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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.
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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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When words simply can’t do, what do you resort to in order to say what simply cannot be left unsaid? Communing with the forces of fate through his inborn ability to read and create rhythms that span beyond what human oral communication can accomplish, the character of Evan Taylor, who renames himself August Rush to become the eponymous
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According to legend and indigenous belief Sri Pada is the abode of the deity Sumana Saman, one of the guardian deities of Sri Lanka and at the peak of the Sri Pada Mountain lies a sacred footprint significant to those of every race and religion.Believed by Buddhists to be that of the Buddha, historical text has it that the
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Singapore International Foundation (SIF) launched its year-long project on enhancing competency in English language communication in Jaffna on April 4 at the Jaffna Public Library. The launch was attended by many, including Minister for Foreign Affairs and Singapore’s Minister for Law K Shanmugam, Governor of Northern Province, GA Chandrasiri and Mayor of Jaffna, Yogeswary Patgunarajah.
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Tired feet dragged us on the ramparts. The sea breeze helped to blow off the weariness of body and soul. Down below, the ocean churned out wave after wave, relentlessly at the rampart. In the distance, the sun appeared a large orange disk over the horizon. The ocean was preparing to accept the sun under its protection for the duration
Full Article Sunday, 13 April 2014 00:00
In my opinion, the presence of two sensible men of saner thinking in the North, is a good omen for the people in the North, and whole of Lanka in building up a new country bereft of parochialism and build up two nations within one State where people in both would respect each other and the communities wishing to live…
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Post-Christmas Stress Disorder is frequently observed in people of western countries after the Christmas season. Dr. Danister L Perera predicts that Sri Lankan people are also on the verge of developing a Post-Sinhala Avurudu Stress Disorder if the current system persists. “Some people go insane due to the significant distress caused during the Christmas season. They become stressed when they…
Full Article Sunday, 13 April 2014 00:00
Sri Lanka has a written history of more than 2,500 years. Chronicles written throughout the history speaks of the rulers and the religious history of the land. Archeological excavations have also unearthed many historical sites, mainly of religious value. However, these findings and chronicles do not tell the history of the ordinary folk. Understandably, archeological museums also tell the
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It is unimaginable that Britain one time a much respected world power has today begun to be looked down upon by the very nations that comprised a large number of countries called the British Empire over which geographically the sun never set. In almost all these countries innumerable atrocities were committed to terrorize the ‘subjects’...
Full Article Sunday, 06 April 2014 00:00
Although we are not experts on International issues, is there a possibility that the Anglo Saxon sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka be defeated at the UN Security Council if Russia and China, (our true friends) use their veto powers?The stupidity of this government is their inability to address issues on case by case basis, due to lack of wise leadership.
Full Article Sunday, 06 April 2014 00:00
As residents in Colombo city we (I take the liberty in thinking the majority citizens are with me when I say this) are appreciative of the efforts taken to beautify the city, the regular cleaning of the city streets of the garbage, providing safe and all lit up walkways for those exercise walks, minimizing beggar populations, police patrolling the streets,...
Full Article Sunday, 06 April 2014 00:00
There was news in the media that the government is going ahead to build a large prison in the Hambantota district with all modern facilities with a gymnasium and a swimming pool to boot. When you think of prisons in our country, Welikada comes to our minds for the riots that were seen in recent times. There are also...
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Dunstan Fernando was one of our teachers during the 1950s at Richmond College. He married Chinthamani who studied at Southlands, Galle and taught at Southlands during the time my sister Viola was teaching when the Principal was Miss Ridge. Dunstan Fernando, I remember him as a teacher who was a very strict disciplinarian and I vividly remember him punishing and...
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Away from the hustle and bustle of Jaffna town, passing the Ponnalai causeway one arrives at the Island Karainagar. Situated at an islet at the tip of Karainagar, guarding the channel between the islands of Karaitivu and Kayts, lies Fort Hammenhiel. While not well known as Galle Fort, Hammenhiel is nevertheless steeped in history.
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Sriyan de Silva Wijeyeratne’s piece on wildlife is an ode to amateurism. His book of professional wildlife photography is actually a down to earth book on what one can do with just a camera and lens.While one can argue the merits and demerits of different brands of cameras from a Cannon to a Samsung, Fuji or Nikon, Sriyan started his
Full Article Sunday, 06 April 2014 00:00
Nuwan Nalaka is an emerging artist in Sri Lanka who is better known for his watercolor on paperwork that the artist presented in solo exhibitions in Colombo, Galle and Kandy, prior to his departure to India. Nalaka has also participated in numerous shows in India since 2003. This series of work is the artist’s first show after completing his Masters…
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High rate of human population growth in Asia has caused increasing conversion of natural habitats for Development Projects, bringing elephants and humans into greater contact. Both government and non-governmental agencies commonly initiate such projects based on immediate socio-economic and political needs, without consideration of ecological and conservation consequences in the absence of an accepted National Land Use Zoning.
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Jathika Namal Uyana is the largest Na (Ironwood) forest in Sri Lanka. Located close to the village of Galkiriyagama, in the Anuradhapura Districts, it covers an area of over 2,500 acres. It can be reached by turning off at Madatugama junction, which is 15km from Dambulla, towards Anuradhapura along the A9 road. From Madatugama, one should travel towards
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The Ministry of Environment and Renewable Energy (The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources) on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka and Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and on behalf of Government of Republic of Korea entered into a bilateral agreement for the construction of the first sanitary landfill in Sri Lanka on April 24, 2008.
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