Friday, 31st October 2014

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The raid conducted by the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) on a pharmacy in Colombo last week has raised suspicion that some school students have started to abuse more prescription drugs. However, the raid has also underscored the lack of coordination among various government agencies regarding such issues, with the Cosmetics, Devices and Drugs Regulatory Authority (CDDA) alleging it

Full Article Sunday, 26 October 2014 00:00

Chanting the mantra ‘Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna…’ brings a sense of calmness to even the most disturbed atmosphere. The holy mantra helps Lord Krishna devotees to tune their senses in order to understand God. Devotional songs, in the name of Lord Krishna, were sung in high-pitched voices in Colombo on October 12 (Sunday) at the Sarasvathi Hall in Bambalapitiya

Full Article Sunday, 26 October 2014 00:00

One on top
and the other below
in the do and obey
of karmic script
or chance births
growing to unhappy fates
each a prisoner

Full Article Sunday, 26 October 2014 00:00

Sri Lankan-American author and activist Ru Freeman has been named the 2014 recipient of the Janet Hedinger Kafka Prize for Fiction, presented by the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Rochester. The annual award will be given for Freeman’s poignant novel On Sal Mal Lane, which has received acclaim from The New York Times Book Review, USA Today, People Magazine and The Boston Globe.

Full Article Sunday, 26 October 2014 00:00

A Lanka-born Canadian journalist, Thiruchelvam, had a distinguished career in Sri Lanka working for the Thinakaran, Radio News of the SLBC and editor of two or three regional newspapers in Yalpanam. Presently, he edits a monthly publication called Tamils’ Information giving valuable information pertaining to not only Tamils in Canada, but to others all over the world. His beloved son

Full Article Sunday, 26 October 2014 00:00

Not a single case of indigenous malaria has been reported since October 2012 and no deaths have occurred due to malaria since 2007. This is a huge achievement for a country that has been plagued by the disease, when even in 2000, over 100,000 cases were reported in Sri Lanka. Tropical countries are in a constant battle against malaria, and Sri Lanka’s two years without

Full Article Sunday, 26 October 2014 00:00

October 15 marked a historic day for India, with the introduction of the world’s largest PHWs (Pictorial Health Warning). The Health Minister of India, Dr. Harsh Vardhan announced that the new Pictorial Health Warnings on cigarette packets would cover 85 percent of the principal display area of tobacco packs.This is a huge improvement on the current average size of 20 percent

Full Article Sunday, 26 October 2014 00:00

Every year, three point one billion die before reaching the age of five, thus reminding us all of the importance of neonatal health programs and why there is a need for awareness programs and campaigns in the island. Marking Global Handwashing Day, which fell on October 15, Unilever Sri Lanka joined with the Health Ministry to launch a ‘groundbreaking behavior change program

Full Article Sunday, 26 October 2014 00:00

A journey has a beginning and a destination, which is in most cases the intention of travel. Be it life, or an actual, long journey, travel is not limited to the two points mentioned above. It has various stops before we reach the end point. We stop at different stops for different reasons. We don’t get off, but remain inside the vehicle until some get off and some get in.

Full Article Sunday, 26 October 2014 00:00

From a distance, these images may look like black and white photographs and only a very close look will reveal that these are not photographs, but portraits neatly sketched using pencil. Using no colors, Shamen Walker’s steady hands are capable of preserving the liveliness of the portrait depicting the facial emotions giving priority to the finest details. Shamen, speaking to

Full Article Sunday, 26 October 2014 00:00

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

Full Article Sunday, 19 October 2014 00:00

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.

Full Article Sunday, 19 October 2014 00:00

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.

Full Article Sunday, 19 October 2014 00:00

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.

Full Article Sunday, 19 October 2014 00:00

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.

Full Article Sunday, 19 October 2014 00:00

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

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