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Political corruption flourishes on garbage

By The Nation – Apr 22, 2017

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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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Another land grab in Hambantota – in Village in the Jungle

By Dr Prsanna Cooray (The Island ,2017,01,15)

Close on the heels a move to hand over 15,000 acre land to the Chinese in Medilla in the Ambalantota Divisional Secretary Division in Hambantota District, come the news of a land grab comes from another corner of the same district––in the Suriyawewa Divisional Secretary Division. This time around, it is in a village in the jungle called Nabadegaswewa.

The Nabadegaswewa catchment reserve is a stretch of lush vegetation inhabited by a copious array of wildlife. This stretch of land has an exciting history to boost its vital environmental significance. It is home to two important watersheds of the Manamperi and Katuwewa tanks...

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Port City Project: Development or disaSter

By Kalani Kumarasinghe (Daily mirror)
The Port City project -stalled, suspended and recommenced-has been under public scrutiny for various reasons. Five years in the making, the project has withstood regime change, public protests and spurious criticism levelled by political parties and personalities who have changed their tunes according to election whims.
Nevertheless a group of activists who voiced their concerns over the detrimental consequences of the project have remained relentless. They still believe that the Port City project will be the greatest self-inflicted ecological hazard to Sri Lanka. The approached several environmental activists to query their stance on the project. Among them was Rev. Fr...

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Do Or Die Battle Looms At Uma Oya

by Ifham Nizam

http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2016/12/25/do-or-die-battle-looms-at-uma-oya/

Farmers cannot be sidelined in a country which is dependent on agriculture
Recent landslides in Koslanda could in fact be a result of the Uma Oya project as well
Uma Oya project is witnessing large scale land grabbing by politicians

Uma Oya Project: Development or disaster…
Plans are underway to stage a massive protest against the much debated Uma Oya Multipurpose Development Project. A number of villagers would join hands on Thursday, December 29 as a mark of solidarity against the ongoing project.
Speaking to The Sunday Leader villagers in Bandarawela said that despite their hue and cry, the authorities were not taking any action to avert their short falls especially when it comes to agricultural...

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ජීවත්වීමෙි කලාව සොබාදහමට අනුගත වීමයි- රංගන ශිල්පී ජනක රණසිංහ

සොබාදහම උදේසා කාන්තිවෝ සංවිධානය කල රුක්රෝපණ වැඩ සටහන හා පරිසර හිතකාමී සංස්කෘතියක් උදේසා කතාබහ පසුගිය නත්තල් දින උල්පත රක්ෂිතය තුලදී සිදුකෙරිණි මෙම අවස්ථාව සාර්ථක කරගැනීම වෙනුවෙන් සොබාදහම උදේසා කාන්තාවන් මෙන්ම ප්‍රවීණ රංගන ශිල්පි ජනක රණසිංහ මහතා හා රූපසාරි ලංකාතිලක මහත්මිය ඉමහත් වෙහෙසක් දරා කටයුතු කරණ ලදි. සොබාදහමි අධ්‍යන මධ්‍යස්ථානයේ සමාජික සාමාජිකාවන් මෙන්ම පූජ්‍ය වෑකදවල රාහුල හිමි හා දේවාලේගම පේමරතන හිමි මෙහි අනුශාසකත්වය දරණ ලදි...

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Bio chars water filter in CENS school , Sri Lnaka

Bio chars water filter was established in the CENS school by CENS . we used traditional knowledge of water management in Sri Lanka to build this filter . people used bio chars to clean their well water times ago . it is traditional knowledge comes from generation to generation. We established a filter with bio chars of Terminalia arjuna tree. Terminalia arjuna is a tree of the genus Terminalia. It is commonly known as arjuna or arjun tree in English, thella maddi in Telugu, kumbuk in Sinhala, marudha maram in Tamil and neer maruthu in Malayalam. bio chars of this tree has ability to purified water and filter even heavy metals in the water .This filtet will be a one of solution to avoid CKDU problem in Sri Lanka ..

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CENS School helps to discover nature and life

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වලස්මුල්ල අධ්‍යාපන කලාපය නියෝජනය කරමින් වලස්මුල්ල ජාතික පාසල ,කටුවන ජාතික පාසල,උලහිටියාව කණිෂ්ඨ විද්‍යාලය ,රාජපුරගොඩ කණිෂ්ඨ විද්‍යාලය,අතුබ‍ොදය කණිෂ්ඨ විද්‍යාලවල පරිසර භාර ගුරු භවතුන් සහ හරිත පදක්කම් ලාබි සිසුන් 75 ට වැඩි ප්‍රමානයක් සම්බන්ද වුනා.කුඩාබිලේ ශාඛ විවිධත්වය දේශණය විසින් සිදු කරන ලදි . කොට්ටාස අ.අ...

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Interim iInjunction Issued Over Chunnakam Power Plant in Jaffna,Sri Lanka

Interim injunction was issued by the Supreme Court against further function of Jaffna-Chunnakam Northern Power plant.
This was regarding a petition made by Director for Center for Environment and Nature Studies (CENS) Ravindra Kariyawasam stating the environmental pollution cause by the plant. This court case were handled free of charge by Layer Nuwan Bopage and Layer Chathura Wettasinghe .
Protests were held in Jaffna last week against alleged crude oil leakage by Chunnakam power plant last year.
The protests which included students of schools, as well as hunger strikers demanded that action be taken to resolve the issue of leakage of crude oil by the Thermal power plant, which is alleged to be the cause of water contamination in wells in Jaffna.
Prof. Daya Somasundaram
University of Ja...

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