Sri Lanka’s Great Opportunity. Gotukola-by Emme Haddon Source:Island Almost every culture from the ancient Egyptians to the native Americans possess a wealth of herbal medicinal knowledge which has been passed down from generation to generation. According to the World Health Organisation, 80% of the world’s population rely on traditional herbal medicines as their primary source of health care. 74% of the modern medicines were discovered as a result of the study of plants used in traditional medicine. The current global boom in sales of alternate herbal remedies and supplements is driven by a growing awareness for preventative healthcare methods and consumer demand for healthier and more natural products. People no longer blindly accept something as being safe just because a doctor says so. The number of information-hungry patients has increased dramatically, around 66% of US adults go online to research their conditions, as do more than half of all Europeans. According ...

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Nelli – On the cusp of becoming the world’s next top superfood-by Emme Haddon   Source:Island FACT NOT HYPE: A nelli a day keeps sickness at bay! The humble little nelli fruit is the second richest natural source of Vitamin C on the planet and is an antioxidant powerhouse. The Indian gooseberry tree, Phyllanthus emblica or Emblica officinalis, is considered the most important medicinal plant in Ayurveda, Unani and Siddha, traditional systems of medicine. Whilst all parts of the tree are used medicinally, it is the fruit, known as amla in India and nelli in Sri Lanka, that is considered the most important. In one of the oldest ayurvedic treatise’s dating back to 2 A.D, nelli was regarded as the most potent and rejuvenating fruits supporting anti-aging and longevity. With an astounding 600 – 700mg of Vitamin C per tiny fruit – 160 times that of an apple – nelli is the second richest natural source of Vitamin ...

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Magnificent Dutch Fort in Kalpitiya: From Portuguese territory to current Vijaya Naval Base-By Sanath Weerasuriya Source:Life Kalpitya Dutch Fort is one of the main features, in this historic city of Kalpitiya, which is the main trading point in a narrow land that stretches to the north for about 50 kilometres beyond Puttlam, parallel to the mainland. Weatherworn and centuries-old, this majestic structure was built by the Dutch between 1667 and 1676. Kalpitiya was important as it commands the entrance to the adjacent bay, Puttalam Lagoon. The surrounding Puttalam area was one of the major cinnamon cultivation areas in Sri Lanka. The Dutch even constructed a canal from Puttalam via Negombo to Colombo to transport cinnamon from the area. For centuries it stood there gazing at the lagoon and the ocean far beyond. It has witnessed many battles, listened to many prayers and protected many a life. This is the historic ...

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Where have the sawfish of Sri Lanka gone?-By Sahan Thilakaratna, Akshay Tanna, and Daniel Fernando Where have the sawfish of Sri Lanka gone?-By Sahan Thilakaratna, Akshay Tanna, and Daniel Fernando   Source:Dailymirror   Have you ever seen a creature with a 1.5 meter saw attached to its 6 meter body?  Word travelled fast along the dusty roads of Kuchchaveli (Trincomalee district) and soon the area was filled with curious people keen to get a glimpse of this mysterious creature, which to them was like the legends of mermaids or dragons. But this is not a fairy tale and was narrated by a fisherman who caught this fish in March 2017 – on his son’s birthday. This mysterious fish, or to be precise, ray, was a sawfish (“Dathi Mora” in Sinhala and “Vela” in Tamil). They belong to the “cartilaginous fishes”, which include all sharks and rays. What is distinct about sawfishes are ...

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Ahasata Igilee – Yanawo Yanawo-by Capt Elmo Jayawardena That’s what they sang for parting wishes at Mary Felicia’s daughter’s wedding. The choir of a few carried the lyrics with resonant voices and the gathered handful whispered the chorus, all about little birds soaring to the sky, flying away, flying away. The event took place in a bruised-walled and patched-roofed poor church where a scattering of a congregation of smaller than small people had come to give their good wishes. It was to fellow tsunami survivors as they made their sacred promises to bind the ties of blessed nuptials. I too was present among this mainly fisher-folk and was awed by the simplicity of the ceremony and the inspiring meaningfulness of it all. I felt I owed it to Mary to write her story, just so that people would know what rock bottom courage of a mother is all about. Her ...

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John Keells Properties reports steady construction progress on TRI-ZEN Construction is progressing steadily on TRI-ZEN, John Keells Properties’ highly anticipated residential development in Colombo 02. The property developer has reported that the project is moving forward in anticipation of completion in 2023. A welcome update for both investors and the industry alike, amidst an extended global health crisis. Structural work is currently ongoing for the 25th floor of Tower 1, the 27th floor of Tower 2, and the 29th floor of Tower 3 which faces Union Place. Interior masonry work has also commenced and has progressed to the 13th and 14th floors of the complex. This has allowed for MEP work to proceed, with the installation of plumbing, fire systems, and electrical conduiting already underway. TRI-ZEN is a joint venture between Indra Traders (Pvt) Ltd. and John Keells Properties. TRI-ZEN’s contractor and global leader in construction, China State Construction Engineering Corporation LTD., has forged through with the project ...

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A multi-day fishing vessel monitoring system from Australia to Sri Lanka July 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka received a multi-day fishing vessel monitoring system that contributes to ensure maritime security, under a financial grant from Australia, President’s Media Division announced. Australian High Commissioner David Holly said the monitoring system would help in preventing illegal fishing, ensuring border protection and security in Indian Ocean Region, preventing human and drug trafficking and rescuing fishermen in distressed vessels. The monitoring system consisting of 4,200 transponders, equipment for a monitoring center and satellite facilities is valued at 5.38 million Australian Dollars. The monitoring center will be set up under the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources. The first set of transponders was symbolically handed over to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa by Australian High Commissioner David Holly at the Presidential Secretariat this morning (16). A total of 1,250 such transponders were installed at multi-day fishing vessels in ...

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Archeologists Unearth Largest Roman Basilica Ever Found in Israel—Dated 2,000 Years Old-BY EMG INSPIRED STAFF (Courtesy of Yaniv Cohen/Nature and Parks Authority via Israel Antiquities Authority) Source:Theepochtimes A massive renovation at the Tel Ashkelon National Park has unveiled the largest Roman basilica in Israel, dating to about 2,000 years ago, which is set to be accessible to the general public once the project is completed. The extensive development work at the park, funded by Nature and Parks Authority alongside Leon Levy Foundation, is being conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA). Alongside erecting sculptures and marble columns discovered during the excavation at the site, the authority will also renew existing roads and construct a new network of existing paths.   (Courtesy of Yaniv Cohen/Nature and Parks Authority via Israel Antiquities Authority) The new paths, about 2 kilometers long, are meant to showcase and provide good access to the park’s unique nature ...

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Athupandalama ritual at Kataragama Temple-by Nisal Baduge   Source:Dailymirror The ritual known as ‘Athupandalama’ took place at the Kataragama Temple in view of the Esala Perehara. The ceremony marks the thatching of the hut in front of the main Temple and its branches are called Athupandalama. The ritual takes place every year. The main tusker ‘Wasana’ of the Temple performs the ritual in the presence of the Basnayaka Nilame. Pix by Nisal Baduge ...

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Banker…with beauty plus brains Source:Island The spotlight, this week, is on Deepthi Jayarathne, a banker, working for an international bank, in Colombo. Deepthi is a freelance model (during her leisure time, she says), and is also a teledrama actress. But…yes, the big scene is that she was Mrs. Sri Lanka – Mrs. Intelligent 2019, and Mrs. Sri Lanka for Mrs. Universe 2020. And, this is how our chat went… 1. How would you describe yourself? I’m ambitious, and a simple person, who has a strong personality inside. I’m also a good listener. My inner happiness is when I support someone. Oh, yes, I’m also a pet lover. 2. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Maybe the ability to understand and share the feelings of another, especially those who, I believe, are in the wrong. 3. If you could change one thing about your family, ...

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