State Minister of Defence says triforces not for political work

State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardane says the tri forces are there to protect the country and to ensure National security and not to fulfill any political agendas.Wijewardane said that President Maithripala Sirisena as the Defence Minister is continuously offering guidance and instruction to ensure and further strengthen National security. He said this at a ceremony to distribute Virusara privilege cards among the Virusara beneficiaries of the Western province, held at the Regimental Headquarters of the Sri Lanka Light Infantry in Panagoda today. Wijewardane said the Government will not allow any person or any organization to impact or influence National security.  During today’s ceremony a total of 1724 beneficiaries including 1362 beneficiaries from the Army, 283 from the Navy, 45 from the Air Force, 24 from Police and 10 from the Civil Security Department received Virusara cards. (Colombo Gazette) read more

World Water Day a reminder of waterrelated issues

Tuesday, March 22 is World Water Day, a United Nations initiative that dates back to 1992 and aims to raise awareness about the precious resource.Brock University Professor Steven Renzetti, director of the Water Economics Policy and Governance Network says it’s a reminder about the importance of being aware of water-related challenges.“We are relatively fortunate in Canada because we have, in most cases, access to clean drinking water,” he says. “That’s not true in most of the world.“Shortages of water and shortages of clean water affect every dimension of people’s lives. It’s a big problem.”From health issues associated with a lack of clean drinking water to hydro disruptions related to water shortages, Renzetti says there are massive social problems associated with water challenges.He says the demand for water is rapidly growing as the world’s population continues to climb and the need for food and energy skyrockets.However, our available water sources aren’t growing with the demand.“We still have the same water supply the dinosaurs did,” he says.Renzetti says water is one of the areas where we can see climate change in action. From droughts and floods to severe storms, these manifestations of climate change threaten infrastructure and food supplies around the world.“Water — it’s really where climate change shows up and it’s a massive threat to wealthy countries,” he says.Associate Professor Tim Heinmiller says while many parts of Canada have an abundance of water, some areas face serious issues including northern communities, which don’t have proper water delivery systems, and the southern prairies, which battle water scarcity.He says water literally touches all aspects of our lives, including the Canadian economy. In Niagara, much of the manufacturing that goes on involves water in processes or as a means of transport.Heinmiller says unfortunately it often takes a tragic event to get the public’s attention on water-related issues. He says World Water Day is a good opportunity to talk about water, its importance and the impact it has on our lives.“Water is a source of life,” he says. “There’s no living being on Earth who can survive without water.” read more