Landslide in Meeriyabedde Estate, Haldummulla Division, Badulla District

On 29 October 2014 a massive land slide occurred in the Haldummulla Divisional Secretary area of Badulla district. The affected area is a known landslide prone area and located in a tea estate known as Meeriyabedda watta. This location is in the uplands of the island and quite cold compared to other parts of the country.

The incident occurred around 0745 hrs and in this two km stretch there are 150 small houses (line rooms). The rough estimate was that there were about 300 occupants in these houses. Some adults had gone for work and many youngsters have gone to school when the disaster struck.

International Congress on Oral Cancer, Smokeless Tobacco and Arecanut

Oral squamous cell carcinoma synonymously defined as oral cancer is the commonest malignancy in males of Sri Lanka. The reason for the high prevalence of oral cancer is the traditional and cultural habit (betel chewing) practiced by people of South Asia. The Centre for Research in Oral Cancer at the Faculty of Dental Sciences, University of Peradeniya was established to facilitate this process. The Centre works very closely with the National Cancer Control Programme of Sri Lanka. The First international congress on oral cancer, smokeless tobacco and areca nut held in Kandy on the 8 & 9 August aimed to improve the scientific knowledge on current developments in the region as well as the world among the clinicians and relevant stake holders in oral cancer management & to improve the future research in the area.

Regional Parliamentarians Workshop on Alcohol and Tobacco Control

Alcohol and Drug Information Centre (ADIC) in cooperation with the National Authority on Tobacco & Alcohol (NATA), Ministry of Health in Sri Lanka and IOGT International organized a study tour for Parliamentarians and Civil Society Representatives of six countries (Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam and Mongolia) to Sri Lanka from 22-25th of July 2014. The workshop brought together 51 participants (18 parliamentarians, ministry representatives and civil society members from the above mentioned countries).

WHO urges safe blood transfusions to save mothers

To mark World Blood Donor Day 2014, thousands of volunteers have turned up at a centre in Colombo, Sri Lanka to donate blood in what is being claimed as South Asia’s largest blood drive.

Sri Lankans attach special importance to the act of blood donation. “Because most Sri Lankans follow Buddhism, blood donation is religiously and culturally accepted and very much a valued concept,” says Dr Namal Bandara, ...

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