IT was a Sunday afternoon, and the 64-year-old Maithripala Sirisena was in no mood to relax. He had a series of meetings earlier. After his appointment with Frontine in a hall of his official residence sporting the portraits of Marx, Lenin and Mahatma Gandhi, the President had some more meetings scheduled for the day. He appeared relaxed during his interaction with this correspondent, which was originally meant to be brief but lasted nearly one hour. He listened to the questions closely and patiently and replied mostly in Sinhala. Excerpts from the interview.
Thai Pongal is celebrated on the first day of the month Thai of the Tamil calendar. The day normally falls between 12th and 15th of the month of January in the Christian calendar. Thus, Thai is the first month of the Tamil Almanac, and Pongal is a dish of sweet concoction of rice, moong dal, jaggery and milk. This festival is celebrated by one and all as it is non-relevance to any particular religious faith. The whole Tamil population of the world celebrate it without any differences. Therefore it is widely known as "Tamil Thai Pongal" or the "Festival of the Tamils".
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif who is currently in Sri Lanka on a 3-day official visit, on the invitation of the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute of International Relations and Strategic Studies (LKIIRSS) delivered a special lecture on “Sri Lanka-Pakistan Relations” at the Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel on Tuesday (05).
In the New Year, let's resolve to get less stressed, upset, anxious about things over which we have no control. Lets have a narrower focus on our lives, loving and helping our family and friends, making our community a better place to live, to create peace and contentment.
The tourism industry of Sri Lanka is poised for growth to achieve sustainable development phase within the next few years, based on the strategic direction determined by the new government.Sri Lanka Tourism has formulated a broad Strategic Marketing Plan for year 2016, with the participation of private and public sector stakeholders addressing long standing needs of the industry and the future expectations of the country as a tourism destination. The new strategy was refined for its contents to maximise the benefits to the tourism industry and to position Sri Lanka as the most sought after travel destination in Asia.
Christmas or Christmas Day is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed most commonly on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world.
Sri Lanka's gross domestic product grew 4.8 percent in the third quarter of 2015 from a year earlier, the Census and Statistics Department said releasing the estimated Gross Domestic Product at constant (2010) prices in Production approach and other macroeconomic indicators for the third quarter of 2015 on Dec.