Civil society groups demand quick action :
The countryís political sphere and its developments were eclipsed by a massive
natural disaster this week, which rendered over 200,000 people temporarily
homeless, leaving nearly 60 dead and hundreds missing.
This was the largest natural disaster to hit the country after the tsunami,
which rocked the nation nearly 12 years ago.
In this weekend of Vesak in which this feline cast aside her cattiness and
pettiness and devoted one day and night to the observance of the eight precepts,
spent time pondering on the vows she had taken to avoid eight situations.While doing this, she could not but help sneering and even snarling in a
discreet manner at the way the vows are broken by so many and with so much
carefree abandon and donít-care-two-hoots sort of way.
Disaster Management Minister, Anura Priyadharshana Yapa said they are now trying
to amend the National Building Research Organisation (NBRO) Act and insert a
condition that, in future, prior to constructing a house or building NBRO
approval should be obtained. However, we donít want the people inconvenienced,
either. We propose to give a time frame for the NBRO and request them to issue
the certificate within four weeks.