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03 Jul 2015 description

During the last 6 months of the year 2015, 16236 suspected dengue cases have been reported to the Epidemiology Unit from all over the island.

Approximately 47.61% of dengue cases were reported from the Western province. The highest numbers of dengue cases were reported during the fourth week of 2015.

This situation warrants regular removal of possible mosquito breeding sites from the environment and it is also important to seek medical attention in the event of fever by day three of the illness, the Epidemiology Unit informs.

01 Jul 2015 description

IDMC's discussion paper provides an updated estimate of the number of IDPs in Sri Lanka, examines the dynamics of protracted displacement in the country and assesses current challenges and prospects for durable solutions.

01 Jul 2015 description
report World Bank

WASHINGTON, June 26, 2015— The World Bank Board has approved a $165 million credit for Sri Lanka to increase access to piped water services and improved sanitation in the Mullaithivu, Kilinochchi, Nuwara Eliya, Badulla, Monoregala, Kegalle and Ratnapura Districts.

Around 450,000 people are expected to benefit under the project from improved access to safe piped water, contributing to the Government’s national target of increasing piped water coverage from the current 45 percent to 60 percent by 2020.

30 Jun 2015 description

Highlights

  • The pace of general and food inflation in the region slowed in May increasing 2.7 and 2.5 percent, respectively.

  • In Afghanistan, greater internal displacements of food insecure populations are expected in the coming winter because of insufficient food availability and barriers to food access.

  • Stabilization policy efforts in India continue to mitigate the price volatility of vegetables, in particular for onion and potato.

28 Jun 2015 description
report Inter Press Service

By Amantha Perera

JAFFNA, Sri Lanka, Jun 26 2015 (IPS) - It is an oasis from the scorching heat outside. The three-storey, centrally air-conditioned Cargills Square, a major mall in Sri Lanka’s northern Jaffna town, is the latest hangout spot in the former warzone, where everyone from teenagers to families to off-duty military officers converge.

26 Jun 2015 description

A Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission on the occasion of the international day in support of victims of torturen

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has over the past 15 years documented close to 3,000 cases of torture from Asia. Most of these cases are reported through AHRC's Urgent Appeals Programme by partner organisations working in Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, China, Philippines, and Thailand.

25 Jun 2015 description

Colombo, Sri Lanka | AFP | Thursday 6/25/2015 - 14:12 GMT

A Sri Lankan court on Thursday handed the death sentence to a soldier convicted of slitting the throats of eight Tamil civilians, including four children, during the island's separatist war.

Sergeant Sunil Ratnayake was ordered hanged over the massacre in 2000 of the ethnic minority Tamils who had returned to their bombed out homes on the northern Jaffna peninsula to try to salvage their belongings.

25 Jun 2015 description

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a loan of $453 million to help Sri Lanka complete its ongoing drive to deliver surplus water from the Mahaweli river basin to its dry zone, where scarce supplies undermine agricultural output and household incomes.

24 Jun 2015 description

A batch of 46 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees, who were staying in camps across the State for several years, returned to their country from the Tiruchi airport on Tuesday. This the second batch of refugees returning home in a span of one-and-half months from India. The refugees, including 18 women had been, staying in camps located at Tiruchi, Pudukottai, Salem, Ramanathapuram, Virudhunagar, Tuticorin and Sivaganga districts.