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A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step
- Lao Tzu


Moving forward: an assessment of ongoing initiatives

Auden's reminder of the need for togetherness to avoid annihilation, which he expressed in ‘September 1939’, evoking the horrors of the war that caused such destruction in Europe, is of particular significance in Sri Lanka today. We have got over the horrors of the terrorism that plagued us for two decades and more. We have also got now to get over the bitterness and suspicion that prompted that terrorism.

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B. D. Rampala - an engineer par excellence

History is replete with initiatives of lone individuals that revolutionized the way people live. Civilization itself is a cumulative result of initiatives of such individuals who had the courage and perseverance to see their convictions through. One such individual is B. D. Rampala who became the first native chief mechanical engineer in 1949, of the then Ceylon Government Railways and went on to become the General Manager during the period 1955 - 1970, in what is now Sri Lanka Railways.

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Sri Lanka’s Postal Dept - matching world standards - Post Master General

The Sri Lanka Postal Department made much progress during past four years. Now the Department is ready to extend its services to match international levels. Certain corrupt activities which had been occurring in the Postal Department have been eliminated following the introduction of the new system. Therefore, the Postal Department will embark on a very successful rapid journey to achieve its targets. The Sri Lanka Postal Department was able to win eight international awards for its services. These victories are a testimony to the country’s rapid progress.

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Christmas - time to illumine hearts with love

At the end of another year we are back again to celebrate Christmas, the day when Jesus was born as an ordinary man and who led a simple life. He was a traveller; during his travels his motive was never to amass wealth but to educate the masses by instilling the purpose of life on earth mainly by cultivating tolerance, forbearance, love and compassion.

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