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Rotary fights cancer through prevention and early detection in partnership with NCCP

Rotary fights cancer  through prevention and early detection in partnership with NCCP

Today more people die from cancer than from AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. The aim of World Cancer Day observed on February 4 around the world, is to help save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about cancer, and calling on Governments to take action against the disease. In Sri [...]

Why AG should not play investigator’s role

Who is accountable for the Police function? This is a question I have been asking the National Police Commission (NPC) since 2015, but I am yet to receive a reply. The Police function is an essential component in the rule of law and is the most important link in the Criminal Justice System. Hence the [...]

How long will things remain the same in Paradise?

‘Shree Lanker paradise… was a tourism blurb that was on the air waves quite often, not so long ago. Paradise it has now become in many ways other than tourism. We haven’t heard of an instance anywhere else when a bank account holder was blissfully unaware that someone had deposited US $ 2 million in [...]

‘Prioritising marine conservation: facts vs fuzz’: WNPS lecture

With Sri Lanka’s marine biodiversity increasingly threatened by overfishing, pollution, coastal development and climate change, ‘Prioritizing marine conservation: facts vs fuzz’ is the theme of this month’s Wildlife and Nature Protection Society (WNPS)  lecture. The lecture by marine biologist and well known underwater photographer Nishan Perera will be on Thursday, February 20 at 6 p.m. [...]

New President’s Counsel

New President’s Counsel

Attorney-at-law P.M.K. Nelson has been appointed as a President’s Counsel recently. He is an old boy of Matara Rahula College. He was an acting and an unofficial magistrate.

Plea for financial help to meet medical costs

A resident of Ratnapura District, Watukarage Asoka Thilakaratne who is visually impaired  and is suffering from a paralysis of his legs has appealed for financial support  for his medical treatment. His Consultant Neurologist has prescribed him long term medication which are very expensive and he says he is unable to meet the cost of the [...]

Beethoven’s soothing Pastorale: SOSL’s first full orchestra concert for 2020

The Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka ( SOSL) launches its first full orchestra concert of 2020 with a continuing  tribute to Ludwig van Beethoven , commemorating 250 years since his birth. The Symphony No. 6 , also known as the Pastoral Symphony will be familiar to many as the score behind the 1940 Disney animated [...]

Tharin Matugama takes oaths as lawyer

Tharin Senal Matugama took oaths as an Attorney-at-Law on February 12, 2020 before the Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya,PC and Justices of the Supreme Court Priyantha Jayawardena, PC and M.N.B Fernando, PC. He is an old boy of Ananda College, Colombo. He passed his preliminary and final exams at Sri Lanka Law College with 2nd class [...]

Pera Uni Colombo Chapter Alumni Association AGM on March 1

The 29th annual general meeting of the Alumni Association of University of Peradeniya-Colombo Chapter (AAUPCC) will be held at 9.30 am on March 1 at Bird Park on Buthgamuwa Road in Rajagiriya. Emeritus Prof. Indrakeerthi Siriweera will be the chief guest while National Hospital Consultant Urologist Dr. Susantha de Silva, consultant urologist, National Hospital Colombo [...]

Remembering Jothipala

Remembering Jothipala

The 84th birth anniversary of popular singer H.R. Jothipala was commemorated at a ceremony at the General Cemetery in Borella. Pragna Pradeepa founder Jayantha de Silva is seen here paying floral tributes to the monument erected in memory of the late singer.

Queen Elizabeth congratulates Lankan centenarian Sybil Jacobs

Queen Elizabeth congratulates Lankan centenarian Sybil Jacobs

Sri-Lankan born centenarian Sybil Jacobs received a personal greeting from Britain’s Queen Elizabeth when she celebrated her 100th birthday on December 12, 2019. The message said, “I am pleased to hear that you are celebrating your one hundredth birthday. My sincere congratulations and best wishes on this very special day.” The special greeting signed by [...]

‘Art of Detail’ by Shyam Selvadurai

A power point presentation on the ‘Art of Detail’ by award winning  Sri Lankan/Canadian writer Shyam Selvadurai will be held at the International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES), No. 2, Kynsey  Terrace, Colombo 8  on Saturday, February 22, at 5.30pm. This event is organized by the English Writers Collective of Sri Lanka (EWC) in association [...]

120 Lankan children in Freedom Day cultural programme in Washington D.C.

120 Lankan children in Freedom Day cultural programme in Washington D.C.

The 72nd Anniversary of Sri Lanka’s Independence was celebrated at a special event organised by the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington DC on February 8 at the Theatre of the Arts of the University of the District of Columbia. Speaking on the occasion, the Guest of Honour, Thomas Vajda, Deputy Assistant Secretary for South [...]

EWC calls for entries for CHANNELS 2020

The English Writers Collective of Sri Lanka (EWC) invites literary articles, reviews, short stories of upto 1500 words and poetry of 32 lines or less  for inclusion in the journal CHANNELS. Poems of 32 lines or less, and short stories of 1500 words or less may be submitted to the 2020 Creative Writing Competition. Short [...]

Sri Lanka Cultural Parade in Riyadh

Sri Lanka Cultural Parade in Riyadh

The Sri Lanka Cultural Parade, a captivating show held on February 8, brought an enchanting experience to the Sri Lankan expats in Riyadh. This musical and dance extravaganza, jointly organised by the Embassy of Sri Lanka and the Sri Lanka Cultural Forum, was the brainchild of two Sri Lankan artists, music maestro Keerthi Pasquel with [...]

Pandemic panic over COVID-19

SEATTLE – Every few years, humanity succumbs to mass hysteria at the prospect of a global pandemic. In this century alone, SARS, H1N1, Ebola, MERS, Zika, and now the coronavirus have all generated reactions that, in retrospect, seem disproportionate to the actual impact of the disease. The 2002-03 SARS outbreak in China (also a coronavirus, [...]

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