Friday, 24th October 2014

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It was nothing short of a superstar welcome for her who ended up where she belonged after 24 long years on October 12. Hundreds of people gathered to welcome Yal Devi at the Jaffna railway station. They were on the edge of the platform eagerly awaiting the return of Jaffna’s Queen to her abode, the station.The roar, as she entered the station was

Full Article Sunday, 19 October 2014 00:00

Vaastu Shastra (Science of architecture and construction) expert Asoka Nanayakkara shares similarities with Miroslaw Magola of Poland and Malaysian Liew Thow Lin. They all have developed their minds, so that they can activate their magnetic fields around their foreheads.The trio can make objects stick to their foreheads. Western medical doctors

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Landscape immemorial
where mountains and valleys
trees and caverns
depressions and signature peaks

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The glorious sail that billows across the cover of this book is an apt introduction to its fascinating stories of the many travelers of ancient times who came to Sri Lanka across the seven seas. The author Hulugalle flourished in a far more leisurely era when newspaper editors were scholars and scholars readily took to editing newspapers.

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The glorious sail that billows across the cover of this book is an apt introduction to its fascinating stories of the many travelers of ancient times who came to Sri Lanka across the seven seas. The author Hulugalle flourished in a far more leisurely era when newspaper editors were scholars and scholars readily took to editing newspapers.

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Aru Sri Art Theater presents Jai Ram- a dance drama- produced and directed by Kalasuri Dr Arunthathy Sri Ranganathan on November 7 (Friday) at 6. 45 pm at the Bishop’s College Auditorium.  Jai Ram dance drama is produced with the support of the High Commission of India, Express News Papers PVT ltd, Vasantham TV , Blue Ocean group of companies and well-wishers.

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I sat on a hardened cushion inhaling the vapor of burning incense in the main prayer hall of The Paramita International Buddhist Centre in Kadugannawa, a town in my home country of Sri Lanka. It was full moon Poya day, and it was raining outside. A solitary Buddhist monk was preparing for the evening chants before the white Buddha statue at the end of the hall.

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Throughout the year, Buddhist organizations plan a variety of explicitly Buddhist activities for the Sri Lankan community in London. Full moon days are highly important for both monks and lay people for religious observances. In Buddhist countries, the twelve full moon days of the year are celebrated with special activities. On those days, lay Buddhists devote their lives for observing

Full Article Sunday, 19 October 2014 00:00

The period of adolescence is a time of very rapid growth and high demands for nutrients and energy. During this time, boys and girls reach puberty, gaining secondary sexual characteristics, and nutritional needs start to differ. Moreover, adolescence is associated with: cognitive transformations, reproductive maturation and marked physical growth. Biological, psychosocial and cognitive changes that begin during

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A Sri Lankan who goes on pilgrimage to sacred Buddhist sites in India, particularly in the North, cannot bypass the presence of Anagarika Dharmapala, the Sinhalese Buddhist who led the Buddhist revival in the latter part of the nineteenth and the early part of the twentieth century. As the pilgrim walks along roads that have been named after him and

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The last light streamed through the window.  Soft light deflected off walls, filtered through leaves – the kind of light that has a way of silencing day-end’s inevitable cacophony.   It entered a small room in the way truth enters our hearts – without announcement or fanfare, naked as innocence and in utmost silence.  We don’t ask questions, we don’t demand identity cards

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“Now I can die in peace. I have the feeling that I have done something for my country. That’s the most important achievement of Sanda Saawi Maa - Folk Song Concert,” Visharad Wasantha Madurangani said. She is a student of late Maestro Lionel Ranwala and mostly familiar with the Sinhala song audience through Ranwala group’s folk songs and her solo ‘Sanda

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With the Lakvijaya Coal Power Plant in Norochcholai now fully online, Sri Lanka has taken another step towards meeting its increasing electricity demand. The coal power plant is expected to add 900 Mega Watts to the national grid. Meanwhile, work is also continuing at the country’s second coal fired power plant, located in Sampur, which is expected to add 500MW to

Full Article Sunday, 12 October 2014 00:00

He is a tall, lanky, 16-year-old boy, interested in girls and loves music. But his parents are worried, as they should be, because after a year in a special education classroom attached to his school he is still unable to read and write. Though based on the typical age progression he should be in Grade 9, he is still in Grade 5.

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Recently I came across an infographic on top ten skills for the successful 21st century worker. The skills were leadership, critical thinking, collaboration, communication, adaptability, accessing, analyzing and synthesizing information, productivity and accountability, entrepreneurialism, by which they meant the ability to solve current and relevant issues and global citizenship or cross-cultural understanding.

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When Anagarika Dharmapala founded London Buddhist Vihara in 1926, he would not have anticipated the gradual unfolding and expansion of Sri Lankan Theravada Buddhism in the UK in quite the same way. In recent decades though certain property disputes arose with regard to monastic property of London Buddhist Vihara, the community was subsequently divided into two’giving birth to new Buddhist centers in London. Sri Lankan Buddhism,

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The latest section of the reconstructed railway line from Colombo to Jaffna is to be ceremonially opened on October 13 with the opening of the section from Pallai to Jaffna. The time is appropriate to recall the history of this railway line.
This railway line known as the Northern Extension or the Northern Line was completed in 1905. The first train from Colombo reached Jaffna

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The young man has been exhibiting his paintings since 2012 to the public at leading art galleries, and in his own studio at Waikkal. His first display was a solo-art exhibition at National Art Gallery, Colombo 7, and second was held in Negombo Town Hall for art lovers from his home area.

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