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Randika Jayasinghe: Finding community-based solutions for waste management
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Randika Jayasinghe: Finding community-based solutions for waste management

There are few people who know their way around a Sri Lankan garbage dump as well as Dr.Randika Jayasinghe. However, while you might expect the research scientist to be studying landfill composition or whether toxins are leaching into the groundwater, Randika is actually more interested in talking to the communities in the area. “I look … Continue reading

Chiragh: The first South Asian Symphony Orchestra makes its debut
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Chiragh: The first South Asian Symphony Orchestra makes its debut

As the sun sets at the Attari-Wagah border between India and Pakistan, the two countries execute a quick parade. Every day, a border closing ceremony involves soldiers in full regalia from both sides marching in a choreographed demonstration that includes the highest kicks you have ever seen. Spectators applaud, but when tensions run high in … Continue reading

The pink tuk-tuks of Sri Lanka empowering and protecting women
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The pink tuk-tuks of Sri Lanka empowering and protecting women

Southern Province, Sri Lanka – Lochana is 10 years old. Every morning, he gets up and lights an incense stick, which he places in a three-wheeled auto-rickshaw parked outside the family home in Sri Lanka‘s coastal Southern Province.  The vehicle is a bright shade of pink and as the fragrant smoke fills the interior, Lochana says a … Continue reading

Fa-Hien cave in forefront of new finds on Homo sapiens
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Fa-Hien cave in forefront of new finds on Homo sapiens

Exciting research based on finds at the Fa-Hien Lena (cave) in Kalutara are transforming anthropologists’ understanding of how Homo sapiens moved through our world some 45,000 years ago, while offering an explanation for why we are today the solitary survivors from a family tree that once included other hominins such as Neanderthals and Homo erectus. … Continue reading

One musician’s struggle to save the distinctive culture of Sri Lanka’s Portuguese Burghers
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One musician’s struggle to save the distinctive culture of Sri Lanka’s Portuguese Burghers

Earl Barthelot loves a good Portuguese Burgher wedding. There is always feasting – keep an eye out for that wild pork curry – and singing and dancing. The women in their flowing, silken gowns, and the men, all trussed up in formal suits, mirror each other’s movements as they dance the Kaffringha, their quick steps … Continue reading