All set for Sripada season
Everything is ready for the inauguration of the annual Sripada season
this year. The trek to the mountain is clear and passable for
pedestrians on the route from Nallathanniya. Despite heavy rains in the
recent past the route from Nallathanniya has been cleared by local
bodies and voluntary organizations in the Nallathanniya town.
Permanent and temporary traders and business people are busy in
making up to date of their business premises.
Meanwhile, foreign tourists have begun to arrive in Nallathanniya
town and climb Sripada in hundreds.
Curbing crime in Batticaloa
Civil Defence squads will be established in the Batticaloa District
to curb crime in the village level, Civil Defence Force Director General
Senior Superintendent of Police Nandana Wijewardene said. He expressed
these views at a seminar held at the Batticaloa Municipal Council Hall
Wednesday under the patronage of Police Senor Superintendent I M
Karunaratne. District Senior Police officers, religious leaders and 600
Civil Defence force members of the 12 police divisions participated.
Rubber industry promoted
The Rubber Development Department (RDD) has launched a program to
promote rubber cultivation in five Divisional Secretariat areas in the
Rubber has been planted in 117 hectares as a new cultivation and 747
hectares has been replanted in Malimbada, Akuressa, Mulatiyana,
Kamburupitiya and Pitabeddara Divisional Secretariat areas.
The Rubber Development Department has granted Rs 1,660,500 for new
planting activities and Rs 980,249 cultivators for replanting of rubber.
Families to get deeds
Ranbima ownership deeds will be distributed among 5,000 families in
the Hambantota district, Land Reform Commission Chairman Nimal S
These families did not receive ownership to their lands for decades
and underwent hardships in obtaining cultivation and housing loans.
Help this girl
Sulakkana K Jayasekera (13) is suffering from Hypertrophic
Cardiomyopathy (HCM). This leads to Ventricular Tachycardia and Sudden
Cardiac Death (SCD). Her father died at 50 and her sister aged 18, has
the same condition. She is at very high risk of SCD.
She need early implantation of an ICD. The cost of the device is Rs
Financial assistance can be sent to 013020408039 of Hatton National
The Sangamiththa Perahera of Dankotuwa Divisional Secretarial South
Pitigalkada Korale Kudavila Bhodhiwansarama temple will be held under
the patronage of Ven Koswaththe Dhammamloka Thera on December 19 at 7.30
The annual Patrician Christmas get-together organized by the Alumni
Association of St Patrick's College, Jaffna, Colombo Branch, will be
held on December 19 at 6.30pm at Hotel Concord, Dehiwela.
St Patrick's College, Jaffna Rector Rev Fr Jero Selvanayagam will be
the Chief Guest. Members will felicitate Fr Rector with the presentation
of a memento to mark his Sacerdotal Silver Jubilee.
Colombo University Centre for the Study of Human Rights will launch
three of its publications titled 'Social Equity and Rights Assessment,
Review of the Quazi Court System in Sri Lanka and the Normative
Framework on Internal Displacement: S Literature Review, on December 17
at 2.30pm at the SLFI.
Colombo Chetty Association members will celebrate the 91st
anniversary of their Christmas carols today from 7pm at Lion's Activity
Centre, Hekitta Road, Wattala.
The annual get-together of the Colombo Association of old students of
the Vidyartha College, Kandy, will be held at the Grand Oriental Hotel,
Colombo on December 18 at 7pm.
Kerala coconuts to Sri Lanka
The Government yesterday decided to import coconuts from Kerala and
several other Asian countries to arrest the soaring coconut prices in
the local market.
According to Trade, Consumer Affairs and Cooperatives Ministry
Secretary Sunil S Sirisena, the imported coconut will be sold to
consumers between Rs 25 to Rs 30.
He said the Government will allow coconut exporters and the Coconut
Development Board to import coconut from Asian countries during the
O-L impersonator nabbed
A person was arrested for impersonation at the GCE O-L examination at
President's College, Veyangoda on Wednesday. The person was arrested by
the Chief Examiner following a tip-off. The impersonator and the
candidate were due to be produced before Attanagalle Magistrate Court
Veyangoda Police are investigating.
Man nabbed with hooch
A man was arrested with 10 barrels of Goda, two cans of illicit
liquor and brewing equipment at Andiambalama in Katunayake Police
Permanent places needed
English and Tamil language Instructors who conduct language
proficiency classes for government servants under the Official Language
Department in schools in the Kurunegala town request the North Western
Province Chief Minister to take action to provide them with permanent
place to conduct their classes.
They have made this decision following an incident that took place on
A gold chain worth Rs. 80,000 of a female Management Assistant was
snatched by two robbers who had come on a motor bike on a by-road
leading to the Kurunegala Zahira College.
Human rights safeguarded in Lanka - Minister
Sri Lanka always believes in safeguarding human rights, Mass Media
and Information Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said.
The Minister told the weekly Cabinet press briefing yesterday that
steps have already been taken to safeguard the rights of every person.
The Minister said Sri Lanka is maintaining food ties with
neighbouring countries, especially India.
India has been assisting Sri Lanka and Sri Lanka also assists India,
Awareness program on international trade
Immediate past President of TFAB Parama Dharmawardene
deliveirng a lecture at the awareness program
The Trade Finance Association of Bankers (TFAB) conducted an
awareness program on International Trade recently at Green Breeze Hotel
in Ambalantota for the prospective clients interested in International
This seminar was organized by the Hambantota Business Solution, a
subsidiary of the Hambantota District Chamber of Commerce (HDCC) and it
was attended by over 35 individuals and corporate bodies interested in
Imports and Exports.
A series of events have been organized to mark the 92nd birth
anniversary of Sri Rohana Chapter Mahanayake of the Shyamopali Maha
Nikaya and Ruhunu University Chancellor Most Ven Aththudawe Sri Rahula
Thera which falls on December 19.
Rahula Thera who authored the Sri Sumangala biography, the biggest
biography published in Sri Lanka was awarded the Honours Degree for
literature by the Ruhunu University and also the Pravachana Visharada
title by the Sri Rohana Sanga Sabha.
Bentota Dalada Perahera
The annual Dalada Perahera of Bentota will be held on December 19.
This Perahera is conducted every year in memory of the Arahant Maha
Kasyapa whose tooth relic is enshrined at the Galapatha Raja Maha
The Annual General Meting of the Old Girls’ Association Colombo
Branch of Sujatha College, Matara will be held at the Jana Kala Centre,
Pelawatta, Battaramulla on December 18 at 9.30 am.