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Government of Sri Lanka Urges to Uphold Laws For Disabled

Sri Lankan government urged to uphold laws for disabled

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The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) on Wednesday said it had written to Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera recommending him to make a budgetary allocation to make state buildings and transport accessible to persons with disabilities, keeping in line with the country’s laws as well as international obligations.

In its letter, as reported by Xinhua news agency, the HRCSL said that during the past three years the commission had engaged in numerous activities to ensure persons with disabilities had access to public buildings and transport.

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It said several training programmes were conducted in collaboration of the Human Rights Commission of Australia along with audits of public buildings to assess disability accessibility.

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The HRCSL said Sri Lanka was a state party to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and has undertaken international legal obligations to enable persons with disabilities to access facilities and services open or provided to the public, both in urban and in rural areas. (IANS)

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Sri Lanka to Ban Coloured Plastic Water Bottles and Wrappers

A large amount of these useless plastic covers are released to the environment daily and they take 200 to 300 years to degrade

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The Information Department, quoting a statement by State Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment Ajith Mannapperuma, said that the government had received a positive response to suspend the manufacture of blue-coloured plastic water bottles and plastic wrappers. Pixabay

Sri Lanka will soon ban coloured plastic water bottles and wrappers on drinking water bottles in order to protect the environment, officials said on Tuesday.

The Information Department, quoting a statement by State Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment Ajith Mannapperuma, said that the government had received a positive response to suspend the manufacture of blue-coloured plastic water bottles and plastic wrappers as it would help protect the nation’s environment.

“A large amount of these useless plastic covers are released to the environment daily and they take 200 to 300 years to degrade. The reason for covering these sealed water bottles using non-degradable plastic wrappers is unclear,” the Minister was quoted as saying by Xinhua news agency.

“Water bottles have been coloured to attract customers. But coloured water bottles cannot be recycled. So plastic bottle manufacturers were instructed to manufacture transparent bottles,” he added.

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Sri Lanka will soon ban coloured plastic water bottles and wrappers on drinking water bottles in order to protect the environment, officials said on Tuesday. Pixabay

The government will launch a new project later this month to recycle transparent plastic bottles, the statement said.

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The project has already been implemented in Gampaha, on the outskirts of capital Colombo. (IANS)