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 [...]

More Issues On The Controversial Uma Oya Project

by Ifham Nizam More issues are on the cards with the controversial Uma Oya project with environmentalists warning that they will gather in Bandarawela and Badulla to decide the future cause of action. They point out that despite discussions, the Government is yet to take a firm decision in this regard. “The Green Heart Initiative [...]

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 [...]

“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 Lines Drawn As Dengue Toll Increases

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya The spread of dengue has taken a turn for the worse putting the government on a war footing with cabinet last week approving a proposal to amend the Public Security Act to assist in the fight against dengue. The Public Security Act is to be used to check abandoned property, including houses [...]

Discrepancies In Meethotamulla Compensation Plan

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya Compensation for those who died in the Meethotamulla garbage dump collapse took place recently. However according to those affected by the disaster, compensation paid for their houses that were damaged or destroyed has not been fair and even the assessment of the extent of damage and determining of compensation has not been [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Key Information Surfaces In Dassanayake Probe

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya Key information has surfaced in relation to the investigations over former Navy Spokesman D.K.P. Dassanayake and his role in the abduction of 11 youth. Police Media Spokesman Ajith Gunasekara said that Dassanayake is believed to be connected to the abduction and disappearance of the 11 youth. A mother of one of the [...]

Govt. To Open All Bids For Kerawalapitiya LNG Plant

by  Ifham Nizam The Government has decided to open all bids that qualify  by the Technical Evaluation Committee (TEC), selected for the construction of the 300 MW Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) Combined Cycle Plant at Kerawalapitiya, a top government official said. He told The Sunday Leader that the Standard Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee (SCAPC) attempt [...]

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