CNN Travel lists Jaffna amongst 18 most underrated places in Asia

Jaffna has been listed in CNN Travel’s ‘18 of Asia’s most underrated places’, amongst several other scenic locations within the continent.  While acknowledging the island’s breathtaking southern coast and the abundance of hills and estates in its central area, the heart of Sri Lanka’s Northern Province was hailed by CNN Travel for its culture, food […]

Luxury passenger cruise ship "Mein Schiff 5” arrives at Colombo Port

The luxury passenger cruise ship “Mein Schiff 5” has arrived at the Colombo Port this morning (Nov. 29) with 2,000 tourists on board, the Ministry of Tourism said. The Hapag Lloyd Lanka, a joint venture between Aitken Spence PLC and TUI has ushered in the super luxury cruise ‘Mein Schiff 5’ today (Nov. 29) at […]

SriLankan Airlines Scoops Best Aviation Sustainability Program Award at SMBR Global Aviation Awards

SriLankan Airlines won the prestigious Best Aviation Sustainability Program Award, beating 118 other submissions at the recently concluded Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum (SMBR) Global Aviation Awards for its groundbreaking signature upcycle project, ‘Mathaka.’ Project Mathaka was SriLankan Airlines’ answer to minimizing its contribution to landfill waste and ecological footprint by repurposing the airline’s […]

"Art is dead Dude" – the rise of the AI artists stirs debate

Revolutions in art are nothing new, but this one, some think, may be terminal. “Art is dead Dude”, Jason M Allen told the New York Times. Mr Allen is the winner of the Colorado State Art Fair’s competition in the category of “emerging digital artists”. His winning entry “Théâtre D’opéra Spatial” was made using Midjourney, an […]

Japan wants young people to drink more alcohol. It's just not sure how to convince them

The Japanese government has been hit in the pocket by an unusual problem – its young people aren’t drinking enough. Since the pandemic began, bars and other premises selling alcohol have been hit hard by Covid-19 restrictions, causing sales – and liquor tax revenues – to plummet in the world’s third-largest economy. The government’s solution? […]

National Sample Survey: How India taught the world the art of collecting data

Indian data is staring at a credibility crisis with official numbers on a range of subjects – from Covid deaths to jobs – being questioned by independent experts. But not too long ago, the country was seen as a world leader in data collection, writes author and historian Nikhil Menon. Soon after India became independent […]

The abandoned Soviet mining town in Norway's Arctic

With Stalinist architecture, a prominent bust of Lenin and posters extolling the motherland, the desolate mining town of Pyramiden is one of the last Soviet outposts in the Arctic. The journey to Pyramiden, on the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, felt a little like a journey to the ends of the Earth. First I flew to […]

Tesla halts production in Shanghai over supply issues

Tesla Inc halted production at its Shanghai plant on Monday due to issues with supplies, two people familiar with the matter have said. The suspension comes just three weeks after the US automaker partially resumed production at the Shanghai plant on April 19 following a 22-day closure caused by the city’s COVID-19 lock-down, reflecting the […]