Environment

Sri Lanka’s biodiversity conservation at crossroads

Views - 90 Thursday, 6 September 2018 00:00

The topic of Sri Lanka’s biodiversity conservation at crossroads will come up for discussion at the Monthly Lecture of Wildlife and Nature Protection Society on 20 September at 6 p.m. at the Jasmine Hall of the BMICH. The key speaker will be Dr. Er


Ghosts in the forests – The leopards of Wasgamuwa

Views - 14 Thursday, 6 September 2018 00:00

By Chandima Fernando and Ravi Corea As dusk descended gradually obliterating the land of its features we slowly headed towards the entrance to the Wasgamuwa National Park. We cruised slowly on the dusty dirt track that wound alongside the dried gra


How to beat climate change

Views - 30 Wednesday, 29 August 2018 00:00

Last month Costa Rica became the first nation on the planet to commit to banning fossil fuels entirely by 2021.1 The declaration


‘National Sustainability Discourse Hulftsdorp Debates 2018’ held successfully

Views - 23 Wednesday, 29 August 2018 00:00

Organised annually by the English Literary Association of Sri Lanka Law College, the sixth annual Hulftsdorp Debating


Plastic safaris

Views - 74 Wednesday, 29 August 2018 00:00

The Pāda Yātrā is one of Sri Lanka’s oldest traditions. In an awe-inspiring display of devotion, pilgrims from a variety


Screening of ‘The Great Elephant Gathering of Asia’ on Sunday

Views - 370 Thursday, 2 August 2018 00:00

The Wildlife Nature Protection Society (WNPS) will screen the award winning ‘The Great Elephant Gathering of Asia’ wildlife documentary film on Minneriya Elephant Gathering produced by Dilum Alagiyawanna on 5 August at 10:30 a.m. at the National


Government to wage war on wild elephants

Views - 1803 Thursday, 2 August 2018 00:00

Every human life is precious, and every measure possible must be taken to preserve that life. Death, however, is also a part of life and, sometimes, happens suddenly and tragically, at the hands of Nature. These instances, too, may be reduced if ther


Carbon Consulting Company showcases water neutrality at Asia Pacific Climate Week, Singapore

Views - 32 Thursday, 26 July 2018 00:00

Leading the global discussion on climate change this week, Sanith de S. Wijeyeratne, CEO of the Carbon Consulting Company (of which MTI Consulting is a Strategic Equity Partner), was invited to speak at the Asia Pacific Climate Week (APCW2018) hosted


Aitken Spence Printing leads industry with carbon neutrality

Views - 19 Thursday, 26 July 2018 00:00

Industry leader Aitken Spence Printing renewed its carbon neutral certification for the fourth consecutive year. The company was the first carbon neutral printing facility operator in South Asia. In accordance with the related requirements of The Car


Beira Lake and surrounding areas get No Kunu clean up

Views - 26 Thursday, 26 July 2018 00:00

‘No Kunu’, the groundbreaking citizens’ campaign cleaned the Colombo’s Beira Lake on Saturday with the support of the public, private and state sector organisations. The ‘No Kunu’ campaign has been launched by Sumi Moonesinghe, a prominen


A litterbug nation

Views - 253 Thursday, 26 July 2018 00:00

By Sandali Handagama There were many memorable moments during the highly anticipated 2018 FIFA World Cup hosted by Russia. Among them was the footage of Japanese fans cleaning the stadium after watching their team play. The recordings promptly went v


LOLC supports conservation of Sri Lankan leopard

Views - 61 Wednesday, 18 July 2018 00:00

The World Wildlife Fund states that the rapid loss of wildlife species today is estimated to be up to 10,000 times higher


Manage forests sustainably for socio-economic benefits: President to COFO

Views - 19 Wednesday, 18 July 2018 00:00

President Maithripala Sirisena said that forests provide many socio-economic benefits, including food, energy and shelter


Near-record tree cover losses in 2017 strip area as big as Italy

Views - 16 Wednesday, 18 July 2018 00:00

OSLO (Reuters): The world lost tree cover the size of Italy in 2017 as forests were cleared using fire to make way for farms


WNPS lecture on ‘Endemic Birds of Sri Lanka’ tomorrow

Views - 127 Wednesday, 18 July 2018 00:00

The Wildlife & Nature Protection Society (WNPS) will hold its July monthly lecture titled ‘Endemic Birds of Sri Lanka’ tomorrow


Sri Lanka to host CITES CoP 18 in Colombo in 2019

Views - 170 Friday, 6 July 2018 00:00

Setting an example to the world on beating plastics and conserving trees, Sri Lanka is to host one of the largest international events


Alliance Finance marks World Environment Day with a pledge across generations

Views - 51 Friday, 6 July 2018 00:00

It rained on Tuesday, the morning of 5 June, as Sri Lanka heralded the dawn of World Environment Day. Showers of blessings,


Multi Finance to launch Phase II of ‘Each One Plant One’ campaign today

Views - 22 Friday, 6 July 2018 00:00

Multi Finance PLC will launch Phase II of its national level reforestation campaign ‘Each One Plant One’ (EOPO) today 6 July at the chosen seven-acre land area at Ilukpathakanda.


Mobitel partners THURU’s intriguing digital reforestation innovation startup

Views - 26 Friday, 6 July 2018 00:00

Glimpsing joint synergies and strong potential for collaboration, Mobitel is poised to work together with THURU, one of the


INSEE Cement with Biodiversity SL and Colombo Uni promote green practices on World Environment Day

Views - 50 Friday, 6 July 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka’s premier cement manufacturer, INSEE Cement together with its sustainable waste management arm INSEE Ecocycle,


Sampath Bank and Biodiversity Sri Lanka in landmark partnership to conserve Sri Lanka’s biodiversity

Views - 30 Monday, 2 July 2018 00:10

Sampath Bank, one of the nation’s most innovative national banks, recently entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Biodiversity Sri Lanka (BSL).


Korea provides 190 garbage compactors for Sri Lanka

Views - 69 Monday, 2 July 2018 00:07

The Government of Sri Lanka and the Export-Import Bank of Korea (Korea Eximbank) signed two loan agreements to supply 190 garbage compactors for Sri Lankan local governments to manage solid wastes in more efficient way on 28 June.


Cute croc but can mother be far behind?

Views - 26 Monday, 2 July 2018 00:05

A Swiss investor in Sri Lanka, had the shock of his life, while walking his toddlers at Weli Park, Nugegoda recently. Amid the beautiful scenery at the urban wetland park, he noticed this young crocodile catching the afternoon sun. Andres Wirz, who h


Combank promotes Sri Lanka’s biodiversity with project to search for more types of blind snakes

Views - 24 Monday, 2 July 2018 00:04

Eight of the known types of fossorial blind snakes of the Typhlopidae family are endemic to Sri Lanka, and the Commercial Bank of Ceylon is funding a new scientific project to identify and classify more types in this species to add to the country’s


SLT Customer Club Ratnapura and staff conduct ‘Planting for Water’ reforestation project

Views - 12 Monday, 2 July 2018 00:01

SLT Customer Club – Ratnapura together with the SLT volunteer team has organised a mission, ‘Planting for Water’, which is a reforestation project conducted at Rakwana Palamkotte mountain range, bordering the world heritage Sinharaja Rain Fores


AIA plants 500 saplings in commemoration of World Environment Day

Views - 23 Thursday, 28 June 2018 00:00

AIA employees joined hands with non-profit organisation ReForest Sri Lanka and the Road Development Authority (RDA) Sri Lanka, in an initiative to expand forest coverage in Sri Lanka. Volunteers from AIA Head Office and branch offices planted 500 sap


Alliance Finance supports leopard conservation efforts

Views - 121 Thursday, 28 June 2018 00:00

The age-old conflict between humans and animals poses a significant threat to the co-existence of both groups and requires tangible solutions to ensure each survives. To contribute towards this endeavour, Alliance Finance Company PLC (AFC) has signe


Brandix supports Green Building Council’s ‘Go Green’ campaign

Views - 47 Friday, 22 June 2018 00:00

A week-long environment awareness campaign, which culminated with an island-wide sapling planting initiative and


Seylan Bank, Ministry of Industry and Commerce to support SMEs

Views - 38 Friday, 22 June 2018 00:00

With increased awareness about global warming and reducing carbon footprint, the Government of Sri Lanka has implemented


Innovative waste management start-up Grand Winner of Mobitel’s ‘Kotiyak Vatina Adahasak: Season 2’

Views - 163 Friday, 22 June 2018 00:00

Season 2 of the popular tech reality TV show, Kotiyak Vatina Adahasak drew to a close with the start-up idea for an innovative waste management system emerging the clear winner.


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Constitutional paradox: There is no such thing called Election Commission

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Our Constitution, which was certified by Parliament on 31 August 1978, has 19 amendments; the First Amendment to the Constitution was certified by the Speaker in the same year on 20 November. By the end of 1988, there had been 14 amendments made to t


‘So Sri Lanka’ – upgrade staff, processes, infrastructure at BIA arrivals to be world’s best!

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

24 October, time 12:47 p.m., place – my residence in Colombo My phone buzzes with a WhatsApp message from my old colleague Prasad Fernanado now with Saudi British Bank in Saudi. I am thrilled to see the message ‘Sri Lanka top country for travel i


Qatar crisis: From the Sri Lankans’ point of view

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

The aim of this article is to examine the Saudi blockade over Qatar and its impact in the past 17 months on the country. A special focus will be given to the Sri Lankan workers who have been living in Qatar for the past two decades. The reason why th


The reality of Sri Lanka – household end!

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Whilst Sri Lanka is debating what is right and wrong on the governance of the country, the Sri Lankan household is falling part due to escalating costs, as per the latest data released by respected research agency Nielsen. For the seventh quarter in


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