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Fund launched to cater to welfare of artistes

The Yatavaththa Cultural Council and the Yatavaththa Divisional Secretariat, have launched a fund to cater to the welfare of local artistes.

According to reports from Yatavaththa, on the Matale-Kurunegala road, the Deputy Minister of Transport Rohana Dissanayaka, who is also a Member of Parliament from the Matale district, was backing the project.

The organizing of cultural events, such as variety entertainments, would be a part of the fund-raising campaign in Yatavaththa, added the report.

Opening of new auditorium

The new auditorium built at the Kurunegala Wayamba Royal College, at a cost of Rs 20 million, will be opened on February 24 at 2.30 p.m. Education Minister Bandula Gunawardena and NWP Chief Minister Athula Wijesinghe will be the chief guests.

Singapore names orchid after President, First Lady

The Dendrobium Mahinda Shiranthi, a new orchid hybrid, was named after President Mahinda Rajapaksa and First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa in honour of their visit to Singapore.

The new orchid was named and introduced to President Rajapaksa and the First Lady by Singapore Botanical Gardens Chief Executive Officer Poon Hong Yuen when the President visited the Singapore Botanical Gardens yesterday.

External Affairs Minister Prof G L Peiris, Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga and Sri Lankan High Commissioner in Singapore Ferial Ashraff also participated.

Wet weather to continue

Cloudy skies and strong winds can be expected in most places of the island due to the low level atmospheric disturbance, said a Meteorology Department duty forecaster.

“There will be showers at times in the Northern, Eastern, North Central and Uva provinces. Thunder showers will develop in several places in the island. Heavy rainfall can also be expected in certain areas,” he said.

He also said that there may be temporary localized strong winds during the evening. The public have been warned to take adequate precautions to minimize damages by lightning. The wet weather will continue for another four to five days.




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