Category Archives: Education

When Worlds Collide #115: Fast-tracking Road Safety in Sri Lanka

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today newspaper on 18 July 2014 The Apollo 8 space mission, which lasted from 21 to 27 December 1968, was the first time that a manned spacecraft left Earth orbit, … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #109: Huffing and puffing over Tobacco in Sri Lanka

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today newspaper on 31 May 2014 Tobacco control presents formidable policy dilemmas. It isn’t a simple or simplistic battle between ‘good’ and ‘evil’ as anti-tobacco activists would make us believe. … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #104: Dengue Control sans Chemicals?

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today broadsheet newspaper on 25 April 2014 Last week, discussing dengue fever as a silent disaster, I wrote: “For now, there is no specific antiviral drug or effective vaccine against dengue. … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #103: Combating Dengue, a ‘Silent Disaster’

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today broadsheet newspaper on 18 April 2014 The theme for World Health Day, observed on April 7, was vector-borne diseases – a major public health challenge in the tropics. It was … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #102: A Bird’s Eye View of our Planet and Island

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today broadsheet newspaper on 4 April 2014 A bird’s eye view offers a unique perspective. Yet no humans had that vantage point until two and half centuries ago. That changed when … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #101: Safely Riding the Social Media Dragon

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today broadsheet newspaper on 29 March 2014 “We have to start asking not what is wrong with Facebook but what is wrong with our society?” Those words, by Dr Harini Amarasuriya, … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #96: Before Malala came Meena…

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today broadsheet newspaper on 17 January 2014 Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager turned activist, was a key newsmaker of 2013. Having survived an assassination attempt by Taliban gunmen in October 2012, … Continue reading

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