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Zimbabwe’s President Mugabe resigns after 37 years as leader

Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe has resigned, parliament speaker Jacob Mudenda has said. A letter from Mr Mugabe said that the decision was voluntary and that he had made it to allow a smooth transition of power. The surprise announcement halted an impeachment hearing that had begun against him. Lawmakers roared in jubilation and people have [...]

Tantalising Turkish treats at the Graze Kitchen

By Daphne Charles Are your taste buds hankering after a new sensation? Fancy a Turkish tuck-in? Then head over to the Hilton Colombo, where a Turkish food promotion is currently underway. Offering an inviting spread of international cuisine, the Graze Kitchen at the Colombo Hilton has never failed to impress. Now on offer, till the [...]

Epicurean Night at Rare at Residence by Uga Escapes

Colombo’s leading boutique hotel, Residence by Uga Escapes’ equally unparalleled restaurant Rare, is currently prepping to welcome a night of culinary entertainment together with Chef Chris Bonello on December 08th, 09th and 10th. The event will feature a Chefs’ Table Concept, with Wine Pairing and a Masterclass. Approximately 30-40 people will be accommodated for the [...]

Sri Lanka survive scare as 1st Test ends in thrilling draw

Despite losing almost two days of play due to inclement weather, Indian bowlers put up a spirited show, pushing Sri Lanka on the brink but bad light meant the play ended early for fifth day in a row and the first Test ended in a draw. When the bails were drawn, Indian seamers had reduced [...]

Designer wedding show to feature top bridal designers

A designer wedding show will be held later this month featuring the top bridal designers and hair and makeup artists in Sri Lanka. The show will feature Sri Lanka’s leading singers, the De Lanerolle Brothers and will be held at the newly opened Shangri-La Hotel in Colombo. The ‘Designer Wedding Show 2017′ has been jointly [...]

India, Bangladesh to tour Sri Lanka for tri-series in March

Fans may have had enough of cricket between India and Sri Lanka but the two sides are set to meet yet again in a tri-series involving Bangladesh as well in March next year. The Islanders will be the hosts of the triangular series which is set to take place in from March 8 to 20. [...]

Ruling Zanu-PF in Zimbabwe urges Mugabe to step down

Regional branches of Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu-PF party have joined growing calls for President Robert Mugabe to resign. War veterans until recently loyal to the 93-year-old president and liberal groups have also urged him to quit. Earlier Mr Mugabe made his first public appearance since the takeover. Mr Mugabe had been under house arrest for days, [...]

Queenstown family face deportation to Sri Lanka

Living in a one-bedroom former camping ground cabin in Queenstown are three brothers, their mother and father. There’s not much space but the family’s priorities are clear. On the walls are maps and mathematics charts. Desks and chairs cluttered with books and papers sit in a line under the window. Cricket bats and guitars are piled in between. The Wijerathne boys – aged [...]

A port town’s story of myopic vision and fading development

By Meera Srinivasan “One job per family” is what Sri Lankan authorities promised families like that of Y.B. Henry while taking over their land in 2009 for a deep-water container port. Now ‘resettled’ on government-allocated land located 15 km away from the port, the nearly 475 families are faced with a basic question about livelihood. “My [...]

Dozens Of Men Describe Rape, Torture In Sri Lanka

One of the men tortured in Sri Lanka said he was held for 21 days in a small dank room where he was raped 12 times, burned with cigarettes, beaten with iron rods and hung upside-down. Another man described being abducted from home by five men, driven to a prison, and taken to a “torture [...]

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