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The Truth About Julius Caesar and “Caesarean” Sections

Myth: The Caesarean section procedure ultimately derives its name from Julius Caesar, who is often (falsely) claimed to have been the first baby born via Caesarean. It’s hard to pinpoint where exactly this story started, though a 10th century document is the likely culprit. The Suda, a Byzantine-Greek historical encyclopaedia, is one of the earliest records citing Caesar as … Continue reading

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Do the Sinhalese drink milk?

by Dr. Sarath Edirisinghe, Retired Consultant Parasitologist (Island) With apologies to Herbert White, writing to the Ceylon Antiquary (Volume V, Part 1) of 1920 questioning whether the Sinhalese drink milk, I have borrowed his caption which I think is timely amidst the raging debate on the Sri Lanka’s imported milk powder. Let me quote his … Continue reading

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UNITY: NOW OR NEVER

Goolbai Gunasekara (Daily Mirror) The moderate Muslims must be feeling a deep sense of unease and much shame at the inhuman behaviour of these radical Islamists. All of us have close and dear Muslim friends. We grew up with them. We studied together. Our parents met socially.we went to their homes to feast at times … Continue reading

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A quick snapshot of Sri Lankan Muslims

Daily Mirror  Muslim Jewellers Muslim engagement with Sri Lanka predates these pilgrimages, and Arab engagement predates even the coming of Islam Senarat of Kandy, for instance, settled 4,000 Muslims in the East දොර ඇරලා බලපන් පායයි තව මොහොතින් නව රැස් ඉර සේවය කරමින් සිරිපා කඳු මුදුනින් සිවනදි පාදං පාරාදීසය භාවා ආදම් මලෙයි – Mahagama Sekara, “Mak … Continue reading

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