New DJs for Panadura
Two District Court Judges had been appointed to the Panadura District
Court since last week by the Judicial Commission.
The Judges are Piyasena Ranasinghe and Mrs. Nilmini Fernandozes.
Judicial sources believe that was a mistake.
‘They wield guns sans licence’
Five suspects who had five unlicensed shot guns in their possession
were taken into custody by Southern Province Crime Detective Unit at
Maagedara in Yakkalamulla.
Police said four suspects were nabbed on information given by one of
the suspects taken into custody first. The suspects were handed over the
Warrants on Ex-MPCS president
Panadura Magistrate Thusara Rajasinghe issued warrants for the arrest
of Geekiyanage Don Thilak Kusum.
He was the ex president of the Panadura MPCS and the Ex Secretary of
the Panadura United National Party Balamandalaya.
He is evading a court trial against him.In this case he is charged by
the Assistant Commissioner of Cooperative Development Kalutara for not
paying Rs. 86,776 a loan with interest which he had obtained from the
Panadura cooperative rural bank a few years ago.
The magistrate also ordered bail an Rs, 5,000 on each of the sureties
who signed the bail bond of the accused last year regarding the loan.
Illicit distillery raided
The Southern Province Detective Unit raided illicit liquor
manufacturing den in the reserved area of Hiyare reservoir in Galle and
seized 16,800 drams of goda and 200 illicit liquor bottles with four
Prof. Raja de Alwis will deliver a public Buddhist talk in English on
“An alternate position for Seated Meditation” at a meeting of the
Servants of the Buddha Society on Saturday, January 17 at 4.30 p.m. at
Maitri Hall, Lauries Road, Bambalapitiya.
The next Buddhist public panel discussion of the Colombo YMBA will be
on Sunday, January 18, at 10 a.m. at its Borella building on “Living
without Attachment and Aversion.” The panelists are Piyadasa Wattegama
and Indika Perera with Rajah Kuruppu as moderator.
Re-launch of Shakthiya
The Shakthiya newspaper will be re-launched at a ceremony to be held
on January 13 at 3 p.m. at the Mahaweli Centre, Colombo 7. The new
website of the paper will also be launched on the same occasion. Ven.
Dr. Baddegama Samitha Thera, Vasudeva Nanayakkara, Dr. Tissa Abeysekera
and Minister Rajitha Senaratne are among the speakers.
The annual general meeting of the Alumni Association of the Kelaniya
University (Gampaha branch) will be held at Sanasa Building Gampaha at
9.30 a.m. on January 14.
A public lecture on “Sea Level Variability: From Seiches to Mean Sea
Level” is organised by the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka (IESL).
The lecture will be held on Monday, January 19, at 5.15 p.m. at the IESL,
120/15, Wijerama Mawatha, Colombo 7.
Professor Charitha Pattiarachi of University of Western Australia is
scheduled to deliver the lecture.
Use water sparingly, urges Board
The National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWS&DB) has requested
residents in Colombo City and the suburbs to use drinking water
sparingly saying it may be compelled to restrict water supplies due to
the prevailing drought and seepage of sea water to the Kelani Ganga
intake area following sand mining in the river bed.
The consumption of water too had rapidly increased due to the current
dry weather. People in elevated areas in Colombo and suburbs as well as
in places distant from reservoir areas have already complained of low
water pressure in their pipelines, the Board said.
The problem had aggravated due to the misuse of pipe-borne drinking
water for washing vehicles and clothes and watering plants.
Those engaged in such activities should think that they are depriving
another person of his legitimate right for drinking water facilities.
The NWS&DB in a communique issued yesterday said a heavy expenditure
is borne by the State to filter and purify drinking water and supply it
to the people and as such it was the duty of consumers to use water
Fatal accidents down in Matugama
The number of fatal accidents in Matugama has decreased in 2008
compared with the previous year, Matugama HQI Police, Pragathi
He said there were only eight fatal accidents in 2008, while there
were 15 fatal accidents in 2007.
He said the accident rate had decreased due to the inspection of
vehicles day and night and regular inspection of drivers.