|Wednesday, 26 February 2003|
Religious ceremonies mark signing of MoU
A religious ceremony was held in front of the Panadura Samadhi Buddha statue on Saturday to mark the first anniversary of the signing of the Government - LTTE MoU.
Panadura Urban Council Chairman Deepthi Asoka Abeywickrama was the chief guest.
Panadura Police Division Superintendent of Police Kithsiri Dayananda, ASP Dharmasena and HQI R.M.J. Camillus with Police officials organised this religious ceremony supported by the Maha sangha and the public.
Ven. Walane Gnanasiri Nayaka Thera delivered an Anusasana.
Flowers were offered and coconut oil lamps were lit.
Spies bags Commonwealth Writers' prize for 2003
The prestigious Commonwealth Writers' prize for 2003 was awarded to Michael Freya (UK) for his work Spies (Best Book Prize) and the Best First Book award to Sarah Halls (UK) for her novel Haweswater.
The announcements were made yesterday by the Director, British Council Tony O'Brien after a panel discussion on 'The role of the Commonwealth writer in an era of globalisation'.
Dr. Sanjukta Dasgupta, Professor of English, (Eurasia judge), University of Calcutta, Boyd Tonkin, Literary Editor, The Independent, London (Eurasia, judge), Dr. Neloufer de Mel, senior lecturer and former Head, Department of English, University of Colombo, Dr. Rajiva Wijesinha, Professor of Languages, Sabaragamuwa University and Chair, Director British Council, Tony O'Brien were the panellists.
The Director announced that due to an indisposition, he was not able to chair the discussion.
Standing in for O'Brien was Maya Jaggi, a journalist with the Guardian newspaper.
Gems stuffed in condoms Two Thai nationals in custody
Customs authorities at the Bandaranaike International Airport yesterday morning took into custody two young Thai men when they attempted to leave the country with several precious stones in their stomachs.
Customs officers led by Assistant Superintendent P. K. Wimalasuriya detained and X-rayed the two men at the BIA.
The X-rays showed that they had swallowed coloured gemstones stuffed in condoms.
They were later given purgatives to recover the packets of condoms. The two men were interrogated with the assistance of Thai officials, after the X-rays were taken.
The value of the gems are not yet estimated, but the gems so far recovered from them run into millions of rupees.
Child with heart ailment seeks help
M. I. Udayangani, 2, is suffering from heart ailment and has been recommended an operation.
Dr. K. Sivakumar, consultant paediatric cardiologist of Apollo Hospitals, Colombo, has advised early surgery. Rs. 350,000 is needed for the operation.
The child's father H. M. Keerthiratne said his eldest daughter was also afflicted with a similar ailment and
she died as he was not able to pay for the operation.
He requests for public help. Contributions can be sent to Account No. 207-115656-3 at Kotikawatte People's Bank.
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