Six Years On

By Camelia Nathaniel Its been six years since the end of the war and now calm has once again returned to the Northern peninsula after sounds of guns and bombs were silenced after over three decades. The people of the North and the East had undergone severe hardships and even now there are many families [...]

A Jumbo Issue

By Waruni Karunarathne Investigations are underway over many individuals who had been keeping elephants illegally in their possession, yet similar incidents continue to surface. There have been serious allegations directed at some individuals for capturing elephant calves and keeping them in their possession with bogus registration documents. Ongoing raids and persecution on illegal possession of [...]

Farmers At A Loss

By Waruni Karunarathne Exploitation of the farming communities of this country is not a recent issue. Hostile weather conditions as well as the market that the middleman operates are continuing to batter on the hard working farmers to date. They have been constantly and continuously demanding a mechanism that will ensure a fair price for [...]

No Solution To Flooding In Colombo!

By Camelia Nathaniel While much has been said about the causes for flooding in Colombo and the suburbs, the irony is no practical solution to the problem has been taken yet. While the city and surrounding areas were developed and the city beautification took centre stage, there were many allegations levelled against the previous regime [...]

Funding Issues Hamper Demining

By Waruni Karunarathne According to specialists and researchers working on de-mining operations in the North and East regions, there are still unidentified areas that are not being mapped in their mission – yet in the recent times, the process of clearing landmines have slowed down to a great extent leaving the operation incomplete. Although the [...]

The Road To Recovery

By Laura Davies This year, Mental Health Awareness Week focuses on mindfulness. Mindfulness helps people observe the way they think and feel about their experiences, good or bad a valuable tool for staying mentally healthy. It can help people with mental and physical health problems, from stress, depression and anxiety to chronic pain, eating disorders [...]

US Cops Help Lankan Man

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — A couple of experienced MTA police officers transformed a struggling immigrant’s life, and now the threesome shares a unique friendship. “It’s important to me that people understand that cops are out here doing things like this on a daily basis,” said Officer Christopher D’Onofrio, a native Staten Islander who now lives [...]

Katchatheevu Issue Re-ignites

On several occasions, Tamil Nadu disputed the ownership of the Katchatheevu Island and Sri Lankan government has over the years maintained a very clear position not to renegotiate the matter with the Indian government. Some members of India’s Rajya Sabha last week reignited the Katchatheevu and demanded that the Indian Central Government renegotiate the ownership [...]

Cattle Deaths: Authorities Play It Down

By Camelia Nathaniel Over 210 cattle and buffaloes are reported to have died in the districts of Anuradhapura, Batticaloa, Polonnaruwa and Ratnapura since December last year, according to the Department of Animal Production and Health (DAPH). The Director of Animal Health Dr S. A. Sivasothy of the Department of Animal Production and Health speaking to [...]

Crackdown On Cocaine

By Camelia Nathaniel While cocaine is banned in Sri Lanka, it has now been revealed that cocaine and cannabis are being freely used in the down south coastal areas of the country, by both locals and foreigners. The hoteliers in the areas claim that it has become a hindrance to the promotion of tourism as [...]

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