For the first time in the past several decades, a high-level delegation from Sri Lanka is likely to visit Chennai soon “to carry the message of peace and collaboration” between the people of the island country and “the brethren” in Tamil Nadu. Announcing this at the MGR centenary celebration at his birthplace Kandy on Sunday, Sri Lankan Parliament Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said it was a momentous occasion for the people of the two countries that Tamil Nadu education minister KA Sengottaiyan had brought a large team of experts from various fields, including education, healthcare, hospitality and industry, besides film personalities to relive the MGR saga on screen and in politics.
The Uttarakanda of Valmiki’s Ramayana, says that Sri Lanka was created by the celestial architect Vishwakarma for the Gods in heaven. Another lore has it that after Lord Shiva married Parvati, he instructed Vishwakarma to construct Lanka so that the couple might reside there, says cultural anthropologist Dr.Lopamudra Maitra Bajpai in newsin.asia
Is Chinese beginning to replace Tamil in promoting products or serving customers in the Sri Lankan market? Looking at the Anchor butter packet being sold in the Sri Lankan market one might begin to think so.Packets of Anchor butter, imported from Fonterra Brands in New Zealand, now carry information in English, Sinhala and Chinese but not Tamil, though the latter is one of the official languages of Sri Lanka. And Chinese is given precedence over Sinhala which is the language of more than 75% of Sri Lanka’ population. This is leading people using the social media to ask if Chinese is in the process of replacing the local languages. Minister of Official Languages Mano Ganeshan said he is not against the inclusion of Chinese but it should not replace local languages.
Steven Spielberg maintained in his interactions with Arthur Clarke that he had never seen Ray’s script in his life. But seeing the uncanny resemblance of the story line and the character of the Alien in Spielberg’s film with Ray’s story line and character of the Alien, Clarke called up Ray in January 1983 and asked him to write to Spielberg as he had noticed ‘striking parallels’. But Ray Ray declined to take it any further, though he maintained that both the films “would not have been possible without my script of The Alien being available throughout America in mimeographed copies,” says Dr.Lopamudra Maitra Bajpai in newsin.asia
New Delhi, September 6 (NDTV): Homosexuality is not a crime in India anymore and it is not a mental disorder, five Supreme Court judges declared today in a spectacular leap for gay rights in the country and a rainbow moment in its history. The Supreme Court overruled its own 2013 decision and partially struck down […]
More than a fourth of world’s population are physically inactive and prone to ill health, says Lancet
The data published in The Lancet on Wednesday showed that more than one in four adults globally (28 percent or 1.4 billion people) are physically inactive. This can be, however, as high as one in three adults inactive in some counties. Insufficient physical activity is a leading risk factor for non-communicable diseases such as heart disease and diabetes, and has a negative effect on mental health and quality of life, the report authored by four WHO experts says.
Taken together, the five statements or “sutras” represent a holistic philosophy, which is urgently needed at the present critical juncture of human history, said Dr.Karan Singh while addressing the 24 th. World Congress of Philosophy in Beijing on August 18 ,2018
China recorded 59,000 alcohol-related female deaths and 650,000 male deaths, both the highest in the world, according to Statista, an online market research and business intelligence portal, citing a Lancet report on alcohol-attributable deaths. India came second with 42,000 female deaths and 290,000 male deaths.
Indians, across age groups, are open to companionship with people with disabilities, according to a survey. Inclov, a matchmaking platform for people with disabilities, conducted a survey among 30,000 people with disabilities and health disorders across 300 cities in India. The participating age group ranged from 18 to 30 years. The survey found that a majority of 61 per cent of the audience is okay with their partner with or without a disability.
Growing up and working in the era of typewriters, they must have had to first conceive an idea, stringing words in their heads, before typing them out. The backspace key could not perform what it does today. Taking back a word wasn’t as easy as it is today in the era of the word processor,observes Mira Srinivasan in The Hindu, reflecting on why people of the older generation speak so precisely.