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Dhanawardana Guruge reveals secret of success

April 22, 2017 at 8:39 pm


The originator of the successful Nature Park concept in Sri Lanka, Dhanawardana Guruge.

Interviewed by Revata S. Silva

A truth more violent than fiction

April 22, 2017 at 6:06 pm

by Sanjana Hattotuwa
“The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”– William Faulkner, Requiem for a Nun
I devoted most of my Avurudu break to reading, trying to – and succeeding mostly – to finish a book a day. Two of the most compelling were Shankari Chandran’s ‘Song of the Sun God’ and Anuk Arudpragasam’s ‘The Story of a Brief Marriage’. Books like this must come with a warning, and I mean this in half-jest. Shankari’s novel is about the best I’ve read on Sri Lanka, and one of the best I’ve ever read. I am unashamedly biased. The book is essentially about home – Sri Lanka – even as it spans generations and three continents. From the thinly veiled references to known places, institutions and people to the more familiar brutality of war and its aftermath, the writing is riveting, unnerving even. Shankari gets under your skin.

Rajah Kuruppu – a GOOD Person

April 22, 2017 at 6:03 pm


Rajah Kuruppu

The making of a nationalist

April 22, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Experiences that shaped NQ’s nationalist resolve




by Neville Jayaweera



Footsteps across Continents: Hedi Simon and the Stadlens of Austria and Britain

April 22, 2017 at 5:48 pm

An account where Pieter Keuneman’s first wife plays an important part

Matthew Stadlen, in The Telegraph, 11 November 2013, where the title is”Family history: retracing the steps of a romance disrupted by war”

Lalith Athulathmudali achieved great heights in all he did

April 22, 2017 at 5:39 pm

24th death anniversary




by Kalinga Indatissa, PC


Remembering Corbet E. Jayewardene

April 22, 2017 at 5:35 pm

An Appreciation

(Rev. Sedawatte` Dhammarucci Thero)

The month of March marked both the birth and death anniversaries of a kindly gentleman, whom this writer has always held in the highest esteem. He was born in Sedawatta on March 8, 1908 and was named Corbet Edward Jayewardene. His father, E.W. Jayewardene, was away in England at the time, working in the chambers of counsel Corbet. Also, around the time of his birth his father had been introduced to Prince Edward, heir to the British Throne. Hence instructions were sent by him from England to his wife to name the new-born, Corbet Edward. In later years, Corbet Edward Jayewardene (CEJ) renounced his lay life and finally moved on as Rev. Sedewatte Dhammarucci Thero on March 23, 1981 after a fruitful sojourn on earth of 73 years. His dear wife had predeceased him in 1977. This humble tribute is to him whose magnanimity and kindness is well regarded by this writer.

Sri Lankan doctor killed in road mishap in London

April 22, 2017 at 5:26 pm




By Sujeeva Nivunhella in London

Key suspect in Lasantha killing given diplomatic post by Gotabhaya

April 22, 2017 at 5:23 pm


ECONOMYNEXT – The chief suspect in Lasantha Wickrematunga’s assassination was given a diplomatic post by the then defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa but it was withdrawn soon after Mahinda Rajapaksa won the January 2010 election, fresh evidence has revealed.

India visit ‘very productive’ despite controversy, says Sajjan

April 21, 2017 at 8:28 pm

Canada's Defence Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan (C) talk with children during his visit to the All India Pingalwara Charitable Society (AIPCS) at Manawala village on the outskirts of Amritsar on April 20, 2017.Image copyright AFP/Getty Images
Image caption Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan’s visit to India made some waves

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