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Teachers in north-western Pakistan have criticised a government plan to allow them to carry weapons to defend schools from militant attacks.Speakers at a teachers’ convention in Peshawar city said their job was to educate, not to provide security. The local authority, which announced the plan last week, insisted no teacher would be forced to carry a weapon.

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The higher education sector of this country has undergone much turmoil in the recent past, lurching from one crisis to another. Not a week seemed to go by without a protest, strike or clash of some sort. The crisis came to a head last December, just weeks before the presidential election, when Police baton charged student protestors in Colombo.

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“Radio drama has been evolving as an art with enormous scientific elements in it that help affect positive social change,” said chairperson of the Sri Lanka Development Journalist Forum (SDJF), Prof WADP Wanigasundera, sharing his view about a radio drama initiative implemented by the SDJF, promoting freedom of religion and pluralism.

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Education in Sri Lanka basically centered on Buddhism. The right to education was restricted to the elite and Buddhist monks in the past. However, with the arrival of British imperialists to Ceylon, they began to establish university colleges which followed Ox-Bridge traditions. As soon as free education was introduced to Sri Lanka, the university system in this country...

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‘මීළඟ මීවිත’ (‘Meelanga Meevitha’ or ‘The Next Wine’) a collection of poems by Ruwan Bandujeewa, an author-publication, reviewed by Malinda Seneviratne.Almost twenty five years ago Krishantha Sri Bhaggiyadatta gave me a book titled ‘Rivers have sources, trees have roots’.  So much time has passed that I remember only the title but not the content.

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Guru Chitrasena is credited for rescuing our dying art-form by reviving and refining elements of ancient rituals, and presenting them on the stage to national and international audiences. His legacy and vision is sustained by the third generation of the Chitrasena family and students at the Chitrasena Kalayathanaya.

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An Israeli man has been arrested on suspicion of hacking into the computers of pop stars, including Madonna, and selling unreleased songs online. Israeli Police said the man was suspected of stealing work from several unnamed international stars. A private investigator connected to the case confirmed Madonna was among them.

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Chile has announced a fresh investigation into the death of Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda in 1973.Government spokesman Francisco Ugas said there were indications that he could have been poisoned. Tests on Neruda’s exhumed body in 2013 found no trace of poison, but more will now be done. His death certificate says he died of prostate cancer.

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The firearms company that provided the guns for Liam Neeson’s Hollywood movie Taken 3 has criticized the star for his comments about US gun laws.PARA USA said it ‘regrets’ working with Neeson after he said the proliferation of guns in the US was a ‘disgrace’. The company added that it would cut ties with the Taken franchise and urged other companies to do the same.

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Always alert for changes in direction and opportunity and realising that France did not hold out much hope for the 40 year old divorcee, Pamela Churchill switched her attention to the United States of America in 1959.  She was still on the lookout for a rich and powerful man and was still in touch with her two former war-time American lovers...

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The license
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hands for caress and take-care
gaze to watch for trip

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A negative consequence of not having a broad research system to pursue knowledge on folklore can be linked to folk songs or the tunes being fraudulently introduced to the modern world as new creations of an individual, opined budding folk music researcher Pasindu Chamara Pahalamedagama, in an interview with The Nation.

Full Article Sunday, 25 January 2015 00:00

They came in their thousands. Many had been queuing since afternoon of the previous day to secure the ‘perfect’ vantage point. They came from all corners of the island, and from many parts of the world. The very young and the very elderly, the sick, the disabled; they were all there. Though it was early morning,...

Full Article Sunday, 18 January 2015 00:00

At the beginning was the sublime spirit of Jesus Christ. And then arrived The Church. It profited by marketing his name. And even more by burying his spirit. That subjugated spirit has off and on emerged, to be suppressed fast by malign forces. In Francis of Assisi the spirit was strong enough rising, to make the establishment quiver – as...

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Just as it is typical of Sri Lankans to not use the zebra crossing to cross the road or of all the men to jostle into the bus or train while the women are left standing, it is typical of Sri Lankans to litter where ever they go.Special cleaning crews had to be deployed to clean up...

Full Article Sunday, 18 January 2015 00:00

Any country or civilization which makes use of modern technologies is obviously vulnerable to the adverse environmental and health effects that these technologies entail. Sri Lanka also has experienced such issues from time to time, with severe effects, both social and political. The recent arsenic issue, still unresolved, is the best example. No one has been able to find the root cause. Neither have the authorities been able to eliminate the adverse consequences.

Full Article Sunday, 18 January 2015 00:00

“It is not the strongest who will survive, but those who can adapt well to the changes in the environment,” says great scientist Charles Darwin in his theory of natural selection and evolution which is well known as a  survival of the fittest. In twenty first century, our lifestyle has drastically changed from our ancestors.

Full Article Sunday, 18 January 2015 00:00

It is not the only Delft in the world.  Utter the name in the Netherlands and you’d probably find a few people who would say it is a city in the province of South Holland, located north of Rotterdam and south of The Hague.  There are other places named Delft too in different parts of the world.

Full Article Sunday, 18 January 2015 00:00

A dozen hippos lie in the water, their huge rock-like bodies submerged in the water. The only movement occurs when they occasionally flap their small round ears. They seem peaceful, deceptively so, unless roused. “I used to be a fisherman in the Lake. But one day on a fishing trip a charging Hippo killed my friend.

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This is the world’s largest salt flat with an extent of 10,582 square kilometers. It is so flat and reflective that it is considered the world’s largest natural mirror. It is located in the Potosí and Oruro Departments in southwest Bolivia, elevated 3,656 meters above mean sea level.

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