Month: October 2015

What it Takes to Make it in a Man’s World
While we may live in a man’s world, Sri Lankan women are making themselves relevant. In the professional sphere, business world, public sector and academia, women are proving equal or … Continued
Tarzie Vittachi: “Governments do not have babies; people do!”
This year marks the 70th birthday of the United Nations. It is also 60 years since Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) became a member of the world’s foremost inter-governmental organisation. For … Continued
Eminent Sri Lankan Women in the United Nations
Today (24th October), the United Nations celebrates its platinum anniversary. It marks 70 years of inter-governmental level action for peace, prosperity and sustainable development of all humanity. This is indeed … Continued
When ignorance can make you pregnant…
Pregnant at 18, expelled from school and no support from her parents. This is a tragic story of a teenage girl from Anuradhapura. Let’s call her Namali because her story is real … Continued
Help Statisticians to Get Better Data!
“Whenever I read statistical reports, I try to imagine my unfortunate contemporary, the Average Person, who, according to these reports, has 0.66 children, 0.032 cars, and 0.046 TVs” – Hungarian … Continued
Crossing Population’s ‘River of Myths’ with Hans Rosling
[NOTE: World Statistics Day is observed on October 20. This year’s theme emphasizes the role of high quality official statistical information in informed policy and decision making for sustainable development.] … Continued
Are We a Nation of Malnourished People?
Today the Daily Mirror reported that the national plan to make Sri Lanka self-sufficient by 2020 may not happen. Apparently, our cattle and buffalo population had decreased by 7.2% in … Continued
Sri Lanka is more urbanized than we think!
The first Monday of October is marked as World Habitat Day. With more than half the world population now living in cities, focus of this UN-designated day is on our … Continued
How Safe Are Our Children?
‘Protect us with love’ was the theme under which National Children’s Day was Celebrated yesterday (1 October). In recent weeks, the media have carried stories of sexual abuse of minors … Continued