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I had to keep my fingers crossed, whether this article can actually make a change to better lives of children? During the past six months we doubt, whether our children live in a safer or more secure environment? Some incidents that took place in our country, where our children are faced with unbelievable situations are given...
Full Article Sunday, 28 September 2014 00:00
When you ask people in Estonia about Sri Lanka, what would be the first thing they say? Ceylon tea, nice sunshine and sandy beaches, cinnamon, most probably. When you ask people in Sri Lanka about Estonia, what would they say? - A small, open-minded, tech-savvy country in the Northern Europe. This is what I hope people in Sri Lanka would…
Full Article Sunday, 28 September 2014 00:00
In recent times, mostly staff paid by the State has been engaging in frequent strikes, depriving the citizens of their due rights to services from state-owned organizations. Tagore in an address on ‘ Nationalism in the West’ had said, “what is the meaning of these strikes in the economic world, which like the prickly shrubs...
Full Article Sunday, 28 September 2014 00:00
Professor Siri Hettige in all his thought-provoking regular articles attempts to educate the public of the true positions on many topics mainly relating to our country. In his recent article in a daily national newspaper of July 28, 2014 he writes, “Declining labor supplies in rural areas has become a major obstacle to the development of the rural economy.
Full Article Sunday, 28 September 2014 00:00
In Colombo 13, there is a road which had a ‘No Entry’ road sign board about a decade ago. Thereby, it became a popular ‘one-way’ road. However, the board is no more and I think it must have been either removed by the authorities (CMC or Police) for some good reason or by a ‘kudu’ fellow and sold it.
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Chinese President Xi Jinping’s historic visit to Sri Lanka earlier this month was widely seen as heralding a new chapter in bilateral relations between the two nations. During his visit, which was the first to Sri Lanka by a Chinese President in 28 years, Xi pushed for the country’s cooperation on China’s initiative to create a Maritime Silk Road (MSR)…
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The theme for this year’s World Heart Day which falls on September 29, is ‘Heart-healthy Environments’. The society very often blames individuals for smoking, eating and drinking too much and for not exercising. Nevertheless, people very often are trapped in environments that put them at risk of the Cardio-Vascular Disease (CVD).
Full Article Sunday, 28 September 2014 00:00
Native to India and other parts of South Asia such as Sri Lanka, black pepper is the mature dried berries of the woody perennial evergreen vine Piper nigryum better known as Gammiris (Sinhala) and Milahu (Tamil). Peppercorns were often referred to as ‘Black Gold’ and were used as currency and sacred offerings to gods. Black pepper or the ‘King of…
Full Article Sunday, 28 September 2014 00:00
People are drawn to vegetarianism by all sorts of motives. Some of us want to live longer, healthier lives or do our part to reduce pollution. Others have made the switch because we want to preserve Earth’’s natural resources or because we’’ve always loved animals and are ethically opposed to eating them.
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In the first World’s Parliament of Religions (1893), Dharmapala presented two papers:  ‘The World’s Debt to Buddha’ (Barrows 1893: 862-880), and ‘Points of Resemblance and Difference between Buddhism and Christianity’ (Barrows 1893: 1288-1290). Dharmapala was very critical of missionary efforts in Asia, having experienced them personally in Ceylon. Boldly criticizing missionary activities, Dharmapala urged:
Full Article Sunday, 28 September 2014 00:00
Arrangements have been made to commemorate, during the period of October 4 to 10, the Esala Perehera Festival and the cultural ceremony being held for the 47th occasion at the historic Sittamgallena Rajamaha Temple situated in the Walasmulla Divisional Secretariat Division in the District of Hambantota.The historic Sittamgallena rock temple could be introduced as a cave temple situated at the…
Full Article Sunday, 28 September 2014 00:00
The Yal Devi is a story of its own. It was the only train which connected Colombo and Jaffna until the war between the Army and the LTTE intensified, resulting in its services being limited to Vavuniya. The Yal Devi traveled to Jaffna for the last time in 1990. That was the last time the people of the North heard…
Full Article Sunday, 28 September 2014 00:00
Thousands of people took to the streets in cities and towns around South Asia this weekend to demand action on climate change on the days leading up to the Climate Summit which will commenced on September 23, at the United Nations Head Quarters in New York. From the crowded streets of New Delhi, Kathmandu to actions in Colombo and Bangladesh…
Full Article Sunday, 28 September 2014 00:00
Sometimes it is difficult to maintain one’s equanimity in the face of the rainy season. Travel plans are often changed, mosquitoes thrive and joints ache a bit more than they usually do for those of us with a few years under our belts. Still it’s a small price to pay in order to live on our lovely island. I try…
Full Article Sunday, 28 September 2014 00:00
Anuralokaya is the name of an exhibition featuring the varied work of Anura Srinath. Anura does all kinds of things with brush, color and line. He paints portraits and landscapes, has drawn comic strips, creates book covers, designs greeting cards and is so well versed in politics, things cultural, art and literature that he draws from a storehouse of knowledge,…
Full Article Sunday, 28 September 2014 00:00
In this hectic business world where performance ensures rewards, most employees have little or no clue about how to unlock hidden skills. Obtaining certification after certification at popular examinations might only be leading an individual on the wrong course if obstacles cluttering the path of growth of an employee are associated with arrogance. International Certified Coach (ICC) Jayantha Fernando told
Full Article Sunday, 28 September 2014 00:00
The PATHE Study Medicine, 2014 VSMU Alumni get-together was held on September 19, 2014. Graced by Professor Vadzmin V Prystupa, Head of International Department of the Vitebsk Medical University (VSMU), this year’s event provided an ideal networking platform for the past students who shared their experiences. The event saw the participation of newly pass-out graduates, parents,
Full Article Sunday, 28 September 2014 00:00
Sansare Piyasatahan, popular Poya Day single episode Buddhist teledrama series directed by veteran teledrama director Ananda Abeynayaka celebrates 21 yearsIn an era where teledrama directors constantly get blamed for their commercialized tele-productions that do not fulfill the demands of the viewers and do not have expected aesthetic value and entertainment,
Full Article Sunday, 28 September 2014 00:00
Come elections times, politicos from whatever party, start their game plan of violations of the election law come what may. During the nomination day there was news both the UNP and UPFA launching processions and vehicle parades after handing over nominations. When a Deputy Commissioner attempted to stop this, he was threatened. Badulla District UPFA MP and his...
Full Article Sunday, 21 September 2014 00:00
In trying to justify interest rates downward trend, at a People’s Bank function, the Head of the Central Bank had said, “Senior citizens should look towards diversifying their income streams instead of depending on interest payments from deposits in banks or financial institutions,” Senior citizens are mostly over sixty years, and will always be in search of risk-free investments.
Full Article Sunday, 21 September 2014 00:00

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