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Kelani Viharaya Katina Maha Pinkama

The annual Katina Pinkama of Sri Kelani Rajamaha Viharaya for the 37th time will be held on November 13 Ill Full Moon day under the patronage of the Viharadhipathi Most Ven. Prof. Kollupitiye Mahinda Sangharakkhita Nayaka Thera with the assistance of the President of Seela Bhavana Society of the Viharaya M. A. Herath.

Katina Maha Pinkama will conclude with the Katinanisansa Dharma Desana from 8 to 9 p.m. on the same day as usual.


'Hadj, the Blessed Month'

Hadj - the Blessed Month, a discourse for women, organised by Al Muslimaath and Association of Sri Lankan Muslim Women and Girls, as a part of their monthly programme, will be held on October 30 at 18, School Lane, off Station Road, Dehiwela, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch will be provided.


Youth clubbed to death

A youth was clubbed to death by another youth on Monday morning in Walana, Panadura, police spokesman SSP Ranjith Gunasekera said.

K. K. P. Prasanna (24) was clubbed by another suspect and died on the spot around 12.30 a.m. "A heated argument between the two youth ended up killing Prasanna," SSP Gunasekera added.

The suspect has fled the area. Panadura police are investigating.


Dry rations, to flood-hit families in Ja-Ela

Flood-hit families in 23 Grama Niladhari Divisions in Ja-Ela have been temporary located at the Tudella church, St. Mary’s College, Ja-Ela, Dandugama Church of Ceylon School, Dharmavijayarama Viharaya, Ja-Ela Buddhist Centre on the initiative of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Minister Felix Perera. Dry rations and cooked meals were also provided to them. The Minister has instructed the authorities to continue to provide them the necessary facilities until the flood situation eased.

Mobile service for tsunami-hit families

PAFFEREL together with the Canadian International Development Agency will launch a mobile service to attend to the needs of the tsunami-hit families in the Matara, Ampara, Hambantota and Batticloa districts. Government departments and other State bodies too will extend their co-operation to make the programme a success, sources said.

Issue of National Identity Cards, birth, marriage and death certificates, settlement of land disputes and legal aid services are some of the items to be taken up at the proposed mobile service.

PMK welcomes Centre’s steps

PMK, a constituent of the ruling UPA at the Centre, yesterday welcomed the steps taken by the Union Government to help Sri Lankan Tamils.

PMK founder Dr S Ramadoss, in a statement, said that the assurances given by the Centre that relief materials would be sent to the Tamils and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s remarks that he would be undertaking the responsibility of bringing about a political solution to the Tamils’ problems were welcome signs.

“I am happy to note that New Delhi has come forward to listen to the views of Tamil Nadu Government. Chief Minister M Karunanidhi should fully utilise the opportunity for finding a permanent remedy to the Sri Lankan Tamils issue,” he said. PTI

Tap water for Boyawalana

On the initiative of the North Western Provincial Councillor and SLFP Organiser for Dambadeniya Shantha Bandara the residents of Boyawalana area have been provided with pipe-borne water. Dambadeniya electorate falls within the Kurunegala district. Shantha Bandara said that this scheme was mooted by him several years ago but it was possible only during this Government.

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