The main female roles will be taken up by young actresses from schools such as Ladies’ College, Bishop’s College, Visakha Vidyalaya, and Lyceum International School, Wattala. Diversity of charactersHe adds that the various plot twists and multiple story lines brings out the diversity of the characters. The 2-hour production promises to be packed with humour, thrilling sword fights and infused with a good dose of romance. About AramisCast leader, Pravin Jayasundere, who plays Aramis, says: “Aramis is almost too legendary for me to comprehend. I like the fact that she and I have similar character traits which help me merge better with the character.
Gunasinghe, widely regarded as the ‘Father of the Labour Movement in Sri Lanka’ must surely be turning in his grave these days (figuratively speaking)! Because his beloved labour movement, including the rights of workers and employees, has been downgraded by the current administration. I didn’t realise this….….and this applies to many in the trade union movement itself, until H.R. It has been given non-Cabinet portfolio status,” he said. Shocking, was also how veteran trade unionist Palitha Athukorala, who wears many hats in the trade union movement, described the development.
PM driven in an old car in an old fort View(s):The five-day Fairway Galle Literary Festival ends today. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Friday attended the festival and he is seen being driven through the Galle Fort’s streets in an open-hood 5 Sri Mini Moke by the festival’s founder Geoffrey Dobbs. The Sunday Times is the print media sponsor of the Fest. Please also see Plus Pages 1 and 3. Pic by Sameera Weerasekera
Behind the scenes with Mass Damanation By Joshua Surendraraj View(s): View(s):To a Sri Lankan metalhead 2018 could be regarded as one of the biggest years for this genre of music in the country. The name ‘Mass Damnation’ itself is an outsider’s perspective as to what this world was becoming, or rather what it has become. ‘Mass Damnation’ points out that this world we live in, is in ruin, whether it’s due to political corruption, pollution or even racial hatred. When it came to the Metal Battle, Mass Damnation approached it just like any other show. Mass Damnation would like to thank all their fans and supporters, without whom they could not have achieved what they have so far.
She sees beauty where we see trash! By Tera Jayewardene Udari Mohotti creates delicate pieces of handmade jewellery from discarded tyres, tubes and other waste products View(s): View(s):Most people would see discarded tyres on the roadside simply as trash. Reducing and recycling scrap, Umo Designs helps the garbage problem in Sri Lanka as well. It begins with finding discarded tyres which she gets from shops that dispose of them. The Spectrum collection too consists of voids and layers to emphasise the natural beauty of the wearer,” she explains.
Fresh investigation after Sports Minister’s bribe claims View(s):Sports Minister Harin Fernando this week claimed he was offered a bribe to include certain players to the national team sparking a fresh investigation by the International Cricket Council, the game’s global gate-keeper. The grace period, which will end on January 31, has reportedly seen new people come forward with fresh information. In Sri Lanka, the Sports Minister wields substantial power over team selection. The Sports Law requires him to appoint selectors and also to sign off any national team representing Sri Lanka. The ICC is now investigating what they term “serious allegations of corruption” in Sri Lanka and has one of their investigators based on Colombo.
Is Hathurusingha worth the cash? Twelve months into his 36-month contract with theSri Lankan team, however, it is being questioned whether he is worth the cash being dished out on him. Media suggested this week that Hathurusingha has charged SLC a whopping US$ 60,000 (Rs 10.8mn) to submit a biannual assessment report. Hathurusingha now lives in New South Wales, Australia, his home since he was sacked as Sri Lanka’s shadow coach in 2010. Hathurusingha played 26 Tests and 35 ODIs for Sri Lanka before becoming the shadow coach under Trevor Bayliss.
Lots about those little insects View(s):“Splendid!” was my first reaction as I opened the parcel bearing my review copy. The next two sections are on cockroaches, wood roaches and termites with an informative discussion and exquisite photos of these unappreciated insects. The last section describes the social insects, ants and bees, with interesting images of mating behaviours; the importance of these insects as pollinators, and their important role in the economy is highlighted. All of the insects illustrated, however, are identified as to the major group of insects to which they belong and many to their sub-groupings. Book facts Insects: The hidden treasures of Mahauskande- by Jayanthi Edirisinghe, Inoka Karunaratne and Roman Prokhorov.
Twenty-five new President’s Counsel appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena took their oaths at a ceremonial sitting of the Supreme Court at 9.30 a.m. on Friday (18). Pictured above are some of the new President’s Counsel. (More pictures on our web edition Sundaytimes.lk) Pix by Priyantha Wickramarachchi and Ishanka Sunimal.
President’s support for Duterte makes world headlines View(s):Unlike all his previous foreign visits, President Maithripala Sirisena was not accompanied by any media personnel when he made a five-day state visit to the Philippines. That included his meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte.That, however, did not mean President Sirisena did not receive worldwide publicity over the Phillippines visit. New Southern Governor misses ‘U’Is there a “Sothern Province” in Sri Lanka? He works at the Campaign for Free and Fair Elections and the Centre for Human Rights Sri Lanka. They have been told that directives from those outside the force, except President Sirisena under whom the Police Department functions, should be notified.
‘Thirteen Tickles’ in Piliyandala View(s):‘Hankithi Dahathuna’ or ‘The Thirteen Tickles’, latest play by Jayantha Chandrasiri will be staged at 3.30 pm and 6.30 pm January 27 at Piliyandala Central College auditorium. The play stars Sriyantha Mendis, Kusum Renu, Jayalal Rohana, Wasantha Vittachchi, Sanjeewa, Disanayake, Mahendra Weeraratna, Nuradhika Serasinghe, A. Athukorala, Nadeesha Rupasinghe, Gamini Jayalath and Tissa Gunatilake. Music composed by Chinthaka Jayakody, costumes by Nipuni Mendis, backdrops by Jayashantha, make-up by Wasantha Vittachchi, production management is by Nimal Francis.
Diplomats as our image boosters View(s):So this is what we have come to. When one heard the other day about advice proffered by Minister Tilak Marapana to our diplomats in the making, it seemed that something was decidedly wrong. Sri Lanka’s image suffers because of the antics of our politicians and their hangers-on. The distressing image of Sri Lanka reaching the world was created by some of our lawmakers who had little consideration about breaking the law or what the world thought of them. Polishing the image must begin in Sri Lanka with conduct worthy of our leaders and legislators.
They spend the day here,” says Consultant Psychiatrist Dr. Dasanthi Akmeemana, explaining that assessments of these patients are also carried out here. She says that at the Day Centre they go through a daily routine including brushing their teeth and washing their face. There are many volunteers who have extended their services to the Day Centre, with dress-making fixed for Wednesday, cookery for Friday and music therapy throughout. Crotons, ferns, anthuriums, orchids, and colourful primroses add to the serenity of the Day Centre. A helping hand is always welcomeTwo welfare societies are working for the benefit of the Day Centre.
Sri Lanka – Singapore FTA in troubled waters By Bandula Sirimanna View(s): View(s):The Sri Lanka – Singapore Free Trade Agreement (SLSFTA) has run into troubled waters following the startling revelations made by the 5-member Presidential Committee of Experts (CoE) in their 280-page report released recently. Weerasinghe has resigned citing health reasons making the situation more problematic for the Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade. After these mounting pressures exerted from all fronts especially from the Presidential level, a team of international trade experts is now scrutinising the observations and recommendations contained in the CoE report, Ministry sources revealed to the Business Times. The CoE was of the view that the entire negotiation process was carried out without any feasibility and cost-benefit studies of a trade agreement with Singapore from Sri Lanka’s point of view. It observed that some serious lapses were allowed to occur, perhaps deliberately or inadvertently to expedite matters in the process of signing the SLSFTA by Minister Malik Samarawickrema.
Avishka, Milinda hit tons to help Sri Lanka record crushing win Sri Lanka 'A' vs Ireland 'A' 1st Unofficial ODI View(s): View(s):A splendid batting effort by the Sri Lanka ‘A’ top order helped them towards a crushing 60-run win over Ireland ‘A’ in the first of the five-match unofficial ODIs played at the Sooriyawewa International Cricket ground yesterday. The hosts got off to a flourishing start with openers Upul Tharanga and Avishka Fernando sharing 161 runs before Milinda Siriwardana stroked a swashbuckling century to lead Sri Lanka ‘A’ to a winning position. Young Fernando departed for 128 runs, hitting 11 boundaries and five sixes but by then he has set Sri Lanka into a imposing total. The experienced Siriwardana faced just 75 balls in his unbeaten 111 knock which included 11 boundaries and three sixes as Sri Lanka set a target of 366 to win. Sri Lanka ‘A’ 365 for 5 in 50 overs (Avishka Fernando 128, Milinda Siriwardana 111n.o, Upul Tharanga 66; K.D.