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Port City Colombo marks 7th anniversary with vertical development set to commence Source:Island Port City Colombo, the largest and most ambitious development project ever undertaken in Sri Lanka, proudly marks its 7th anniversary since the initial land reclamation work commenced in 2014. During this period, the project has committed USD 1.4 billion of foreign direct investment to Sri Lanka for initial reclamation and internal infrastructure development. The project is expected to attract USD 15 billion in the 25 years of its development phase. ...

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President Biden appoints Lankan born Professor to National Cancer Advisory Board of the U.S. Source:Island Johns Hopkins scientist of Sri Lankan origin, Ashani Weeraratna, PhD, a leading cancer researcher who specializes in melanoma and the effects of aging on cancer, has been appointed by President Joe Biden to serve as a member of the National Cancer Advisory Board of the U.S. The National Cancer Advisory Board advises and assists the director of the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health on the activities of the national cancer programe. Individuals are selected from among leading representatives in health and science, along with leaders in public policy, law, health policy, economics, management, and the environment. ...

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UK reopens doors for Sri Lankans-BY MANJULA FERNANDO Source:Sundayobserver The UK Government removed Sri Lanka from the Covid-19 ‘Red list’ on Friday and the new relaxed rules for travellers from both destinations will come into effect from September 22. Eight countries including the Maldives, Bangladesh and Pakistan will also be moved from the ‘Red list’ to the ‘Amber list’ along with Sri Lanka on September 22, the official travel advisory issued by the UK Government stated. Last month, Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to the UK told Travel Weekly that the high level of “Disaster preparedness” acquired after the 2019 bombings helped the country cope well with the Covid crisis. ...

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Sri Lanka’s Beauty and the Beast who shunned the catwalk-BY ALLAAM OUSMAN Dinusha gets a kick out of karate-Dinusha with her many medals Source:Sundayobserver How movie idol Jackie Chan inspired Dinusha Perera to fall in love with the macho sport of karate that made her one of the country’s most represented medal-grabbing sporting ambassadors: Inspired by Hollywood action hero Jackie Chan’s movies, Dinusha Perera became infatuated with the martial art of karate from the tender age of six and made it her career against the wishes of her parents. The lissome lass could have easily chosen the easier path to success as a model. But her fighting instincts and burning desire to represent the country saw her embrace the sport of karate. That too Kumite, one of the three main sections of karate training, which involves sparring against an opponent for three minutes. The dedication and sacrifices she has made ...

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When a gifted sportsman chose sacrifice over fame Hishaam Ousman (left) with Zulki Hamid (who also passed away) during their cricketing days at Royal Source:Sundayobserver He maintained the highest traditions of sportsmanship and was a fine sports ambassador for Royal College: It has been 30 years since the untimely death of former Royal College boxing star Hishaam Ousman who was felled by an enemy bullet in Weli Oya, Trincomalee on September 11 and an annual ritual for his dear friends and family to remember the life of Lt. Hishaam Ousman who died a war hero during Operation Akunu Pahara. Hishaam could have had a sparkling and exciting life after leaving school given his immense talents in boxing and cricket. But instead he chose to serve in the defence of his country and in the process lay down his life, a true professional soldier who led from the front. Ten years ...

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Arsikland! The Musical (2019) — Complete Live Show — Directed by Feroze Kamardeen   Three men, one tropical island, one confused nation looking for her leader! A live stage production based in a fictitious country we know only too well! Get ready to step into the world of Arsikland! The Musical. An All-New cast will bring to life the political actors in Arsikland, covering the attempted coup featuring Chaminda Pusswedilla, Trymeepala Boruwedilla and Wickrama Nikamsinghe. This is an original production by StageLight&Magic Inc, written & directed by Feroze Kamardeen. ...

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Manike Mage Hithe – English Cover | Arjun | Yohani | Satheeshan | මැණිකේ මගේ හිතේ   Proud to see a Sri Lankan Sinhalese song trending worldwide… So you know I had to do an English remix 🤓 (My mum is half Sinhalese for those that didn’t know). Shout out to all the Sri Lankans who have been asking me to sing in Sinhala all these years… This one’s for you 🇱🇰❤️ ...

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Elected Sri Lanka ruling party MP to resign for diplomatic posting in US: source Source:Economynext ECONOMYNEXT – Elected ruling Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) parliamentarian Mahinda Samarasinghe has decided to vacate his seat and take up an ambassador post in the United States, a source close to the MP said on Saturday (18). “He opted for the US ambassador post,” the source, who has been involved with Samarasinghe’s political career for more than a decade, told EconomyNext. Local media, however, said he will be appointed as the ambassador for the US and Mexico. Samarasinghe was not immediately available for comment. The ex MP was elected from the island nation’s Western coastal district of Kalutara in the 2020 parliamentary poll. He polled the least preferential votes out of the eight SLPP legislators elected to parliament. ...

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 Memories of Yore – By Noor Rahim There I was sitting comfortably in my recliner With my eyelids almost drooping and ready to close When I got jolted out of my reverie By the daunting “tick-tock” of the clock that did stir   Watched the seconds turn to minutes And the minutes no doubt turns to hours; and the hours to days The years too just slides away as only you know how You wonder how they all passed without in as much as an adieu   Leaving behind memories of the yester year; in its’ journey One can only re-live the past that went by, so quickly Making one forlorn and submerged in past memories With the deeds of yore, be it good or bad; and the aftermath worry   The good is always very easy to enjoy and savour But the bad make some feel guilty of deeds ...

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