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Gota’s Vesak

A Vesak dansala was organized by Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa last week at Bauddhaloka Mawatha in Colombo. First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa was among the guests invited to partake in meals at the dansala. The wives of the Army Commander, Defence Secretary, President’s Secretary as well as former sprint queen Susanthika Jayasinghe were among those present.

May Day In Sri Lanka

Workers Are Pawns In The Hands Of Politicians Our pictorial today showcases in a nutshell what May Day in Sri Lanka has become.  It is nothing but  a senseless political exercise as workers on meagre salaries are exploited by politicians on the one holiday in the calendar year dedicated to them.  This year too, all [...]


Text and Pictures – by Pavithra Jovan De Mello Vesak, is one of the biggest and most important days in the Buddhist calender in Sri Lanka and other countries. Even through war and hard times Vesak was celebrated, with most households having at least  one lantern or a Buddhist flag hung in their garden, lit [...]

Beware Of Break-bone Fever Symptoms

By Pavithra Jovan De Mello Dengue is a deadly disease that is caused by the dengue virus, which is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito has become a common situation in our country of late. Even with so many laws and regulation implemented by the government to control the disease and spread awareness to the [...]

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Music, Sarees And Half-Told Stories

By Maryam Azwer Pictures by Pavithra Jovan De Mello The music is loud, the colours are vibrant, and the girls who have just stepped off the stage are in a fit of giggles outside the main hall. Inside, a ceremony is taking place, and the announcer is informing the audience of the next event on [...]

Ego Or Insecurity ! Giant Sized Hoardings Of The President Hits Colombo Again

Pictures by Pavithra Jovan De Mello From the largest one found at the Ayurveda roundabout in Rajigiriya, which stands at a massive 20 feet by 40 feet, to the comparatively smaller ones found on Baseline Road which are 8 feet by 16 feet, the hoardings of President Mahinda Rajapaksa are a frequent phenomena to behold [...]

A National Stink

Text and Pictures By Pavithra Jovan De Mello The Dehiwala National Zoo. We have all been here at least once in our lifetime- some many times. The place currently needs a thorough overhaul. Some of the animals’ cages are either too small or not in  a good condition, and the sanitation services for the visitors [...]

The Battle Of The Blues 2012

Text and Pictures by: Pavithra Jovan De Mello The 133rd Battle of the Blues, the biggest and the oldest school cricket encounter was held at the SSC grounds Colombo 7, on the 8th, 9th and 10th of March. The Battle of the Blues is over 132 years old, played by two great schools which even [...]

When The Saints Go Marching In

Text and Pictures by – Pavithra Jovan De Mello The cheering crowd, flags of blue, yellow and white waving in the air, and a mixture of emotion. Hundreds of supporters had gathered to witness one of the biggest and most anticipated school cricket matches in Sri Lanka. St. Josephs College versus St. Peters College. The [...]


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