Tropical depression threatens flooding across Sri Lanka

The last week or so has seen torrential downpours across southern parts of the Bay of Bengal. Southern India and Sri Lanka have both been badly affected and there has been some flooding. The daily downpours look set to continue into the weekend. On Wednesday morning, Sri Lanka’s Department of Meteorology announced that a tropical […]
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More rains, floods mar Sri Lanka’s holiday season

Dec 25 2014, Colombo: More rains and threat of island-wide floods marred Sri Lanka’s holiday season as the Meteorology Department predicted the adverse weather to continue. Under the influence of low pressure area is located to the south-east of Sri Lanka, showery and windy weather will continue over most parts of the island and suburb […]
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Why isn’t agriculture sustaining RURAL poor?

Why isn’t agriculture sustaining RURAL poor? Lionel WIJESIRI Efforts to improve agricultural productivity in Sri Lanka relies primarily on policy changes to liberalize prices, exchange rates, and trade. Important as they are, it is increasingly clear that price changes alone are insufficient to stimulate agricultural production without supporting improvements in research, extension, and marketing. Agricultural […]
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* Sri Lanka introduces a new disease-tolerant hybrid carrot variety

Feb 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Bandarawela Regional Agricultural Research Institute has introduced a new disease-tolerant hybrid carrot variety called Lanka Carrot. The new hybrid carrot variety, reportedly resistant to common diseases like leaf blight was developed following long term research by the research center. The seeds of the new variety can be produced locally and […]
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* Sri Lanka trade unions affiliated with Marxist party form broad forum

Mar 01, Colombo: The National Trade Union Center (NTUC) affiliated to Sri Lanka’s Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) together with trade unions affiliated to several sectors are to hold a massive protest campaign in Colombo on Monday (5). The protest would be held as a broad forum seeking relief for masses burdened by price […]
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Inventor boosts tea industry

Inventor boosts tea industry By L.S. Ananda WEDAARACHCHI President Mahinda Rajapaksa presents the award to Ranjith Rajapaksa The local expertise should be tapped to manufacture machinery for indigenous industries said Ranjith Rajapaksa the presidential award winner for manufacturing the processed tea cutter. Rajapaksa said that the tea cutter has helped reduced wastage in tea plucking. […]
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Extensive reconciliation measures underway – envoy

Extensive reconciliation measures underway – envoy Sri Lanka has progressively adopted a broad range of measures to facilitate reconciliation after May 2009 when the conflict against terrorism ended, Sri Lankan ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya told a gathering of the Serendipity Group of retired US diplomats. He said international pressure might make it difficult to enact the […]
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* Sri Lanka Marxist party to commence aggressive campaign for higher paddy price

Feb 25, Colombo: All Ceylon Framers’ Federation affiliated to Sri Lanka’s Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) plans to commence an aggressive island wide campaign to demand the government to increase the certified price of a kilo of paddy to Rs. 40. The Federation last week organized a protest campaign with the participation of farmers […]
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