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New born Rhino in Dehiwala

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Black Rhinoceros cub was born in Dehiwala Zoo last Tuesday (07) which is considered to be vulnerable to endangerment in near future. The Black Rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) is listed among the top ten threatened species in the red book.

The black rhino pair has been brought to Sri Lanka based upon the exchange programme with Japan in 2007 thus given the same name as 'Kosala' and 'Anula', the two elephant cubs given to Japan under the same exchange programme.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 24 April 2015 07:45
 

Heavy Rain Affects 300 Families

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According to Disaster Management Center 1267 people from 300 families have been affected by the prevailing inclement weather.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 24 April 2015 07:07 Read more...
 

Environmentalists Claims Wheel promoting Sport tourism destroys Forested Areas

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Environmentalists claim that the upcoming Commando 4x4 Expedition will destroy the forested areas in in SriLanka. Expedition will kick off from August 3 to 9 covering a distance of 775 km from Point Pedro to Uva Kuda Oya including some of country’s finest beaches, lagoons, jungles and mountains in the Eastern coastal belt . Environmentalists fears that this will enter the list of greatest man-made environmental destruction of SriLanka, if the event will take place as scheduled environmentalist claims  it will cause many environment hazards under the cover of ‘Sports Tourism’ banner which has become a common phenomenon in Sri Lanka during recent times.

Last Updated on Friday, 24 April 2015 08:24 Read more...
 

Young Inventors of SriLanka to Represent Stockholm Junior water Prize International Contests

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Young Inventors Tharindu Madhawa Premathilake, Kavya Rasanjalee Liyanage and Thisarau Aparna from Thakshila College, Horana have won 1st place for their project, “Developing a new technique to minimize the impact on stream fish in streams with modified high velocities”. This Project, Investigates the Effect of stream flow velocity variations on stream fish. Over the last decade the development of mini hydropower projects has been one of the most active areas of the energy sector. One of the main environmental challenges faced by such projects is related to fish.

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 April 2015 17:09 Read more...
 

Attempt to privatize the water resources of Sri Lanka

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A cabinet approval has been obtained for a loan of 110 million US dollars  to be obtained from the World Bank with a annual interest of 1.25% which will eventually force the government and authorities to privatize the natural water resources. Therefore the government should levy a fee for the usage of the water resources.

 

CENS national coordinator, Ravindra Kariyawasam, explains that "the project is called Climate Change and Water Resources, and belongs to the Ministry of Irrigation and Water Management". According to the environmentalist, the Ministry of Finance and had assigned the Dam Safety and Water Resources Planning division to carry out the project according to a letter no W/D/M/01/L addressed to the Irrigation and Water Resources Management Ministry .

Sri Lanka is not among those countries with scarce freshwater resources, thanks to the presence of six aquifers scattered throughout the island . However, these resources suffer intense seasonal variations, as the country receives rain mainly during the two monsoons : the one that runs from late May to late September and hits the Southwest, and the one that stretches from November to February and hits the Northeast.

This means that large areas tend to suffer drought. Most fresh water is used for irrigation and hydroelectric power plants. On a national level, the drinking water supply is piped to nearly 90% of the urban population; in rural areas, water is available to about 60% of the population through protected wells.

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 April 2015 16:42
 
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