Grade One admission interviews in August
The Education Ministry will hold interviews for grade one admissions
to Government schools during the August vacation and conclude it by
The place of residence should be authenticated with a CD containing
the electoral register for admission to leading national schools in the
city and failure to do so will result in not being called for the
interview, sources for Ministry of Education said.
Applications of a suspicious nature with false details and forged
documents attached will be referred to the police for investigations.
Persons residing in government quarters should submit official proof,
additional secretary to the Ministry N.U. Wijeratne said.
Guardianship of children will be accepted only on court orders and
applications submitted by guardians certified by attorneys will be
Two killed, child critical in accident
Two women were killed and a four-year-old child was critically
injured when a lorry ran over a moped, near the 28th mile post,
Polonnaruwa on Wednesday evening, police spokesman SSP Ranjith
A motorcycle and a moped collided near the 28th mile post in
Polonnaruwa around 6.30 pm. “Two women and a child who were in the moped
had fallen on to the main road and a lorry plying in the road ran over
on the moped”, he said.
Two women in the moped were killed. The child who was critically
injured in the tragedy was admitted to the Polonnaruwa hospital.
One of the victims was identified as Nirosha Malgama.
The Mother of the child is among the dead.
Polonnaruwa police is investigating.
Katugastota bridge opens on Sunday
The commissioning of the new bridge connecting Kandy and Katugastota
will be held on July 26 at 10.30 a.m. under the patronage of President
This bridge located at a prime entry point to the Kandy city will
consist of four lanes and will be 130 meters long with a width of 20
Construction activities of the bridge which commenced in 2005, was
undertaken by the State Development and Construction Corporation at a
cost of Rs. 525 million.
Chief prelates of the Malwaththe and Asgiri Chapters, Ministers and
parliamentarians will grace the occasion.
Getambe-Gannoruwa road opens
President Mahinda Rajapaksa opened the rehabilitated
Getambe-Gannoruwa road in Kandy yesterday morning.
The four lane road built at a cost of Rs. 355 million under a Kuwaiti
Government loan scheme will facilitate people’s routine activities by
greatly easing traffic congestion on this route.
People travelling on the Colombo-Kandy road can now reach their
destinations through this route without taking the circuitous route
through Peradeniya junction. Central Province Governor Tikiri
Kobbekaduwa, Ministers T.B. Ekanayake, Keheliya Rambukwella, Dr. Rajitha
Senarathne Chief Minister Sarath Ekanayake and officials were present.
Glass of milk for students visiting House
Speaker W.J.M. Lokubandara told parliament yesterday that action will
be taken shortly to provide a glass of milk to school children who visit
Parliament from countrywide schools.
The Speaker said “As the parliament has no financial allocations to
provide a glass of milk or refreshments to students.
I have discussed with two milk producing companies and Education
Minister Susil Premajayantha to make arrangements in this regard.”
The Speaker made these remarks in response to a query raised by JVP
MP Lakshman Nipunaarachchi who said hundreds of school children who come
to visit Parliament have to return without even a glass of water. UK and
Special arrangements for Madhu festival
Special arrangements have been made for devotees attending to the
first Madhu festival to be held after defeating terrorism on August 15.
All devotees should fill an application form pertaining personal
information for security concern.
Police spokesman SSP Ranjith Gunasekera said special arrangements
have been made for devotees visiting Madhu church this year. "A special
program to register personal information of devotees will be done and
this process will be repeated in the coming years as well," he said.
He said devotees will be registered at the entering junction and the
information will be computerised by the Army. The form can be obtained
before entering the Madhu church compounded.
The form in all three languages should be filled by the leader of
each group of devotees. The leader of each group should submit three
copies with name list of the group members attached to the form, SSP
Ministry at new location
The Youth Empowerment and Socio Economic Development Ministry which
was located at No. 43, Jawatta Road, Colombo 5 will be shifted to a new
location at No. 5, Vajira Lane, Colombo 5 from today. The religious
event and the official acceptance will be held at 12 p.m. on today at
the new building by the Youth Empowerment and Socio Economic Development
Minister and the General Secretary of Ceylon Worker's Congress Minister
US Assistant Secretary of State to visit Sri Lanka
The newly appointed United States Assistant Secretary of State for
Population, Refugees, and Migration Eric P. Schwartz will arrive in Sri
Lanka on July 25.
Assistant Secretary Schwartz has worked with Sri Lanka before when he
served as the UN Deputy Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery from 2005 to
During his stay, he will visit the IDP Centres in the North and meet
senior Government officials and civil society representatives.
Uru-ulla Sanasa Union Ltd in Ambanpitiya in Kegalle will celebrate
its diamond jubilee on August 2, under the patronage of Sanasa Bank
Chairman P. A. Kiriwandeniya. Sabaragamuwa PC Chief Minister Mahipala
Herath, Provincial Council Minister of Land, Agriculture and Irrigation
Shrilal Wickremasingha, Presidential Advisor Jagath Balasooriya,
Sabaragamuwa PC Member Harsh Siyambalapitiya and Kegalle UC Chairman G.K.
Samarasingha will participate.
Thurstan College JOBU car wash on July 15-Aug. 15
The annual 'Car Wash' of the Thurstan College J.O.B.U. commenced from
July 15 to Aug. 15.
All the car wash ticket holders can get their vehicles washed at any
Auto Miraj Service Centres mentioned in the ticket at any free time
during this period. Past Thurstanites, the parents and the public
wishing to buy tickets, can obtain it from the committee of the JOBU,
Thurstan College Swimming Pool office, or P.L. Hettiarachchi on 077
Udathalavinna Judgement today
The Supreme Court will deliver the judgment in the Udathalavinna
Murder Appeal today.
The Bench will comprise Chief Justice Asoka de Silva, Justice Nimal
Gamini Amaratunga, Justice Jagath Balapatabendi, Justice P.A. Rathnayake
and Justice Ms. Chandra Ekanayake.
The Attorney General charged 15 accused in connection with the murder
of ten youths in Udathalavinna on December 5, 2001. After the hearing
the Trial-at-Bar acquitted ten accused including Deputy Defence Minister
Anuruddha Ratwatte and his two sons and convicted five army personnel
and sentenced them to death.
The Supreme Court during the course of the appeal acquitted one
accused appellant and the judgment will be delivered in connection with
the four accused -appellants today.
CMC dengue eradication campaign
The CMC will hold a dengue eradication campaign tomorrow in
collaboration with Rotary District 3220 – Sri Lanka.
Addressing a media conference, Education Minister Susil Premajayanth
said the CMC ‘s initiative in partnership with the private sector should
be appreciated and other local bodies should also follow suit.
The Minister added that his Ministry is ready to extend fullest
cooperation to any institution to control epidemics such as Dengue.
Pepper plant distribution
Three hundred thousand pepper plants are to be distributed among the
cultivators in the Matale District. Presently over 10,000 acres have
been used for this cultivation in the district by about 15,000
The majority of the pepper cultivators are in Matale, Rattota,
Ukuwela, Yatawatta and Abanganga Korale Divisional Secretariat areas.
Farmers urge big onion tax
Big onion cultivators in Hiriyala, Galewela and Dambulla areas
request the Government to increase the tax on the import of big onion to
enable them to maintain a fixed price for big onions.
Farmers in these areas have cultivated big onions in 8,275 acres this
season. The expected harvest is 66,200 metric tons, according to the