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For people who are able to work again, a job can be itself an important step in the road to recovery and rehabilitation - Alan Johnson

 

Better information dissemination strategies required

Having heard the various presentations at the seminar about Defeating Terrorism, I think that second only to admiration for the systematic work of our forces was regret about the deficiencies Rohan Guneratne noted, with regard to presentation of the story. I hope government will swiftly take up his suggestion that we develop better information dissemination strategies, not only in the Foreign Service and the Information Ministry but also within the services themselves.

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Beautification of Colombo city

The planting of trees should be undertaken along with the paving of the pedestrian walkways to avoid extra expenditure later on in removing the paving stones and creating tree planting beds. The UDA should be commended for providing pavements for pedestrians along most of the major roads in Colombo. If trees like Kohomba (Margosa) are planted at 25’-0” centres it would enhance the quality of the street tremendously. Kohomba is a dry zone plant which will also thrive in Colombo. The addition to the paving with planting will definitely give a three-dimensional effect to the streetscape and also give shade to the pedestrians who walk along it.

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The pavement hawkers’ revolution

Towards the North of the Gampaha District is the Maha Oya. Towards the South is the Kelani River. On the West is the ocean; Towards the East is the equator. In the past this district was part of the province known as Maya Rata. The Gampaha district borders Puttalam and Kurunegala on the North, Colombo on the South and Kegalle in the East. The extent of the district’s land area is 1,387 square kilometres.

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