Stench of death

Instead, there is a huge slanging match between Mahinda maama’s Blues and the Greens, blaming each other for the disaster. Even others – Champika, for example – have joined in and the stench from this debate is greater than that from the garbage! We find that one television network is blaming Mahinda maama’s Blues for what happened and another network is blaming the Greens for what happened. Mahinda maama’s Blues are at fault because they began dumping garbage in your area nearly ten years ago, watched it grow into a mountain and did nothing about it. Garbage from the entire country comes there, so a little bit more won’t make that much of a difference!

April 22, 2017 18:56 UTC

Norwegian expert stresses need on developing modern waste disposal methods

According to the Ministry of Environment, there are 58 unmanaged waste dumps in the Western Province alone, most of which are almost filled to capacity. Under these circumstances there is an urgent need to create awareness on handling of waste in Sri Lankan households in a more modern way, Norwegian renewable energy expert Stein Inge Haaland, Chairman of the board/Styrets leder and Embla Software Innovation (Pvt) Ltd told the Business Times. Reducing the generation of waste so there is no waste left to recycle would be the ideal,” he pointed out. Sri Lanka’s population is approximately 21 million which generates 2.3 million solid waste annually (6,400 tonnes of solid waste per day according to Ministry of Environment). “The government needs to spend the next 10 years teaching the population of how to recycle and why garbage is not just waste but a value.

April 22, 2017 18:56 UTC

Cycling: Filipino George Okona wings inaugural Tea Cup International Race

However, his wins in the 1st and 2nd stages from Pasikudah to Mahiyanganaya and then from Mahiyanganaya to Kandy, ensured him the overall championship title. Another Team Netherland, Harry Fitriano clocked 8 hrs 19 min 7 secs to finish overall 3rd. Sri Lankan Buddhika Warnakulasuriya of the Sri Lanka Air Force, was overall 7th and was named Best Sri Lankan Rider of the Race. I am not looking at short term benefits but at the broader prospects Sri Lanka T’ Cup will derive for the country and the sport at large," Weerasinghe stated. Lavinia Municipal Council, Sri Lanka Ports Authority, Sri Lanka Telecom, SriLankan Airlines and Bianchi Cycles.

April 22, 2017 18:56 UTC

Avurudu avalanche reveals Lanka’s political graveyard

But the Meethotamulla Mount Garbage catastrophe that befell the land on Avurudhu Good Friday was manmade. To move the Meethotamulla rubbish to Puttalam. And, if there were not enough tears wept over the Meethotamulla tragedy, the police used teargas to quell the protest and disperse the crowd. If not handled carefully, tenderly, delicately, sensitively, this could well be the rise of Lanka’s own Avurudhu spring. And, most certainly, not one to be disposed of with a queasy cursory puff of political flatulence which stinks to high heavens.

April 22, 2017 18:56 UTC

May does a Mahinda but without astrology

May does a Mahinda but without astrology View(s):So it is May’s day. When Mahinda Rajapaksa called a presidential election two years ahead of time it was said that two persons influenced the decision. To speak of the Conservative Party of the UK and the UNP of Sri Lanka in the same breath is not unusual. To most who take to politics in Sri Lanka it is a well-paid job that rakes in more than the entitlements. It is our politicians that make Sri Lanka the Miracle of Asia.

April 22, 2017 18:56 UTC

Raising voices for a cause

Raising voices for a cause By Joshua Surendraraj View(s): View(s):Music has that ability to deliver a strong message, it also has the power to bring people together. ‘Music for Unity’, is Awakening Lanka’s latest venture and is aimed at raising funds for the people of Poonakary. Poonakary is a small village, located in the Kilinochchi District in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka. “All the musicians will be performing free of charge, to help raise funds,” Shaan Corea, the founder of ‘Appe Lanka’ tells us. Furthermore, ‘Appe Lanka’ aims to provide professional training and employment opportunities in this area.

April 22, 2017 18:56 UTC

Colombo forum to address easing trade for Sri Lankan business

Colombo forum to address easing trade for Sri Lankan business View(s):A forum has been organised by the International Chamber of Commerce Sri Lanka (ICCSL) and the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation in Colombo on April 26. where participants will discuss how to make cross-border trade more efficient for Sri Lankan business. The forum will feature speeches and discussions from the Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen and an international array of trade facilitation experts and business leaders. According to an analysis by the World Economic Forum, the TFA could increase cross-border sales for SMEs by up to 80 per cent. “The TFA is a great opportunity for Sri Lankan business, strengthening Sri Lanka’s current trade facilitation efforts, creating jobs and making it quicker and less costly to import and export,” ICCSL Chairman Keerthi Gunawardane said. “The agreement would also allow Sri Lankan companies to better tap into global supply chains.”

April 22, 2017 18:56 UTC

Badminton: Nuwara Eliya Summer Season Championship from April 29

SportOver 485 shuttlers will vie for honours when the annual Summer Season Badminton Championship 2017 begins on April 29 at the Municipal Indoor Stadium in Nuwara Eliya. The high profile tournament which has a history of 20 years, is organised by the Central Province Badminton Association (CPBA) under the patronage of Sri Lanka Badminton Association (SLBA) with the support of Nuwara Eliya Municipal Council. This is also the first event organised under the new SLBA administration, led by Rohan de Silva. The new SLBA president who has personally involved in taking all necessary actions to make the event a grand success, teaming up with the CPBA President Mahinda Dodampegamage and all of its members. The Nuwara Eliya Summer Season Badminton Championship concludes on May 4.

April 22, 2017 18:56 UTC

Move to increase traffic fines: Is it justifiable?

Visible political commitment will mobilise public support for improvement of road safety.Industrialisation, motorisation and sustainable economic development contribute greatly to the increase in road traffic accidents. This effective mechanism is identified as road safety management or institutionalised system for road safety. Increasing traffic volumes and a traffic mix consisting of motorised and non-motorised traffic have resulted in low traffic speeds, severe traffic congestions and increased accident rates. Law enforcementEffective traffic law enforcement plays an important role in reducing traffic accidents. He has been involved in assisting in drafting laws relating to the Motor Traffic Act, Vehicle Ordinance and Regulations since 1987.)

April 22, 2017 18:56 UTC

General: 'Shoes for Hope' from Korea to Sri Lanka

SportWith an aim towards improving the standard of sports among schoolchildren in less privileged areas in Sri Lanka, Mizy, a youth centre from Seoul, Korea donated 1,500 pairs of shoes to 20 schools in the Batticaloa area. The shoes had tiny drawings by the children of Korea, with a vision of developing friendship. Known as 'Shoes for Hope', the shoes will be delivered in October, to needy children of the selected areas. At the forthcoming Youth Festival in Korea on June 9 and 10, Mizy will educate Korean youth about the sports activities and culture of Sri Lankan youth. The main objective of this donation is to build friendship, love and exchange cultural values between the youth of Korea and Sri Lanka.

April 22, 2017 18:56 UTC

Ministerial committee to decide on LNG plants, refineries and cement plants

NewsThe Cabinet Committee on Economic Management (CCEM) has appointed an eight-member ministerial subcommittee to “draft an overall policy” on constructing, locating and operating Liquid Natural Gas plants, refineries and cement plants. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who chairs the CCEM has named Special Assignment Minister Sarath Amunugama as the Chairman. It was noted at a recent meeting of the CCEM that Sri Lanka had made commitments to three countries namely India, Japan and China regarding the construction of LNG Power plants. This is the first time the CCEM has begun appointing Cabinet subcommittees to go into key issues. They were earlier the sole responsibility of the Cabinet of Ministers.

April 22, 2017 18:56 UTC

General: Presidential Sports Awards on May 19

SportThe Presidential Sports Awards 2016 conducted under the patronage of the Ministry of Sports and the Department of Sports Development will be held at the BMICH on May 19. Preceding the ceremony would be the conferring of honorary titles for sports personalities of yester-year and they will be – Kreedabhimani, Kreeda Deshoththara, Kreeda Keerthi, Kreeda Lanka Pradeepa, Kreeda Bhushana, Kreeda Rathna and Kreeda Prabha. The first category will be the Presidential Award for the Sports Legend of the Year, where twenty five awards will be on offer. There would be eleven Presidential Awards for Specialised Sports fields. The pinnacle of the programme would be the Presidential Award for National Sports Association – Gold, Silver and Bronze.

April 22, 2017 18:56 UTC

Meethotamulla: Early debate not possible

NewsPrime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday told the ‘Joint Opposition’ Parliamentary Group leader Dinesh Gunawardena that an early debate in Parliament over the Meethotamulla garbage tragedy would not be possible. He said in a letter to Mr Gunawardena, in response to his request to summon Parliament, that he would not be available in Sri Lanka together with some ministers. Premier Wickremesinghe said a date would have to be fixed for later next month and added that relief measures had already been taken to help those affected. Read More Cafe Spectator

April 22, 2017 18:56 UTC

Tennis: SLTA releases event calendar for 2017

SportSri Lanka Tennis Association (SLTA) will shipshape its courts this year as they gear up to host twelve international tournaments from mid June to November in Colombo. Among the tournaments SLTA has underlined the Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Grade III tournament as topmost priority next to the three-legged ITF Junior Circuit Grade 5 Under-18 event. "The number of twelve professional international tournaments is the highest number to be hosted in Sri Lanka in one calendar year, and it will be a huge task. Of the 21 local tournaments lined up for 2017 in the SLTA calendar, six have been already completed. This will definitely provide the talents to represent Sri Lanka in years to come," Patrick elaborated.

April 22, 2017 18:56 UTC

Motorsports: Ashan and Ishan win Foxhill Supercross 2017

SportAshan Silva emerged the Best Driver while Ishan Dassanayake retained his title as the Best Rider at the 25th Fox Hill Supercorss 2017 held at the Military Academy facility in Diyatalawa today (22). Silva won the Best Driver's title in 2015 but opted to stay out of the competition last year as Padinsu Peiris won it last year. This time he succeeded to come out victorious in both races of the SL-GT Cars up to 3500cc. Peiris first won the Group SL-N Standard Ford Laser/Mazda event and then the Group SL-H Cars up to 1618cc event. The Foxhill Supercross meet organized by the Sri Lanka Military Academy Diyatalawa was the silver jubilee event which began way back in 1993 initiated by Major Gen Gamini Gunasekera.

April 22, 2017 15:45 UTC

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