Sajith shows concern
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
On this occasion too the tusker succumbed to the injuries
two days after he was treated.
Meeting of two Prime
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)
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
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)
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
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
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.