Famed Jaffna Subhash Hotel to re-start

When Iyappan Sangaran arrived in Sri Lanka early last century, he did not have a single penny in his hands and had no idea how to survive. However, he has left a legacy in the form of Subhash Hotel that has become synonymous with the recent history of the Jaffna Peninsula.
Sangaran arrived in the country in 1918. Poverty in many parts of India had pushed this young boy of 14 to leave his home in Kerala and come to Sri Lanka in search of a livelihood. Continue reading →


Constable in Canadian Police, Niran Jeyanesan and his partner were called to Walmart on the night of August 6. A young man of about 18 years had been caught shoplifting by the store’s loss prevention officer. During the investigation Niran learned that the teen shoplifted a shirt, a tie, and a pair of socks because he had no money to buy a suit for his job interview the next morning.

And this magnanimous Constable of Sri Lankan origin did what he thought was only was necessary. Niran went back to the mall, bought the items the teen had tried to shoplift and arranged it so that the boy would receive it anonymously. Continue reading →

A change of heart – A new lease of life

Everyone, at some point in their lives, has a change of heart. Some are lucky enough to get a new lease of life at some point in their lives. These are phrases that are used generally to describe a change in thought process, or a shift in lifestyles, jobs, or sometimes perspectives.

But there are those, who get a new lease of life thanks to a change of heart, literally. Pushpa Kumari, a young mother from Anuradhapura who had to undergo life-saving emergency surgery was one such person. She needed a new heart at the earliest. Today, Kumari sounds very relaxed and happy that she got a new lease of life thanks to the heart of a deceased donor. “I am very happy now,” she told the Nation over the phone. She sounded feeble, but relaxed and confident.

She was transferred from the Intensive Care Unit of the Kandy hospital to the normal ward last week, nearly one month after her life-changing surgery. Continue reading →

Colombo harbour bursting its borders

The Colombo Harbour is to have a makeover with a new state-of-the-art passenger terminal after it failed to accommodate recent shiploads of tourists visiting the island.
The move to establish a new terminal comes in the wake of concerns raised by shipping experts over the lack of a suitable terminal and berth to handle large passenger vessels.
The development of the Colombo harbour is also considered doubly important due to the increasing popularity of luxury liners in the leisure industry worldwide. Continue reading →

Flexi hours- Remedy or comedy

Spending time on the road during peak hours  is not a new phenomenon in Sri Lanka, especially for those in Colombo and its suburbs.

Travelling to workplaces and schools is a daily battle, faced by thousands of commuters in the city. Numerous traffic plans and road renovation activities over the years have failed to address traffic requirements.

The government in order to reduce the traffic congestion in some of the major locations in the Colombo City, has come up with a solution in the form of ‘flexi-hours’. Continue reading →

More hiccups as drug prices slashed

Published in the Nation on October 23, 2016

In light of the recent regulation of the prices of essential drugs coming into force, pharmacists pointed out that those who purchased drugs for medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and hypotension and asthma constituted at least 40% of the market share.

The price revisions of 47 essential drugs were gazetted on Friday (21).
Accordingly, the list of drugs included those which are used for the treatment of non-communicable diseases that are widely prevalent among the middle-aged population of Sri Lanka. Continue reading →