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Pilgrims visiting Dambadiva (India) scarcely visit to venerate Lord Buddha’s relics in Dharmarajika Vihare in Kolkata in the continent of India, where Siddartha Goutama was born, attained Enlightenment and Parinibbana. Buddha’s holy relics dating over 2550 years were removed by the British and given back at the time political Independence was granted to India. The Mahabodhi Society enshrined it in…
Full Article Saturday, 02 May 2015 00:00
Religion, palmistry and astrology are immensely helpful to people in their life’s journey. The help they can render to society depends largely on whether professionals are employed as service providers. Theseabove mentioned topics are termed as subjects and have syllabuses which need to be studied in depth.
Full Article Saturday, 02 May 2015 00:00
He experienced vision problems and color blindness at an early age. But it was probably normal, he figured. But things took a turn for the worst during the third year of his degree in Management Information Systems at NIBM. During the third year he experienced extreme vision loss. Tuan Mohammed Rushdi Cassim, 28, from Enderamulla, Wattala has a visual impairment.
Full Article Saturday, 02 May 2015 00:00
Veteran dramatist Daya Alwis, this week’s artiste in the spotlight of Notebook of an achiever, last week turned the last Page of his own notebook. He passed away at the age of 72, while receiving treatment at the Sri Jayewardenepura Hospital following a motor accident. The funeral took place last Wednesday (29) at the Godigamuwa Cemetery.
Full Article Saturday, 02 May 2015 00:00
Two incidents of matricide and one patricide were reported this April. The most publicized of these was the murder of a 39-year-old woman in Kotakethana, Kahawatta on April 5. The murder gained wide publicity due to the fact that over a dozen women had been murdered in the area since 2010. However, the story took an entirely different twist when…
Full Article Saturday, 25 April 2015 00:00
A couple of years ago, an article in Irida Divaina taught me that a work-of-art, be it a poem, song or whatever doesn’t entirely belong to the creator. Once it is given, it’s owned by the recipient. It’s the recipient’s song. Thereafter, It seems that there is no writer or musician behind most of the songs sung today.
Full Article Saturday, 25 April 2015 00:00
The cracks are already beginning to be widening in the hastily cobbled administration following the last Presidential poll. Hardly surprising really when one delves deeper into the chaotic run up following the ouster of strong-man Mahinda Rakapaksa. Enthusiastic voters who desperately cast their ballots for a change in governance were given an...
Full Article Saturday, 25 April 2015 00:00
There should be a stable government for a nation to run smoothly. But unfortunately, this has not happened in Sri Lanka for the past few months since the presidential elections were held in January 8. As a result, the country’s forward march has been hampered. Many ongoing projects have been blocked by the new minority government. As a result, many…
Full Article Saturday, 25 April 2015 00:00
The justification for going to war in Iraq thirteen years ago, was based on a 93-page classified document that allegedly contained “specific information” on former Iraqi leader President Saddam Hussein and the weapons of mass destruction (WMD) programs he was apparently running.
Full Article Saturday, 25 April 2015 00:00
Many political discussions revolved around as to why and how the Ranil-Sirisena regime spurted on a globetrotting spree and in its view was to realign the ‘spoiled relations’ generated by the Rajapaksa regime. The big brothers, the United States, United Kingdom, India, China and Pakistan, according to some others is the new regime’s definition of a non-aligned foreign...
Full Article Saturday, 25 April 2015 00:00
The current political developments taking place in Sri Lanka seem to have an obvious pattern, indicating the possibility of a multi-pronged strategy planned carefully an orchestrated meticulously. Those developments originating at different points for different objectives have been blended into one main thrust. It is a combination of such objectives towards convenient environment to suit their aims.
Full Article Saturday, 25 April 2015 00:00
Not content with both purifying the Chinese Communist Party which he heads and with reforming his country, China’s president, Xi Jinping, also wants to reshape the economic and political order in Asia. With the flair that Chinese leaders share for pithy but rather bewildering encapsulations, his vision for the continent is summed up in official jargon as “One Belt, One…
Full Article Saturday, 25 April 2015 00:00
Forty years ago on April 30, 1975, the Vietnamese people, led by their Communist Party, were finally victorious in the long just struggle for national independence and unification against the United States and its puppet regime in Saigon. America experienced an earthshaking lesson in Vietnam — “Stop your unjust wars of aggression!” —but Washington learned nothing from its humiliating defeat…
Full Article Saturday, 25 April 2015 00:00
Today people are encouraged to be who they are and do what they are passionate about says leading Sri Lankan fashion designer Dimuthu Sahabandu. Becoming a fashion designer by ‘accident’ as he puts it Dimuthu says contrary to the past the creative industry in Sri Lanka as a whole is seeing significant growth today. “People have changed, today fashion is...
Full Article Saturday, 25 April 2015 00:00
March 8 (Wednesday), 2015. I was hungry, so I walked into a restaurant and bought food. It was salad and it cost me 400 rupees. It tasted terrible. “Well, shit,” I thought. Four- hundred  bucks for a mass of green and a few shreds of chicken. It was about as tasty as a traffic accident. The accompanying milkshake was another…
Full Article Saturday, 25 April 2015 00:00
Somewhere in the middle of the year 1995 I received a letter.  I was a student in a university in Upstate New York at the time.  I knew the name of the author.  I knew his face.  I didn’t expect a letter from him and if anyone had asked me ‘What would Nihal Fernando have to say to you?’...
Full Article Saturday, 25 April 2015 00:00
There are countless melodies that can be composed with the 12 pitches of the Chromatic scale.  There are more than 12 words in the English dictionary and this alone gives sense of dimension pertaining to possible word configuration.  One might say that we have enough and more tools to describe the world to ourselves and one another.
Full Article Saturday, 25 April 2015 00:00
It was first an exhibition.  An effective and infuriating teaser.  The book came later, much later than anticipated.  The work, however, was neither exhibit nor text; it was a civilizational story etched in artifact and clearly resident in the heart of a chronicler who not only knew ‘point and click’, but when to point and what to point at before…
Full Article Saturday, 25 April 2015 00:00
A person who passes Elephant Pass notices of a monument made of a bulldozer plated with armor, which silently reminds the heroic action of a soldier during the war that devastated the country for a period about three decades. It was when the Elephant Pass army camp came under attack by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) terrorists in…
Full Article Saturday, 25 April 2015 00:00
De Niese Bay stretches before us in a gentle curve, its calm and shallow waters lapping at our feet. At the end of the curve, the sea and the lagoon meet like two lovers who have been shadowing each other. The bay and the lagoon run parallel to each other, separated only by the beach and a strip of scraggly…
Full Article Saturday, 25 April 2015 00:00

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