Sunday, 20 January 2019 05:55

Kelaniya’s grand temple of Buddhist art

Our island is famous for its Buddhist art and architecture, particularly, the massive dagobas and Buddha statues in the ancient cities of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa. Yet, many visitors don’t realize that another impressive repository of Buddhist art and architecture beckon just ten kilometres outside Colombo along the Kandy Road.

Sunday, 13 January 2019 08:42

Changing lives behind bars

A significant landmark along Baseline Road is the Welikada Prison. It is a building complex at which motorists and passersby don’t care to give a second glance. Yet within its vast confines are cell blocks that house men and women. They have entered the prison for an assortment of crimes from basic theft to rape and bloody murder. Entering through the main gate of the prison head quarters I sat in the lobby. A few inmates clad in maroon shirt and sarong, are going about some tasks in the administration block. Three inmates clad in white jumper (shorts) and round collar shirt sweep the garden. A mynah (bird) descends and sits on a table, tapping her yellow beak. An old inmate drops his broom and opens the garden tap and collects water in both hands. Within seconds the mynah is perched on his hand and drinks gratefully. It was a touching sight, a prisoner offering hope to a feathered friend. A guard tells me the mynah is a daily visitor.

Sunday, 06 January 2019 09:29

Beauty inthe garden of eternal rest

‘The world’s an inn, and death the journey’s end’ - John Dryden

Sunday, 30 December 2018 08:09

Checks and balances of 19th Amendment

Political events in the recent past have tried and tested the country’s separation of the power among the main three pillars of governance and the Supremacy of the Constitution.

Sunday, 23 December 2018 09:19

Boxing Day Tsunami: 14 years on

Where were you at 9.36 a.m. on December 26, 2004? That has become one of the definitive questions such as, “where were you when John F. Kennedy was shot?” It is a moment that we will all remember, as long as we live. Indeed, the Indian Ocean tsunami is the most catastrophic event in living memory for many of us. And 14 years have passed since that fateful day, which saw the deaths of nearly 240,000 people across 14 countries in Asia and Africa.

Sunday, 16 December 2018 07:28

Do you CARE enough?

Hold on for a moment. Dear reader, you would have heard numerous stories and read articles about sexual harassment on public transport. This is another such article, but we encourage you to take a few minutes to read on especially because sexual harassment in Sri Lanka’s public transportation system is still prevalent, and experts say that reporting mechanisms are still very weak.

Sunday, 09 December 2018 07:23

Sri Lanka Navy turns 68

During World War II, the British Empire had clearly understood the strategic importance of Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) and the necessity of a navy to ensure the Sea Lines of Communication (SLOC) or key maritime passageways lying in the vicinity of this teardrop island. It is with this glimmer of hope, the Ceylon Naval Volunteer Force (CNVF) was set up in 1937and after World War II the CNVF was absorbed into the Royal Navy as the Ceylon Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (CRNVR). After gaining independence from British rule, the meagre contingent of officers and sailors of the CRNVR were ready to form the Regular Navy.

Sunday, 02 December 2018 09:45

Know your status

“Well, oral intercourse is the safest mode of sexual intercourse. Saliva kills germs and viruses that cause Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and Diseases. So we are safe,” a 42-year-old from Nugegoda area says.

Sunday, 25 November 2018 09:09

The new killer in Sri Lanka

‘It is like our own cult, you see, someone knows someone who sells hallucinogens or any other form of drug at these parties and after that everything is a roller-coaster ride’, said 26-year-old Tharindu Sameera*.

The humble saint clad in a brown habit (cassock) and tonsured head, has drawn the affection of millions of Catholics globally. St. Anthony of Padua, a Franciscan friar is probably the most popular figure in the galaxy of venerated saints. There are many shrines, chapels and churches dedicated to this prudent priest. One such church is in Colpetty ,Colombo 3.

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