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THOUGHT for the Day

An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere, while a pessimist sees only the red stoplight.. The truly wise person is colourblind.
 - Albert Schweitzer


Economics as a driving force of international relations

The vision which Lakshman Kadirgamar had, both for close fraternal relations between India and Sri Lanka and for the future of Sri Lanka itself continues to inspire our thinking. It was he who dreamt of a world in which India and Sri Lanka would work together to build on our shared geography, history and culture in a relationship defined in his eloquent words by “irreversible excellence”. It was also Lakshman who believed that Sri Lanka should remain united, and that its people should live together in an atmosphere of confidence and trust.

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‘Labour’ should be a compulsory ‘subject’ in schools

‘Never in our days’ is a frequently uttered ‘observation’ by those who have left an institution, a country or profession. It is something that one hears whenever past pupils of a school gather to reminisce about days gone by. They also talk about how things are in the old school and spend an inordinate amount of time lamenting things-as-they-are-now.

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Charting a new course for Sri Lanka’s success

The SLFP Convention : A brief look back :

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party had its annual Convention yesterday. The party which was founded on September 2, 1951 by Prime Minister S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike made an impact in the country since its very inception.

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Speech-fronted Program to teach English:

Avoiding teaching grammar in communicative classroom

When I introduced the Speech-fronted program to the new entrants of the Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo, there was a burning question that came from all quarters: coordinators of different sorts, teachers who taught in the program and others who were not in the program raised a question: Aren’t you going to teach grammar? My answer was “No!” Then I added, grammar is taught not the way we used to do before, that is, giving all the grammar points long before students feel the need to use them but as and when students require them to carry out a task.

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