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
No radioactive particles, says
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
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
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
ICRC closes yet another office
in the north
The International Committee of the Red Cross
(ICRC) closed down yet another office in the north
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
The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) has
appointed chairmen and vice chairmen to the four
councils it won at the recently concluded local
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
M. A. Thaheer has been appointed chairman of
Nindavoor PS while Mohamed Anzar has been appointed
Washith Sheriff has been appointed chairman of
Pottuvil PS while A.M. Thajuideen has been appointed
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
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.