More join SLFP
Over 800 women activists of the United National Front crossed over to
the SLFP and obtained SLFP membership at the residence of Health
Promotion and Disease Minister Jayaratna Herath recently.
Redress for Negombo fishermen
Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Minister Felix Perera has intervened
to resolve constant problems faced by the fishing community in the
On the instruction of Minister Perera and Father Lester Nonis a
discussion was held to resolve the fishing community’s problems with the
participation of six fishing community divisions, Fishing Cooperation
and Multi-day boat Association at the Negombo main road church.
According to a spokesman from the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources
Ministry the fishermen thanked Minister Perera for his efforts to solve
their urgent problems. The Minister has taken steps to remove the boats
damaged by the tsunami which have been obstructing the mouth of
Kothalawela river and the stopping the use of prohibited nets.
Honorary title for Ven Vanawasi Rahula Thera
Ven Vanawasi Rahula Thera
Ven Vanawasi Rahula Thera the honorary caretaker of the Namal Uyana
forest reserve and the rose quartz hill range at Galkriyagama, is being
awarded the title Parisara Prabhodini Shasana Keerthisri by the Most Ven
Weweldeniye Medhalankara Maha Nayake Thera of the Ramanna Nikaya sect at
the Prime Minister’s Office at function presided over by the Premier
Ratnasiri Wickramanayaka tomorrow. Several members of the Maha Sangha
and distinguished invitees will grace the occasion.
A Vesak painting competition will be held among school and dharma
school children in the Neluwa Divisional Secretariat area in connection
with the Vesak festival this year.
The Neluwa DS will hold this competition under primary, junior and
All paintings should be completed using pastel, water colours or
The size of a painting is 14”x18” and all paintings must be relevant
to important events of the Buddha’s life and historical incidents of
Paintings are accepted by the Neluwa Divisional secretariat before
PM opens fair, trade complex
Prime Minister Rathnasiri Wickramanayaka will open the Kamburupitiya
weekly fair and trade complex on March 29 at 3.00 p.m.
The Southern Province Rural Economic Development Project has spent Rs.
300,000 for this.
AGM and get-together
The Annual General Meeting of the Old Boys' Association of Veyangoda
Bandaranaike Central College will be held tomorrow at 9.30 a.m. at the
college auditorium. Enrollment of new members will take place on this
The Ceylon Association for the Mentally Retarded will hold its 41st
Annual General Meeting for the election of office-bearers for 2010-2011,
on March 31 at 6.00 p.m. at Connie Welikela Hall, 435/1, Galle Road,
The meeting will be preceded by a fellowship from 5.00 p.m. to 6.00
The Annual General Meeting of Kegalle Pinnawala Madya Maha Vidyalaya
Old Boys Association (2002 group) will be held at the College premises
tomorrow at 9 a.m.
Lecture on "Peace process in South Asia" Series II organised by the
Sri Lanka Muslim Welfare Association will be held at the MLSC Auditorium
on March 27 at 4.00 p.m.
Jaffna University convocation
The 25th convocation of Jaffna University was held yesterday, March
26 after a lapse of five years, at Kailasapathy hall.
Undergraduates of the years 2005, 2006 and 2007 who completed degree
courses received their degrees at this convocation.
During the three years 2005, 2006, 2007, 3,972 students have
successfully completed their course.
Of this number 1,324 received their degrees on the first day of the
The others will receive their degrees today and tomorrow.
University Chancellor Professor M. Sivasooriyar presided at the
The last convocation was held on October 2005.
US Embassy employees donate blood
Over 50 employees from the U.S. Embassy volunteered to donate blood
to the Colombo National Blood Bank during the Embassy's Annual Health
During the event, healthcare providers also conducted general health,
dental, vision, physiotherapy, breast cancer awareness, and
cardiovascular screening, while others led sessions on ayurvedic
medicine, yoga, and basic first aid.
RI for committing robbery
An accused in a robbery case found guilty of the charges preferred
against him was sentenced to seven years rigorous imprisonment and fined
Rs. 20,000 by Matara High Court Judge Sisira Kumara Ratnayake.
The judge also imposed a further one year's RI on the accused in
default of the fine.
In this case, Vidanapathiranage Dayawansa alias 'Ping Pong' was
indicted for having a three-wheeler, a mobile phone, a wrist watch and
some cash from a taxi driver after threatening to shoot him with a
Partners in crime
A female clerk attached to the Ruhunu Development Bank (RDB) and her
husband who had fraudulently drawn Rs. 51,49,313.32 through 21 cheques
belonging to the same bank were taken into custody by the Colombo Crime
Investigation Department's Special Crime Investigation Unit.
The couple reported to be residents of Batapola produced before
Matara Additional Magistrate Lasith Madanayake were remanded until April
The suspects who had fraudulently taken money by drawing 21 cheques
of the Ruhunu Development Bank had deposited this money in five accounts
of various banks. They had withdrawn the money and had bought a van,
three-wheeler and jewellery, these items had been produced in Court.
Tharunnayata Hetak President Namal
Rajapaksa with Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Minister Felix
Perera after a rally organized in North Batagama, Ja-Ela to
ensure victory for the UPFA at the April 8 general election.
Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayaka in
conversation with a group of visiting Japanese students who
called on him accompanied by a Buddhist prelate at the Prime
Minister’s office Thursday.
A new Budu Medura built at the Kandy
Asgiriya Maha Viharaya Pirivena was opened yesterday. Here the
Most Ven. Udugama Sri Buddarakkhita Mahanayaka Thera of the
Asgiriya Chapter handing over a memento to Indrakumara de Silva
and Mrs de Silva who donated the Budu Medura at the meeting
which followed. Picture by Gamini Ramanayake