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SL can see transformation in 15 yrs with trilingual policy: Abdul Kalam

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Sri Lanka could see a great transformation in the next 15 years with the launching of a trilingual policy, former President of India Abdul Kalam said today.

Mr. Kalam, former president of India who is Sri Lanka on a five day official visit, made this observation when he met the media today in Colombo.

He said that trilingualism will naturally lead to racial amity in the country.

"I had a discussion with President Mahinda Rajapakse on the practical aspect of implementing the trilingual policy, the 13th amendment plus and the fisheries issue," Mr. Kalam said.

Former President Kalam said that he has had a close association with Indian fisherman and knows the ins and outs of their problem and therefore shows a great interest in resolving their problem.

"Fishermen are naturally enticed by shoals of fish irrespective of national border. Hence it’s difficult to enforce rigid borders regarding fishing," he said. He added, "

I have proposed two solutions to President Mahinda Rajapakse about the fishermen issue."

Firstly, one day in a week is to be observed as a holiday by both parties and the other days should be reserved alternatively for exclusively for Indian and Sri Lankan fishermen. The second proposal is to encourage deep sea fishing with modern boats where the fish can be canned without delay. "This will keep the fishermen active on all days and increase their income that would lead to less tension on the shared fishing ground,” he said adding, "These are my proposal and it is up to the governments to consider this." (Rifthi Ali)
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  • Linguist Wednesday, 25 January 2012 01:51 AM

    What about Chinese?.

    appu Wednesday, 25 January 2012 03:52 AM

    It did not work for over 50 years ... not sure anything will change in the next 15 ...

    balu Wednesday, 25 January 2012 05:28 AM

    Very good idea since madarine Chinese is the most popular language in the world now officially ahead of English. Believe me any where in the world if you know Chinese big advantage in biz.

    sumith Wednesday, 25 January 2012 05:35 AM

    well said Dr Kalam. 3 Languages 1 nation. One language 3 nations

    Kangarro Wednesday, 25 January 2012 05:41 AM

    If English is our main Language like the early days everything will become smooth and We can possibly see the transformation in next 15 years

    Calistus Jayatilleke Wednesday, 25 January 2012 05:54 AM

    At the rate things are going, it has to be four languages - including Chinese!

    azli Wednesday, 25 January 2012 06:26 AM

    we are already behind 30 years of development as of war and 50+ years behind on mutual well being.
    another 15 years of prediction... hmmm... its better late than never.


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