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US students here for environmental studies

A group of American students and professors from the University of Dubuque in Iowa arrived in Sri Lanka recently as environmental tourists, taking part in a curriculum that includes a two-week field course in Sri Lanka.

The visit is part of an effort to broaden educational exchanges between Sri Lanka and the United States which in turn will lead to an expansion of research opportunities for students in both countries.

Diversity and global learning have become popular methods of study within the United States, and the students are expected to gain an insight on indigenous biological and plant expertise at the University of Colombo and University of Peradeniya as part of their educational experience.

The University of Dubuque recognizes that Sri Lanka is an ideal location for research, because of its history, complex ecosystems, and its long rooted traditional values to conserve nature packed into a small island.


Presentation of title deeds

A ceremony to mark the presentation of title deeds and land permits to nearly 10,000 farmers in the Uva Province will be held at the Moneragala Pradeshiya Sabha playground under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa at 10 am on January 27.

A group of 6,290 farmers representing 11 divisional secretariat divisions in Moneragala district will relieve Ranbima deeds, licences and rubber cultivation agreement certificates at this ceremony while 865 farmers selected from Badulla district will receive land title deeds and a group of farmers selected from Siyambalanduwa in Moneragala will receive title certificates at this ceremony.

Uva Chief Minister Shasheendra Rajapaksa, several Ministers and Parliamentarians and other officials will also participate in this event.


Left discourse

A discussion on the LLRC report will be held 4 pm on Jan. 26 at the N.M. Perera Centre, Colombo 8, under the aegis of the Socialist Study Circle. The discussants will be, M.A. Sumanthiran MP, Attorney-at-Law and Dr. Tudor Weerasinghe, Rector, Sri Palee Campus, University of Colombo. The public are welcome.


Rehab work on Vihara Mandiraya

Rehabilitation work on the new Vihara Mandiraya at the Kshetrarama Maha Viharaya, Lakshapathiya, Moratuwa will be launched at a ceremony held at the Viharaya on January 28 at 7.40 am under the patronage of Indibadda Sudharmarathnaramadhipathi Ven. Gampola Sugunadhaja, Chief Sanghanayake Thera of Central Province.

Director General of Archaeology Dr. Senarath Dissanayake, Moratuwa Mayor Samanlal Fernando and Provincial Council members Maurice Wijeratne and Senake Damayantha Silva will be among the special invitees.


Twenty four hour Kavi Maduwa

The Galle Municipal Council has organized 24 hour Solo Kavi Maduwa Presentation of impromptu poems in an attempt to set a Guinness World Record. The Guinness record attempt will start at 9.27 am today.

Senior Lecturer of the Ambalangoda Bhikkhu College poet Kananke Latha de Silva is conducting the Kavi Maduwa. Southern Province Chief Minister Shan Wijeylal de Silva, Governor Kumari Balasuriya and Galle Mayor Methsiri de Silva will participate in the inauguration ceremony.


Healwatch crossword draw

Healwatch Medical Crossword No. 51 draw will be held at the WISH Institute Auditorium, No. 436 High Level Road, Delkanda, Nugegoda at 10 am on Friday January 27. Prize winners of the previous crossword No. 50 will be presented with their prizes at this draw.

The crossword is sponsored by the WISH Institute.


AGM

The 84th Annual General Meeting of Carey College Old Boys’ Union will be held on January 28 at the College hall commencing at 4 pm. Contact Razeen Tel. 0777353789.


Debating competition

For the fourth successive year, Chemistry students in teams from the Universities of Colombo, Peradeniya, Sri Jayewardenepura, Kelaniya, Jaffna and Ruhuna as well as the College of Chemical Sciences will compete with each other in a friendly Inter-University debating competition that will be held at Adamantane House, the headquarters of the Institute of Chemistry Ceylon on Saturday, January 28, 2012.


New Australian HC


Robyn Mudie

Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Kevin Rudd appointed Robyn Mudie as Australia's new High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, with non-resident accreditation to the Maldives.

Mudie will take up her appointment later this month, and will replace Kathy Klugman.

Mudie is a senior career officer with the Foreign Affairs and Trade Department and has previously served in Geneva, New York and Hanoi.


Treasure hunters

Eight treasure hunters were nabbed by Medawachchiya Police while they were digging for a treasure at Puleliya, Medawachchiya on Sunday night. Police also seized some digging implements and other equipment from their possession. The suspects were due to be produced in Court. Investigations are continuing.


Netted with ganja

A suspect in possession of 1,340 milligrammes of ganja was arrested by Matara Police Vice Squad at Thumbe, Kamburupitiya last week.

The suspect was produced in Matara High Court. Matara Police are investigating.


Fined

A suspect found guilty of having 12 drams of illicit liquor was fined Rs. 21,000 by Deyyandara Magistrate N G Priyadarshani. The accused was a resident of Horapawita, Kamburupitiya. Kamburupitiya Police prosecuted.


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