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He was quiet, most times.  Courteous but quiet.  The only time he was not quiet was when he sang.  The man could sing. And sing and sing.  He could not be stopped and he would not stop.  He sang long after the alcohol was consumer and after the alcohol had consumed the consumers.  Late into the night.  I was one...
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Men, women and children had flocked to a hill in Galilee, where a man was teaching his disciples. He says to them, “Happy are those who know they are spiritually poor, the kingdom of heaven belongs to them”.Some called him the Son of God, as he was born of a virgin. A man of many names, from his miraculous
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After a 30- year   bloodletting and devastation, one important step proposed  to build ethnic  harmony among all the communities  living  in  the country, the singing of  the National Anthem both in Sinhala and Tamil,  ran  into  rough and turbulent seas and now almost gone  into thin air.I feel that we should   commence this with simpler endeavors.
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Climate change is predicted to affect all parts of the world – even the tropics. The expected temperature increase will have consequences for the survival of natural populations and on the ecosystem functioning. For example, insects in the tropics are normally adapted to only a restricted range of temperatures and as a result, they have a narrow tolerance for further…
Full Article Sunday, 20 April 2014 00:00
Where is the sound and the fury from the vocal human rights campaigners to the travesty of justice in Egypt where 529 people have been sentenced to death after a two-day trial and without any opportunity to defend themselves? And where Australian journalist Peter Greste is being put through a farcical trial?If such a thing occurred in Sri Lanka, the...
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May I know how you came to this decision? - Was it the Parliamentary Committee meeting that was chaired by Mr. Scott Reid. In which none of the Sinhalese were present. But only the Tamils with motives of separating Sri Lanka were invited. All who participated in that were bias against Sri Lanka. And for those of us who opposed,...
Full Article Sunday, 20 April 2014 00:00
Glaucoma, the silent stealer of vision progresses slowly and eventually leads to permanent blindness if neglected. Patients suffering from glaucoma are often unaware until the tail end of the disease.Glaucoma remains the leading cause of irreversible blindness in the world despite all the advances in medical science. It is estimated that 50 percent of patients in developed countries and almost…
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Easter is a time when the world’s Christians are reminded that they should take stock of their lives and see whether they are faithful to the teachings of and faith in Jesus Christ whose resurrection from the dead is celebrated and from whom Easter takes its meaning. Not only individual Christians, but nations with a numerous Christian community or a…
Full Article Sunday, 20 April 2014 00:00
To celebrate the Earth Day, Rainforest Protectors of Sri Lanka is organizing a trash cleanup and awareness project in Yagirala Rainforest on April 26 (Saturday). Yagirala is a 2,300 hectare rainforest in the Kalutara District, home to a Buddhist Forest Monastery. The path to the Aranya has been littered with non-biodegradable plastic, polythene and liquor bottles.
Full Article Sunday, 20 April 2014 00:00
It is that time of year when urban society goes through the rituals of Avurudu (New Year) in an almost mechanical manner, scarcely aware of why they do it year in year out, with a vague sense of unease and a foreboding of bad luck for the rest of the year if the nekath (auspicious times) go unobserved and weird
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Many who have enjoyed Russian Literature are familiar with Pushkin’s works as a poet and a writer who introduced new styles of writing. Some still believe that if it was not for him, the Russian alphabet would still have numerous complications. Considered as the founder of modern Russian literature; his works had a storytelling approach and appealed more to the
Full Article Sunday, 20 April 2014 00:00
About four kilometers from Narammala when traveling towards Giriulla, there’s a promising cement road that quickly slips into a nondescript dirt track.  Less than a kilometer on this road, there’s a temple.  By the temple is an even more humble path.  It leads to the house of D.G.S. Karunaratne, development officer, organic farmer, political activist and philosopher.
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When I was a kid, local TV stations used to play a song where a brother and sister argue about which parent is the best. Here the siblings list out various reasons why their mother is better than the father or the father is better than the mother. Finally they ask a brother (if I remember right) which parent is
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The Indian Cultural Center, Colombo is organizing ‘An evening with Prof K Satchidanandan’ an interaction with the world renowned poet and scholar as well as recital of his poems, at 6.00 pm on April 25,(Friday)2014 at the Indian Cultural Center 16/2, Gregory’s Road, Colombo - 7.  He will also launch the book titled ‘Tamil Short Stories from Sri Lanka’, edited…
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Indian Culture Center, Colombo is organizing a Bharata Natyam Recital titled “Thri Nayaka” presented by the dancers of Aru Sri Art Theater on 22 April 22,( Tuesday) 2014 at 6.00 pm at its auditorium located at 16/2, Gregory’s Road, Colombo 7.The dancing trio namely Amila Rumesh, Pranesh Subramaniam and Dhakshoth Samaraweera who do the recital,learnt Bharata Natyam under the veteran…
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Sahitya Akademi, India has instituted a Fellowship named after Hindi writer Premchand during his 125thBirth Anniversary, which is offered every year to a person of eminence in the field of culture and literature from each SAARC Member State. The period of Fellowship is one month to three months depending on the convenience and availability of the writer/scholar and arrangements
Full Article Sunday, 20 April 2014 00:00
We are all connected, perhaps in thought or else in action. No life is a waste when spending with people, because there is something good to know always.I’m not a rich traveler. I’ve just made a few to Singapore, Maldives and Malaysia and longtime back to Belgium too. Traveling is fun. It always gives us something new. I just returned
Full Article Sunday, 20 April 2014 00:00
This is an iconic spot, with the breath-taking Shanghai skyline, that you can gaze at for a long time. Historic buildings line the length of the bund. Big and small passenger boats and junks hum by. This waterfront has a lot of history, which is evident when you take a sweeping look at the styles of architecture along this waterfront…
Full Article Sunday, 20 April 2014 00:00
The folk songs that go with the swing, Onchili Varam, they plead favor of the sun and moon:Saranai saranai Irudevi saranai – Saranai saranai Sandadevi saranai In a remarkable coincidence, the Bak full moon Poya this year falls on the same day as Sinhala-Tamil New Year on the 14.
Full Article Sunday, 13 April 2014 00:00
Perhaps it is because of a discernible suppression of Mahagama Sekera in the larger discourse of 20th Century Sinhala literature that people sometimes express the wish that the great man be elevated to his rightful place among literary greats. It might be for this very reason that some who attended an event at the Light House Galley on April 7,…
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