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Spot fines for seat belt law breakers

Cabinet approval has been granted to impose spot fines on motorists contravening seat belt regulations, Environment Minister Anura Priyadharshana Yapa said.

Addressing the press Minister Yapa said that on a proposal by Transport Minister Kumara Welgama Cabinet approved to amend Section 157 A (4) of the Motor Traffic Act to enable spot fines to be imposed in a similar manner on drivers and passengers traveling in the front seat of vehicles who contravene the seat belt regulations.


Sri Lanka Fisheries Atlas launched

Assisted by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development and the National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency (NARA) have produced the first volume of Sri Lanka Fisheries Atlas.

This colourful Atlas, designed on the lines of the National Atlas of Sri Lanka, incorporates the results of surveys and management plans developed for commercially important and export-oriented coastal resources such as sea cucumber, chank, shrimp, lobster and marine aquarium fish in the Northwest, south and east coasts of Sri Lanka. Funds provided under projects supported by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) and the technical support provided by FAO has enabled NARA to conduct exhaustive surveys to determine the distribution and abundance of these resources.

In addition, NARA and the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources have successfully mobilized the fishing communities, traders and other stakeholders involved in these fisheries to develop management plans for sustainable utilization of these valuable resources.


Vavuniya office for Department of Immigration and Emigration

Arrangement have been made to open a Regional Office of the Department of Immigration and Emigration in Vavuniya at Outer Circular Road in the heart of Vavuniya city.

It was setup under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, under the supervision of Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Secretary to the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development will be opened with the presence of Major General G.A. Chandrasiri, Governor for the Northern Province and Rishad Bathiudeen, Minister of Industry and Commerce on the invitation of W.A. Chulananda Perera, the Controller General of Immigration and Emigration on Wednesday, 8 February, at the auspicious time of 9.31 a.m.

New passports could be secured within ten days and all amendments including passport renewals are available in one day through this regional office.


Holy Prophet's birthday celebrations in Galle

An elaborate program has been drawn to mark the Holy Prophet Muhammed's Birthday by the Galle Muslim Cultural Association (Incorporated) (GMCA).

This year's Meelad program kicked off with all island contests in oratory, calligraphy, Quran recital, Islamic songs, 'Do you know' contests and an Azan recital. Children from all parts of the island including from the North and the East participated at these events.

The grand finale will be the public meeting and prize distribution ceremony to be held at 4.00 p.m. today at the Galle Fort Ramparts. Dr. Mohammed Nabi Hassani Pour, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran will be the chief guest. Seyed Ali Zahir Moulana, Chairman, Eravur Pradeshiya Sabha and Alhaj Thaalath Ismail, President Inthihaadu Ahlisunnathi Wal Jamaa-ath will be the guests of honour. The guest speaker will be Moulavi Abdul Haleem Lecturer, Zahira College, Colombo.


South Indian author to be feted

Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne will be the chief guest at a ceremony to felicitate South Indian author, M.A. Jabbar, the translator of the English version of Muhammed the Prophet, on February 10 at 4 p.m. at Zahira College, Colombo.

The event is organised by the Muslim Media Forum.


Info on Dr. Richard Pathirana needed

Ranjith Amarakeerthi Palihapitiya who has authored over 70 books on different themes is collecting information for a biography of former Education Minister Dr. Richard Pathirana.

He appeals to those who are in possession of any relevant material or sources to kindly contact him on : 0710446727/ 0771859960, E-mail rapalihaptiya@ymail.com


Kidney patient needs help

Mrs. Mala Hewavitharana of No. 19, Arahenawatte, Kemagoda, Dikwella is suffering from acute renal failure.

Consultant Nephrologist Dr. Rasika Lanerolle has recommended kidney transplant which is estimated to cost Rs. 1 million.

Due to needy circumstances, her family finds it difficult to foot the medical bill and therefore appeals for public contributions which could be remitted to A/C No. 13520 01761 86655 of People's Bank, Dikwella or A/C No. 30720 01700 25325 of People's Bank, Gandara.


Appeal: hearing impediment

Three-year-old baby W. M. Sahiru Vinjeetha Wijekoon of Kekulakada, Wewagama, Kuliyapitiya, the only child in the family is suffering from a hearing impediment.

The Consultant Surgeon Dr. H. M. S. B. Ethulgama of Sirimavo Bandaranaike Childrens Hospital, Kandy has recommended Cochlear Implant surgery which is estimated to cost Rs. 2.4 million.

The parents who find it difficult to foot the medical bill appeal for public contributions which could be remitted to A/C No. 719 40159 of the Bank of Ceylon, Kuliyapitiya.

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