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Certain Bhikkus refer to ‘Gods’ protecting the Buddha Dhamma. Has the Buddha referred to ‘Gods’ entrusted with the protection of the Buddha Dhamma?
Full Article Sunday, 14 September 2014 00:00
The press and the official government news portal gave wide publicity to the Batticaloa Methodist College, celebrating her bicentennial anniversary on June 29, 2014. A closer examination of published official Methodist records and archived colonial papers does not support this dubious claim. According to Methodist documents published in Sri Lanka and overseas, the six pioneer Methodist Missionaries...
Full Article Sunday, 14 September 2014 00:00
Celeste Anandappa, my mother, passed away peacefully, aged 86 on July 9, 2014 in Kandana just as peacefully as she lived. Married to Clarence Anandappa in 1948 in more peaceful times, Celeste bore 10 living children and one dead, the firstborn in 1949 and the youngest in 1970. My father, a journalist, hailed from a rather affluent background but strangely…
Full Article Sunday, 14 September 2014 00:00
The letter from Edward Gunawardena in your Sunday edition of August 31 under the above topic deserves a lot of praise. The writer has summarized very precisely all the ills that we are faced today in the absence of an Independent Elections Commission. I do hope that his article would be read by many, many readers. The headline of the…
Full Article Sunday, 14 September 2014 00:00
Environmental activists warn of alleged moves by Sri Lanka Navy to initiate a tourism project for which land has been acquired illegally from many areas including Panama and AmparaWildlife officials last week denied allegations leveled against them by environmentalists that part of the Wilpattu National Park had been acquired
Full Article Sunday, 14 September 2014 00:00
“Without education, your children can never really meet the challenges they will face,” Nelson Mandela once said. “So it’s very important to give children education and explain that they should play a role for their country.”Now let me ask you this: Forget about the country for just a moment. That can come later
Full Article Sunday, 14 September 2014 00:00
Born in 1984 in Colombo, Chathurika Jayani is an emerging contemporary artist from Sri Lanka. Jayani’s work is prominent due to her attention to intricate details, and the creative methodology in which her work is presented. Jayani’s art is conceptual as well as personal. The artist completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Visual and Performing
Full Article Sunday, 14 September 2014 00:00
The Department of Fine Arts and the Department of Classical Languages of the University of Peradeniya are delighted to present two plays to commemorate Professor Ediriweera Sarachchandra’s birth centenary. Subha, directed by Kanchuka Dharmasiri will be staged on September 17 and Lokanthara, directed by Muditha Dharmasiri, on September 18 at the EOE. Pereira  Theater. Furthermore, Lokanthara
Full Article Sunday, 14 September 2014 00:00
Electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) use is increasing rapidly and its impact on youth is unknown.  A group of researchers in the US assessed associations between e-cigarette use and smoking intentions among U.S. youth who had never smoked conventional cigarettes.A study finds youth who have used e-cigarettes are almost twice as likely to intend to smoke conventional cigarettes
Full Article Sunday, 14 September 2014 00:00
Suicide is a major public health concern of the world and in particular in Sri Lanka. Loss of lives, tragedy of loved ones left behind in anguish, tormented survivors and economic burden on the country on health care costs for this previously apparently healthy population are enormous at a time the nation is recovering from devastating effects of war.
Full Article Sunday, 14 September 2014 00:00
The 2014 international theme for World Suicide Prevention Day, which fell on September 10, was ‘Suicide Prevention: One World Connected.’ The theme reflects the fact that connections are important at several levels if we are to combat suicide – at an individual level, cross support services, and cross country/countries.Suicide is a serious public health problem. Suicide occurs all over the…
Full Article Sunday, 14 September 2014 00:00
A proficient surgeon, a gifted writer, an eloquent anthropologist, Dr Richard Lionel Spittel was commemorated on his 45th death anniversary on September 3, 2014. Establishing another philatelic milestone, the day saw the launch of a stamp and the first-day cover. The Wycherley International School took pride in organizing the event while perpetuating the memories of the iconic patron.
Full Article Sunday, 14 September 2014 00:00
Research and documentation are undoubtedly interesting fields of study in a land which is world renowned for its rich history, culture, proud heritage and folklore. Researching has got its innumerable avenues of study and research of antiques and collectibles is one such interesting field that at times can take you on a journey that predates history itself. The study of
Full Article Sunday, 14 September 2014 00:00
The Dutch invaded the coastal areas of Ceylon in the 1650s. Missionaries who arrived with them targeted Catholics more than Buddhists or Hindus. They made public declarations that Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and Catholics were unsuitable to hold state office and in 1711, the colonial rulers under the influence of Missionaries enacted laws banning the practice of  Hinduism and Buddhism,
Full Article Sunday, 14 September 2014 00:00
Wasantha Liyanage Amarakeerthi best known as Dr. Liyanage Amarakeerthi, won the Swarna Pusthaka Award 2014 for his second novel ‘Kurulu Hadavatha’ (A bird’s heart) last week. He also won the Vidyodaya Literary Award for the Best Novel early this month for the same book. Kurulu Hadawatha is Amarakeerthi’s 16th book and second novel. His first novel Atawaka Puththu won the…
Full Article Sunday, 14 September 2014 00:00
The Parliament ground was once a hive of sporty activity: I have counted at a glance on a sunny day, nine different cricket matches being simultaneously played on it. Boys (and girls) sometimes with their fathers and uncles, were tirelessly enmeshed in their respective matches, screaming and squealing ceaselessly. These were played in the evenings on weekdays, and mornings and...
Full Article Sunday, 07 September 2014 00:00
Mahatma Gandhi during his visit to Ceylon in 1927 made several addresses in schools and in many other public institutions. On November 18, 1927 he addressed the students of Dharmaraja College, Kandy and among others spoke on the habit of smoking.“As I told the boys of Trinity College a little while ago, your education is absolutely worthless if it is…
Full Article Sunday, 07 September 2014 00:00
The act of gratitude showed by the Sakyamuni to the Assatta Tree after attaining supreme Enlightenment as the Buddha under the shade of the Assatta Tree, which tree came to be referred to as “Bodhi Tree” subsequently, by performing ‘Animisalochana Pooja’ (gazing at the Assatta Tree for seven days as gratitude for the tree’s hospitality) has turned out to be…
Full Article Sunday, 07 September 2014 00:00
The passing of Mervyn de Silva, the pontiff of Sri Lanka’s journalism, was redolent of an epoch. For Mervyn straddled several eras of Sri Lanka’s journalistic and political life, moved with several generations and was the most perceptive and witty commentator both of the high points as well as the idiocies of the passing scene. Intellectual journalist, foreign affairs commentator,...
Full Article Sunday, 07 September 2014 00:00
Memorable reminiscences emerge in my memory as in a pictorialYour 95th birth anniversary to commemorate Atavisi Bodhi Pooja as usual
Full Article Sunday, 07 September 2014 00:00

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