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Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Singing Fish of Batticaloa


"It is said to be heard the clearest on a full moon night... One has to go by boat, plunge an oar into the water, put the other end of the oar to one's ear, and listen..."
Since the 18th century, Tamil fishermen have claimed to navigate by the mysterious music of the singing fish of the Batticaloa lagoon in eastern Sri Lanka. The fishermen's ancient name for the creature is oorie coolooroo cradoo (crying shells); scientists believe that the underwater choristers are some kind of fish. But, after thirty years of civil war and the ravages of the tsunami, does any evidence of this strange nocturnal chorus remain?
Restrictions and curfews made it impossible to visit the lagoon at night and locals, suffering the deprivation of a bitter conflict, had other priorities. The people of Batticaloa became disconnected from this ancient cultural symbol. Very few have heard the aquatic music, and many believe it's a myth.
But for Father Lorio, a Jesuit priest present at one of the earliest recordings of the phenomenon made using a homemade hydrophone in the 1950s, the singing fish are the soundtrack to sixty years of profound turmoil and change he's witnessed in the region. And for Prince Casinader, a Tamil journalist in his eighties, there's the belief that they could bring a sense of community and hope to his hometown.
Now a group of young Tamil scientists have joined the effort to rediscover this lost symbol. Guided by local fishermen, they embark on an unusual odyssey into the muddy lagoon to capture a new recording and establish if this elusive watery wonder has survived to enchant another generation with its song.
With music composed by Adam Nicholas.
Produced by Cicely Fell and Kannan Arunasalam
A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

A lagoon park built at a cost of Rs. 20 million was opened in the heart of the Batticaloa town.

Beautification program for Batticaloa

A lagoon park built at a cost of Rs. 20 million was opened in the heart of the Batticaloa town.
The Urban Development Authority carried out this project under the town beautification program on the direction of the Economic Development Ministry. It was constructed under the Deyata Kirula program.
The opening ceremony was presided by Batticaloa Municipal Commissioner M. Uthayakumar.
Resettlement Deputy Minister Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan, Batticaloa Government Agent P. S. M. Charles and Municipality Commissioner opened the park.
Urban Development Authority Director Nanthana Gunaratna, Municipality Engineer P. Attuthan, Assistant Commissioner N. Thannanjeyan participated.
Courtesy : Daily News

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

காத்தான்குடியில் அதிகளவான பேரீச்சம் பழம் அறுவடை

மட்டு-கல்முனை காத்தான்குடி பிரதான வீதியில் காணப்படும் பேரீச்சம் மரங்கள் காய்த்துள்ளதையடுத்து நேற்று மாலை அறுவடை செய்யப்பட்டது. 

மட்டக்களப்பு-கல்முனை காத்தான்குடி பிரதான வீதியின் நடுவே 70 பேரீத்த மரங்கள் நடப்பட்டு காத்தான்குடி நகர சபையினால் பராமரிக்கப்பட்டு வருகின்றன.
 
கிழக்கு மாகாணத்தில் தற்போது அதிக வெப்பநிலை நிலவுவதால் பிரதான வீதியிலுள்ள அதிகமான பேரீச்சம் மரங்கள் பூத்தும் காய்த்தும், பழமாகியதையடுத்து அதனை அறுவடை செய்யும் நிகழ்வு நேற்று செவ்வாய்க்கிழமை மாலை காத்தான்குடி பஸ் தரிப்பு நிலையத்திற்கு முன்பாக இடம்பெற்றது.
 
இதன் போது இவ்வருடம் அறுவடைக்கு தயாரான பேரீச்சம் பழங்களை பொருளாதார அபிவிருத்தி பிரதியமைச்சர் எம்.எல்.ஏ.எம்.ஹிஸ்புல்லாஹ் ,ஜனாதிபதி மஹிந்த ராஜபக்ஷவின் மத்திய கிழக்கு நாடுகளுக்கான ஆலோசகர் அஷ்ஷெய்க் அப்துல் காதர் மசூர் மௌலானா, சவூதி அரேபிய நாட்டு பிரமுகர்கள் ஆகியோர் அறுவடை செய்தனர்.
 
 
கடந்த வருடத்தை விட இந்த வருடம் அதிகமான மரங்களில் அதிகமான பேரீத்தம் பழங்கள் அறுவடை செய்ய முடிந்துள்ளதாக பிரதியமைச்சர் ஹிஸ்புல்லாஹ் தெரிவித்தார்.

Source : virakesari

Monday, March 31, 2014

Pasikudah is known to have one of the longest stretches of shallow coastline in the world.

Passikudah Bay in the Batticaloa District is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. It is famous for its golden bay and clear, shallow waters in which anyone can wade nearly100m out to sea. The literary meaning in Tamil for Paasikudah is ‘Green-Algae-Bay’. Since the end of the civil war in 2009 and the completion of Tsunami rehabilitation projects, Pasikudah has become a popular tourist destination amongst locals and foreigners alike. This is because Pasikudah is known to have one of the longest stretches of shallow coastline in the world.
Passikudah is easily accessible from Batticaloa (32kms).

Thursday, March 6, 2014

மட்டகளப்பில் மனதை கவர்ந்த ஐந்தூரிய பூச்செடி வளர்ப்பு




-ரி.எல்.ஜவ்பர்கான்

மட்டக்களப்பு, பெரிய உப்போடை பிரதேசத்தில் வசிக்கும்; ஓய்வுபெற்ற அரசாங்க உத்தியோகத்தரான சசிகலா ரட்ணகுமார் என்பவர் ஐந்தூரியம் பூச்செடிகளை வளர்ப்பதில் மிகவும் ஆர்வம் காட்டிவருகின்றார்.

1990ஆம் ஆண்டிலிருந்து இதில் ஆர்வம் காட்டிவரும் இவர்,  முதலில் ஒரேயொரு ஐந்தூரியம் பூச்செடியை வளர்க்கத் தொடங்கி தற்போது சுமார் கால் ஏக்கரில்  500 இற்கும் அதிகமான 23 வகையான ஐந்தூரிய பூச்செடிகளை வளர்த்துவருகிறார். சிவப்பு, றோஸ்,  வெள்ளையென பல வர்ணங்களில் துலங்கும் ஐந்தூரியம் பூங்காவிற்குள் நுழைந்தால் குட்டி நந்தவனமாக காட்சி தருகிறது.

இதனைத் தனது முழுநேரத் தொழிலாகக் கொண்டுள்ள இவர், தினமும் 300 முதல் 1,000 ரூபாவரை இதன் மூலம்  சம்பாதிப்பதாக அவர் கூறுகிறார்.

இந்த பூச்செடிகளை தனியாகவும் பூச்சாடிகளிலும் வளர்த்துவருவதுடன்,  இவை  திருமண விழாக்கள்,  மரணச்சடங்குகள், வரவேற்பு வைபவங்கள் உள்ளிட்ட பல்வேறு நிகழ்வுகளுக்கும் விற்பனையாவதாகவும் அவர் கூறினார்.

இவரது குட்டி நந்தவனத்தை பலரும்  பார்வையிட்டு வருகின்றனர்.




Saturday, January 18, 2014

Largest steamer shipwreck discovered off Batticaloa

The wreck of a steamer discovered off the coast of Batticaloa has been identified by the Galle Maritime Archeology Unit (MAU) to be the largest such shipwreck discovered in Sri Lankan waters.  

Official records indicate that the wreck is that of the steamer Sir John Jackson, which was wrecked on Brennus Shoal in the Navaladi lagoon off Batticaloa on September 26, 1908, according to Galle MAU’s Rukshan Priyandana.

which was found off the coast of Batticaloa in the Nawala – adi lagoon

The unit was initially alerted to the wreck by a local diver named G. Yogaraja, he added. The steamer weighs 4231 tons and had been built in 1905 by the Northumberland Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. It had been registered with the Westminister Shipping Co. Ltd in London.
http://www.nation.lk/edition/images/2014/01/19/main/P8180055.jpgAccording to official records, the steamer was enroute to London via Colombo from Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) in Vietnam, carrying a cargo of rice and wheat, when it struck the Brennus Shoal and sank.   It is believed the Captain of the vessel had made a mistake and taken the steamer too close to shore while trying to use as a guide, the lamps put up by fishermen on shore in order to make their fishing activities easier.
The vessel had five boilers and two propellers. However, one propeller had broken off when the vessel sank and was found some distance away. Maritime archaeologists said the shipwreck of another vessel was located in close proximity to the Sir John Jackson.
Over the course of time, the shipwreck had become a home for corals and many species of ornamental fish. It has been attracting local and foreign diving enthusiasts for some time and Priyandana said it has the potential to be developed as tourist attraction for divers.
The Galle Maritime Archaeology Unit has so far located 17 shipwrecks along the country’s eastern coast.

The vessel that had sunk weighed 4231 tons.

 




























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