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36 Hours in Colombo, Sri Lanka

15HOURS2-articleLargeSri Lanka is so jam-packed with alluring outdoorsy activities that visitors often high-tail it out of the capital a day or two after arriving, choosing instead to spend their vacation days lounging on a southern beach, whale-watching off the coast or leopard-spotting in a national park.

Minister of Agriculture Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena participates in the 06th Global Forum for Food and Agriculture in Berlin

GFFA1 webThe 6th Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) took place from 16th to 18th January 2014 in Berlin. At the sidelines of the Green Week, the most important consumer trade exhibition for food and agricultural products, the forum brought together policy makers from throughout the world to discuss the subject of "Empowering Agriculture: Fostering Resilience: Securing Food and Nutrition". The GFFA is a unique political conference focussing on key issues regarding the future of the global agricultural and food situation. 72 Ministers from around the world and more than 1500 participants attended the Forum.

From Mayor in Germany to monk in Mihintale

From1Inspired by what he had heard from friends about Buddhism, Hermann Acker from Oberndorf takes a leap of faith and gets ordained in Sri Lanka after listening to and meeting the Chief Incumbent of the Mihintale Raja Maha Viharaya at a function in Germany.

Far removed from his duties as the Mayor of the small German town of Oberndorf, Hermann Acker decided to get ordained as a Buddhist monk at the Mihintale Rajamaha Viharaya recently. Mr. Acker (55), who has served as Mayor for over 14 years developed an interest in Buddhism after he heard about the teachings of the Buddha from two of his friends who were frequent visitors to Sri Lanka and keen students of the teachings.

Financial Assistance for installation of Water Purification Machines in the Schools of North Central Province, Sri Lanka

CD59-28.380Some parts of Sri Lanka including North Central Province is full of hardness, fluoride and   compounds of heavy metals such as Cadmium, Arsenic, Lead and such contaminated water has caused chronic kidney disease among children in the region.

A none political none commercial voluntary organization named “Organization for Prevention of Kidney Disease in Children (OPKDC)” consisting of well known Sri Lankan consultants, physicians, medical doctors and senior government officials have embarked on a project to install water purification machines in the schools of those affected areas.