Monday, 24th November 2014

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When I saw the Indian court premises on ‘SUN’ TV while watching the news related to the conviction of Jeyalalithaa, our courts at Aluthkade came to my mind. Our court buildings in white colors are faded along with their parapet walls and other fences giving an impression that the Ministry of Justice must be so bankrupt to give a color…
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Honored by many, the retired Principal of St Cecilia’s Girls’ College, Batticaloa was felicitated by the school locale at the valedictory ceremony organized by the School Development Committee of St Cecilia’s in a fitting manner. She had served the school for 18 years. On October 2, 2014 she completed 25 years in teaching.
Full Article Sunday, 23 November 2014 00:00
When Sheila left this world a few days ago, she left us bereft. The wonderful friendship we shared for over sixty years is now only a memory. It was in the halcyon days of the [one and only] University in the 1950s that my friend BDK, and I, saw her tripping along to ‘College’ from “Merdeka”, the home of her…
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Amidst an impending Presidential Election, Sri Lanka Muslim Congress leader Rauff Hakeem has once again come out with his earlier demand. He wants a separate administrative unit for the Muslim-majority Ampara district in the Eastern Province. This demand has not found favor with the UNP and even the Prime Minister. We don’t know the thinking of the JHU and the…
Full Article Sunday, 23 November 2014 00:00
With Unit – I of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project set to go commercial by January 22 (2015), environmentalists and other activists in both India and Sri Lanka have again raised concerns regarding safety issues at the plant. However, authorities in Sri Lanka have reiterated the danger to the island is minimal. According to Indian media reports, the commercial run…
Full Article Sunday, 23 November 2014 00:00
Dolls aren’t only playthings, and in many countries, dolls are considered art and decorative objects. Japan, which has a long and detailed history, also has a vast array of dolls which have been created in the past for various purposes. For instance, the dolls used in Bunraku or classical puppet theatre are themed according to famous Bunraku scenes. The Hanagatami…
Full Article Sunday, 23 November 2014 00:00
Coming from a country where tea is the biggest export crop, you’d think we’d be able to spot a tea estate when we see one. But no. Secluded in the lush countryside on the outskirts of Hamilton City in New Zealand’s pristine Waikato region, is a sprawling tea estate known to very few, even natives.Zealong Tea Estate extends to about…
Full Article Sunday, 23 November 2014 00:00
Sri Lanka is a country blessed with the protection of religion. This can be seen by anyone taking a tour around the island. Every town, including the lesser known ones, will have at least one temple which propagates the teachings of Lord Buddha. Each year in December, beginning with Unduwap Poya, Buddhist devotees follow an instinct which comes in the…
Full Article Sunday, 23 November 2014 00:00
The Yarl Devi was a train. A hulking pile of metal on wheels, just like any other train. It began its run around 1956; neither the first train to make the trip to the North of Sri Lanka, nor the only train to operate along the Northern Line, but definitely the most iconic. Like most named trains, the ‘Yarl Devi’…
Full Article Sunday, 23 November 2014 00:00
The last part of the interview of Professor Raj Somadeva with Darshanie Ratnawalli continued from last week. DR: To which period do you assign your Yaksha inscription? RS: Frequently we used to ascribe the inscriptions written in early form (angular style) of the Brahmi letters found in Sri Lanka to 250 BCE which is contemporaneous with the reign of Emperor Ashoka in India. In that…
Full Article Sunday, 23 November 2014 00:00
It is almost 155 years since Charles Darwin’s masterpiece, On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life, was published in November 1859. The title was later shortened to The Origin of the Species. After three years on board the HMS Beagle, charting the coasts of South America,…
Full Article Sunday, 23 November 2014 00:00
‘Song is not the final product of music,’ Darshana Ruwan Dissanayaka, aspiring young musician who secured the Best Music Composer Award at the State Music Awards Festival at three occasions said, speaking to The Nation. Coming from a far away village in Polonnaruwa and facing many hurdles in the field, today, Darshana is one of the most appreciated young musicians…
Full Article Sunday, 23 November 2014 00:00
Even before Bank of Ceylon was nationalized and People’s Bank was commenced unjust collateralizing parroting was heard from a few disappointed persons but not from persons with knowledge of banking fundamentals. Fundamental banking concepts dwell upon mobilizing customer deposits and investing such deposits in safe possible investments with institutions and with individuals and for the safety of its return,...
Full Article Sunday, 16 November 2014 00:00
On a casual visit to see a warded patient at the Kalubowila Hospital, the writer saw an unusual sight that in a female ward in most of the beds two patients were accommodated, and most them were elderly ladies. In spite of such an unhealthy and unhygienic situation, the doctors and the nurses were seen working with selfless commitment,...
Full Article Sunday, 16 November 2014 00:00
My father’s classmates, Mahinda Wijesinghe and Dr. Wickrema Weerasooria, have eloquently captured the essence of Ben Eliatamby, the lawyer and the friend in their recent dedications. It would indeed be futile for me to repeat what colleagues and friends have already articulated about his legal career or days at Royal College and Greys Inn. Thus, I write not so much...
Full Article Sunday, 16 November 2014 00:00
Mr Jayasingam, who until recently served as chairman of EB Creasy and the Lankem group of companies, passed away after a brief illness.Jayasingam, “Jasi” the eldest son of the late Professor Nadaraser, Senior lecturer and Reader in Mathematics at the University of Ceylon, had his education at Royal College and after his secondary schooling completed the B.Com Degree from the...
Full Article Sunday, 16 November 2014 00:00
Everyone wants to feel good about themselves. One way of doing this is to ensure that you look good. In today’s society, appearance and the way we conduct ourselves go a long way, from getting a job to impressing a person whom you love. No one can deny the fact that they like to be attractive. That’s where the talc,
Full Article Sunday, 16 November 2014 00:00
On the eve of writing this submission, Aslam Marikar, whose Twenty First Century Monk played to a packed audience last week, was not ‘available’ for comment. But, his production had left a various impact on part of Colombo’s theater-goers when it was unveiled at the Punchi Theater, Borella. The ‘manipulation of comedy’ in the discussion of...
Full Article Sunday, 16 November 2014 00:00
Wilderness came firstof perhaps desertthen civilization
Full Article Sunday, 16 November 2014 00:00
Sabbe Sankhara Anicca: The Volume of a Ball is Impermanent, written by Colombo University, Mathematics Department Senior Lecturer, Dr. W Ramasinghe is not simply a book on mathematics or religion. It is a 156 page book that attempts to bring mathematics and religion together with a touch of culture.
Full Article Sunday, 16 November 2014 00:00

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