Collective political commitment, a must for welfare of fisheries
sector - President
The keynote address by President Mahinda
Rajapaksa at the Asian Regional Ministerial Meeting on Aquaculture
for Food Security, Nutrition and Economic Development in Colombo
last week We are privileged to host this ministerial meeting at a
time when we examine the opportunities and challenges to food
security in our region and the world, and realise the potential
benefits from effective aquaculture development in our region.
UN misled on Channel 4 video
The Channel 4 video on Sri Lanka is an elaborate
hoax that was propagated two years ago with a few minutes of video.
For the record Ch4 said it cannot vouch for the authenticity of the
video, but somehow its message was that the whole scenario did
happen and the footage was filmed using a mobile phone. When I
analysed the video, I said it never came from a mobile phone and the
quality of motion vectors was high. Also, the video has cinema drop
frame data, indicating it was filmed with a ‘cinema film camera’ and
never came from a mobile phone or a normal video camera.
Annual National Farmers’ Week in Vavuniya:
Focus on Northern farmers
The paddy production in 2010 was 2.92 MT which
exceeded the country’s annual requirement. The production of
essential food items has sharply increased during the past few years
due to the agriculture-friendly policies of the present government,
said Agriculture Ministry Secretary K.E. Karunatileke. In an
interview with Sunday Observer on the “6th National Farmers Week” to
be held in Vavuniya from August 1 to 5.
First phase opens in August
The much awaited first stage of the
Colombo-Matara Expressway up to Galle would be opened next month,
enabling a driver from Colombo to reach Galle in less than one hour.
Though the condition of Sri Lanka’s roads is much better than they
were earlier, a highway was a crying need since over 100,000 new
vehicles join the road each year. Slow driving and traffic jams
result in time and fuel waste, pollution and more accidents. It also
drives away investors and with high fuel cost, product costs too
increase. Studies have shown that 46,000 vehicles pass through this
road at Moratuwa, 20,000 at Kalutara and 9,000 at Matara. These
numbers would increase at a rate of six to 10 percent annually.