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Conservationists are urging authorities to take immediate action to protect several critically endangered sea turtle species whose key nesting sites are found in Sri Lanka. Five species of sea turtles use Sri Lanka’s beaches as nesting grounds. These species are Loggerhead Turtle (Caretta caretta), Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas), Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata), Olive Ridley Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) and Leatherback...

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A little over ten years ago, there was a General Election.  This was in April 2004.  It was an election that was won by the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA), but was one that was marked by the entry of the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) and through them a visible and decisive presence of bikkhus in parliamentary politics. What happened thereafter...

Full Article Sunday, 14 December 2014 00:00

“He has outsoared the shadow of our night; envy and calumny and hate and pain, and that unrest which men miscall delight, can touch him not and torture not again; from the contagion of the world's slow stain, he is secure.” - Percy Bysshe Shelley.
As I was walking through the gates of the Cathedral on Bauddhaloka Mawatha seven years ago...

Full Article Sunday, 14 December 2014 00:00

Devánjali. A word, a poem, description of a way of being, a dance performance.  This is the latest production put together by the Chitrasena Vajira Dance Foundation, especially choreographed for the Sydney Festival and scheduled to be presented to the Sri Lankan audience at the Lionel Wendt on December 19, 2014. 

Full Article Sunday, 14 December 2014 00:00

The industrial exploitation of children is less of a problem in Sri Lanka than in other countries in the region. The trend of poor adult Sri Lankan women seeking employment in Middle Eastern countries as housemaids, the demand for high wages and the high cost of feeding an adult have made it expensive to employ household help. These conditions contributed...

Full Article Sunday, 14 December 2014 00:00

Many people have said many beautiful things about teachers. They have been painted and scaped in every color imaginable, sung of across the infinity of harmonies, sculpted, etched, smelted and woven into every theme, every sub-plot, every aside, relevance, margin and nook of the vast organ that is our collective consciousness.

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In recent years the electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) industry has been rapidly expanding, evolving from just one manufacturer in 2005 to a US $3 billion global business with 466 brands. Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS), of which e-cigarettes are the most common prototype, are battery-powered devices that use electricity to aerosolize a nicotine containing fluid for inhalation.

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A panel discussion on Human-Elephant Conflict Mitigation was conducted by the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science (SLAAS) on November 8  at the SLAAS Auditorium. This informative discussion was moderated by Dr Sumith Pilapitiya and provided an excellent overview of the methods being used to mitigate Human-Elephant Conflict (HEC) in Sri Lanka.

Full Article Sunday, 14 December 2014 00:00

Landscapes
are made for fracture
they are made by earth-shatter
and wind-water work

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“When darkness falls with the setting sun, they come out of the jungle, and they start their journey. When they come across cultivations and properties they ‘destroy’ them. Sometimes confrontations between humans and elephants end in human deaths.
It’s like a scary scene out of a thriller. Unfortunately, this is a common scene out of Sri Lankan life.

Full Article Sunday, 14 December 2014 00:00

If someone conducts a survey to see what was the most common and famous Facebook status update in 2014 in Sri Lanka, there is a big chance that it would be two lines from the famed song of Samanala Sandwaniya (Butterfly Symphony) –
”මට මගේ නොවන මගේම ආදරයක් තිබුණා”...

Full Article Sunday, 14 December 2014 00:00

There was a Sunday unlike any I can remember. It is a Sunday I do not wish to revisit but which continues to visit me.  And others.  June 8, 2014.  It was a Sunday, the stay-home day of the week for those who work at ‘The Nation’, but it was a Sunday that dawned for many in the form of a piece...

Full Article Sunday, 07 December 2014 00:00

Project Joy, the children’s epilepsy project, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Morristown, New Jersey, USA in partnership with the Rotary Club of Colombo West, held its inaugural benefit concert on November 15 (Saturday) in Morristown, New Jersey with friends and colleagues of Drs. Sandy Para and Shantha Waran.  The evening included performances by three classical musicians of Sri Lankan origin...

Full Article Sunday, 07 December 2014 00:00

The Sri Lankan Malays belong to an integral segment of the Lankan community and have long since played a vital role in both the history and culture of the Island nation. As a community which is renowned for its valor and service to the motherland, the Malays have inevitably carved their own niche as an entity renowned for its glorious...

Full Article Sunday, 07 December 2014 00:00

Roethke views man in the framework of nature, taking from nature metaphors of increase and communion. He sees the realm of spiritual beginnings in nature. Even his love poems are not just evocations of the loved one or his feelings about her. The loved one is at the centre of the physical universe and the poet communes with the elements and the natural universe through her.

Full Article Sunday, 07 December 2014 00:00

The King and the Assassin is not only a rare novel by the same author in Sinhalese and English languages, but also probably the first novel to be presented with a music CD comprising ten new songs. What’s more, it is certainly the first novel to present a brand new constitution to replace the much-criticized executive presidency of Sri Lanka.

Full Article Sunday, 07 December 2014 00:00

As in many societies, child abuse is often denied in the Indian subcontinent. Probably one of the oldest recorded instances of child abuse is the 2500‐year‐old Buddhist story of Sopaka. A jealous stepfather ties Sopaka to a corpse in a cemetery to be eaten by wolves. Buddha releases the boy and preaches to him, probably one of the earliest...

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Cancer Care Association Sri Lanka is a registered, non-governmental, voluntary organization in Sri Lanka, founded by Dr. Samadhi W Rajapaksa. From its inception in 2003, under the inspirational leadership of Dr. Samadhi Rajapaksa, acting well according to its slogan, CCASL has conducted many projects focusing primarily on improving the physical and spiritual quality of life, of the Sri Lankan underprivileged cancer...

Full Article Sunday, 07 December 2014 00:00

Today in the modern sophisticated world, ironically there are many, who do not find any meaning in life. There are many, who try to sift from philosophers and thinkers the meaning of life which to some seem meaningless, to some others absurd, to some complex while some even feel trapped in an unexplained human bondage. All the while, many admit...

Full Article Sunday, 07 December 2014 00:00

It is important that we increase the number of tourist locations, and popularize them while we increase facilities at our existing prime tourist locations. However, much facilities we provide to certain tourist locations, there is a limit at any of those locations.
It is because only a limited number is allowed in a year to enter such tourist locations in...

Full Article Sunday, 07 December 2014 00:00

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