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DateLine Sunday, 30 September 2007

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International Elders Day:

Is the nation prepared to face the challenge?

Sri Lanka experiencing a major demographic shift in the age pyramid from younger population to older, the proportion of the population over 60 years has dramatically increased from 5.3 in 1953 to 10.8 per cent in 2003, making it the fastest ageing population among the developing nations.

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'Child rights protection 'arm' not at desired level'

World Children's Day tomorrow:

Child Rights to Privacy in the International law is defined along with the UNCRC. What privacy is to a child? Some would interpret this as a Western concept. But I personally think that child is a growing person and has a growing personality. Therefore until the age of 18 he undergoes several critical stages of childhood - infancy, pre-grade, primary, early adolescence, mid adolescence and late adolescence.

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Back to primeval splendour

An eerie cry like a woman in labour, is not uncommon in Mahausakanda Kele. Some people believe it's the cry of Karamal bodilima (The Hump-nosed Lizard) or the spirits it's possessed with. The Hump nosed Lizard is one fascinating specimen out of the hundreds of thousands of exquisite flora and fauna in the Mahausakanda regenerated rain forest.

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