Sri Lanka Is A Land Of Unprecedented Hope And Optimism – Mohamed Hussain Shareef

Among my most vivid childhood memories is a scene of horror involving an apartment inferno followed by a frantic dash from our Dehiwala home, escorted by family members, to Katunayake Airport. The year was 1983 and the timing was the flaring up of ethnic violence in and around Colombo, which then escalated into a prolonged [...]

Drought Takes Its Toll In Several Areas

by  Ashanthi Warunasuriya The drought was having a serious impact on several parts of the country, with the North the most affected. Politicians and civil society said that drinking water was a major concern in the North with little or no supply. Northern Province Parliamentarian Douglas Devananda told The Sunday Leader that proposals have been made to [...]

Death Traps Emerge As Rail Gatekeepers Vacate Posts

by  Indika Sri Aravinda Death traps have emerged at several railway crossings as rail gate keepers have vacated their posts. Over 800 rail gatekeepers have vacated their posts at bamboo rail gates owing to poor salaries. General Manager of Sri Lanka Railways, B.A.P. Ariyarathne told The Sunday Leader that the bamboo rail gatekeepers get Rs. [...]

Battle To Save Street Dogs Intensifies

by  Indika Sri Aravinda A battle to save street dogs intensified last week after a video emerged showing street dogs at the Moratuwa university allegedly being administered lethal doses of sedatives. Animal rights activists lashed out at the government saying the process was being carried out with the blessings of the government, but the government [...]

Thonda’s Bulls Travel In Luxury While His People Suffer

Uva Province Minister for Highways, Senthil Thondaman is taking his bulls around in air-conditioned comfort Bulls are taken special care in every village because they are engaged in a number of  religious activities The Bull Taming Pongal event dates back to the Tamil Classic Period (400-100 BC) by Ifham Nizam While the estate workers continue [...]

Worst Drought In Years Threatens The Country

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya Worst drought in years Discussions initiated to counter potential hazardous situations Water levels of all main reservoirs have declined by 27% The country is preparing to face the worst drought in years. Lack of adequate rain has opened the doors for a potential disaster in several areas. The authorities have already initiated [...]

Hydro Power At Risk As Water Levels Run Dry

by Ifham Nizam  It is required to ensure the continuous fuel availability for oil fired power plants PUCSL has warned the country is heading towards a power crisis in the next two years Based on past trends, there will be no rainfall until end of April 2017 The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) [...]

Government Defends New Bill

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya  The Gazette notification has become a strongly debated topic In Sri Lanka frustration over proposed legislation is a normal phenomenon  The Gazette notification on the proposed Development (Special Provisions) Bill focuses on formulating a new state policy on rapid economic development of the country and its related issues. However it has become [...]

WFP Urgently Needs USD 1.3 million

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya Over 150,000 children risk losing balanced diet  WFP and FAO support the government  A 3 day residential simulation exercise was held The World Food Programme is in urgent need of USD 1.3 million for the school meals programme to cover the gap of vegetable oil (from January) and pulses (from March) for [...]

MPs To Get A Bigger Pay Pack

The current payment of Rs 500 for their attendance in Parliament will be increased to Rs 2,500 An MP travelling to Parliament is paid an allowance to get 284 liters of fuel per month The actual salary and the facilities seem far better off   by Hafsa Sabry Even though there had been public criticism that [...]

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