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Technological advancement has positive and negative features - President

As much as striving to achieve excellent results at examinations, students should also receive training to overcome challenges and problems faced in their day to

day lives, President Maithripala Sirisena said.

The President said certain children showed a tendency to love and adore the mobile phone much more than their own parents and added that technological advancement has both positive and negative features.

The President made

this observation participating in the annual prize destruction ceremony of Kandy Pushpadana Balika Vidyalaya as the chief guest on November 15.

The President said newspapers had

reported a sorrowful incident where a school girl who had been fooled by a teacher and classmates falsely accusing her as a robber of a mobile phone had committed suicide due to mental agony.

“Sri Lanka today occupied the third or fourth position in the world according to the suicide rate list,” the President said.

President Sirisena said almost 70 percent of marriages between underage youth ended up in failure. Most suicides resulted from broken marriages.

“Although new technological innovations had been made to transform the world towards a new direction to ensure a just society, today’s world was experiencing some of the demerits of such equipment,” the President said.

Central Province Chief Minister Sarath Ekanayake Provincial Minister Thilina Bandara Tennakoon, Kandy GA H.M.P. Hitisekara and Provincial Education Director Tilak Ekanayake were also present on the occasion.