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Author: oldrajans.na Created: 2/19/2011 10:49 AM
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By OldRajans NA on 10/17/2009 12:40 PM
Lord Baden Powell in 1907 organized an experimental camp on Brownsea Island in Pearl harbour, England for a group of 20 boys. This was not a scout camp. But it was the birth of the Boy Scout Movement, which has now spread all over the world. Dharmaraja College did not take a long time to follow his footsteps and in 1913 1st Kandy Dharmaraja Scout troop was formed.

When considering scouting activities the first great achievement was its remarkable 95-year history in the local and international scouting arena. They won the “king’s flag” for three consecutive years are 1917, 1918 and 1919. Also Dharmaraja scouts won the “Brigadier Hackett Thompson Championship” for all-round excellence at the first ever all round rally held at the Colombo Race Course in 1917. Henry Thenuwara of Dharmaraja scouts group was the sole Ceylon representative at the 1st Imperial Jamboree held in England in 1920 at the Crystal Palace.
By OldRajans NA on 10/15/2009 9:30 PM
Lord Baden Powell in 1907 organized a camp on brownsea island in England with a group of 20 boys.That was not a scout camp.But it was the birth of the Boy scout movement which has now spread all over the world. Dharmaraja college, Kandy didn't take too long to follow the steps forwaded by Lord Baden Powell and in 1913 the 1st kandy Dharmaraja scouting group which is also 2nd scouting troop in Srilanka. The pioneers of starting scouting in Dharmaraja college were Mr. J.H.de Seram and Mr. G.H.de seram.And the principal at that time Mr. K.F.Billimoria too gave the patronage for the development of facilities for scouting. The 1st Kandy Dharmaraja scout group has a remarkable 95 year historyIn the local and international scout arena with it's very 1st great achievement ,the King's flag which they won for 3 consecutive years 1917, 1918 and 1919. And they won the Brigadier Hacket Thompson championship flag for all around excellence at the 1st ever island rally held at the Colombo race course in 1917.Among them ,winning the King's flag is so important as it was given to the school or the group which had the most number of King scouts in commonwealth countries. And the scout Henry Thenuwara was the sole ceylonese representative at the 1st imperial jamboree which was held in England in 1920 at the Crystal palace. And in 1921 the Rajans scout group had the unique distinction of providing a guard of honour to the Prince of Wales(King Edward the 8th) who visited Sri lanka. 1st kandy scout s had the rare opportunity to honour the founder Lord Baden Powell in 1921 by his visit to Dharmaraja college. Dharmaraja scouts had facilitated the founder on 3 different occasions when he visited Srilanka. That is an Golden land mark in the history Rajans' scouting. The summit which is on a promontary in th Lake view park witihn the 54 acre land belonging to Dharmaraja college ,provides a panoramic view of the surrounding ,which had...
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...
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