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The appalling state of many school canteens in the country, which came to light last week has compelled health officials to urge for a mechanism to monitor food providers to schools islandwide. The plight of several school canteens was revealed following countrywide inspections carried out by officials of the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA).
Full Article Sunday, 20 July 2014 00:00
In The Story Girl, LM Montgomery says that “Nothing is ever really lost to us as long as we remember it.” Today memory is at the top of my mind. I am unwell and indulging myself reading Moonwalking With Einstein. The book recounts young journalist Joshua Foer’s yearlong quest to improve his memory, so that he coul...
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Hemas Hospital Wattala has been in the forefront of delivering quality and safe healthcare services to the people of western province for the past four years. Currently Hemas Hospital stands out as the only internationally accredited hospital chain in Sri Lanka from the prestigious Australian Council on Healthcare standards international, (ACHSI) the leading body for hospital accreditation in Australia.
Full Article Sunday, 20 July 2014 00:00
Since 1912, with the establishment of the Ratmalana School for the deaf and blind, a pattern of   providing support for special needs children emerged in Sri Lanka.  When a child’s impairment is blatant and can be easily identified, there will be no debate that the child needs help. The problem emerges for children with mild to moderate disabilities, whose disability…
Full Article Sunday, 20 July 2014 00:00
The Sri Lankan Malays, known by the Sinhalese majority as Ja Minussu is an ethnic minority in Sri Lanka, yet they are well renowned as an integral entity rich in culture and heritage. The population of this vibrant community has drastically fallen from 54,800 to fewer than 40,189, in a short span of 10 years thus making them an endangered…
Full Article Sunday, 20 July 2014 00:00
A giant did not fall on the 18th of July, 2005.  A giant went his way, left stage as gracefully as he always had, left a signature as formidable in its absence as in its presence.  That was Chitrasena; Deshamanya Chitrasena, the honorific probably not one which he would care much for today if he were a live considering the…
Full Article Sunday, 20 July 2014 00:00
The novel depicts the way in which the western super powers maneuver the third world countries for economic gains; how they exploit the very anti imperialist sentiments of the masses to swindle them and make them gullible takers of what the global market has to sell.The story maps out the gradual usurpation of the non-commercial media by the global commercial…
Full Article Sunday, 20 July 2014 00:00
Berty Gunasekera held a camera for the first time when he was a member of Kaluthara Tissa Central College, Photography Club, of which he later became president. Although he was a civil servant at the Planning and Implementation Bureau between 1970 and 1979, his frustration at the then government drove him to vacate his post and take up photography as…
Full Article Sunday, 20 July 2014 00:00
In August 2012, like in Augusts that came before, one man like many other men walked around Notre Dame.  Like other men before him, he saw and he took pictures.  We have no way of knowing if others saw Notre Dame and the life around the cathedral with similar eyes.  We don’t know if the photographers, forever strangers to one…
Full Article Sunday, 20 July 2014 00:00
Witnessing a stage drama is different from all other aesthetic experiences. It’s live and a fine theater production is capable of speaking to the heart as well as the brain of the audience. “Once a person experiences this wonderful feeling he or she will never abandon theater. This is why there is always a good turnout for a fine...
Full Article Sunday, 20 July 2014 00:00
Men of any community and of any religion are liable to make mistakes, grave offences and criminal activities too. Whether they are laymen or clergies their feelings include that of tolerance or annoyance. So their good or bad actions depend on their qualities. The root cause for the clash at Aluthgama was, as it is said, that due to a...
Full Article Sunday, 13 July 2014 00:00
During a bygone era before politicization of the Government Service all appointments to the state-owned institutions were made subsequent to conducting examinations after announcing the eligibility criteria in newspapers and in the Government Gazette. The General Clerical Service and Ceylon Civil Service, were two noteworthy examinations and several other examinations were conducted for the selection of Public Health Inspectors,...
Full Article Sunday, 13 July 2014 00:00
The city of Kataragama resembles an island, recovering from a war, of a different kind of peace which can be experienced by surrendering oneself to God. The majority Sinhalese from Western, Central and Southern Provinces and the minority Tamils from the North and East follow an inner instinct to travel long distances to reach Kataragama during this time of the
Full Article Sunday, 13 July 2014 00:00
Bullock carts, one of the original, mainly popular modes of transport in the 19th and early 20th Century were used for multiple functions, for instance traveling as well as transportation of goods. They were phased out slowly with rising levels of traffic and the beginning of mechanized transport from 1860s onwards.
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In his poem, Leisure, WH Davis is emphatic about the value of taking the time to stand and stare:WHAT is this life if, full of care,We have no time to stand and stare?-No time to stand beneath the boughs,
Full Article Sunday, 13 July 2014 00:00
Most people who are fighting the battle of the bulge have experimented with some form of fasting, such as an all fruit fast, a water fast or a sugar-free fast, you name it, it has been tried. But what many may find rather strange and intriguing is a whole nation of people; men and women, old and young, rich and
Full Article Sunday, 13 July 2014 00:00
In the Spring of 2013, in preparation for a Master/Class conversation I would be doing with Jamaica Kincaid for the PEN World Voices Festival in April of that year, I spent a week reading all the books she had ever written, beginning with At the Bottom of the River (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1983), on through her nonfiction including the…
Full Article Sunday, 13 July 2014 00:00
Being an introvert is like living in a bubble. If someone asked me what I would do in my free time, that I would really enjoy, I would say being at home, watching a movie or reading a book; alone. When I was six years old, we lived in a rented house. These were the troubled times of the war,
Full Article Sunday, 13 July 2014 00:00
It’s amazing if you can find an aerobics instructor who is also a psychologist. Niranjala Fernando is such a person. Her charming smile and well-preserved body make people look twice at her. More than beauty, what’s striking about her is confidence. She radiates this confidence wherever she goes or speaks. People, especially women respond to this characteristic in her, instantly.
Full Article Sunday, 13 July 2014 00:00
Tobacco industry, a business functioning within the legal framework of Sri Lanka, has been proved beyond reasonable doubt, is causing serious damage to public health. Government authorities should make people aware of the harmful effects of tobacco and implement laws passed by the Parliament to reduce tobacco use in the country.
Full Article Sunday, 13 July 2014 00:00

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