“Sri Lankan Buddhas and ancient Indian caves inspired Turner prize winner” by Naomi Canton

“One of the UK’s most prominent living sculptors has spoken about the influence that the rock-carved sculptures of the Ellora and Ajanta caves in India and the huge 12th century Buddhas carved out of rock in the ancient city of Polonnaruwa in Sri Lanka had on his work.”

via: http://asiahouse.org/sri-lankan-buddhas-ancient-indian-caves-inspired-turner-prize-winner/

“Sri Lanka offers lessons on how not to manage water” by IRIN

Angry paddy farmers blocked major roads in the Minneriya and Girithale areas in Sri Lanka’s North Eastern Polonnaruwa region last month, complaining the government had not released enough water for their rice to grow; they claimed they had lost 50,000 hectares of crops, or 1.75 million kg.

Ananda Edirisuriya, who took part in the protests, accused the Irrigation Department of failing to notify farmers of impending water shortages.

via: http://www.irinnews.org/report/100170/sri-lanka-offers-lessons-on-how-not-to-manage-water

source: www.irinnews.org