More than half the world’s mangroves have been lost over the last century, but all of those surviving in Sri Lanka, one of their most important havens, are now to be protected in an unprecedented operation. The organiser of the project, the biggest of its kind, sees the role of women as the key to its success.
“This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it.” Abraham Lincoln.
With strong long-term fundamentals, web and ecommerce segments in Asia forecast high growth potential in 2015 and beyond whilst growing consumer markets and the continued development of the e-commerce sector will underpin its growth prospects.
by Laura Davies, the Deputy High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives
Earlier this week, the UN Human Rights Council agreed to Prince Zeid’s request to defer consideration of his office’s investigation into the end of the conflict in Sri Lanka to the summer. The UK was a main sponsor of the resolution setting up the investigation and we remain committed to it.
United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) expresses strong resentment over the recent statement made by United Nations Secretary-General Ban-Ki-moon conveying his “strong expectation” that the Government of Sri Lanka will ensure “the peaceful and credible conduct” of the upcoming Presidential election, scheduled for early next year.
Hog deer is the rarest of the four members of the deer family, inhabiting Sri Lanka. Hog deer, which belongs to the Family Cervidae is also called Ceylon Hog Deer, Paddy-field Deer and Swamp Deer and its scientific name is Axis porcinus. According to the 2007 IUCN Redlist, it has been listed under Endangered species.
Continuing the sustained low inflation environment for the 68th consecutive month,headline inflation on a year-on-year (Y-o-Y) basis remained unchanged at 3.5 per cent in September 2014 while declining on an annual average basis to 4.2 per cent from 4.5 percent in the previous month. Core inflation (Y-o-Y) meanwhile, decelerated to 3.7 per cent in September 2014 from 3.9 per cent in August 2014. The significant reduction of international energy prices and the improvements in the domestic electricity infrastructure have enabled the government to reduce domestic energy prices, and the benefits of theseadjustments have now begun to reflect favourably on inflation. This development, along with the continued deceleration of the prices of other key commodities in the international market, is likely to result in inflation remaining at a lower rate than the previously projected range of 4-5 per cent in the period ahead.
1. Given the significant impact of climate change on the environment, economies and the day-to-day lives of all people worldwide, it has become imperative for the United Nations to address the issue of climate change with a view toward finding transformational solutions.
(By Lucien Rajakarunanayake)This year marks the 1604th anniversary of the visit to Sri Lanka by the itinerant Buddhist monk the Ven. Fa-Hien (also known as Faxian), after Bhikku Dhammayana took the first Buddha Statue from Sri Lanka to China. This visit is considered the beginning of an important stage in the spread of Buddhist teaching from Sri Lanka to other parts of Asia. It is also regarded as the oldest recorded link between Sri Lanka and China.