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Popular YouTuber highlights “Massive Data Breach” in Sri Lanka’s new VFS Visa system Source : newswire Popular Youtuber Will Davis, known as ‘TrekTrendy’, has highlighted a massive data breach by global visa processing service, VFS Global which was involved in the recent controversy related to the visa issuance process at the Katunayake Airport. Will Davis, a luxury travel reviewer with nearly 1 million subscribers on YouTube, shared on social media that despite having his visa approved a long time ago, he has been continuously receiving details of other applicants from VFS Global. “Some of you may remember the Sri Lanka visa saga a few weeks ago. Well whilst mine has long been approved, each day I’ve been getting other tourists visas emailed to me complete with full names, address and passport info. How is this a thing?! I’ve reached out in an attempt to try and make these stop but what a ...

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Sri Lanka welcomes over 50,000 visitors in first 9 days of April Source : Ft   In a promising start to April, Sri Lanka has welcomed over 50,000 visitors within the first nine days of the month, contributing to a cumulative figure of 686,321 tourists for the year thus far.  During the first nine days, a total of 50,537 tourists have arrived in the country, signalling a positive trend for the tourism sector, which has gradually recovered from the multiple challenges over the past five years.  Leading the tourist traffic are visitors from diverse regions, with Indian tourists topping the list at 9,725 arrivals. Following closely behind are travellers from the UK, numbering 5,878, and Russian tourists totalling 5,057. In addition, travellers from Germany, France, Australia, China, US, Canada and Netherlands were received. The varied mix of international visitors reflects Sri Lanka’s appeal as a sought-after destination among global travellers. As ...

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The Timeless Art of Sri Lankan Traditional Dance: A Cultural Heritage – By eLanka Introduction In the heart of the Indian Ocean lies a jewel of cultural richness and diversity – Sri Lanka. Among its many treasures is the vibrant tradition of traditional dance, a centuries-old art form that reflects the island nation’s rich history, cultural heritage, and religious beliefs. From the intricate hand movements to the rhythmic footwork, Sri Lankan traditional dance is a captivating spectacle that continues to enthrall audiences around the world. In this article, we delve into the depths of this timeless art form, exploring its history, significance, and enduring legacy. A Glimpse into History The roots of Sri Lankan traditional dance can be traced back thousands of years, deeply intertwined with the island’s ancient civilization and religious practices. Influenced by Indian classical dance forms such as Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi, as well as indigenous folk traditions, ...

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Maha Shivarathri: The Night of Greatness – By Thulasi Muttulingam Source : sundayobserver On March 8, Hindus all over the world will celebrate Maha Shivarathri, which literally translates to ‘Great Night of Shiva.’ It is a night auspicious to legions of Hindus all over the world, the one night in the year when devotees stay up all night, chanting Shiva’s name (Om Namah Shivaya), or singing songs in praise of him. The day falls on the 13th or 14th day after the full moon, in the month of Magha, corresponding to either February or March in the Western calendar. It is the night before the New Moon, when the Moon has all, but waned. Hindus believe that this is a very powerful time of the year, when mantras chanted or spiritual exertions undertaken are magnified several-fold in their beneficence. Therefore, they fast all day and stay up all night, trying to ...

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SRI LANKAN IN NEW ZEALAND’S WORLD CUP SQUAD – By Clifford Lazarus Sri Lankan veteran, Sunitha Goonetilleke,  has been included in New Zealand’s World Cup squad for the forthcoming Over 70s cricket World Cup tournament to be played in England in late July this year. An old boy of  St Joseph’s College, Colombo, Sunitha represented Air Ceylon in the Nationalised Services, skippered the Sri Lankan team “Sinha” in Oman’s first division and played in the New Zealand domestic scene.  The right arm medium pacer excelled in the recently concluded Barwon VCA Over 60s National Championships played at Geelong in Victoria.  Playing throughout the four-match 40-over tournament, Sunitha was declared “Man of the match” for an outstanding performance against Queensland bowling his to victory.  Featuring in all matches of the tournament, Sunitha delivered 27 overs conceding 78 runs for a haul of six wickets: the best analysis for any bowler throughout ...

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