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    cooking pots
  • (Cooking pot) Cookware and bakeware are types of food preparation containers commonly found in the kitchen. Cookware comprises cooking vessels, such as saucepans and frying pans, intended for use on a stove or range cooktop. Bakeware comprises cooking vessels intended for use inside an oven.





    vision
  • a vivid mental image; "he had a vision of his own death"

  • sight: the ability to see; the visual faculty

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  • the perceptual experience of seeing; "the runners emerged from the trees into his clear vision"; "he had a visual sensation of intense light"











Life in the No Firing Zone




Life in the No Firing Zone





picture: "Roofless and Doomed."
This has been the fate of innocent Tamil, Muslim and Sinhala populations of the North and East at the hands of Vellupillai Prabhakaran for over 25 years. Do we let this go on?
East, finally has been freed and people who were chased off by the LTTE and whhave fled from LTTE clutches are being resettled. Large scale infrastructure development is ongoing in these areas for the first time.



Life in the no firing zone
(By: Gomin Dayasri)

The look on the faces of those coming from the No Fire Zone (NFZ) tells the story. It is a story of children. Aged and haggard, looking well beyond their age it is their stoic nature and the desire to live for the sake of their remaining children that kept them alive.

As they alight from the packed buses to seek lodgings in the camps for Internally Displaced Persons (IDP's) [Click to magnify/shrink] there are no young men among them. Where have all the young men gone? Yes, gone, gone or rather taken to LTTE camps. Now they are coming for the girls. It is for them the parents grieve and show no leniency to the LTTE. They know their children are destined to die; with 3 days basic training they are dispatched to the front to face the war machine of the Sri Lankan Forces. Worse, they are positioned in the first line of defense.

They talk of nothing else but of their lost children. Life is not worth living without the children lost; life must continue for the younger children still with them. They live in that dilemma. More than food and drink they need psychological care having gone through agony and trauma in the NFZ under LTTE rule.

NFZ is the final happy hunting ground for the LTTE in prey of children. In a confined space of 21 square kilometers any child above 12 years is vulnerable and easy picking for the terrorist running desperately short of man power. It's a child ranch with easy access for the bandits. Few girls have been untouched the rest have been hunted and hounded. Usually exempted children of the Mahavira (dead soldiers) and Porali (present soldiers) have been conscripted. They were the firm bedrock of LTTE; the last support column but that too is gone with their children kidnapped. The final bastion of goodwill is lost. There is mayhem in the midst of desperation.

A 77 years old lecturer in English among the IDPs, spoke fondly of LTTE achievements with his eyes glowing with pride He crossed because life was becoming uncomfortable but awaits the return of the LTTE. He is married but childless.

Howling children are carted away from the NFZ like dogs taken to the dog pound. The parents intervening are mercilessly beaten and few have been shot at by impatient cadres. Some artful kids have escaped from the clutches of the LTTE but they have not returned to their parents. Parents know of their fate with LTTE ground area shrinking rapidly there are no sanctuaries for escaped kids to hide. In retaliation angry cadres return to take an elder from the family as a substitute.

They moved from their earlier NFZ as they heard on radio and from leaflets dropped from low flying planes of the newly designated zone. They covered 12 km to reach the new secure area from the old. LTTE did not hamper the movement but watched from a distance.

They live as families in tents purchased at Rs 2500 out of material supplied free previously by the UNICEF and has found its way to the traders. Prices are exorbitant, food sparse and scare. Two panadols cost Rs 250.The desire to eat is absent amidst the turmoil. Being close to the sea it is not necessary to dig deep to strike water; salty and unhealthy but no option. The ladies toilets come to existence with saris wrapped between four poles to provide privacy. Commode was a barrel dug into the soil covered with earth with squatting space useable for two weeks.

They live every second cursing the LTTE but at their mercy seeking space to cross the invisible border not too far to reach. From the desperation on the faces of the cadres they gauge the distance is becoming closer. There is hope within despair.

Each family dug a trench for they knew within the NFZ the LTTE guns are booming. Retaliatory fire was anticipated but has not arrived so far. They had pleaded with the LTTE to take away the artillery pieces from the NFZ but it is of no avail.

Did they tell their tale of woe previously before reaching the NFZ? Yes, to the Tamil boys and girls who came with the NGOs when they operated from Killinochchi. But it made no impact or improvement. Hindsight, they surmise those NGO representatives were LTTE sympathizers. Otherwise they may not have been permitted to enter LTTE territory.

Most are adamant, LTTE will get no vote at a free and fair election from the residents in the NFZ. The TNA are discounted as the running dogs of the LTTE. Sambandan is the hate figure as the outsider from Trincomalee who sold them to the LTTE. They yearn for a new leadership. Ananda Sagaree has support from











Maiden Hair Leaves and Nuts…… Gingko biloba




Maiden Hair Leaves and Nuts…… Gingko biloba





I picked about one hundred pounds the other day, I’m cleaning about fifty pounds and my friends got the rest of them..


The Ginkgo is a living fossil, with fossils recognizably related to modern Ginkgo from the Permian, dating back 270 million years.

Maiden Hair promotes healthy circulation to the brain to ensure a healthy supply of oxygen and nutrients. It also includes antioxidant properties that protect brain cells from the damaging effects of free radicals. These unique traits make Maiden Hair the
"Number One" herb for a sharp memory and a healthy, active mind.
Maiden Hair is native to northern China, from the Ginkgo tree, which also grows in the southern and eastern United States, southern France and Korea. Maiden Hair is considered the world's oldest tree species, and it has a high resistance to disease, insects and pollution.

Historically, the leaves were often placed in books to repel bookworms. Maiden Hair is said to oxygenate the blood, increasing circulation and strengthening blood vessels.

Chinese herbalists have recommended Maiden Hair for over five thousand years to treat a variety of ailments. Anti-inflammatory properties present in Maiden Hair are thought to be beneficial in the treatment of asthma.

The positive effects that Maiden Hair has on the brain and body have catapulted this herb to its current popularity among herbalists today. Maiden Hair has been known to increase brain functionality, which may be beneficial for those who suffer from low concentration and memory loss. For this reason, Maiden Hair has recently been used in the treatment of Alzheimer disease. As a lung relaxant, Maiden Hair is said to ease coughing and reduce tissue inflammation. Maiden Hair has also proven to be beneficial for treating painful headaches, ringing in the ears and vertigo. Additionally, Maiden Hair has been known to reduce inflammation of the veins, including varicose veins.

The different parts of this plant have different properties. The leaves are an antioxidant, brain tonic, circulatory stimulant, kidney tonic and rejuvenate. The nuts are antibacterial, antifungal, antitussive, astringent, expectorant and sedative. As with the properties, different parts of the plant have been used for many different medicinal purposes.

The leaves have been used for Alzheimer's disease, anxiety, asthma, blindness, blood clots, cerebral arteriosclerosis, deafness, dementia, depression, hearing loss, hemorrhoids, impotence, macular degeneration, memory loss, nerve deafness, pain in the extremities, phlebitis, poor circulation, Reynaud's disease, senility, skull injuries, stroke, tinnitus, varicose veins, vertigo and vision loss.
On the other hand, the nuts are used for asthma, bladder irritation, catarrh, diabetes, diphtheria, dysentery, weak kidneys, incontinence, typhoid, tinnitus, tuberculosis, frequent urination, vaginal infection and peripheral vascular disease. Maiden Hair helps to relax blood vessels so that more nutrients can be delivered to the body and helps the brain utilize oxygen and glucose better. It also improves peripheral circulation, yet

Maiden Hair doesn't keep you awake. It increases cerebral blood flow and the rate at which information is transmitted. Maiden Hair also has an anti-aggretory effect on blood platelets. The primary known constituents of Maiden Hair are as follows: the leaves contain flavonoids (ginkgolide, quercetin, kaempferol), ginkgolic acid, bilobetin, proanthocyanidins, ascorbic acid and carotenoids;

The nuts contain essential oil, fatty acid, tannin and resin.

• There are no native ginkgoes living in the wild. All wild trees were wiped out hundreds of thousands of years ago but human intervention has saved the modern tree.
• Several ginkgoes were the only living survivors of an atomic bomb blast dropped on Hiroshima by the United States.
• About 50 pounds of dried ginkgo leaves yield a pound of the medicinal product.

Ancient Chinese records are surprisingly complete and describe the tree as ya-chio-tu , meaning a tree with leaves like a duck's foot. Asian people systematically planted the tree and many living ginkgoes are known to be more than 5 centuries old. Buddhists not only kept written records but revered the tree and preserved it in temple gardens. Western collectors eventually imported ginkgoes to Europe where it was very popular in large cities like London and Paris.

G. biloba was first brought into the United States by William Hamilton for his garden in Philadelphia in 1784. It was a favorite tree of Architect Frank Lloyd Wright and made its way into city landscapes across North America. The tree had an ability to survive pests, drought, storms, ice, city soils, and was widely planted. But it did have a problem...

Maidenhair-tree's leaf extract is a billion dollar business. According to one recent report, "In Germany alone, ginkgo biloba prescriptions (it is prescribed by doctors in Germany) retailed









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