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Ven. Ramachandran Iyer Veerapandiyaniyar has been appointed as the Co-ordinator for Hindu Religious Affairs at the Presidential Secretariat with immediate effect.

Explosives recovered

The Sangamankanda Special Task Force Unit conducted a clearing operation at Kanchikudiaru jungle area in Thirukkovil police division on Monday and recovered several explosive items including 17 landmines, 15 anti-personnel mines, one set of jungle uniforms and three land bombs believed to be from the LTTE's Vagei Base.

Meanwhile Tangalle Division Special Investigation Unit conducted another operaion in Middeniya police area and arrested a suspect and recovered a revolver with four live bullets of 9mm size. This police unit also received vital information on various robberies, attempted murders and thefts of gold chains from the suspect.

Hospital to be named

As a tribute to former Provincial Councillor late Soma Kumari Tennakoon for her services to the people of the Nikaweratiya electorate, the North Western Provincial Council has decided to name Nikaweratiya District Hospital as 'Soma Kumari Tennakoon Memorial Hospital.'

Please help him

B. L. Chaminda (28) of Jayawickrama Mawatha, Udukawa, Denipitiya, Matara is suffering from end stage kidney failure. Consultant Nephrologist Dr. A. L. M. Nazar has recommended a kidney transplant to save his life. Although the surgery is to be done free of charge he has to bear the cost of anti-rejection therapy, custodial solution and investigations amounting to Rs. 400,000.

Chaminda says he is unable to foot this bill due to his present financial plight. He requests philanthropists and the public to assist his cause by sending whatever financial contributions possible to help expedite his surgery.

All contributions should be sent to Account No. 032-2-001-00010564 opened in the name of his wife Dayani Rajapaksa at the People's Bank, Uyanwatta Matara branch.

He also requests a kind donor willing to donate a O Positive or Negative kidney, to contact him on the above address or on mobile 077-6739064.

She needs your help

Liyanage Swarnaseeli (54) of 203/22, Layards Brodeway, Dehiwala is suffering from end stage kidney failure. Consultant Nephrologist Dr. Anura Hewageegana has recommended a kidney transplant to save her life. Although the surgery is to be done at the National Hospital free of charge. She needs about Rs. 400,000 to meet the cost of anti rejection therapy, custodial solution and investigations.

Swarnaseeli says she is unable to foot this bill due to her present financial plight.

She requests philanthropists and the public to assist her cause by sending whatever financial contributions possible to help meet this expenditure.

All contributions should be remitted to Account Number 126-2-001-9-3468808 at the People's Bank Grandpass Branch.

Myanmar President here today

The Head of State of Myanmar Senior General Than Shwe and Madam Than Shwe will be in Sri Lanka from November 12-15, 2009 on a State visit.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa made a State visit to Myanmar at the invitation of the Myanmar Head of State in June this year.

This was to commemorate the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

The Myanmar Head of State is visiting Sri Lanka after a lapse of 43 years since 1963, when Myanmar Prime Minister Unu visited Sri Lanka.

ITN, Lakhanda English Services

The Independent Television Network and Lakhanda Radio will start their English Services today.

ITN is the first TV station of the country and Lakhanda Radio station was started a few years back and the two new services are being started to fulfill a long felt need, ITN and Lakhanda Radio Chairman Anura Siriwardena said.

Rare Python found at Pothgul reserve

A group of environmentalists from the National Movement for the Protection of Natural Resources have caught two pythons from the Pothgul reserve in Ratnapura.

One python which is 12 ft long and three ft in girth is said to belong to a rare species called Python Molaras.

Bahais celebrate founder's birthday

Members of the Baha'i Faith in Sri Lanka and world over celebrate the 192nd birth anniversary of the Founder of the Baha'i Faith, His Holiness Baha'u'llah today.

During this month, the Baha'i Community of Sri Lanka will hold special prayer meetings, to invoke blessings for the country's prosperity and well-being of entire humanity.

Diriya daru pranama

Diriya Daru Pranama, the prize giving ceremony for Health Department Co-operative Thrift & Credit Society Ltd. (Boat House) membership holders' children in Northern and eastern provinces who passed the grade five scholarship examination will be held at Batticaloa Hospital auditorium on November 14 from 9.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.

Eastern Provincial Council Chief Minister Sivaneshathurai Chandrakanthan will be the Chief Guest.

SLFP Muslim unit launch

The Sri Lankan Freedom Party has organised a Muslim Unit under the instructions of SLFP General Secretary and Minister Maithripala Sirisena.

Colombo District SLFP organizer Fawzan Anver has send a letter of request to each electorate organizers to nominate two persons under 35 and above 35 for the Muslim Unit. Fawzan said they hope to launch this program on November 14.


Carey College Old Boys' Union Annual get-together and principal's farewell ceremony will be held at Global Tower, Rooftop, Marine Drive, Wellawatte, Colombo 06 on December 5 from 7.00 p.m. to 11.30 p.m.

Rhythm of Maroons

'Rhythm of the Maroons', a musical show organised by the Colombo Ananda College Music Circle for the 4th consecutive year will be held at the school's Kularatne hall tomorrow (November 13) at 4.30 p.m.

Requiem Mass

The Annual Requiem Mass for departed members of the Colombo Chetty Community, relatives and friends will be held on November 14 at 4.00 p.m. at the Chappel of Demazenod House, Farm Road, Mattakkuliya.


A special Vo-Tech Industrial exhibition and Trade Fair organised by the Orugodawatte Motor Engineering Training Institute affiliated to the National Apprenticeship and Industrial Training Authority will be opened by Vocational and Technical Training Minister Piyasena Gamage at the Institute premises at 5.30 pm today November 12.

The exhibition and fair will continue daily from 8.30 am to 11 p.m. till November 15.

NCAS lecture

The National Centre for Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences (NCAS) has organized a Guest Lecture by Chairman of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Anura Ekanayake to be held on Thursday, November 19 from 3.00 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. at its premises, 6A, Sukhastan Gardens, Ward Place, Colombo 7.

This is part of the NCAS Guest Lecture Series for 2009.

Kelaniya University lectures begin Monday

Lectures for all students of the Faculties of Social Science, Science, Commerce, Management and Arts of the University of Kelaniya for the year 2008/2009 will commence on November 16, Monday 2009. Students with hostel facilities are notified to report to their respective hostels on November 15, 2009 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Chief Sanghanayake Thera passes away

The Ven. Bekkegama Soratha Chief Sanghanayake thera of the Kotte Sri Kalyani Samagri Dharma Maha Sangha Sabha and Viharadhipathi, Siri Siddhattaramaya, Walana, Panadura and Sri Subhadraramaya, Kuruppumulla has passed away.

Cremation will take place at the Panadura Urban Council grounds on Sunday November 15.

Doctor among suspects held for sale of new born


Matale Police yesterday arrested three suspects including a doctor and the mother of the infant in connection with the alleged sale of a day-old infant for Rs. 25,000.

The child was born at the Matale Base Hospital on Sunday. Police said a woman aged 24 from Pitakandawatte, Matale had given birth to her third child and allegedly sold the child to a person from Akurana area. Investigations are continuing.

Illicit liquor seized in raid

Panadura Walana Anti-vice Squad raided an area at Yoda Mawatha, Siddamulla, Piliyandala and arrested one suspect and recovered 101,250 ml. litres of illicit liquor, 2,247,750 ml. litres of goda, 12 goda barrels, one gas stove with rubber hose and two gas cylinders.


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