News in brief
IRB bans Lankan ruggerite
Following an adverse analytical finding for Cannabis, the sanction
for Sri Lanka player Kasun De Silva has been set at three months by an
International Rugby Board Judicial Committee. De Silva was randomly
selected to provide a sample as part of the IRB's Anti-Doping Program at
the 2007 Asiad. Since his provisional suspension commenced on November
21, he could resume playing from February 21.
Expediting power plant in Trinco
The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) and the National Thermal Power
Corporation (NTPC) are exploring the possibility of expediting the
construction of the 500 MW coal fired power plant in Trincomalee, said a
Power and Energy Ministry official.
Enhancing security in schools
A special program, Kumara Pavura , is being implemented jointly by
the National Cadet Corps and the Education Ministry under the direction
of the Defence Ministry and patronage of Presidential Senior Advisor
Basil Rajapaksa to enhance security arrangements in schools.
118 new milk stalls
The program to popularise the consumption of fresh milk as a
substitute for imported milk powder launched by the Livestock
Development Ministry on Minister C. B. Ratnayake's initiative is making
rapid progress with the opening of 118 new milk stalls in Colombo,
Kalutara, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Kurunegala and the Puttalam districts.
Nokia steps up service
Nokia, together with its Sri Lankan partners Softlogic
Communications, will provide a more sophisticated after sales service
for their local consumers through the Nokia Care Centre in Colombo.
Managing Director of Nokia EA Limited Prem Chand told reporters that the
grey market in Sri Lanka is one of the barriers for their business in
US warns against Tiger tactics
Citing the LTTE suicide attack at the Colombo railway station on
February 3, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has warned that
such tactics can be adopted by other terrorist movements and reminded
law-enforcement officials of the increased use of female suicide bombers
disguised as pregnant woman. They warn that women terrorists might hide
explosives in devices.