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Sri Lanka launches countrywide E-waste collection project

ECONOMYNEXT- Post offices around the country will collect E-waste starting from October 5 to October 11 to prevent harmful materials being released to the environment by recycling the discarded electronic devices.

Minister of Environment Mahinda Amaraweera told reporters yesterday that the programme will be launched under the theme “A country that breaths, Sri Lanka without E-waste,” to coincide with Postal Day.

E-waste will be collected from all 653 main post offices around the country starting from October 5 to October 11 from 8 am to 5 pm.

Amaraweera said that the Ministry has understood that the harm done by E-waste to the environment is higher than by other types of waste because there are no proper methods to effectively recycle this type of waste in Sri Lanka.

Amaraweera said E-waste poses the risk of releasing dangerous materials such as Lead, Mercury, Cadmium and Arsenic which are harmful to the environment.

Moreover, he said that there is a rapid increase of E-waste in the country in recent years as more and more people are using and disposing of electronic devices.

He added that in the case of mobile phones users discard their old phones as the latest model comes on the market.

“There are more mobile phones than people in the country. No one has an idea of what is happening to the discards,” he said

The Minister said that the government expects to recycle some of the E-waste materials such as Iron, Aluminium and plastic which could be recycled in the country, while other materials which cannot be dealt with in the country will be sent overseas.

The recycling process within the country will be given to institutions which are registered under the Central Environmental Authority (CEA) which will also supervise the process.

The items that will be collected at the main post offices are as follows:

TV, Cassettes and radio, fans, desktop and laptop computers, mobile phones and accessories, fixed telephones, fax machines, grinders, blenders, toners, rice cookers, printers, batteries, air conditioners, washing machines, CD and DVDs, DVD players, electric kettles, electric heaters, electric stoves, electronic sports items, electronic exercise machines, CFL machines, CRT monitors and other electronic devices.

The items which will not be collected are:
Refrigerators, tube lights, electronic devices which have been broken to parts or devices where internal parts are removed, devices covered in sand and mud, large scale E-waste from industries and shops. (Colombo/Sept30)

Reported by Imesh Ranasinghe

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Sri Lanka has power breakdowns amidst extreme weather

ECONOMYNEXT – The state-owned power utility, the Ceylon Electricity Board has reported over 36,900 breakdowns resulting in power interruptions to more than 300,000 consumers in the last three days due to inclement weather in the island, the power minister said.

“Additional service staff has been assigned to attend the breakdowns and the CEB management & service staff are working 24 hours to restore power to the affected consumers,” Minister of Power and Energy, Kanchana Wijesekera said on social media platform X (twitter).

Wijesekera said consumers could report power interruptions through the CEB hotline 1987, via SMS to 1987 with BD and the electricity consumer number to follow, or use the CEB Care app, or through http://cebcare.ceb.lk.

The South-East monsoon has seen floods, landslides and strong winds do damage to the utility provider’s infrastructure in the last week. (Colombo/May23?2024)

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Sri Lanka President calls for unity, sacrificing for a better tomorrow on Vesak day

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka President Ranil Wickremesinghe has recalled a sermon from the Buddha about sacrificing for a better tomorrow, and called for unity to heal and rebuild the country, as Buddhists celebrate Vesak.

Buddhists celebrate Vesak as commemorating the birth, enlightenment and passing away of the Buddha.

“At this challenging moment, we as a nation should cultivate the same great zeal for enlightenment that Buddha exemplified, inspired by his sermon, “Maththasukha parichchaga- passé che vipulan sukhan” – to sacrifice today for a better tomorrow,” President Wickremesinghe said in his Vesak day message.

“We must remember the advice of Lord Buddha, “Sabbattha Sammanaso,” to treat everyone equally and ensure we put it into practice as a country. This is the greatest offering we can present to the Buddha on this Vesak day.

“Regardless of race, religion, caste, or political affiliation, we must all unite to heal and rebuild our country. ”

The full statement is reproduced below:

The Vesak festival is a profoundly sacred day for Buddhists worldwide, commemorating the Buddha’s birth, enlightenment, and passing. Buddhists in Sri Lanka, along with their brethren around the globe, celebrate Vesak with deep devotion. They spend this period engaging in religious observances and venerating the Buddha with fervent devotion.

At this challenging moment, we as a nation should cultivate the same great zeal for enlightenment that Buddha exemplified, inspired by his sermon, “Maththasukha parichchaga- passé che vipulan sukhan” – to sacrifice today for a better tomorrow.

We must remember the advice of Lord Buddha, “Sabbattha Sammanaso,” to treat everyone equally and ensure we put it into practice as a country. This is the greatest offering we can present to the Buddha on this Vesak day. Regardless of race, religion, caste, or political affiliation, we must all unite to heal and rebuild our country. The principles of Lichchavi Raja Dharmaya will guide us in this endeavour.

Let us keep in mind that the primary aim of the Vesak festival is to foster spiritual growth and character development in a world rapidly advancing physically. I wish everyone a blessed Vesak festival.

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Sri Lanka to host foreign artistes, Sigiriya fashion show to promote tourism

ECONOMYNEXT- Sri Lanka plans to bring down international artistes, and hold water festivals to boost tourists, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau Chairman, Chalaka Gajabahu said.

“We will be hosting a few international artists in September to December,” Gajabahu told EconomyNext.

“We would also be having a fashion show in Sigiriya.”

Sri Lanka is targeting 2.3 million tourists in the year 2024 with expectations that it may go up to 2.5 million Gajabahu said.

Sri Lanka is also planning on having a water festival in coastal towns such as Trincomalee, Arugambay  and Kalpitiya in order to showcase Sri Lanka’s capacity for watersports, Gajabahu said. (Colombo/May22/2024)

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