Valentine’s Day 2019: Who was St Valentine and what is the true meaning behind February 14?

Valentine’s Day is here, with plenty of people sure to panic-purchase heart-adorned cards, bumper boxes of chocolate, bouquets of red roses and teddy bears wearing T-shirts emblazoned with cutesy messages in shops across the country. Now heavily commercialised and laden with expectation, the annual event was once a day where people earnestly showed their love and affection for another […]

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Sigiriya to be made a ‘no-polythene’ zone

The Central Cultural Fund has decided to make the premises of Sigiriya a ‘no-polythene’ zone from the 01st of February onwards. The decision was taken under the instructions of Housing, Construction and Cultural Affairs Minister Sajith Premadasa, the Central Cultural Fund stated. Accordingly, the tourists will be prohibited from bringing in polythene into the historic […]

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8  students arrested for taking photos on Kiralagala stupa

South Eastern University Eight  students  have been arrested for posting photographs of themselves standing on the ruins if ancient Kiralagala stupa. A group of youths had recently taken photographs of themselves while standing on the ruins of Kiralagala stupa in Horowpathana and posted them on social media. The Buddhist Information Centre had, Junu (22), lodged […]

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ASI finds 2,300-year-old artefacts in Odisha

Excavation at the Asurgarh Fort in Kalahandi points to an advanced civilisation Archaeologists have unearthed artefacts believed to be 2,300-year-old while carrying out excavation at the Asurgarh Fort in Odisha’s Kalahandi district. A nine member team of Archaeological Survey of India led by Dibishada B. Garnayak, Superintending Archaeologist, Excavation Branch-IV, Bhubaneswar, excavated the items dating […]

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Remarkable fossil of 180-million-year-old ‘sea monster’ preserved its Jurassic-era blubber and skin

 Scientists discover fossil of ‘fish-lizard’ that lived 180 million years ago Scientists have identified an extraordinary specimen of fossilized blubber from a ‘fish-lizard’ that lived 180 million years ago, according to a new report in the journal Nature. The blubber, a layer of fat beneath the skin of modern marine mammals that helps them preserve […]

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