Culture & Heritage


Naleem Hajiar was one of the noble personalities who worked for the national interest of Sri Lanka. Born in 4th April 1933, to Muhammad Ismail and Sharifa Umma of China Fort, Beruwala, Naleem Hajiar was raised in a very poor family background, due to which he was only able to continue his schooling up to the fifth grade, and was …

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Deshamanya M.A. Bakeer Markar – An accomplished, dedicated parliamentarian

24th Commemorative Anniversary Deshamanya Marhoom Al Haj Mohammed Abdul Bakeer Markar’s ancestry is traced to Sheik Jamaluddeen-Al-Maghdoomi, an Arab settler in Beruwala. His father Hakeem Alia Marikkar Mohomed Marikkar belonged to a family of physicians, whose ancestors too were physicians. He was born in Beruwala on May 12, 1917 and educated at Zahira College, Colombo under the tutelage of Dr. …

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Azwer’s outstanding parliamentary record

Marhoom Al Haj Abdul Hameed Mohamed Azwer It is four years to the day that Marhoom Al Haj Abdul Hameed Mohamed Azwer left this world. May God grant him a special place in paradise and make his grave a place of rest and tranquillity. Azwer’s loquacious participation in every debate in the Sri Lanka parliament, and his trilingual wit, has …

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Iraq has an incredibly rich and unique history. – 5 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know Were Invented In Iraq Cody Austin

Iraq has an incredibly rich and unique history. Istanbul, Rome, Paris, New York, Tokyo—centers of culture rise and fall, but there’s only one Cradle of Civilization, and that’s what we today call Iraq. A long time ago, back before this region was carved into suspiciously straight lines, Iraq was a bastion of culture and innovation. When Alexander the Great conquered the …

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A leading Lankan philanthropist passes away – Al Haj. Z.A.M. Refai.

We are sad to announce the demise of Al Haj. Z.A.M. Refai. (Chairman. Zam Gems Group, Sri Lanka). A renowned philanthropist, who will be remembered for his compassion, humility, and generosity towards all communities. In recognition of his services, he was bestowed with the highest National honour of ‘Deshamaniya’ by the Government of Sri Lanka. We wish to convey our …

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