Nurturing ethnic harmony for sustainable development
Last week, I had the opportunity of reading an
essay written by a student of Grade 10 on ethnic harmony. I quote
one paragraph: "People would like to see an ethnic problem
disappear. And the way they think it's going to disappear is by not
talking about it.
Coming to grips with Johnsonís Dictionary
Today lexicography or compiling of dictionaries
has become a refined art. In our own country, there were a few
lexicographers who rendered a yeoman service without the aid of
modern technology. Prof G.P. Malalasekera and Dr E.W. Adikaram were
pioneers in compiling English-Sinhala dictionaries. They are still
being used by scholars.
Thorns on the Side
Much has been written about the tragic death of
the eight-year-old student of Ananda College, Colombo, who was
apparently pinned against a wall by a ground roller he and a few of
his friends were playing with. This tragedy could indeed have been
prevented if a few precautionary steps had been taken.