Swelling crowds add new life to Trinco Ther festival
The annual ther festival of the Kali Kovil in Trincomalee ended this week. A large number of devotees from various parts of the country as well as Sri Lankans domiciled overseas and holidaying in the country attended the event.
Pic by Amadoru Amarajeewa
Like humans, dogs can get diabetes too. Many dogs develop an appetite for sweets, pleading a piece from their owner as they consume something sweet. So the Avurudu festive season is a period when they can develop diabetes or exacerbate it if the disease already exists warn veterinary surgeons.
In Australia it may be the states and in England it may be the counties. But in Sri Lanka there is no doubt that the main feeders to the national grid in cricket are the schools. From the days when the Colombo Academy played S. Thomas’ in the 1880s to the modern day ‘Royal Battle of Walawa’ played between Therapuththa National School in Ambalanthota and Vijayaba National School in Hungama, schools have produced cricketers in an unbroken chain.
Do you know that there are many University entry qualifications in the world other than A/Levels? To name a few –Year 12 (Australia), High School Diploma (America), International Baccalaureate (Europe), STPM (Malaysia), Senior Certificate (India), Senior Middle Year 3/Year 12 National University Entrance Exam (China), and the University Foundation Year (UK/Australia).
The hangover from Sri Lanka's recent Geneva debacle continued to give the Government headaches for yet another week. A two-day parliamentary debate demanded by the Opposition saw accusations being made against the Government's mishandling of the country's foreign policy. The Government defended itself with statements ranging from the feeble to the outrageous.
In the months following the March 2012 rebuke administered to the Sri Lankan government by the United Nations Human Rights Council, critical self introspection is necessary as to some of the basic assumptions which drive the post Geneva discussions.
New Year brings back memories of a childhood enriched with what could be termed today as dual “ethnicity”. A Buddhist Sinhala father and Burgher Christian mother, which enabled the assimilation of both cultures, for which I am very grateful.