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International Mother Language Day on Tuesday:

Mother tongue - an impetus to education

How do we differ from animals? There are a lot of factors, but one factor nearly always comes on top. We can speak! The power of speech is unique to humans, even though some advanced mammals do have a rudimentary communications system. And humans speak nearly 6,700 languages all over the world.

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Attitude knows no immutable laws

As one wag put it, ‘attitude’ is the most important word in the dictionary! It's no exaggeration if you look deep into the concept of attitude. Attitude has been defined as a positive or negative evaluation of people, objects, events, activities, ideas or just about anything in our environment.

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Thorns on the Side:

Saving fuel

There is a debate in the wider society regarding the hike in fuel prices, but one factor that has escaped attention is the need for conserving fuel. There is little or no debate about reducing consumption levels vis-à-vis fuel and electricity. This is essential, not only because of the present fuel price levels but also because fossil fuels are going to run out sooner than we think.

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