170,000 new voters in Matale
There are 170,000 new voters for the forthcoming Central Provincial
Election says the Assistant Commissioner of Elections Matale Phillip
Nisantha de Silva. He said they are eligible according to the Electoral
Register of 2007.
The total number of voters registered in Matale district is 3,338,946
and the number of candidates to be elected is 07.
The Assistant Commissioner said Nominations were received from
December 24-31 and the election will be conducted at 295, polling
He disclosed the following details - Dambulla - 97 Polling stations,
Matale - 67, Rattota - 74 and Laggala 67.
The Assistant commissioner requested the candidates, political
parties and the public to have a peaceful environment during the
Insanitary conditions at hospital
It is seen that some parts of the premises of Base Hospital, Dambulla
is a big threat to the health of its patients as well as medical staff
and also the visitors.
This situation prevails due to the insanitary condition of these
places. A lavatory pit over flows to the drain causing a bad smell. The
nurses assert that it is very difficult to stay there and they have
complained to the doctors of the ward too. This pit is covered with a
card board. The hole where the waters of the kitchen flow in is also
filled and not safely closed. A bad smell emanates from this also.
According to the information the responsible heads have been
informed, but it is in vain.
Allegation by SB baseless
S.B. Dissanayake's allegations against Samurdhi Niladharis,
describing them as 'Election Machine' is baseless. Talking with the
rural villagers and discussing appropriate subjects in the role of
Samurdhi Movement, said the Minister of National Building and
Infrastructure Development S.M. Chandrasena.
He was on an inspection tour to examine the project assessment of the
Samurdhi Authority in Matale.
The Minister said "Your co-operation and dedication is needed for
Nation Building. Be partners in development, but you should not be the
of the politicians, and we shall never ask you to be with us, but use
your brain for justice."
Underground crossing not properly used
Adults and schoolchildren are not making proper use of the
underground pedestrian crossing in front of the court complex in
This underground pedestrian crossing is ideally suited to service the
purpose of safe crossing to pedestrian traffic. But most of them try to
cross the highway without using it.
Kurunegala police said some mischievous youth cast indecent remarks
at schoolgirls who try to walk along the underground pedestrian
He said this underground pedestrian was built by the Government to
prevent unnecessary road accidents and save precious lives.
Two acres each
Arrangement are being made to distribute 80 acres belonging to the
Land Reform Commission at Amilagama in the Haldummulla Divisional
Secretariat division for the cultivation among 40 families. Each family
will receive two acres said a spokesman of the LRC.
Rinzee Randeniya will deliver a public Buddhist talk in English on
'The Science of Meditation' at a meeting of the Servants of the Buddha
Society on Saturday, January 10 at 4.30 p.m. at the Maitri Hall, Lauries
The annual Duruthu Perahera of the Bolawalana Sri Jayasudarshanarama
Viharaya will be held on December 10 starting at 7 pm. The Sri
Jayasundarshanaramaya was built under a programme sponsored by late
Minister Jayaraj Fernandopulle through his personal contributions. The
perahera replete with elephants dancers and other cultural features is
conducted for the sixth consecutive year under the guidance of Dr.
Sudarshanie Fernandopulle, Chairperson Perehera Committee.
Italy to finance water projects
The Italian Government has decided to participate in the financing of
the UNHCR Special Project to improve water and Sanitation Services in
selected operations in 2008/09.
Among the funds made available by the Italian Government, 250,000
Euros has been allocated to finance activities in IDP camps in Jaffna,
Kilinochchi, Mannar, Vavuniya, Batticaloa and Trincomalee, for the
construction of water wells, rehabilitation of water wells in the area
of returnees, promotion of good hygienic practices, states an Italian
Embassy press release.
A recorded public talk on 'Is there a way out of the crisis in the
world?' delivered by the late Indian philosopher, J. Krishnamurti will
be replayed at Anula Nursery School hall 310, High Level Road, Colombo 6
at 9.45 am on Sunday, January 11.
Dr. Narendra Pinto will be inducted as the new President of The
College of Surgeons of Sri Lanka, on January 17 at 6 pm. at Water's Edge
Golf and Country Club, Battaramulla.
Dr. Narendra Pinto is Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, National
Hospital of Sri Lanka. He succeeds Dr. D.S. Liyanarachchi, Consultant
Surgeon, National Hospital of Sri Lanka, Colombo.
The certificate course organised by the Institute of Chemistry is
designed to provide knowledge on scientific principles and procedures to
be followed from product concept to the market in the development of
The course will begin on Wednesday, January 7 and will continue of
five Wednesdays from 9.00 a.m. to 4 pm. and will be held at the
Institute of Chemistry, Adamantane House, 341/22, Kotte Road, Welikada,
Dr. Gillian Juleff of the Exeter University in England will deliver a
lecture on 'Monsoon Steel' (early metallurgical technology and its
development in Sri Lanka) at the British Council auditorium, Alfred
House Gardens, Colombo on January 6 at 5 pm. The lecture marks the
creation of a new permanent display for the Martin Wickramasingha folk
museum at Koggala.
Community Centre in Alagala reconstructed
The community centre at Alagala, a remote village situated in the
Ambagamuwa (Ginigathena) DS division has been reconstructed by the
Ambagamuwa divisional secretariat under the Government’s Gama Neguma
On a proposal made by the former Central Provincial Councillor and
the chief SLFP organiser for Maskeliya W.G. Ranasinghe and Minister of
Nation Building A.P. Jagath Pushpa Kumara funded a sum of Rs. 500,000
for the reconstruction of the rural community centre which was in an
improper state during the past few years.
John Travolta ‘heartbroken’ over son’s death
Actor John Travolta and his wife Kelly Preston said they were
“heartbroken” over the death last week of their son Jett, 16, who was
found unconscious during a family vacation in the Bahamas.
“Jett was the most wonderful son that two parents could ever ask for
and lit up the lives of everyone he encountered. We are heartbroken that
our time with him was so brief,” the family said in a statement Sunday.
“We have received many messages of condolence from around the world
and we want to thank everyone for their prayers and support. It has
meant so much to us,” the statement said, signed: “With love, John,
Kelly and Ella.” Jett Travolta had a history of seizures since he was a
toddler and his father’s attorney said he may have suffered a lethal one
The youth was the only son of the 54-year-old film star — also a
trained jet pilot — and actress Preston, 46. Their daughter Ella is aged