Central Environmental Authority (CEA) Chairman, Professor Lal Dharmasiri has issued a timely warning that the CEA would take action against those who use polythene for decorations during the forthcoming Local Government election period (LG).
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Not only is Sri Lanka's multibillion US dollar agro and plantation export industry being threatened by the Khapra beetle, but its domestic food industry as well.
Ceylon Today in its editorials of Tuesday and Thursday, highlighted the immediate need of the Government to arrest the rising cost of living (CoL).
The Cabinet of Ministers this week decided to declare the Railways, Health andsectors closed services in order to solve issues plaguing them and also thwart strike action by employees.
The-six-day-long train strike finally ended yesterday; bringing a sigh of relief from Sri Lankans.
It is a commonly held belief that after Proportional Representation was introduced in the late 1970s to Local Government elections; the quality of services rendered to the citizen in the cities, towns and regions has deteriorated.
A cross section of essential food items, numbering 19 out of a total of 21, in the last four years have seen their prices increase by a minimum of 14 per cent to a maximum of 167 per cent, despite the imposition of price controls on some of them.
The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) has made a startling revelation that the human rights situation in the country has hardly improved from previous two years.
Donald Trump's troubled presidency had vowed to bring a settlement to the Middle East.
Jerusalem. The Holy Land. The Ir ha-Kodesh and the Bayt al-Maqdis.The birthplace of monotheism; the three main religions that believe in the existence and benevolence of the One True God; Allah, Yahweh, and God. Jerusalem is, also coincidentally a powder keg, a primordial time bomb waiting to happen, covered in layers and layers of protective layers in the form of peace processes and various diplomatic negotiations. Yet, the minutest wrong move there could set off a religious war.
No doubt many Sri Lankans will want to know what Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will have to say about the rising cost of living when he makes a special statement in Parliament on this subject today. Among them will be members of the low income group as well as the ever-shrinking Middle Class which is dependent on fixed incomes or dividends from their savings.This is because essential items are getting dearer by the day. Officially inflation, which measures the price changes of essential goods and services, accelerated to 7.6 per cent year on year last month compared to a nominal four per cent rise in the same period last year and a 4.4 per cent increase two years ago.
"I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it" -Voltaire Freedom of expression is one of the pillars of democracy and media freedom is vital to defend this right.
Minister of Law and Order, Sagala Ratnayake revealed on Monday that the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and the Attorney General's Department are debating whether the journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda disappearance case should proceed as a murder or abduction.
The line from the Dhammapada Arogya Parama Labha which translated means "Health is the ultimate profit" is commonly displayed in all Government run hospitals. Better health is central to human happiness and well-being. It also makes an important contribution to economic progress, as healthy populations live longer, are more productive, and save more.
Pope Francis on his first visit to Asia last week had opted to travel to one of the poorest countries in the world, Bangladesh and Myanmar, where the Rohingya Muslims were persecuted brutally and made to seek refuge in Bangladesh in the last few months.
As the year 2017 has witnessed an enormous refugee crisis in its early part in Europe with the influx of refugees on a mega scale moving out from the Middle East as well as from Africa crossing the Mediterranean and in recent months Rohingya Muslims fleeing into Bangladesh from Myanmar on a mega scale faced with untold misery, the departing year 2017 could be very well described as the year of an enormous refugee crisis.
Sri Lankans will vote-in their Local Government representatives next month, after a long and challenging two and half year wait.
Climate change is here to stay.
It's a cruel world where none are treated equally while a selected handful remains with superior privileges of the elite. Reminding us of the Orwellian scripture that all animals are equal but some more than the others, the current status of the world and its view of equality has become inundated under populist and liberal beliefs, without the chances of any plausible solutions in a real world encounter. Thus is the story of the differently-abled and countless others who are marginalized in the broader vision of the world.
Corruption is easy to take place particularly in an under-developed country like ours where law enforcement is lax: Similarly, the eradication of such corruption is more complex. Eradication of something that comes naturally to us, of course, would be a crusade against nature. And every politician who pledges to drive out crime, fraud, transgressions and corruption is faced with this intrinsic problem, thus taking inordinate time to see plausible and potential solutions. And this is witnessed throughout the entire world, not just in Sri Lanka.
"Delimitation" in the Sri Lankan context is about carving new wards or electorates or seats or wards, either at Parliamentary or Provincial Council (PC) or Local Government (LG), election level.
Crime has now run rampant that it has not only sought to endanger the survivability of a singular nation State but the entire globe. Thus, crime itself has evolved into a new monstrosity; an abomination that does not recognize boundaries, borders or the geographical vastness of the landmasses it revolves around. For transnational crimes take place not within a singular nation State but on an international scale and its implications are felt globally, thus making it more and more of a significant threat that should be addressed immediately. Yet the very nature itself has rendered the powers of a single, independent nation, utterly useless. One nation might be able to control and manage its own problems but only to a certain extent. No matter how many drug raids the local authorities carry out every day, there will be even more of them on the very next day.
A countrywide crackdown carried out by Special Police teams on the directive of Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara has led to the arrest of 3,700 persons in connection with various nefarious activities in the past three days.
No person shall propagate war or advocate national, racial or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence. (Sub-section (1) of Section 3 of the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) Act, No. 56 of 2007.)
A tax consultant once told newspapers during the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime, that what Sri Lanka has is 'strong' individuals and not strong institutions.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa's Central Bank of Sri Lanka Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal, after the end of Sri Lanka's 26-year-old Tamil terrorist war on 18 May2009, used to talk of positioning Sri Lanka as a five hub nation for global trade and commerce.
HSBC CEO Sri Lanka and Maldives Mark G. Prothero at a seminar organized by The Council for Business with Britain at Colombo Tuesday where Board of Investments (BoI) Head Dumindra Ratnayake was present, said that though the Government targeted US$ five billion in foreign direct investments (FDI) by 2020, however, Vietnam enjoyed $ 12 billion worth of FDI and Cambodia and troubled Myanmar $2½-3 billion each, last year.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe appeared before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) probing the Central Bank Treasury Bonds auctions on Monday.
Before President J. R. Jayewardene opened up the economy 40 years ago in 1977, the country had soaring double digit unemployment, corruption, cronyism, shortages, rationing and queues.
The communal unrest in Gintota in the Galle area has created a panick situation particularly among Muslims throughout the country. The timely action taken by the Government by imposing curfew and deploying the Security Forces personnel has brought the situation under control to a great extent.
Media in any functioning democracy is regarded as its Fourth Estate after the outmoded estates of the Clergy, the Nobility and the Commoner.
- India joins Wassenaar Arrangement
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- Wiggy request voters to elect honest politicians
- No Natural Disasters but man-made ones –Prof. Gomes
- Rejected nomination lists SLPP packed with incompetent people – Sagala
- ‘Samurdhi Shakthi’ to be launched To showcase Samurdhi families’ talents
- Chinese worker plunges to his death at Mahabage
- Garbage mounts at Gampaha Hospital Row over incinerator
- LG Elections JVP offers protection to ‘clean’ officials
- SLFP to launch manifesto this week
- President at SLMA
- Scuffle inside temple premises Chief Monk, two others injured
- Postal Unions threaten to Strike Demand for a ‘Closed Service’
- Russian ban on Lankan tea Govt ignored earlier warning - Udayanga
- Govt has no foreign policy - Namal
- CEB unions in strike threat Over simmering bonus issue
- Malaysian PM arrives
- Russian tea row President to contact Putin
- Beetle in Lankan tea shipment to Russia Exporter to be spared says Pethiyagoda
- Canadian Police probe ‘suspicious’ deaths of billionaire couple
- Stock Market Investor losses extend to Rs 94B
- Use of polythene in political rallies CEA to take on offenders
- Draft Legislation HRCSL advice not sought – UN Experts
- Drugs and drug users on the increase
- Sri Lanka dismissed for 215 in 3rd ODI
- Bowling in T10 can help T20 skills - Amir
- Dialog Champions League Java Lane beat Navy SC
- Army in nerve racking win
- Russia making progress over doping says Coe
- Australia close to Ashes glory
- County grind 'sucks pace' out of England quicks Finn
- Nidahas Trophy 2018 SL skipper formally invites India SLC
- One dead as fans clash after Algeria derby
- Real retains Club World Cup
- SLTB AND TEA CHAIRMEN ENDORSE NO PERIL, BUT AUCTION PRICES COULD DIP
- Commercial agriculture in Wet Zone will reap high rice yields CBSL Governor Dry Zone yields low, measures needed to arrest disturbing trend
- Treasury sells dollars to CBSL From H’tota Port proceeds
- Unions go back on their word - SriLankan Chairman
- Make up your minds – Harsha tells businessmen
- Recognition for SL power supplier
- Rupee down 2.54-2.61% YoY
- GDP rate shows positive trend
- Asian stocks come under pressure as dollar struggles
- Way forward for village power producers Team Up With Large Developers WB
- Changing Political Horizons in Sri Lanka?
- Modi’s Gujarat:Installing a Rahul Gandhi Government
- Protect Wilpattu Movement set in motion 5K strong turnout march in peaceful protest to UN office & handover petition
- Concretes & Abstracts Faith, Wayside Shrines & Urban Sprawl
- TGTE using Lawyers to challenge SL’s 6th amendment
- Christmas cheer is in the air!
- Nat Assets during Prabhakaran’s and Ranil’s heydays
- Mexican drug wars:Women murders on the rise
- Ahead of the LG Polls Identifying 500,000 untagged Lankans!
- Indian movie moguls Avoiding the Weinstein effect
- New Land Draft BiLL Political wrangling hinders ironing out complex land issues
- We (don’t) need a Messiah Champika has failed to maintain what Mangala designed and Gota delivered
- Maithri should not sit in a Cabinet sans SLFPers
- Wigneswaran sowing seeds of communalism
- SLFP supports devolution of power – Lasantha Alagiyawanna
- If Bond scammers are not prosecuted…President will lose his credibility –Bandula Gunawardena
- All information security issues are not cyber crimes
- Sirisena Presidency - A Parallax View As foretold by Sobhitha Hamuduruwo
- Blessed are the peacemakers
- Disinformation campaigns and public mistrust
- Millennials and Marriages
- Abu Dhabi to acquire ‘Salvator Mundi’
- MacOs High Sierra security fix
- Are Lemurs Going Extinct?
- An Echo of Womanhood
- Kemadruma Yoga An evil yoga cancelling all other favourable yogas
- Sun into Sagittarius ‘Kona Month’ has just begun
- Inviting wrath of goddess Lakshmi
- Five Yoga Poses to Calm Your Mind
- Rahu in 7th House and marriage
- The Disaster Artist: The (un)making of a movie
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- INTERPRETING ASIAN CINEMA: CHALLENGES AHEAD
- How Sanskrit journalism is slowly hogging headlines
- ice manufacturing in South Asia
- CMSC’s season finale concert
- Kite Surfing Lanka Kalpitiya An experience of a lifetime
- Ella and mini Adam’s Peak
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- I don’t get asked out
- Homemade apple & Chocolate Bodywash
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- New York Blast Terror charges filed against NY bomber
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- Attygalle murder and John Kotelawala Senior’s suicide