Dear kids,Have you heard this story before? Once, a US president went out to see the situation of the city. Somewhere, a group of soldiers was trying to lift a large branch of a tree from their way.A Corporal was standing by their side instructing them to work harder, but they were unable to move it.
Veddas are the indigenous people of Sri Lanka. While in the past their lifestyle was closely knit with the forest, today they have had to move away from it. This is because after 1950s their land was opened up for, and the tribe’s forests and hunting grounds were bulldozed to make way for villages. In 1983 their last remaining forest…
Richard Attenborough was a well-known actor and director from Britain. Born on August 29, 1923, he acted and directed many films in a career spanning six decades. He started his acting career from stage dramas and played a lasting role in the film industry, especially from the 1960s to 1990. Attenborough was also a Member of the House of Lords…
Acclaimed children’s author R K Narayan had the ability to capture the readers’ attention with his novels. Among the many compliments paid on him, this one sums up the author’s greatness. These words came from none other than his close associate and mentor Graham Green, the person who was instrumental in getting his literary pieces published. Green once said, “Whom
Marking the Test Cricket retirement of a legend, everyone was in tears at the Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) grounds two weeks ago. Let’s have a look at this legend, Mahela Jayawardene’s childhood.Denagamage Praboth Mahela de Silva Jayawardene was born on May 27 in 1977, as the first of two sons of Sunila and Senerath Jayawardene. They lived in Rajagiriya. Mahela’s
Echinoderms are marine animals that live in the ocean. Common echinoderms include the sea star, sea urchin, sand dollar and sea cucumber. Most echinoderms have arms or spines that radiate from the center of their body. The central body contains their organs, and their mouth for feeding.Echinoderms are characterized by radial symmetry, several arms (five or more, mostly grouped
Children are suffering; all around the world everyday and thousands of them are fighting for life. A report of child abuse is made every minute and almost five children die everyday. Let us define this epidemic to understand better. What is child abuse?Child abuse is not only emotional, physical and mental oppression, it’s about violating the freedom and rights
Veddas are the indigenous people of Sri Lanka. While many theories have been put forward as to their origins, two of the most-accepted theories today are that the Veddas originate from the Yakka tribesmen, who were already living in Sri Lanka at the time of King Vijaya’s arrival from India. The other theory is that they are decedents of the
Seventy years ago, on August 25, 1944, French and Allied forces liberated Paris from the German occupation during the Second World War. The French capital had fallen to the invading German troops in June 1940 and was administered by Germany during the next four years.After the Allied forces landed in Normandy on June 6, 1944,
The molluscs or mollusks compose the large phylum of invertebrate animals known as the Mollusca. Around 85,000 species of mollusks are recognized. Mollusks are the largest marine phylum, comprising 23 percent of all the named marine organisms. Mollusks were among the first inhabitants of the Earth. Fossils of mollusks have been found in rocks and date back over 500 million…
Children’s author Amara Wijeratne was known to many, especially schoolgirls. She was a teacher and personality most remembered at the school in which she taught, Musaeus College. She had a knack for writing stories for children and used that skill to pen many books. One of her books, Maha Danamuththa and Andare, won an award in the ‘children’s books category’.
Dogs make good pets and even better friends. Ask anyone with a dog and he/she would tell you how lovable and goofy dogs are. If you have watched Marley and Me or any other movie with a dog, you will know that with them, there will always be more happy memories than sad ones. You may have also heard of
World Humanitarian Day falls on August 19. This day was named to recognize those who face danger and adversity and help others. It is also an opportunity to celebrate the spirit that inspires humanitarian work around the globe. What do you mean by the word humanitarian? Definition of the word ‘humanitarian’ being devoted to the promotion of human welfare and…
Every year on August 9, various groups of indigenous people all over the world celebrate the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. This day was declared by the General Assembly of the United Nations Organization to promote and protect the rights of the world’s indigenous population.Sri Lanka also has our very own indigenous people.
Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) or Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever (EHF) is the human disease caused by the Ebola virus. Symptoms start with fever, sore throat, muscle pains and headaches. Typically nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea follow, along with decreased functioning of the liver and kidneys. At this point, some people begin to have bleeding problems.
Of the million or more animal species in the world, 98 percent are invertebrates. Invertebrates don’t have an internal skeleton made of bone. Many invertebrates have a fluid-filled, hydrostatic skeleton, like the jelly fish or worm. Others have a hard outer shell, like insects and crustaceans. There are many types of invertebrates.
Anusha Malalagama is the Product Development Manager at D.S.L Lanka (Pvt) LTD situated at the Biyagama Export Processing Zone in Welgama, Malawana. She has been a designer for the past 20 years and works mostly to make soft toys for kids. Anusha said that she’s been successful in this trade because she puts safety above everything else.“I don’t believe in
This is a fun period for school students since, it’s vacation time. After the New Year vacation, this is their chance to go on trips, to see relations, watch cartoons and play with their friends. Other than these reasons there is another special reason why August is a special month for kids. It is the windy climate of this month.
Did you ever wonder why your favorite foods taste so good? Well, you can thank your taste buds for letting you appreciate the different flavors of ice cream.Taste buds are sensory organs that are found on your tongue and allow you to experience tastes that are sweet, salty, sour, and bitter. How exactly do your taste buds work? Well