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The Vatican Science Academy will urge Christians to take action on climate change because it threatens the world’s poor. The Academy is being addressed on the issue by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Next month the Pope is due to deliver an Encyclical, an official statement, on the dangers of heating the climate.
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In the wake of disappointing earnings, MacDonald’s has announced it will be closing 900 locations worldwide this year. The company posted a $400 million profit loss for the first three months of this year. McDonald’s has been struggling to keep its menu popular as food trends have changed, leading the chain with falling sales and dwindling customers.
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Iran has demanded that Israel give up its “nuclear weapons”, as it spoke on behalf of the 120-nation Non-Aligned Movement. Iran’s Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif said the bloc also wants a nuclear free-zone in the Middle East.Mohammad Javad Zarif was speaking at the United Nations for the non-aligned group of countries. Israel has never admitted or denied the...
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How to digest the reality of 1,500 dead migrants when most of the victims are lost to the sea; their hopes, dreams and even their names drowned with them? Blame is of course being assigned; or rather deflected, divided, avoided. British stinginess, smugglers’ greed, ISIL’s savagery, European racism, the oppression of the Amazigh and the vagaries of war - each…
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The state of New York is to turn off non-essential lights in state-run buildings to help birds navigate their migratory routes in spring and autumn. Migrating birds are believed to use stars to navigate but they can be disorientated by electric lights, causing them to crash into buildings.
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Coterie theatre flourished briefly in the 17th Century Britain as an underground resistance movement against the sociopolitical repression imposed on one of the most sublime creations of the human mind – Western theatre. Borella Punchi Theatre (PT) is the closest Sri Lankan equivalent to the British Coterie theatre, for it too was created at a time when the traditional theatre…
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On the 19th of April while channel surfing late at night, I chanced on an episode of the TV show Sanhinda on ITN which commemorated the late great doyen of comedic acting in Sri Lanka, the inimitable Freddie Silva. With the participation of veteran comedy actor and director Roy de Silva the show created a discourse of disclosures, recollections, and...
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Pineapple with chili, pepper and salt is a delicious combination loved by Sri Lankans. So is a ‘gotta’ full of chickpea, coconut, chili and salt. These are both easy to find and don’t cost that much. Thus, pineapple and chickpea are reachable and available to all, and this is also what literature should be.
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When Dayaratne chews betel, most of his friends don’t come close till he has had enough and washes his mouth. Dayaratne, fondly known as Daya, has very few passions in life. Betel chewing is one. Another is for sugarcane cultivation. He remembers to worship Lord Ganesh every morning, even if he forgets to have breakfast. The other passion he has…
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In their refusal to stand in solidarity with the victims of the “Assassin’s Veto”, writers have turned their back on a simple concept Teju Cole, Peter Carey, Michael Ondaatje, Taiye Selasi and other writers have decided to withdraw from PEN American Center gala honouring staff of Charlie Hebdo. In an email interview with the New York Times, Carey questioned whether...
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The decision by PEN American Center to give its annual Freedom of Expression Courage award to the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo has prompted six writers to withdraw as literary hosts at the group’s annual gala on May 5, adding a new twist to the continuing debate over the publication’s status as a martyr for free speech.
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Two recent articles in The Island on promoting research in Sri Lanka, one written by Professor Ranjith Senaratne (March 10) and the other by Dr, CS Weeraratna (March 20), enthused me to write my own views on the topic.  Prof. Senaratne drew a typically rosy and optimistic picture of the importance of research, and the need to fund more and...
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Howard Male has written on music for the Independent, Songlines, The Word and other publications and on the arts in general for the artsdesk.com. He is also a musician. Etc Etc Amen is his first novel. “Let go of your belief - it’s more trouble than it’s worth! Many have died fighting over the small print from the undeniably ambiguous…
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This publication titled ‘Buddhism in Practice’ is truly a compendium of Buddhist Essays that would satisfy the refined taste of the more intellectually-oriented readers, who are looking for some material which in the words of Francis Bacon are fit to be ‘chewed and digested’. As the title implies, the Essays emphasize not the conventional objective of providing an exposure to...
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The MoonThat ethereal satellite orbiting the EarthShows her full countenance only once a month;Struck by her, I gaze at the mellow beauty.
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Richard Dawkins [RD], the celebrated scientist and writer carving an epitaph in the opening page of his fascinating thesis on atheism and best seller, “The God Delusion” says…, “Isn’t it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?” It is difficult to believe that Dawkins, who...
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The month of May marks your tenth death anniversaryAn irreparable loss putting us into grief and miseryChoose to express my sentiments in verse though not a poetAs the painful memories of you keep on running riot.
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Ranjith died on the 25th of January 2015 after a brief illness. On Monday attended the meeting of the National Chamber of Commerce and was seated together with his school friends Gamini Wimalasooriya and Ranjith Pandithage for a long time. Two days later he fell sick and died on Saturday.
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Matricide is the killing of a mother by her biological child. It is one of the rarest of reported murders and has always been considered as one of the most abhorrent crimes (Catanesi et al., 2014). The matricidal theme has its roots in Greek mythology. According to Greek mythology, Prince Orestes avenged the murder of his father, King Agamemnon...
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When Kahawatta murders terrified Sri Lanka I contacted Professor Alexander Bukhanovsky and informed him about the nature of these killings. I emailed him the newspaper reports about the Kahawatta murders and gave him a basic idea how the killings had been done.
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