Jaffna, Sri Lanka | AFP | Wednesday 8/31/2016 - 07:20 GMT
by Amal JAYASINGHE
Joseph Rasanayagam jumped on his bicycle as soon as he heard rumours the army would be handing back his ancestral land in Sri Lanka's battle-scarred north to mark a visit by the United Nations chief.
But when the 59-year-old fisherman arrived at a major military compound in Jaffna, soldiers turned him away -- dashing his hopes of finally returning home.
by Amantha Perera | @AmanthaP | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Tuesday, 30 August 2016 07:34 GMT
Right now, "there is no uniform system to calculate losses, which is hampering disaster planning measures"
By Amantha Perera
ARANAYAKE, Sri Lanka, Aug 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sri Lanka is planning to begin testing its first web-based disaster damage and loss reporting system by the end of the year, authorities say.
The United Nations Population Fund Sri Lanka together with Search for Common Ground convened an event to launch a Road Map for the practical application of UN Security Council Resolution 2250, on Youth, Peace and Security. Sri Lanka thus became the first country to launch such a road map on UNSCR2250 subsequent to its unanimous adoption in December 2015.
Health authorities have reported 37, 500 dengue patients, 52 dengue deaths up to August 2016.
Considering the situation, Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senarathne has instructed the officials to continuously conduct the dengue prevention programs and one program was held from Friday (26) to today (29).
World Health Organization (WHO) has donated four mobile hospitals and medical equipments worth Rs.80 million to the Ministry of Health.
During the flood season in May 2016, which affected 22 districts, WHO has donated medical equipment to the Health Ministry, that are essential in sudden disaster situations. The new donation worth Rs. 80 million has been donated to Sri Lanka in addition to that.
52 sets of equipment for women and child health clinics, 50 fumigation machines, and three boats were also donated.
By Amantha Perera
MANNAR, Aug 24 2016 (IPS) - As Sri Lanka readies to begin the grim task of searching for thousands of war missing, those doing the tracing on the ground say that they still face intimidation and threats while doing their work.
The government will set up the Office for Missing Persons (OMP) by October following its ratification in parliament earlier this month. The office, the first of its kind, is expected to coordinate a nationwide tracing programme.
Under the direct supervision of the Security Force Headquarters - Jaffna (SFHQ-J), Army troops together with ex-LTTE combatants and beneficiaries are presently engage in construction work of new houses in Keeramalai area to resettle 971 displaced families who are presently accommodated in 31 relief centers in Jaffna peninsula.
Sri Lanka Army's Mine Detection Dog (MDD) Alvin and handler, Lance Corporal G.N.W.M Nawarathne of 7 Field Engineer Regiment, Sri Lanka Engineers (SLE) has been selected by the US-based Marshall Legacy Institute (MLI) as the MLI's 'Team of the Year - 2016' to receive the MDD Award of the Year - 2016 during the 'Clearing the Path' gala celebration on 26 October 2016 in Washington, DC.
Food security concerns for large numbers of people in several Asian countries following severe localized monsoon floods
"World Humanitarian Day is an annual reminder of the need to act to alleviate the suffering. It is also an occasion to honour the humanitarian workers and volunteers toiling on the frontlines of crises. I pay tribute to these dedicated women and men who brave danger to help others at far greater risk." - UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon
The report summarizes the technical content of the workshop, highlights key principles, lessons and way forward. The workshop was jointly organized by UNICEF and the SUN Movement Secretariat, aimed to accelerate the efforts of Asian countries in the SUN movement to increase the dialogue and alignment among sectors by reporting on multi-sectoral nutrition budgets and costs of multi-sectoral nutrition plans, addressing the issue of decentralized public finance, and contributing to making the investment case for nutrition.
In January this year, the ICRC shared with government authorities a comprehensive report with the findings of an assessment on the needs of families of missing people, together with recommendations on how to address these needs. The ICRC intends to make available soon, a public version of the report. The assessment was carried out between October 2014 and November 2015 in all districts of Sri Lanka, and involved individual interviews and focus group discussions with 395 families, including those of missing soldiers and policemen.
IDPs in the welfare centers will be resettled soon.There are 31 Welfare Centers in Jaffna District with 936 families and one Welfare Centre in Poonthoddam, Vavuniya with 97 families.
General inflation in the region in June was estimated at 3.9 percent, and food inflation was 4.9 percent.
Sri Lanka recorded the highest monthly food price increase in the Asia-Pacific region in June, with a rise of 4.3 percent compared to May.
Afghanistan reported higher prices for wheat flour (high and low quality) and rice (low quality) compared to a month and a year ago.
WFP and the Government of Sri Lanka signed a Letter of Understanding to provide food assistance to victims of Cyclone Roanu through cash-based transfers using the Devineguma Community Based Banking Network.
Current funding is sufficient to secure food for 18,968 victims of Cyclone Roanu.
Sydney, Australia | AFP | Wednesday 8/17/2016 - 03:34 GMT | 322 words
Australia has returned home six Sri Lankans which it said were onboard a "people smuggling boat" after intercepting it at sea, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said Wednesday.
Under 'Operation Sovereign Borders' asylum-seekers trying to reach Australia by boat are either sent back to where they departed from or transferred to remote Pacific island camps.
En el momento en el que más grandes crisis humanas se registran desde la II Guerra Mundial, el número de ataques a profesionales humanitarios sigue siendo inaceptable: 127 profesionales humanitarios han perdido la vida en el primer semestre de 2016, entre ellos un trabajador de Acción contra el Hambre en Juba
Sudán del Sur, República Centroafricana y Afganistán se encuentran entre los países más peligrosos para la ayuda humanitaria
The objective of the report is to raise awareness of the fiscal impacts that natural disasters have on the budget of the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL). It is envisioned to be used as a planning tool for the potential development of a comprehensive disaster risk financing and insurance (DRFI) strategy that would equip the Ministry of Finance (MoF) with additional instruments to manage the contingent liability posed by disasters.
Alors que des soldats de la paix, des fonctionnaires de police, des entrepreneurs du secteur privé et d’autres membres de la communauté internationale étaient déployés en Bosnie-Herzégovine et au Kosovo sous administration des Nations Unies (résolution 1244 du Conseil de sécurité) pendant les guerres qui ont sévi dans les Balkans occidentaux de 1992 à 1999, la prostitution, qui était un commerce local à petite échelle entre les mains de réseaux criminels organisés, est devenue une industrie florissante.