Barf bags “Barf” bags ROYSTON REPORTS, Number 270 Sunday 30 August 2015. Greetings to readers around the world to this week’s glimpse of life in Sri Lanka, including a look at a curious collectable. Motor show There was a four-day motor show held in Colombo last week. I went there with web wizard, Andrew, out of curiosity and was delighted to discover ...

The Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT) of Myanmar has received 17 applications from local companies to form a consortium, which will operate the fourth mobile network. The winner will be announced in September. Authorities will start the process of selecting a foreign investor for the local consortium thereafter. The license will be granted for a 15-year term, said ...

Code4Good: Using ICTs for social good in Sri Lanka Code4Good, Sri Lanka’s first social good hackathon kicked off today, an initiative of Internews Network implemented in partnership with International Alert, and with the support of SLASSCOM, Facebook internet.org, Google Business Groups and the Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd. The event today attracted a wide range of civil society organisations from as far North as Jaffna. Nalaka Gunawardene and I ...

For most of human history, people have moved. It is only in the relatively short window after the establishment of the Westphalian state, especially after the collapse of the empires after the Second World War, that these movements have been constrained. The logic of globalization is based on the mobility of factors of production. Some economists like Paul Collier have ...

While announcing lowered call and data rates, CEO of Telenor Myanmar, Petter Furberg goes on to say that almost half of all mobile subscriptions is Telenor. 12 of the 14 states and regions of Myanmar are now covered by Telenor, 55% of whose subscriber base are data users. He further claims that while expanding coverage in the country, the strength ...

Happiness, the way I see it and feel it is different. Very materialistic. I don’t know why I do that or see things that way. But I do. On a bad day, give me a gift and I’d be the happiest. It’s always been that way. I like and love things. That kind of happiness is short-lived, but it makes ...

Tell us about yourself as a wildlife photographer Childhood experiences and longing to be with the natural world, joining The Young Zoologist’s Association of Sri Lanka (YZA), of the National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka, in the year 1992 as a teen and later specializing in the field of Herpetology, as a taxonomist for over two decades, spending much of ...

Mahesh Indika graduated from the Visual Art Academy in 2010 and since then, he has been an artist who likes to depict simpler messages through complex   mediums of art. Coming from humble   beginnings, he showcased his work at Kala Pola in the years 2007 and 2008. Now he works closely with Dileepa Jeewantha, Founder of the Saffron Robe ...

Colombo Fashion Week (CFW) is often regarded as the backbone of the Sri Lankan fashion industry because it       continues to inspire designers to pursue fashion as a serious career. Since its inception in 2003, CFW has introduced a culture within the industry, which driven designers to launch their own labels and produce collections each season. The CFW ...

What does it mean to be a practicing contemporary artist? Beyond motivation, techniques, influences and intention what else is involved? To be an artist today involves sustaining a practice where you are actively involved in the process of art making. Though this sounds straight forward, it is probably one of the greatest challenges to face any artist no matter how ...

Readers of ARTRA Magazine are familiar with Ruvin De Silva’s conceptual photography, not so much of his thriving theatre career. Since his first significant performance in Tracy Holsinger’s Chat Room (2007), Ruvin has been a part of plays produced by most of the English Theatre companies in SL, including the recently concluded ‘Fruit Cake’ by the students of Methodist College, ...

Almost an year ago, a group of young and vibrant art personalities with strong opinions came together at a leaving party of a mutual friend. A random thought transformed into a collective consensus and thereafter, decided to form a group for which they decided upon the name ‘The Hot Butter Collective’. The name may sound culinary, yet it isn’t. Ryan ...

Saskia Fernando launched Sri Lanka’s first freestanding professional gallery in 2009 after working in the art scene since 1999. The gallery expanded in December 2013 to a space where it now stands as the largest contemporary art gallery in the island, housing exhibition spaces and a private viewing gallery facilitating over 300 works. Artists represented are either Sri Lankan by ...

The last refuge of the politically displaced Humble tents, the charitable gifts of those with gifting power....far more dignified than a Parliamentary seat courtesy a slot in someone's 'National List,' don't you think?This was written a few weeks before the 2010 General Election and not long after the major parties announced their respective 'National Lists'. It was published in the Sunday Island of February 28, 20110.October or ...

For Friendships It was my wedding day. As usual my x husband was late. While everyone was panicking, and I was assuming that the man was being his usual self, Harshu decides to comfort my mother. I hear later that he had volunteered to play the mock groom in case the one who should play the real groom did not turn up. ...

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