Grenade attack in Vavuniya
civilians including six women and two children were injured in a grenade
attack in Vavuniya yesterday.
The attack occurred at Bazaar Street, Vavuniya around 11 a.m. Those
injured were rushed to the Vavuniya General hospital and they were
reported to be out of danger, sources said.
President appeals to Lankans in UK
Mahinda Rajapaksa has called upon all Sri Lankans domiciled abroad to be
vigilant of false propaganda spread by the LTTE and their affiliated
groups, to tarnish Sri Lanka’s image. President Rajapaksa made this
appeal when he met representatives of the London SLFP branch during his
recent visit to the UK.
Timber racket busted
massive illegal timber racket has been busted by the Special
Investigation Unit (SIU) of the Ministry of Environment. The SIU
officials raided a timber mill in Narammala and seized a massive load of
unauthorised timber worth over four million rupees consisting of jak,
mahogany, kumbuk and satin.
Garment factory in East
large-scale garment factory will be set up in the East under the
Negenahira Navodaya program. The Brandix Group will set up the new BOI
project in Punani. The total investment of the eco-friendly project is
expected to be Rs. 340 million and it will generate 455 direct
employment opportunities at the initial stage.
Steel balls in ‘paint’ containers
Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) and the Criminal Investigation
Department (CID) launched a full-scale investigation into a clandestine
operation where steel balls concealed in ‘Paint’ containers were sent to
the North by a Colombo businessman. According to police, these steel
balls are used to manufacture bombs to intensify the disaster caused by
Photographic exhibition in Galle
A photographic exhibition by renowned Indian photographer Benoy K.
Behl on Buddhist historical and art heritage, will be inaugurated by Sri
Alok Prasad, the High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka on May 20 at
10.00 a.m. in the Galle city hall.
The exhibition will be opened from May 20 - 23 from 2.00 p.m. to 8.00
p.m. and on May 21, from 10 a.m. to 8.00 p.m.
Republic Day celebrations on May 22
The Government has launched a programme to be implemented by all
Ministries, Departments, State Corporations and Statutory Institutions
to commemorate the Republic Day on account of Sri Lanka becaming a
Republic on May 22 1972.
The Ministry of Public Administration and Home Affairs has informed
all Secretaries to the Ministries, Provincial and Chief Secretaries,
Heads of Departments and Heads of State Corporations, Statutory
Institutions to hoist the national flag at 8.30 a.m. on May 22 with the
participation of all staff members and a brief talk delivered to create
awareness among the staff members on the importance of Republic Day.
Shilpa Gammanaya to be developed
The Ministry of Rural Industries and Self Employment Promotion has
taken steps to develop the Shilpa Gammanaya of the Jana Kala Kendraya
Battaramulla. Forty stalls will be added to the Shilpa Gammanaya within
the next two weeks under the supervision of the Minister of Rural
Industries and Self Employment S. B. Navinna, .
The Ministry of Tourism will provide financial assistance for the
The Chairman of the National Crafts Council, Buddi Keerthisena said
that they hope to help artists to display their crafts.
AGM of Thurstan Junior OBU
The 15th Annual General Meeting of Thurstan College Junior Old Boys
Union will be held on Saturday May 24, 3.00 p.m. at the College
auditorium. All members of the Thurstan College Junior Old Boys Union
are invited for this event. Contact: Suranga 0777-370665 or Prasanna
Scout Council AGM
The Annual General Meeting of the Sri Lanka Scout Council will be
held on Saturday, May 24 from 10.00 a.m. at the Skills Development
Centre, Royal College, Rajakeeya Mawatha, Colombo 7. All the members are
kindly requested to be present and for further details contact:
Secretary of the Council, H. A. Madanayake on 2843159.
AGM of Ex-SLAWC
The 13th Annual General Meeting of the Ex-Army Womens Association
will be held on Saturday, May 24 at 9.00 a.m. at the Ex-Servicemens
Association, Bristol Street, Colombo.
The retired and resigned members may join the association on this
day. Contact Secretary: Vijitha Sirisuriya: Tel 5757165
Lions’ public lecture on Saturday
A public lecture on “Let’s Overcome Our life and Employment”,
delivered by TV personality and founder of the Mithdamyaya Samaja
Sathkara Sevaya Mahinda Perera and organised by the Lions Club of
Colombo Fort, will be delivered on Saturday, May 24 from 9 a.m. to 1
p.m. at Public Library Services auditorium, Colombo 7.