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By OldRajans NA on 7/25/2009 9:50 PM
I thank to the nature for giving such good parents. There are my home Gods. My father’s name is Sarath Deshapriya Molagoda and my mother’s name is Devika Molagoda.

My father is 45 years old. He is an Irrigation Engineer. I can say he is my best friend in my world. He has an unfailing road. He helps in studies and teaches me math lessons when I cannot understand. He never says “ no ” for anything I ask. I am really proud of him. He has no brothers or sisters. I recall the days when he showed his affection on me and my brothers. He went to Katharagama office when I was seven years old. And now he in Nuwara Eliya. When he was work in Katharagama office I could remember the way he wrote me and my brothers to take care of ourselves and study well. To say more I am lucky to get such kind , loving father.

My mother is a teacher. She also hasn’t any brothers or sisters. But she was an unwavering woman. She gives me advice and correct me when I am wrong. She was the one who taught me how to eat, talk, read and write for the first time in my life. So, she is the most important person to me in this world. She is very kind and pleasant. I am proud to have a mother like her.

I haven’t any words to describe my parents love. I am lucky and also proud to have me such good parents.

Name: Chamath Kavinda Molagoda
Grade 9-A
Dharmaraja College Kandy

Date: 7/25/2009
By OldRajans NA on 6/30/2009 9:28 PM
Stars begin as clouds of dust and gas so far off in space that we would need 100,000 years to reach them. Gravity gathers gas and dust together and the clouds grow denser squeezed together by gravity. Eventually these clouds turn into spheres of compressed gas with internal temperatures of an incredible few million degrees Celsius. At this point nuclear fusion occurs. During this stage hydrogen fuses together to form helium and large amounts of energy is given out as electromagnetic radiation. A star is born.A star like our sun has enough hydrogen to fuel it for billions of years. Once a star exhausts its core hydrogen it becomes larger, redder and more luminous. The star is now a red giant.After a medium star like our sun exhausts its core hydrogen there is no longer any force to support the core against the crushing force of gravity so the core begins to contract. Hydrogen burning continues in a shell outside the core and the outer layers puff up engulfing nearby planets. This larger star is called a red giant. Meanwhile the core continues shrinking until it reaches a density high enough to fuse helium into carbon. When the helium in the core too is exhausted the star would evolve into a red supergiant. Eventually a red supergiant would lose all its mass in the outer envelope and leave behind only a hot core of carbon. The Carbon core would cool gradually and become a white dwarf, a dense, dim remnant of a once bright star.When a much bigger star, about ten times as massive as the sun, exhausts its helium in the core, the nuclear burning cycle still continues. The carbon core contracts further and reaches temperatures high enough to burn carbon into oxygen, neon, silicon, sulphur and finally to iron. Iron, being the most stable of nuclear matter, cannot be fused to make another element. Without any heat to counteract gravity, the iron core collapses until it reaches nuclear densities. This high density core resists further contraction and in falling matter bounces off the core producing a supernova explosion. These...
By OldRajans NA on 6/16/2009 9:53 PM
The Sinhalese kings did not need to build fortresses and towers of defence. There were the cold and colourful valleys surrounded by hills, watered by sparkling streams amidst rambling wild roses and morning glory. The kings fled into any of these armoured palaces and the enemies were beaten in the passes. Hanguranketa was one of these natural fortresses of defence.Kandy was the greatest natural fortress. It was guarded all along the way. No invader could guess where the danger lay. Wisely, therefore, he decided to turn back and go.The last kings stayed here until the glory of Lanka vanished. Kandy remained closed up and unchanged all through the years. It was guarded by custom and tradition.Though Kandy is less than Seventy five miles from Colombo, outsiders seldom went there to stay. They preferred the freedom of the low country.Like the people the arts and crafts of Kandy remained unchanged, too. The silver and the brass work continued to be the same. The laquer work and the mat weaving saw no change. Thin, dim-sighted men with spectacles on their noses would sit down at their work-desks and beat into shape, silver, copper and brass vessels and vases, trays and scroll-cases with that precision known to the fine artist. The dull hammer blows resounded through the centuries like a wood pecker’s serenade and they are still heard in the same key, in the same unerring tempo in the low huts in the hills. But the artisan has been always a poor man, for , his traditional way of working is slow and primitive. Thus untouched by change Kandy has come down the years with its customs, manners, rituals of marriage, death and worship. It has its own laws still.Kandy’s traditional Perahera is one of its magnificent manifestations, a momentary transformation of the old, majestic city, a splendid rehearsal of its past glory, when its dead kings and courtiers rise from their ashes and start along the torch –lit streets keeping time with the throbbing drums. When the gorgeous pageantry is over they walk back in to the night and melt...
By OldRajans NA on 6/16/2009 9:52 PM
Charles Darwin (1809-1882) is an English naturalist. While a student at Cambridge met a Botanist through whom he won appointment as naturalist on the Beagle on surveying expedition to southern islands, South American coasts and Australia (1831-1836).

He published journal of researches into the geology and natural history of the various countries visited by H.M.S. Beagle, 1832-1836. Observations on volcanic islands (1844), Geological society (1838-1841) studied variation in living and fossil barnacles (1846-1854); Sir Charles Lyell induced him to write out (1856) results of his experiments in inbreeding and his theory of evolution by natural selection (first given written shape, 1842); received (1858) manuscript from Alfred Russel Wallace from the Malay archipelago presenting an abstract of an identical theory of natural selection; published Wallace’s essay along with his own 1844 essay (1858).

Published on the origin of species by means of natural selection(1859),a rousing a storm of controversy ; the variation of animals and plants under domestication, setting up provisional hypothesis of pangenesis (1868);The descent of man and selection in relation to sex, deriving the human race from an animal of the anthropoid group(1871); The expression of the emotions in man and animals(1872):a series of supplemental treatises on cross-fertilization and self – fertilization , ecology, climbing plants, etc.

Reference: Quammen, D (2009): Darwin's First Clues, National Geographic, Vol 215 No 2, 34-55.

Name: Abheetha Ekanayake
Grade: 11-C
Dharmaraja College, Kandy.

Date: 6/16/2009
By OldRajans NA on 6/14/2009 9:55 PM
Since the day the universe was created human needs have been changing.Today the evolution is on a steady path. Improvements in communication has been a common need of the man during the last decade.As a result, the information communiction technology (ICT) has influenced economy of SriLanka.

Today in our country transactions of money in banks are easily done due to inflence of ICT.This method is known as e-banking.Through ATM networks, we can easily do the transactons. Credit cards too play a prominent part of economy.

ICT has influenced the business world greatly. Businessman uses internet for advertising and selling their products.This method is very effective than the methods used earler.Sri lanka should use ICT furthet to develop its economy.

Name: Uvindu Chandrasiri
Grade 11E
Dharmaraja College Kandy

Date: 6/14/2009
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