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Environmental activists warn of alleged moves by Sri Lanka Navy to initiate a tourism project for which land has been acquired illegally from many areas including Panama and AmparaWildlife officials last week denied allegations leveled against them by environmentalists that part of the Wilpattu National Park had been acquired

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“Without education, your children can never really meet the challenges they will face,” Nelson Mandela once said. “So it’s very important to give children education and explain that they should play a role for their country.”
Now let me ask you this: Forget about the country for just a moment. That can come later

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Born in 1984 in Colombo, Chathurika Jayani is an emerging contemporary artist from Sri Lanka. Jayani’s work is prominent due to her attention to intricate details, and the creative methodology in which her work is presented. Jayani’s art is conceptual as well as personal. The artist completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Visual and Performing

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The Department of Fine Arts and the Department of Classical Languages of the University of Peradeniya are delighted to present two plays to commemorate Professor Ediriweera Sarachchandra’s birth centenary. Subha, directed by Kanchuka Dharmasiri will be staged on September 17 and Lokanthara, directed by Muditha Dharmasiri, on September 18 at the EOE. Pereira  Theater. Furthermore, Lokanthara

Full Article Sunday, 14 September 2014 00:00

Electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) use is increasing rapidly and its impact on youth is unknown.  A group of researchers in the US assessed associations between e-cigarette use and smoking intentions among U.S. youth who had never smoked conventional cigarettes.A study finds youth who have used e-cigarettes are almost twice as likely to intend to smoke conventional cigarettes

Full Article Sunday, 14 September 2014 00:00

Suicide is a major public health concern of the world and in particular in Sri Lanka. Loss of lives, tragedy of loved ones left behind in anguish, tormented survivors and economic burden on the country on health care costs for this previously apparently healthy population are enormous at a time the nation is recovering from devastating effects of war.

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The 2014 international theme for World Suicide Prevention Day, which fell on September 10, was ‘Suicide Prevention: One World Connected.’ The theme reflects the fact that connections are important at several levels if we are to combat suicide – at an individual level, cross support services, and cross country/countries.Suicide is a serious public health problem. Suicide occurs all over the world and can

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A proficient surgeon, a gifted writer, an eloquent anthropologist, Dr Richard Lionel Spittel was commemorated on his 45th death anniversary on September 3, 2014. Establishing another philatelic milestone, the day saw the launch of a stamp and the first-day cover. The Wycherley International School took pride in organizing the event while perpetuating the memories of the iconic patron.

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Research and documentation are undoubtedly interesting fields of study in a land which is world renowned for its rich history, culture, proud heritage and folklore. Researching has got its innumerable avenues of study and research of antiques and collectibles is one such interesting field that at times can take you on a journey that predates history itself. The study of

Full Article Sunday, 14 September 2014 00:00

The Dutch invaded the coastal areas of Ceylon in the 1650s. Missionaries who arrived with them targeted Catholics more than Buddhists or Hindus. They made public declarations that Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and Catholics were unsuitable to hold state office and in 1711, the colonial rulers under the influence of Missionaries enacted laws banning the practice of  Hinduism and Buddhism,

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Wasantha Liyanage Amarakeerthi best known as Dr. Liyanage Amarakeerthi, won the Swarna Pusthaka Award 2014 for his second novel ‘Kurulu Hadavatha’ (A bird’s heart) last week. He also won the Vidyodaya Literary Award for the Best Novel early this month for the same book. Kurulu Hadawatha is Amarakeerthi’s 16th book and second novel. His first novel Atawaka Puththu won the State

Full Article Sunday, 14 September 2014 00:00

As they line up in the corridors with greetings of ‘Ayubowan’, the women are all smiles. Inquiring into the health of the visitors and simply thrilled to see any at all, they are the residents of the Halfway Home in Mulleriyawa. There was much excitement and one resident could be heard repeatedly telling the others loudly ‘A daughter has come

Full Article Sunday, 07 September 2014 00:00

The Esala Perahera came to an end, leaving no doubt and as always some indelible vignettes in the memories of viewers of different faiths. The grand cultural parade of the hill country mesmerized local viewers as well as foreigners who were enamored by the rich tapestry of images created by drummers, conch blowers and dancers representing various schools in the

Full Article Sunday, 07 September 2014 00:00

Chandrasekeran’s father and grandfather tilled the soil when he was still a little boy. Farming ran in the family – traditional organic farming where farmers could dig their hands into the rich black soil without fear of falling sick. And then in the 1970 s it stopped. Farms nearby started using fertilizers, pesticides and chemicals helped get the yields faster.  There was tal

Full Article Sunday, 07 September 2014 00:00

It is not unusual for pictures of trishaws to be shared in social media.  Trishaws, after all, often sport hilarious one-liners.  This was different.  It carried a notice.  It was a picture of a trishaw offering free rides to patients to the Kegalle hospital after 8.00 pm.  It’s doing the rounds on the internet, not just for the generous offer but the reason for this charitable act. 

Full Article Sunday, 07 September 2014 00:00

Many curse the word suicide and ridicule those who attempt to kill themselves, but fail.  What the average laymen misses however is the message these people leave behind before hanging or shooting themselves. We must focus on the reasons which drive people to suicide with the same interest that we show towards a kid whose grades are dropping in class.

Full Article Sunday, 07 September 2014 00:00

An International Conference on Oral Cancer, Smokeless Tobacco and Areca Nut, organized by Centre for Research in Oral Cancer at the Faculty of Dental Sciences, University of Peradeniya was held from August 8 to 9 in Kandy.
Professor WM Tilakaratne, Senior Professor of Oral Pathology, Director, Centre for Research in Oral Cancer, Faculty of Dental Sciences, University of Peradeniya and the President

Full Article Sunday, 07 September 2014 00:00

Cardamom (Elettaria cardamom) known as Karadamungu in Sinhala and Elakkay in Tamil is native to East Asia and is grown abundantly in India, Sri Lanka, Guatemala, Indo China and Tanzania. Many historical texts mention it as a flavoring and medicinal crop. The use of this spice dates back to the early centuries of the Christian era and the middle

Full Article Sunday, 07 September 2014 00:00

Adolescence is a time of rapid growth. It begins at the ages 10 to 11 for girls and ages 12 to 13 years for boys. High intake of calories, vitamins and minerals, especially iron, calcium, vitamins A, C and D is vital during this period.
Active adolescents often have unique nutrition needs. They generally need extra calories to fuel

Full Article Sunday, 07 September 2014 00:00

The right to life has always been highly venerated within Sri Lankan culture. While our respect for this fundamental right can largely be attributed to the dominance of Buddhism in Sri Lankan society, it is not to say that our South Asian counterparts do not share the same belief.  Our common conviction in the right to life can be perceived as a uniting factor within our region.

Full Article Sunday, 07 September 2014 00:00

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