Peacocks’ tragic dance of death on expressway Drawn to cleared roadsites, the beautiful birds are falling victim to predators of steel Huge warning boards recently erected at the Matara end of the Southern Expressway carry an unusual caution: “Danger – Peacocks Ahead”. Large warning board on Southern Expressway near Matara (C) Sajeewanie Kodippili “After the Galle-Matara stretch of the Southern Expressway opened in March we found ...

Peacocks’ tragic dance of death on expressway Drawn to cleared roadsites, the beautiful birds are falling victim to predators of steel Huge warning boards recently erected at the Matara end of the Southern Expressway carry an unusual caution: “Danger – Peacocks Ahead”.  Large warning board on Southern Expressway near Matara (C) Sajeewanie Kodippili “After the Galle-Matara stretch of the Southern Expressway opened in March we found ...

Commando four-wheel rally upsets environmentalists but Army is gung-ho A four-wheel-drive motor rally organised along east coast early next month has raised concerns among environmentalists. Commando 4×4, the six-day rally planned to start on August 4, is being organised by the Commando Regiment under its “Experience Sri Lanka with Commandos” project. The rally will start from Point Pedro in Jaffna, ending at the Commando Regiment Training school at Uva ...

Commando four-wheel rally upsets environmentalists but Army is gung-ho A four-wheel-drive motor rally organised along east coast early next month has raised concerns among environmentalists. Commando 4×4, the six-day rally planned to start on August 4, is being organised by the Commando Regiment under its “Experience Sri Lanka with Commandos” project. The rally will start from Point Pedro in Jaffna, ending at the Commando Regiment Training school at Uva ...

Young Lankan scientist makes life-saving snakebite discovery A landmark discovery by a Sri Lankan scientist could save thousands of lives lost through snakebite the world over. A snakebite victim’s life often hangs in the balance in the minutes during which doctors watch for symptoms of poisoning before injecting the person with anti-venom as the remedy itself could cause severe allergic reactions that can cause immediate death. Not every snakebite ...

Young Lankan scientist makes life-saving snakebite discovery A landmark discovery by a Sri Lankan scientist could save thousands of lives lost through snakebite the world over. A snakebite victim’s life often hangs in the balance in the minutes during which doctors watch for symptoms of poisoning before injecting the person with anti-venom as the remedy itself could cause severe allergic reactions that can cause immediate death. Not every snakebite ...

Beaming in from space on ‘silent killer’ drought Lanka to benefit from Indo-Chinese satellite aid  Sri Lanka has been selected as the first regional country along with Cambodia to benefit from space technology in early predictions of drought – and political rivals India and China are co-operating with the United Nations to develop the mechanism. News of the initiative came from a two-day forum on Space Technology Applications ...

Beaming in from space on ‘silent killer’ drought Lanka to benefit from Indo-Chinese satellite aid  Sri Lanka has been selected as the first regional country along with Cambodia to benefit from space technology in early predictions of drought – and political rivals India and China are co-operating with the United Nations to develop the mechanism. News of the initiative came from a two-day forum on Space Technology Applications ...

Lanka pinpointed as winner if reefs conserved An Acropora coral about 6 inches regrowing on Artificial Concrete Coral Structure (c) Arjan Rajasuriya Stronger storms, rising seas and flooding are placing hundreds of millions of people at risk around the world – in Sri Lanka and other countries a major part of the solution lies off-shore, according to a new study that finds coral reefs reduce wave energy ...

Lanka pinpointed as winner if reefs conserved An Acropora coral about 6 inches regrowing on Artificial Concrete Coral Structure (c) Arjan Rajasuriya Stronger storms, rising seas and flooding are placing hundreds of millions of people at risk around the world – in Sri Lanka and other countries a major part of the solution lies off-shore, according to a new study that finds coral reefs reduce wave energy ...

Captive elephants helpless against TB spread Experts fear there could be an outbreak of tuberculosis among captive elephants if quick action is not taken.As elephants in Dehiwala Zoo show signs of TB the zoo authorities have stopped the popular elephant performances.Zoo director Anura de Silva told The Sunday Times that five out of the zoo’s 10 elephants have tested positive in a preliminary TB anti-body test ...

Captive elephants helpless against TB spread Experts fear there could be an outbreak of tuberculosis among captive elephants if quick action is not taken.As elephants in Dehiwala Zoo show signs of TB the zoo authorities have stopped the popular elephant performances.Zoo director Anura de Silva told The Sunday Times that five out of the zoo’s 10 elephants have tested positive in a preliminary TB anti-body test ...

All in the family Ajantha Palihawadana’s new Orchid varieties are named after his wife and children Walking into his garden in early January to start watering his collection of orchids, breeder and researcher Ajantha Palihawadana noticed some flowers that looked different amidst the Dendrobiums. He quickly checked the plant tag and referred his hybridisation notes to realise that the flowering plant was a ...

All in the family Ajantha Palihawadana’s new Orchid varieties are named after his wife and children Walking into his garden in early January to start watering his collection of orchids, breeder and researcher Ajantha Palihawadana noticed some flowers that looked different amidst the Dendrobiums. He quickly checked the plant tag and referred his hybridisation notes to realise that the flowering plant was a ...

WATER – A forgotten lifeline of Avurudu Today, is the traditional New Year of Sri Lanka (celebrated mainly by Sinhalese and Tamils – hence’ Aluth Avurudu’ as it called in Sinhala). Except for the song of the Koel – all the other Nature’s symbols of Avurudu including the crimson blossoms of Erabadu, ripen Kadju Puhulam, Olinda and Panchi games are now getting a rare sight. Likewise traditions related ...

WATER – A forgotten lifeline of Avurudu Today, is the traditional New Year of Sri Lanka (celebrated mainly by Sinhalese and Tamils – hence’ Aluth Avurudu’ as it called in Sinhala). Except for the song of the Koel – all the other Nature’s symbols of Avurudu including the crimson blossoms of Erabadu, ripen Kadju Puhulam, Olinda and Panchi games are now getting a rare sight. Likewise traditions related ...

Experts warn: Avert conflicts over water-energy-food nexus Water for food is a core issue that can no longer be tackled through a narrow sectorial approach, a major international conference held in Colombo last week was told. Nearly 500 experts from 40 countries participated in the three-day Fifth International Conference on Water Resources and Hydropower Development in Asia at the BMICH. Addressing the summit, senior minister Dr.Sarath Amunugama said native ...

Experts warn: Avert conflicts over water-energy-food nexus Water for food is a core issue that can no longer be tackled through a narrow sectorial approach, a major international conference held in Colombo last week was told. Nearly 500 experts from 40 countries participated in the three-day Fifth International Conference on Water Resources and Hydropower Development in Asia at the BMICH. Addressing the summit, senior minister Dr.Sarath Amunugama said native ...

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