Five plastic-based products banned from use in Sri Lanka from today
The Ministry of Environment has taken steps to ban the production of five types of plastic and polythene-related products for local use from yesterday (31).
Accordingly, disposable polythene and plastic, PET bottles (PolyEthylene Terephthalate), lunch sheets less than 20 microns, sachet packets (non-food and non-pharmaceutical), cotton buds (non-medical), and air-filled plastic toys are included in this.
Addressing a media briefing held at the Ministry of Environment on the 29th, the Minister of Environment Mahinda Amaraweera stated that the production of the aforementioned plastic and polythene products for local use has been banned from today (31).
The Minister mentioned that considering the requests made by several companies, the relevant products which have already been manufactured will be given a period of three months to be marketed and no restrictions have been imposed on the export of these products.
He said the companies were entirely local and some manufacturers were aware of the ban but had even imported and installed new equipment. Nevertheless, the Minister said that one of the companies had decided to send the newly imported equipment back to the country of import.
However, the manufacture of the said products in Sri Lanka will be banned from today and the aforementioned items which are currently on sale in the shops can be sold during the given period of time and such shops will not be inspected. The Central Environmental Authority (CEA) will occasionally inspect the production factories to see if they are manufactured for local use.
SLAF provides welfare measures to Diulwewa residents
The Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) under its welfare community programme officially handed over a drinking water project to the Diulwewa residents recently. The event was organized under the series of “Guwan Mithudam” projects of the SLAF Seva Vanitha Unit along with SLAF Station Morawewa in view of strengthening those in need.
According to the SLAF, the Morawewa Yayahaya Vidyalaya at Diulwewa was renovated and gift packs have been distributed among the school children. The occasion was graced by the Chairperson of the SLAF Seva Vanitha Unit, Charmini Pathirana, as the Chief Guest.
Members of SLAF Seva Vanitha Unit, the Commanding Officer of SLAF Station Morawewa, Officers and Other Ranks participated in the occasion.
“Matha Project” commences – 20 million saplings from Colombo to Jaffna to be planted
Joining the tree plantation program held at Viharamahadevi Park on 30th March, Minister of Youth & Sports, Namal Rajapaksa asserted that currently, environmental protection is timely and relevant in Sri Lanka and it is a social responsibility to support in this regard.
In parallel to this program which was inaugurated at the Viharamahadevi Park, planting 20 million saplings will be started in Sri Lanka from Colombo to Jaffna over 11 days.
Environmental enthusiasts will take part in an 11-day tree planting cycle safari from Colombo to Jaffna which will conclude on 9 April. The next stage of the tree planting cycle safari will commence thereafter in the rest of Sri Lanka.
This significant program is organized by the Matha Foundation initiated by Ven. Athuruliye Rathana Thero.
Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thero, Minister Namal Rajapaksa, Minister Bandula Gunawardena, member of Matha Foundation Dilantha Malagamuwa, actor Roshan Ranawana were present at the inauguration.
Ceremonial Inauguration of “Deduru Oya Power Plant” scheduled for tomorrow
The ceremonial inauguration of Deduru Oya Power Plant is scheduled for tomorrow (01) at 10.00 am at the Deduru Oya Reservoir premises in Katuwannawa, Minuwangate, Padeniya.
This power plant has a capacity of 1300 KW.
The State Minister of Solar Power, Wind and Hydro Power Generation Projects Development, Duminda Dissanayake, Minister of Irrigation and State Minister of National Security & Disaster Management, Chamal Rajapaksa, and Minister of Power, Dallas Alahapperuma will be present at this occasion.
No mass gatherings allowed during the festive season – public asked to follow the existing Covid – 19 guidelines
State Minister of Primary Health Care, Epidemics and COVID Disease Control, Sudarshini Fernandopulle stated that the Health Ministry does not allow any kinds of mass gatherings during the festive season and the public is asked to follow the existing Covid – 19 guidelines.
The State Minister further said, although the number of Covid-19 infected has been reduced to a certain extent, existing Covid-19 restrictions will be in effect as there is a risk of an increase in the spread of the virus following the festive season.
Pinpointing the emergence of the third wave in several countries, the State Minister emphasized that the precautionary measures taken would be maintained and the rules would not be tightened any further.
The Parliamentary Sub-Committee to formulate ”Law”as a subject in the school curriculum to Submit Report in Two Months
The Parliamentary Sub-Committee appointed to formulate a methodology in order to include ‘Law’ as a subject in the school curriculum has decided to submit its report to the Consultative Committee in two months.
Meanwhile, the Committee unanimously appointed Hon. State Minister Susil Premajayantha as the Chairman of the Committee.
This sub-committee was appointed at a special joint meeting of the Ministerial Consultative Committee on Education and Justice for the purpose of formulating a mechanism to incorporate ‘Law’ as a subject into the school curriculum.
At the first Parliamentary Sub-Committee meeting which was Chaired by Hon. State Minister Susil Premajayantha, upon the agreement of all Committee members, declared opened the proceedings of the Committee to the media. The Committee was also of the view that proposals from the public should be obtained in this regard and a mechanism to facilitate such public proposals should be established.
A technical committee consisting of representatives from the Ministry of Education and the State Ministry of Educational Reforms, National Institute of Education,
Ministry of Justice and Bar Association of Sri Lanka was also appointed for the purpose of assisting the committee and formulating a report on this regard.
It was also decided not introduce ‘Law’ as a one subject but to include it systematically to the curriculum and also to explore the experience of the other countries having in educating Law to the school children
MPs and Committee members Hon. Rauf Hakeem, S. Shritharan, Weerasumana Weerasinghe, Sagara Kariyawasam, Amarakeerthi Athukorala, Diana Gamage, Major Sudarshana Denipitiya, officials representing the National Institute of Education, Ministry of Justice, Bar Association of Sri Lanka were present at the meeting held.
Young Yannik outshines all, Indrajith Fernando grabs Masters
Indrajith Fernando won the Royal Colombo Golf Club Masters 2021, with a nett score of 67, closely followed by Lal Rupasinghe, who had a score of 70.
The Senior Division was won by Roy Anthony, with Rienzie Fernando coming in second. In the Ladies event, veteran golfer Anouk Chitty edged out youngster Kayla Perera to come away with the championship.
Fifteen-year-old golfing sensation Yannik Kumara humbled all veteran golfers when he grabbed the Overall Winners award at the 114th Captains Cup which took place last weekend at the Royal Colombo Golf Club (RCGC) Course – Borella. In fact, Yannik won the same event in 2018, when he had just turned 12. Read More
Vietnam to support Sri Lanka on investment and trade promotion
The newly appointed Ambassador of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam Ho Thi Thanh Truc presented her credentials to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the President’s House on Tuesday (30).
President Rajapaksa and the new Vietnamese Ambassador then exchanged views on the current bilateral relations and the future development cooperation.
Offering congratulations from the Vietnamese government and people to the President, Ms. Thee Thane Truck said that Vietnam has given top priority to relations with Sri Lanka. Read More
A National Action Plan for healthcare waste management in Sri Lanka
Empowering health care sector towards the sustainable management of waste
Sri Lanka generates 7,000 Metric Tonnes (MT) of waste daily, of which only half of the total is collected and 60% (4,200 MT) comes from the Western Province, posing severe pollution risks; to the environment, communities and those who handle waste. Read More