The Indian star tortoise is the most smuggled tortoise species in the world, with thousands trafficked annually smuggled out from India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan despite a 2019 total ban on the international trade in the species. While India continues to be the main country of origin for wild-caught star tortoises, Sri Lanka has in recent years become both a prominent source country and transit hub for trafficking networks that move the animals to East and Southeast Asia. Mongabay India writers Malaka Rodrigo and Pragati Prava report
The sinking of a container ship that caught fire while transporting chemicals off capital Colombo has caused “significant damage to the planet” by releasing hazardous substances into the ecosystem, the UN representative in Sri Lanka said.
An environmental rights group and fishermen’s activists have petitioned the Sri Lankan Supreme Court against the government and the operators of the MV X-Press Pearl, over the environmental damage caused by the ship’s fire.
Washignton: The United States will provide funds to Sri Lanka to improve its plastic waste management system, to reduce waste flows to the ocean, reported Economynext. The funds will come through USAID.
Colombo/Xinhua: Over 100 whales, swept ashore on Sri Lanka's beaches on Monday, were rescued by Tuesday morning and pushed back to sea after a nearly 18 hour rescue mission, but four whales died, the navy said here.
Colombo, June 18 (Xinhua): Sri Lanka's first ever satellite "Raavana 1" was launched successfully into orbit on Monday evening from the International Space Station along with two other satellites from Japan and Nepal, the government information department said in a statement here Tuesday.
Colombo, May 24 (IBNS): With over 68,000 families affected by the prevailing heavy monsoon rains in Sri Lanka, the government has called the tri-forces to rescue and evacuate people trapped in the flood and landslide-hit areas.