From classroom to forest: Another step in conservation awareness by Youth Wing of WNPS

Views - 19 Thursday, 12 September 2019 00:00

The typical classroom education is nowadays not sufficient for better learning. There should be a practical component in order to comprehend what has been taught. When it comes to raising awareness on conversation, it should be much more than theorie

Otara along with Naomi Campbell invited to Rwandan Gorilla Naming Ceremony

Views - 115 Thursday, 12 September 2019 00:00

Animal welfare activist Otara Gunewardene was recently selected alongside Naomi Campbell and several other global celebrities, world leaders and sport stars to attend the Rwandan Gorilla Naming Ceremony and to name a baby gorilla. KwitaIzina is a tim

Rhino Group launches sustainability development journey

Views - 9 Wednesday, 11 September 2019 00:00

The Rhino Group launched its long-term strategy towards achieving its Sustainable Development Goals to highlight its commitment towards sustainable development and mitigating the climate change impact. As a widely-respected and socially-responsible o

HNB partners with IFS and Eco Spindles for waste plastic bottle recycling campaign

Views - 181 Wednesday, 11 September 2019 00:00

HNB PLC has partnered with the multinational enterprise software company IFS Sri Lanka and pioneering manufacturer of monofilaments and yarn, Eco Spindles Ltd., to launch a resourceful recycling campaign for PET bottles across the Colombo District. H

Bank of Ceylon signs MoU to grow 100 Ha forest in Galoya under ‘BOC Haritha Arana’

Views - 11 Wednesday, 11 September 2019 00:00

As part of assisting improving forest cover up to 32% in Sri Lanka by the year 2020, in accord with the agreement made with the United Nations to assist prevention of global climate change, the Bank of Ceylon (BOC) has formulated a project to refores

Puritas Sath Diyawara celebrates 5th anniversary with expansion into Uva Province

Views - 8 Wednesday, 11 September 2019 00:00

Celebrating five years of providing essential support to farming communities in Sri Lanka’s dry zone, diversified multinational conglomerate, Hayleys Group announced the expansion of its flagship clean drinking water initiative Hayleys’ ‘Purita

WNPS lecture on 12 Sept. to focus on engaging in biodiversity conservation

Views - 41 Saturday, 31 August 2019 00:10

Wildlife and Nature Protection Society (WNPS) public lecture on 12 September at 6.00 p.m. at the Jasmine Hall, BMICH will deal with the issue of whether people are engaging in biodiversity conservation. The lecture will be delivered by expert Dr. Sr

Three Sinha Group distributes 10,000 plants

Views - 18 Saturday, 31 August 2019 00:05

Three Sinha Group of companies successfully held a plant distribution program recently in their factory complex at Madinnagoda, Rajagiriya. The event held under the patronage of Three Sinha MD Manjula Ariyakumara saw the distribution of 10,000 saplin

India set to outlaw six single-use plastic products on 2 October

Views - 21 Saturday, 31 August 2019 00:05

New Delhi (Reuters): India is set to impose a nationwide ban on plastic bags, cups and straws on 2 October, officials said, in its most sweeping measure yet to stamp out single-use plastics from cities and villages that rank among the world’s most

Hayleys Fabric completes second phase of reforestation campaign

Views - 32 Saturday, 31 August 2019 00:02

Working in collaboration with the Environment Protection Division of the Sri Lanka Police, Central Environmental Authority, Kalutara and the Water Board, Hayleys Fabric PLC commenced the third phase of its ongoing reforestation campaign with the plan

Mobitel embarks on a nationwide electronic waste collection program

Views - 24 Wednesday, 28 August 2019 00:00

Echoing its commitment as a responsible corporate citizen, Mobitel has embarked on a national level CSR initiative that aims to collect and dispose electronic waste (e-waste) responsibly. The National Mobile Service Provider envisions to collect e-w

Tropicoir launches factory in the north with tree planting project

Views - 20 Wednesday, 28 August 2019 00:00

Minister Plantation Industries Navin Dissanayake, Ministry Secretary J.A. Ranjith, CDA Chairman Udaya Ranasinghe, CRI and CCB Chairmen together with other dignitaries declared open Premier Tech Lanka Ltd. in Palai, 6 km north of Kilinochchi, on 10 Au

Fortunaglobal joins hands with Green Choice Lanka to launch sustainable CSR project

Views - 31 Wednesday, 28 August 2019 00:00

Leading fin-tech company, Fortunaglobal, together with its creative arm Fortunacreatives, recently partnered with Green Choice Lanka, to embark on a unique environmental project in support of a sustainable Sri Lanka. The company organised a presentat

Rockland Distilleries demonstrates leadership in sustainability

Views - 43 Wednesday, 28 August 2019 00:00

Rockland Distilleries engaged with Sri Lanka’s foremost provider of Integrated Sustainability Solutions – The Carbon Consulting Company (CCC) to assess the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions from its distillery operations in Marawila, Sri Lanka. Upo

‘Eyesha and The Great Elephant Gathering’ at Selyn to celebrate World Elephant Day

Views - 24 Tuesday, 27 August 2019 00:00

Selyn, Sri Lanka’s only fair-trade guaranteed Handloom Company, partners with Nadishka Aloysius to celebrate World Elephant Day in August, by educating and entertaining children with a story about ‘Eyesha the Elephant’. On Saturday 24 Augu

Heal the Planet: Phase 1

Views - 101 Tuesday, 27 August 2019 00:00

By Rtr. Teruni Perera Coastal ecosystems are regions of remarkable biological productivity and high accessibility. Clean beaches and oceans have always been an important part of our lives since they provide habitat and nesting grounds for important o

Sea turtle conservation: Is it up to the hatcheries?

Views - 243 Tuesday, 27 August 2019 00:00

Sea turtles have been around for more than 100 million years – even surviving dinosaurs who became extinct. Today, nearly all species of sea turtles are classified as endangered by the IUCN Red List. Entanglement in carelessly discarded fishing gea

Hilton Colombo Residences champions soap recycling in Sri Lanka for sustainable waste management

Views - 259 Wednesday, 21 August 2019 00:00

Hilton Colombo Residences has announced the launch of its new soap recycling initiative ‘Soap for Hope’. Under this project, Hilton Colombo Residences will partner with sister hotels Hilton Colombo, Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi and Conrad

From plastic to fabric

Views - 33 Wednesday, 21 August 2019 00:00

Sri Lankan tropical wear brand Pigeon Island, based on marine conservation and plastic recycling, recently partnered with Blue Resources Trust, a marine research, conservation, and education non-profit organisation based in Sri Lanka. Through this pa

Rs.1 b support for rural areas to withstand climate change

Views - 42 Tuesday, 20 August 2019 00:00

The Sri Lankan Government together with the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA),have launched a three-year project to build the resilience of communities against the impact of natural disaste

Singapore needs $ 72 b to bolster coastal defences against rising sea levels: PM

Views - 34 Tuesday, 20 August 2019 00:00

SINGAPORE (AFP): Singapore needs at least $ 72 billion to build defences against rising sea levels, its leader said Sunday as the low-lying city-state gears up against the impact of climate change. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong described climate ch

Conservationists, EU MPs urge ban on trophy hunting of endangered species

Views - 27 Tuesday, 20 August 2019 00:00

GENEVA (AFP): Dozens of European parliamentarians and conservation groups called Sunday on the regulator of global wildlife trade to ban all trophy hunting of rhinos, elephants and other endangered animals. The Convention on International Trade in E

Wildlife summit mulls trade rules to counter ‘unprecedented’ species declines

Views - 28 Tuesday, 20 August 2019 00:00

GENEVA (AFP): Conservationists warned of ‘unprecedented’ species declines Saturday as countries met in Geneva to tighten rules on trade in elephant ivory and products from other endangered animal and plants. Thousands of conservationists and pol

Wail over waste imports: Sorting out the crisis

Views - 442 Monday, 19 August 2019 00:29

The Atomic Energy Agency (AEA), which commenced its preliminary investigations recently to check the UK-based waste consignment for any radioactive components, has requested Sri Lanka Customs (SLC) to enable them to take samples freely to facilitate

BOI has its say

Views - 26 Monday, 19 August 2019 00:00

Stating that the media reports in relation to importing 102 containers of contaminated cargo at the Port were factually incorrect, the BOI in its statement said that the consignee of the said goods was not a BOI enterprise operating within a BOI zone

SL to hold largest international conservation symposium in Sept.

Views - 51 Wednesday, 7 August 2019 00:00

By Shanika Sriyananda Sri Lanka will host the largest international conservation-focused symposium of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC) for the first time with the participation of over 400 international and local scientist

WNPS lecture on ‘Insects – The hidden treasures of Sri Lanka’ on 15 August

Views - 67 Wednesday, 7 August 2019 00:00

The public lecture series of the Wildlife & Nature Protection Society (WNPS) on 15 August at the BMICH at 5 p.m. will focus on ‘Insects – The hidden treasures of Sri Lanka’. The lecture will be jointly delivered by Emeritus Professor Jayanthi

In ‘climate apartheid’, rich will save themselves while poor suffer: UN report

Views - 36 Wednesday, 7 August 2019 00:00

GENEVA (Reuters): The world is on course for ‘climate apartheid’, where the rich buy their way out of the worst effects of global warming while the poor bear the brunt, a UN human rights report said recently. The report, submitted to the UN Human

Humanity’s next test: Feed 10 billion without ruining Earth

Views - 40 Wednesday, 7 August 2019 00:00

PARIS (AFP): Experts last week began negotiating the most comprehensive scientific assessment ever of the role the land we live off plays in climate change, expected to highlight the stark choices humanity faces to feed 10 billion people while preser

Salience of ‘Strategy Safari’ – Taking it further

Views - 268 Thursday, 25 July 2019 00:00

When I saw the headlines of Prof. Ajantha Dharmasiri’s article on ‘Strategy Safari’ – the thought-provoking book by Prof. Henry Mintzberg, Bruce Ahlstrand and Joseph Lampel – I settled down to read the interesting article as I was promised

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Industry 4.0, disruptive technology and MAS Matrix: An example for way forward in Sri Lanka

Monday, 16 September 2019

Technology has always been disruptive. When a new technology is introduced, it changes the way the humankind lives, behaves, earns, interacts and communicates. Some 10,000 years ago, when agriculture and animal breeding were domesticated through the

Radically reinvented reality: Relevance to Sri Lanka

Monday, 16 September 2019

I am delighted to be involved in the National HR Conference 2019, the largest HR event in South Asia. This time it is on the theme ‘Radically Reinvented Reality’. We need to take another look at the way we act institutionally and nationally, in u

Boeing in MAX-imum trouble

Monday, 16 September 2019

Boeing, America’s mighty aircraft manufacturer, is in deep trouble. The controversy surrounding the best-selling 737 MAX has refused to go away. The Federal Aviation Administration, the US aviation regulator, has spent over 110,000 hours addressing

Gotabaya Rajapaksa at Viyathmaga: Vision with an authoritarian zeal!

Monday, 16 September 2019

Gotabaya Rajapaksa has unveiled his national strategy or vision as a presidential candidate with an authoritarian zeal. This is clear from his Viyathmaga speech. He should be commended however for his fairly clear expression of views and objectives.

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