Midweek Review


Depletion of forest cover in Sri Lanka – Cabinet on the wrong track?

The Cabinet of Ministers at its meeting held on 18.06.2019, according to the announcement given in the Cabinet office website, has identified that unauthorized felling of trees using chain saws to be the major cause for deforestation. Consequently, the Cabinet has taken a decision to prohibit the import of mechanical chain saws under the Imports and Exports Control Act, No.1 of 1969, with a view to preventing deforestation. The Cabinet has noted that action has already been taken to implement various programmes to increase the present forest cover which is estimated at 29.7% of the total land area up to 32.0% by year 2030.Read More...

No Man’s Land


Lighting his little oil lamp,To his guardian deity,Presiding in a somnolent clime,The brought-down-low Citizen,Pleads in a pained voice -‘Please deliver me,From this No Man’s Land,

Reconciliation no political Tamasha: Genuine change of hearts needed


In his post-Easter carnage wisdom, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has proposed constituting "…a Religious Reconciliation Board to resolve various issues among religious groups in the country…" Since the war ended, reconcili...

Psychological Pollution


We have all heard of environmental pollution, air pollution, pollution of waterbodies and soil contamination. If the environment that we live in is polluted, it is clear that all of us have to suffer the consequences. Due to poisonous gasses emitted by...

Why only PK being blamed for facilitating US projects


Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, MP, and one-time Foreign Secretary, Prasad Kariyawasam, are under heavy fire for being involved in a high profile US project. Kariyawasam was replaced by another career diplomat Ravinatha Aryasinha, in Nov 2018. Soon after reti...

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