Sri Lanka is the home for a rich biodiversity, which is a part of its natural wealth. The country has a high endemism - 30% of its vertebrate animals and 28% of its flowering plants are found only in Sri Lanka. This diversity and the multiple threats faced included the country’s southwestern region among the ‘biodiversity hotspots’designated about two and half decades ago.
The Montessori “Kusum Sevana” as the name says is a shelter for many budding flowers. It is a Montessori and a Daycare Centre maintained by the Bloemendhal Development Society under the guidance of the Order of The Good Shepherd Sisters as a service of charity. With a vision as stated being “In limitless mercy, we envision the total development of t
Music is a powerful tool in media which can reform society. Quite a few bold Sri Lankan artistes, it seems, have tried, but failed at this attempt at reforming society through music. There is a huge attraction for music videos these days with Facebook and youtube providing the platforms to showcase these creations. Unlike the videos revolving around incidents,
Blinder’s terrific book on the financial meltdown of 2008 argues that it happened because of a “perfect storm,” in which many unfortunate events occurred simultaneously, producing a far worse outcome than would have resulted from just a single cause. Blinder criticizes both the Bush and Obama administrations, especially for letting Lehman Brothers fail, but he also praises them for taking steps to
He thought his credentials would afford him the priority it promised. But to his disappointment he was rudely shoed off to the back of the line at the Colombo Eye Hospital. UK Silva, now aged 69, is a retired motor mechanic from the Ceylon Transport Board. Although he received his senior citizens’ ID two years ago, it had turned out to be just a piece of cardboard.
Up until the late 1950s, the number plates (registration plates) of vehicles in Sri Lanka used characters of the English alphabet in addition to numbers. After the country became a Dominion, the characters used were two letters of the country’s then English name, ‘Ceylon’. In sequence they were CE, CY, CL, CN, EY, EL and EN.
Staring down at the city of Colombo from the rooftop of Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa Theater was a magical experience at dusk that day. Above us the clouds were tinged with orange color coming from the setting sun. Below us was the city, starting to turn on thousands of lights. The breeze blew strongly from the sea, cooling
Animals often suffer horrendous amounts of abuse and neglect and they have no one to complain to, no authorities to go to. Organizations like Adopt a Dog Sri Lanka and Embark do fight for animal rights and try to win for dogs the love and safety they deserve. However, most organizations focus on dogs and cats, and thus many other animals continue being victims of their cruel masters.
The first aeroplane arrived on the shores of Sri Lanka by sea in a ship called ‘Rabenfels’ on 12th September 2011 for the use of an Englishman named Colin Brown.
The aircraft had an Anzani 25 horse power engine and was built in France. The aeroplane was rated as the best flying machine in the world, after Louis Bleriot flew it across
The brilliance in this era is that knowledge can’t be denied. Starting from rocket science to some of the closely- guarded lessons in religion, information or knowledge that can transform a person from zero to hero is easily available. This is of course possible only if one knows the right words or phrase to type in the box of any search
I grew up listening to Channel 2 of the English Services of what was then called Radio Ceylon. We didn’t have a radio at home, so it was only during school holidays spent in Kurunegala, with my maternal grandparents that I heard English songs. That too, second hand; my aunts tuned in. And this, in the evening.
They work in hospitals. Save lives, too. Doctors don’t drive patients around; from here to there ‘they’ do. They cannot of course prescribe medicine, I agree, but imagine having to drive at hundred kilo meters per hour with a man dying in the backseat…As you might have already figured out by now, the ‘they’ in the above context refers to ambulance drivers. So, what about ambulance drivers? Let me tell you.
Every yoga student knows that regular practice soothes nerves, wards off stress, and improves both mental and physical health. Many recent studies have aimed at scientifically proving what we all already know, but now technology is beginning to show exactly why yoga and meditation has so many profound benefits.
“It’s been more than 30 years since Sampath and I first got on stage. In 1991, we held a similar drama festival named Ratna Lalani Drama Festival. We have acted in over 50 dramas now, and in 20 of them played parts together. We have selected seven of the finest dramas for the festival, from among those 20 dramas,” she explained. Abhinayana Sampath-Ratna Ranga
There was a time when HIV/AIDS was unheard of in Sri Lanka. However, the situation is changing drastically, which could be due to an increase in awareness of the virus. It could also be due to the society being more aware of sex and sexuality.Years ago sex wasn’t a topic that was discussed. It was assumed that what happened between...
Dilani Ranasinghe not only has something special within, but more importantly she has the ability and will to give in abundance. She’s an artist and a designer of soft toys. What she loves to give is courage and that too to women who are destitute. She labels herself as a fighter in this life’s struggle. Dilani told this writer that...
I was working at Wall Street when I first started practicing yoga. During that time I suffered from severe neck and back pain, so I thought yoga would help me. Being a novice at the time, I had no idea what the different styles of yoga were. Perhaps it was karma or a twist of fate, but the first yoga...
Colombo today is far more wall-less than it used to be three years ago. It has been a gradual and deliberate process. Colombo is now re-landscaped, looks prettier and more livable. A lot of money has been spent on roads, pavements and such, but if the ‘livability’ factor has been enhanced by one thing, it is the decision to bring...
A dream that was 15 years in the making materialized for Rajiv Welikala past week. The ‘Wildlife diaries’, his maiden exhibition, comprises the essence of his photographs from expeditions in the wild.“Growing up, I’ve always been a nature enthusiast, but it was only when I joined the Wildlife Society at my Alma Mater St. Thomas College...
An impetus the ecotourism sector has received is reflected in just how it proudly announced the attractions of Sri Lanka’s ‘Big Five’ ― the Asian Elephant, the Leopard, the Sloth Bear, the Blue Whale, and the Sperm Whale ― an assemblage of charismatic mammals unique in the world. These species can easily hold their own against Africa’s Big Five and the...