Archive for June, 2008

Shanty Dwellers

Reported BY :- Tharindu Lakshan

In every nook and coner of this globe there are shanty dwellers it is acute problem for a nation as well as to a government in power . It is a burden to a country. There should be a solution for this which should not be kept in the cold strage. Plots of land should be given under a land distribution scheme for a decent living of the marking.
In these area s small scale industries or cultivation should be provide for the shanty dwellers to make their living free. free education should be made available even to the poorest . Basics facilities should also be there for the inhabitants in the new areas in the industries and trades, that they are engaged.
In sri lanka reawakening of the villager is a great and an the appreciative schem adopeted afew years back .success and a many were for tunate enough to obtain sheller.

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OUR CULTURAL HERITAGE

Reported By : Wasana Nilmini

 

The people of Sri Lanka have inherited a great culture and a civilization. Archaeological evidence exists to prove that Sri Lanka has been populated for over 3000 years. There is also confirmed archaeological evidence to say that in about 800 B.C. the Sinhalese had settled down in the citadel area in Anuradhapura with a highly developed culture.


 
          There are many places of historical and cultural importance. Lot of ruins can be seen at these places. Some of these places are Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Dambulla, Sigiriya, Yapahuwa and Panduwasnuwara. We should protect the remains of these ruined cities because they are the monuments that symbolize the great past of our country. We can imagine the skills and talents of our ancestors through these buildings, structures, and images. We should preserve them for our future generation. One day they too will look at these monuments with pride.
 
          Buddhism has not only molded the lives and thoughts of the people, but also has served as the chief source of inspiration to the cultural and social achievements of the nation. During the long and eventful history the island was subject to numerous foreign invasions. But our people were able to protect almost all the objects that were of cultural value.
 
          We have many traditional arts and crafts. We should protect them. In cities like Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa we can see huge stone pillars, Buddha Statues, Moonstones, Guard stones and ruins of ancient Dagabas. These cities have become very popular places of tourists. We should never forget our traditional customs and practices. We follow these customs at our National festivals such as Sinhala and Hindu New Year and lndependence day celebrations. We should pass on these customs and practices to our younger generation. We should make them aware of the value of such customs and practices.
 
          We should also protect aesthetic arts and clothing native to us. It is said that a race could be identified by their dress. We should were such clothes at important events, cultural festivals and religious ceremonies. We should give priority to our traditional music. But today most of our youth have compelled to respect Hindi and Western Music. This is a very sad state of affairs.

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VALUE OF TREES.

Reported By:- Lasantha Jayanath

Trees are an integral part of our environment. Both man and the animals cannot live without trees.
We get food, medicine, wood and shelter from trees. Trees beautify the environment. We get the most needed rain because of the trees. Trees have a great influence upon climate. Trees preserve moisture. The leaves of a tree are always giving off moisture and this constant evaporation cools the surrounding atmosphere. Trees on hill sided stop the soil erosion and prevent destructive earth slips. The soil becomes fertile because of the trees.
We know that plants existed on earth before human beings. This fact proves that trees do not need man for their existence. But man cannot exist without trees.
Trees produce oxygen which is essential for life. Trees purify the air by taking in carbon dioxide and giving out oxygen. Some people have not realized the value of trees. They down trees for their needs. Sometimes we need to cut down trees. But we should plant another tree in that place. If we cut down trees in this manner, our country will become a desert before long.
The government has set up a separate department called “Forest conservation department” in order to protect our jungle resources. The department alone cannot stop the felling of trees. Everybody should extend his or her co-operation towards the department in this connection.
The extent of forest cover is Sri Lanka has been reduced drastically during the past two decades. This situation has been arisen due to several reasons. Vast stretches of jungles are cleared for development projects. Some forest reserves have become barren lands due to illegal felling of trees. As a result of this almost all the water fountains have been dried up.
Re-afforestation programmers are implemented by the Forest conservation department annually with the assistance of several non-governmental organizations. Various kinds of valuable plants are distributed free of charge. Seminars and workshops are conducted on forest conservation.
We should realize at least now the value of trees and try to preserve them.

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Mawela school

Reported By :-Tharindu Lakshan

The school is situated at Balangoda in Rathnapura district. It is in the village of Mawela.
It started in 1960 At vfirstit is in Mr. kirisandu’s home later the villages built a small
hut and carried on the school. when it starteg the chief guest was Re. Narada Thero.
After sometime the villages help a meeting named Grama samwardana samithiya” The chairm an
in this meeting was my grand father Mr. Punchimahathmaya. Then the mimster of  Partiament
in Balangoda. 
               Mr. cliphet Rathwaththa. with the help of at these people. a new school way started the chef guest was Re Thero  in the temole of thumbagoda. At that time the thero came to the festivat by  a car. That was a first vehicle came to the village.
                                     After that the teacherwere Mr. Atthanayake,Mr. M.M Vijesekara,Miss podimenike etc. later this school was developed

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Our newly Bill board

We were able to create and present a new bill board for the oasisdamahana foundation for this the financial sponsored was given by Mr. D.M. Ariyapala a businessman in the area. He is a businessman on transporter and holding a stone crusher.


              A newly Bill board was created for all on information Technology and it exhibits
Of Youngers’, youths’, and elders presences for Information Technology.
       As well as we were able to present the natural scenic beauty of Balangoda through the “Bill Board”.
 

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