Lankan Prez ands PM “very happy” about AIADMK and DMK leaders’ visit, says Speaker Karu Jayasiriya

Lankan Prez ands PM  “very happy” about AIADMK and DMK leaders’ visit, says Speaker Karu Jayasiriya

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.

Vishwakarma, the celestial architect who built Sri Lanka

Vishwakarma, the celestial architect who built Sri Lanka

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

Chinese enters Lankan market as a language of communication

Chinese enters Lankan market as a language of communication

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.

How Satayajit Ray’s Hollywood science fiction film “The Alien” was sabotaged

How Satayajit Ray’s Hollywood science fiction film “The Alien” was sabotaged

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

More than a fourth of world’s population are physically inactive and prone to ill health, says Lancet

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.

Indians, across age groups, are open to companionship with people with disabilities

Indians, across age groups, are open to companionship with people with disabilities

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.

Did the typewriter era nurture precision in speech and writing?

Did the typewriter era nurture precision in speech and writing?

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.

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