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President Maithripala Sirisena comforts a victim of the landslide at Aranayaka


Civil society groups demand quick action :

Cabinet defers paper on anti-corruption delays

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.

 

Catís eye

The Eight Precepts, five of which are broken by most

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.

 

A catastrophe calling for new strategies

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.


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