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I Love my Mother Sri Lanka.



Sri Lanka is an island surrounded by the Indian Ocean,the gulf of Mannar & the Palk strait n lies in the vicinity of India n Maldives.It is part of South Asia.Sri Lanka is about half the size of Alabama.Most of the land is flat n rolling mountains in the South-Central region rise to over 8000ft (2438m).

Indu-Aryan emigration from India in the 5th century B.C came to from the largest ethnic group on Sri Lankan today,the Sinhalese.Tamils the second largest ethnic group on the
island,were originally from the Tamil region of India an emigrated between the 3rd century B.C n AD 1200.Until colonial powers controlled CEYLON(the country's name until 1972) Sinhalese n Tamil rules fought for dominance over the island.The Tamils primarily Hindus,claim the Nothern section of the island and the Sinhalese,who are predominantly Buddhist, controlled the South.In 1505 the Portuguese took possession of Ceylon until the Dutch India Company usurped control(1658-1796)
The British took over in 1796 and Ceylon became an English crown colony in 1802. The British developed Coffee, Tea and Rubber plantations. On February 04.1948 after pressure from Ceylonese nationalist leaders(which briefly unified the Tamil and Sinhalese).Ceylon became a self-governing dominion of the Commonwealth of Nations.

Today Sri Lanka is a republic and a unitary state which is governed by a Semi-presidential system with its official seat of government in SRI JAYAWARDENAPURA-KOTTE THE CAPITAL.
The country is famouse for the production and export Tea,Rubber,Coconut,Coffee and Cinnamon.

The natural beauty of Sri Lanka has led to the title "THE PEARL OF THE INDIAN OCEAN".The island with lush tropical forest white beaches and diverse landscapes with rich biodiversity.The country lays claim to a long and colourful history of over three thousand years.

Sri Lanka founding member state of SAARC n a member of UNITED NATIONS COMMON WEALTH OF NATIONS n non-aligned movment.As of 2010 ,Sri Lanka was one of the fastest growing economies of the world.It's stock exchange was Asia's best perfoming stock market during 2009 n 2010.

In ancient times,Sri Lanka was known by a variety of names.Known in Indias as Lanka or Singhala,ancient Greek geographers called it TAPROBANE n Arabs referred to it as SERENDIB.

CEILAO was the name given to Sri Lanka by the Portuguese when they arrived in 1505,which was transliterated in to English as CEYLON.As a British crown colony the island was known as Ceylon and achieved independence under the name DOMINION OF CEYLON in 1948.In 1978 it was changed to the"DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA".

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