ICC Smart Eco Solutions Division launches table-top composter

Views - 0 Tuesday, 12 November 2019 00:00

ICC Smart Eco Solutions, the newest division of International Construction Consortium Ltd., the general contractor with over 30 years in the Sri Lankan marketplace, is introducing a revolutionary tabletop composter, the ‘Food Cycler,’ the first-e

OZO Colombo’s continuous commitment to tackling environment pollution

Views - 0 Tuesday, 12 November 2019 00:00

In its continuous efforts to build awareness on environmental pollution, OZO Colombo hotel commenced its bi-monthly initiative of organising a thorough beach clean-up along the parameters of Colombo Plan Road (previously known as Marine Drive). This

HIP works to keep Hambantota beaches clean

Views - 0 Tuesday, 12 November 2019 00:00

The Hambantota International Port (HIP) organised a beach clean-up of the areas surrounding the Hambantota Fishery Harbour coinciding with the Company Day of China Merchants Group. Both management and staff members of the port participated in the cle

Waves of Change 2019

Views - 0 Tuesday, 12 November 2019 00:00

Waves of Change 2019 organised by Connect 2012 was held on 20 October at the Crow Island Beach Park from 7 a.m. onwards. Connect 2012 was an initiative of the group of 2012 of Royal College in collaboration with the groups of 2012 representing Anand

Dell Technologies recycles over a ton of ocean-bound plastics from biannual beach clean-up

Views - 0 Tuesday, 12 November 2019 00:00

Dell Technologies (NYSE:DELL) successfully concluded its biannual beach clean-up initiatives that were carried out across four consecutive Saturdays of October at the Galle, Trincomalee, Kalutara and Uswetakeiyawa beaches respectively. Together with

Green Energy Champion Sri Lanka 2019

Views - 9 Wednesday, 30 October 2019 00:00

The Green Energy Champion (GEC) Sri Lanka competition, held for the third successive year, concluded recently, recognising three winners from among the nine promising candidates that were shortlisted, who showcased creative renewable energy solutions

Cleantech and the E-waste revolution: No more waste of E-waste

Views - 76 Friday, 25 October 2019 00:00

As the 21st century progresses, electronic devices have become an indispensable part of our everyday lives. However, the rush to upgrade to the latest digital or electronic technology has resulted in shorter product lifespans and the increased accumu

BMICH spearheads ‘Go-Green’ initiatives with Urban Forest concept and waste recycling

Views - 10 Friday, 25 October 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka’s iconic landmark, the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH), has launched a ‘Go-Green’ initiative with a comprehensive program for recycling waste and planting saplings to create an ‘Urban Forest’ concept.

BP to test technology to recycle plastic bottles again and again

Views - 6 Friday, 25 October 2019 00:00

LONDON, (Reuters): BP plans to build a $25 million pilot plant to test new technology the energy company says will allow plastic bottles and food packaging to be recycled again and again. Polyethylene terephthalate, or PET, is one of the most widely

ComBank embarks on mangrove restoration in Koggala

Views - 12 Friday, 25 October 2019 00:00

A belt of 2,000 mangrove plants and 750 mangrove associates is to be planted around a little island in the Koggala Lake, along with 500 terrestrial plants on the island, as part of Commercial Bank of Ceylon’s support to the ‘Koggala Mangrove Rest

Sri Lanka’s obsession with plastic bags

Views - 470 Thursday, 24 October 2019 00:00

At a time where the world expresses growing concerns about climate change, Sri Lanka is still oblivious to the impact of single-use plastic on the environment, marine biodiversity and humans. Ignorance may be bliss in some instances but, not when we

Zero waste: a wish come true?

Views - 232 Thursday, 24 October 2019 00:00

Zero Waste is a concept, which focuses on waste prevention where essentially resource life cycles are redesigned in such a way that all products are used and no waste is created. It is well-aligned with a circular economy approach, which facilitates

Team Sri Lanka all set for Robotics Olympiad in Dubai

Views - 9 Wednesday, 23 October 2019 01:53

Team Sri Lanka leave for Dubai next week to take part in the third International Robotics Olympiad organised by FIRST Global, alongside teams from 190 other countries. Having won a prestigious Judge’s Award for its robot’s innovative design last

NDB restores mangrove forests and mitigates climate change

Views - 16 Wednesday, 23 October 2019 01:49

Kalpitiya is home to traditional fishing families who live on the border of the Puttalam lagoon. The lagoon, one of the largest estuaries of Sri Lanka is rich in coastal resources especially mangroves which is one of the most extensive in Sri Lanka.

Heritage Expediciones engages in beach cleanup

Views - 36 Wednesday, 23 October 2019 01:41

The team of Heritage Expediciones Ltd. engaged in a beach cleanup sustainability activity along the west coast of Sri Lanka (Dharmarama Road in Ratmalana) on 4 October. Commenting on the experience, a team member said: “This was an awesome experien

Dell Technologies successfully conducts second phase of beach clean-up in Trincomalee

Views - 17 Wednesday, 23 October 2019 01:39

The second phase of the beach clean-up organised by Dell Technologies happened to be yet another success with over 50 volunteers turning up recently at Trincomalee Beach. The clean-up was backed by the Marine Environment Protection Authority (MEPA) a

BOC commemorates 80th anniversary with ‘BOC Haritha Arana’ 100 hectare 80,000 tree planting project

Views - 20 Thursday, 17 October 2019 01:25

In response to the Government’s island-wide program – ‘Wana Ropa’ to add 2,889 hectares to national forest cover and also to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the bank, the Bank of Ceylon has itself committed to restore 100 hectares of degr

Dell ‘Save the Waves’ first phase inaugurated in Galle together with MEPA

Views - 54 Thursday, 17 October 2019 01:23

The first phase of the biannual beach clean-up organised by Dell Technologies successfully concluded on 5 October, covering beaches in the vicinity of Galle. More than 70 volunteers participated in the clean-up, which featured Road to Rights, which b

‘Sobha Sith Roo’ winners awarded

Views - 5 Thursday, 17 October 2019 01:21

Western Province Governor A.J.M. Muzammil presented the awards to the winners of the competition of the ‘Sobha Sith Roo’ festival held to mark the World Environment Day at an event at the New Town Hall in Colombo on Monday. The contests organised

HDFC Bank celebrates World Habitat Day

Views - 8 Thursday, 17 October 2019 01:19

Commemorating World Habitat day on 7 October, HDFC Bank organised a special panel discussion with the view of communicating the message of this year’s Habitat Day theme ‘Frontier Technologies as an Innovative Tool to Transform Waste to Wealth

DPL successfully commences reforestation initiative in Hanwella

Views - 11 Tuesday, 15 October 2019 00:00

Dipped Products PLC, a global leader in protective handwear and a subsidiary of diversified conglomerate Hayleys PLC, launched a tree-planting initiative to plant 26 saplings on the Hanwella rubber factory premises in collaboration with government sc

Sri Lanka hosts first MELAG meeting under Commonwealth Blue Charter

Views - 14 Tuesday, 15 October 2019 00:00

The first meeting of the Mangrove Ecosystems and Livelihood Action Group (MELAG) under the Commonwealth Blue Charter was held from 7 to 9 October in Negombo. During the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018 held in London, realising the impo

Supporting Wilpattu

Views - 31 Tuesday, 15 October 2019 00:00

German Deputy Ambassador Andreas Berg, together with the Ministry of Tourism Development, Wildlife, and Christian Religious Affairs Secretary S. Hettiarachchi, and GIZ Country Director Christiane Einfeldt visited Wilpattu National Park on 8 October t

DFCC Bank employees celebrate World Clean-Up Day with beach clean-up campaign 

Views - 13 Tuesday, 15 October 2019 00:00

DFCC Bank employees, along with their families, carried out a beach-cleaning campaign at Mount Lavinia on 21 September, to commemorate World Clean-Up Day and International Coastal Clean-Up Day. This campaign was organised by the Sustainability Unit

Book on eco-tourism launched

Views - 11 Friday, 11 October 2019 00:10

A book on eco-tourism authored by U.P.S. Pathirana, lecturer in tourism and former Director of the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority, was launched recently. Here, the author is seen presenting the first copy of the book to Sri Lanka Tourism Dev

Wings of change

Views - 11 Friday, 11 October 2019 00:10

Shantha Jayaweera was a child when he first visited Colombo’s wetlands. Abutting the crowded city, the marsh was wild, untamed and brimming with life. “It felt like this was a hidden place,” Shantha says, remembering that on that trip he saw b

WNPS monthly lecture for October ‘The Greatest Dance on the Planet’

Views - 83 Friday, 11 October 2019 00:08

The WNPS Monthly Lecture for October, ‘The Greatest Dance on the Planet: A collection of stories of the long-distance migration of birds from our neighbourhood’ by Dr. Sampath Seneviratne, will be held on 17 October at 6 p.m. at Jasmine Hall, BMI

Rhino Group supports global climate strike

Views - 11 Friday, 11 October 2019 00:04

Hundreds of people walked out of work on 27 September to join the gathering at Orion City organised by the Rhino Group to educate and inspire the public regarding individual action on climate change. This event was organised in support of the ‘Glo

A Climate Change: An Unstoppable Movement Takes Hold

Views - 14 Monday, 7 October 2019 10:15

On the eve of the September UN Climate Action Summit, young women and men around the world mobilised by the millions and told global leaders: “You are failing us.” They are right. Global emissions are increasing. Temperatures are rising. The con

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Why NPP for minorities and the nation?

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

The two minority communities, Tamils and Muslims, and their ethnic political parties are once again caught up in a dilemma in choosing one or the other of the two leading presidential candidates, Sajith and Gota. The Tamil parties drew a set of 13 d

Why NPP for minorities and the nation?

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

The two minority communities, Tamils and Muslims, and their ethnic political parties are once again caught up in a dilemma in choosing one or the other of the two leading presidential candidates, Sajith and Gota. The Tamil parties drew a set of 13 d

Corporate treasurers should make more use of derivatives to hedge risks

Monday, 11 November 2019

Humans have never liked the idea of uncertainty. More so, they did not like the idea of economic uncertainty. Hence, the need to hedge this uncertainty gave rise to the evolution of derivatives. Derivatives have been used by mankind for a very long

China’s rising giants

Monday, 11 November 2019

China’s evolution into a global powerhouse with the world’s second largest economy is a familiar story. Less well-known though is the tremendous growth of the nation’s state-sponsored aviation sector, which now has a global reach. Serving the w

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