President Joe Biden made a sweeping case Wednesday for massive new programs that would transform the government’s role in Americans’ lives, claiming nothing less than the future of the country is at stake as he delivered his first address to Congress.
(CNN)Loki’s latest battle is with bureaucracy in the new trailer for the forthcoming Disney+ series about the God of Mischief.
Colombo (News 1st); JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake on Wednesday (24) voiced serious concern over leasing the Arcade Independence Square in Colombo to a private company.
“The Urban Development Authority used over Rs. 700 million from the tax-payers for the construction of Arcade Independence Square,” he told Parliament adding it became a burden to the UDA when it came to operating it and maintaining it and it eventually became a loss-making entity.
Anura Kumara Dissanayake said Arcade Independence Square was now leased to Softlogic Holdings chaired by Ashok Pathirage for 10 years.
“This government came into power claiming they would protect state resources,” he said.
“How does leasing Arcade Independence Square in Colombo link with your mandate? How was it leased ?,” questioned Dissanayake.
He said Arcade Independence Square in Colombo is not the personal property of State Minister Nalaka Godahewa or Gotabaya Rajapaksa and therefore, questioned if due process was followed in leasing the premises.
Colombo (News 1st); The Ministry of Irrigation says the construction of agrarian tanks bordering the Sinharaja Rainforest is merely a proposal from the Gin Nilawala Diversion Project.
In a press statement issued via the Department of Government Information late on Monday (22) night, the Ministry of Irrigation said, however, the government will act responsibly towards addressing the drinking water crisis as well as protecting rainforests which are home to national water resources.
The press statement released as a clarification to Minister Chamal Rajapaksa’s recent comments on building agrarian tanks inside the Singaraja Rainforest notes that the government is committed to addressing the people’s requirements whilst respecting the agreements with UNESCO, Global Environment Bodies, and Global Environment Conventions.
It adds the government is primarily responsible for the protection of the Sinharaja Rainforest noting that the Gin – Nilwala – Kalu River Basin Project was first proposed back in 1936 to address the drinking water crisis in Matara, Hambantota and Moneragala and from 1968 to 2019 every single government carried out feasibility studies for the project to move forward.
According to the final feasibility study, project experts had proposed for the construction of 02 agrarian tanks, namely the Madugete Wewa close to the southern bank of the Gin River (located near the Madugete Village bordering the Sinharaja Rainforest) and the Ampanagala Wewa close to the Niwala River (located near the Ampanagala Villager).
The Ministry of Irrigation said the proposals were made by the experts giving priority to the bio-diversity and flora protection in the said areas.
It added that successive governments took various measures for the implementation of the project and in 2014 a 06 plan was drawn.
Minister Chamal Rajapaksa has noted that in 2019 it was observed that the Madugete Village identified in the project bordered the Sinharaja Rainforest, therefore, it was decided to seek recommendations from local environmentalists and UNESCO that declared the rainforest as a world heritage site.
According to the statement, the Ministers recent comments were on the issues faced by the people and the issues faced by the government in protecting water sources located in rainforests.
The Ministry of Irrigation adds it will not act against the recommendations of UNESCO and local bodies, adding the Department and Ministry of Irrigation have well understood the need to protecting the 11,187-hectare rainforest.
It added that for decades tanks were constructed inside national reserves with the
Department of Wildlife Conservation to solve the drinking water issues of wild animals.
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Popular Indian playback-singer Sonu Nigam admitted that it is a “tough task” to decide how much he would, or should reveal about his life in his upcoming tell-all autobiography. While talking to Mid-Day, the veteran singer shared that he will tell the story of his “tedious, scandalous, emotional and spiritual life” in his upcoming memoir, which is slated to be published later this year. Publishers Bloomsbury India has announced that autobiography will share undisclosed details, anecdotes and insights into his life.
As his conversation with the publication moved ahead, the 47-year-old singer remembered a quote of Irish playwriter George Bernard Shaw, which he read in his English book in the 9th standard, that read, “All autobiographies are lies”. Nigan shared that “strangely” he agreed with the reasoning behind it elaborated in that lesson. Sonu further added that it will be exciting, considering that he will actually get to revisit the lanes and bylanes of ever-so-personal, undisclosed details of his life, and grin furtively at some of the most unfathomable experiences he was fated to go through.
The National Award winner also asserted that his guts and courage will sail him through. On the other hand, Rajiv Beri, managing director, Bloomsbury India, said they are delighted to be publishing Nigam’s autobiography. While praising the singer, Beri added that he has enthralled millions over with his incredible singing and has captured their hearts as a person of high values, integrity and purity of purpose. Meanwhile, Praveen Tiwari, publisher, Bloomsbury India, added that it will be a privilege to be a part of the journey to publishing his memoir, which will be a timeless gift for all his fans.
Interestingly, Sonu Nigam’s repertoire includes songs in various languages, such as Bengali, Kannada, Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu, and Marathi. The versatile singer made his singing debut in 1992 with the song O Aasman Wale from the film Aaja Meri Jaan. Songs titled Achcha Sila Diya Tune Mere Pyar Ka, Ye Dil Deewana, Kal Ho Na Ho, Saathiya, and Abhi Mujh Mein Kahin, among many others, are considered as his best works.
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