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Flood Damage Escalated Due To Weak Disaster Management – Sunil Handunnetti

By Camelia Nathaniel and Ashanthi Warunasuriya The Disaster Management mechanism of the present government is at a weak state and as a result of its failure to heed to previous warnings made by the JVP as to how to act in these situations, the damage has escalated, says the Chairman of the COPE Committee, JVP [...]

Gammanpila’s Signature Scams

by Nirmala Kannangara Yet another Rajapaksa follower is soon to be arrested by the Police Special Investigation Unit (SIU) for allegedly cheating an Australian national of more than Rs. 1,000 million. The long delay at the Attorney General’s (AG) Department over the past few months has prevented the SIU from arresting the ever-pontificating leader of [...]

Red Tape And Relief Efforts

by Ashanthi Warunasuirya After the catastrophic floods of 1989, the next major disaster to strike Sri Lanka was the 2004 Tsunami. Since then, the biggest natural disaster to hit our country was the recent floods that sent many areas of the country under water. Despite the inspirational stories of people helping each other in this [...]

When The Earth Moved

Man’s reckless interference with nature in extracting nature’s resources is at least a major contributor to the Aranayake landslide, if not the sole cause by Ifham Nizam The government will soon be in a position to provide lands to those affected by landslides, land slips and floods, a senior government official vouched on Friday. Speaking [...]

Avant Garde Breathes Fire

Navy says not bound to answer questions raised by private parties by Camelia Nathaniel Avant Garde Chairman Nissanka Senadhipathi claims that the government forcibly signed the agreement to take over naval operations that had been under Avant Garde for five years. He claims that taking over the operations is illegal, and he has filed a [...]

London, Here They Come!

by Nirmala Kannangara Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) which denied its employees the annual New Year bonus last month claiming lack of funds, have released millions of rupees from its funds to ‘assist’ its office bearers and their spouses to enjoy a memorable pre ‘Christmas’ in London next month. Startling details have been revealed of how [...]

When The Earth Moved

Man’s reckless interference with nature in extracting nature’s resources is at least a major contributor to the Aranayake landslide, if not the sole cause by Ifham Nizam The government will soon be in a position to provide lands to those affected by landslides, land slips and floods, a senior government official vouched on Friday. Speaking [...]

Crimes Of The Past Cannot Justify Crimes In The Future

by Gamini Weerakoon A scary Sri Lankan political principle has been in the making during past political regimes and the present one which could make mockery of the high ethical and morals principles which our leaders have been proclaiming from roof tops and now in the Idiot Box. The precedent is: Any outrageous conduct, crime [...]

Flooding The Economy

Climate Change To Slash Up To 9% Off South Asian Economy Every Year! by Wiraj Silva & Amavasya Sirisena With Sri Lanka facing the worst-ever floods in 27 years, Sri Lankan economy has begun to feel the pinch of climate change. The government appealed for foreign assistance to recover from gigantic floods that caused an estimated [...]

Logistics And Politics Of The Aftermath

The recent disaster calls for serious consideration of the dangers of floods in the Kelani Valley and the need to develop a long-term Kelani Valley Flood Protection Resettlement and Development Plan by Ifham Nizam Families affected by the floods and landslides, particularly floods in the Colombo District in and around the Kelani river due to [...]

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