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Pumping water, At last: Water for the schoolchildren

Pumping water, life and hope

Shaan Corea was all packed to leave for Poonakary for the first time four years back. Constant admonishing that she would not be able to stay in Poonakary itself because ‘there would be no water’ didn’t really worry her. The warnings merely conjured up in her mind a brief drought or a temporary water cut. With her feet planted on sandy palmyrah country,

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Get thee to a riotous bardic evening, Elsie’s Bar

Get thee to a riotous bardic evening!

It was 2009, and Colombo was waiting to assimilate a new play by two American playwrights, Mark Eaden and Fazer Hoesh. There were whispers, rumblings and insinuations as the footlights flashed, but it took time to dawn on the audiences (and on a portion of the cast) that the director Feroze Kamardeen had pulled a fast one- and duped them with two

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nurse helpline

A listening ear just a phone call away

As the toll-free National Mental Health Helpline 1926 marks one year next month, Kumudini Hettiarachchi visits the nerve centre of the operation. Ensconced within the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) in Angoda, a small, cosy and quiet room is acting as the nerve-centre for anyone from anywhere in the country to “unburden” themselves. Speaking

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Population Count 2021

New population count in 2021

While Sri Lankans are preparing for polls this year and in mid-2020, the Department of Census and Statistics (DCS) is preparing for another, island-wide exercise: Counting the population. The DCS is to conduct its next population and housing census in 2021 which would cost Rs.3.2 billion, according to DCS Director General Indu R. Bandara. The census

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Sensoji Temple, Hanzomon

History amidst the Cherry trees

Despite having visited Japan several times during the past few years while our daughter was working as a teacher in a town close to Osaka, it was only in April this year that we finally visited Japan’s capital city Tokyo – the world’s most populous metropolis. Getting there was easy – Sri Lankan Airlines has a direct flight from Colombo that arrives at

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The second man to step on the moon, Buzz Aldrin, sets up a solar wind experiment, near the, Lunar Module, and (inset) The, first human foot and footprint on the moon, Pix from, ‘The Pictorial History of NASA’, Moon Landing

Back to the moon with a roomful of memorabilia

50 years ago, while Neil Armstrong made history with the famous words, “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”, in Ceylon, Astrophysicist Dr. Kavan Ratnatunga, then 16 years old, was all agog. Here he talks to Kumudini Hettiarachchi. Clustered around radios, in times long past, every crackle, every sound would be followed by intense silence so

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Santhush Weerakoon

Life is one big adventure

A banker by profession, Santhush Weerakoon who believes in discovering all that’s thrilling in life, will share his experiences at an upcoming exhibition. From being a photographer and artist, to a licensed diver and amateur kite-surfer, Santhush Weerakoon is somewhat of a thrill-seeker. Having an adventurous spirit, this 36-year-old wants to live a full

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Naazima Kamardeen

Spotlight on biopiracy

The College House has witnessed so much history. Its centenarian memories would fill rich volumes bursting with good things. Tuesday this week, the former Regina Walawwe’s auditorium was packed with the legal fraternity of Colombo- there to celebrate the launch of two landmark volumes, both written by the youngest professor (currently) of the Colombo

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