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
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
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
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.