Protests close Eastern University
The Eastern University has been closed indefinitely due to students’
protest. Students have urged the University administration to remove the
Police post within the University premises at Chenkaladi.
Agriculture, Arts, Science and Commerce Faculties have been closed
while the Medical Faculty in Trincomalee is functioning, said Acting
Vice Chancellor Dr K Premkumar.
Jaffna University gets first female Chancellor
Jaffna University’s Ninth Vice Chancellor Professor Wasanthi
Arasaratnam assumed duties yesterday. She is the first ever female
Chancellor of the University.
In the election held among the academics of the University,
Arasaratnam became first. Her name was nominated to the President for
appointment to this prestigious position. There were eight contestants
in the election. Based on the recommendations made by the University,
the President has appointed her as the Jaffna University Vice
Chancellor. She was the Dean of the Medical Faculty of the Jaffna
Japan aids water project
A drinking water project has been initiated in the Karadiyanaru area
in the Batticaloa District with Japanese Government assistance.
The inaugural function was held recently under the patronage of
Eravur Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman S Jivarangan.
The Japanese Organization JICA has provided Rs 20 million for the
project which is capable of providing drinking water to more than 500
families in the area.
New legal secretariat unit
Wayamba Provincial Council Chief Minister Athula Wijesinghe opened a
new Legal Secretariat Unit at the Wayamba Provincial Council recently.
The ceremony was held at the Lichchavi Hall headed by Chief Minister
Athula Wijesinghe. Former High Court Judge of Kurunegala, Gamini
Waththegedara, Provincial Agriculture Minister D B Herath, Proovincial
Health and Indigenous Medicine Minister Asoka Wadigamangawa and several
lawyers of the Kurunegala Law Society participated.
Teledrama actor remanded
Kurunegala Chief Magistrate Buddhika Ragala, yesterday remanded a
teledrama actor of Katupotha Wariyapola D K Udayasiri alias (Kopi Kade
According to the police, he had tried to enter the Court premises
without permission. When questioned, he had abused the police officers
who were on duty.
The police had produced him before Court and informed the Magistrate
that suspect was alleged to have been involved in a number of financial
frauds in the area and several court cases were pending against him.
Cricket chat on ITN Vasantham channel
The ITN Vasantham Channel will telecast a special cricket chat
program today at 11 am A H M Azwer MP will participate in this program
which will be compered by J Yogaraj. It is produced by ITN Tamil Unit
Director Murugesu Kulentharan.
Azwer said that Tamil commentaries were made available specially to
Tamil listeners in Sri Lanka in keeping with the concept of President
Mahinda Rajapaksa to popularize cricket particularly in the North and
Prayers for SL team
The International Assembly of YMMA Sri Lanka will pray for the Sri
Lanka Cricket team’s victory at today’s ICC World Cup final.
Co-operatives and Internal Trade Deputy Minister and Sri Lanka Muslim
Congress Chairman Basheer Segudawood said he will pray for Sri Lanka’s
victory at the World Cup Final in Mumbai, India.
He called upon the country’s Muslims to pray for Sri Lankan
cricketers to bring glory to Motherland.
Dr M G M S Zurfich said a holiday should be declared if Sri Lanka
wins the World Cup today.
All Sri Lankans should thank President Mahinda Rajapaksa for getting
the ICC to accept Sri Lanka as a venue for some of the important matches
to be played during the ongoing World Cup, he said.
Dr Zurfich also said all Sri Lankans pray for a Sri Lankan victory.
Dhamma classes at YMBA
Colombo YMBA will commence Dhamma and Abhidamma classes in English
medium at YMBA Head Office in Borella every Saturday at 3 pm to
commemorate The Buddha’s 2600th year of enlightenment.
Classes will be inaugurated on April 2 at 2.30 pm. Colombo YMBA
President Suren Abeygoonasekera will preside. Renowned Dhamma teachers P
Mahanama, P Wattegama, Jaliya Ekanayake and Metta Fernando will conduct
Over 30 students including doctors, engineers and company directors
attend this one-year course.
Prescribed textbooks for Dhamma and Abhidhamma Examination can be
purchased from the YMBA bookshop and Third Floor, YMBA building at
AGM, annual sessions
The Annual General Meeting and Annual Sessions of the Population
Association of Sri Lanka will be held on April 2 from 8.30 am to 3.00 pm
at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute.
World Bank Senior Health Nutrition and Population Specialist Dr SS
Gopalan will be the chief guest. Dr ATPL Abeykoon will deliver the key
Krishnamurthi Centre, Sri Lanka has organized recorded public talks
by J Krishnamurti.
April 03 at 10.30 am: Is Freedom a matter of time? Study Centre,
Beddagana, Duwa Road Kotte.
April 10 at 9.45 am: Can I strip myself of the network of language?
Anula Nursery School, 310 Highlevel Road Colombo, and April 24 at 9.45:
How is one to have Complete order? Anula Nursery School.
A get-together organized by Mawathagoda Rivisanda Central College,
Kurunegala Past Pupils’ Association will be held on April 9 at 9.30 am
at Ambasevana Walawwa Hotel, Ussaptiya.
Charitha Atak at Bishop’s
Wilson Gunaratne’s newest comedy Charitha Atak will go on boards on
April 3 at 6.00 pm at the Bishop’s College, Colombo Auditorium.
The cast includes Wilson Gunaratne, Gamini Hettiarachchi, Harry
Wimalasena, Suresh Weththasingha, Lanka Wijewardana, G Chandrathilak,
Wijerathna Nawullage and Kasun Chamara.
Music is by Osanda Yasas Sri and script by Wilson Gunaratne and G
Charitha Atak is presented by Lankan Cricket club as a fund raiser.
Fire guts 19 line rooms
A fire which occurred in the Lanka division of Glentilt Group,
Maskeliya gutted 19 line rooms.
Police investigating the incident believe that the fire was caused
due to an electrical short circuit.
Vegetable usage up
The vegetable consumption level of the Matara district has been
rising rapidly. The consumption by the people of Matara has increased by
30 percent according to Matara Deputy Agriculture Director Senani de
He said the people of Matara have given priority to their own
vegetable cultivations by way of home gardening. This home gardening
projects had helped the people to get a better income.
Women even in towns were cultivating vegetable in their gardens,
according to the Deputy Director.
IGP’s Public Day again
The IGP’s Public Day which was suspended on account of the local
elections was resumed from yesterday. The public can once again meet the
IGP every Friday except public holidays from 9 am to 1.30 pm to get
their grievances redressed, said police headquarters in a release
Horana Sri Palee Campus opens FM radio service
The first University FM radio service in Sri Lanka was declared open
at Horana Sri Palee Campus on Thursday (31) by Colombo University Vice
Chancellor Prof Kshanika Hirimburegama. This FM service can be heard on
FM 96.1 meters or through www.campusradio.lk. The programs of this radio
service are managed and produced by Sri Palee Campus staff with the
fullest cooperation of the people of the area.
Four suspects produced before the Chilaw Magistrate R M Jayawardene
in connection with the alleged assault on a team of Consumer Affairs
Authority officers during a raid on a hotel were remanded till April 7
pending an identification parade.
A van and a CTB bus collided at Pahalawewa on the Dambulla-Kurunegala
main road injuring two persons seriously.
The injured were identified as U Senaviratne (45) and his 12-year son
Samalika. Police investigations revealed that they were on the way to
Battaramulla from Galenbidunuwewa area. The driver was taken into
custody by Galewela police.
Residential change for criminal
Panadura Provincial High Court Judge Amal Thilakaratne directed the
prisons commissioner general to transfer a hardcore criminal from the
Kalutara Prison to the Colombo Remand Prison.
Kalutara prison superintendent Lamahewage Emil Rangan submitting an
official report to the court requested the court to transfer the suspect
who is sponsoring Heroin Business with outsiders.
Rebeca needs help
The father of 2 1/2-year-old Rebeca, who is suffering from Type 1
Diabetes Mellitus and who requires three insulin injections daily under
the Blood Glucose Monitoring Unit, solicits for financial help from the
general public as he is unable to meet the costs of the drugs which are
costly. As they are daily paid labourers and earn a mere pittance, they
are compelled to depend on charity for their child’s survival.
Considering this pathetic situation, the child’s father earnestly
request the public to contribute to this worthy cause. Monies could be
remitted to V Y Laurence, A/c No 8667693, Bank of Ceylon, Talawakele
Extortion gangs on private buses
Extortion gangs have become a serious menace to private bus crews
operating in Anuradhapura and Sub urban areas in recent times. NCP Road
Transport Authority Chairman Upali Dissanayake said these gangs who
according to their whims and fancies to even change bus time tables.
The Lion Ladies of District 306 B2 will present an Ophthalmic Laser
machine to the Lions Golden Jubilee Eye Hospital, Kadawatha on April 3
at 10.00 am.
The cost of the machine is Rs 5.5 million.
Training centre opening
Fully equipped vocational training centres will be opened at
Padiyathalawa and Savindamwadu in the Ampara district on April 5 by the
minister by Youth Affairs and Skills Development Minister Dullas
The centres will have courses on computer technology, beauty culture,
motor mechanism, dress making and language training.