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There are more pleasant things to do than beat up people - Muhammad Ali


A shared commitment to fight NCDs is the need of the hour

Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) have become an acute global crisis these days. People from developing countries are at most vulnerable status to NCDs. When Health Ministry Additional Secretary, Dr. Palitha Maheepala stated recently that, 71 percent of the total deaths reported from hospitals were caused by NCDs, it became obvious that NCDs have become an acute problem in our country, also.

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Reminiscences of Gold

The Law at his finger-tips

Today we focus on Dr. Amrith Rohan Perera, an International Civil Servant of high repute. He retired as Legal Advisor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs after serving the ministry for over 30 years. He is an authority on International Law. “My family hails from Ruwanwella. I grew up in a village in Ruwanwella. And then we came to Mount Lavinia for our studies in Colombo. My father had a political background. He was a Member of Parliament and a Senator. I studied at S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia.

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Take a bow – academic staff of Colombo University, Law Faculty

This is not a mere paper article. To be honest, one can say, this is a letter of gratitude. As we all know, currently, a non-academic strike is underway in all the universities in our country. According to Sri Lanka's Inter University Trade Unions Federation, this strike has been called islandwide to force government to rectify the salary anomalies that have been there for a long now. And, they have vowed not to suspend the strike until their demands are granted.

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Mahapola Scholarships: they survive the great man, Lalith

I heard the shocking news over the radio while lying in a hospital bed: Lalith Athulathmudali gunned down. The assassin’s bullet tore into his heart while he was addressing a meeting at Kirulapone. Devastated I left hospital to visit the man, now dead, whose Publicity Officer I had been for ten years. It was an edifying association with the brilliant Oxonion and I was never fettered in my work; I sensed a new press freedom not vouchsafed to me before.

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Holding regular meetings, keeping records, at DS and GN levels

Following the establishment of Divisional Secretariat Reconciliation Committees in all Divisions in the Vanni, follow up meetings were held in June in Oddusuddan, Puthukudiyirippu, Karachi and Vavuniya North Divisional Secretariat. As one Divisional Secretary observed, the difference in the problems raised was remarkable, and indicated the great strides made in the resettlement process.

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