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Three treasure hunters arrested

Three treasure hunters, including a conservator of murals attached to the Cultural Triangle Project, were arrested by the Galewela Police recently. The suspects were nabbed while digging for a treasure at Ibbankatuwa, Galewela. Police also took several digging implements and offerings from their possession. Investigations are continuing.

Funds to build tourist rest

The Haputale Pradeshiya Sabha has allocated Rs one million to build a tourist rest and a park at Y junction, Diyatalawa to attract tourists, its chairman N G Samantha said.

World Poetry Day contest

The Cultural Affairs Ministry and Cultural Affairs Department have drawn up plans to hold an islandwide competition in poetry writing to mark World Poetry Day, a Cultural Affairs Department Spokesman said.

This competition will be held under open and limited categories. Schoolchildren from Grade 10 -13 can participate in the limited competition, while the open competition is open to all Sri Lankans.

Each poet can submit one poem for the competition. Prosody should be completed in eight lines while Nisades should be limited only to 32 lines.

Creations of schoolchildren should be approved by the principal or the class teacher of the relevant schools. Creations for the open competition should be signed by sender of the poem and send to the Director, Cultural Affairs Department, 8th Floor, Sethsiripaya, Baththaramulla before February 28.

The Cultural Affairs Ministry will publish all selected and creative poems to mark World Poetry Day 2012, he said.

Ten injured in accident

Nine policemen and a motorcyclist were injured when a police crew cab veered off the road and turned turtle at Yaya Handiya, on the Padaviya - Parakkramapura road on Sunday.

The police vehicle tried to overtake the motor bicycle heading towards Padawiya when it went out of control. Seven policemen were admitted to the Padawiya hospital while two who were seriously injured were transferred to the Anuradhapura Teaching Hospital. A sub inspector is also among the wounded. Padawiya police are investigating.

Sri Sumangala OBA AGM

The 24th Annual General Meeting of the Colombo Branch of Sri Sumangala College, Panadura OBA (Colombo Branch) will be held on February 24 at the Grand Oriental Hotel, Colombo 01, Commencing 7 pm. The meeting will be followed by a social and get together ending up with dinner. Saman and the Clan will be the band in attendance. Lots of prizes and surprises, for details call OBA President Parakrama Kurukulasuriya on Tel. 0777588380 or Secretary Upali Jayawardena on Tel. 0714783925.

Sewage management project

The Haputale Pradeshiya Sabha has received a state allocation of Rs. 4 million for the implementation of a sewage management project in the Diyatalawa town, said Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman N P Samantha Kumara.

Iguana killers fined

Two men were fined Rs 20,000 each by Matugama chief magistrate Duminda Weligodapitiya for killing an iguana. Matugama police arrested the two men on a tip-off while carrying the iguana in a sack.

The suspects are from Matugama.

Boy drowns in Kelani river

An 11 year old Buddhipa Chathuranga of Kirillawala, Kadawatha drowned in the Kelani river on February 18. He drowned while bathing in the river on his way to the Sri Pada with a group of pilgrims.



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