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The Esala Perahera

The Esala Perahera (the festival of the tooth) is the grand festival of Esala held in Sri Lanka.

It is very grand with elegant costumes. Happening in July or August in Kandy, it has become a unique symbol of Sri Lanka. It is a Buddhist festival consisting of dances and nicely decorated elephants.

There are fire-dances, whip-dances, Kandyan dances and various other cultural dances. The elephants are usually adorned with lavish garments.

(A few of many photos by Vihanga Dayananda who covered the recent Randoli Perahera.)

Princess Diana murdered? UK Police probe sensational claim

British Media Reports Allegation That Royal's Death Was No Accident

British police are investigating a sensational claim that the Special Air Service commando unit (SAS) was involved in the death of Princess Diana, reports Sean Rayment.

The allegation emerged at the second court martial of Sergeant Danny Nightingale, who was found guilty of illegally possessing a gun and ammunition.

It came in a letter to the elite unit’s commanding officer by the parents-in-law of a special forces sniper, known only as Soldier N, who was Sgt Nightingale’s former housemate and a key witness for the prosecution.

The letter said Solider N boasted the SAS “was behind Princess Diana’s death”.

The Ministry of Defence, the Royal Military Police and the Service Prosecuting Authority have known of its existence and the claim since it was sent in September 2011.

The seven-page hand-written letter – a copy of which has been seen by the Sunday People – also makes allegations over Soldier N’s behaviour toward…

.. always pulls out on time!!


I Don'r know WHY...??

If swimming is a good exercise to stay fit, then WHY are WHALES fat?

WHY that is everyone wants to go to HEAVEN but nobody wants to die?

Is there racial discrimination in CHESS as WHITE piece is moved first?

If we have freedom of SPEECH, then WHY do we get telephone bills?

If MONEY doesn’t grow on tress then WHY do BANKS have branches?

WHY does a round PIZZA come in a SQUARE box?

WHY doesn’t GLUE stick to its bottle?

Personality matters in Australia polls

If Labor does win the forthcoming election, its leadership reshuffles will be the central reason for the result.

I have a conspiracy theory about recent Australian politics.

It starts with this premise: After more than a decade out of power, Labor wanted its own triple-term. So strategists set out to decide how best that could be achieved - and settled, from the beginning, on having two alternating leaders: a campaigner, and a legislator.

Kevin Rudd was the great campaigner. He duly did the business – delivering, in 2007, an overwhelming victory.

But after some symbolic moves – the national "Sorry" to aborigines, and signing the Kyoto protocol – Labor needed its leader to push through the big reforms. Julia Gillard was brought in and, after the tightest of elections, managed to keep Labor in power.

Under her, despite minority government, lots got done. A carbon tax, school-funding reform, a national broadband network and a disability-insurance scheme are all significant – an…