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English textbooks to be provided to first and second graders next year
Sri Lankan author Anuk Arudpragasam bags 2017 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature
Sri Lankan author Anuk Arudpragasam bags DSC Prize for South Asian Literature
PM’s biography to be released today
JVP files action against Wimal for plagiarism
Bob Dylan awarded Nobel Prize in Literature
English textbooks to be provided to first and second graders next year
2017-12-15 08:02:51 The Education Ministry states that students of grade 1 and 2 will be offered English textbooks from January next year. According to the Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, the printing of text books are in the final stage and books will be given to over 700,000 children studying in Sri Lanka. The minister further stated   Read More ...
Sri Lankan author Anuk Arudpragasam bags 2017 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature
2017-11-18 16:16:37 Sri Lankan author Anuk Arudpragasam‘s “The Story of a Brief Marriage” — a touching tale of a young man trapped on the frontlines between the Sri Lankan army and the Tamil Tigers — has bagged the $25,000 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2017. The announcement was made at the magnificent Bangla Academy here during the closing ceremony of the three-day-long Dhaka Literature Festival on Saturday   Read More ...
Sri Lankan author Anuk Arudpragasam bags DSC Prize for South Asian Literature
2017-11-18 15:35:55 Sri Lankan author Anuk Arudpragasam won the prestigious DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2017 for his debut novel The Story of a Brief Marriage at the Dhaka Lit Fest on Saturday. Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, Minister of Finance of Bangladesh presented the award to Arudpragasam at the Abdul Karim Sahitya Bisharad Auditorium at the Bangla Academy in Dhaka. Arudpragasam’s book faced a tough competition from books like Anjali Joseph’s The Living, Aravind Adiga’s Selection Day, Karan Mahajan’s The Association of Small Bombs and and Stephen Alter’s In the Jungles of the Night   Read More ...
JK Rowling Tops Forbes Highest-Earning Authors List
2017-08-05 10:00:25 With her Harry Potter universe back on the stage and the screen, Jk Rowling has returned to the top of the list of the world’s top-earning authors, more than a decade after she last topped it. Forbes’ annual list, compiled data from print, e-book and audio sales data, television and film earnings and industry expert opinion, estimates that the 52 year old author earned 95 million dollars in the twelve months to May 31 2017 – more than 180 dollars per minute   Read More ...
PM’s biography to be released today
2017-04-04 12:35:01 Dinesh Weerakkody, a well known business personality, will release his sixth book titled ‘Ranil Wickremesinghe’- a political biography today at the BMICH at 5.30 pm, in the presence of President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Speaker of the House Karu Jayasuriya. A compelling and eloquent speaker and award-winning author Dr. Shashi Tharoor, a former UN Under-Secretary-General, India’s nominee for the UN top job and a former Indian Minister of State for Human Resource Development and Minister of State for External Affairs, currently the Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs, will deliver the key note address on Leadership Challenges in South Asia   Read More ...
Steps to update the elementary Pirivena textbooks
2017-02-10 12:24:15 Steps to update the elementary Pirivena textbooks The textbooks used presently in the elementary Pirivenas have been prepared in 1994 and they have not been updated so far. Drawing attention to this matter, steps have been taken to update elementary Pirivena text books shortly and distribute among the students under the instructions of The Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam. There are about 60,000 student monks and lay students receiving   Read More ...
Rowling hits back over book burning threats
2017-02-03 05:20:33 Rowling hits back over book burning threats Harry Potter author JK Rowling has hit back at Twitter users who threatened to burn her books following her criticism of President Trump recent travel ban. Some followers have said she "should stay out of politics". But the novelist has proved a match for her critics with her mocking responses. One Twitter user said they would now "burn your books and movies, too".   Read More ...
JVP files action against Wimal for plagiarism
2016-11-22 08:11:15 JVP files action against Wimal for plagiarism The Colombo Commercial High Court Judge Shiran Gooneratne yesterday re-fixed the trial in respect of a complaint filed by the JVP and the General Secretary of the party, Tilvin Silva for March 10, 15, 2017. The complainant has said that the JVP Member of Parliament Wimal Weerawansa had published a book titled, ‘Neththa Venuwata Aththa’, which included ideas, expressed by the Central   Read More ...
Bob Dylan awarded Nobel Prize in Literature
2016-10-14 12:18:54 Bob Dylan awarded Nobel Prize in Literature Half a century ago, Bob Dylan shocked the music world by plugging in an electric guitar and alienating folk purists. For decades he continued to confound expectations, selling millions of records with dense, enigmatic songwriting. Now, Mr. Dylan, the poet laureate of the rock era, has been rewarded with the Nobel Prize in Literature, an honor that elevates him into the company   Read More ...
PM visits Colombo International Book Fair at BMICH
2016-09-21 20:20:07 PM visits Colombo International Book Fair at BMICH Keshala Dias The Colombo International Book Fair, which is organised by the Sri Lanka Book Publishers’ Association, is being held at the BMICH for the 18th consecutive time. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe visited the Book Fair at the BMICH today, Wednesday, September 21. The book fair which commenced on September 16, will conclude on the 25. A special feature   Read More ...
French Poet Yves Bonnefoy Dies
2016-07-04 10:04:15 Yves Bonnefoy, one of France's most esteemed modern poets, has died at the age of 93, French media report. His more than 100 books were translated into 30 languages. He was also a translator who was known for his French versions of the plays of William Shakespeare, and the poetry of W B Yeats, John Donne and Petrarch. His style was surrealistic to a degree, but he sought to avoid   Read More ...
Youth Poets’ Association of Colombo celebrate 81 years
2016-06-23 12:34:14 Eighty first anniversary and the Awards Ceremony of the Youth Poets’ Association of Colombo held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday (22nd June) at the Western Province Aesthetic Resort. The persons who dedicated themselves to the development of the field of poetry were awarded at the ceremony by the President Sirisena. ‘Mage Kavi Sithuvili’ poetry book, compiled by a student from Ananda College in Colombo was also presented   Read More ...
A Chair Used by Harry Potter Author JK Rowling Is Up for Auction
2016-04-06 15:01:27 A wooden dining chair used by author J.K. Rowling while she wrote the first two “Harry Potter” books is up for grabs at auction in New York and is expected to fetch tens of thousands of dollars. Hand painted and signed by the novelist, the oak chair comes with a letter marked as having been sent by “Owl Post,” in which Rowling described the chair’s history. “It was given to   Read More ...
Plagiarism vs. originality debate takes centre stage in book reading
2015-04-23 20:09:14 The novelist Virginia Woolf once said that if you want to come up afresh in thousands of minds and books long after you were dead, the way to do it is to start thinking for yourself.   Read More ...