The Committee appointed to make recommendations to prevent the deaths of wild elephants by plying trains has made five recommendations after observing the movements of elephants at points along rail tracks frequented by them.
The Education Ministry has decided to appoint a committee to hold a full review on how to conduct the Grade 5 Scholarship Examination.Speaking at an event held in Kandy today (13), Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said measures will be taken to appoint a team of experts to the committee to cover all areas.
Sri Lanka could have averted an armed struggle had the Tamil political representatives taken a lesson from late Mahatma Gandhi and launched a ‘Satyagraha’ campaign on the basis of truth, civil disobedience and ‘Ahimsa’ in 1977, Opposition Leader R.Sampanthan said.
Over 69,583 persons in 17,303 families have been affected with the adverse weather. Twelve persons have died, while 18 persons had sustained injuries, Irrigation and Water Resources and Disaster Management State Minister Palitha Range Bandara said in Parliament yesterday.“Rs.100,000 is paid as compensation for a death and cooked foods and other essential items is distributed using funds released to the District Secretaries.
The Indian Naval Ship INS Rajput arrived at the Colombo Port yesterday on a goodwill visit.The ship was ceremonially welcomed by the Sri Lanka Navy in accordance with naval traditions. Subsequently, INS Rajput Commanding Officer Captain Rajesh Nair and the Indian delegation met the Western Naval Area Commander Rear Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne at the Western Naval Command Headquarters and held a cordial discussion.
The Supreme Court will now allow female Judges and Attorneys-at-Law to wear long trousers and long sleeved shirts.Earlier, women were only allowed to be dressed in the traditional saree when appearing in Court. The Extra Ordinary gazette 2091/72 released on October 5 stated that the attire specified in the Judges and Attorneys-at-Law Rules 1978 would be amended to include the above changes.
Prices of petrol Octane 92, 95 and Super Diesel were revised as scheduled from midnight yesterday. The Fuel Pricing Formula Committee which met yesterday decided to increase Octane 92 to Rs 155 from Rs.149, Octane 95 to Rs.169 from Rs.161and Super Diesel from Rs.133 to Rs.141. Auto diesel prices remain unchanged at Rs.123.
Due to the low pressure area in the Bay of Bengal sea area, prevailing showery condition is expected to enhance over the island during tomorrow. Showers or thundershowers will occur at times in Western, North-western, Central and Sabaragamuwa provinces and in Galle and Matara districts.Showers or thundershowers will occur elsewhere particularly after 2.00p.m.Very heavy falls about 150 mm can be expected at some places in Western, North-western, Central, Uva and Sabaragamuwa provinces and in Galle, Matara districts.There may be temporary localized strong winds during thundershowers. General public is kindly requested to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by lightning activity.
The prevailing inclement weather is expected to enhance over most of the country today, with rain measuring over 150 mm in certain places, the Meterology Department warned in a special advisory yesterday adding that the condition was caused by a low pressure system in the Arabian Sea.
The highest rainfall measuring 199 mm was recorded from Usavali in Kalutara, followed by Bulathsinhala (138.7mm) and Walallavita (124.6 mm) according to the National Building Research Organization.Meanwhile, the Irrigation Department has warned that as of yesterday evening, water levels of the Kalu, Gin, Kelani and Attanagalla Oya was on the rise.
Alerts were issued to Nagalam Street, Putupaula and Panadugama stations while flood like conditions were reported from Millakanda, Baddegama and Dunamale.People living in downstream areas had been alerted and advised to evacuate.
All kachcheri and Divisional Secretariats have been instructed to remain on alert to meet any emergency situation arising from the inclement weather, Minister of Home Affairs Vajira Abeygunawardena said. “Disaster situation has occurred in several places in the country and all Divisional Secretaries have been instructed to take all measures to provide relief to those affected and ensure others are alerted.” Dry rations, medication and relief aid was being distributed to the affected areas.