Docs' strike ends
The strike launched by the Government Medical Officers' Association
over the grenade attack issue, was due to end at 8.00 am today.
Ministry yet to decide on new SEC Head
The Finance Ministry yesterday said it has still not decided on a
replacement for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) chief as
his resignation has not been accepted by President Mahinda Rajapaksa,
Reuters reported. SEC head Tilak Karunaratne resigned yesterday.
"He handed over the letter of resignation. No decision on a
replacement (has been made) as (the) resignation has not yet accepted by
his Excellency (the President)," Finance Ministry and Treasury Secretary
Dr P B Jayasundera told Reuters.
Death of Maria Fonseka
Former Associate Photo Editor of Lake House Upali Fonseka's mother
Maria Fonseka passed away at the age of 93. She is also the
mother-in-law of "Arogya" journal editor Deepthi Fonseka.
The funeral will be held at the Wattala Roman Catholic Church
cemetery at 3 pm on August 19 (Sunday). Her remains lie at No 19/6,
Thelangapath Road, Wattala.
Blood donation Campaign
A blood donation campaign in memory of late war hero Captain A. K.
Indika of the Wijayaba Intantry Regiment who sacrificed his life during
the war against the LTTE for the sake of his motherland, would be held
on August 24 at Asia Hospital in Maharagama. The blood camp would be
conducted by the Maharagama Cancer Institute. To invoke merits to the
late war hero, the blood bank had been conducted for the last three
years, late Indika's wife Ms. Thusara Indiaka said.
Kidney patient seeks help
Stanley Samarajeewa, 56, of Henapola, Pamunuwatta has been diagnosed
with acute renal failure and has been recommended an urgent kidney
transplant. Samarajeewa needs a kidney in O blood group. Donors contact
0779127373 or 0718399177.
SLID concerned about SEC developments
The Sri Lanka Institute of Directors (SLID) is perturbed by the
recent and ongoing developments concerning the Securities and Exchange
The Institute believes the independence of regulatory bodies is an
important contributing factor towards entrenching confidence in a
country's capital market and economy. Therefore, any attempts to
negatively interfere with the professionalism and independence of a
Regulatory Body such as the SEC will only lead to widespread
indiscipline and a break down in law and order and the resultant
negative impact on the workings of the Capital Market, the SLID said in
"We urge the governing authorities to take steps in redressing the
current situation at the SEC and ensure that Regulatory Bodies are given
the freedom to manage independently," the release said.
Woman gets two years' RI
A woman who allegedly attempted to kill her mother's lover by
stabbing was sentenced to two years' rigorous imprisonment suspended for
10 years and fined Rs 7,500 by Negombo magistrate Shiran Gunarathna.
Buddha Pooja marks Dhamma School anniversary
An Atavisi Buddha Pooja to mark the 40th anniversary of Sri Kalyani
Dhamma School of Sri Kalyani Raja Maha Viharaya will be held today at
A Sangika Dana for 40 Buddhist monks will be held the following day.
The Sri Kalyani Dhamma School started in 1972 has over 3,500 students
and 100 teachers.
It has been flourishing under the guidance of Kelaniya Raja Maha
Viharaya Chief Incumbent and Kelaniya University Pali and Buddhist
Studies Prof Ven Kollupitiye Mahinda Sagarakkitha Nayaka Thera.
Dhamma School Principal Ven Maussagolle Muditha Thera in a message to
mark the occasion said the Dhamma school has contributed immensely to
propagate Dhamma knowledge among students.
The message: "The Dhamma school was founded under the guidance of
then Chief Incumbent Ven Thalewela Wijitha Dhammarakkitha Nayake Thera.
The first Principal was E M K Ratnayake. Gunawardena, Ven Batawala
Piyadhassi Thera, Ven Matheruwe Nandaratne Thera, Ven Katudora
Piyarathana Thera and Ven Pahaladannoruwe Samitha Thera succeeded to
this post and rendered a yeoman service to uplift the Dhamma school."