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Ahadiya school certificate exam

The Ahadiya School Certificate Examination (final) 2008 (2009) will be held on May 23 and 24 in 72 exam centres.

This exam will be conducted in all three languages. Around 8,250 candidates are expected to sit this year. Admission cards have been dispatched to school heads. Contact 2785230 for details.

Hindu religious teachers’ exam

The Hindu Religious Teachers (Araneri) Examination 2007/2008 (2009) will be held on May 23, 24 and 30 at 36 exam centres.

This exam will be conducted in Tamil medium. Around 2,200 candidates will sit for the exam.

Admission cards have been dispatched to school heads. Contact 2785230 for details.

Opening of electricity scheme

The Udugama-Buluwana rural electricity scheme in the Ratnapura electorate, built at a cost of Rs. 7 million under an ADB aid scheme will be commissioned by Power and Energy Minister W.D.J. Seneviratne at a ceremony at Godakawela on May 24 at 3 pm. This will benefit 150 families resident in Godakawela, a Power and Energy Ministry press release said.

Buddhist talk

Rinzie Randeniya will deliver a public Buddhist talk in English on ‘Concept and Reality’ at a meeting of the Servants of the Buddha Society on May 23 at 4.30 pm at Maitri Hall, Lauries Road, Bambalapitiya.

Prayers for the country

Special prayers for the President, the Armed Forces and the country organised by the Borella Ahadiyyah School will be held on May 24 at 8.45 a.m. at the Borella Ahadiyyah Secretariat, Park Avenue, Colombo 8.

Principal Shibly Hashim will preside.

Colombo District Sri Lanka Freedom Party Organiser M. Fawzan Anver has organised special prayers for the Armed Forces on May 24 at 10.00 a.m. at the Dewatagaha Jumma Mosque, Colombo.

Matara fetes war heroes

The Matara district Rohana Uththama Upahara, a ceremony to honour war heroes will be held on May 24 at the Sanath Jayasuriya grounds, Matara. The ceremonial procession will commence from Nupe junction at 8.30 a.m. and proceed upto the Ranaviru Memorial at Beach Road, Matara.

After placing floral tributes, it will reach Sanath Jayasuriya grounds for the celebration. Refreshments will be provided by Sri Lanka Telecom and Mobitel.

Support President's initiatives - Athaullah

President Mahinda Rajapaksa agreed to make necessary amendments in the local authority Bill to benefit the minorities. The President is protecting the rights of the minorities, said Minister of Water Supply and Drainage A.L.M. Athaullah.

He was speaking at a public meeting in Palamunai presided by S.M.M. Haneefa, Principal of Minhaj Maha Vidyalaya.

Athaullah said, people irrespective of caste, race and religion must support the President's initiatives to develop the country and find peaceful solution to the long lasting issues of the Tamil speaking people.

ACMA lauds President

Dr. M. Fazli Nizar as President of the ACMA congratulates President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, Defence Secretary and Army Commander General Sarath Fonseka for having annihilated the LTTE and terrorism in this country. M. Fazli Nizar President of the All Ceylon Moors Association founded 95 years ago congratulates the President in this historic victory.

The Sri Lankan Moors would continue to support the government to eradicate terrorism.

Matara celebrates

Thousands of people in Matara town and its suburbs celebrated victory over the LTTE by parading the streets and lighting crackers.

They carried flags, banners and shouted slogans praising President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the Armed Forces. In several places women were beating raban and partaking kiribath.

Program a success

Hela Weda Punarada, a special program to revive indigenous medicine on a concept of Minister of Indigenous Medicine Tissa Karalliyadda in prevention of diseases is a great success in the Talawa area, said Health Promotion Officer of Talawa Athula Keerthi Dissanayake. The community will be made aware of the preventive measures to be taken against diseases.

Dengue awareness program

The Dengue Prevention Unit of Narammala in collaboration with the Narammala Public Health Office has started a dengue prevention campaign in the Alawwa, Narammala and Dambadeniya areas.

Several programs to educate the general public, schoolchildren, State and private sector officials about dengue prevention have been initiated.

North Western Provincial Health Department information reveals that dengue is raising its ugly head again in Kurunegala district.

Sour grapes for Norwegian NGO

The Sri Lankan National Flag seems to be anathema to Ranveig Tveitnef, the head of Fourit Sri Lanka, a Norwegian NGO headquartered at Dickmans Road, Colombo. On seeing the Sri Lanka flag hoisted at her office on Friday to celebrate the victory of Sri Lankan Forces victory over terrorism she had allegedly ordered her staff to remove the flag forthwith and hand it over to the security office there.

Landslide victims funeral today

The funerals of the six persons who died in Tudsday’s landslide in Norton Bridge will be held at Kiriwaneliya today.

The dead are R.A. Jayatillake Bandara (33), Thushani Udayanthi Rajapaksha (31) Sanjani Nimani Jayathilleke (7) and Nimali Jayathilleke (2) all members of the same family, and Samantha Bandara Rajapaksa (32) and Sanjeewa Rukmal Fernando (31).

Kulasiri Rajapaksha’s funeral tomorrow

The funeral of Kulasiri Rajapaksha, a former joint editor of Dinamina will be held at the General Cemetery, Kanatta, tomorrow at 3.30 p.m. Cortege leaves residence F 21, Government Flats, St. Anthony’s Road, Kollupitiya at 2.30 p.m.



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