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Help save baby Shahana's life

Four year old Fathima Shahana of No. 32, Rassagala Road, Balangoda is suffering from an acute heart ailment Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) hole in the heart.

Consultant Paediatric Cardiologist Dr. K. Sivakumar, Apollo Hospital has recommended an urgent heart surgery to save her life. The cost of the surgery is estimated at Rs. 350,000.

Her father M.G.M. Kuthubdeen says that he is unable to foot this bill due to his present economic plight.

He has sought assistance from the President's Fund to meet the expenditure. He also requests financial assistance from the generous public to meet the rest of the cost to save his daughter's life.

All contributions should be remitted to Account No. 960, Seylan Bank (Balangoda Branch).

Rs. 15m. development projects for 33 GS divisions

Bulathsinhala special correspondent

Over 130 development projects scheduled for 2003, are under way in 33 GS divisions in Madurawala Secretariat division in the Bulathsinhala electorate. The projects are worth Rs. 13 million.

According to K. Nandasena, Divisional Secretary, Madurawala a sum of Rs. 24 lakhs for 38 projects from decentralised budget, Rs. 86 lakhs for 91 projects from WP Provincial council and 40 lakhs from the Central Government have already been received for the proposed development projects. Of all the projects, work on 65 projects have already been completed and the work on other projects will be over by the end of this year.

He also added that the first floor of the Secretariat building which is urgently in need is also being constructed at a cost of Rs. 18 lakhs and the construction work will be completed before this year.

NCPA seeks public help

by Nadira Gunatilleke

The National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) now functions at No. 330, Thalawathugoda Road, Madiwela, Sri Jayewardenepura.

The public can report child exploitation to this address as well as over telephone.

The new numbers are 011-2778911, 011-2778912, 011-2778913 and Fax 011-2778915. The telephone number of NCPA's Special Police Unit is 011-779196, NCPA Chairman Prof. Harendra de Silva said.

The NCPA's e-mail address is ncpa@childprotection.gov.lk and the web site is www.childprotection.gov.lk.

Lanka's largest oil complex to be built in Muthurajawela

LANKAPUWATH - The construction of the country's largest oil complex with storing capacity of 250 thousand metric tones, is under way at Muthurajawela.

A spokesman of the Ministry of Power and Energy said that the estimated cost of the complex is 7.68 billion rupees and assistance is given by the Chinese government.

He also said that the construction work is to be completed by February next year.

Meanwhile Ceylon Electricity Board sources said that "the complex will have 31 tanks with a capacity of ten thousand metric tones each while there will be eight tanks which can stock kerosene".

Poverty conference in Vavuniya

A three-day North East Regional Poverty Conference - 2003 will be held at the District Agricultural Training Centre at Elapper Maruthankulam in Vavuniya. The conference has been organised by Ministry Assisting Vanni Rehabilitation in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Introductory session will commence on Friday afternoon with Mullativu Government Agent, Emalda Sukumar in the chair. The theme of the conference is "Investing in People's Poverty, Health, Education and Environment" in relation to the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The working session will commence on Saturday December 6 at 8.30 a.m. Ministry Secretary, R. Tharmakulasingam and UNDP Chairperson of Poverty Care Group, Dr. Dharshini de Zoysa will deliver the welcome addresses by elaborating on the theme of the conference with particular reference to their respective areas of co-ordination.

Vavuniya Government Agent, K. Ganesh will chair the first session which will deal with Incidence and Impact of Poverty in the North-East past and present. M. S. Selvendran, Secretary of the All Island People's Peace Front will chair the second session which deals with the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and poverty in relation to MDGs.

Lanka signs agreements with 17 countries on seafarer employment

With reference to our article with the above title which appeared on page 17 in the Daily News of December 2, 2003, Hon. Consul General for Panama in Sri Lanka Susantha M. Jayasena has informed us as follows: "While accepting the fact that the Panama Registry as the largest shipping registry in the world, the true figure is, at present there are 13,717 vessels under the Panama flag with over 250,000 qualified Panama registered seafarers for employment on these vessels."

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