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March
2017

Cloudy skies with Thundershowers expected

According to Met Department cloudy skies with thundershowers will exists till March 4th in the country. Heavy showers (above 100 mm) are also likely at some places, especially in the Eastern, Uva, Southern, Sabaragamuwa, Central and North-central provinces.

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01
March
2017

Path to Sustainable Era launched

The first national conference of Sri Lanka National Congress was held yesterday (Feb. 28) at the BMICH with participation of President Maithripala Sirisena.

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20
February
2017

Let’s Make All Tourism Green and Clean

This is because global tourism is really big business. According to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), tourist spending swelled from only $2 billion in 1950 to $1.2 trillion in 2015. The number of international tourists has grown by orders of magnitude as well, from 25 million travelled in 1950 to 1.2 billion in 2015.

 

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15
January
2017

H.E. SHEIKHA HIND MEETS SENIOR UNIVERSITY OFFICIALS AND EDUCATION INNOVATORS ON U.S. VISIT

Visit Reflects QF’s Commitment to Innovation in Education


Her Excellency Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani, Vice Chairperson and CEO of Qatar Foundation (QF), and Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of Hamad bin Khalifa University (HBKU), met senior officials from QF’s partner universities during a recent five-day visit to the United States.

 

The visit, which took place last week, served as an opportunity to strengthen international ties in the field of education to help continue building a diversified and sustainable economy in Qatar. The tour included meetings with Cornell University, Texas A&M University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Northwestern University, Carnegie Mellon University, Georgetown University, HEC Paris, and University College London (UCL).

 

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01
March
2017

Land Excavations tense Divulapitiya Development committee

Divulapitiya Development Committee was in tense after questioning on  land excavations threatening the Environment in the area. The Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake stated that the people are facing lot of issues due to land excavations taking place in the Divulapitiya area.

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24
January
2017

At Davos forum, UN chief Guterres calls businesses ‘best allies’ to curb climate change, poverty

Addressing the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today called for a new generation of partnerships with the business community to limit the impact of climate change and to reduce poverty.

 

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10
January
2017

UN Works to Make Tourism More Sustainable

2017 is International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

 

The United Nations has designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. The year is an opportunity to look at how tourism is affected by climate change and how emissions from the sector can be curbed, along with finding ways for the industry to better adapt to the inevitable impacts of rising global average temperatures.

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