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Int’l conference on Social Sciences and Humanities

The Faculty of Arts of the University of Peradeniya will hold an International Conference on the Social Sciences and the Humanities on December 16-17 at the Faculty of Arts. The theme of the conference is "Knowledge Society or Knowledge for Society: Social Sciences and Humanities in 21st Century Sri Lanka".

The conference will feature four eminent and distinguished keynote speeches by Jayantha Dhanapala (President, Pugwash Conferences for Science and World Affairs and Deputy Chairman, Governing Board of Stockholm International Peace Research Institute), Prof. Savitri Goonesekera (Emeritus Professor of Law, University of Colombo) , Prof. Gishan Dissanaike (Adam Smith Professor of Corporate Governance, University of Cambridge) and Dr. Pradeep Jeganathan (Senior Consultant Social Anthropologist, Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies).

There will be around 60 papers, including around 15 from overseas contributors, across a wide variety of disciplines in the social sciences and humanities that will be presented at this conference. More details about the conference (including conference registration) can be obtained from or from

7 Stories, a new shopping experience

'7 Stories' is the latest fusion fashion store to open in Colombo- this from the well-known Ranjanas (Pvt) Ltd, and as its name suggests, '7 Stories' consists of 7 different sections.

If you like the idea of mixing different trends, the new store may have the answer. Clothes and accessories are available for all ages, from children to cool teens, the fashion conscious young adult, the general shopper and the romantic. The new store stocks over 50 different fashion brands such as, Louis Phillippe, Van Heusen, 109 degrees F, Chemistry, AND, Allen Solly, Color Plus, Ethos, Anita Dongre, Spikar, Crocodile, Adidas, Rayban, Vogue and Montblanc to name a few.

Ranjanas started its business more than 65 years ago specializing in wedding attire. Now with the launch of '7 Stories', they aim to provide shoppers a more luxurious fashion experience.

Annual National Conference on Buddhist Studies

The 7th Annual National Conference on Buddhist Studies organised by The Dept. of Pali and Buddhist Studies, University of Sri Jayewardenapura in association with The Buddhist Times Trust will be held at the Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Sri Jayewardenapura on December 17 and 18.

The Chief Guest will be Ven. Professor Ittademaliye Indasara Thera, Vice Chancellor, Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka. Professor G.A. Somaratne, Rector, Sri Lanka International Buddhist Academy (SIBA), Co-Director, Dhammachai Tipitaka Project, Thailand will deliver the inaugural address: 'Pali Philology: A Way Forward for Buddhist Studies in Sri Lanka'.

Registration commences at 8. a.m. on Saturday the 17th. The conference is open to members of the public.

Vinitha Karunaratne's book launch

'Another Rose in the Garland', Vinitha Karunaratne's second book will be launched today at the Galadari Hotel.

"International Christmas Charity Bazaar 2011" at Mount Lavinia Hotel

The Mount Lavinia Hotel will host the annual International Christmas Charity Bazaar (ICCB), today, December 11. Over 30 stalls will be set up in this year's event, offering the ICCB visitors a unique shopping experience.

Shoppers will find holiday & home décor, handmade crafts, festive food, Christmas carols, DJ entertainment, Beer Garden, Beach BBQ, fun activities for kids and many more. A Double Decker shuttle service will also be available for all visitors from BMICH to Mount Lavinia. For more information on the shuttle service, refer to the facebook page ICCB Colombo. The activities at the hotel will kick off at 11.00am. The stalls will be opened from 2.00pm-5.00pm.

Entrance tickets are priced at Rs 500 and all proceeds will go to the Father Pillai Scholarship Fund and Community Concern Society.

Galadari, all abuzz for Christmas

With the festive season in full swing the Galadari hotel will be abuzz for Christmas. With the decorative theme of white, gold and silver adorning every corner of the hotel, guests can feast their eyes on an attractive traditional English style breakfast table located in the centre of the Lobby area.

This showcases all the old English style traditional Christmas savouries and sweets ranging from Christmas puddings, pies and Christmas cake etc which are available at the hotel's Café 64.
The seasonal activity desk at the Lobby has news of all the events taking place during the festive season. Drop in a letter to Santa Claus from December 14th to the 24th at Santa's Mail box at the Lobby and have it delivered straight to him. You can get your present on Christmas day from Santa himself, as you enjoy the grand Christmas Buffet.

If it's the music you enjoy, Christmas carols by Choro Calibre will be sung on December 23 and 24 from 8 - 9 p.m.

Santa shows up at the Lobby from 19th to the 24th of December from 6 -8 to greet young and old. Greet the dawn of Christmas in grand style on December 24 at the Coffee Shop as you indulge in an amazing spread of hearty favourites with live entertainers "Heart 'N' Soul" to put you in just the right mood.
The magic of Christmas comes alive at the hotel's premier fine dining rooftop restaurant the California Grill, which provides the perfect five course set menu dinner.

There will be traditional Arabian hospitality at the Sheherezade 's Arabic themed Buffet on Christmas Eve. Surprise your kids by making an appointment with Santa Claus to join your table for lunch on Christmas day! At dinner on Christmas day at the Coffee Shop, the buffet will feature the very best of traditional Christmas goodies with music by Kismet .

D'divas offerings just a click away

Ramani Fernando and Natasha Rathnayake, two well-known names in the local fashion scene launched the new website of fashion label D'divas, the stylish boutique on Cambridge Place, Colombo 7. D'divas is part of an internationally-acclaimed CSR initiative by the marcom agency The 7th Frontier.

Both Ramani and Natasha embody the label's mandate of helping women bring out their best in diva-style within their means. Fans of the store can now check out for the latest offerings this season. For those on Facebook, keeps you updated with the great deals offered by the D'divas team

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