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Sri Lankan Winners and exciting news: #StoriesfromLKA photo contest!

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The three winning pictures of the online campaign #StoriesfromLKA

World Bank Sri Lanka launched an online campaign titled #StoriesfromLKA during the month of June celebrating World Environment day “Connecting People to Nature”. The campaign included online interactions to learn about World Bank operations related to the environment and a photo competition to appreciate the natural beauty of Sri Lanka that needs to be preserved while Sri Lanka pursues a development drive.
This competition began on the 21st of June and aimed at showcasing the many talented photographers from Sri Lanka as well as celebrating the rich flora and fauna of the country. After the contest ended on June 30th, 167 entries were shortlisted. We asked you which photos were your favorites and you voted on your selections through social media. Your votes helped us narrow down the top three winners, here they are:

Twitter chat: Economic benefits of environment management in Sri Lanka

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Join us for #SLDU2017: Economic Benefits of Environment Management. This Twitter chat will be hosted by World Bank South Asia

What’s happening?

Join us for #SLDU2017: Economic Benefits of Environment Management. This Twitter chat will be hosted by World Bank South Asia (@WorldBankSAsia) in collaboration with the Institute for Policy Studies IPS (@TalkEconomicsSL).
When is it?
August 21, 2017 from 5.30 – 7.30 pm
Unpacking #SLDU2017
The chat will explore the findings of the Sri Lanka Development Update (SLDU), published this June.
I look forward to engaging with you together with a panel from different areas of expertise.
We’ll be discussing priority reforms with a focus on how Sri Lanka can better manage both its business and natural environment to bolster economic growth and sustain development.
In recent years, natural disasters have left parts of this island nation devastated, exacting a significant economic, fiscal and social toll. The SLDU identifies other challenges as well, pressing the case for fiscal consolidation, a new growth model, improved governance and programs to buffer against risk.
The latest update cautions against adopting piecemeal solutions, noting that the challenges facing the island nation are inter-linked and require a comprehensive and coordinated reform approach.
In the end, we also hope this Twitter chat will allow us to learn from you as we begin our preparations for the next SLDU.
How can you participate?
Never taken part in a Twitter chat before? It’s simple. Just think of this as an online Q&A. @WorldBankSAsia will moderate the discussion, posing questions to panellists. You are encouraged to join in too! Follow along, retweet and engage. If you have a question, simply tweet it out using the hashtag #SLDU2017. We’ll see it and try to get you some answers.

What were your favorite entries from the Sri Lanka environment photo contest?

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Inspired by Sri Lanka's incredible natural beauty, the World Bank organized a photo contest starting on June 21st aimed at showcasing the many talented photographers among us as well as celebrating the rich flora and fauna of Sri Lanka. We received an overwhelming response from many talented photographers, both professional and amateur, who sent us hundreds of awe-inspiring entries.

After the contest ended on June 30th, 167 entries were shortlisted. We asked you which photos were your favorites and you voted until 6PM Monday on your selections through social media. Without further ado, here are the top 10 based on your choices!

Let us know what you think in the comments below and don't forget to follow World Bank Sri Lanka on Facebook as well as the World Bank's Country Director for Sri Lanka and Maldives, @Idah_WB on Twitter

1 - Ganindu Madhawa

2 - Balamurali Ellamurugan

3 - Shehan Thiwantha

4 - Shehan Thiwantha

5 - Shehan Thiwantha

6 - Ganindu Madhawa

7 - Ganindu Madhawa

8 - Kasun De Silva

9 - Vinod Liyanage

10 -  Kasun De Silva

Update: #StoriesFromLka photo contest

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Sri Lanka, the emerald isle, is endowed with natural beauty.  Surrounded by the Indian Ocean, the island nation is replete with wondrous wildlife, magnificent landscapes and natural wonders.

Inspired by this, the World Bank in Sri Lanka organized a photo contest on 21st June, 2017. This contest, one of several organized by the Bank, is aimed at showcasing the many talented photographers among us as well as celebrating the rich flora and fauna of Sri Lanka.

Photo Credit: Mokshana Wijeyeratne, World Bank

We received an overwhelming response from many talented photographers, both professional and amateur, who sent us hundreds of awe-inspiring entries. The contest ended on 30th June, 2017. We have now shortlisted a total of 167 entries after removing those which had issues with reference to clarity, quality and relevance.

Now, it's time to look for the winners and we are putting you in the driver's seat. Crowdsourcing, as you know, is a very popular method of selection for online contests globally. Therefore, for this particular contest, the winner will be chosen on the basis of the number of likes that you have clicked.

இலங்கையின் வளர்ச்சிப் பாதை எவ்வாறு அமைந்திருக்கின்றது?

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அண்மையில் இடம்பெற்ற சம்பியன்ஸ் கிண்ண கிரிக்கட் போட்டித் தொடரில் இலங்கை அணியினர் சிறப்பாகச் செயற்பட்டதாக சிலர் எண்ணம் கொண்டிருக்கலாம். அதில் நானும் அடங்குகின்றேன். ஆயினும் தொலைக்காட்சிகளிலும், சமூக வலைத்தளங்களிலும், ஏன் எமது அலுவலகத்தில் கூட காரசாரமான விவாதங்கள் முன்னெடுக்கப்பட்டு அவர்கள் அனைவருமே அணியினது பெறுபேறுகள் விடயத்தில் ஒருமித்த நிலைப்பாட்டைக் கொண்டிருக்கவில்லை என்பதை தெளிவாக்குகின்றது. 

தமது கருத்துக்களில் வேறுபாடுகளைக் கொண்டிருந்த போதிலும் உலகின் பல்வேறு பாகங்களில் இருக்கும் எனது பல சகபணியாளர்களும், நண்பர்களும் போட்டிகளில் உற்சாகத்தை வெளிப்படுத்தியும் எதிரணிகளை ஆதரித்தும் போட்டிகளை ஆய்வுக்குட்படுத்தியும், போட்டியைப் பாதிக்கும் களத்திற்கு வெளியிலான அரசியல் நிலைகுறித்து கருத்துக்களை வெளிப்படுத்தியும், வெற்றி ஈட்டியவர்கள் தோல்வியடைந்தவர்கள் குறித்து தீர்ப்பிடும் வகையிலான கருத்துக்களை வெளிப்படுத்தியும், தமது ஆர்வத்தைக் கண்ணுற்றிருந்தேன். ஏனைய அணிகளுடன் இந்தப் போட்டித் தொடரில் பங்கேற்பதற்கு இலங்கை அணியானது சர்வதேச ரீதியில் முதல் எட்டு  இடங்களுக்குள் இடம்பெறவேண்டியது அத்தியாவசியமானது என்பதே இங்கு முக்கியமான விடயமாகும். எவ்வாறு பொருளாதாரம் வளர்ச்சி காண்கின்றது மற்றும்  அங்கீரிக்கப்படுகின்றது என்பதற்கு இந்த ஒப்பீடானது பொருத்தமானதாக அமைந்துள்ளது. ஆகவே இந்த சிந்தனைகளை நினைவில் நிறுத்திவைத்துக்கொள்ளுங்கள்.

பத்திரிகைகள் இணையத்தளங்களில் பல கட்டுரைகளைப் படித்தபோது சமூக வலைத்தளங்களில் பல்வேறு கருத்துப் பகிர்வுகளை வாசித்தபோது ஒரு விடயம் தெளிவாக புலனாகியது. அது என்னவென்றால் இலங்கை எவ்வாறு வளர்ச்சி காண்கின்றது என்பது தொடர்பாக எந்தவகையிலான ஒருமித்த கருத்துக்களும் கிடையாது. இவற்றுடன் 4.4 சதவீத வளர்ச்சி வீதம் தொடர்பில் அபிவிருத்தியடைந்த நாடுகள் திருப்திப்பட்டுக்கொண்டாலும் இலங்கையில் அது ஏற்றுக்கொள்ளக்கூடியதற்கு மிகவும் குறைவானதாகவே நோக்கப்படும். இது வளர்ச்சி காண்கின்றதா என சிலர் கேள்வியெழுப்புகின்றனர். மாறாக அது தொடர்பில் பல்வேறு கருத்துநிலைப்பாடுகள் காணப்படுகின்றன. நம் ஒவ்வொருவரின் வாழ்விலும் ஏதோ ஒரு வகையில் தொடர்புபட்டுள்ள இந்த விடயம் தொடர்பில் குழப்பமான நிலைமைக்கு இது வழிகோலிநிற்கின்றது.

ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ ආර්ථික වර්ධන ප්‍ර‍ගතිය පිළිබඳ හැරී බලමු

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මෑතකදී  නිමාව දුටු ශූරයන්ගේ කුසලාන තරගාවලියේදී ශ්‍රී ලංකා ක්‍රිකට් කණ්ඩායම හොඳින් ක්‍රීඩා කළ බව ඇතැමෙක් සිතන්නට ඉඩ ඇත. රූපවාහිනිය හා සමාජ මාධ්‍ය තුළ ද, මා ද ඇතුළු අපගේ කාර්යල සගයන් අතර අපගේ කාර්යාලයේ දී ද මේ ගැන ඇති වූ දැඩි විවාද පැහැදිලිවම යෝජනා කළේ ඔවුන්ගේ තරගකාරී බව ගැන සැවොම සතුටු නොවන බවයි. මේ විවිධ වාද විවාද අතරතුර, ලෝකයේ විවිධ කලාපවලින් පැමිණි මාගේ වෘත්තීය සගයින් සහ මිතුරු මිතුරියන් උණුසුම් ලෙස ජයඝෝෂා නගන අයුරුත්, තරග සමාලෝචනය කරන අයුරුත්, එකිනෙකට ප්‍ර‍තිවිරුද්ධ කණ්ඩායම්වලට සහයෝගය දක්වන අයුරුත්, ක්‍රීඩාව කෙරෙහි බලපාන දේශපාලනය ගැන විමසා බලන අයුරුත් සමග ජයග්‍රාහකයින් හා පරාජිතයින් පිළිබඳ පූර්ව විනිශ්චයන් ලබා දෙන අයුරුත් මම දුටුවෙමි. මෙහි ප්‍ර‍ධානතම කරුණ නම් ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට ජාත්‍යන්තර ක්‍රිකට් වර්ගීකරණයේ අටවන ස්ථානයේ රැඳී සිටීමට සෙසු රටවල් සමග තරග වැදිය යුතුව තිබීමයි. ආර්ථික වර්ධනය සිදුවන ආකාරය ද විවිධ මතවාදවලට ලක් වෙමින් මෙම ක්‍රිකට් සම්බන්ධ උදාහරණය සමග හොඳින් ගැලපෙයි. අපි ඒ සිතුවිල්ල පිළිබඳ සාකච්ඡා කරමු.

පුවත්පත්වල නොඑසේනම් අන්තර්ජාලයේ සංසරණය වන බොහෝ ප්‍ර‍වෘත්තිමය ලිපි කියවීමෙන්, නොඑසේනම් සමාජ මාධ්‍ය හරහා හුවමාරු වන පුරවැසියන්ගේ අදහස් විමසා බැලීමෙන් එක් දෙයක් පැහැදිලි වේ. එනම් ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ ආර්ථික සංවර්ධනය සිදුවන ආකාරය පිළිබඳ සියල්ලන්ම එකඟ වන අදහසක් දක්නට නොමැති බවයි. සංවර්ධිත රටවල් සළකා බලන විට ඉහළ වර්ධන වේගයක් වන 4.4%, සංවර්ධනය වෙමින් පවතින හා ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ හැකියාවන් මට්ටමෙන් ගත් කළ පහළ අගයක් ලෙස ඇතැමුන් තර්ක කරයි. මේ අතර සමහරෙක් ‘ ඇත්තටම වර්ධනය වෙනවාම දැයි‘අසති! මෙහි ප්‍ර‍තිඵලය වී ඇත්තේ සෑමදෙනාටම කුමන හෝ ආකාරයකින් වැදගත් වන ගැටළුවක් ගැන අපැහැදිලි චිත්‍ර‍යක් නිර්මාණය වී තිබීමයි.

වසරකට දෙවරක් ලෝක බැංකුව දිවයිනෙහි ආර්ථික පසුබිම පිළිබඳ දත්ත සහ විශ්ලේෂණ ඉදිරිපත් කරයි. ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ ආර්ථික වර්ධනය කුමක් ද? ආර්ථික වර්ධනය වේගවත් කිරීමට සිදු කළ යුත්තේ මොනවා ද? ඒ සඳහා සහාය වීමට පුරවැසියන් සිදු කළ යුත්තේ කුමක් ද?  වැනි ගැටළුවලට පිළිතුරු දීමට එහිදී අපි උත්සාහ දරමු. ක්‍රිකට් ක්‍රීඩාව අනුව අතිදක්ෂ ක්‍රීඩකයකුට වුව කිසිවකුගේ දිරිගැන්වීමක් නොලැබේ නම්, ඔහුගේ උනන්දුව හීන වී ගොස් ඔහු අසාර්ථක වන බව අපි දනිමු. එවැනි තත්වයක් අවසානයේ ක්‍රීඩාව පිළිබඳ උද්යෝගයද වියැකී ගොස් කණ්ඩායමේ ශ්‍රේණිගත කිරීම්වලින් පහත වැටීමට ද හේතු විය හැක. දෙපාර්ශවයම කුමක්, කෙසේ, කා විසින් දිනාගත යුතු දැයි වටහාගත යුතු අතර තරගයකදී කණ්ඩායමක් සාර්ථක නොවූ විට තරගයේ කුමන අංශය වෙනස් කළ යුතු දැයි පැහැදිලි කරගත යුතු ය. ශ්‍රී ලංකාව ක්‍රිකට් ක්‍රිඩාවේ දැවැන්තයෙක් බවට පත්වූයේ එපරිද්දෙනි.  

How does Sri Lanka score in growth?

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While some may think the Sri Lanka’s cricket team did well in the recent Champion's Trophy, myself included, vigorous debates have been going on, on TV and social media and even here in our office which clearly suggests that not everyone agrees on their performance. Despite these differences in perspective, I witnessed the excitement of many of my colleagues and friends from different parts of the world as they cheered, supported opposing teams, analyzed the games, and mulled the behind the scenes politics that affect the game, and also passed judgements on winners and losers.  The key point here is that for Sri Lanka to be in the top 8 internationally they had to play other countries. This analogy fits well with how economies grow and are recognized; so hold on to this thought. 

Reading through the many articles in the news, be they paper, internet or just exchanges between citizens on social media, one thing is clear, there is no one unified view on how Sri Lanka is growing. While developed countries would salivate at a growth rate of 4.4 percent, in Sri Lanka it is considered below potential. Some even question if it’s growing! The result is a confusing landscape on an important issue that touches everyone in some way.   

Twice a year the World Bank adds data and analyses to the many out there. We try to answer questions such as: what is Sri Lanka’s actual growth? Which parts of the economy have grown and which have not? If the country is to accelerate growth, what needs to be done? What can its people do to help? We know from cricket that the players can be excellent but if no-one cheers for them, they lose interest and cannot be successful. Eventually the game loses its luster and the competitive edge of the country’s ranking also slips. Both sides need to understand what needs to be achieved, how, by whom and when the team doesn’t quite deliver in a match, what part of the game should they change. This is what has made Sri Lanka a cricket powerhouse.

Calling out to nature enthusiasts and shutterbugs!

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Enter Sri Lanka’s #worldenvironmentday photo competition

Deadline – 30 June, 2017

Biodiversity is the way so don’t let nature go astray!

If you believe in this motto, then why don’t you participate in our exciting photo competition?
We’d love to see photos of Sri Lanka’s majestic animals and landscapes from your lens. This is your opportunity to share aesthetically pleasing photographs for a cause that you believe in. Enter your creative photo, with a short statement describing the photo, for a chance to win an exciting prize. Here’s how it works:

ஏன் ஒவ்வொரு நாளும் சுற்றாடல் தினமாக இருக்கவேண்டும்?

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இந்த வருடத்தின் முதல் ஆறுமாத காலப்பகுதியில் இலங்கையில் வரட்சி, மண்சரிவு,  குப்பை மேடு சரிவு ,வெள்ளப்பெருக்கு போன்ற பல பாரிய அனர்த்தங்கள் இடம்பெற்றன. பாதிக்கப்பட்டவர்களைத் தவிர ஏனையோரின் கவனத்தைப் பெறாதளவில் மேலும் பல அனர்த்தங்களும் இடம்பெற்றன. இலங்கையர்கள் எதிர்கொண்ட இவ் அனர்த்தங்கள் சுற்றாடலை நாம் எங்ஙனம் பேணிக்காக்க வேண்டும் என்பதை அச்சொட்டாக வலியுறுத்தி நிற்கின்றன.    உயிர்களுக்கும் உடைமைகளுக்கும் ஏற்பட்ட சேதங்கள், வாழ்க்கைச் சக்கரத்தில் ஏற்பட்டுள்ள தடங்கல்கள், உளவியல் ரீதியாகவும்  ஆன்மீக ரீதியாகவும் மிகவும் கடினமானவை. எப்போதேனும் இவற்றை வழமைக்கு கொண்டுவருவது மெதுவான செயற்பாடாக அமையும்.

நிலைபேறான சுற்றாடல் முகாமைத்துவம் தொடர்பான சிந்தனைகளை ஆண்டில் ஒரு நாளுக்கு மாத்திரம் நாம் ஏன் மட்டுப்படுத்தவேண்டும்?  நகரப்பகுதிகள், ஆறுகள் அன்றேல் கடலில் இருந்து குப்பைகளைச் சேகரித்தல், தொண்டுநோக்கிற்கான நடைபவனியில் பங்கேற்றல் போன்ற செயற்பாடுகளில் ஈடுபடுவதன் மூலமாக நாம் வழமையாக சுற்றாடல் தினத்தைக் கொண்டாடுகின்றோம்.   இந்த ஒருநாளில் சுற்றாடல் குறித்த ஆர்வம் கட்டியெழுப்பப்படுகின்றது. அனைவரும் பங்கேற்கின்றனர்.  மறுநாளோ வேறு முக்கியத்துவம் மிக்க விடயங்களை நோக்கி அவர்களின் கவனம் நகர்ந்துவிடுகின்றது.  அடுத்த கட்ட அனர்த்தம் நிகழும் வரையில் அவர்களது கவனம் வேறுவிடயங்களில் இருக்கும். மீண்டுமாக ஒருவரை ஒருவர் மாறிமாறி குற்றஞ்சாட்டுதல் ஆரம்பிக்கும்.

Photo Credit: Mokshana Wijeyeratne

பிரச்சனையின் ஓர் அங்கமாகவும் தீர்வின் ஓர் அங்கமாகவும் நாம் எம்மைப் பார்க்கும் வரையில் எதுவுமே மாறப் போவதில்லை. இவ்வாறான பல விடயங்களில் நாம் தினமும் ஒரு மாற்றத்தை ஏற்படுத்த முடியும். கழிவுகள் பற்றி  அவதானம் செலுத்துவோம். எமது இல்லங்களில் தனிப்பட்ட ரீதியில் நாம் அனைவரும் கழிவுகளை உருவாக்குகின்றோம். எம்மைப் பொறுத்தவரையில் குப்பை பைக்குள் கழிவுகளைக் கொட்டி அகற்றிவிட்டவுடன் அந்தப் பிரச்சனை எமக்கில்லை. உண்மையில் கூறுவதானால் அது பொதுமக்களின் பிரச்சனையாக மாறுகின்றது. கழிவுகளை வீட்டிற்குள்ளேயே நாம்  மக்கிப் போகின்றவை எனவும் மீள்சுழற்சிக்குட்படுத்தக்கூடியவை மற்றும் எஞ்சியவை எனத் தனித்தனியே வேறுபிரிப்பதற்கான சாதாரணமான அர்ப்பணிப்பைக் காண்பிப்போமானால் அவை ஒழுங்கான முறையில் சேகரிக்கப்பட்டு அகற்றப்படுமானால் ஒட்டுமொத்த  கழிவுகளின் அளவைக் கணிசமாகக் குறைத்துக்கொள்ள முடியும். கழிவுகளில் இருந்து தயாரிக்கப்படும் உரத்தைக் கொண்டு தோட்டங்களையும் பயிர்களையும் செழிப்படையச் செய்யலாம்.

සෑම දිනයක්ම පරිසර දිනයක් විය යුත්තේ ඇයි?

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පරිසර කළමනාකරණය යන්න ක‍ෙතරම් අසීරු දෙයක්දැයි පසුගිය මාස හය තුළ ශ්‍රී ලංකාව ලද අත්දැකීම් තුළින්ම ‍පැහැදිලි විය. නියඟය, නාය යෑම්, කසල කඳු කඩා වැටීම්, මහා ගංවතුර ආදී විවිධාකාර සිදුවීම්වලට අප මුහුණ දුන් අතර විපතට පත් නොවූවන්ගේ අවධානය දිනා ගැනීම‍ෙන් තොරව ම එ්වා යටපත්ව ගියේ ය. සෑම අවස්ථාවකම සිදුවූ පරිදි, ජීවිත හා දේපළ හානි, දෛනික ක්‍රියාවලියට සිදු වූ බලපෑම් ආදිය විසින් මානසිකව හා ආධ්‍යාත්මිකව ක්‍ර‍මක්‍ර‍මය‍ෙන් ජීවත් වීමට අපහසු මන්දගාමී තත්ත්වයකට අප ඇද දමනු ලැබී ය.

එසේ නම්, මේ තිරසාර පාරිසරක කළමණාකරණයට අප එක් දිනයකදී පමණක් සිත් යොමන්නේ ඇයි?    සාමාන්‍යය‍ෙන් අප පරිසර දිනය සමරන්නේ නගරය වටා, ගං ඉවුරක හෝ මුහුදු ව‍ෙරළක කසළ එකතු කිරීම, නොඑසේනම් පාගමනකට හෝ එවන් ව‍ෙනත් වැඩසටහනකට සහභාගී වීම මගිනි. උනන්දුව අහවරවත්ම, “වඩාත් දැවෙන ප්‍ර‍ශ්න“ වෙනුවෙන් පසුදා උදයේම සැවොම පිය ඔසවන අතර සුපුරුදු අනෙකා මත වරද පැටවීමේ ක්‍රීඩාව ද ආරම්භ වේ.     

Photo Credit: Mokshana Wijeyeratne

මෙහිදී පහත ප්‍ර‍ධාන කරුණ තහවුරු කරන්නට කැමැත්තෙමි. ඒ නම්, අප සියල්ලන්ම අර්බුදයේත් විසඳුමේත් කොටස්කරුවන් බව වටහා ගන්නා තුරු කිසිවක් ව‍ෙනස් නොවනු ඇති බව ය. ම‍ෙවන් බොහෝ අර්බුදවලදී , ව‍ෙනසක් සිදු කිරීමේ හැකියාව ඇත්තේ, දිනපතාම, අපටම ය!