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President Mahinda Rajapaksa, accompanied by the chief incumbent of Kandy Gedige temple, Most Ven. Polonnaruwe Shri Upali Thera and Minister Maithreepala Sirisena at the historical rock temple of Polonnaruwa



German Embassy supports dairy farming in Uva

A new project targeting the improvement of the health and nutrient status of rural plantation village communities in the Badulla district was launched by the German Embassy's special project scheme on sustainable support for social empowerment, in June 2010. The project aims at increasing the living standard of these communities as well as promoting the consumption of fresh milk products by establishing a lacteal product centre.

While providing employment and marketing training for women the program also campaigns for the positive contribution of milk products to health.


A two-day seminar for government contractors in the Northern Province was held in Vavuniya recently. Governor Northern Province, Major General G. A. Chandrasiri and Country Director of A.D.B., representative of the World Bank and Jica Richard Vokes were present. Picture shows the guests garlanded and welcomed. S. Sivasamy, Chief Secretary Northern Province is also in the picture.


 

Land and Land Development Minister Janaka Bandara Tennakoon and his Deputy Siripala Gamlath participated in a harvest in a vineyard belonging to the farmers of Kantale, Tissapura and Kanela. The cultivation of grapes was initiated under the land development project by the Department of the Commissioner General of Land. The project was a success with farmers enjoying a good harvest.


ARKEFLY flies to Colombo

ARKEFLY and TUI Netherlands had announced that they will recommence services to Sri Lanka with effect from October 6, 2010.

Operating with a frequency of weekly basis (till April 2011), TUI Netherlands brought over 100 travel agents from all corners of Holland to Colombo on a special flight on Friday October 1.

A mega familiarisation tour is scheduled to set off to experience Sri Lanka's best kept secrets well known around the globe as a travel destination.

Aitken Spence, the ground handling agents said that they are getting ready with the inevitable boom around the corner.

Undisputedly the Sri Lankan tourist industry now remains a vital element of the country's socio-economic development.

The upward trend will cushion the after effects of the conflict and the increasing air accessibility will help the future of the economy to move beyond its traditional goals.


Taboo on inferior imports - Prof Vitharana

Inferior quality imports will not be allowed into the country, said Science, Technology and Research Minister Professor Tissa Vitharana.

The Government will protect the consumer.

A report on a consignment of imported cement detained by the Customs, had been called for from the Sri Lanka Standards Institution, the Minister said.

SLSI Director General Dr. Seneweera said that the report which is being prepared will be handed over to the Minister within a few days.

The Government had gazetted 103 items which should qualify to the SLSI quality standards to enter the Sri Lanka market.

(LSAW)


Mahinda - Nimal at HRC in Geneva

Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe left for Geneva on Friday afternoon to make representations on behalf of the Government at the Human Rights Committee (HRC) of the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU).

He will be heading a team of State officials that will make submissions on behalf of Government interests against a number of issues, including the white flag allegation of Sarath Fonseka and assassinations of MPs Joseph Pararajasingham, N.Raviraj and T.Maheswaran.

Former Human Rights Minister, Samarasinghe was accompanied by Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva. (MF)


EU Mobile library in Jaffna

A mobile library which is fully funded by the European Union will be launched at the Jaffna Public Library on Thursday. The mobile library is expected to serve thousands of schoolchildren from over 100 schools in the peninsula.

The Mayor of Jaffna Mrs. Patkunarajah and the European Union Minister-Counsellor, Wim Prud’homme will launch the mobile library. This initiative is supported by the jaffna Public Library, Municipal Council of Jaffna, Zonal Education Department and Gods Own Children Foundation.

The European Union will also set up the first European Union Information Centre in Sri Lanka at the Jaffna Public Library on the same day. This initiative will be launched with the signing of an agreement between the European Union and the Jaffna Library.


Youth held over birth by girl

A youth was taken into custody in connection with an incident in which a 14-year-old girl had given birth to a baby at the Borella Castle Street Hospital.National Child Protection Authority NCPA Chairman Anoma Dissanayaka said that statement made by the girl was found to be contradictory. A DNA test will be held to prove the paternity of the baby, she said.

The police had recorded statements from the girl’s mother, sisters and other relatives. NCPA is looking after the girl and the baby, she said.


Foreigner drowns

by Jayampathy JAYASINGHE

The Judicial Medical Officer (JMO) of Nagoda Hospital Dr. Fernando who conducted the postmortem examination on the body of the Ukranian national who drowned while bathing at Moragalle had stated in his report that the death was due to asphyxia. The autopsy was carried out yesterday, the Police Media Spokesman SP Prishantha Jayakody told the Sunday Observer. Meanwhile arrangements have been made to hand over his body to his wife who accompanied him to Sri Lanka on a holiday. The couple were spending their vacation at the Eden hotel, Moragalle. The deceased was identified as Victor Polannav (54) an Ukranian national.

The tragedy occurred while he was bathing in the sea, off the Moragalle coast. Due to powerful under water currents he was dragged away but was rescued by Life Guards who brought him a shore and admitted him to the Nagoda hospital where he died.


Haj travel agents approved

The Muslim Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD) has approved 96 travel agents to conduct Haj pilgrim tours, MCAD Director Y.L.M. Navavi said.

The MCAD will not be responsible for Hadj pilgrims who went on pilgrimage through travel agents not approved by MCAD. A Haj preparatory team has been set up under the chairmanship of Western Province Governor Alavi Mowlana. Deputy Environment Minister Faizar Musthapa and former Colombo Municipal Council Deputy Mayor Asath Saley.


Island’s premier school celebrates philatelic anniversary

Philatelic Club of Royal College which is the oldest Philatelic Club in Sri Lanka is organizing its annual philatelic exhibition “Royal Philex 2010” to celebrate the 66th anniversary of the club from 7 to 9 October 2010 at the National Art Gallery, Colombo 07.

As Royal College celebrates its 175th anniversary this year, elaborate arrangements have been made to hold this year’s exhibition in a grand scale with the participation of other leading schools in Colombo.

It is organized to coincide with the World Postal Day which falls on October 9.

The opening ceremony will be on October 7 at 2.30 p.m. with the Hon. Minister of Post and Telecommunication Jeewan Kumaranatunga as the Chief Guest.


Help this child to hear

Two and a half year old P. Hasintha Promode Pathirana is suffering from severe to profound hearing loss which could be rectified by a cochlear implant. The cost is around Rs.2,800,000 for the Nucleus Cochlear Implant Fredom System, with no hospital charges.

Hasintha's parents who cannot afford the system, appeal to the generous public and contributions may be remitted to A/c No.198-2-001-3-0013392 of the People's Bank, Pallewela.

For details, please contact : 077-9125065


Help save her life

Gihani Priyangika Weeraratne Jayasuriya of No. 1, Gandara Bazzar, Matara is suffering from cancer of the thyroid. Specialists have recommended radioactive iodine treatment.

The procedure will cost Rs. 105,000. Priyangika says she is not in a position to foot this bill and hence appeals to well-wishers to assist her cause by sending financial contributions to A/c No. 1-0039-21-2368-1 of the National Savings Bank, Gandara Branch.


Kidney patient needs help

M.I. Samsudeen of No.9, Pitawetiya Road, Hali Ela is afflicted with acute renal failure.

The Consultant Nephrologist has recommended that the patient needs Rs.300,000 to meet exigencies such as special investigations and purchase of drugs.

Due to the needy circumstances his family finds it difficult to foot this bill and as such requests public contributions to be remitted to his Ac No.225-2-001-6-5727924 Peoples Bank, Hali Ela.

 

 

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