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DateLine Sunday, 30 September 2007

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Suppression of Nuclear Terrorism

Sri Lanka has joined in to the UN's International Convention for the Suppression of Nuclear Terrorism. Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama on Friday submitted Sri Lanka's ratification for the convention. He presented it to the UN Under Secretary General in charge of Treaties, the instrument of ratification of the International Convention for the Suppression of Nuclear Terrorism.


International Elders Day

A national program is organised by the National Secretariat for Elders in collaboration with the HelpAge Sri Lanka, to commemorate the 2007 International Elders Day, which falls tomorrow.


Tourism Development Authority

A Tourism Development Authority will be set up under the new Tourism Act No. 38 of 2005 which will come into operation from tomorrow. The 'Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau' will undertake tourism marketing and promotion and the Sri Lanka Convention Bureau will continue to function while the Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management will be set up under the new Act shortly.


Better prices for crops

Farmers in the Dry Zone are receiving better prices for the crops cultivated in the yala season. The price of a kilo of 'Samba' paddy has increased to Rs. 22 and a kilo of 'Nadu' paddy to Rs. 17. The government guaranteed price for the two varieties of paddy is Rs. 17.50 and Rs. 16.50 per kilo.


Children's Painting Festival

The State Children's Painting Festival organised by the Cultural Affairs Department and the sub-committee of the National Paintings and Sculptures will be held from tomorrow October. 1 at 10.00 a.m. at the National Arts Gallery to mark the World Children's Day. The event which is an annual event, with prime intention of improving and encouraging painting ability of children. Award-winning paintings will be exhibited at the Gallery up to October. 3 from 9.00 am. to 4.00 p.m. Cultural Affairs Minister Mahinda Yapa Abeywardene is scheduled to participate as the chief guest at the prize giving ceremony.


Tyronne, Lanka's envoy to France

Senior Presidential Advisor, Tyronne Fernando will assume duties as Sri Lanka's Ambassador to France in January.

Former Foreign Minister and Governor of the North and East Province Fernando was also the Minister of Law Reforms and Media. He was elected Member of Parliament from his Moratuwa electorate continuously for twenty-seven years since 1977.


Coconut oil lorry robbed

A lorry selling coconut oil in Talduwa, Avissawella areas and on its way to Kirillawela was alleged to have been robbed of Rs. 5 1/2 lakhs cash and a cellular phone, by persons who were travelling in the vehicle. On instructions of Kegalle SSP, Wilfred Mahanayake, police have arrested two and recovered the stolen money and produced the suspects before Ruwanwella Acting Magistrate, Suraweera Wickremesinghe who remanded them.


Tharaveeh prayers at Prisons

Arrangements have been made by the Young Men's Muslim Association, Maligawatte (Inc) in cooperation with the National Council of YMMA's of Sri Lanka to enable Muslim inmates of the New Magazine and Colombo Remand Prisons to break the fast during this holy month of Ramazan. They will be provided with rice, coconut, dates and other items to prepare their meals during the period.


New buses for East

The Ministry of Nation Building has sent 28 new buses and introduced new bus routes in the East. Parliamentarian Basil Rajapaksa said that the new buses were handed over to the CTB bus depots at Kalmunai, Batticaloa, Valaichenai and Trincomalee. Five new buses were given to the Kalmunai bus depot.


Power of attorney to press charges

A Sri Lankan housemaid, Anista Marie, who claims her Saudi sponsor falsely imprisoned her for eight years without pay for her services, has given the Sri Lanka mission in KSA power of attorney to press charges against her sponsor. Arab News reported that Marie has said she would like to get home to her family as soon as possible and added that the desire to leave was stronger than her will to stay in Saudi to press criminal charges against her sponsor, a Saudi woman whose name has not been provided.


World Children's Day at Seevali Library

A function has been organised by the Seevali Branch Library to commemorate the World Children's Day on October. 1 at the Seevali Branch Library, Borella, on the invitation of Mrs. S. D. Sunethra Wickremesinghe, JP, MMC under the distinguished patronage of Uvais Mohamed Emthiyas, Mayor of Colombo with the participation of A. K. M. S. Rajendran, Deputy Mayor of Colombo and Municipal Councillors on Monday, Oct. 1 at 2.00 p.m.

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