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THOUGHT for the Day

The journey of a thousand leagues begins with a single step. So we must never
neglect any work of peace within our
reach, however small.
- Adlai E. Stevenson


Helping the self-employed

A Government Pension Scheme for the self-employed:

Sri Lanka is among the countries with a high ageing population. Presently over 10 percent is senior citizens (over 60 years) of the total population. Demography specialists have analyzed that these percentages will increase to 25 percent by 2025. It will be a huge challenge for senior citizens, children, the Government and society. When we consider the above situation, we need to have a strong social security benefit program to help our senior citizens.

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Education for peace

Murderous acts by illegal power maniacs were not even heard of all three communities lived in peace in the whole of Sri Lanka - eg. Colombo District, say Wellawatta was vastly inhabited by the good Tamils, while a fair Sinhala population lived in the Northern province - there was the most popular well developed Sinhala Maha Vidyalaya in Jaffna town and six other schools in Puttur.

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A problem of alienation

A small group of Muslims, some of them Pakistanis, some of Pakistani origin and few from the poor localities in Colombo, supported Pakistan during the one-day cricket match at the Premadasa Stadium last week. This was unfortunate incident at a time when every effort need to be made to bring all the communities together. However, this has nothing to do with the community as a whole.

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General Nalin Seneviratne:

Tribute to a brave son of our soil

I write this tribute to my friend and colleague Nalin Seneviratne on his 78th Birth Anniversary which falls today. We have been close colleagues and friends since 1954, when he joined the Ceylon Engineers where I had been since 1952.

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