Garbage - a worldwide problem
A common topic of discussion these days, is the increase of garbage.
It is produced everyday and everywhere because of the excessive use of
non-biodegradable matter and it is dumped carelessly. This is a hazard
affecting every country.
We throw away many items we don’t need, to get rid of them. Then
garbage piles up on a daily basis. In Sri Lanka, we have a problem of
waste disposal, mostly in urban areas due to the lack of space. People
dump them in marshy lands, rivers and forests causing many health
In the past, empty glass bottles were sold to bottle collectors for
recycling. But now it is thrown away. Grocers collect newspapers to wrap
things, but now we use polythene bags. Some recycle them but many dump
them in a careless manner. Burning polythene is harmful to the
respiratory system because it causes lung disease.
To overcome this, Municipal Councils have begun a project to classify
garbage as degradable, non-degradable and glass material. Degradable
matter is released to the environment while the others are recycled. If
this is a success the world will be saved. It is our fault, we should be
responsible and try to solve the problem preserving the environment.
My favourite scientist
My favourite scientist is Alfred Nobel. He was born in Stockholm on
October 21, 1833. His father was Emanuel Nobel. He studied mechanical
engineering and started to work under his father who was an engineer in
explosives. He researched on mine explosives and torpedoes.
Alfred Nobel developed a safe way of handling Nitroglycerine and
called it Dynamite. Then he produced other explosives such as smokeless
After the dynamite was invented, he became very rich. In later years,
he gave a large portion of his income to start a fund which gave the
most treasured annual award to the people who rendered a great service
to mankind in the field of Art, Literature, Physics, Biology, Chemistry
and other fields. These prestigious prizes are known as the Nobel
My motherland is Sri Lanka. It is called the Pearl of the Indian
Ocean. The population of Sri Lanka is about 20 million. The President is
Maithripala Sirisena. The capital is Sri Jayewardenapura and the
commercial capital is Colombo.
Sri Lanka has a favourable climate.Many tourists visit our country.
There are many tourist attractions in Sri Lanka such as the Udawalawe
and Yala national parks. There are beautiful rivers, waterfalls,
mountains and gardens in Sri Lanka.
Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa are historical cities. Sigiriya is of
archaeological value. It is a World Heritage Site. Sinharaja was
declared a World Heritage Site in 1989. It is the largest tropical rain
forest in Sri Lanka.
There are Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims and Burghers in Sri Lanka.
Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Christianity are the main religions
practised. Our main exports are tea, coconut,rubber and garments.
The rose is a beautiful flower. There are many thorns on the stem.
Wasps come to suck the nectar. The yellow rose symbolises friendship and
the white rose symbolises sympathy. The red rose is for love.
The fragrance of the rose enhances the fragrance of the environment.
Roses are used for decorations as well. We can see many varieties of
roses in the Hakgala Botanical Gardens in Nuwara Eliya.It is a beautiful
flower gifted to us by nature.
Do you know who I am ?
I am green in colour and love to eat green leaves as I live on plants
such as Kathurumurunga. I come from the white eggs laid by my mother who
was a beautiful butterfly. I have many brothers and sisters. I ate
leaves and grew up as an adult caterpillar.
Later, I went to sleep in a cocoon for about a week. I did not feel
hungry as I had eaten a lot when I was out of the cocoon.
After a week, I came out of the cocoon as a beautiful butterfly with
two colourful wings. I was really proud of myself. Then I flew to the
village with my friends looking for nectar. I am enjoying life with my
friends. But when you see me, do not try to catch me. Love me as I also
like to enjoy my life and help me to be free!
A story I read recently
In our school we have a library. When it is the library period, we go
to the Library and read story books. Some books that I have read are
‘Wooden Horse,’ ‘Lion King’ and ‘Robin Hood.’ The story I like best is
the ‘Wooden Horse.’
When the Trojans woke up they found the Greek camp empty and a huge
wooden horse left outside the city.The Trojans did not know what to do
with the wooden horse. They decided to bring it into the city and
celebrate. After the celebration they were tired and went to sleep. The
Greeks who were hiding inside the horse captured the city of Troy at the
break of dawn.
I like this story because of the clever idea of the Greeks to fool
William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright and actor. He was
born on April 23, 1564 at Stratford-on-Avon in Warwick. His mother, Mary
Arden, descended from nobility and his father John Shakespeare was a
prosperous businessman in the village. They were Catholics and had eight
Shakespeare was the third child and the first son of the family. He
had to leave school and go to work when he was fourteen because his
father lost his wealth and was heavily in debt.
At the age of 18, Shakespeare married 26-year-old, Ann Hathaway in
1582. Shakespeare started writing poems and his first poem was Venus and
Adonis. His well-known comedies are Merchant of Venice, Taming of the
Shrew and Two gentlemen of Verona.Shakespeare wrote many short stories,
novels, dramas and poems. He died on April 23, 1616.
Pharoahs of ancient Egypt
Egypt is the valley of the kings. The kings and queens were known as
pharoahs. Menes was the first pharoah of Egypt. He built a large city
called Memphis on the banks of the river Nile and made it his capital.
Tutankhamen became, the pharoah of Egypt in 1347 B.C. A British
archaeological team found a tomb containing jewellery, clothing,
daggers, thrones, beds, linen and masks made of pure gold. I like to go
to Egypt and explore the spot.