Most media men fulfill social obligations - Minister Alahapperuma
It is true that the mediamen too have their own political views but
the majority have divorced them from their duties.
Similarly except for a few, most of the mediamen fulfil their social
obligations without let or hindrance, said Transport Minister, Dallas
The Minister said so at a meeting held at the Sabaragamuwa Provincial
Council auditorium, Ratnapura to issue bus passes to 130 mediamen. Bus
passes were issued to the Ratnapura and Kegalle provincial mediamen
under a programme initiated by the Chief Minister, Mahipala Herath. The
Minister was addressing a meeting held at the Sabaragamuwa Provincial
Council auditorium in Ratnapura.
It was held to mark the presentation of "Free Travelling Passes" to
130 mediamen in Ratnapura and Kegalle districts. The Minister said that
the issue of free travelling passes to mediamen by Sabaragamuwa
provincial council shows the trust between both parties.
Although each of the mediamen has his own political view, the
majority mediamen do not communicate their own views but few do, he
said. Most of the mediamen fullfil the social responsibilities. Corrupt
people can be seen in the society and among the mediamen also such few
characters can be seen, he said.
He questioned whether the Sri Lankan society united to commemorate
60th Independence of our country which has faced serious problems today.
The travelling passes have been issued to Ratnapura and Kegalle
provincial media professionals under the guidance of Sabaragamuwa Chief
Minister Mahipala Herath.
Point Pedro writer honoured
Prolific writer, speaker and author of several Tamil books, A.
Ratnavelone was felicitated at a Tamil Literary function held by the
Northern Province Education Ministry for his tremendous contribution to
the Tamil Literature, Tamil Language and culture. His short story "Nenchank
Koodu Ninaivukal" was chosen as the best story for 2006 at the Tamil
Literary Vizha held in Vavuniya, recently.
He has so far released more than 67 books through "Meera Pathippakam".
He has also won several Sahithiya Awards for his literary works.
He is an old boy of Puloly Puthalai Maha Vidyalayam, Point Pedro,
Hartley College, Point Pedro and St. John's Academy, Jaffna.
Felicitated for religious commitments
Emalin Nona a god-fearing woman and a social worker was felicitated
in appreciation of her religious work at the International Women's Day
celebration, held at Embilipitiya divisional secretary's division
She is an ardent believer of goddess Paththini whose blessings she
invoked to the sick and the needy by performing various age-old rituals.
This honour was bestowed as recognition of her services rendered to
the people by engaging herself in the offerings made to Goddess
Paththini Amma to invoke blessings on the sick and the needy.
She is stated to have participated in over 1,000 such alms givings to
the Goddess. Speaking about her career, she narrates as follows, "I was
born in Embilipitiya. My father was a village Headman. Now my age is 72
years. It was 27 years ago I started participating in these offerings.
I do not charge for my performances as it is a miracle performed with
the blessings of Goddess Paththini.
Indian aid for Estate education
With financial assistance from the Indian Government, ten computer
training centres will be set up in Kandy, Nuwara Eliya and Matale
plantation districts for the benefit of the estate children, said S.
Arulsamy, the Central Provincial Education Minister.
Each computer training centre will also be equipped with other
necessary inputs and infrastructure. Meanwhile, the Indian government
has provided facilities for estate teachers to undergo training in
Indian Universities in Maths, Science and English.
At present a good number of teachers are undergoing training in
several Indian Universities the Minister said.
Twenty one reconditioned buses to upcountry
Transport Minister Dallas Alahaperuma, who commissioned 21
reconditioned buses at Nuwara Eliya, said that on the initiative of his
ministry, and due to an efficient workforce, the government was able to
save a sum of 6.2 million rupees.
The Minister who thanked the officials and workers recalled that it
was during the S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike regime the bus service was
nationalized in the larger interest of the country. He wanted the
reconditioned buses to be deployed at Nuwara Eliya, Walapone,
Hanguranketa, Kotmale, Gampola, Nawalapitiya, Gampola depots.
The project of reconditioning old buses would be extended to other
depots as well, he said.
Livestock Development Minister C.B. Ratnayake, Provincial Council
Member, Muthu Sivalingam and several others spoke.