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DateLine Sunday, 19 August 2007

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Ageing population one of the greatest challenges

Population ageing will become one of the greatest challenges in the coming decades with vast economic, social and other consequences. The proportion of persons aged 60 years and over in the world will double between 2000 and 2050, from 10 to 21 per cent. Fifty two per cent of the world's older population lived in Asia and the Pacific in 2002 and this will project a rise to 59 per cent in 2025. This part of the region is the fastest ageing region of the world.

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Over protective parents and experience denied children

Parents generally try to control their children's skills and developments according to their taste and goals in life. Especially with the fast moving society parents try to compete with the standards of the circle of life. Without stopping there, using their own flesh and blood they try to fight the battle and consider that as love. Unfortunately, that's where the pathetic story begins.

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Resuscitation

Regaining the rhinos:

The two new additions to the Dehiwala Zoo, black rhinoceroses, now popular as Kosala and Anula arrived in pretty bad shape, anxious and stressed out. They were traded for a couple of Asian baby elephants from the Nagoya Higashima Zoo, Japan. Kosala and Anula christened after the male and female baby elephants are five and eight years old, respectively.

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