Lanka’s post-attacks nightlife loses fizz

Before jihadi bombers targeted Sri Lanka in deadly Easter attacks, Rangana Wijesuriya used to party until the small hours in the pulsating restaurants, bars and clubs of downtown Colombo. Now, after the April 21 attacks that killed 257 people, the buzz is gone. The DJs are performing to empty dance floors and the bar staff Read More

On a film clip from The Godfather Part II 

In this space last year, I wrote about the effect of watching a film — Ravi Jadhav’s Nude — set in an art school my mother had once attended. This current column is, without having been planned that way, a parental companion piece. As I write it, I’m about to go to Doon School, Dehradun, to hold Read More

Google unveils Pixel 3a, 3a XL

Tech giant Google on Tuesday unveiled the latest generation of its smartphones – Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL – that will make their way into the Indian market priced at ?39,999 onwards. To be available from May 15, these handsets will compete with devices from the stables of Apple, Samsung and OnePlus in the Read More

Kavinda wants govt to acquire sharia university

UNP parliamentarian Dr. Kavinda Jayawardana in a private member’s bill urged the government to acquire the proposed sharia University established in Batticaloa and have it as a state university enabling students of all religions and ethnic denominations to engage in higher studies there. He noted that the sharia law had been instrumental in instilling racist, Read More

Federer near flawless in clay comeback

It was as if he had never been away as Roger Federer brushed aside Richard Gasquet in his first clay-court match in three years at the Madrid Open on Tuesday. Federer had said he was making his return on the red surface with hope rather than expectation, but he should be more optimistic after dismantling Gasquet 6-2, 6-3. The Read More

Blast in Lahore kills at least four, wounds 24

A blast at one of Pakistan’s oldest and most popular Sufi shrines killed at least four people and wounded 24 in the eastern city of Lahore on Wednesday, police said, as the country marks the fasting month of Ramadan. Police have said they are still investigating the nature of the blast, which occurred near the Read More

Govt says cannot keep schools closed

The Government says it cannot keep schools closed and hopes all students will gradually return and attended classes. Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam told Parliament today that steps have been taken to strengthen security at all schools. He said that while only a few students had attended classes when some sections of schools reopened yesterday Read More

PM wants sophisticated technology to face global terror

The Government says it will need sophisticated technology to face the threat from global terrorism. Speaking in Parliament today, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that Sri Lanka will never be safe from international terrorism. He said that Sri Lanka must work with the international community to face the global threat from terrorism. The Prime Minister Read More

Facebook building privacy-focused social platform, says Mark Zuckerberg

Social networking giant Facebook on Tuesday said it is committed to building a “privacy-focussed” social platform to ensure that conversations stay private, and that user data is secure across its products like Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram. Speaking at its flagship event F8 in San Jose, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg acknowledged that there are privacy concerns related Read More