Publications stall in the Colombo International Book Fair 2019.
The English Writers Collective (EWC) recently announced the winners of the creative writing (Short story and poetry) competition 2019. The first prize for poetry was won by Rifadha Cader for “Poetry!”; second prize to Sunila Nanayakkara for “B
Orator, Scientist, Lyricist, Marxist Teacher, Scholar, Doctor, Mentor Multifaceted, Multitalented Endless list, As a Legend departs, leaving heavy hearts. Inspiration to many, shaping, guiding Provoking thoughts touched many lives The foreword you wr
When Dr. Priyanga Pupulewatta bought his new Toyota Prius for 7.4 million rupees in 2017, he knew that he was getting a good deal: “the car had just arrived in Sri Lanka and that was the dealer’s price at the time.”He was correct: today, that c
It has been 50 years since the moon landing; a result of science, technology and competition between two superpowers of the time – Russia and the US. Evoking much excitement worldwide, the first historic step on the moon was taken by Neil Armstron
This Friday, the 20th of September will see the latest instalment of the worldwide coordinated school strikes by children and teenagers to draw attention to their governments’ inaction on the risks of climate change.
Despite being a predominantly Buddhist country, Sri Lanka has witnessed monks being attacked, massacred and faced with injustice in various circumstances. When a video clip showing two Samanera (novice) Monks – aged 11 and 14 – being attacked by
Mary Foster Robinson, a Hawaiian lady was the single largest benefactress of the Anagarika Dharmapala, Founder of the Maha Bodhi Society, whose 155th birth anniversary falls today (September 17).
The industrial impact on the environment is a major issue in sustainable development with some arguing that negative environmental impacts are inevitable along our path to economic growth. Once we pass certain thresholds of the environment, in partic
Another Presidential term is drawing to a close. Another President is reflecting on his years of serving as the leader of the country and wondering – How will the citizens remember me? For President Sirisena, this is a rather vexing exercise for tw
One Hundred and Forty Nine Years ago a little girl was born in Chiaravalle, Italy. Her father, Allessandro Montessori, a retired army officer, was very traditional. Her mother, Renilde Stoppani Montessori, was an intelligent...
I wish the next parliament of new members elected unitedly vote for the abolition of the wretched position of the President. Before that a figurehead person will be elected at the end of the year.
For Sister Angela Fernando, the mission she undertook among the victims of Sri Lanka’s civil war means “allowing everyone to experience the great love of God and Mary.”
Last month, the nun from the Congregation....
I had just started schooling when the Second World War broke out. Some families left their homes in Colombo and its suburbs. School life was also disrupted. One of the worst affected was Royal College, Colombo.
Jubilee bells will chime this month for Rev. Fr. (Dr) Joseph Leopold Ratnasekera of the Congregation of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI), who celebrates the diamond jubilee of his religious life.
The Sri Lanka Ex-Servicemen’s Association with the blessings of the Commonwealth Ex-Service League and the British High Commission celebrated the 100th birthday of a WWII Veteran On Saturday August 24....
Sakyamuni Tathagata Gautama is the Buddha of this era. Gautama Buddha is a unique and radiant personality who appeared in this World 2643 years ago.
Maha Prajapathi Gothami, finding no reason to remain in the Royal Palace after the death of King Suddhodhana, set out accompanied by five hundred Sakya and Koliya Royal women to seek permission from Gautama Buddha....
It happened in 1948— Darley Road then was not infested with vehicle accessory trade: it was famous for British Sterling Companies presence and the location for one of leading Catholic School, St Joseph’s College.
I see the candidates, but where are the issues? An election of such profound significance can’t be devoid of debates over vital matters of state. Yet that is what we are seeing with Election 2019.
So glad someone did it at last. W. A. Silva’s Vijayaba Kollaya should have been filmed long ago, but no one did. The film’s brochure quotes Dr Lester James Pieris as saying Vijayaba Kollaya cannot be filmed, which is nonsense.
A top official of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) revealed that middle-income and lower middle-income member countries in Asia-Pacific region, which included Sri Lanka, will need to open up new fiscal space to meet minimum requirements for social pr
Let’s face it, seeing an animal being slaughtered isn’t nice. Even the staunchest carnivores can find the process of breeding and raising animals only to kill them a little uncomfortable. Combine that with the environmental impacts of large-scale
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