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Published on Wednesday, 08 October 2014 13:30

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Did you hear the one about the woman who longed for the perfect manicure and yet could not stop biting her nails? Her friend recommended yoga. A short while later this friend congratulated her on her beautiful manicure, pleased that yoga had helped. “It certainly did!” the woman replied; “Now I am biting my toe nails instead!”

Last Updated on 08 October 2014
Published on Friday, 03 October 2014 13:43

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Sri Lanka will host the World Biodiversity Congress (WBC) Nov. 24-27. Given its long and active history of preserving biodiversity, it would be most appropriate for Sri Lanka to be the next host of this global event, which also marks the U.N.’s Decade on Biodiversity.

Last Updated on 03 October 2014
Published on Thursday, 02 October 2014 20:35

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The slight teenager with heavy rectangular glasses and a bowl cut stood above the ocean of protesters who had engulfed downtown Hong Kong. His deep voice was drowned out by cheers, but the crowd did not mind: They knew him and his message. It was Joshua Wong, a 17-year-old student activist who has been at the center of the democracy movement that has rattled the Chinese government’s hold on this city.

Last Updated on 02 October 2014
Published on Tuesday, 09 September 2014 15:55

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The reconstruction of the Sangupiddi road bridge, located on the A32 Jaffna-Mannar Main Highway, symbolizes the Sri Lankan government's so-called post-war development efforts in the North. Being one of the only two road bridges linking the war-torn North with the rest of the island nation, it connects Sangupiddy in the Kilinochchi district with Karaitivu in the Jaffna peninsula. Technically, a person who stands on this Atlas type bridge, designed by a British company (Mabey and Johnson) and built at a cost of US$ 9.4 million with a soft loan from the British government within two years after the war, could enjoy the scenic beauty of the entire northern province.

Last Updated on 09 September 2014
Published on Monday, 08 September 2014 18:45

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The journey from Agra was not easy, but 22-year-old Prachi Pandey is here - in a run-down, three-storied grey building in Noida, from where seven channels of the Sadhna Media Group are beamed to north India, and from where its media school operates. Tiny, unassuming classrooms and a slim library is all of it but it is better than the institute in her hometown where mass communication diploma classes never took off. Here, for Rs 90,000 for a one-year course, she has learnt to write a script, face as well as handle the camera and anchor a show. A year into the course, she has a job as an assistant producer at VIP News channel, though she hopes to graduate to anchoring shows. Trendy black glasses perch on her nose, and with a warm smile, she speaks about watching the news as a teenager and deciding that the “media” is what she wanted to be a part of. “To be an anchor, you don’t just need glamour but knowledge as well,” she says.

Last Updated on 08 September 2014
Published on Friday, 05 September 2014 16:29

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Nothing would have spellbound the Sri Lankan cricket fans of the 90s like a Sanath Jayasuriya square cut for a six or a trademark pick-up shot of his to the leg side. But for a Sri Lankan cricket fan of the 21st century, who neither had the luxury of seeing the Jaysuriya mavericks consistently nor the prowess of Aravinda de Silva, after 2003, it is Lasith Malinga's toe-crushers and lethal bouncers that incite Lankan-esque celebrations and dancing in the aisles.

Last Updated on 05 September 2014
Published on Friday, 29 August 2014 14:07

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Simin Behbahani, the “Lioness of Iran”, died on August 19th, aged 87.

Last Updated on 29 August 2014
Published on Friday, 22 August 2014 09:29

Palmyrah 630px 14 08 22An unprecedented drought in Sri Lanka is exacerbating the longstanding potential for conflict between humans an elephants, reports suggest.

Last Updated on 23 August 2014
Published on Monday, 18 August 2014 16:38

HelloKitty 630px 14 08 18As the feline turns 40 she’s more powerful than ever. But how did she become a brand worth $7bn? Michael Fitzpatrick reports.

Last Updated on 18 August 2014
Published on Monday, 11 August 2014 17:48

Tourist 630px 14 08 11Two Sri Lankan cities at the heart of a 25-year civil war are creeping back onto a tourist trail from which they were blocked until peace came to this South Asian country five years ago.

Last Updated on 11 August 2014
Published on Wednesday, 30 July 2014 13:17

Rapevictim 630px 14 07 30A six-month long investigation by The Hindu has revealed that the nature of reported sexual assault in Delhi is far more complex than earlier imagined. Among the key findings is that a third of all the cases heard during one year dealt with consenting couples whose parents had accused the boy of rape.

Last Updated on 30 July 2014

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