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Malwatta Prelate tours Jaffna

(DN) Malwatta Mahanayaka Most Ven Thibbotuwawe Sri Sumangala Thera was given a rousing reception when he visited the Naga viharaya. Thousands of people, Army and Police officers welcomed the Prelate on arrival. A group of Bhikkhus accompanied the Mahanayaka Thera.

The Malwatta Mahanayaka Thera visited the Nallur Kandasamy Temple, Public Library and Jaffna Fort area.

The Prelate also presented educational equipment to 1,500 students at the Vadamarachi and Tenamarachi Educational Zones and also conducted religious ceremony at the Army Officers' quarters.

SLTB motorcycle squad to nab errant drivers

(DN) The SLTB has formed seven motorcycle teams to bring the offenders who do not follow the laws within the Western Province to book. The major objective of the program is to avoid passenger injuries and deaths in road accidents and improve road safety.

All illegal activities of conductors and drivers relating to not issuing tickets, travelling without uniforms and passengers travelling without tickets, will be punished.

Sri Lanka initiates programs to create awareness on energy saving and sustainable energy

(CP) Sri Lanka's Power and Energy Ministry has organized a national energy exhibition, an energy week and the National Energy Efficiency Award ceremony from August 3-8 at the BMICH in Colombo. President Mahinda Rajapaksa is to inaugurate the event on August 3.

Power and Energy Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said the Ministry's initiative expects to create awareness on the importance of energy saving and the use of sustainable energy.

Ayurvedic medicine: Chronic renal diseases can be completely cured

(DN) An Ayurvedic medicinal research has found out that chronic renal diseases could be completely cured through indigenous medicines rather than western medicine.

The high concentration of fluoride in water had caused the spread of the disease according to the findings, "We warned the people about some wells they used for drinking water from and requested them not to use water from them," he said. Indigenous drugs were administered to patients at the renal clinics conducted in the North Central Province. Those who responded positively to indigenous medication were selected for the full treatment course.

The program was implemented at the Anuradhapura Teaching Hospital as many of the kidney patients are from the North Central Province.

Hambantota Harbour water filling on Aug 15

(DN) The initial water filling of Hambantota Harbour will take place on August 15 at 10 am under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The first commercial ship is scheduled to arrive at the Hambantota harbour by November this year. The Hambantota Harbour could be considered as the second largest harbour in the country. It has been constructed at a total cost of US$ 440 million.

The first stage of the project was funded by the Government of China



Over 400 herds of Elephants can be seen at Minneriya National Park

(OGNP) The Minneriya National Park has become a popular tourist destination. The number of foreigners visiting the Minneriya National Park is on the increase and more than 120 foreigners visit the park each day and this number doubles during the weekends. A similar increase is also shown in the number of local tourists visiting the Park.

A prominent tourist attraction to the park is the possibility of citing of elephants and the Park officials say that more than 400 herds of elephants can be seen on the banks of Minneriya wewa during this season. These herds of elephants come to the banks of the Minneriya to have fresh grass.

Spread over 8890 hectares, the park is located 182 Km away from Colombo. The Government declared it as a national park in 1997.

More than 2/3 of cooked food kiosks in Sri Lanka capital below standard

(CP) Colombo Municipal Council has found out that 380 of the inspected places where cooked food is sold in the city are below standard.

This was revealed when the Public Health Department of the Colombo Municipal Council inspected 480 eating places in the city.

The Municipal Council has given the low standard eating places a time frame to improve their standards.

Sri Lanka tops world in breast feeding

(DN) Around 98 percent of child births take place in hospitals in Sri Lanka and 79 percent of the infants receive breast milk within the first hour of birth. Around 75 percent of infants receive only breast milk during their first six months, Dr. Deepika Attygalle said.

Free health services and high literacy rate of the public are some of the reasons that stand behind the country's success.

According to Dr. Attygalle no company in the world have ever produced a substitute to breast milk. Scientific studies have revealed that during different times of the day the nutrients of the breast milk change and the milk offer different nutrients at different times of the day. The infant receive different nutrients when it suck breast milk from mother at different times (morning, mid day, evening, night etc). 

Sri Lanka to send jaguars, alligators to thank NGO

(JAD) Sri Lanka is donating 153 rare or endangered animals to Korea, including a pair of elephants, golden snub-nosed monkeys, jaguars and alligators, to thank a nongovernmental organization that helps Sri Lankan laborers.

According to Kim Hae-sung, founder of an NGO called the Global Love Sharing Center, Seoul Grand Park had asked Sri Lanka to donate 14 species close to extinction and was surprised by the country´s reaction.

These animals are literally priceless because trading in endangered species, especially elephants, is prohibited.

Skoool website launched

(DN) The official website of the skoool learning and teaching program was inaugurated at the Education Ministry in Battaramulla yesterday. The website will provide tools set to revolutionize the level of learning.

Intel EM Country Business Manager Indika De Zoysa said with the launch of the website, Intel aims to reach all corners of Sri Lanka through a method which will bring together teachers and students and provide them with the tools required to help improve the standard of education in a far more engaging way.

The skoool learning and teaching program was recognized at the United Nations World Summit on ICT in 2003.



Colombo readies for Fun & Frolic

(OGNP) Sri Lanka’s Colombo metropolitan is going to have fun and frolic in a dedicated area to serve for night life in the post war era. Sri Lanka especially the city of Colombo is becoming the busiest town with business booming with influx of large number of tourists and travelers.

According to City administrator the special area set apart for night lie on the weekends in a carnival like atmosphere with food courts from the Colombo’s Star hotels.

In the meantime the government has also drawn up a master plan to reclaim around 500 acres of land in the sea south of Colombo to set up extravaganza village with all fun and frolic under the tourism development plan.

No cast or creed

(Island) Surgeons at the Kandy hospital have successfully transplanted the kidneys of a brain dead Tamil youth to two Sinhala youths today, at the request of the deceased boy’s mother.

Surgen P.K. Harischandra of the Kidney Transplant Unit of the Kandy hospital said the transplant was completed successfully and the mother of the Tamil boy has stated that she is happy that two lives were saved.

Norochcholai Power Plant to be operational in last week of November

(CP) The first phase of construction of the Norochcholai Power Plant at Puttalam in northwestern Sri Lanka is nearing completion and expects to be operational in November.

The first coal firing at the coal power plant is scheduled for the last week of November and the authorities expects the delivery of the first coal shipment at the site in the first week of November 2010.

The first phase of the Norochcholai coal power plant is to inject 300 MW to the main grid by 2011 while the second phase is scheduled to be completed by 2013 and is expected to inject 600 MW to the national grid.

Peace filled every heart with new hopes - Nayake Thera

(DN) Every mother's hope during the past 30 years was to protect their children. Today with the dawning of peace their hearts are filled with new hopes. Now they can expect a developed country filled with spiritual values, Ven. Vinayacharya Panditha Galle Sasanarathana Nayake Thera said.

Ven Sasanarathana Nayaka Thera commenting on President Mahinda Rajapaksa's service to the nation stated that death fear has disappeared from the country that plagued it for nearly thirty years. It was the responsibility of all to unite to defeat all the inimical forces both local and foreign that affect the freedom of the country.

Lanka's health sector a success - WHO representative

(DN) The world salutes Sri Lanka for doing so much with so little and pushing the country from low income level to low middle income level status.

Sri Lanka's maternal and infant mortality rates have significantly gone down. The war which retarted the country's development for three decades is now over and stability is there, WHO Representative in Sri Lanka, Dr F R Mehta said.

New British visa application centre

(DN) The new Visa application centre of the British High Commission was opened recently at level five Access Towers, Union Place Colombo 2.

Speaking at the event, the High Commissioner said there are improved new facilities including a premium lounge as the High Commission considers the Visa application office as an important operation. It shows the commitment of the UK Border Agency and its commercial partner VFS Global to visa customers here and the Maldives to provide an enhanced and smooth customer service.

Details on how to make visa applications could be obtained on website

'Halal needs regulatory framework'

(DN)  The local Halal industry needs a strong regulatory framework with the increase in demand for Halal products in the country.

Addressing the second Sri Lanka Islamic Banking and Finance Conference, Thomson Reuters (USA) Global Head of Islamic Finance Rushdi Siddiqui said "it is essential to have more Government regulations for the Halal industry in Sri Lanka. Measures should be taken to set up an international body for the certification process. We are going to invite the Gulf region and Thailand to convene it here," he said.

Some specialized knowledge and more professionals are required to understand the complexity in the Halal industry to sustain the business.



Welikada Prison relocation to free 40 acres of prime land

(DM) The Welikada Prison complex covers some very valuable prime land, 40 acres in extent, within the City of Colombo. It is assessed at a minimum value of Rs. 15 billion.

It will be up for grabs once the Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms Ministry carries out its ambitious prison reform programme, which include the relocation of prisons, said Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms Minister D.E.W.Gunasekara.Sri Lanka’s prisons system will go through a series of changes, including the relocation of almost all the major prisons (such as Welikada, Bogambara and Jaffna; and the Borella Magazine remand prison) within the next two years, at a cost of over Rs. 10 billion, Mr. Gunasekara said.

Red Cross in urgent need of funds to assist Sri Lanka's displaced

(CP) The International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) is in urgent need of funds to enable Sri Lanka Red Cross (SLRC) to provide assistance to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) of Sri Lanka as only 40 percent of an emergency appeal made in April was covered with contributions received to date, including pledges in the pipeline.

In a report released by the IFRC yesterday, the organization said an emergency appeal was launched in April seeking USD 3.4 million to enable the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society to provide assistance to about 5,000 families (25,000 people) for 24 months.

Sri Lanka welcomes Indian Govt. representative

(OGNP) The Sri Lankan government will welcome the Indian prime minister's special envoy to discuss with authorities on the resettlement process of IDPs.

Government spokesman, media and Information minister Keheliya Rambukwella told journalists on Tuesday that that the government welcomes India's help to promote livelihood process of IDP.



Domestic consumers permitted to produce power for their own use

(OGNP) The Ministry of Power and Energy has taken a new step to allow the domestic consumers to produce their own power requirements.

The Minister of Power and Energy Patali Champika Ranawaka said that the Ministry has decided to permit the generation of power within households with alternative sources such as wind or solar.

Consumers will have the option of producing energy more than they require. Excess power could be sold to the Electricity Board.

Sri Lankans eat more rice

(CP) Sri Lankan agricultural authorities say that the per capita rice consumption has gone up by 15% in recent times.

Director General of Agriculture Kamal N. Mankotte says that the rice consumption per person has increased from 100 kilos per annum to 115 kilos per annum.

Meanwhile the per capita wheat flour consumption of Sri Lanka is 30 to 40 kilos per annum, the official says.

Wheat flour consumption is still high among the Upcountry Tamil plantation workers. Malnutrition is also high among this community that lives in estate line houses amidst lower living standards and low income.

Peace brings red onion to south from north of Sri Lanka

Red Onion Seller Sri Lanka Es(CP) With the opening of the Jaffna - Kandy A-9 highway following the end of war, the red onion harvest of Jaffna is reaching south, a Sri Lankan radio Neth FM reported.

The farmers bring their harvest to Dambulla Special Economic Center, a major wholesale food market in the country, to obtain better prices, the radio said.

Jaffna farmers are well known for onion cultivation and Jaffna red onion had a good demand from south. However, the war prevented the commodity to reach south for many years due to road blocks.

Constitutional changes to reflect people’s wishes

(DN) President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday emphasized that changes to the Constitution would be drafted taking into consideration the wishes of the public of Sri Lanka and not individual interest.

He said that top priority would be given to development and the country’s security in line with the people’s needs when enacting changes to the Constitution.

He also stressed that it was time for all politicians and public servants to shed petty differences and join hands to work together as a team to propel the country towards prosperity.

State recognition for Veddah language

(DM) Talks are being held with a view to giving state recognition to the language of Sri Lanka’s native people who are known as Veddahs, the Ministry of National Heritage and Cultural Affairs said yesterday. This has happened after Veddah Chief Uruwarige Wanniyalaththo submitted a document containing 20 demands during a discussion held last Tuesday at the Ministry.

The Ministry said the language will be used in villages where Veddhas live so that the language will not die but continue to be vibrant and living. There are proposals to popularize the language in schools near aborigine villages.



Netherlands Government help Jaffna Fort reconstruction

(DN) The reconstruction of the Jaffna Fort will be launched with Rs 104.5 million granted by the Netherlands government.

The National Heritage and Cultural Affairs Ministry has launched a program to preserve the Sri Lankan heritage of Northern and Eastern Provinces. The Ministry has given priority to renovate the Jaffna Fort under this Program, National Heritage and Cultural Affairs Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi told the Daily News.

The Ministry expects to launch the construction program under the guidelines of history experts.

End of war unveils Vel

(DN) That the Adi Vel Hindu religious procession which was seen for the first time passing Temple Trees on the Galle Road after 16 years drew many responses from politicians, religious leaders, community leaders and businessmen.

The procession was received by President Mahinda Rajapaksa and First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa opposite Temple Trees last Friday after the President insisted on the processing on its normal route which had been curtailed during the past .

Experiments on artificial coral planting highly successful

(DN) Professor Ruchira Kumaratunga of the Biological Faculty said experiments conducted by the Ruhuna University in regard to the cultivation of artificial coral in the sea is highly successful. She said coral reefs which are necessary for fish breading have been destroyed due to human acts and they are not available everywhere in the sea.

Due to the success of the experiment coral can be grown in such areas too. Professor Terney Pradeep and a team carrying out experiments have discovered that artificial coral can be cultivated on wall tiles by fixing parts of dead coral and living coral together using cement mixture and laying them near coral reefs, the professor said.



Lanka Tamils March to Geneva

(BBCS) A group of Tamils in London are marching to Geneva demanding an independent inquiry into alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka.

The march follows by a vigil by Sri Lankan Tamils in front of the British prime minister's office in London on Friday.

The "Walk for Justice" is to conclude at the at the UN Office in Geneva on 06 August, British Tamils forum (BTF), the organisers of the event said.

Today is Esala Poya day: The Kandy Esala Perahera

Kandy Esala Perahera Sri Lanka(SO) The glittering Esala Perahera, which is 235 years old, is one of the grandest events we have in Sri Lanka. Many locals and foreigners look forward to witness this wonderful festival every year. This is held during the Esala month, in August, honouring the sacred tooth relic.

Fa-Hien, one of the famous Chinese monks who arrived in Sri Lanka on a pilgrimage in the fifth century A.D. also gives a full description about the Perahera in his book, Fa-Hien Travel Records

Kandyan beat!

(SO) Kandyan dancing and drumming is what Sri Lanka is known all over the world for. Choreographed to stunning detail, dressed up in glittering costume and performing acrobatic moves, Kandyan dancers are required to train for years to be perfect.

The art form originated as part of a night-long ceremony in honour of the God Kohomba and elaborate rituals featuring over 50 dancers and 10 drummers. This type of dance form flourished under the Kings as a sign of prestige and entertainment and then gave birth to the Kandy Esala Perahera. Kandyan dancing

There are five main types of Kandyan dance. The four principal genres are the ves, pantheru, udekki and naiyandi, all featuring troupes of flamboyantly attired male dancers clad in metallic chest plates, waistbands and various other neck, arm and leg ornaments which jangle as the dancers move about (each dance calls for a slightly different style of dress).

The final dance is the vannam that began as life songs before evolving into rigorous and stylised dances, each of which describes a certain emotion or object of nature, history or legend.



Stupa made of empty cartridges from Sri Lanka is a tourist attraction in India

(CP) A Stupa made of empty cartridge shells left behind from Sri Lanka's long civil war has become a major tourist attraction in Bodhgaya, an Indian news report said.

According to a report by ANI, the stupa made of the remnants of war materials has been established in Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya of India's Bihar state this February to spread a message of peace among the people in the world.

The Mahabodhi Temple declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in 2002 is located is located about 60 mi from Patna in Bihar state of India. The location is where Buddha attained enlightenment.

Sri Lankan expatriates in Europe to protest against UN panel and GSP+ suspension tomorrow

(CP) Expatriate Sri Lankans residing in Italy and other European countries have organized a massive demonstration in Geneva, Switzerland against the Panel of Experts appointed by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

The protest rally will take place in front of the United Nations office in Geneva on Sunday July 25th at 2:00 p.m. local time.

Galle tuk, tuks get IDs

(DM) The Galle heritage foundation with the approval of the Galle Municipal Council has launched a program to issue special identity cards to three wheel drivers who travel within the Galle fort area.

When the foundation called for applicants, 65 three wheel drivers had applied for the identity card. Accordingly, 43 identity cards will be issued during the first phase of the program on July 27.

These drivers will also be given lessons in the English language, how to communicate with tourists and a history about the Galle fort.



Pearl Oyster population in danger

(DN) The catching of Pearl Oysters without a limit has endangered oyster population in the country, according to the Ruhunu University Fisheries and Marine Sciences and Technology Faculty Senior Lecturer Ruchira Cumaranatunga.

"Conch shells and Sea cucumbers have been collected in Mannar in the North for many years without allowing their reproduction. As a result, its population has decreased considerably. In the past, Sri Lanka was considered a country that was home to the world's best pearls. But now mostly what we can find are small half grown pearl oysters," she pointed out.

She suggested that a proper biological study should be carried out regarding the existing population of pearl oysters, and regulations for their protection should be introduced.

Martin Wickramasinghe: an icon of world intellectual heritage.

(DN) For over six decades up to his death on July 23, 1976, as one of the most actively involved intellectuals, Martin Wickramasinghe has been a dominant and dynamic figure in the Sri Lankan literary scene of the 20th century. Though reference has been made by his bibliographers, to a “tiny booklet of 12 pages entitled Balopadesaya (which incidentally was published in 2003 by the Martin Wickramasinghe Trust) written by a boy of 13 years named Martin Wickramasinghe, being the son of late Don Bastian Wickramasinghe. Officer of Police, his ascertainable literary career really begins in 1914, the year Leela, his first novel subtitled as Rasawath Katantarayak appeared in print.



Sri Lanka to name 2011 as the national Year of Cinema

(CP) Sri Lanka has decided to name 2011 as the national Year of Cinema, says the Minister of Media and Information Keheliya Rambukwella.

The Ministry of Media and Information says that this decision aims to upgrade local cinema industry. Accordingly, the presidential cinema awards festival will be recommenced next year.

Murali's World record haul will never be beaten

(OGNP) Sri Lanka hopes that spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan's world record total of 800 Test wickets will never be beaten.

Government spokesman Media Minister Kehelliya Rambukwella while revealing the Cabinet decisions at his weekly post cabinet press meeting said that the President has already congratulated him and the entire nation was proud of him and his success.

"He is a true hero of the nation who brought the pride to the country in the international arena through his performance in the spheres of Test Cricket" said Mr. Rambukwella.

Food establishments get CMC awards for maintaining excellent standards

(DN) Ninety nine food establishments in the city of Colombo were given special awards by the Colombo Municipal Council Public Health Department for maintaining excellent standards in food quality and hygiene.

The City Food Safety Awards Ceremony was held at the Colombo Hilton yesterday. Around 99 food establishments in the city received awards under the Category A (Excellent) and B (Good). Of them 44 received A grade and 55 have categorized B grade.



Sri Lanka indigenous community leader demands national recognition

(CP) The Chieftain of Sri Lanka's aborigine Vedda community Uruwarige Wanniyalaththo demands state recognition for their language of the indigenous community.

He also requests the national recognition of the aborigine community so they can use 'Vedda' as their nationality.

A special discussion was held yesterday in the Ministry of National Heritages and Cultural Affairs regarding the World Indigenous People's Day that falls on August 09.

Tamil language courses for Sri Lankan police officers

(CP) Sri Lanka Police have launched a program to teach Tamil language to its police force in an effort to better communicate with the Tamils when making inquiries.

Lack of knowledge in Tamil language of the majority Sinhala police force has become a major impediment for government's reconciliation efforts.

Addressing a media conference at the Police Headquarters the Inspector General of Police Mahinda Balasuriya said the program will continue for 5 years with two teaching courses per year. Each training program will take about 5 months to complete.

Facelift for Anuradhapura city

(DN) The National Heritage and Cultural Affairs Ministry has planned to develop the Mahamevuna Park in Anuradhapura to preserve its historical glory.

One of the main objectives of this program is the conservation of this sacred site, he said. Around 600 acres will come under the project, a Ministry spokesman said.

The Ministry has found that the stalls and vehicle parks mar the sanctity and pristine beauty as well as the archaeological value of the city.

More tsunami warning towers for North

(MoD) The Disaster Management Centre (DMC) will set-up 25 tsunami early warning towers along the Northern coastal belt in addition to the existing towers.

"These tsunami early warning towers will be set-up in addition to 55 existing early warning towers in the Northern Province. The early warning towers have been set-up to alert people in case of a tsunami or cyclone," told DMC Deputy Director Pradeep Kodippilly.

Charity Units in all State hospitals

(DN) Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena has decided to set up a `Hospital Charity Unit' in all State hospitals by next year. The main objective of this arrangement is enabling well-wishers, individual donors and organizations to make financial and material contribution towards the development of State hospitals, a Ministry spokesman said.

According to the spokesman, Minister Sirisena took this decision after considering the requests by individuals and organizations to obtain opportunities to donate funds and equipment to develop State hospitals.

Sri Lanka opposition leader says government taking steps to resolve ethnic issue

(CP) Sri Lanka's opposition leader Ranil Wickremasinghe has said that the government was taking steps to resolve the ethnic issue in both the northern and eastern provinces and has expressed concern at the plight of the internally displaced Tamils and their rehabilitation, an Indian media report said.

Indian English daily The Hindu reported that Wickremasinghe responding to journalists in Chennai on Tuesday has said that the issue of the advisory panel appointed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon should be debated in parliament.



Expatriate Lankans in Vienna helps disabled children in the North & East

(OGNP) Sri Lankan expatriates in Vienna have recently donated 49 wheel chairs to disabled children in Sri Lanka.

The First Lady Madam Shiranthi Rajapaksa, at a ceremony held at the President’s House in Colombo handed over 18 wheel chairs for young children disabled by the conflict in the north and eastern regions.

The remaining wheel chairs were distributed at welfare centers in Manik Farm, Vavuniya and Batticaloa.

Final APRC report recommends unitary state concept for Sri Lanka while sharing powers between center and provinces

(CP) The final report of Sri Lanka's All Party Representative Committee (APRC) that was released to the media by the main opposition United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress has recommended that Sri Lanka shall be a unitary state while the state powers are shared between the center and the provinces.

UNP MP R. Yogarajan said the final report of the APRC would be tabled in parliament today (20).

English training for Bhikkhus, Dhamma teachers

(DN) The Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council has made arrangements to develop the English knowledge of Dhamma schoolteachers and Buddhist monks in the Kegalle district.

Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council Chief Minister Maheepala Herath speaking at a ceremony at the Kegalle Town Hall to inaugurate the English course for Dhamma Schoolteachers and Bhikkhus, said about 1,000 teachers have been selected for this course conducted free of charge.

Sinhala-Tamil must be taught from pre-school – President

(DN) Writers have a vital role to play in building friendship, faith and understanding among various communities in this country, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said addressing Sinhala-Tamil Writers’ Association (STWA) members at a ceremony at Temple Trees, Colombo, recently.

The President said he highly valued and appreciated the services rendered by the STWA to promote Sinhala and Tamil literature and friendship and understanding among the two communities.

The STWA delegation also presented a memorandum containing certain recommendations for promoting peace friendship and co-existence among all communities in the country.

Elders Home Care Service certificate awards ceremony

(DN) The certificate awards ceremony of the fourth batch of Elders Home Care Service personnel, will be held at the Health Education Bureau on July 21, said Ms J. Krishnamoorthy, Director National Secretariat for Elders.

Thirty-two trained Sinhala and Tamil personnel will pass out on this day. This batch includes both males and females she said.

The elderly who need the help of others could make use of this service. It is a day care program conducted till their children or custodians come home after work in the evening.

The services will be provided for males or females by staff trained under professionals from fields of health, social services and law.



All set for Sri Dalada Esala Perahera - Diyawadana Nilame

(DN)The Sri Dalada Esala Perahera is the most hallowed national religious festival that had been preserved for several centuries and its sanctity has to be preserved though times had changed. The perahera will start early next month and all steps have been taken by the Sri Dalada Maligawa and the Maha Sangha to hold it in all its grandeur, Diyawadana Nilame Pradeep Nilanga Dela said.

He appealed to the media to ensure that reporting and commentaries were done with utmost responsibility.

New vehicular Traffic arrangment from today in Colombo

(OGNP) Police headquarters today announced a new traffic arrangement for Colombo effective from today. The new traffic arrangement is made due to excessive traffic movement in Colombo area.

Vehicular Traffics coming from Kohuwala through Pamankada would not be allowed to enter the High Level Road through Stafford Avenue, but could use the Havelock Road to High Level Road.

Traffic will not be allowed to enter the Old Havelock Road from W. A. de Silva Mawatha and all traffic moving towards Kohuwala should turn to the right at the Maya Avenue roundabout to High Level Road, through Pamankada Junction.

Fascinating murals

Mural Temple Paintings Sri Lanka Es (SO) Vesak time was just over and the all the temples were spruced up. I visited the Gothami Vihara in Borella area, mainly to admire the famous murals in the temple's shrine room. This particular temple was built by Apolonia de Soysa Pieris, mother of Sir James Pieris. This temple would have been one among the others in our country but for the fact that it contained special murals.

Keyt, when he painted episodes from the life of Buddha on the walls, he did it with a flourish. Keyt painted the murals so as to unfold the life of Buddha like reading a story book. The effect was more so as the paintings are drawn below eye level.



North – South peace dialogue by Sarvodaya Shanthi Sena

(Sarvodaya) The youth members of Shanthisena from Matara and Monaragala visited Mannar and Jafna respectively. The atmosphere was ideal after the 30 year scourge of war to hold this gathering with a view of bringing the youth of the South and the North under the Heart to Heart initiative that enabled them to solve their problems with an open attitude of friendship and cooperation.

These events which helped the youth of Matara to join the youth of Mannar and Monaragala youth to encounter the youth of Jaffna for the first time which brought forth very interesting episodes.

Thousands of devotees trek through Kumana

(SO) Over 15,400 devotees on the Pada Yathra, the traditional foot pilgrimage to Kataragama from the North and the East entered the Kumana National Park from July 2 - 16, said the Park’s Warden Ajith Wasantha. The Wildlife Department has taken steps to provide basic infrastructure facilities to the pilgrims on a directive by Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa.

According to Wildlife officials there has been a sharp increase in the number of devotees attending the traditional foot pilgrimage due to the peaceful environment prevailing in the Eastern Province. Wildlife officials of the Kumana National Park have been deployed at camping sites en route to avoid environment pollution.  

Sea planes from November

(SO) SriLankan Airlines is planning to re-launch its sea plane service in November. The national carrier is now planning to hire two aircraft for this purpose. SriLankan air taxis played a key role in the development of tourism and flew from Katunayake to Bentota, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Hingurakgoda, Koggala, Weerawila, Ampara, Ratmalana, Trincomalee, Katukurunda, Sigiriya and Anuradhapura, taking passengers to their destinations in less than one hour.

The airline deployed eight seater Cessna Caravan planes which use lakes, rivers and domestic airstrips to land and take off.



Shortage of tamed elephants building up in Sri Lanka

Kandy Perahera Tuskers Sri Lanka Es(CP) Within the year since the last Kandy Esala festival, 12 tamed elephants have died, says the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Tamed Elephant Owners association Damsiri Karunarathna.

He pointed out that there are only 99 tamed elephants in the country now. Elephants are an essential part of 'Perahera' cultural pageants held in Kandy and other areas.

The casket of sacred relics of the 'Perahera' is normally delivered by a tusker and only 19 tamed tuskers are in Sri Lanka now. However, only seven of them are fit to deliver the casket of sacred relics in Perahera, says Mr. Karunarathna.

Government will invite both JVP and TNA for discussion on Const. Amendment

(OGNP) Ruling UPFA sources said that despite they were very strong in numbers in the legislature they would invite the opposition for discussion on the proposed Constitutional amendments.

The government has already held a round of talks with main opposition UNP.

Minister of Youth Affairs Dulles Alahapperuma said that government will invite the opposition to have discussion on the proposed Constitutional amendments.

Govt to begin bus services in eight new routes

(DN) The Government will begin long distance bus services on eight new routes including Kilinochchi-Colombo, Batticaloa-Kilinochchi, Trincomalee-Kilinochchi,Mannar-Batticaloa, Mannar-Trincomalee, Mullaitivu-Colombo, Mullaitivu-Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu-Batticaloa in the North and East.

Minister Welgama said new buses will be deployed to commence long distance services on these routes which had been deprived of transport facilities and also to improve the existing bus service in the North.

Knuckles, Horton Plains and Sri Pada forests as world heritages?

(DN) A proposal to include Knuckles, Horton Plains and Sri Pada forests as a mixed world heritage will be presented to the UNESCO World Heritage Summit which will be held from July 25 to August 3 in Brazil, Forest Department Conservator General M.P. Sarath Fernando said.

These forests are believed to contain high ecosystem variety and unique biodiversity.

The 25th anniversary of the birth of Mercoglianopitiya near Kandy

(AT) The 25th anniversary of the construction of the village called Mercoglianopitiya, in Sri Lanka was celebrated recently in the town hall of the City of Mercogliano, in Italy.

The construction of the village was started on the 25th of January 1986. It was the beginning of many gestures of solidarity that have been developed over the years between the City of Mercogliano and the diocese of Kandy,Sri Lanka.

BDB to sponsor writers

(DN) The Book Development Board (BDB) will grant sponsorship to 200 writers every year under its writer assistance program.

Under this program, books to the value of Rs 5,000 would be purchased from each writer subject to maximum totalling rupees one million annually, said Board Secretary Vijitha Welagedara. Books written in all three languages will be covered by this scheme, he said.

Music school with legends help

(DN) Issar Media President Charnjit Singh and Director Sarath Rambukwella will open a music school in Colombo to promote culture and tourism with music legends Kavita Krishnamurti and Dr. L. Subramaniam.

This announcement was made during a meeting between the officials and with Sri Lanka Ambassador in New York Dr Palitha Kohona. Issar Media is a New York based company. The music school in Colombo will have special programs for placement of deserving students in Bollywood.

Singh also has plans to set up a film city studio, which will encourage filmmakers to shoot films and capture Sri Lanka's beauty .



Prime Minister on six-day official visit to China - Shanghai Expo 2010

(OGNP) Prime Minster D. M. Jayaratne will be on a six-day official visit to China from 16th to 21st July to discuss regarding the bilateral economic development of the two countries.

The main event of the visit will be the Shanghai Expo 2010 held under the theme “Better City, Better Life”. Sri Lanka is among the 246 countries and international organisations participating at the event.

Lak Sathosa to go hitech

(DN) The Lak Sathosa chain of outlets will be modernized and made a consumer friendly service.

All outlets will be computerized and modern facilities available in supermarkets will be found in them, Cooperative and Internal Trade Minister Johnston Fernando said yesterday.



Sri Lanka and the world

(AN) Sri Lanka’s bruised ties with the West and the angry reaction against a panel appointed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon are not without reason.

It is not coincidence that the UN chief appointed a panel to advise him on Sri Lanka and the European Union decided to cancel the GSP (Generalized System of Preferences) and trade concessions to the island nation at the same time. It is a chain of events, which is influenced by certain NGO lobbies that were banned from Sri Lanka during the war due to their proven connection to terrorism, as well as the large Tamil diaspora in Europe and the US.

Sri Lanka to begin oil drilling in Mannar basin early next year

Sri Lanka Oil Mannar Basin(CP) The Ministry of Petroleum and Petroleum Resources Development says acquiring 3D seismic data on 1,450 square kilometers off Mannar in the northwestern coast is in progress and the drilling will proceed in early 2011 once the data acquisition is completed.

Sri Lankan government has signed a Petroleum Resources Agreement in 2008 with Cairn India to explore and produce hydro - carbon and natural gas in the Mannar Basin in Northern Sri Lanka.

According to the Agreement, Cairn India will start exploration activities in one of the 8 blocks in the Mannar Basin which covers 3,400 sq. km. at depths between 200 to 1,800 meters.

Number of registered vehicles jump

(DN)  The number of motor vehicles registered in Sri Lanka during the first six months of this year has sharply increased compared to the corresponding period last year, according to Motor Traffic Department Statistics.

A total of 152,174 vehicles have been registered in the first six months of the year while the number for the corresponding period last year was 66,153.



Lankans protest in Geneva

(DM) A group of Sri Lankans staged a protest outside the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva yesterday calling on UN Secretary General Ban ki-moon to dissolve the three member advisory panel he appointed on Sri Lanka.

Similar protests against the UN Chief are expected to be held in New York, Britain, Germany, Italy and several other countries, the National Freedom Front had said this week.

Kilinochchi reborn with new development

(OGNP) Creating a new history, President Mahinda Rajapaksa Inaugurated the Cabinet Meeting on the verge of Iranamadu tank at Killinochchi. This is the first time in Sri Lankan history a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers held its meeting out of Colombo.

The Cabinet last month had decided to hold its weekly Cabinet meeting at district level once a month. Kilinochchi was once famous for its paddy production has had several other industries as well. Paranthan Chemical Industry was one of the biggest industries in the district which not only generated employment opportunities but also contibutted to country’s economy as well. The Iranamadu tank expands to 500 sq km was originally built in the early 1900’s was renovated soon after the independence to realize agricultural benefits to the country from Kilinochchi district.

Beach Parks planned

(DN) The Coast Conservation Department of the Ports and Aviation Ministry will construct Beach Parks at several eye catching locations along the coastal belt, Ports and Aviation Deputy Minister Rohitha Abeygunawardena said.

The first beach park will be established at Kalido beach in Kalutara. Several beach parks thereafter will be established at Wellawatte, Panadura, Beruwala, Koggala, Matara, Arugambay, Chilaw, Crow's Island, Trincomalee and many other places covering the entire coastal belt of the island.

"Beach parks will be locations for both local and foreign tourists," Minister Abeygunawardena said.

The buffer zone will be vary from 35 metres to 125 metres depending on various factors. The longest 125 metre buffer zone has been declared in Pothuwil, a Coast Conservation Department official said.

Salary increments for Bilingual Govt Servants

(DN) Government servants with fluency in Tamil and Sinhala will get special salary increments on the merits of their being bilingual in due course as moves contemplated by the National Languages and Social Integration Ministry, to position the National Language Policy on a pragmatic footing.

The Official Language Policy requires that state institutions and departments should be bilingual. A time span of three years had been given to Government servants to become proficient in Tamil, in the case of them being native Sinhala speakers.

Sources close to National Integration Minister Navinna said, the native Tamil speakers are also required to learn the Sinhala language to become entitled to the salary increments that are to be introduced in due course by the Ministry to promote bilingual education.

Hotel training bonanza

(DN) The Economic Development Ministry has taken steps to train 2,000 young men and women in the hotel trade. Since trained personnel were needed in the tourism industry Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa directed that rural youth be trained in the trade, Ministry Media Director K. Ariyawansa told Daily News yesterday.

The Tourist Hotel Management Institute has started courses of study on hotel management in Trincomalee, Batticaloa, Kandy, Matara and Hambantota districts. The subjects taught are housekeeping, cookery, hotel and restaurant service. The duration of the course is three months, fulfilling the need of the industry as it is growing presently with peace in the country, he noted.



Locally produced BTI in the market to control dengue epidemic in Sri Lanka

(CP) Sri Lanka Industrial Technology Institute says the BTI (Bacillus Thuringiensis Israelensis) bacteria produced locally by the institute will be released to the market by the end of July.

The news comes as the outbreak of the mosquito-borne dengue fever has caused 140 deaths so far this year.

Bio Power Lanka Company contracted to produce the bacteria by the Industrial Technology Institute will release 10,000 to 15,000 liters to the market initially.



A protest against expert panel planned before UN Geneva head office

(CP) Expatriate Sinhala organizations have planned a protest campaign in front of the United Nations office in Geneva to protest the appointment of the panel of experts by the UN Secretary-General to advice him on Sri Lanka's accountability issues.

The protests are to be held tomorrow before the UN Geneva offices at 12 noon. Sri Lankans from UK, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, and other European countries are to travel to Switzerland to participate in the protest.

The protest is organized by a group called the Organization of Expatriate Sri Lankans to Safeguard the Sovereignty of Sri Lanka.

Major political parties of Sri Lanka agree to creates a Executive Prime Minister position

(CP) The two major political parties of Sri Lanka, the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) and the United National Party (UNP) came to an agreement today to create an Executive Prime Minister position that is responsible for the Parliament.

The parties agreed to make the Cabinet responsible for the appointment of officials to institutions operating under the 17th Amendment to the Constitution. A committee comprising representatives of both parties should reach consensus on the implementation of Cabinet's choices.

Water filling of Hambantota Harbour Basin next month

(OGNP) Chairman of Sri Lanka Ports Authority Dr.Priyath Bandu Wickrama said filling of water to the newly constructed Hambantota Harbour basin will commence in the second week of August.

He said the Hambantota Port was built inland and the mouths of it are to be opened in August to fill it with water.

The menacing B 379 roadway

(LB) Sri Lanka definitely is a land of Firsts. We had the First female Prime Minister, First female Executive President and we claim that we are the First country in recent times to defeat a Guerilla organization. Earlier this year, the Sri Lankan government added yet another First to this list.

We became the first and, wait for it, the only country in the world to build a highway that runs through a Government declared nature reserve, menacing its unique eco system.

Tsunami mock drill in 14 districts

(DN) A Disaster Management Centre (DMS) initiated tsunami simulation exercise (mock drill) will be conducted tomorrow from 3.00 pm in 14 villages in 14 separate districts. DMC Director General Major General Gamini Hettiarachchi said the tsunami warning towers in the 14 villages will be used during the exercise.

According to him the drill will be conducted in four stages encompassing all procedures adopted during an actual tsunami warning.



Name 'too long' for air ticket

(BBC) A Sri Lankan student in UK says she is considering legal action against a holiday company after her reservation was cancelled saying her name was too long.

Sri Lankan student Jennifer Abegoonewardene told BBC Sinhala service that she booked a holiday to Cyprus a few weeks ago –together with a friend –through “They told me my surname was too long and forced me to cancel the booking. I was astonished; I have travelled to many countries before and this is the first time this happened to me,” Ms. Abegoonewardene told BBC Sandeshaya.

Three-wheel drivers to play rugby

(SO) Twelve teams will scrum down in the inaugural Inter-Club Seven-a-Side Rugby Tournament organised by the Central Province Rugby Football Union which will be worked off at the Nittawela Rugby Stadium in Kandy on Saturday, July 17.

Mohan Samarakoon said one of the participating teams will be Three-wheelers Association who are practising hard to give the other teams a good fight. In Kandy Three-wheel Drivers have shown great enthusiasm and they are rugby fanatics who hardly ever miss rugby match played in Kandy.

Ceylon Biscuits launches village development program

(SO) Munchee, the flagship brand of Ceylon Biscuits Ltd., (CBL) initiated a long-term village outreach CSR program Munchee Samaga Gamata Sarana recently.

Munchee constructed a 2km road and a bridge in Walagama in the Galigamuwa electorate, where the villagers were using foot paths and an edanda (coconut trunk link) to cross the stream. Walagama is considered as one of the most remote villages in Sri Lanka.

Munchee also granted scholarships to 3 students under Munchee Shishyadhara and donated some passion-fruit saplings to villages under their home-gardening programme, from whom Cecil, a sister brand of Munchee will eventually purchase the harvest.

Govt ready to consider constructive EU proposals

(SO) While reiterating the Government’s firm stance of not proceeding with the EU conditions, Prof.Peiris agreed to consider constructive proposals by the European Commission which did not compromise Sri Lanka’s dignity and sovereignty.

While reiterating the Government’s firm stance of not proceeding with the EU conditions, Prof.Peiris agreed to consider constructive proposals by the European Commission which did not compromise Sri Lanka’s dignity and sovereignty.

Wimal’s daughter who did it

(SO) Answering a phone call from President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the weeping wife of Minister Wimal Weerawansa - Sashi, requested President to rescue her husband in any possible way.

While talking to the President, she has stated that their daughter has been refusing to eat since her father is on a hunger strike. When President Rajapaksa contacted the Minister’s daughter over the phone, she has pleaded with the President to bring her father home for lunch the next day.

“If you have your dinner tonight I will definitely bring your father home tomorrow”, promised the President.



Free entrance to Postal Museum for three months

(DN) The public can visit the Post and Telecommunication Ministry museum free for three months.

The Post and Telecommunication Ministry had established a national level museum to showcase the history of the post and telecommunication sector. The museum is at the ground floor of the Post and Telecommunication Ministry, D.R. Wijewardena Mawatha, Colombo 10. The museum is open from 9am to 4 pm on weekdays, Kariyapperuma said.

The museum exhibits all methods and instruments used in the post and telecommunication sector.

Trincomalee to get mega water supply scheme

(MoD) Water Supply and Drainage Minister Dinesh Gunawardena and French Ambassador Christine Robichon signed an Agreement to implement a mega water supply scheme in Trincomalee, a Water Supply and Drainage Board spokesman said.

The spokesman said this mega water supply scheme is to be implemented in Trincomalee at a cost of Rs1,800 million. The French Government will fund this project and around 300,000 people in Trincomalee will benefit from this water supply scheme.

Lankan expats can act as unofficial ambassadors

(DN) Sri Lankan expatriates working in the West number around 60,000 and if each one of them act as unofficial ambassadors in helping to develop tourism they could canvass at least ten people to visit Sri Lanka as tourists. We would be assured of a boom in tourism, Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa told Sri Lankan Expatriate Forum Chairman Senaka Rajapakse at a meeting at the Parliament complex Thursday.

The Minister said the government welcomed investments and hoped the expatriates would continue to assist the country during peace too.



Development of multi religious centres starts

(CP) The Government of Sri Lanka will commence the national programme to develop island wide multi religious committees. The launching of the project is scheduled to start from Vavuniya tomorrow (10).

Under this programme steps will be taken to identify issues relating to Buddhist and Hindu temples, Islamic mosques and Catholic churches and will find appropriate solutions.

There are 20 Buddhist temples, 15 Catholic churches, 18 Islamic mosques and 301 Hindu temples in Vavuniya district and Prime Minister has taken measures to alleviate problems relating to these religious centers.

Hotel sector needs more workers

(DN) Sri Lanka hotel sector needs at least 62,000 workers to cater to the expected 2.5 million tourists to Sri Lanka by 2016.

The Government is planning to attract 2.5 million tourists and nearly 600,000 persons will have to be employed in the tourism industry representing different fields to meet this target.

SLITHM is currently engaged in discussions with foreign institutes in Singapore, Australia and the Maldives to enhance the quality of tourism industry.  SLITHM has expanded its institutes to Koggala, Anuradhapura, Bandarawela and Kandy and another hotel school is scheduled to be opened in Ratnapura shortly.



Lanka seeks end to crisis

(DM) The government says it is seeking a rapid end to the crisis resulting from the protest outside the UN office in Colombo. However External Affairs Minister G.L Peiris said that the government will not obstruct any peaceful protest.

Speaking to reporters in Colombo a short while ago Minister Peiris said that it was the democratic right of any group to stage a peaceful protest and on that basis there will not be any attempt to obstruct the fast unto death by Minister Wimal Weerawansa outside the UN office.

He added that the government had assured the UN over the safety and security of the UN staff in Colombo.

More archaeological monuments still to be recorded

(DN) The country has about 250,000 archaeological monuments. However only 13,000 archaeological monuments have been recorded by the Archaeological Department, Archaeological Commissioner General Dr Senerath Dissanayake said.

The National Heritage and Cultural Affairs Ministry and the Archaeological Department appreciated the service of the best research officers who have provided the most updated records on archaeological monuments of the country. The first three winners were awarded Rs 50,000, Rs 30,000 Rs 20,000 respectively.

One of the main objects of this program is to collect all information of monuments all over the country. This information will help trace the time and period of the beginning of these monuments in the country. It will help to determine the physical type of the artefacts which have been found at these sites. The Department will exhibit important archaeological sites in panel form to schoolchildren in all three languages.

Spices, a unique attraction to the emerald isle

(NF) Spices continue to have a very unique attraction for visitors to the Emerald Isle, said S. Kalaiselvam, Director General of Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority on Friday.

Addressing the media briefing to announce the World Spice Festival 2010 to be held with the official launch on July 14, Kalaiselvam said that Sri Lanka, down the ages, was well known to the world for its spices.

The Green Path venue will take on a festive air with live music and cookery demonstrations, Sri Lankan crab cooking competition and special cultural performances giving a truly unforgettable dining experience for the whole family.

Rules of war cannot be applied to Sri Lanka's war with the terrorists

(CP) Many of the rules of war were based on the presumption that the warring parties in an armed conflict are conventional armies of states and in Sri Lanka's case the LTTE terrorists totally disregarded those laws and principles, Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative to the UN, Palitha Kohona pointed out to the UN Security Council yesterday (07).

National programme needed to renovate Hindu religious centres

(OGNP) Prime Minister Mr. D. M. Jayaratne stated that a national programme is necessary to renovate Hindu religious centres in the island and a special programme will be launched through the Department of Hindu Religious Affairs in this regard.

The Tamil MPs expressed their satisfaction over the efforts made by the government to repair Hindu temples damaged by war and requested the Prime Minister to grant Rs. one million to each Hindu temple in Sri Lanka to cover their development expenditure. Further, Prime Minister stated that religious values should be incorporated in the process of economic development to enhance ethnic harmony between nationalities.

Two Sea planes to boost inland transportation

(DN) The Ports and Aviation Ministry will purchase two sea planes by November aiming to boost inland air transportation, Deputy Ports and Aviation Ministers Rohitha Abeygunawardena and Dayasritha Thissera said yesterday.

According to the program, several inland reservoirs and lakes will be facilitated to be suitable for landing and taking off sea planes. It has been planned to operate sea planes from the Negombo lagoon to various parts of the country. Under this, 12 inland lakes and waterways will be facilitated including Beira lake, Victoria reservoir, Tisa Wewa, Parakrama Samudraya.



Special new procedures for UN agencies

(CP) The government is to introduce special procedures for UN agencies travelling to the north in order to distinguish them from local and international NGOs. Discussions to this effect are expected to take place with the UN soon.

At present all international humanitarian workers traveling to the north, including those belonging to the UN, have to obtain approval from the Presidential Task Force and the Ministry of Defence. However, Mr. Divaratne said, despite being granted clearance, many INGOs came back without completing their work. 

Colombo Airport to add a new terminal

(N360) Sri Lanka’s only International Airport in Katunayake will start building its second terminal from next year.

Vice Chairman of the Airport and Aviation Authority Kamal S. Ratwatte said the US $ 300 million “terminal” once in operation will cater to 6 million passengers per annum. He said already its capacity has reached 4.2 million passengers and expects it to reach the full capacity very soon.

Sri Lanka to allow foreign Universities

(OGNP) Sri Lanka is to set up a special council with powers to regulate foreign universities. The government for the fist time in the recent budget announced its readiness to allow foreign universities to set up their branches in Sri Lanka.

At present we have 73 private educational institutes preparing students for foreign degrees “ But non of them are coming under the regulatory framework of the University Grant Commission or the Higher education ministry.

At present Sri Lanka has 17 national universities with an annual intake of little over 20,000 students. Further 8 educational colleges have been granted degree awarding status.



Sri Lankan government ensures the safety of UN staff while allowing the protest

(CP) The Sri Lankan government says it will ensure the safety of the UN staff while according to democratic norms allowing the protestors to peacefully demonstrate outside the UN complex in the Sri Lankan capital.

At the end of the day the police authorities have provided the security to the staff to leave the complex and few senior officials have remained in the office.

Sri Lanka to reduce ADSL broadband charges

(NF) The government has focused its attention towards reducing ADSL and Broadband Internet charges in the island.

Director General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) Anusha Pelpita said that discussions were already underway with phone companies and other relevant institutions in that regard.

The aim of reducing these charges is to increase the number of ADSL and Broadband Internet service users.

Jaffna High Security Zone to be relaxed

(DN) In a move to restore complete civil administration in the Jaffna Peninsula, the Resettlement Ministry yesterday said certain parts of the Jaffna High Security Zone (HSZ) have been identified for resettlement. The Ministry has instructed Jaffna Government Agent K. Ganesh to discuss resettlement in the Jaffna HSZ with the security authorities and make preliminary arrangements to resettle the people.

Meanwhile, Jaffna Security Forces Commander Major General Hathurusinghe told the Daily News that resettlement of people can only be done after the de-mining process is completed.

Sri Lanka to popularize organic fertilizer

(OGNP) The Government has allocated Rs. 225 million to popularize the production and use of organic fertilizer in the country, Sri Lanka's Organic Fertilizer Bureau of Agricultural Development and Agrarian Services said.

The Government spends Rs. 65 billion annually for the fertilizer subsidy. This subsidy goes mainly to paddy farmers

The aim of the Government is to minimize the use of imported chemical fertilizer through the popularization of organic fertilizer among farmers.



Sri Lanka not to please international community

(PD) The Sri Lankan government won't please international community despite coming under UN pressure, government spokesman said on Sunday.

"We are a small nation, a small economy but we will not bow down to external pressures," Keheliya Rambukwella, also the minister of Media told reporters.

The government has been stinging by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- Moon's decision to appoint an advisory panel on Sri Lanka's war with Tamil Tiger rebels which was defeated in May last year after three decades' rebellion.

Northern Tamils join religious festivities in the south

(OGNP) Bringing memories of the friendship that existed with the South, people of the North and the East have started arriving in the Kataragama sacred area on a “Pada Yatra” for the annual July festival It has been the tradition of the people in the North and East to participate in the annual religious functions being held at the Kataragama Devale.



Sri Lanka monk party to press Russia and China to use veto against UN Chief

(CP) Sri Lanka's Sinhala Buddhist political party Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) has decided to urge Russia and China to use veto power to not to let United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon to contest for a second term.

Ban's first term ends in December 2011 and needs the blessing of the five veto power holding nations to vie for a second term.

Course in cinema

(SO) National Film Corporation will re-commence a course of study in Cinema. The courses were conducted by the Cultural Bureau of the NFC. A media conference to introduce courses and to issue applications will be held on July 6 at the National Film Corporation.

EU office in Colombo still awaiting an official response from the Sri Lanka

(CP) The European Unions (EU) Commission in Colombo is still awaiting an official response from the Sri Lankan government to the conditions laid down by the European Commission to extend the GSP Plus trade concession to the country.

EU Commissioner to Sri Lanka Bernard Savage told that although the July 1 deadline set by the Commission lapsed last week, the EU was still hopeful of receiving an official response from the Sri Lankan government.

Savage observed that the EU has already sought contact, through the usual means, with the Sri Lankan government to build a dialogue on the matter.



228 elephants killed in human elephant conflicts in Sri Lanka last year

Elephants Sri Lanka Es(CP) A total of 228 elephants have been killed in Sri Lanka in 2009 while 50 people have also been killed due to the human-elephant conflicts, a government minister pointed out.

The Deputy Minister also said the elephant populace in the island is now about 6,000 according to the records of the Department of Wildlife.

Sri Lanka government to electrify entire Kilinochchi District in two years

(CP) The Sri Lankan government has taken steps to ensure the electrification of the entire Kilinochchi District within two years.

The ruling party parliamentarian Lohan Ratwatte, who has been assigned the task of coordinating the developments in the power sector in the Kilinochchi District, told ColomboPage that the District that has not seen any development for the past 30 years is currently developed in all aspects.



Report on Buddha Bars

(DM) The Sri Lankan government has obtained reports from its embassies over the operations of ‘Buddha Bars’ in the respective countries including its headquarters in Paris and is now contemplating appropriate action.

“Since Buddha Bars is a private chain the Sri Lankan government has to deal with the private sector and not with the respective governments. Therefore we are facing many obstacles but our missions are doing their best,” External Affairs Ministry sources told Daily Mirror online.

Sri Lanka ready to face challenges posed by the withdrawal of GSP+

(CP) Colombo" Sri Lanka says it is ready to face the challenges imposed on the country's industrial sector by the withdrawal of the European Union's trade concession Generalised System of Preferences Plus (GSP+) scheme.

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) issuing a statement on Thursday (01) to clarify the position with regard to the GSP+ scheme's impact on the country said it has regularly cautioned all stakeholders about the inherent uncertainties surrounding the continuation of the GSP+ facility, and advised all to prepare for the inevitability of the discontinuation of the scheme.

Further excavations to study Sri Lanka's ancient humans

Fa Hien Cave Sri Lanka Es(CP) Sri Lanka Department of Archeology has decided to commence new archeological excavations in Fa Hien cave in Bulathsinhala in the Kalutara district.

Fa Hien Cave is a named after the Chinese Buddhist monk Faxian who traveled to Nepal, India, and Sri Lanka to acquire Buddhist scriptures between 399 and 412.

The cave is important for the Late Pleistocene human skeletal remains discovered there in the 1960s and 1980s. The ancient human believed to have lived in this cave is named as 'Balangoda Human'.

First liver transplant performed in Sri Lanka

(DM) Marking a turning point in the Medical History of Sri Lanka, a team of local surgeons has succeeded in performing a “ Liver Transplant ” successfully.

A team led by Dr. Mandika Wijeratne had performed the surgery and the patient who underwent the operation is now being treated under supervision at the Intensive Care Unit, National Hospital Director Dr. Hector Weerasinghe told reporters.



Gopalan Trophy revived this season

(DM) The M.J. Gopalan Trophy will be revived this season after a two-year gap. The annual first class match between Tamil Nadu and a representative team from Sri Lanka was last played in 2007 when the State side toured the emerald island.

The contest could not be held in 2008 and 2009 due to cramped cricketing schedules in both Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka.

Art promotes peace - Bollywood star

(DN) Art is a medium which brings people together and promotes peace, Bollywood star Salman Khan said yesterday.

"We are actors, not politicians. Sri Lanka has been the location for many South Indian film shoots. I got to know about the South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce's (SIFCC) decision to ban films. Nobody likes controversy and I do not face problems if the film is banned. Ultimately it is the financier who suffers. Art is a medium which brings people together and promotes peace," he said at a media conference to promote his latest film Ready being shot in Sri Lanka.


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