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Saturday, 9 July 2011






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Nepali Editor calls on President
Editor of Milan newspaper in Nepal, Reka Bandari and Administrative Editor Arthi Mahath paid a courtesy call on President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees yesterday. Here Milan newspaper Editor presenting a Buddha statue to President Mahinda Rajapaksa. A special document and a compact disk issued on the occasion of the 16th SAARC Summit was also presented to the President. Picture by Chandana Perera



Youth exchange programme

The Kandy Rotary Club and the American Embassy jointly organized a youth exchange programme where Tamil youth from the North visited the South while Sinhalese youth from the South toured the North.

The tour was for one week which included transport, meals and accommodation.

Tamil visitors were accommodated in Sinhala homes and Sinhalese youth in Tamil homes.

Commemoration meeting

A ceremony to commemorate the first death anniversary of Presidentís Islamic Religious Affairs Coordinator and Ihsaniyyah Arabic College managing director Dr Niyas Moulavi will be held on July 10 at 4 p.m. at the Borella Ahadiyya Secretariat, Park Road, Colombo 08. Dr Niyas Moulavi passed away on July 4, 2010.

The commemoration will be held under the patronage of Buddhist, Hindu, Christian and Islam religious dignitaries. Family members of Dr Niyas Moulavi will participate.

Ahadiyya School principal Shibly Hashim will preside.

Hakeem to participate in Law Ministersí meeting

Justice Minister and SLMC leader Rauff Hakeem will participate in the Commonwealth Law Ministersí meeting representing Sri Lanka, in Sydney, Australia from July 11 to 14.

Several key issues will be discussed at this meeting, including international criminal court (ICC) statute and implementation of the Geneva conventions, human trafficking, victims of crime in the criminal justice process and strategies to combat corruption etc.

Gangarama tusker dies

Nawam Raja, the tusker of Gangarama Temple died yesterday following a stomach ailment. The tusker was in a critical condition after being ill for over eight days. The 55-year-old tusker was buried at the Gangarama Temple premises in Hunupitiya yesterday amidst a large gathering, which included the Maha Sangha and animal lovers.

Sri Lanka China Society AGM

The 29th annual general meeting of the Sri Lanka China Society will be held on July 21 at 5 pm at the Lions Activity Centre auditorium, Vidya Mawatha, Colombo 07.

Pulz 2011

Pulz 2011, organized by Ananda College ICT Society in collaboration with the Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka will be held at the Galadari Hotel, Colombo on July 11 from 9 am to 5pm

Pulz 2011 will also introduce Exalt 2011, a competition never before witnessed in Sri Lanka. Aiming at exposing students to real-life situations that they would face when engaged in the field of ICT, Exalt will be a team-based competition for which students will be short-listed by an MCQ paper.

English Day, exhibition

Kingston College International (Mutwal branch) will hold the annual English Day and Science and Commerce Exhibition on July 20 at 8.00 am.

The English Day celebration will be held till 10.00 am.

The exhibition will be open to parents, teachers and students till 4.00 p.m. on the same day.

A souvenir will be published to mark this occasion.

Deduru Oya project to be completed in 2012

Work of the first stage of the "Deduru Oya" project will be completed by March 2012, said project Director W L H M T Bandara at the Kurunegala Development Coordination Committee at the D S Auditorium recently.

He said about 40 percent of construction has been completed. The project implemented at a cost of Rs 6,700 million will benefit 15,000 farmer families.

Programme to settle land disputes

The Land and Land Development Ministry has launched a mobile services programme to remove obstacles faced by the people of the Eastern Province in settling land disputes.

The first mobile service was held in the Pottuvil Divisional Secretariat Division recently.

The programme was held under the patronage of Minister Janaka Bandara Tennakoon.

The Pottuvil Divisional Secretary, the Ampara District Land Commissioner and officials from the Department of Forest Conservation at the Land and Land Development Ministry participated.

War heroes to benefit

The National Insurance Trust Fund (NITF) introduced a new insurance policy for war heroes to uplift their livelihoods, said NITF Chairman Senaka Abeygunasekera. It is a joint venture of the War Hero Services Authority and Pan Asia Bank.

Training for management assistants

The Public Administration and Home Affairs Ministry will conduct a training programme for newly recruited management assistants in collaboration with the Public Services Training Institute.

Over 2,500 management assistants were recruited to the state sector recently. The training will make them aware of their duties and responsibilities. Efficiency in the government sector is the main target of the training.

A group comprising 100 trainees will receive a 10 day training under this programme.


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