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Through Udamalimboda runs Naya Ganga creating Eli Hatha (Seven Falls), a collection of seven waterfalls. The area is picturesque and serene save for the constant hum of a generator as one nears the foot of the first waterfall. On the banks of Naya Ganga, one can observe what appears to be a mini-hydro project despite no clear indication of one through...

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Treasure recovered from the wreck of a merchant ship that sank off the coast of Indonesia more than 1,000 years ago has confirmed Sri Lanka as the oldest source of sapphires in the world. The 10th century cargo, described as the largest haul of treasure recovered from any South East Asian ship wreck, included 400 Ceylon sapphires, thousands of garnets and zircon...

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It is no secret that Sri Lanka is blessed with an abundance of natural beauty. One would sometimes have heard foreign tourists, who arrive in the island for the first time commenting on how surprising it is to see so much greenery closer to urban areas, even Colombo. Protecting this environment for future generations is a responsibility; not just for...

Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00

Our Pali Chronicles, which were translated into Sinhala, German, and English from the latter part of the 19th century, have revealed that the birth and parinibbhana (demise) of the Buddha occurred under Sal Trees. The Noble One mostly resided and preached in North East India, having been born in present-day Nepal. Sal grew (into large trees) in forests...

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International Network of Health Promotion Foundation Secretary General Professor Prakit Vathesatogkit is an advisor to Thai Health Promotion Foundation, in Thailand. He and his team have been engaged in the tobacco control movement in Thailand since 1986. He has been a member of the National Committee for Tobacco Control since 1989, being actively involved in all major policy advocacy, tax, pictorial...

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For whatever reasons, Martha Gellhorn never wanted a biography of herself. When Carl Rollyson published one in 1990, Gellhorn wrote a furious ten-page letter listing his errors of fact and called the book a "paean of hate". Undeterred, Rollyson republished it (with corrections) after Gellhorn died in 1998. Caroline Moorehead, has since written a much better biography than...

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Long before birth, almost everyone is gifted with the best mother in the whole wide world. A child begins to bond with her from the moment of conception and she is inextricably linked to her child for the rest of its life even if the child has lost touch with her due to her separation by death or other...

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The Brit Awards were held on February 25, in London and this is the 35th edition of the British Phonographic Industry’s annual pop music awards. Winners of the night include

Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00

The 87th Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, was held on February 22 in Hollywood. Amidst many stunning performances by artistes including Lady Gaga and John Legend, a number of stars and films were awarded and the winners include,

Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00

 It has been reported that the  ISIS has burnt 112, 709 books and manuscripts from Mosul’s library. Many rare texts that were of great importance and value have been destroyed, and The Independent reported that, ‘Among the documents believed lost are a collection of Iraqi newspapers from the beginning of the 20 century, maps, books and collections from the...

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Doctors treating Bobbi Kristina Brown have brought the aspiring actress out of a coma. Doctors treating Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina, have brought the 21-year-old out of a medically-induced coma. The aspiring actress was admitted to hospital in Georgia on January 31 after her partner Nick Gordon found her face down and unresponsive in a bathtub at...

Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00

All businesses face risk – internal as well as external. A useful acronym that summarises these risks is PESTEL – political, economic, socio-cultural, technological, environmental, and legal risk. Due to the speculative nature of some of their transactions, as well as the pressure to take on higher risk in order to gain a higher return for their shareholders, banks in particular face...

Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00

The eminent consultant psychiatrist late Dr. D. V. J. Harishchandra’s Buddhism and Psychiatry “Manovidyawa Saha Buddadarmaya” edited by Dr. Tolusha Harischandra is a splendid book published in Sinhalese by the Vijitha Yapa publications that unravels the hitherto unknown confluence of Buddhism and Psychiatry. The foreword of this book is aptly written by a long-standing associate of the late...

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‘Untitled’, an exhibition of visual arts, will be held at the Lionel Wendt Art Gallery, Colombo 7, from March 6-10. According to a press release issued by its organizers, creations by artistes Manoranjana Herath, Vajira Gunawardena, Prageeth Rathnayake, Sanjaya Senavirathna and Damitha Iddamalgoda will be exhibited. The opening ceremony is scheduled for March 6 (Friday) at 6pm. The exhibition...

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Gamini Abeykoon’s art exhibition Line Poetry will be held at Lionel Wendt Art Gallery Colombo 7 from February 28 to March 2. The art exhibition is open
to public.

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Renowned-photographer Sandun Gamage will hold his debut exhibition in Australia on March 28 at the famous Coburg Hall in Melbourne. This exhibition is organized parallel to the World Cup Final 2015 which is happening in Australia.  The organizer of the exhibition hope to attract some leading Sri Lankan cricketers as special invitees for the exhibition. Further, the exhibition will, among other pictures, feature photographs...

Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00

Sunil liked to sit on a chair and watch the waves lash at rocks scattered along the beach. He often told his mother that the sea near Mandana Town behaved differently compared to the mass of water that surrounded other parts of the island’s coastal belt. His mother often disagreed with what Sunil said about the...

Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00

Jarrell published his only novel in 1954 when he was 40 and teaching at the Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina. The unnamed narrator also teaches at a women’s college, this one called Benton. “If Benton had had an administration building with pillars it could have carved over the pillars: “Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall...

Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00

A language that exists among other languages is bound to be influenced by them. In Sri Lanka, Sinhala or Tamil is often peppered with English words. Similarly, the English spoken by Sri Lankans often includes many words and phrases borrowed from Sinhala or Tamil. With usage and time, a language evolves, and although many criticize the evolution of a language...

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A family kayaking in Santa Barbara harbor in California on Saturday found themselves paddling with an extra passenger when a sea lion pup hopped aboard and hitched a ride. “Next thing you know, I could tell he had climbed aboard,” Rodney Gist told KTLA.
Gist was on the kayak with his 10-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son while his wife and 8-year-old daughter watched from another kayak, KABC reported.

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