Violence on the increase among
Education Minister Bandula Gunawardane called upon school teachers
and parents to pay more attention towards the behaviour of children in
addition to their normal school educational activities, as there is an
escalation of violent behaviour among schoolchildren.
The Minister made this request following the recent incident which
occurred at Rambukkana where a 13-year-old schoolboy M.C. Damitha
Madushan of Rambukkana Parakrama Vidyalaya was killed on the spot after
another boy had struck him on his head with a heavy stone while going
home after school.
The incident occurred following a quarrel which erupted between these
students over a minor issue during school.
Minister Gunawardane said it is the duty of parents to educate
children about the importance of good behaviour and inculcate moral
values and principles in them. He urged both parents and teachers to
encourage children to participate more in religious and other extra
"These are very important to motivate children and teach them how to
behave in society in unity and harmony,".
In the next five years the number of people in China over 60 will
jump from 178 million to 221 million -- 13.3 per cent to 16 per cent of
the population -- according to the People's Daily Online By 2050, a
quarter of China's population will be over 65, the Commission for
Population and Family Planning said, compared to just nine per cent
Already, half of China's over-60s live alone, a situation unthinkable
before, when four generations would live under one roof.The upside-down
pyramid -- whereby a single child shoulders responsibility for two
parents and four grandparents -- is a major headache for the government,
particularly as unemployment rises, forcing more and more people to
migrate to cities for work.
Liang Zhongtang, a demographer involved in family planning, said the
pressure would grow as Chinese born between 1962 and 1972 retire.
"Nearly 30 million babies were born each year during that period,
compared to six or seven million each year right now" he said.
'Baby 7 billion' marked worldwide
The world’s symbolic 7 billionth baby, Danica May Camacho.
Most of you may be aware by now that the world population had reached
the 7 billion mark. Going buy United Nations estimates, the world
population was expected to reach the milestone by end of October this
year so many countries around the world marked this day with special
ceremonies to welcome the 7 billionth baby.Even in Sri Lanka a special
event was organised by theUnited Nations Fund for Population Activities
( UNFPA ) under the patronage of the First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa, at
the Castle Street Women's Hospital in Borella. Baby Muthumani was born
to 23 year old Danushika Dilani at 12.01a.m on October 31.Baby
Muthumani's parents, Danushika and Ishara Madushanka were given a Rs
50,000 cheque by the People's Bank and gift packs by the UNFPA.
Even though many countries around the world marked the milestone, the
Philippines was the first country to proclaim the seven-billionth baby.
It was a baby girl named Danica May Camacho who was born just two
minutes before midnight on October 30 in a Manila maternity hospital.
This tiny wrinkled girl born at Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital into a
struggling Manila family soon became a symbol of the world's population
reaching 7 billion.BabyDanica May Camacho, was welcomed with a chocolate
cake marked "7B Philippines" and a gift certificate for free shoes.
Even though it is impossible to pinpoint the arrival of the globe's 7
billionth occupant amid the millions of births and deaths around the
world each day, the U.N. chose October 31 to mark the day with a string
of festivities worldwide, and a series of symbolic 7-billionth babies
Danica was the first, arriving at Manila's at two minutes before
midnight Sunday" but doctors say that was close enough to count for a
"She looks so lovely," the mother, Camille Galura, whispered as she
cradled the 2.5-kilo (5.5-pound) baby, who was born about a month
Sri Lankas’s baby Muthumani with mother, Danushika Dilani.
Meanwhile our closest neighbour India which has the second highest
population in the world with China taking the first place, too marked
this great event .
The child rights organisation, Plan India celebrated the birth of a
girl in Uttar Pradesh as the world's symbolic 7 billionth person. The
organisation described 'Baby 7 Billion' as a milestone for comprehensive
action for survival rights of girls.
In an event held outside Lucknow, the capital of India's most
populous state of Uttar Pradesh, the newborn girl was given a birth
certificate by the local administration.
Nargis, India’s 7 billionth baby.
Baby7Billion girl was born at 7.20 am India time to Vinita (23) and
Ajay (25) at a community health centre in Mall near Lucknow in India's
state of Uttar Pradesh. She has been named "Nargis" - a beautiful
flower. Nargis was born a healthy baby and weighed nearly 3 kgs (6lbs
The U.N. estimates the world population will reach 8 billion by 2025
and 10 billion by 2083.
But the numbers could vary widely, depending on life expectancy,
access to birth control, infant mortality rates and other
factors.Meanwhile, China, which at 1.34 billion people is the world's
most populous nation, said it would stand by its one-child policy, a set
of restrictions launched three decades ago limiting most urban families
to one child and most rural families to two.