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Balangoda Heritage which arose from Pahiyangala.

Pahiyangala, the largest cave in asia, is situated at Bulathsinhala in the Kalutara District. When we come to Ratnapura from Balangoda, we can go along the Panadura road. It is a one and half hour drive from Ratnapura through this road we can meet the Horana town them we can go to the Bulathsinhala town. Pahiyangala caves lies in Yatagampitiya, which is a remote village about 5 km away from Bulathsinhala (40Km along Piliyandala-Horana road), in the Kalutara District. The road is motorize up to the foot of the rock. It is a two hour drive from Colombo through the Piliyanda – Horana Road and covers a distance of about 40km.
Excavation has proved that these caves were inhabited by prehistoric cave men some 37,000 years ago. This cave is supposed to be the largest natural rock in Asia and this is also known to be the most ancient pre-historic human settlement in Asia. The cave lies 400 feet above sea level, At its entrance, the cave is 175 feet high and over 200 feet long. It is believed that 3000 people can be easily accommodated in this cave.
This place was shrine site from ancient time. At present also there are priests who do meditation. There is a saying “That the famous Chinese traveler monk, Fa-Hein who came to this country in the 4th century A.D. in search of Buddhist scriptures. He is said to have stayed in this cave whilst on his way to Sri Pada” (Adam’s Peak). Time passed this place has become as “Pahiyangala”.
Further it is situated in a boundary which combines Sabaragamuwa, western and southern provinces in Sri Lanka. There is a saying the stone was in the boundary became” Maingala”. Time passed it is became as “Pahiyangala”
However Archeologists have proved that this place is a very important place which buried much important Archeological evidence. There is a deep pit dug out by the Archaeological Department for an excavation. In is in this pit that archeologists found five human skulls which were identified as 37,000 years old by carbon dating in USA. Some weapons made of stone and animal bones were also recovered during the excavation. It has been found out that these were used to kill monkey, deer, porcupine and others. They have also consumed habits, a species of edible snail and wild breadfruit.
Historically the basic evidence about Homosapian balangodancis were found from a place called “Bellabadipelessa” which is 75 K.M away from Balangoda town. This place is conserved as an important archeological site. Now the pahiyangala also have many historically evidences about ancient human beings in Sri lanka.
This proves Balangoda and Pahiyangala is an important areas which revealed many important evidence about world human history.
Let’s commemorate about the historical value of Balangoda very proudly.

 

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Sports

Damahana public school is a great school which is engages actively in extracurricular activities. Specially in sports, children have won all Island level victories.
The children have shown their abilities in Divisional level sport meet in 2012. In addition to that Damahana school became the second place giving a big challenge the leading schools in the zonal level sports meet in 2012 -06-11 ,12,13. Some of them are follows.
Teams events-
Boys- Elle – trophy
Girls Elle – trophy
Girls cricket – 3rd place
Athletics
Under seventeen – champion – K. Shifana presadi 1500 M 1st place
800 M 1st place
400 M 1st place
Chathani Nirosha 800M 2nd place
400M 2nd Place
400*4 1st place
100*4 1st place
Under 19 Boys – long jump 2nd place Asanga Sanjeewa
Under 11 Boys 100M 2nd Place
Under 15 girls 400*4 1st place
100*4 1st place
Long jump 1st place- K.V. Nayani Udeshika.

Further Sabaragamuwa provincial sports meet was held in Embilipitiya Mahaweli ground on 2012.7.13, 14, 15,16. There also Damahana children have won place and given great fame to the school. At there the children have won half marathon 2nd place and girls 4,9,11 places.
Mr. Asoka Gunasekera who is the physical education teacher of the school did a great service and dedication in winning these victories.
We Oasisdamahana IT foundation congratulate the children and teachers of the school.

 

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New inventor’s competition

There was a competition of new inventor’s, at Balangoda Sudarshanaramaya temple . It was organized by the Zonal education office Balangoda. Seven schools represented their children’s new inventions for this competition in Balangoda education zonel. There were high inventions in this competition. In the inventions, efficient planting matching, efficient capstan and a house of the preservative electric power were outstanding inventions.
Balangoda Damahana public school represented this competition. Seven students presented their new ineventions. At there, Ruvan priyantha who presented “a house of the preservative electric power” won the third place. Last year, Ruwan won the third place in the national level competition. Mr. T.D.P. Ariyarathna who is the Teacher of Inventions and technology of Balangoda Damahana Maha Vidyalaya guided the inventions.
We, Oasisdamahana IT foundation congratulate them and their victories.

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To generate optional power…..

 

 

 

Balangoda has been identified as an area which is moneyed of natural resources. The main are one is the Gem industries which is carried out during the long time. In addition to that Calcite, feldspar, Dolomite and gold are collected from Balangoda.
In addition to that there have medicinal herbs and plants like sandal wood. Balangoda is surrounded by hills which are begun from central hills and close to world famous Mahawalatenna plateau. Balangoda has been selected to generate electricity by using wind power.
Smanalwewa hydro electric power project is situated in Kapugala near to Balangoda. Hydro electricity power was considered as the main source of power in Sri Lanka. Hydro electricity was used to giant development projects. But it is not sufficient to fulfill the power need of Sri Lanka. There for Attention has been given to generate optional power.
There is several optional power generating projects in Sri Lanka. They are heat power stations, Coal power stations, wave water power stations and wind power stations etc…
Wind power was generated in coastal areas and hilly areas. Balangoda Damahana was selected as a suitable area to generate wind power. Firstly they established a tower with fan to test the wind requirements in this area. It is very was successful. Therefore it is suggested to establish six wind power towers.
It is planned add 900 kW electricity to natural electricity system from this project. In this area, we get wind from north eastern monsoons and south west monsoons. Therefore the authorities plan to generate wind power electricity throughout the year.
Power energy is an essential factor to a developing country. It is bless to our area because we have get the chance to fulfill the national need. As villagers we consider it as a great bless.

 

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A new launch to English education

There are minimum occasions to learn English in rural areas of Sri Lanka. Although there are several projects in teaching learning, learning programmes they aim to pass examinations. In addition there are private classes but they do not provide facilities to use English practically as a language. This is common to Damahana which is a rural area. We, Oasisdamahana It foundation has launched a special project as “innovative English project” in order to avoid above problems. Here the children learn English with practical programmes, new technology and enjoyable activities. First we have selected about 30 children and hope to increase the number in group. All the teachers who involve in this programme ready to work voluntarily. Training progarammes are conducted two days per week. Children come to classes from 6.00 Am to 7 Am and 1.30 PM and 4.30.Pm. We have launched a blog site as “http://www.studentsoftheworld.info/sites/schools/43528.php ” To increase the writing ability of children. Every students get the chance to present the articles in this blog. The parents of these children also assist to this programme. Here the students took happy to learn English. It’s a good progress.

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A Training programe

It seems that many of the people where are interested in ICT bend to use “Open Source “. Deferent reasons like, they can be taken free of charge, minimum risks of virus, easy to use and user friendly affected this. As a developing country Sri Lanka turns to use open source because the cost of open source is lower than other operating systems.
From recently Sri Lankan education attention tends to “Open Source”. Minister of education of Sri Lanka has launched a program to introduce “Open Source” to the school teachers and students in public schools. Many schools are beginning to establish computer centers only with Open source operating systems.
A workshop was held in Balangoda educational Zone on 2012-03-19 and 2012.03.20 at Balangoda zonal computer training centre to introduce “ Hanthana Linux “Operating system. 40 Teachers who teach ICT and be students who learn ICT participated in this work shop.
There, they introduce hanthana Linux Operating system and explained how to use it in learning activities.

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