Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Call to stop polluting Nuwara Wewa
Garbage and cow dung mixed in water
Nimal Wijesinghe - Anuradhapura Additional District Group Correspondent
ධීවරයන්ගේ පහර දීමෙන් කැස්බෑවකු අහිමි වෙයි
Navy launches bottled drinking water project
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Widulamu Lanka electricity project will cost Rs. 8 bn
By Ifham Nizam
With the aim of providing an efficient and friendly service to the consumer an E city office was inaugurated adjacent to the Electrical Engineers Office in Polonnaruwa recently.
A special office was also opened by Power and Energy Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka with the aim of completing the electrification transmission network before the end of 2012.
Power and Energy Ministry officials told The Island on Monday that a project named Widulamu Lanka was also inaugurated at an investment of Rs. 8,000 million.
Ministry sources said that this project will cover the entire North Central area with the establishment of 550 transformers. Chief Engineer Shirley Perera will function as the project manager.
Ranawaka targets at least Rs. 300 million on the electrification work per month.
He believes that the need of the hour is to have dedicated and committed staff working round the clock irrespective of night or day with the sole purpose of completing the work within the stipulated time frame for the prosperity of the country.
He said that the CEB family had it in them to become proud government servants who have completed their duties 100 per cent.
Poachers, encroachers responsible for forest fires
By Ifham Nizam
Leading herpetologist Anslem de Silva says rather than accidents, poachers and encroachers were responsible for forest fires particularly at the Knuckles Range.
He told The Island on Monday (27) that his ongoing study indicated that most of the endemic species perish in fires that affect acres of forest.
The veteran scientist believes that not only strict laws but enforcement is needed to apprehend those who were responsible for damaging a World Heritage site.
Anslem, who had done extensive studies on the Knuckles Forest and published two monographs, says skinks, gheckos, snakes and amphibians are the most killed animals during a fire.
"The saddest part is that some amphibians, which are confined to Knuckles deposit eggs in the leaf litter and fires of this nature could be the cause to some animals becoming extinct," he added.
Meanwhile, the Forest Conservation Department says that the fire that erupted in the Knuckles Forest Range on Saturday had been completely extinguished.
The fire erupted on Saturday night destroying more than 50 acres, according to the Department officials.
They told The Island that they fought for nearly 14 hours to extinguish the fire that was spreading fast due to dry weather and windy conditions.
Sri Lanka Air Force helicopters, around 75 Army personnel, police, the officers of the Forest Conservation Department and the residents of the Knuckles Range joined in the effort to extinguish the fire.
Police investigations are underway to ascertain the cause of the fire.
The Knuckles Forest range is of significance as it was added as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO last year. It covers parts of Kandy and Matale districts and is home to almost a third of the island’s flowering plant species.
All five blocks at Yala to be opened – Minister Chandrasena
by Franklin R. Satyapalan
With the increase in the number of local and foreign tourists visiting Sri Lanka’s wild life parks, the government has decided to open all five blocks of the Yala National park for visitors so that they could spend several days within the park and go bird watching to Kumana and Lahugala in the East, said Minister of Agrarian Services and Wild Life S. M. Chandrasena on Monday (27).
The Minister who toured the Yala National Park from the Palapatuna entrance in the south, accompanied by Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to the Maldives Dixon Dela, last week said that the new entrance from the Galge side of the Ruhunu (Yala) National Park had been opened for visitors by President Mahinda Rajapaksa in February this year.
The other new entry point to the Ruhunu (Yala) National Park would be opened from the Katagamuwa side shortly, the Minister said.
නකල්ස් ගින්න නිවීමට ගුවන් හමුදාවේ සහාය
භක්ති ධර්මපි්රය මෙන්ඩිස්, රක්ෂණ ශි්රයන්ත සහ හසලක සමූහ බන්දුල ගොඩකුඹුර
නකල්ස් රක්ෂිතයේ පැතිර යමින් තිබෙන ගින්න නිවීම සඳහා ශ්රී ලංකා ගුවන් හමුදාවේ ගුවන් යානා සහය ලබා ගැනීමට වනජීවී සංරක්ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව පියවර ගෙන තිබේ.
නකල්ස් රක්ෂිතයේ නැෙඟනහිර කඳු බෑවුම් කොටසේ අක්කර 700කට වඩා වැඩි ප්රමාණයක් මේ වන විට ගින්නෙන් විනාශ වී ගොස් ඇතැයි උඩුදුම්බර පොලිසිය පවසයි.
පොලිස් නිලධාරීන්, වනජීවි නිලධාරීන් සහ යුද හමුදා සෙබළුන් එක්ව ගින්න මැඩ පැවැත්වීම සඳහා කටයුතු කරමින් සිටිති.
ගුවන් හමුදාව විසින් මෙම ප්රදේශයට හෙලිකොප්ටර් යානා පිටත් කර හරින ලද බවත් ඒවා ඕනෑම අවස්ථාවක් සඳහා සූදානම් කර ඇති බවත් ගුවන් හමුදා මාධ්ය ඒකකය පවසයි.
සතුන් දඩයම් කරන්නන් හෝ හේන් ගොවිතැන් කරන්නන් මෙම ප්රදේශය ගිනි තැබීම සිදු කරන්නට ඇතැයි පොලිසිය සැකකරයි. වන ජීවී නිලධාරීන් සහ උඩුදුම්බර පොලිසිය වැඩිදුර පරීක්ෂණ පවත්වයි.