Sajith shows concern for wildlife

Sajith Premadasa, chairman of the Janasuwaya foundation and Member of Parliament, who is a very keen wildlife conservationist, facilitated the provision of much needed medicine to save a tusked elephant in the wilds of Nawagattegama of the Puttalam district.

The elephant had been shot in several places and had been severely injured due to a large number of gun shots that had been fired at it.

The wildlife authorities that had been short of much needed scarce drugs were provided with the items at short notice by Sajith Premadasa at a cost of SL100,000 namely 100 units of 1gram vials of rocephine .

The pictures illustrate the tusker receiving essential medical treatment by the wild life veterinary surgeons with Sajith Premadasa in attendance.

Once again this episode illustrates the necessity for a comprehensive approach to resolving the human elephant conflict where both parties are able to survive and benefit from each others existence. Presently, there is a deficiency of an integrated approach to resolving this issue. Instead, piecemeal approaches initiated by successive governments have further exaggerated the situation rather than providing a lasting solution.

Of the elephant population today in Sri Lanka, only a mere 6-7% are tuskers where as the comparable figure in India is 90%.

On this occasion too the tusker succumbed to the injuries two days after he was treated.


Meeting of two Prime Ministers

The Prime Minister, Ratnasiri Wickremanayake, during his visit to Thailand, met with the newly appointed Thai Prime Minister, Abhisit Vejjajiva at the Government House in Central Bangkok (Photo by Kapila Lakshman)


Programme for leadership development

A programme was initiated to develop personality and leadership qualities in youth in the Matara District in order to help them find employment in the private sector under the sponsorship of the Southern Provincial Councillor, Buddhika Pathirana, who is seen addressing the participants


Jaliya Wickramasuriya at Independence Day celebrations

With more than 1,000 guests in attendance, H.E. Jaliya Wickramasuriya, the Ambassador for Sri Lanka to the United States, called for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) terrorists to release civilians currently held in the war zone in the northern part of Sri Lanka. It was the largest Sri Lankan Independence Day celebration ever in the United States.

“As we celebrate a very special Independence Day”, said the Ambassador in his remarks, marking the country’s 61st year of Independence, “let us first consider the many thousands of our fellow Sri Lankans who continue to be at risk in the North. The terrorists are using innocent civilians as human shields, and these Sri Lankans must be released now. I appeal to the LTTE to release the Tamil civilians to the safe area that has been created by the government. Do not continue to block their path to freedom.”

The Ambassador recognised the contributions of the United States government in support of the country’s war on terror. In particular, he thanked the Government as being the first western country to ban the LTTE and the first country to ban the Tamils Rehabilitation Organisation (TRO), a charitable organisation that acts as a front to facilitate fundraising and procurement for the LTTE. He also reminded those in attendance that the FBI has called the LTTE one of the most dangerous and ruthless terrorist organisations in the world.



Exhibition of paintings and sculpture

February 21 – 27
The ethnic conflict and its consequences deeply moved young Akila Mahagedara and today as an amateur artist he wishes to show the world his inner feelings about our national conflict.

His first ‘Guru’ was Veteran Artist Kingsley Gunathilake who guided Akila to become an accomplished artist. A few years ago Akila had his first art exhibition in Kandy.

Akila also worked as an Assistant Art Director in the teledrama, Samanalunta Veditiyanne (To hunt for butterflies).
Akila’s art exhibition will be opened by the Basnayake Nilame of the historical temple, Sri Delgamuwa Raja Maha Viharaya, Chamila Dilan Konara, at the Alliance Française de Kandy, 642 Peradeniya Rd, Kandy.
Both paintings and sculptures will be on display for general public from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Dana Sala - Construction

The ‘Dana Sala’ constructed for Sri Gauthama Viharaya of Dabare Mawatha Narahenpita was granted to the Maha Sangha on January 30, 2009.
Raja Nanayakkara funded to construct ‘Dana Sala’ on the advice of Ven. Omalpe Sumanaratana Thero Chief Incumbent of Sri Gauthama Viharaya – (Pic by Ravindra Dharmathilake)


Niroga Diviyakata Bhauta Chikithsava launched

A book on physiotherapy (Niroga Diviyakata Bhauta Chikithsava) written by Jaliya Uduwella (the chief Physiotherapist of Lady Ridgeway Hospital, Colombo) was launched at a ceremony held at the Auditorium of Lady Ridgeway Hospital Colombo recently.

Jaliya Uduwella after handing over the first copy to the Director, Lady Ridgeway Hospital, Colombo. Mahanama Rajanthri Deputy Director, Dr. Nihal Pieris, Professor Basnayaka, Professor Hemantha Senanayake, the Chief Editor, Rivira Newspapers Upali Tennekoon, Lecturer in Physiotherapy of Colombo University Dr. Priyanka Nanayakkara, Medical Professionals, Nursing staff and the medical students were also present


EC, IOM provide new Health Centre for Ampara

The European Commission (EC), through its implementing partner the International Organization for Migration (IOM), has provided a Health Centre to the community of Islamabath in Kalmunai, Ampara, in eastern Sri Lanka.
The Centre, funded by the EC through the Community Livelihoods Support Programme under the EU-AMPARA Partnership, offers vital services, including baby weighing, immunisation, ante-natal support, midwifery and the provision of nutritional supplements to some 150 women and children affected by the tsunami and the conflict.


Golden Jubilee educational exhibition

An educational exhibition commemorating the golden jubilee of University of Sri Jayewardenepura will be held from February 19 to 23 at the University premises.
The exhibition is presented by the Arts, Science, Medicine and Management Faculties. It will be declared open by the Speaker, W. J. M. Lokubandara on February 18.