Have you noticed how sensitive the ends of your fingers and toes are? Notice now we can feel the tiniest change in texture with our fingers? Nails are there to protect the ends of fingers and toes, help us to pick up small things. Nails come in handy if you have an itch somewhere that you want to scratch!
Isaac Newton discovered in 1672 that light could be split into many colors by a prism, and used this experimental concept to analyze light. The colors produced by light passing through a prism are arranged in a precise array or spectrum from red through orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and into violet. The students’ memory trick is to recall the…
The coming week will mark the 150th birth anniversary of Anagarika Dharmapala, arguably the best Ambassador to Buddhism in the world, during the 19th and 20th centuries. Born as Don David Hewavitharana, he later changed his name to Anagarika Dharmapala.
Scars; we all have them. For many, they are signs of a childhood well spent. They remind us of the games we played and the fights we got into with our siblings. Scars also remind us of accidents that happened, wounds that were more than mere bruises. You may have terrible memories of blood soaked bandages and excruciating pain. There…
One can recall the days when Sinhala cartoon films shown on television touched the hearts of viewers. Pissu Pusa, Doctor Honda Hitha and Ha Ha Hari Hawa were famous in any household where there were children. The dialogues in these cartoon films were so entertaining they stopped kids from growing up from a metaphorical sense.
Twenty-six letters create lots and lots of words. All these letters maintain our culture, communication and internal relationships like all the things. This language and words are beautiful creation. If there are no letters or words, we can’t imagine how world will function. More than million different words consist in a language. This is the game of playing with words
You were playing run and catches, when your brother has a fall and bruises his knee. Your parents aren’t home and you don’t know what to do.Your mother cuts her finger while slicing vegetables. She’s bleeding and screaming. You are the only one there to help, but you don’t know what to do.You are walking on the street with some
Nepal is a country where the beauty within can quickly find a contrast in something that’s not very pleasant. This concerning feature in Nepal can be seen in the form of a sizeable percentage of children not having basic needs like home, parental love and education. A team of adults working for Ama Ghar, which is a home for underprivileged…
The Bridge on the River Kwai was a in 1957 film directed by David Lean based on a French novel by the same name. Although a work of fiction, it tells the story of the construction of the Burma Railway in 1942–43 during the Second World War. The movie stars William Holden, Jack Hawkins, Alec Guinness and Sessue Hayakawa.
The highly-acclaimed children’s show titled ‘Saman vale mal’ was held on August 21 at the Bishop’s College Auditorium on the occasion of the 3rd death anniversary of Kalasuri Arisen Ahubudhu, with First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa gracing the occasion as chief guest.The event was organised by the Arisen Ahubudhu Foundation and directed by award-winning dramatist Nalaka Swarnathilake.
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…