People’s President : Remembering Ananda
President Mahinda Rajapaksa participated at the 100th birth
anniversary commemoration of Sri Lanka’s National anthem
composer Ananda Samarakoon at Temple Tress yesterday. Artistes
and schoolchildren also participated. Here President Rajapaksa
interacting with schoolchildren. Cultural Affairs Minister TB
Ekanayake, Cultural Affairs Ministry Secretary Wimal Rubasinghe,
Professor Sunil Ariyaratne and Professor Carlo Fonseka were also
present. Picture by Sudath Silva
First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa visited the
Colombo Eye Hospital recently to look into the progress of seven
year old girl Vengai Vekalai, an inmate of the Siriliya Sevana
Childrens’ Home in the North who had undergone an operation to
correct a defect in one of her eyes. Consultant eye surgeon Dr
Charith Fonseka who performed the operation on the request of
the First Lady and Hospital Director Dr S Liyanagama are also in
the picture. Picture by Lalith Welivitigoda
Senior Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayaka
being greeted by new Brazil President Dilma Rouseff at her
inauguration in Brasilia, the capital of Brazil
UNP to contest under Ranil
The United National Party (UNP) will contest the forthcoming Local
Government election under the leadership of Ranil Wickremesinghe.
Meanwhile the UNP Working Committee yesterday decided to appoint
office-bearers of the party including the party leader in compliance
with the UNP Constitution, after the upcoming Local Government
The Working Committee has decided to appoint Nomination Boards to
select candidates for the LG elections at provincial level for the first
time in the party's history.
A six member Appeals Board and a National Committee comprising 12
members have been appointed by the Working Committee.
A person who appeared on behalf of an accused in an illicit drug case
was sentenced to two year rigorous imprisonment by Panadura Magistrate
Ranga Dissanayake. When the case against the accused was called before
the Court, some other person appeared before Court and got into the
The magistrate felt suspicion and inquired whether he is the accused.
He denied. The Court Sergeant was ordered by the magistrate to file a
plaint against him for acting as the accused in the case.
The Teacher Training Colleges final exam and the first year exam of
the weekend Teacher Training Course for non-graduate teachers scheduled
to be held from January 18 to 23 have indefinitely been postponed due to
inclement weather, said a communique issued by the Education Ministry.
The communique said study leave would be cancelled. The holiday to be
given on 21 January for the schools earmarked for holding exam would
also be cancelled.
Distilling equipment seized
Two Thousand one hundred twenty drams of Goda, 480 drams (60
Bottles-) of Kasippu and distilling equipment were seized in a house at
Waduwegama by Biyagama police last Tuesday morning.
The house owner was arrested in this connection.
The suspect was produced before the Gampaha Magistrate Courts on
Foreigner nabbed with gold
A foreigner bound to Chennai from Colombo was nabbed for possessing
gold worth over Rs 1.7 million at the Bandaranaike International
The gold weighing over 350 grams was found from the woman’s hand bag.
The gold was confiscated and find Rs 100,000.
Foreign countries assist flood victims
Justice Minister Rauff Hakeem has contacted the foreign Missions, the
Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Pakistan and
the Maldives, seeking assistance for those who have been affected by the
These countries have positively responded to the Minister’s request.
The flood which is believed to be the worst since 1957 has claimed a
large number of lives.
Thousands of people have been displaced besides houses and public
properties being damaged.
Eastern Province educational exhibition in Kinniya
The Eastern provincial Council will hold an Educational Exhibition
titled “Towards the Unity of the Nation” in Kinniya. This exhibition
will be held from February 28 to March 4 at four schools. The schools
are T/ Kinniya Central College, T/Al-Aqsa College, T/Al-Hira Girls’ MV
and T/Abdul Majeed Vidyalaya, Eastern Provincial Council Chairman I H M
M Faiz said.
This exhibition has been categorized under four segments namely
Educational Exhibition, Institutional Exhibition, Industrial Exhibition
There will also be competition and the winning schools will get
prizes and certificates. The schools chosen from Provincial Level will
get gold medals and certificates. The principals, teachers and the
students of these schools will also be honoured. Those who wish to
participates can contact H M M Faiz, President, Exhibition Committee,
Eastern Provincial Council, Inner Harbour Road, Trincomalee. For details
contact: S Navaratnam – Secretary 0773674875 or A Hamsa – Coordinator
Suspects in cheque fraud apprehended
The Central District Special Investigation Unit has apprehended five
persons who had fraudulently changed a cheque valued at three million
rupees from a State bank account of a leading financial institution in
Kandy. This cheque is reported to have been stolen from the financial
institution and under false signatures, it had been cashed by the five
After a lengthy investigation the Investigation Unit was able to nab
the five suspects, one is an employee of the institution and two others
Central Province Senior DIG Gamini Navaratne and DIG Nihal Samarakone
instructed by Central District Special Investigation Unit’s OIC Chief
Police Inspector Gunaratna Banda, Police Inspector L Chandrasekera to
conduct further investigations.
Samanera ordination program
Abayamudalindaramaya of Weliwitiya, Panadura will hold a Samanera
ordination program of 35 children to mark the Buddha Jayanthi 2600
centenary on January 17.
Ven Rajakeeya Panditha Sri Sumangala Maha Nayaka Thera of Amarapura
sector will preside over the religious event which starts at 10 am.
A Sangika dana for 125 bikkhus will also be given to signify the
Prime Minister D M Jayaratne will take part in the event as the Chief
Guest with several Ministers and Parliamentarians.
Suspects in ‘turtle soup’ bailed
Weligama police recently apprehended two suspects who allegedly had a
live turtle in their possession whom they were apparently going to kill
any time soon.
The suspect was produced before Matara Magistrate Udesh Ranatunga who
took a close look at the turtle and ordered the police to release it to
the sea immediately. Further, according to the magistrate’s order, two
suspects were released on surety bail of Rs. 200,000.
LOLC launches 'SPEED DRAFT'
Lanka ORIX Leasing Company Ltd. (LOLC) has introduced a product named
SPEED DRAFT. The new product is mainly focused at providing speedy
financial solutions to the Sri Lankan business community.
The main feature of LOLC's SPEED DRAFT facility is that it fulfills
the short-term financing requirements of customers by providing them
with the required amount as and when they need it.
LOLC Group Managing Director and CEO Kapila Jayawardena said, "The
SPEED DRAFT facility which meets the expectations of our clients would
also attract the new clientele as it has brought a 'true plus' in
comparison with the other financial solutions in connection with
short-term financial solutions which are available in the market at
"It is important for customers to be able to obtain a facility which
will allow them the flexibility of usage and repayment as and when they
want it, in order to be able to support the growth of their business,"
The new product is structured to be less costly and more feasible for
one's business, as interest will be accrued purely based on usage. As
the name "SPEED DRAFT" denotes, the customers will be able to obtain a
speedy and convenient service from any one of LOLC branches located
This product will target the corporate and SME sectors initially, and
at a latter stage, it will be introduced to the micro level segment.
LOLC serves a large customer base from the corporate and microfinance
sectors, whilst its largest client segment is from the SME sector which
amounts to as much as 80 percent. "The SME segment is the backbone of
our country's economy. While we make conscious efforts in providing them
superior financial solutions, we also work closely with multilateral
agencies in sourcing out funds at concessionary rate and getting them
across to the SME sector, paving the way for economic growth," he said.
Best Landscaped Hotel in CP:
Grand Hotel recognized
The Grand Hotel which has been the traditional winner of the annual
'April Blooms Flower Show' for over three decades bagging the
'Commercial Large' sector prizes for the Best Garden, Best Lawn, Best
Fences and Hedges, Best Collection of Potted Plants, Best Flower
Arrangement (large) have now also become a major competitor at the
provincial level, a spokesman for the hotel said.
The Nagarayata Uyanwathu contest, a concept by the Central Province
Governor, Tikiri Kobbekaduwa, is a project carried out to develop home
gardens, floriculture and landscaping covering the districts of Kandy,
Matale and Nuwara Eliya urban areas in collaboration with the Central
Province Governor's Office and the Central Provincial Council
Agriculture Ministry, Provincial Agriculture Department, Provincial
Education Department, Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens, Agrarian
Development Department and the Kandy, Matale and Nuwara Eliya Municipal
Nabbed for possessing narcotics
Biyagama Police nabbed three suspects including a woman with three
packets or heroin in a house at Yabaraluwa, Panikigodella on Tuesday.
The suspects are from Kandy, Avissawella and Yabaraluwa. They were
produced before the Gampaha Magistrate Courts on Wednesday.
The police team which made this arrest was led by Biyagama Police,
OIC CIP Shantha Thilakaratne, SI Waduwawala and SI Wijelal.
LLB postponed program selection test
The Selection Test for the LLB program of the Open University of Sri
Lanka scheduled to be held on January 16 has been postponed due to the
bad weather experienced in some parts of the country. The test will be
held on February 13 according to the scheduled time as mentioned in the
admission card. The admission already issued is valid for the
Buddhist panel talk
The Colombo Young Men's Buddhist Association next Buddhist public
panel discussion on Constraints in observing the Five Precepts will be
held on January 16 at 10 am at its Borella building.
Retired Education Director Asoka Devendra and Maharagama Cancer
Hospital Director Dr Kanishka Karunaratne are the panelists.
Rajah Kuruppu will be the moderator
A workshop on stress management through meditation organized by the
Dehiwela YMBA will be held on January 23 from 8 am to 12.30 pm. The
medium of instruction will be Sinhala and English. The techniques of
developing mindfulness will be discussed and practiced during this
The resource person and the teacher is Professor Raja de Alwis.
Singaporean Architect Ashvin Kumar will speak on Learning from the
Singapore Experience - Transmission of knowledge Vs Progress at the
Union Ballroom of Hilton Colombo Residencies 200, Union Place, Colombo
today at 5.45 pm.
The lecture is open only to the corporate members of the Sri Lanka
Institute of Architects. Contents of the lecture would be available on
request from the Sri Lanka Institute of Architects.
The monthly Islamic lecture series in the shade of the Holy Quran
organized by conference of Sri Lankan Malays will be held on January 19
at 10 am at 63, Dematagoda Road, Colombo 9 close to the Islamic Book
Moulavi TD Ramdeen will speak on Consumption of meat and its
implications in the contemporary context.
The Liberal Party together with the Council for Liberal Democracy has
organized a lecture by Prof Rajiva Wijesinha to celebrate the 24th
anniversary of the founding of the Liberal Party and the 30th
anniversary of the founding of the Council for Liberal Democracy on
January 18 at 5.30pm at the OPA Auditorium, Wijesundara Mawata, Colombo
7 on Senior Ministers in the context of the 1978 Constitution.
HIV and prevention
The inaugural ceremony of the HIV and Prevention program of the HIV
and prevention division of the Health Ministry Tharunyata Wagakeemak
will be held on January 18 from 9 am to 2 pm at the National youth
The new mobile Archeologies Exhibition Atheetha Abhimana Heatak
organized by the Archaeological department under the auspices of the
National Heritages Ministry will be opened today at 10 am by National
Heritages Minister Dr Jagath Balasooriya.
Prof Rajah de Alwis will deliver a public talk in English on an
introduction to Anapana Sati Meditation at the meeting of the Servants
of Buddha Society on January 15 at 4.30 pm at Maithree Hall, Lauries
UN supports flood-affected
The United Nations (UN) will launch an appeal for emergency funds in
the coming week to meet the needs of communities.
“We are helping the Government to collect information on needs, which
will be compiled into a flash appeal, to rally donors to support and
expand ongoing national efforts to respond to important needs in
flood-affected areas,” United Nations President and Humanitarian
Coordinator Neil Buhne said.
“We share the strong concern over the immediate requirements of over
one million affected especially the most vulnerable including children.
He added that UN will also look at the longer term effects from damage
to agriculture, infrastructure and housing”.
The World Food Program (WFP) is providing emergency food assistance
for some 400,000 flood-affected, totaling almost Rs 55 million.
WFP lends helping hand
The Economic Development Ministry with the concurrence of the United
Nations World Food Program (UNWFP) have provided 405,63 mt, 190.34 mt,
49.60 mt and 16.12 mt of World Food Program commodities to 318,500,
153,500, 40,000 and 13,000 flood victims of Batticaloa, Ampara,
Tincomalee and Polonnaruwa Districts totalling 699.9 mt valued at Rs 55
The above commodities have already been dispatched.
This is in response to the request made by Economic Development
Minister Basil Rajapaksa on behalf of the Government.