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Ensuring a new life for refugees, a global challenge

World Refugee Day on June 20:

Did you know that every minute, eight people around the world are forced to flee their homes due to war and persecution? That 43 million people worldwide have been displaced from their homes and sometimes, their own countries?

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Peerless Ananda Thera:

Great disciple of the Buddha

Ven Ananda was one of the ten great disciples of the Buddha. He accompanied the Buddha, as an attendant, for more than two decades. He was the Buddha's favourite disciple. He attained Enlightenment, the highest state of Samadhi in which the mind is awakened and illuminated after the demise of the Buddha.

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The Church of St. John the Baptist:

Serving Catholic community for 75 years

The area that belongs to the Church of St. John the Baptist is about 40 square kilometres and consists of 280 devout Catholic families. The families are within the area surrounded by the Kaluganga from the south and the Indian Ocean borders from the West.

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Dutch canals in Sri Lanka

Historian K.M. de Silva observes that the notable Dutch achievement in irrigation was the building of canals to function as commercial waterways. R.L. Brohier records that the Dutch constructed canals which linked streams, lakes and lagoons, creating a continuous line of waterways between the interior and the ports.

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