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Uma Oya Project: More Moves To Grab Public Money

by Ifham Nizam (Sunday Leader (16.07.2017)

The Uma Oya contractor, FARAB Energy and Water Project Company, an Iranian company, is responsible for carrying out the project. It is an insured company and should take steps to use its insurance money rather than trying to grab public money, environmentalists and scientists claim.
Environmentalist Dr. Ravindra Kariyawasam says that a company like FARAB is insured especially knowing the consequences. However, he says they were keen to drag technical issues and other related problems to fatten their purses.
Dr. Kariyawasam warns that the next five kilometers of tunneling is going to be extremely dangerous and the government should take serious note of it.
He said that President Maithripala Sirisena agrees there is a problem with the project go...

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කූණු කන්දට යටකර මිනිසුන් මරා දමා මාස තුනයි. කූණු වලට තවම විසදුමක් නෑ

වසර අටක් තිස්සේ මීතොටමුල්ල කුණු කන්දට එරේහිව සටන් කල දයාබර සටන් සගයන් මියගොස්ජූලි 14 මාස තුනක්ය . මෙම මනුෂ්ය ඝාතනයට තෙමසක් ගතවුවද එහි වගකීම රජය හෝ කුණු වලින් කප්පමි ගත් මැති ඇමතිවරු හෝ රාජ්ය ආයතන බාරගන නොමැත. මීතොටමුල්ලේ කුණු කන්ද නිසා අනාථ වූ පිරිසි තවමත් අනාථය. ඔහුන්ට නිසි පරිදි ජීවත් වීමට අවශ්ය වටපිටාවක් සකස් කිරීමට තවමත් සමත්වී නොමැත...

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හෙළ උරුමයේ කුණ මුතුරාජවෙල කුණු කරයි

මුතුරාජ වෙල වගුරු භූමියට මෙි වන විට කොළඔ නගර සභාව මගින් කසළ බැහැර කිරීම ආරමිබ කර තිබෙින්නේ ජනතා විරෝධ්ය මධයේ දැවැන්ත පාරිසරික හානියක් මුතුරාජාවල අභය භූමියට සිදුකරමිනි.
පාථළී චමිපික රණවකගේ හා පරිසර අමාත්යංශත්්ය් අවශ්යතාව මත මෙම කුණු මුතුරාජවෙලට බැහැර කරන්නේ හුදෙක් කුණු වලට කිරීමට කිසිදු දෙයක් නැති නිසා නොව...

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ලෝක පරිසර දිනය සමරමු -වෙල්ලසේ කැලෑ ඉඩමි සිංගප්පුරුවට හා ඇමරිකාවට ජුනි 05 පරිසර ඇමතිවරයාගේ සුරතින්

ඌව වෙල්ලස්සේ උක් වගාව සදහා කැලෑ ඉඩමි අක්කර හැට දෙදහස් පන්සියයක් සිංගප්පූරු සමාගමක් හරහා ඇමරිකාවට ලබාදීමට රජය මෙීවන විට කටයුතු කර ඇත. පරිසර ඇමති හා ජනාධීපති වන මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන විසින් එයට අදැල කැබිනටි පත්‍රිකාවට මෙිවන විට අත්සන් තබා ඇති අතර ජුනි 05 වන දින එම ඉඩමි නිල වශයෙන් පරිසර ආමත්‍යවරයා ලබාදීමට කටයුතු සූදානමි කර ඇත...

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පරිසර හා සොබාදහමි අධ්‍යයන මධ්‍යස්ථානය


පසුගිය24,25 යන දිනයන් තුළදී ඇද හැලුනු අධික වර්ෂාව නිසාවෙන් දිවයිනේ කඳුකර පද්ධති කීපයක්ම නාය යෑමේ අවදානයට යොමු විය. හම්බන්තොට දිස්ත්‍රික්කයේ වලස්මුල්ල ප්‍රාදේශීය ලේකම් කොට්ටාශයට අයත් “ රන්මල” කඳු පද්දතියේ බොහෝ ප්‍රදේශයන් විශාල වශයෙන් නාය යෑම් වලට ලක් විය...

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Flood and landslide in Sri Lanka: a gift of mega development projects

Flood on Highway

According to government reports, recent flooding and landslides in Sri Lanka have caused widespread disruptions across the country. At least 200,000 people have been displaced by the floods, many casualties have been reported and dozens are feared missing. Government try to say this is a result of climate change. According to me climate change is like a god. God does not take any responsibility and he doesn’t have to do anything to conserve people or nature.
This is not a normal situation for Sri Lanka. We were discussing this disaster since 2010 and we hoped it .Our previse reports explained this situation before it comes and those have handed over to the Sri Lankan president and Environment ministry and other responsible persons and institutes.
Through the reports and campaign’s we we...

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UN-” I am With Nature ,Environment Minister Of Sri Lanka with -Gazelle Ventures (Forest land for Sugarcane)

ministers of the ‘Yahapaalana’ government has given approval to cabinet paper MDE/AD/03/CAB-PA/2017 to hand over 62,500 acres from Uva-Wellassa to the Gazelle Ventures of Singapore, through its parent company, the New York-based multinational company CDVCA, to cultivate sugarcane. The official handover will take place on June 05 ,the day of world Environment and president Maithripala Sirisena, as the minister of environment, has signed the relevant cabinet paper.


The cabinet paper says the Bibile sugar company development project will be launched in 2017, carried out in an expeditious manner for its commercial operations to be launched before December 2019 in order to eliminate poverty by creating sustainable economic prosperity for the people of Rambaken Oya special economic area und...

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Political corruption flourishes on garbage

By The Nation – Apr 22, 2017


Immediately after the Meetotamulla disaster making money out of garbage became a subject of discussion in all electronic and print media. During Nation’s attempt to get to the bottom issue it was revealed that the garbage dump a business value to certain underworld groups.

In the aftermath of the Meetotamulla debacle reports of corruption concerning waste disposal have surfaced. Addressing a gathering of heads of media institutions President Maithripala Sirisena said that he would appoint a committee, headed by a retired judge next week to probe into the issue and submit a report within a month. He further pointed out that a major cause for the issue is failure of government officials to carryout directives.

Organiser of the People’s Movement Against Meetot...

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Garbage Avalanche in the Paradise Isle

Dr prasanna cooray (The Island .21,04,2017)

The probable death toll from the Meethotamulla garbage avalanche of April 14 stands at 40, with 32 persons confirmed dead and 8 still missing (as of 3 pm 20 April 2017). The type of disaster we experienced on the Sinhala and Tamil New Year day, deplorably, is an extremely rare occurrence in the civilized world. There had been only a handful of reported precedences of this nature. Although there had been garbage dump collapses in the Western world – in California (1988) and Ohio (1996) in the US, Coruña, Spain (1996) and Athens, Greece (2003), fatal events with massive destruction of property were reported only from the third word...

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Environmentalists muster to save the environment Over 1000 issues at stake

By DR Prasanna cooray ( The Island) 05.03.2001717105361_755249257964308_1685765050_n
Last Wednesday (01.03.2017) afternoon a number of environmental groups from across the country gathered at the Centre for Society and Religion (CSR) auditorium in Borella to discuss the pressing issues they face in the environment front today and to come out with a plan of action to address those. This event was jointly convened by the Centre for Environmental & Nature Studies (CENS), the Young Journalists Association and the Parapuraka Balaya (Power of a Generation).

Development dilemma

A common concern that surfaced repeatedly throughout the discussion was the issue of “development”, defined and implemented by the successive governments of Sri Lanka during the past couple of decades.

Many speakers questioned the meaning of the word “develop...

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