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Sri Lanka Initiates Programme to Fit GPS Collars on Wild Elephants to Minimize Deaths

Under the direction of DWC Director General M.G.C. Sooriyabandara, the programme was immediately implemented

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Sri Lanka had recorded a high number of elephant deaths in the past two years and environmentalists had raised serious concerns. Pixabay

Sri Lanka’s Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC) said on Monday that it had initiated a programme to fit GPS collars on wild elephants in a bid to minimize the escalating human-elephant conflict prevailing across the island country.

The Department said that Sri Lanka had recorded a high number of elephant deaths in the past two years and environmentalists had raised serious concerns, reports Xinhua news agency.

Under the direction of DWC Director General M.G.C. Sooriyabandara, the programme was immediately implemented in the Uva province which was one of the worst areas affected by the human-elephant conflict.

The programme would soon be implemented in other parts of the island.

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Sri Lanka’s Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC) said on Monday that it had initiated a programme. Pixabay

The government said the death toll from Sri Lanka’s human-elephant conflict hit a record high with over 375 people killed by wild elephants and over 1,100 elephants killed by humans within the last five years.

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Official records show the population of wild elephants in Sri Lanka is estimated at 7,500. (IANS)

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Sri Lanka's Attorney General's Department has held an event in capital Colombo to raise funds for children affected by the Easter Sunday attacks in April

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He said terrorism had affected the entire region and called for more coordinated efforts to tackle the issue. Flickr

Sri Lanka’s Attorney General’s Department has held an event in capital Colombo to raise funds for children affected by the Easter Sunday attacks in April, which claimed 250 lives. Sri Lanka.

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Speaking at the event on Saturday, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that all those involved in the attacks had been killed or apprehended and the government was drafting new legislations against extremists. Pixabay

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He said terrorism had affected the entire region and called for more coordinated efforts to tackle the issue. (IANS)