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New book captures broken promises and failures of Maithri-Ranil Govt.

New book captures broken promises and failures of Maithri-Ranil Govt.

Hopes Shattered, a book by Senior Journalist Latheef Farook, impartially documents in   495 pages the promises of the Maithripala Sirisena-Ranil Wickremesinghe Government, its failure to fulfil pledges and how it took the country for a ride, besides causing political and economic instability. The failure to bring those accused of crime, corruption and plundering the nation’s [...]

Ambitious bid to save Lanka’s remaining ‘untouched’ reefs

Ambitious bid to save Lanka’s remaining ‘untouched’ reefs

“It was no different to a fish tank — clean and colourful,” is how Oceanographer Dr. Terney Pradeep Kumara reflects upon the Hikkaduwa coral reef in the 70s and 80s. “When the area started attracting tourists, residents of the area set up their own businesses from small scale hotels to glass-bottom boat rides, and by [...]

Anne Frank touring exhibition in Jaffna for peace building

‘Anne Frank – a History for Today’ forms part of a joint initiative of the Anne Frank House in the Netherlands and War Child Holland. The two organisations are working together to contribute to the peace-building process in Sri Lanka. The exhibition places the story of Anne Frank against the background of the Holocaust, with [...]

Prashantha takes part in Global Customer Experience Summit in London

Prashantha takes part in Global Customer Experience Summit in London

Sri Lanka’s telecom expert Prashantha Robertson addressed the Customer Experience Management in Telecoms Summit held from January 29-31 at Novotel West, London. This premier global summit saw a gathering of over 400 attendees from all over the world and from leading global players in the telco industry. Mr. Robertson, the only speaker from South Asia, in [...]

Rotary and Helpage in novel project to uplift vulnerable communities

Rotary and Helpage in novel project to uplift vulnerable communities

The Rotary Club of Colombo Uptown and Helpage Sri Lanka (HASL) recently joined forces in a novel project to support vulnerable communities with a special focus on young children and the elderly in seven plantation estates at Naarthupana Village in the Kalutara District. Around 150 primary school students received special gift packs consisting of a [...]

Top US Clinician Award goes to Dr. Gunaratnam

Top US Clinician Award goes to Dr. Gunaratnam

Naresh T. Gunaratnam, M.D, a physician of Sri Lankan ancestry, was the recipient of the 2018 Distinguished Clinician Award presented by the American Gastrointestinal Association (AGA) Presenting the award, the AGA said Dr Gunaratnam, “has made a huge impact on patient care in his community and improved gastroenterology-oncology care by starting the endoscopic ultrasound & [...]

Commemorative events to mark Guli’s 21st death anniversary

Commemorative events to mark Guli’s 21st death anniversary

Several commemorative ceremonies are being organised to mark the 21st death anniversary of a veteran print and electronic media journalist and editor Gunadasa Liyanage in the coming weeks. Fondly called Guli by his friends and colleagues, Mr. Liyanage served as the editor of Riviresa, Lankadeepa, Sathdina, Sinha Kodiya, Kalpana and Sivdesa.  He has also written [...]

University Women Federation elects new office bearers

Sri Lanka Federation of University Women (SLFUW) elected the following officials at its 77th Annual General Meeting held recently. President: Seela Ebert; 1st Vice President: Jayanthi Liyanage; 2nd Vice President: Rukshan Dissanayake. Co-ordinator International Relations: Dr Shervanthi Fernando; Secretary: Dr Sujatha Wijetilleke; Asst. Secretary: Neliya Fernando; Treasurer: Rajitha Weerakoon and Press & Publicity Officer: Sujatha [...]

Wesley College 145th Founder’s Week celebrations

Wesley College – a leading Christian boys school in Colombo was founded on March 2, 1874. Every year, the Double Blue Fraternity gathers to celebrate the memory of their founder, the Rev. Daniel Henry Pereira –on Founder’s Day which is the death anniversary of Rev. John Wesley, the great evangelist and founder of the Methodist [...]

Lions Club Modera: 44 years of service

The 44th Charter Celebrations of the Lions Club of Modera, Mattakkuliya were held on February 16 at the Grand Oriental Hotel, Colombo 1, with Governor of District 306B1, Lion Deva Peter as Chief Guest and Past International Director Lion Sunil Watawala as guest of honour. The meeting was chaired by Lady Lion Priyanthi Perera. For [...]

Award-winning Hindi film for Women’s Day

To celebrate International Women’s Day, the Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre, High Commission of India, Colombo will screen the award-winning Hindi film “Mrityudand” at 3 p.m. on Friday, March 8, at the SVCC auditorium 16/2, Gregory’s Road, Colombo 07. Written, directed and produced by Prakash Jha, “Mrityudand’ stars Madhuri Dixit, Shabana Azmi and Om Puri. As [...]

WIN joins Riders for Charity for fund-raising bike ride

Women in Need (WIN) together with UK based volunteer group ‘Riders for Charity’ are on a 400 km cycling challenge across the country from Seeduwa to Batticaloa. The project is to raise awareness and a much needed Rs. 2.1 million to implement a Results Based Management (RBM) System that will help WIN modernise its operations [...]

Do we need artificial rain in March?

According to media reports, Thai experts launched a cloud seeding programme recently to produce artificial rain in Sri Lanka and the practical part of the project will take place this month. Most Sri Lankans, including schoolchildren and teachers, may question the need to produce artificial rain in March because the first inter-monsoon season sets in [...]

Should we buy an electric car?

NEW DELHI – Passenger cars account for only 8 percent of total global carbon dioxide emissions, and if you charge an electric vehicle (EV) with electricity generated by inefficient coal power plants, the immediate effect will be increased CO2 emissions compared with driving a modern gasoline or diesel car. So it’s important to stress, as [...]

Will Lanka’s fire-eaters raise a cheer for ICJ?

Sri Lanka’s media missed reporting the decision of the International Court of Justice on Monday ( Feb 25) against Britain for holding on to the Indian Ocean archipelago of Chagos Islands which include Diego Garcia housing, the strategic US base. Thus, Sri Lanka’s British and American bashers — who delight in the game of bashing [...]

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