Category Archives: Poverty

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 #111: Science Journalism for Better Governance

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today newspaper on 13 June 2014 Years ago, as a young science journalist working for Asia Technology magazine of Hong Kong, I was shown around Pakistan’s space agency SUPARCO premises … 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 #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 #97: Living on the Edge – South Asia’s Coastal Scramble

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today broadsheet newspaper on 14 February 2014 Many different worlds collide on the coast – both literally and metaphorically. Coasts are where land meets the sea. A precise coastline cannot be … 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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When Worlds Collide #94: Nelson Mandela as a Great Communicator

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday broadsheet newspaper on 8 December 2013 Nelson Mandela is no more. The world is exceptionally united in saluting the iconic fighter for democracy, freedom and equality for all humans. The … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #89: Our Long Road to Cleaner and Safer Cities…

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday broadsheet newspaper on 27 October 2013 Indian environmental activist Sunita Narain was seriously injured while cycling in New Delhi last Sunday, October 20. She was hit by a car while … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #87: Nobel Peace Prize – Saluting peace-makers or stirring political controversy?

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday broadsheet newspaper on 13 October 2013 The Nobel Peace Prize 2013 was awarded on Friday to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) for its extensive efforts to … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #73: Stuck in Fast Forward? Slow Down!

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday broadsheet newspaper on 7 July 2013 I’m a slow reader of books. I do it deliberately hemin-hemin. Oh, I can read fast when I really have to — … Continue reading

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