Govt. Converts Fertiliser Subsidy Into An Allowance

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya The inaugural appropriation bill of the new government that was presented in parliament recently has attracted both praise and criticism by many. Amongst the many controversial facts that are mentioned in the 2016 budget, reforms have been made to the fertiliser subsidy that is considered as one of the most discussed topics [...]

Sri Lanka Submits INCD

by Ifham Nizam The priority of Sri Lanka in all negotiations at the Conference of Parties (COP21) in Paris, France should be on  adaptation rather on mitigation, says a renowned Sri Lankan scientist. Dr. Buddhi Marambe, Professor – Weed Science and Director/Agriculture Education Unit (AEU), Department of Crop Science, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya [...]

Controversial Beragala Golf Resort Project Recommences?

by Hafsa Sabry The Central Environmental Authority (CEA) has refused to grant approval to the Beragala Golf Resort Project which is alleged to violate most of the laws of the National Environmental Act, residents of the area and environmentalists are continuing to express concerns over the environmental issues that exist as a result of the [...]

Govt. Urged To Set Up Proper Framework

Move to replace fertilizer subsidy with cash by Ifham Nizam Farmer organisations and leading environmentalists while admiring the initiative taken by Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) parliamentarian Ven. Athureliya Rathna Thero to call for the provision of a cash fertiliser subsidy to farmers, stressed that there should be a framework on how money would be disbursed [...]

Political Prisoner Issue Threatens To Get Ugly

by Easwaran Rutnam Opposition leader and Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian R. Sampanthan said last week that some Political prisoners will be released in stages beginning tomorrow but not all are happy. The Tamil political prisoners says they were given an assurance a majority of them, who have not been charged for serious crimes, will [...]

Kelani River Under Threat Again ?

By Hafsa Sabry It is now not an easy task to obtain approval to set up a chemical factory in the close proximity to the Kelani River that could cause water pollution. However, a large complex building, for the manufacture of boxes for packaging, is allegedly being constructed in the Kaduwela area. This new factory [...]

New Sample Testing For Fertilizer Stocks

CIC fertilizer stock prompts new mechanism The recent dispute of a leading private fertiliser company’s stock containing a high amount of cadmium about 23.5mg in a kilogram of fertiliser has triggered a change in the whole sample testing system of fertiliser stocks in the country by the Ministry of Agriculture. The new mechanism is aimed [...]

Farmers Using MSG As Pesticides

by Alishya Gunawardene Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) or Ajinomoto is the sodium salt of glutamic amino acid, which is a non-essential amino acid. However, farmers in Sri Lanka now mix MSG into their chemical solutions as it increases the strength and effect of the pesticides. MSG is used in food as a flavour enhancing agent, and [...]

TNA Trying To Resolve All Issues Amicably

by Camelia Nathaniel The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and its coalition partners including the Tamil Eelam Liberation Organisation (TELO), Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF-Suresh wing) and the Democratic People’s Liberation Front which is the political wing of the PLOTE, have been in disagreement recently over difference of opinions. The clash could escalate if the [...]

The Issue Of Political Prisoners Continue

By Waruni Karunarahne Much to the disappointment of the ‘Tamil political prisoners’ in Sri Lanka, the government has had discussions not to give a general amnesty for the Tamils ‘who have been imprisoned for various offences related to aiding and abetting the activities of the LTTE’. Recently, Tamil political prisoners in the Colombo main prison [...]

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