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Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Aetiology (CKDu) is one of the foremost challenges facing the country’s health sector. The disease, first identified in the early 1990s, is causing havoc in the country’s dry zone, killing dozens of victims every month while infecting just as many, according to...

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We have often been told that our health sector is the envy of South Asia. This is no exaggeration. Sri Lanka has a free countrywide healthcare system that reaches even the remotest areas. The country’s infant and maternal mortality rates are among the lowest in the region, thanks to the efficiency of the service and the dedication of the health...

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(Ok folks, this is applicable to all, including myself)
Imagine this: 1.5 billion actors in a staged drama, based on a hybrid of forum theatre and device theatre. Each with a role to play and most, if not all, believing themselves to be in the lead. Each setting themselves up for a part that has been formulated and...

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Marriage is considered as a sacred bond between two individuals who promise to love and support each other in good times and also in bad. Yet a general question arises in today’s society in the increase in family disputes ending with a bitter divorce making the children, the innocent victims of the rift between...

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Professor KNO Dharmadasa, the present Editor in Chief of the Sinhala Encyclopedia goes down in history as mounting to date, the only direct, authoritative academic challenge to Professor Leslie Gunawardana, an ancient period historian of Sri Lanka who became a darling of certain social anthropological circuits through his “The People of the Lion: The Sinhala Identity and Ideology in History and Historiography”- (1979) and “Historiography In a Time of Ethnic Conflict, Construction of the Past in Contemporary Sri Lanka”- (1995). This is the second instalment of Prof. K.N.O’s conversation with Darshanie Ratnawalli continued from 15 February, 2015.   

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Dr. DW Devendra, now in his 99th year, is the youngest brother of my father DT Devendra. The youngest son in a family of eight, he came from a humble home in the village of Kalegana not far from Galle. Their father, determined to give his sons a better education than was available in the village school and in...

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Multiculturalism is a philosophy that respects ethnic diversity within a society and that encourages people to learn from the contributions of those diverse ethnic backgrounds. In simple words it means people that come from different walks of life, be it different religions or ethnicities, living together as one while maintaining the respect for each other’s culture. A multi cultured society has people...

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Sri Lanka, since colonial era, has been playing a significant part in international trade. The main reason why imperialists came to this tiny Island was its export-oriented natural resources such as spices mainly Cinnamon. Since then, exports of this nation have been primary and not value-added. It ought to be...

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Years ago Arjuna Parakrama explained a decision to dedicate a masters’ thesis to his teachers thus: ‘We tend to think that we do everything on our own, but we rarely acknowledge the immense contribution by our teachers; people often dedicate theses to our parents but they don’t remember teachers.’  
What is true about students and their tendency to by-pass teachers in...

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People reduce the volume of their radios and lower their voices around 5pm, everyday. That’s the time when Rev. Kenji starts beating his drum. That’s also the time when folks at Mandana Town drop in at Sakura Temple, a Japanese Monastery, for religious observances. Children go there because the priest is kind and offers...

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Truth

Not in the gaze
of half-closed eyes
not in postural balance
not in symmetry
not in craft or crafting
the collapse of dimension...

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Newspaper readers know how important pictures accompanying articles are. The responsibility of providing these visuals falls on the photojournalist. This is why photojournalism is considered as a particular form of journalism. In addition to taking photos, some photojournalists are also responsible for editing and developing the pictures and preparing them for publication. To provide the most suitable picture for an...

Full Article Sunday, 08 March 2015 00:00

Through Udamalimboda runs Naya Ganga creating Eli Hatha (Seven Falls), a collection of seven waterfalls. The area is picturesque and serene save for the constant hum of a generator as one nears the foot of the first waterfall. On the banks of Naya Ganga, one can observe what appears to be a mini-hydro project despite no clear indication of one through...

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Treasure recovered from the wreck of a merchant ship that sank off the coast of Indonesia more than 1,000 years ago has confirmed Sri Lanka as the oldest source of sapphires in the world. The 10th century cargo, described as the largest haul of treasure recovered from any South East Asian ship wreck, included 400 Ceylon sapphires, thousands of garnets and zircon...

Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00

It is no secret that Sri Lanka is blessed with an abundance of natural beauty. One would sometimes have heard foreign tourists, who arrive in the island for the first time commenting on how surprising it is to see so much greenery closer to urban areas, even Colombo. Protecting this environment for future generations is a responsibility; not just for...

Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00

Our Pali Chronicles, which were translated into Sinhala, German, and English from the latter part of the 19th century, have revealed that the birth and parinibbhana (demise) of the Buddha occurred under Sal Trees. The Noble One mostly resided and preached in North East India, having been born in present-day Nepal. Sal grew (into large trees) in forests...

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International Network of Health Promotion Foundation Secretary General Professor Prakit Vathesatogkit is an advisor to Thai Health Promotion Foundation, in Thailand. He and his team have been engaged in the tobacco control movement in Thailand since 1986. He has been a member of the National Committee for Tobacco Control since 1989, being actively involved in all major policy advocacy, tax, pictorial...

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For whatever reasons, Martha Gellhorn never wanted a biography of herself. When Carl Rollyson published one in 1990, Gellhorn wrote a furious ten-page letter listing his errors of fact and called the book a "paean of hate". Undeterred, Rollyson republished it (with corrections) after Gellhorn died in 1998. Caroline Moorehead, has since written a much better biography than...

Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00

Long before birth, almost everyone is gifted with the best mother in the whole wide world. A child begins to bond with her from the moment of conception and she is inextricably linked to her child for the rest of its life even if the child has lost touch with her due to her separation by death or other...

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The Brit Awards were held on February 25, in London and this is the 35th edition of the British Phonographic Industry’s annual pop music awards. Winners of the night include

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