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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 [...]

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 [...]

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