There are several scenes that catch viewers by surprise in HBO’s new documentary film, "Google Baby": The exact moment an Indian surrogate mother sees the child she has held in her body for months, and is told not to cry by the doctor performing a Caesarian-section;
The Hot Air Balloon Festival which was launched yesterday at Sigiriya will continue until April 2 in different parts of the country. The organizers said that the festival has attracted many participants from USA, UK, Italy, Japan, Germany, Switzerland and Sri Lanka. It’s the fourth time this event is being held the first being in 2003. The Balloons will fly across the country including Jafna. In all, there will be 40 participants, both local and foreign.
The government has decided to have all food items, imported from countries neighbouring Japan, screened by the Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Authority before being released from the Colombo Airport and Harbour. The Health Ministry said that this precautionary measure had been recommended by the International Atomic Energy Agency In the wake of Fukushima Nuclear Plant explosion in Japan.
The Central Environment Authority (CEA) would organize an island wide green award ceremony to celebrate this year's World Environment Day, said CEA Chairman Charitha Herath. The Awards Ceremony will take place on June 5 at the BMICH under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. All stakeholders who contribute to environment protection activities can apply for the awards.
An expedited project to renovate 200 tanks in sanctuaries and parks has been initiated aiming habitat enrichment, Wildlife Conservation Department Director General Dr Chandra Wansa Pathiraja told the Daily News yesterday. He said that 50 tanks which need renovation have already been identified and estimates are being made to start the work.
Sri Lanka ranked among top 30 emerging countries for globally sourced activities in 2010-2011 by Gartner, Inc of USA. Gartner’s Top 30 locations for offshore services in 2010 in Asia are Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam. “This year the Top 30 countries are exclusively emerging nations,” Research Vice President at Gartner Ian Marriott said.” As the pace of change is slower in developed countries we have chosen to focus on those locations that are still maturing and developing, domestically and internationally.”
SriLankan Airlines continues to expand its global route network, with increases in capacity starting in March to Karachi, Bahrain, Doha and Muscat, and the launch of a daily service to Kochi. Just last November, SriLankan increased capacity across its network in support of Sri Lanka’s rapidly expanding tourism industry which is enjoying good times following the permanent end to a 30 year war.