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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...
Full Article Sunday, 22 February 2015 00:00
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…
Full Article Sunday, 22 February 2015 00:00
Richard Hopley, from Liverpool, pens poems inspired by River Mersey on iPad using his nose instead of fingers to activate letters. A cerebral palsy sufferer is celebrating seeing his first book published and stocked in Waterstones after it took him more than a year to write using just his nose.
Full Article Sunday, 22 February 2015 00:00
‘Thangamale’ is how people working on the tea plantations, all Tamils, refer to Glenmore Estate, Haputale, located between the Haputale and Idalgasinna railway stations.  It means ‘golden rain’.  The Sinhalese who lived in a small village at the lower end of the tea plantation use the corruption or rather the Sinhalized term ‘Thangamalewatte’.  Their village is called Yahalabedda.  The Sinhalese…
Full Article Sunday, 22 February 2015 00:00
Thirteen years ago, my mother decided to do her teaching diploma in Peradeniya. And so, the family moved to Kandy. Our father was working in the Ministry of Agriculture and my recollection is that he came up only on weekends. Naturally, we needed a place to stay and it so happened that Dr. Siri Gunasinghe was going on Sabbatical leave.
Full Article Sunday, 22 February 2015 00:00
I doubt that even now his novel, Hevanella, which has been rendered into English by Hemamali as ‘Shadow’ far from being included in their lists of ‘recommended reading’ has been read by our academics. She, herself, is a distinguished academic, and it is to be hoped that a major literary festival, centered on translation (now being planned)...
Full Article Sunday, 22 February 2015 00:00
‘American Sniper’ which has been nominated under six categories (Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role- Bradley Cooper, Best Film Editing, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Best Adapted Screenplay) for the 87th Academy Awards has definitely sparked a larger debate surrounding the depiction of Iraq and the military invasion by the US in 2003.
Full Article Sunday, 22 February 2015 00:00
Indian spiritual teacher Sunandaji finds audiences warming up to her whenever she makes tours abroad. She propagates Vedanta (the ancient philosophy of living an efficient life) and has been teaching for over three decades.  She is a disciple of her father, the famous Vedanta guru Swami A. Parthasarthy. She is also a Senior Administrator and Trustee of Vedanta Cultural Foundation…
Full Article Sunday, 22 February 2015 00:00
Medical history was created in Sri Lanka when Credence Genomics, the Country’s first and only commercial Biotechnology venture, equipped with Next Generation Sequencing technology was launched on Friday. The farsighted team behind this pioneering venture comprised Dr. Vaz Santosh Gnanam, Raj K. Omprasadham, Ananda Atukorale and Malaka Talwatta. They have succeeded where few have dared to venture.
Full Article Sunday, 22 February 2015 00:00
If you had to list three words that described the Renaissance, it is almost certain that you would never say “accounts”. In fact, it would not even make the top ten list which is more likely to be comprised of words such as Europe, rebirth, art, music, culture, architecture, Da Vinci, Michelangelo, 14th century, and Italy.
Full Article Sunday, 22 February 2015 00:00
When I came across the first volume of Tolstoy’s journal I didn’t expect it to be a great read. The cover was a boring green and knowing his style of writing I was ready for a tough read. But the volume (1895-1899) which opened before my eyes took an entirely different style from his novels. It was like all his…
Full Article Sunday, 22 February 2015 00:00
Thunder and lightning that disturbed the evening made J Puhpakumara think twice about wanting to leave his room. The rain was beating down fast like a bullet train, so he pulled down the blinds of the window. He was still drawing and had to handover some paintings to clients. Pushpakumara was an artist. He was also an experienced traveler.
Full Article Sunday, 22 February 2015 00:00
 Palitha looked at the letter. It was from Nimali.“Why does she write? I met her only the day before,” he murmured as his deft fingers tore opened the cover. His face became pale and distorted with fury and rage as his eyes ran through its contents. “Wants a richer and a better educated man! All nonsense!” he growled.
Full Article Sunday, 22 February 2015 00:00
Elegance is a dress ornament and frillthe enhancement by contextrubbing off from promiximity;
Full Article Sunday, 22 February 2015 00:00
He is one of the 12 artists who works for the Philatelic Bureau painting postage stamps. He comprehends that this is also a place where an artist’s reputation can be enhanced locally.  If more opportunities were given, he said, more creative colorful stamps can be released for postage instead of the dull postage stamps commonly used.
Full Article Sunday, 22 February 2015 00:00
The opening of a few roads for vehicle movements in the vicinity of the President’s House on the instruction of Public Security, Christian Affairs and Disaster Management Minister John Amaratunge is a great solace to the public. Thank you Mr. Minister. It was a great blunder on the part of those who kept these roads closed for so many years...
Full Article Sunday, 22 February 2015 00:00
As someone, who detested the former regime and voted for a change on 8th January, my critical thoughts on the current regime, a month after the historic election. Some steps in the right direction (I refuse to say “genuine”, which is almost polar opposite to “politician”), but performance in general is inconsistent and not to my expectations. I als...
Full Article Sunday, 22 February 2015 00:00
“Write one’s name on sand, and the waves may wash it away, Write one’s name on the air and the wind may blow it away, But write one’s name in the hearts of people, who care, And that’s where it’ll stay forever.”
Full Article Sunday, 22 February 2015 00:00
Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramayake recently raiding a Buddhist Meditation Center at Kadawatha raises two serious issues – one legal and the other ethical.Can a politician enter the premises of a religious or commercial establishment on the pretext of searching it (with or without the police) without a court order? Should not Ramanayake being a Christian, have consulted Buddha Sasana Minister...
Full Article Sunday, 22 February 2015 00:00
To some you are but a name, To others, the memory of a loving friend To me you are a part of me, my life, my everything Without you by me, my world will never be the same.
Full Article Sunday, 22 February 2015 00:00

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