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Venivel: Local Remedy for cancer, Type 2 diabetes and arthritis

September 2, 2014 at 9:39 pm

September 2, 2014, 8:17 pm

By Shari Jayawardhana

Cosciniumfenestratum, commonly known as Venivel (Sinhala),  Atturam /Kadari (Tamil), Calumba Wood/Tree Turmeric (English) is one of the most  important plants used in traditional medicine.It has become very important in  recent years due to its rarity and the growing demand in the medicinal plant  sector. This critically endangered plant is a large woody creeper indigenous to  the Indo-Malayan region. It is found in Sri Lanka, India,Malaysia, Vietnam,  Myanmar, Singapore and Thailand. Venivel is found in abundance in theforest  fringes and disturbed forests in the low country wet zone of Sri Lanka.

Sam Wijesingha: His Parliament, his world

September 2, 2014 at 9:34 pm


(A tribute Tissa Devendra paid to the late Mr. Wijesinghe when  the latter turned 90)

September 2, 2014, 8:07 pm

Mr.Wijesinha’s official career has been characterized with  absolute integrity. tempered with humanity. He was an exemplar of an  administrative tradition where honesty and efficiency were ingrained in all  officers. There was no need for the culture of sycophancy that seems to have  tragically overwhelmed most public servants today – exemplified, on TV, by the  servility of their body language when greeting their political bosses.To Sam  Wijesinha, Mahinda Rajapaksa is no demi-god but remains ,basically, the young  M.P. , from the village adjoining his own, whom he tutored in Parliamentary  procedure and calls him ‘Uncle Sam’.

The US: Friend or foe?

September 2, 2014 at 9:27 pm


September 2, 2014, 7:38 pm

January 17, 2008: Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Robert F.  Willard meets Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Ministry of Defence,  Colombo. He was accompanied by US Ambassador Robert Blake.

The SLN sought the blessings of St. Anthony, the saint who looks  after the sea, before launching a highly risky project to track down floating  LTTE arsenals on the high seas. Some of those, who had been involved in the  operation, prayed at St. Anthony’s Church, Kochchikade, seeking the saint’s  intervention to ensure the return of the ageing SLN fleet after having delivered  a deadly blow to the Eelam project.

India has no alternative but to follow Swami

September 2, 2014 at 9:20 pm


September 2, 2014, 7:36 pm

By Nalin de Silva

The TNA leaders have met the Indian Prime Minister in Delhi and  the news media quoting the delegates who went to India claimed that India wants  the Sri Lankan government to implement the 13th Amendment. Whether Indian  leaders have made this statement, we do not know as there is no official  communiqué from the Indian government on the discussions between the Indian  Prime Minister and the TNA delegation, then it is not the first time India has  come out with such statement. This is a “manthra” that India repeats  occasionally, without any hope of forcing the Sri Lankan government to implement  the 13th amendment fully. I remember sometime ago India wanted some assurance  from the Sri Lankan government, in the form of a statement from the APRC, that  the 13th amendment would be implemented. After all the 13th amendment is a  solution proposed by India to a non-existing ethnic problem along the Indian  model, without realizing that the Sri Lankan and Indian situations were vastly  different.

Pooja Jain Is Rewriting Luxor’s Future-by Shabana Hussain

September 2, 2014 at 9:04 pm

Pooja Jain Is Rewriting Luxor's Future
Image: Amit Verma
Pooja Jain, executive director of Luxor Group, works almost 24 hours a day

Maharajas use their wealth to script positive tales-by Nirati Agarwal

September 2, 2014 at 8:59 pm

Secret menu: Tasty treats await ‘in-the-know’ customers

September 2, 2014 at 8:54 pm

By Deborah Siegelbaum BBC News Magazine


Competition is driving many fast-food restaurants to fill special orders. As a result, hundreds of “secret menu” items circulate on social media to be snapped up by savvy eaters.

Fast-food chain Arby’s recently made headlines for something called the Meat Mountain. The “sandwich” consists of six different types of meat, two types of cheese and chicken tenders, all topped off with three strips of bacon.

Credit Suisse investigating two traders over misconduct

September 2, 2014 at 8:49 pm

Credit Suisse logo Credit Suisse has been beset by several financial scandals this year

Swiss bank Credit Suisse is investigating two of its traders in London over allegations of misconduct.

DNA evidence overturns 30-year convictions in US case

September 2, 2014 at 8:45 pm

Henry McCollum, 50, on death row in North Carolina The elder of the brothers, Henry McCollum, is said to have the mental age of a nine-year old

Two US men who spent three decades in prison for rape and murder, one of them on death row, have been released after DNA evidence proved their innocence.

Islamic State ‘kills US hostage’

September 2, 2014 at 8:42 pm

An Islamic State video has appeared which purports to show the beheading of Steven Sotloff, a US journalist being held hostage by the militants.

Mr Sotloff, 31, was abducted in Syria in 2013. He appeared at the end of a video last month which showed fellow US journalist James Foley being killed.

A militant in the latest video also threatens to kill a British hostage.

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