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September
2017

BCIS INITIATES “BLUE ECONOMY, DISCUSSIONS

“Oceans and Ocean based Economy”, these topics have been becoming increasingly important topics of international community due to the higher economic significance of ocean and its resources. Within these circumstances, The Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies(BCIS), organized a seminar on “Blue Economy” on 31st of August 2017 at BCIS auditorium.According to BCIS, this was the first seminar related with that subject, was held in Sri Lanka. This seminar highlighted the potential of blue economy and strategic perspectives in Sri Lanka.

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27
September
2017

Heavy Rain Continues

One spill gate opened in Kukuleganga reservoir, people need to be alert in Bulathsinhala, Agalawatta, Madurawala, Ingiriya and downstream areas in Kukulegaga.

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September
2017

Least Developed Countries Group Push for Decisive Climate Action at United Nations General Assembly

As the UN General Assembly convenes in New York, the Least Developed Countries (LDC) Group calls on heads of state and government to reaffirm their pledge to tackle climate change by committing to fair and concrete climate solutions that will protect all people and the planet. The theme of this year's UN General Assembly debate - 'Focusing on People: Striving for Peace and a Decent Life for All on a Sustainable Planet' - is a timely and vital reminder of the importance of safeguarding a liveable world for ourselves and future generations.

 
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September
2017

6.1 Magnitude tremors hit east coast of Japan

According to US Geological Survey an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 has been detected off the coast of Japan. The earthquake struck about 175 miles south east of Kamaishi, and around 200 miles east of Fukushima.

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September
2017

Strong winds along the coastal line

Met Department states that strong winds could experience in the coastal areas within the next 72 Hours.  Heavy showers will occur at times in the Bay of Bengal to the north-east and east of the island.

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20
September
2017

More than 200 reported killed in Mexico earthquake

According to reports 216 bodies been recovered so far from 7.1-magnitude earthquake which struck Mexico on Tuesday, 21 confirmed to be children under age of 10 years. Local media reports said soldiers had administered oxygen to one trapped child through a tube.

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September
2017

President Presents Environmental Excellence Awards: Towards Creating Environmentally Friendly Future

The Environmental Pioneer President Medal Awarding Ceremony was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the President House, recently.

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Local News

November 11, 2017 - Blue Green Budget 2018 - Sri Lanka
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October 16, 2017 - Keep a Sapling like a Girl - Says President
Pic by Iran Lokugamage “keep and protect a sapling which is planted by you, like a way you keep and protect a little girl with love and compassion from her birth to young age. That was why we started the reforestation project –Vana Roopa(planting program) on the International Day of girl Chil...more
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August 17, 2017 - Priority Bus lanes to ease traffic congestion in the streets of Colombo
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July 12, 2017 - Use of polythene, rigifoam, shopping bags banned
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June 26, 2017 - Statement issued by UNIC Colombo on Newly appointed UN Youth Envoy
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