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Buddha Pradeepa 2010 out Monday

Daily News Vesak annual Buddha Pradeepa 2010 will be launched on May 24.This year’s edition is a collection of articles containing illuminative insights into the teachings of the Buddha written by scholar monks and laity. The 74 page issue printed on 70 GSM will include pages with colour photographs.

For inquiries contact the Annual Publications Department (Tel: 011-2429486)





Inland Revenue Department back at headquarters

Activities of the Inland Revenue Department, other than taxes retained on interest, Paye tax and official duties of Section 3 conducted at Ascot, Access Towers, Hydepark Corner, Colombo 2 and Readyware Building, Park Street have been shifted to the Inland revenue Department Head Quarters Chittampalam A Gardiner Road Colombo 02. Bank of Ceylon and People’s Bank maintain their branches at Inland Revenue Headquarters for the convenience of tax payers, the Inland Revenue Department said in a press release.

Consumers to benefit from fish market

The Central Fish Market at Peliyagoda being constructed on a proposal of President Mahinda Rajapaksa would provide more facilities to consumers and fish traders, Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said.

The Minister said consumers will be able to buy hygienic, fresh fish at remarkable rates from this market which is envisaged to handle 30 percent of the total fish product of the country. The new market complex would ease the congestion prevailing at St. Jone’s Market, Colombo, he said.

The total cost of the complex is Rs. 1,700 million, funded by the Government and the Asian Development Bank. The building complex spreads 3.17 hectares in extent. The project will be implemented under the Aquatic Resources Development and quality development project of the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Ministry, the Minister said.

Public help needed to make Colombo flood free - CMC

The Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) has taken every possible step to reduce floods in the Colombo city and its suburbs in the future. It also requested public to co-operate with the CMC and not to throw their garbage to drainages and canals.

CMC Chief Administrator Omar Kamil said drainage systems in the city including opposite the Public Administration Ministry are blocked following floods. Measures have been taken clean to block drainages in the city, he said.

“CMC cleaners with the assistance of vehicles fitted with high pressure jets are cleaning drainages,” he added.

Kamil said the CMC has launched a new project to identify six areas to clean gullies in Colombo city everyday. CMC employees are engaged in cleaning the gullies in Princess of Wales Mawatha, York Street, Reclamation Road, Reid Avenue, Galle Road from Bambalapitiya to Wellawatte and Horton Place.

Meanwhile, the CMC is desilting the drain in the vicinity of Sugathadasa Stadium.

Fishing boat capsizes

A fishing boat called “Lurdumatha” capsized at the sea off Wadduwa due to heavy tides Wednesday. One fisherman was drowned and two others escaped. The body of the drowned fisherman was recovered and rushed to the Panadura Base Hospital.

Wadduwa Police are investigating.

Coop City Manager remanded

Panadura Magistrate Ranga Dissanayaka remanded the acting manager of the Alubomulla Coop City outlet of the Bandaragama MPCS on June 3 in connection with committing a fraud of Rs. 869,698.81 valued essential food items from time to time.

The Panadura Police Special Crime and Fraud Bureau arrested the suspect and produced her before Court.

Vesak pandal

A Vesak Pandal depicting Vidura Jathakaya erected by Eksath Welanda Sangamaya Kottawa will be displayed from May 27 to 31 at the Kottawa Bus Stand.

Vesak Bethigee

A Vesak Bethigee organised by the youth club of Kottawa under the supervision of the chief incumbent of Kottawa Punnyawardhanaramaya Ven. Weraduwe Sirijothy Thera will be held on May 27 to May 31 at Kottawa Bodhiya.

Sadaham Charika today

The special Vesak Sadaham Charika, a Buddhist tour organised by the International Buddhist Centre Viharaya, Wellawatte, Colombo, taking gifts to underprivileged children will be held today from 9.00 a m.

The Sadaham Charika organized by Ven Maharagama Mahinda Thera will carry with it educational material, food and drinking water to children living in shanties.The Charika will tour Wellawatte, Bambalapitiya, Dehiwala and Kirulapone where the monks will also preach the Dhamma to children and their parents, International Buddhist Centre said in a press release.

Vesak celebrations

The Colombo South International College will observe Vesak on May 25 and 26.

Primary students under the guidance of Co-ordinators Rukmani Karunaratne and Pumika Wijeratne will visit the Bellanwila Raja Maha Viharaya on May 25. After religious observances, Ven. Boralesgamuwe Pemarathana Thera will deliver a discourse on the Dhamma. This will be followed by a meditation course.

Ven. Olande Ananda Thera of the Meditation Centre, Pagoda Road, Nugegoda will deliver a talk on Buddhist doctrine to senior students on May 26. Students will later visit Sunandaramaya, Kalubowila.

The College has also organized a Vesak lantern contest. The best decorated lanterns will receive prizes.

The program is organized by Vice Principal Nalini Jayasekera and Ranmali Wettasinghe.

Vesak program

A two-day religious program to mark Vesak festival will be held on May 27 and 28 at the Colombo National Hospital Cardiology Unit.

It is organized by the doctors and the hospital staff.

A Dhamma sermon will be delivered by Ven. Polpithimukalane Pannasiri Thera on May 27 at 9.30 a.m. while a Buddha pooja followed by a Dhamma sermon by Ven. Galpothukande Vajira Thera will be held on May 28 at 10.00 a.m.

Four stamps for Vesak

The Posts Department will issue four stamps to the denominations of Rs 4, Rs 5, Rs 10 and Rs 30 together with the first day cover, a commemorative card and a Vesak card to mark Vesak on May 24.

A function in connection with the cancellation of the first day cover will be held on May 24 at 3.00 p.m. at Mahiyangana Rajamaha Viharaya under the patronage of Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne, Posts and Telecommunication Minister Jeevan Kumaratunga and Deputy Minister Duminda Dissanayake.

New Iraq envoy to Lanka

The Embassy of the Republic of Iraq in Colombo informed that Kahtan Taha Khalaf has been appointed as the new Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Iraq to Sri Lanka on May 18.

Lectures postponed

Due to the unfavourable weather, lectures of Bachelor of Labour Education (BLE) program of Colombo University have been postponed.

A university release said all the lectures will be carried out as usual from May 24.

Bahai Holy Day

Bahais around the world including in Sri Lanka will celebrate the anniversary of the birth of the Bahai Faith tomorrow.


[Correction and Clarification]

The Daily News in its news alerts and internet edition inadvertently mentioned that a communication tower in Galle was damaged by lightning and some people were hospitalized.

However Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka Deputy Director (Networks) informed us that there had not been such an incident in the area.


Fifteenth Annual General Meeting of the Royal College Old Hosteliers Association (ROCOHA) will be held at the Organization of Professional Associations, (OPA) No. 275/75, Baudhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 7 today at 7.00 p.m.

The AGM will be followed by a fellowship dinner. Inquiries 0777772508/0115731631.



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