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Here’s a story Albert Einstein was fond of telling:“I was at a tea in Princeton. The hostess asked me to explain relativity theory in a few words”. So I said, “I once had a friend who was blind from birth and one day we went for a hike in the country. It was hot so after a couple of...
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By intercepting the data of the constituents of Face Book, it is alleged that Face Book Company is flouting the basics of international code of ethics and norms of the internet with regard to confidentiality. This appalling episode has been reported and exposed in the renowned ‘Guardian’ newspaper as a bizarre abnormality.The ‘Guardian’ reveals that this outrageous adventure had surfaced...
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The proposal to allow singing of the Sinhala National Anthem in Tamil too has now become more or less a ‘national problem’. Groups of clergies, politicians, educationists, etc are indulging in this matter as different opinions emerge sans being finalized.I think allowing the Tamil-speaking people to sing the national anthem in Tamil, with no changes at all in meaning...
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Ranjith Soysa’s letter (22nd March) rightly questioning the morality of US Secretary of State, John Kerry’s offer to mediate in our ethnic conflict must be commended, particularly in the context of president Obama’s comment: “We just need to open our eyes, ears and our hearts to the nation’s racial history still casting its long shadows upon us.”
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The road opposite Anton’s Milk Bar gives customers an exciting view of a school playground where the good, bad and the ugly happen. Even the busiest person in Mandana Town frequents this milk bar to have a chilled glass of milk. Most customers are mothers. It’s hilarious how these mothers are hell-bent on nourishing their children to make them competitive...
Full Article Saturday, 04 April 2015 00:00
Just when you think that healthcare in our country couldn’t get any better, inspiration strikes and a new product is born. The feats that eDoctor has achieved in its first few years of service to the people of Sri Lanka have been remarkable. Their contribution to healthcare via their website has been a boon to many.
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The refreshing gusts of wind are indeed a blessing in any metropolis. For many decades the denizens of Colombo city have joyfully flocked at the resplendent Galle Face Green. The green has a mystique aura that seems to somehow make a dalliance with people of all ages. My earliest memories of the “green” date back to the early eighties.
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Speaking at the inauguration of the World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WOTCH), held at the ADNEC, in Abu Dhabi, on March 17   2015, the Chief of the World Health Organization, Dr. Margaret Chan welcomed steps taken by several countries, led by Australia, to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes. She called for similar action by other nations.
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Most of the activities of our brains occur without our conscious awareness. So, while we suffer from the delusion that we are fully in control of what we think, feel and behave, we are only fooling ourselves. Modern science shows that our brains are constantly being reshaped by our Brain circuits But we know one thing for sure: The systems...
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Budding teledrama producer Tharanga Rajakaruna Rajapaksha believes that teledrama is a strong medium of communicating with the potential to instill patriotic attitudes in audiences. Speaking to The Nation, Tharanga said that teledrama is a powerful way of exhibiting the richness of the country’s cultural and religious values, political ideologies, historical mistakes or how Sri Lanka was established as...
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Some say it is obvious that we are not alone in the universe. Some are reluctant to believe that the Earth is not the only planet with living beings. Existent or non-existent, we have always fancied or been skeptical about the concept of extraterrestrial life. However, science fiction writers identified the inquisitiveness in people that they created, and continue to...
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Every morning an elephant wades across the Udawalwa reservoir to reach the main road. There he stands most of the day, morning till night surrounded by tourists and pilgrims traveling to Kataragama along with many fruit vendors. The great giant affectionately called ‘Rambo’ by Udawalawa residents’ poses for pictures with his many admirers while munching on various goodies thrown...
Full Article Saturday, 28 March 2015 00:00
The Human Genetics Unit (HGU), Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo together with John Keells Research (JKR), a unit established by John Keells Holdings PLC (JKH) to carryout futuristic scientific research, are pleased to announce the successful sequencing of the entire genome of goda wee - an indigenous rice variety. This is the first time that such a feat...
Full Article Saturday, 28 March 2015 00:00
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s just-concluded bilateral visit to Sri Lanka (March 13-14) was laden with strategic agenda. While there was heavy bilateral agenda too given the fact that this was the first trip to Sri Lanka by an Indian premier in 28 years, the visit had two major objectives in the multilateral context: China’s steady forays into the...
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to Sri Lanka was replete with ‘firsts’. He was the first Indian PM to visit the island nation in 28 years. He was the first PM to travel to Jaffna, the capital of the Tamil-majority Northern Province. And he was the first to embellish his trip with carefully-crafted gestures, like praying at a Bo…
Full Article Saturday, 28 March 2015 00:00
Whatever doubts I may have had about Narendra Modi’s final impact on the lives of most Indians (as opposed to the wealthiest ones), seeing him on television during his recent Sri Lanka visit made me feel good about him. Especially because he looked trustworthy. If he says he wants to make the lives of all Indians better...
Full Article Saturday, 28 March 2015 00:00
The treaty on the accession of Kyrgyzstan to the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) was signed at the end of December 2014. The country will become a full participating member of the EAEU in May 2015. As the transition to a new level of integration approaches the opposing views between the pros and cons of the EAEU is growing. The economic…
Full Article Saturday, 28 March 2015 00:00
Bibi Netanyahu’s election, persistent violence through much of the Middle East and North Africa, and intensified efforts to forge a nuclear deal between the P5+1, Iran topped the news here in Washington this week. But a much bigger story in terms of the future order of global politics was taking place in Europe and Beijing.
Full Article Saturday, 28 March 2015 00:00
Author of ‘Altered Genes, Twisted Truth’ Steven Druker recently talked of how back in the seventies a group of molecular biologists formed part of a scientific elite that sought to allay fears about genetic engineering by putting a positive spin on it. At the same time, critics of this emerging technology were increasingly depicted as being little more than...
Full Article Saturday, 28 March 2015 00:00
By now you have probably seen John Oliver’s comic take on the pharmaceutical industry’s influence on doctors’ prescribing habits. Media outlets from Mother Jones to the Wall Street Journal commented admiringly, and even the American Medical Association felt compelled to declare they were “committed to transparency” around drug company payments to doctors.
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