Athula Withanage - The Living Capsule

Mother Lanka has given birth to many prodigies and given them a free education to prop them up to excel in wider fields, particularly in medicine. However, there were and are many students who are still unable to gain admission to universities to outshine in their chosen fields due to restrictions in our education system. Amidst such a dilemma, continuous protests, arguments and threatened strikes are seen and heard against the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) , which is a private seat of learning, especially in the field of medicine, linked to Neville Fernando Russian Friendship Teaching Hospital in Malabe.

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A Believer in Buddhism never goes wrong


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Cats are coming out of the bag


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Helmut Kohl's Unfulfilled Dream

After the demise of former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl recently, news about his survival out of the killer tsunami in 2004 December surfaced once again. Kohl was 74 at the time. His escape from the tsunami in Sri Lanka had been described in diverse forms, both in the German media and the Associated Press at the time, with a slight variance.

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One Man`s Crusade against a failing cement plant Part 2


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Facing the Wrath of Weather gods

Facing the wrath of weather gods

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150 year celebration of Ceylon Tea - UNIQUE GLOBAL CEYLON TEA PARTIES

Year 2017 becomes the quasquicentennial anniversary of the Ceylon Tea industry. The Colombo Tea Traders' Association, the apex body of the industry, in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Tea Board, the state regulatory agency for the industry, will conduct a comprehensive programme to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Ceylon Tea with several celebratory events throughout the year. The celebrations commenced in January from the head office at the Tea Board, with the unveiling of a sculptured bust of James Taylor, the Scotsman who arrived in Ceylon in 1847 mainly to grow coffee.

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Putting misconceptions into perspective

A particular planter appeared to have been disturbed for calling the Ceylon Tea Traders Association (CTTA) as the "Apex body of the Industry" in my article on 1 July 2017 on the Sesquicentennial of the Ceylon Tea Industry. He wrote to me enquiring the reason for using such a phrase, stating that the CTTA was created long after the tea industry. Responding to his query, I replied stating that the CTTA was formed 27 years after the commercial cultivation of tea commenced, for the specific purpose of regulating and monitoring the tea trade, at the request of the producers of tea, who were confined to their plantations, and in any case, had no knowledge or experience in the marketing or exporting of the product.

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