India Launches 31 Satellites In Single Space Mission

NEW DELHI, June 23 (Xinhua) — India successfully launched 31 satellites, including an earth observation satellite, in a single space mission Friday from the southern spaceport of Sriharikota. The state-owned Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) most trusted rocket Polas Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) lifted off from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota with the Cartosat-2 [...]

Jeep Drivers A Law Unto Themselves With Political Patronage

Yala National Park Warden is helpless by Nirmala Kannangara Department of Wildlife Conservation’s failure to take action against errant safari jeep drives at the Yala National Park for blatantly breaking speed limits and taking food for the wild animals to attract them to their vicinity to please the clients had endangered the wildlife. Director General, [...]

100 Days And Counting: Families Of Missing Seek Answers

Tuesday, 30 May 2017 marked one hundred days of continuous protest by families of the disappeared in Kilinochchi. Around a 1000 protesters from across the Northern and Eastern Provinces some of whom have been conducting their own protests and hunger strikes, blocked the A9 highway, demanding answers from the Sri Lankan Government, which is accused [...]

Disabled Soldiers Get Step Motherly Treatment

by Ashanthi Warnasuriya During the War Heroes commemoration day two weeks ago, a group of war heroes engaged in a sathyagraha at Independence Square. Their family members had also joined them in this protest. Although they had congregated at Independence square to commemorate their loved ones who had lost their lives during the war, they had [...]

Sri Pada Turns Into A Dumping Ground

by Ifham Nizam Unless strict action is immediately taken to ban plastics and polythene, Sri Lanka will continue to suffer number of garbage related issues, environmentalists and scientists warn. Many expressed concern last week after it was reported that more than a million plastic bottles were collected from Sri Pada area which was discarded by [...]

East Gets Step Motherly Treatment

by Ifham Nizam Apart from a few projects in the name of economic development nothing substantial has taken place in the once warn torn eastern province, officials claim. A  majority of the people and officials believe a systematic rehabilitation and reintegration process should be the key for the betterment of the people in the east. [...]

Grazing On The Rise In National Parks

by Ifham Nizam The previous government oversaw unnecessary land-grabbing amounting to nearly 200,000 acres which was  one of the prime reasons for the human-elephant conflict in the country, an environmentalist said. The present government too had failed to look into the matter despite number of planned initiatives. The baby elephant abduction racket has been another [...]

Police Warn Riders Harassing Female Drivers

The police have warned riders who harass female drivers on the road and also urged the women to file complaints with the police or Women and Children’s Bureau. DIG Ajith Rohana said that it is a sexual crime to harass a woman and legal action can be filed against the accused. Last week at least [...]

Mother Makes Appeal On Behalf Of Ex-LTTE Cadre

by Our Jaffna - Special Correspondent  A mother has urged President Maithripala Sirisena to release her son, arrested over a deadly bombing, free on humanitarian grounds. Vigneswaranathan Pratheepan is serving a life sentence at the Magazine prison over his alleged involvement in the Central Bank bombing. Pratheepan’s mother has urged the President to release her son [...]

Salawa: Controversy Over Arrest Of Junior Officers

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya Controversy has arisen in the military establishment over the recent arrest of three junior officers over the Salawa explosion. Following the arrest of the junior officers, tensions arose within the military establishment as no action was taken against some senior officers. According to sources three senior army officers are being protected over [...]

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