Nation News Briefs

Resurfacing of Galle Road to end by March

The resurfacing of the Galle road from Kollupitiya to Bambalapitiya will be completed by the end of this month.
However, it is likely to take at least two months for the CMC to complete the foot walk or the pavements, according CMC chief Omar Kamil.
He said the responsibility to lay the interlocking blocks has been entrusted to a private contractor and the blocks are being manufactured at present.
According to Kamil nearly one million blocks are needed to complete the foot walk and this consumes time.

No radioactive particles, says SLAEA

The Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Authority (SLAEA) has inspected eight sites to ascertain whether there are any radioactive particles in the air and the final report says there is none.
SLAEA sources said radioactive particles have also not been found on Lankans returning from Japan, contrary to earlier speculations.
The authority commenced air monitoring exercises immediately after the 3/11 Fukushima quake and tsunami that crippled the nuclear plants in Japan.
The authority has confirmed that all precautionary measures have so far been taken to check for any radioactive particles reaching the Sri Lankan skies.

The under privileged in the city get more

A presidential directive has been issued to the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) to increase the monthly stipend of the less privileged people in the city.
The CMC has been paying a small amount to an estimated 13,500 families, who are poverty stricken and are dependent on Janasaviya or Samurdhi benefits.
They have been paid a sum of Rs. 1000, depending on the size of the family in the past but on a request by President Rajapaksa, a 30 per cent increase to their stipend has now been made. The increased amount would be credited to the personal accounts of these families at the NSB for the first time on March 29.

ICRC closes yet another office in the north

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) closed down yet another office in the north last week.
The ICRC stated that it had closed down its office in Vavuniya. The organisation closed down its office in Jaffna end of last month following a request by the government to carry out its operations exclusively from Colombo.
The ICRC said it will continue to work with the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS), to respond to the remaining humanitarian needs from the post conflict in Sri Lanka.

SLMC appoints PS chairmen and vice chairmen

The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) has appointed chairmen and vice chairmen to the four councils it won at the recently concluded local government polls.
According to SLMC general secretary and parliamentarian Hasan Ali, A.L.M. Nazeer has been appointed chairman to the Addalaichenai Pradeshiya Sabah (PS) while Mohamed Anzil as the vice chairman.
Mohamed Naizar has been appointed chairman of Irakaman PS while U.K. Jabeer has been appointed vice chairman.
M. A. Thaheer has been appointed chairman of Nindavoor PS while Mohamed Anzar has been appointed vice chairman.
Washith Sheriff has been appointed chairman of Pottuvil PS while A.M. Thajuideen has been appointed vice chairman.
Ali said the next delegate’s conference has been fixed for May 15 and nearly 1,500 delegates are expected to participate.
New office bearers are expected to be elected during this meeting, according to Ali.

Western province celebrates ‘Earth Hour’

With a view to commemorating the ‘Earth Hour 2011’ programme, the Western Provincial Council has called upon all the residents to switch off lights from 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm tomorrow.
Earth Hour is a global grass-roots movement encouraging individuals, businesses and governments around the world to take positive actions for the protection of environment and affirming their commitment to the planet by switching off their lights for one designated hour.
By celebrating the “Earth Hour 201l” the Ministry of Environment of the Western Province expects to make the community in Sri Lanka aware that some of their behaviors have caused most of these climate change issues. The main point of Earth Hour is to show the world that a solution to the world’s environmental challenges is possible if we work on them together.
This Ministry has organized various cultural programmes in the western province to mark the ‘Earth Hour 2011’ programme.