Marine Drive To Bulldoze Historic Sites

by Easwaran Rutnam The Marine Drive expansion plan is set to bulldoze some historic sites in Colombo, including the Colombo Swimming Club and S. Thomas’ Preparatory School. Last Friday the bulldozing began with a section of the wall surrounding the Colombo Swimming Club being flattened. The Road Development Authority (RDA) and the Police on Friday [...]

PUCSL Approves 20-Year Electricity Generation Plan Of CEB

Sri Lanka’s electricity sector regulator, the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) approved the much debated Least Cost Long Term Generation Expansion Plan (LCLTGEP) 2018-2037 of the state utility Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) last week by adjusting the updated fuel prices and considering the externalities cost. However, the approved plan was not the proposed [...]

Human Rights Back In The Spotlight

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya The Human Rights issue is back in the spotlight following the recent visit to Sri Lanka by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms while countering terrorism, Ben Emmerson. Government spokesman Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said the government is taking measures to address issues [...]

“Sri Lanka Needs To ‘Re-Invent’ It’s Governance Model”

by Hilmy Cader Since independence Sri Lankans have frequently and hopefully changed political parties, from blue to green, from green to blue, occasionally a blurred purple, while the reds have continued to threaten on and off the field! After almost 70 years of having control of its own economic destiny, the economic results of the [...]

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 [...]

Nature Reserve To Be Grabbed For Aquaculture Industrial Park

Plans are underway to grab land which is unique under the Fauna and Flora Act and to de-gazette part of Nature Reserve for Aquaculture Industrial Park in Mannar. Despite strong opposition from officials, the so called authorities had endorsed the move. See details elsewhere in the article. Conducting an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for construction [...]

The Story Behind The Coup

by Tunca Özçuhadar On the night of July 15, 2016, Turkey witnessed the most violent anti-state activity in her recent history. Turkey’s democracy was at stake. People in Turkey were on tenterhooks trying to grasp what is taking place in their country. Those who lived in Ankara were taken aback by the strange noise of [...]

Castle Street Hospital Accused Of Burning Waste

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya The Castle Street Hospital for Women has been accused of burning hospital waste, posing a threat to the environment and area residents. Some area residents told The Sunday Leader that the hospital has been burning waste in the back garden of the hospital over a period of time. The burning of waste [...]

Is The Public Service Commission A White Elephant?

by  Ranjith Gunawardena During the era Sri Lanka was a British colony, the Public Service Commission was established under the Ceylon (Constitution) Order in Council dated 15th May 1946 in order to carry out the task of appointing officers for Public Service. Accordingly, the executive powers in respect of the appointments, promotions, transfers, disciplinary control [...]

A Blatant Lack Of Regard For The Natural Environment Of The Country

by Ifham Nizam Short-sighted development projects of every calibre has immensely contributed to degrading the overall quality of Sri Lanka’s air, soil and water including flora and fauna, Environment Foundation Limited environmental scientists point out . They say the energy sector is no exception with a CO2 contribution of 40.6% out of the entire CO2 [...]

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