Moving forward: an assessment of ongoing initiatives
Auden's reminder of the need for togetherness to
avoid annihilation, which he expressed in ‘September 1939’, evoking
the horrors of the war that caused such destruction in Europe, is of
particular significance in Sri Lanka today. We have got over the
horrors of the terrorism that plagued us for two decades and more.
We have also got now to get over the bitterness and suspicion that
prompted that terrorism.
B. D. Rampala - an engineer par excellence
History is replete with initiatives of lone
individuals that revolutionized the way people live. Civilization
itself is a cumulative result of initiatives of such individuals who
had the courage and perseverance to see their convictions through.
One such individual is B. D. Rampala who became the first native
chief mechanical engineer in 1949, of the then Ceylon Government
Railways and went on to become the General Manager during the period
1955 - 1970, in what is now Sri Lanka Railways.
Sri Lanka’s Postal Dept - matching world standards - Post
The Sri Lanka Postal Department made much
progress during past four years. Now the Department is ready to
extend its services to match international levels. Certain corrupt
activities which had been occurring in the Postal Department have
been eliminated following the introduction of the new system.
Therefore, the Postal Department will embark on a very successful
rapid journey to achieve its targets. The Sri Lanka Postal
Department was able to win eight international awards for its
services. These victories are a testimony to the country’s rapid
Christmas - time to illumine hearts with love
At the end of another year we are back again to
celebrate Christmas, the day when Jesus was born as an ordinary man
and who led a simple life. He was a traveller; during his travels
his motive was never to amass wealth but to educate the masses by
instilling the purpose of life on earth mainly by cultivating
tolerance, forbearance, love and compassion.