Excessive use of pesticides and chemicals in agricultural activities has resulted in the deterioration of the quality of water in the water resources which has adversely affected for the existence of humans and animal lives.
Mr. Udaya R. Seneviratne assumed duties as Secretary to the President this afternoon at the Presidential Secretariat, the President’s Media Division (PMD) said. A Senior Civil Servant with more than 26 years of service, he has served in various capacities in government ministries and departments.
Hearings of the first Anti-Corruption High Court will commence at Courtroom-1 of the Colombo High Court next week, Justice Minister Thalatha Athukorale informed the House yesterday.“ The commencement of the new Anti-Corruption High Court was initially due on July 4, 2018 as instructed by the Chief Justice. However, it was postponed due to a logistical problem,” Minister Athukorale also said.
Cabinet approval was granted this week to obtain a Japanese Yen 100 billion loan to complete the Section 3 of the Central Expressway (CEP). Section 3 consists of 32.5km from Pothuhera to Galagedara and the Cabinet paper noted that it had been arranged as an Engineering Procurement Contract (EPC) of Japanese contractors under Japanese banks’ financing.
Sri Lanka has come a long way since voters in 2015 rejected the corruption, strife and repression of the past and threw their support behind a reform, reconciliation and accountability agenda, incoming US Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives Alaina Teplitz said.
International Editor of The New York Times Michael Slackman says that If Mr. Rajapaksa takes issue with Times reporting, we have encouraged him to contact senior editors at The New York Times rather than intimidating Sri Lankan journalists.
Major public holidays in Sri Lanka will fall on Saturdays and Sundays next year, a gazette notice issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs says. According to the gazette notice issued on June 29, 2018, the National New Year falls on a weekend -- April 13 is a Saturday and April 14 a Sunday. Vesak Full Moon Poya Day and the day following fall on May 18 a Saturday and May 19 a Sunday.