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‘Beaver moon’ lunar eclipse (Pics)

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People watch as a full moon rises before a total lunar eclipse in Stanwell Park, Australia (Photograph: Dean Lewins/EPA)

A beaver blood total lunar eclipse stunned skygazers across the world yesterday (08).

The reddish lunar lunar eclipse visible from North America to the Pacific but not in Europe.

The eclipse’s totality, where the Moon is entirely in Earth’s shadow – lasted between 10:17 and 11:42 GMT.

The next total lunar eclipse will been seen in on March 14, 2025.

The following is a selection of the lunar eclipse as it was seen across the world.

A composite image of the total lunar eclipse, in which the moon is completely covered by the Earth’s shadow, seen from the city of Gwangju, south-west South Korea (Photograph: Yonhap/EPA)
The eclipse is visible in Kolkata, India (Photograph: Piyal Adhikary/EPA)
The moon rises above Shwedagon pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar (Photograph: Thein Zaw/AP)
The blood-red moon passes over the Empire State Building in New York City (Photograph: Gary Hershorn/Getty Images)
The Earth’s shadow starts to cover the moon, as seen through Christmas lights at a public square in Caracas, Venezuela (Photograph: Matias Delacroix/AP)
The moon seen behind a corner tower along the outer walls of the Forbidden City in Beijing, China (Photograph: Mark Schiefelbein/AP)
The lunar eclipse rises over the Australian Parliament House in Canberra (Photograph: Getty Images)
A total lunar eclipse is seen over the roof of Sensoji temple at Asakusa in Tokyo (Photograph: EPA)
As seen from Central America, from San Salvador, El Salvador’s captal (Photograph: Reuters)

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10-day Yoga Mahotsav launched in Sri Lanka (Pics)

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A 10-Day Yoga Mahotsav celebrating the 10th International Day of Yoga (IDY) was launched today (June 13) at Colombo National Museum. 

The event was celebrated under this year’s IDY theme ‘Yoga for Women Empowerment’ with over 200 students participating from different schools in Colombo.
Yoga Mahotsav 2024 is being organised by Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre (SVCC), the cultural arm of High Commission of India, Colombo in collaboration with about 30 organisations of Sri Lanka from 13th to 22nd of June 2024.

Day-II of the Yoga Mahotsav on the focus area ‘Yoga for Health’ will be organised on 14 June at Mc Heyzer Stadium, Trincomalee in collaboration with the Eastern Province Tourism Bureau. Yoga Mahotsav will proceed under various focus areas, such as Yoga for Family, Yoga with Spirituality, Yoga for Humanity, Yoga for Well-being, Yoga for Ayurveda, Yoga for Peace, Yoga for Harmonyin different iconic locations across the country. The Mahotsav will conclude with a grand event at Galle Face Green in Colombo on 22 June.

As a prelude to IDY, approximately 100 yoga events will be organized across Sri Lanka by the High Commission of India and its posts in Hambantota, Kandy and Jaffna. A series of these will be organized in the backdrop of iconic locations in Sri Lanka, in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism and Lands, Government of Sri Lanka.

In December 2014, the United Nations declared 21 June as the International Day of Yoga through resolution 69/31, recognizing yoga’s holistic approach to well-being and its ability to provide a sanctuary from modern life’s stresses. Since then, millions of yoga practitioners worldwide celebrate IDY on 21 June each year. Yoga is an ancient practice that harmonizes mind, body, and spirit through physical postures, breath control, and meditation. It fosters self-discovery, inner peace, balance, flexibility, strength, mental clarity, emotional stability, and spiritual awakening.

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President Ranil meets Bangladesh Prime Minister

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President Ranil Wickremesinghe held discussions with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina this morning (June 10), according to the President’s Media Division.

The Bangladesh PM had assured President Ranil Wickremesinghe of Bangladesh’s support for Sri Lanka’s agricultural modernization program, the PMD adds.

Meanwhile, the President had also met with Dr. S. Jaishankar in New Delhi earlier today.

This was in the backdrop of the swearing-in ceremony of Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi. The event was also attended by regional leaders such as Bhutan’s Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay and Nepal’s Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal.

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“Ravi”, a cinematic self reflection of half a century (Pics)

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The “Ravi – Cinema Half-Century Self-Reflection” ceremony was held yesterday (June 05) at the Bandaranaike International Conference Hall in Colombo to honour veteran actor Ravindra Randeniya for his five decades of service to Sri Lankan cinema.

Randeniya, who began his career with the 1974 film ‘Taranga,’ has appeared in over 100 films and received numerous awards, including the Swarna Sankha O.C.I.C. Best Actor award and the Darshan Suri Award. 

Two biographies of Randeniya, written by Gamini Weragoda and Uditha Devapriya, were launched during the event.

President Ranil Wickremesinghe, who presided over the event, praised Randeniya’s contributions to cinema and recalled their political collaboration.

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