Thursday, 27th November 2014

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With Unit – I of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project set to go commercial by January 22 (2015), environmentalists and other activists in both India and Sri Lanka have again raised concerns regarding safety issues at the plant. However, authorities in Sri Lanka have reiterated the danger to the island is minimal. According to Indian media reports, the commercial run was originally supposed to begin on October 22, but problems in the unit’s turbine meant it had to be delayed by three months.

Full Article Sunday, 23 November 2014 00:00

Dolls aren’t only playthings, and in many countries, dolls are considered art and decorative objects. Japan, which has a long and detailed history, also has a vast array of dolls which have been created in the past for various purposes. For instance, the dolls used in Bunraku or classical puppet theatre are themed according to famous Bunraku scenes. The Hanagatami doll belongs to Noh theatre, and is called a Noh Ningyo or Noh doll. 

Full Article Sunday, 23 November 2014 00:00

Coming from a country where tea is the biggest export crop, you’d think we’d be able to spot a tea estate when we see one. But no. Secluded in the lush countryside on the outskirts of Hamilton City in New Zealand’s pristine Waikato region, is a sprawling tea estate known to very few, even natives.
Zealong Tea Estate extends to about 40 hectares, but blends in seamlessly with its surroundings and eludes visitors. It is New Zealand’s only tea estate. Dubbed as the world’s purest brand of tea, tea at Zealong emanates an unmistakable fragrance and flavor, that has been achieved without compromise.

Full Article Sunday, 23 November 2014 00:00

Sri Lanka is a country blessed with the protection of religion. This can be seen by anyone taking a tour around the island. Every town, including the lesser known ones, will have at least one temple which propagates the teachings of Lord Buddha. Each year in December, beginning with Unduwap Poya, Buddhist devotees follow an instinct which comes in the form of having a great urge to make a pilgrimage to Sri Pada on Mount Samanala. This place is known to have a footprint believed to be of the Buddha.

Full Article Sunday, 23 November 2014 00:00

The Yarl Devi was a train. A hulking pile of metal on wheels, just like any other train. It began its run around 1956; neither the first train to make the trip to the North of Sri Lanka, nor the only train to operate along the Northern Line, but definitely the most iconic. Like most named trains, the ‘Yarl Devi’ came to symbolize more than just this one train, but the line itself.

Full Article Sunday, 23 November 2014 00:00

The last part of the interview of Professor Raj Somadeva with Darshanie Ratnawalli continued from last week.

DR: To which period do you assign your Yaksha inscription? 
RS: Frequently we used to ascribe the inscriptions written in early form (angular style) of the Brahmi letters found in Sri Lanka to 250 BCE which is contemporaneous with the reign of Emperor Ashoka in India. In that conventional sense, our present inscription could also be ascribed to that date. But the thinking on the antiquity of the Brahmi script has now been gradually changing.  

Full Article Sunday, 23 November 2014 00:00

It is almost 155 years since Charles Darwin’s masterpiece, On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life, was published in November 1859. The title was later shortened to The Origin of the Species. After three years on board the HMS Beagle, charting the coasts of South America, Darwin sailed to the knot of islands known as the Galapagos in September 1835. He was only there for five weeks but his findings were to change history.

Full Article Sunday, 23 November 2014 00:00

‘Song is not the final product of music,’ Darshana Ruwan Dissanayaka, aspiring young musician who secured the Best Music Composer Award at the State Music Awards Festival at three occasions said, speaking to The Nation. Coming from a far away village in Polonnaruwa and facing many hurdles in the field, today, Darshana is one of the most appreciated young musicians in the country. “Human emotions which cannot be expressed in words can be expressed in music. This is why music is called a universal language and I respect this form of music more than others,” he added. 

Full Article Sunday, 23 November 2014 00:00

Everyone wants to feel good about themselves. One way of doing this is to ensure that you look good. In today’s society, appearance and the way we conduct ourselves go a long way, from getting a job to impressing a person whom you love. No one can deny the fact that they like to be attractive. That’s where the talc,

Full Article Sunday, 16 November 2014 00:00

On the eve of writing this submission, Aslam Marikar, whose Twenty First Century Monk played to a packed audience last week, was not ‘available’ for comment. But, his production had left a various impact on part of Colombo’s theater-goers when it was unveiled at the Punchi Theater, Borella. The ‘manipulation of comedy’ in the discussion of...

Full Article Sunday, 16 November 2014 00:00

Wilderness came first
of perhaps desert
then civilization

Full Article Sunday, 16 November 2014 00:00

Sabbe Sankhara Anicca: The Volume of a Ball is Impermanent, written by Colombo University, Mathematics Department Senior Lecturer, Dr. W Ramasinghe is not simply a book on mathematics or religion. It is a 156 page book that attempts to bring mathematics and religion together with a touch of culture.

Full Article Sunday, 16 November 2014 00:00

“She just won’t speak!” It was obvious that the teacher was frustrated with the child. It wouldn’t have been surprising to hear her complain, if she was an inexperienced teacher! But here she was, almost one and a half decades of teaching and yet she found it very difficult to handle the lack of speech in this child. “Have you tried giving her activities that would encourage her to speak in class?” I asked...

Full Article Sunday, 16 November 2014 00:00

Sri Lanka has every reason to be proud of its record on education, in comparison with those of other countries in the region. But we should also remember that we had a similar leading position many years ago, and others are catching up. Indeed other countries in Asia have forged ahead, so we really need to stop making...

Full Article Sunday, 16 November 2014 00:00

Schools are often considered institutes reserved solely for teaching and learning. Having spent over ten years in school, one leaves with memories and knowledge that often comes from and is limited to classrooms and textbooks. However, Royal College, Colombo, isn’t merely an institute for teaching and learning subjects and lessons that are part of a syllabus. Royal College takes...

Full Article Sunday, 16 November 2014 00:00

We all have a relative, friend, work associate, or even a bit of ourselves that is pessimistic about the future of humanity. We are told that a gloomy future is our destiny, that everything we touch we eventually destroy. Even the cinematic aliens that visit our planet, like the character named Prat in the movie K-Pax,...

Full Article Sunday, 16 November 2014 00:00

We all have a relative, friend, work associate, or even a bit of ourselves that is pessimistic about the future of humanity. We are told that a gloomy future is our destiny, that everything we touch we eventually destroy. Even the cinematic aliens that visit our planet, like the character named Prat in the movie K-Pax,...

Full Article Sunday, 16 November 2014 00:00

Award winning playwright and director Ruwanthie de Chickera believes that there is no gender inequality in the contemporary Sri Lankan arts field and that the field is very open to women today. “Yet, however, other pressures of society – like judgment of women artistes, pressures of family life, prejudices and double standards of society pull women artistes down more...

Full Article Sunday, 16 November 2014 00:00

Professor Raj Somadeva, PhD (Uppsala), Post Graduate Institute of Archaeology, Sri Lanka spoke to Darshanie Ratnawalli on a variety of topics, assiduously tackling all questions both verbally and in a 2400 word answer script, and modestly dismissing all thanks, citing his obligation to answer to the public. Here are excerpts from the interview continuing from last week.

Full Article Sunday, 16 November 2014 00:00

Dark isn’t beautiful. In fact, some would even go as far as to calling it ugly. This is a truth most of us would deny, because directly or indirectly, we have contributed to these attitudes towards complexion. This state of denial we live in could be the reason for the outrage about the Maliban White Chocolate Puff commercial.

Full Article Sunday, 09 November 2014 00:00

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