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04 Sep 2015 description

Highlights

  • The pace of general and food inflation in the region in June was estimated at 2.5 and 2.4 percent, respectively.

  • Prices for limes in the Philippines and Thailand fell by 5.3 percent and 53.5 percent, respectively, in June, but rose by 10.6 percent in Sri Lanka. z Prices for fresh vegetables in China have been fluctuating less on the season’s more plentiful supplies, except for tomato and kidney beans.

04 Sep 2015 description

The majority of dengue deaths were due to patients not seeking prompt medical treatment, Health Services Director General Dr. Palitha Mahipala said.

He said health authorities who investigated dengue deaths in Sri Lanka found that the majority of dengue deaths were due to patients not seeking prompt medical treatment.

He said a person with fever for more than two days should take prompt medical treatment from a state hospital.

04 Sep 2015 description

President Maithripala Sirisena says, as a government he expects to initiate a project within next two years to supply purified water to the people in the areas where there is a threat of spreading kidney diseases. The President made these remarks at a ceremony to offer a water filter which has the capacity of filtering 24000 liters per day for kidney patients at Sudarshanarama Temple in Thalakolawewa, Medirigiriya yesterday (Sep. 03).

02 Sep 2015 description
report IRIN

UNNICHCHI, Sri Lanka, 2 September 2015 (IRIN) - Thavarasa Utharai says she isn’t exactly sure where Geneva is, but she is anxiously awaiting a report soon to be made public in the Swiss city that is expected to expose war crimes committed during Sri Lanka’s civil war.

After acceding to the Sri Lankan government’s request to delay the report by six months, the Geneva-based United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights is scheduled to finally release the results of its investigation within the next two weeks.

01 Sep 2015 description

August 2015 – Trends

  • Deteriorated situations

Afghanistan, Burundi, Central African Republic, Colombia/Venezuela, Guatemala, Kashmir, Lebanon, Nepal, Yemen

  • Improved situations

Guinea, South Sudan, Sri Lanka

September 2015 – Watchlist

  • Conflict risk alerts

Colombia/Venezuela, Guatemala, Iraq, Nepal, Yemen

  • Conflict resolution opportunities

    South Sudan

01 Sep 2015 description

Several small tanks and reservoirs within the Northern Province are facing the risk of drying up as a result of the prevailing drought. The Northern polity secures their water requirements for daily activities from tanks and reservoirs.

Following the drought conditions, the water resources are drying up severely impacting people as well as animals. Even cattle are seen travelling long distances in search of water.

The Northern residents claims that even large reservoirs may go dry if these climatic conditions persist.

01 Sep 2015 description

Action has been initiated to provide dry rations for families affected as a result of the cyclone which lashed the Karangawa area in Ampara.

Ampara District Secretary P. Wanigasinghe said that information is being gathered on the houses that have been hindered by the cyclone.It is reported that about 26 houses were impacted following the cyclone which lashed the Karangawa area in Ampara Sunday afternoon.

01 Sep 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • At least 5,000 refugees and migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh found themselves stranded at sea in May, when the people smugglers and ship crews who had promised to take them to Malaysia abandoned them en masse in the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea. An additional 1,000 people who were thought to be at sea in May and remain unaccounted for may have unofficially disembarked without the knowledge of authorities.

31 Aug 2015 description

New school facilities are helping nearly 7,000 children from the Kilinochchi District in the northern region of Sri Lanka access education services in a safe and child friendly environment.

Kilinochchi was one of the districts that was worst affected by decades of conflict, which destroyed already sparse school buildings and weakened local education infrastructure.

31 Aug 2015 description
report Inter Press Service

By Amantha Perera

JAFFNA, Sri Lanka, Aug 30 2015 (IPS) - The new Sri Lankan government that was voted in on Aug. 17 certainly didn’t inherit as much baggage as its predecessors did during the nearly 30 years of conflict that gripped this South Asian island nation.

29 Aug 2015 description

The United States has agreed to grant US$ 3.2 million for the development of schools in the Eastern Province.

The signing of the agreement took place under the patronage of Eastern Province Governor Austin Fernando at his office Friday.

David Christine of the U.S. Embassy in Colombo and Chief Secretary of the Eastern Province Sarath Abeygunawardena signed the agreement in the presence of Representatives of the U.S. State Department.

28 Aug 2015 description

The District Disaster Management Units are in the process of sorting out the drinking water problems of the people impacted by the dry climatic conditions.

28 Aug 2015 description

The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka has unveiled a programme of addressing human rights issues at the regional level. The aim of this programme is to sort out complaints through regional committees before they reach the Commission.

The first stage of establishing these Committees was launched in the Ampara District. The Committees comprise state officials as well as Civil Committee officers.

26 Aug 2015 description

As President Sirisena said last Saturday at a land-return ceremony in Sampur, Trincomalee, Sri Lanka’s efforts has attracted support from the international community. The United States joined other international donors and will provide $1 million to support resettlement efforts in Sampur as part of its continuing commitment to strengthen Sri Lanka’s peace and development.