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Items filtered by date: Wednesday, 10 May 2017

FBI chief James Comey fired by Trump

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President Donald Trump has fired the director of the FBI over his handling of the inquiry into Hillary Clinton's emails, the administration says.


President requests guidance of Maha Sanga to preserve Ola books

President Maithripala requested the Venerable Maha Sanga to provide required guidance and assistance for the programme

carried out by the government to preserve the books written on Ola leaves that contain the thousands of years of Sri Lankan history.

The President was speaking at the ceremony to unveil the pinnacle of the newly built Chaithya at the premises of the Pirivena of Asgiri Maha Viharaya in Kandy, on Monday.

He stated that the government has implemented a comprehensive programme to preserve the Ola books which are facing destruction due to decay. He said the relevant sections have been advised to take steps to preserve them.

He also requested the guidance of the Thri – Nikayika Maha Sanga for the programmes to be carried out to spread Buddhism world-wide, during the International Vesak week.

This Chaithya which was built on an elevated premises in Kandy is 145 feet in height and 65 feet in diameter. The Chaithiya includes a museum, shrine room with Buddhist paintings and a rest room for devotees for meditation.

This Chaithiya was built on the advice of Deputy Registrar of the Asgiri Maha Vihara Chapter Ven. Narampanave Ananda Thero.

The President, who engaged in religious activities, offered Atapirikara to the Maha Sangha.

He also handed over gifts to the artistes.

Maha Nayaka of the Asgiri Chapter Most Ven. Varakagoda Gnanarathana Thero, Anu Nayaka of Malwathu Chapter Ven. Niyangoda Vijithasiri Thero, Ministers Lakshaman Kiriella, S. B. Dissanayake, Governor of the Central Province Niluka Ekanayake and Chief Minister Sarath Ekanayake were present on this occasion.(Daily News)


Review new ways of sharing in a hurting world: Prime Minister

The thrice blessed day of Vesak dawns with spiritual significance for all Buddhists.

In observing Vesak, we find the time to engage in activities of piety and sharing of alms with those in need, stated Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in a message marking Vesak.

The message added: “Sri Lanka has been home to the tenants of Theravada Buddhism for centuries. For us, it is indeed a blessed occasion to be able to host two significant events in the international Buddhist calendar. The 14th United Nations International Vesak Celebrations and the Global Buddhist Forum are due to be held in Sri Lanka to coincide with the sacred period of Vesak.

“The precepts of Buddhism based on the concept of universal compassion (maithri), should inspire us to include its philosophical application in everyday living, while also reviewing new ways of sharing it with a hurting world.

This would indeed be one key opportunity presented to us during the International Vesak Celebrations.

“May all beings be happy and content as we come together to commemorate the blessed Day of Vesak,” the release stated. (Daily News)


Bahubali 2 India’s answer to Game of Thrones

The much awaited Indian film Bahubali 2: The conclusion hit the screens last Friday and has bagged a mammoth opening at the box office.

The first part of film was released two years ago and created much hype amidst the Indian movie enthusiast.

The world of Bahubali was conceptualized and executed by the renowned Indian film director SS Rajamouli. The historical fantasy film revolves around the fictitious land Magilmadhi and battle for the kingdom. Since it’s a period film it comprises a large ensemble and a star studded cast and crew .The popular south Indian actor Prabhas plays both son and the father version of Bahubali , Anuskha plays the portray princess Devasena , Rana Daggubati plays Balladevan and the well experienced actress Ramya Krishnan and Sathyaraj play Sivagami and Kattappa. Even though it serves as a sequel the continuity of the movie is undisrupted it flows like a waterfall sharp and crystal clear. The movie is loosely inspired by the great Indian epic Mahabharata and Ramayana.

Bahubali 2 begins at the point very it ended in the first part. Kattappa narrates on how Bahubali was worshipped by the locals and is s declared as the king after smartly defeating the kalakeya tribe. He is asked to tour the kingdom before coronation, while touring he stumbles upon a warrior princess called Devasena, Bahubali decides to stay back and woo her. Balladeva is furious after hearing this as Bahubali won everything including his mother’s heart kingdom and now the beauty, so he plots multiple plans against Bahubali, the rest of the story revolves on how Bahubali conquers the obstacles and how he forgoes the kingdom and his life while doing so. The world famous question “why Kattappa killed Bahubali is finally answered?’’ after listening to all this Bahubali‘s son is fueled up and sets on a spree to conquer the kingdom back, and wins back the kingdom.

The award winning art director Sabu Cyril has done impeccable job by given life to the fictitious land , the sets are surreal the swan boat in particular is stunning .

The dialogues were penned by the famous lyrist Madan karky , the characters speak ancient poetic Tamil but it is understandable to great extend the dialogues are powerful and alarming , you end with goosebumps whenever Bahubali utters a lengthy dialogue .

The background score and music uplifts the movie to another next level, the music director has played his cards right by infusing authentic and contemporary music together, the music is so catchy that you will find yourself tapping your feet to the rhythm . Costumes redefine royalty so vivid and detailed, princess Devasena wears drool worthy clothes.

The action sequence are well choreographed , Bahubali and Devasena move like dream when they fight as a team to vanquish the intruders . So graceful!

The plot is nothing new, it’s the same old battle between good and evil however the vision is new , The visualization of the vision will amaze you , you shall watch the screen with a wonder . Since the story line is intense there is very little room for romance but you are left with a mushy heart whenever Devasena and Bahubali exhibit their love.

The movie is quite lengthy, it finished three hours later and it get a bit drag towards the end so you might lose patience and start to scroll your phone.This movie may be something very simple compared to the things done in Hollywood but considering the fact that Indian cinema makes more of realistic cinema this is something out of the box and anew for the Indian audience .It’s not every day that an Indian movie with such extravagance is released hence it deserves all the hype it had .For those of us who were thoroughly bored of Mass hero entry, Madras slang and Mani Ratnam type romances , Bahubali is a must watch as it will break the monotony and be something refreshing .

The movie will be a visual treat, no doubt in that so if you’re planning to watch hit go theaters as you get to witness some beautiful landscapes ,pretty ladies and their saris but make sure you’ve done your homework in others watch part one before jumping into conclusion .

(Daily News)

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