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Two Australian classical musicians will hold a free concert in Colombo.

The Australian High Commission is to present two of Australia’s leading classical musicians in a free concert to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Australia-Sri Lanka bilateral relations. It will be held at Bishop’s College Auditorium at 7.00 pm on 24th of this month. Slava Grigoryan is a world famous classical guitarist and Sharon Draper a famous cellist will perform in this concert.
 
Slava has been the Artistic Director of the Adelaide International Guitar Festival since 2010. Sharon Draper has been the cellist with the Australian String Quartet since 2013, and has toured extensively with the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Concert passes are free but limited. Passes can be collected from the Australian High Commission, 21, R.G. Senanayake Mawatha. Last minute passes may be available from 5pm on the day, at the concert venue. The 70th Anniversary is a partnership between the Australian and Sri Lankan Governments.

“Beauty and Beast”, will be staged at the University of Kelaniya today.

 

The stage drama, “Beauty and Beast”, directed by Professor of Emeritus Sunanda Mahendra will be staged at the Sri Dharmaloka Hall of University of Kelaniya at 6.30 pm today. The drama has been produced by the Department of Mass Communication as a project of teaching and learning.

SLBC marks the 50th anniversary on the 50th year of this month.

 

Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation marks the 50th anniversary on the 50th year of this month. The corporation has organized a number of programmes to mark this event during the New Year.  The inaugural ceremony in this connection will be held on the 5th evening at the Kumarathunga studio under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe.

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Scarlett Johansson named 'Top grossing' actor by Forbes

Scarlett Johansson has been named as the top grossing actor of 2016 by Forbes magazine. Her movies, including Captain America: Civil War and the Coen Brothers' Hail Caesar!, earned 1.2 billion US dollars globally over the past 12 months. Johansson's Marvel co-stars Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr tied for second place with 1.15 billion US dollars each. Last year, the list was topped by Chris Pratt while, in 2014, Jennifer Lawrence took the top honours. Forbes curates the annual list by adding up global ticket sales using data from analysis site Box Office Mojo.

Miss Puerto Rico crowned Miss World 2016

Stephanie del Valle of Puerto Rico has been crowned Miss World 2016 held at Oxon Hill in United States, edging out runners-up from the Dominican Republic and Indonesia, and beauties from around the globe.

Del Valle who is just 19 is a brown-eyed brunette student who speaks Spanish, English and French, and hopes to get into the entertainment industry. Crowned by Miss World 2015 Mireia Lalaguna of Spain, del Valle called it an "honor and a great responsibility" to represent her Caribbean homeland.

First runner-up was Yaritza Ramirez of the Dominican Republic, followed by Miss World Indonesia Natasha Mannuela.

An orphan girl at the Polonnaruwa children's home gets married with the blessings of the President.


A girl named Indrani Maduwanthi who rendered parentless due to terrorism and was looked after by the Parakum Children Home in Polonnaruwa started her marriage life today. She is 22 years old and her groom is 26 years old Priyantha Kumara of Vavuniya. It is significant that president Maithripala Sirisena attended the weeding on the part of the bride.

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Mass brawl in Bangladesh over TV soap


An argument about a popular TV drama in Bangladesh erupted into a mass brawl involving hundreds of people, with 15 people badly injured. Villagers in Habiganj district had gathered in a cafe to watch Indian-made Bengali fantasy drama Kiranmala.

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US skydiver jumps without parachute into net from 25,000ft

 


American Luke Aikins has become the first person to jump from 25,000 ft (7,620m) without a parachute, landing safely in a net.
Mr Aikins - who has more than 18,000 jumps under his belt - fell dead centre into the 100x100ft net in Simi Valley, southern California.

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