Police stations in north to record statements from residents in Tamil

Published : 9:23 am  December 28, 2013  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  394 views  |  

The Sri Lanka Police Department says that all police stations in the Northern Province will have the facilities from January 2014 to record statements from residents in Tamil. DIG North Rohan Dias has told the Jaffna District Development Committee meeting that arrangements have been made in all police stations across the region to initiate the service of assisting residents in the north in the Tamil language. The Government has initiated a program to educate public sector workers to be able to converse in Sinhala and Tamil. The police have also initiated the program paying special attention to enable police personnel serving in the north to have a good knowledge of Tamil. Sri Lanka police had... 


Train engine up in flames

Published : 9:23 am  December 28, 2013  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  379 views  |  

A train engine caught fire at Veyangoda while travelling between Matara and Kandy yesterday, the Railway department said. The department said that the train was attached to compartments with passengers inside when it caught fire. A separate engine was dispatched to remove the damaged engine. At least three people were reportedly injured in the fire.  Read More →


Pakistan to table resolution at the UNHRC against drone strikes

Published : 9:22 am  December 28, 2013  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  488 views  |  

Pakistan on Thursday said drone strikes constitute dangerous precedent in inter-state relations and have negative impact on the Government’s efforts to bring peace and stability in the country and in the region. Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam addressing weekly briefing strongly condemned Wednesday’s drone strike by the United States in Miran Shah and said these should be stopped. She said these strikes are violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. She said Pakistan has been raising its concern over drone strikes with the US administration and at the UN. The spokesperson said drone strikes are counterproductive and entail loss of innocent civilian lives and... 


Traditional Suvandel rice to be promoted

Published : 9:22 am  December 28, 2013  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  435 views  |  

Internal trade authorities in Sri Lanka plan to promote traditional varieties of rice to be sold in the country from January 2014. The Central Province Economic Development Centre has commenced a project to increase and strengthen the distribution of traditional varieties of rice with a higher nutritional value throughout the country. Director of the Centre A.N.B.K. Attanayake and Assistant Director K.B.W. Dayasiri have decided to initiate the project, which is scheduled to be launched on 1 January, 2014. The traditional rice variety called Suvandel is to be distributed with a discount of 20% around the country under the project. The rice will be made available to government as well as private... 


Divi Neguma Department to begin work from 3 January

Published : 2:34 am  December 27, 2013  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  689 views  |  
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The Divi Neguma Department – established to raise the living standards of 1.8 million families and thereby benefit five million persons – will commence operations from Friday 3 January.   Religious ceremonies island-wide will mark the occasion. The department’s main objective is to make Sri Lanka a poverty-free country for which purpose food security will be ensured and micro finance, physical and social infrastructure facilities will be provided to strengthen livelihoods and development at community level. Following the passing of the Divi Neguma Bill with a majority of 117 votes in parliament on 8 January, 2013 in accordance with the recommendations made by the Supreme Court,... 


Sri Lankans remember tsunami victims

Published : 2:32 am  December 27, 2013  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  473 views  |  
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Sri Lankans yesterday paid tribute to those who died in the 2004 tsunami. Two minutes-silence was observed yesterday from 9.25 to 9.27 in remembrance of all Sri Lankans who lost their lives in natural disasters. The Tsunami catastrophe which battered Sri Lanka in 2004 had a catastrophic impact on the Southern, Western, Eastern and Northern Provinces of the country. Nearly two thirds of the country’s coastal belt, i.e. 13 administrative districts bore the brunt of the disaster. Approximately 35, 000 lives were lost while 5000 were reported missing and 95,000 others were deprived of their livelihood. In a symbolic gesture of creating awareness among people as regards the disaster mitigation,... 


UNP MP chains himself at demo

Published : 2:31 am  December 27, 2013  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,398 views  |  
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UNP MP Palitha Thevarapperuma yesterday chained himself to a truck and continued his protest at Baduraliya, demanding that a state hospital in the area be reopened. A group of Thevarapperuma’s supporters also joined him during the protest which began five days ago with a hunger strike. Several UNP members visited Thevarapperuma and urged him to stop his protest but he refused to do so. The Baduraliya hospital was closed following a strike by doctors over an incident which had allegedly taken place at the hospital. The closure of the hospital has inconvenienced several patients in the area and Thevarapperuma says he will not move until the hospital reopens and normal operations resume. The police... 


Funtoon

Published : 2:28 am  December 27, 2013  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  363 views  |  
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Christmas giving at National Hospital

Published : 2:26 am  December 27, 2013  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  438 views  |  
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The Hospital Committee of the Colombo National Hospital distributed gift items to the children at the hospital recently to celebrate Christmas. Director of the Hospital Dr. Anil Jasinghe distributed gift items to the children. Chairman of the Hospital Committee Rizvi Farook, ITN Director Hashim Omar and members of the committee were also present – Pix by Ruzaik Farook                            Read More →


Pakistani investigators arrive in Sri Lanka to probe heroin smuggling

Published : 2:23 am  December 27, 2013  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  568 views  |  

Three officers of Pakistan’s Anti-Narcotics Force have arrived in Sri Lanka to investigate the heroin smuggling operation that came to light when Sri Lankan Customs officials discovered a container loaded with heroin brought to the island from Pakistan. The Pakistani investigators have met the senior Sri Lankan police officers who are handling the investigation to discuss how to carry out the investigation. Sri Lanka’s Customs in August this year made the discovery when a container, declared to be containing lubricants, was inspected at the Custom Clearing Section at Orugodwattta. Following the discovery of 130 kilograms of heroin hidden in cans of lubricants, the police arrested a Pakistani... 


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