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Sunday, 7 April 2013





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Cherry blossoms with Mount Fuji in the background

Spring in the Land of the Rising Sun:

Sakura, the flower of beauty and hope

Is there anything more exotic than a row of cherry blossom trees in full bloom? One of nature’s most beautiful sights, it is worth waiting a whole year for the flowers to burst forth in a riot of pink. The cherry blossom, called Sakura in Japanese (and serendipitously, in Sinhala) is so deeply ingrained in the Japanese mind,

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Dudley Senanayake :

The gentleman politician par excellence

Some leaders achieve leadership through perseverance. Some are born leaders. Most, successful leaders are highly action oriented. The best example in recent history is dynamic President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who brought Sri Lanka under one banner, ending terrorism.

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The other side of Africa

The gigantic continent of Africa is the home for many tribes, races and customs. Many countries, large and small were sandwiched together and under foreign domination until about the middle of the 20th century. They called it the continent that God created in anger, the ‘dark continent.’

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