Most of North free of landmines
Around 1,312 square kilometres of the Northern
Province has been cleared of landmines by the Army with the help of
seven groups. There are only 103 square kilometres left to be
cleared in the Northern Province, Economic Development Ministry
Additional Secretary Nihal Somaweera said.
Illegal timber seized
The STF arrested 11 persons and seized a large
consignment of illegally felled timber worth over Rs one million and
equipment and machines, including tractors at four locations on
Sunday and Monday. Teak, Sandalwood , Palu and Katakala logs were
among the seized timber. The suspects had been engaged in the
illegal racket using a large sawing mill, powerful chain saws,
manual saws, axes to fell and piece the timber and tractors and
lorries to transport them.