Sri Lanka

Students who had sat for the GCE A/L examination from schools other than their own will get the results based on the district in which they had studied, reports say.

Saturday, 10 September 2016 13:47

Desire for peace clear in Sri Lanka: Mangala

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera who delivered a speech at the International Institute for Middle-East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES) Slovenia on Democracy, Reconciliation and Development: Vision for a New Sri Lanka receiving a special award

Saturday, 10 September 2016 13:38

Indian PM to visit SL next year

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will arrive in Sri Lanka next year.

President Maithripala Sirisena presents an award to a Civil Defence Department official in recognition of his services to drug prevention. Picture by Sudath Malaweera.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament today the Government was hoping to increase the percentage of Tamils in the Security Forces, the Police Service and the Prison Service.

The 73.9 km Ratnapura Expressway received Cabinet approval for proposals for procurement of civil work contracts. The Expressway which is expected to start construction this year, will begin from the Kahathuduwa interchange on the Southern Expressway to Pelmandulla. Feasibility studies, preliminary design and environmental impact assessments are currently being carried out and is proposed to be built in four parts.

Saturday, 06 August 2016 09:57

‘Siyasetha Sevana’ for urban dwellers

The “Siyasetha Sevena’ multi housing scheme which was built for those who were living in the houses with less facilities in the area of the Colombo Municipal Council, was vested with people by President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday (Aug. 05).

A common misconception is that the pilgrimage belongs to the Hindu religion and the origins of the Yatra are shrouded in myth and legend. Several versions argue that it began with Lord Murugan (Skanda) himself when he landed on the shores of Sri Lanka and decided to walk to Kataragama. But in fact, Pada Yatra is said to predate the arrival of all four of Sri Lanka's major religions, and is essentially a tradition inherited from the island's indigenous forest-dwellers, the Veddahs. Even the Kapurala priest-custodians at the Kataragama shrines readily acknowledge this as the true origins.

Friday, 29 July 2016 09:53

Tranquil Bliss At Thapowanaya

It may not be that far from the the city's hustle and bustle but the Gothama Thapowanaya off Rajagiriya has served for the last 54 years to be the idyllic seclusion for the restless meandering mind to find inner peace through meditation.

 

I was born in Colombo, and have lived here almost all of my life, and in all that time, have rarely lived more than a long walk's distance from the sea. Colombo is flavoured by salt. It is very much a seaside city. While beaches stretch all along Colombo's long western flank, three of them dominate Sri Lanka's commercial capital. At its heart, right next to the financial district of the Fort, is Galle Face, and north of the port, the now almost-forgotten Mutwal Beach. Neither of them, however, quite have the allure of Mt Lavinia.

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