Contamination Of Kelani River Threatens Drinking Water

Pollution may threaten drinking water distribution Research finds chemicals in water by Ashanthi Warunasuriya The Kelani River plays a vital role in providing drinking water to the Colombo city. However due to continuous pollution of the river there are fears it would soon not be considered as a source for obtaining water. If the water [...]

“Terrorists” Hijack Public Transport

Strike Ends Following Talks With President Committee to look into grievances of bus owners  President says government ready to listen by  Ifham Nizam - Pictures by Lalith Perera It was termed as a “terrorist” act as thousands were stranded and many more were affected when private bus operators and three-wheel drivers staged a strike in protest over [...]

Battle For Higher Wages Continues In Plantation Sector

by Hafsa Sabry The battle for higher wages is continuing in the plantation sector as some plantation companies have failed to comply with a recent agreement. Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) leader Arumugam Thondaman said that some plantation companies have not paid the productivity incentive of Rs. 140. Plantation workers last month reached an agreement on [...]

HRCSL Needs More Teeth

by Hafsa Sabry The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) has been found wanting as some of its recommendations are not taken seriously. Sri Lanka is in dire need of creating a culture where human rights are respected, honoured and guarded to ensure the hard-won peace in the country is maintained. Being the guardian [...]

Court Cases In Peril As Judges Are Transferred

by Hafsa Sabry The transfer of several judges and magistrates last week has put some key cases in danger of failing to come to  a conclusion any time soon. Among 70 judicial officers transferred last week were the judges and magistrates hearing the cases into the murder of rugger player Wasim Thajudeen and the founding Editor [...]

COPE Chairman Demands Evidence

by Hafsa Sabry Politicians who oppose the COPE report on the Central Bank bond issue have to submit evidence to back their claims, the Chairman of the Committee On Public Enterprises (COPE) Sunil Handunetti said. “They cannot just get away by opposing and objecting to  the report but have to put forward to the parliament [...]

SAITM And IUSF On The Warpath

by Hafsa Sabry The South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) and the Inter University Students’ Federation (IUSF) are on the warpath over the SAITM University in Malabe. The IUSF last week continued to oppose to SAITM being recognised but SAITM says it has every right to be recognised under the law. The founding [...]

Principal Under Fire Over Beer Party In School

by Hafsa Sabry The principal of a girl’s school in Ambalangoda has come under fire over a beer party held in the school by some of the students. The principal of Prajapathi Gothami Vidyalaya has refused to resign by accepting responsibility for the actions of the students. The students have been accused of bringing beer and consuming [...]

Travel Agency In The Red

by Hafsa Sabry A travel agency accused of duping pilgrims has been blacklisted by the Department of Buddhist Affairs. The travel agency, Best Life Vandana International (Pvt.) Limited, has been arranging tours to Dambadiva, (India) promising VIP treatment for the participants taking from each of them a large sum of money. One such12-day tour was [...]

Leela Gunasinghe: In Service In Its True Sense

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya Ï am fortunate that I have got a rare opportunity to work towards the betterment of society. So, I am not going to misuse that opportunity ever. By being honest and conscientious, we can go a long way. These are words of Leela Gunasinghe, a veteran social worker who served over 27 [...]

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