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Indian High commissioner visits Northern and Eastern Provinces

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Baglay laying the foundation stone for the construction of 144 transit housing units for pilgrims

Holds discussions with prominent regional figures

Indian High Commissioner Gopal Baglay, who is currently touring Northern and Eastern Provinces, held a number of discussions with prominent regional figures from political, economic, academic, social and cultural spheres on developing the Northern Province through increased investment and assistance from India, the Indian HC said in a press release.

The Government of India has a long history of carrying out development projects in diverse sectors including livelihood, health, education, industrial development in the Northern and Eastern Provinces, the HC added.

High Commissioner Baglay commenced his four-day visit to Northern and Eastern Provinces of Sri Lanka on Thursday (11.) He started his visit by attending the Shivratri Pooja at the sacred Thiruketeeswaram Temple, Nallur. After offering prayers at the Temple, the High Commissioner reviewed the restoration project that was carried out by the Government of India at the Temple, at a cost of SLR 326 million.

On 11 March, High Commissioner Baglay also laid the Foundation Stone for the construction of 144 transit housing units for pilgrims at the Shrine of Our Lady of Madhu in Mannar along with Prasanna Ranatunga, Minister of Tourism in the presence of Most Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Fernando, Bishop of Mannar, and three MPs, Selvam Adaikkalanathan, K. Kader Masthan and Kulasingam Dhileeban.

The High Commissioner also held a luncheon meeting with P.S.M Charles, Governor of Northern Province and other senior functionaries from the Province. The two sides had comprehensive discussions on deeper engagement in the fields of education, skill development, health, agriculture, water and fishing.

The High Commissioner also attended a dinner hosted in his honour by S. Balachandran, Consul General of India in Jaffna and interacted with prominent dignitaries from political, economic, academic, social and cultural spheres.



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Six nabbed with over 100 kg of ‘Ice’

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By Norman Palihawadane and Ifham Nizam

The Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) yesterday arrested six suspects in the Sapugaskanda Rathgahawatta area with more than 100 kilos of Crystal Methamphetamine also known as Ice.

Police Media Spokesman, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Ajith Rohana told the media that the PNB sleuths, acting on information elicited from a suspect in custody had found 91 packets of Ice.

A man in possession of 100 kilos of heroin was arrested in Modera during the weekend and revealed that a haul of Ice had been packed in plastic boxes.

The PNB seized more than 114 kilos of Ice from the possession of a single drug network.

According to the information elicited from the suspects, more than 100 kilos of Ice were found.

The PNB also arrested six persons including two women with 13 kilos of Ice, during an operation carried out in the Niwandama area in Ja-Ela on Sunday.

DIG Rohana said the ice had been packed in small plastic boxes and hidden in two school bags.

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PM intervenes to iron out differences among coalition partners

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By Norman Palihawadane

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday said that he was confident that differences among the constituents of the SLPP coalition as regards the May Day celebrations and the next Provincial Council elections could be ironed out soon.

Leaders of all SLPP allied parties have been invited to a special meeting to be held at Temple Trees with the PM presiding on April 19.

Prime Minister Rajapaksa said it was natural for members of a political alliance to have their own standpoints and views on matters of national importance. “This is due to the different political ideologies and identities. It is not something new when it comes to political alliances world over. In a way, it shows that there is internal democracy within our alliance.

The PM said: “As a result of that the allied parties may express their own views on issues, but that does not mean there is a threat to the unity of the alliance. An alliance is more vibrant and stronger not when all the parties think on the same lines but when the member parties have different ideologies.”

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Thilo Hoffman remembered

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A copy of the book “Politics of a Rainforest: Battles to save Sinharaja” was handed over to Dominik Furgler, the Swiss Ambassador in Sri Lanka by the author of the book, Dr. Prasanna Cooray at the Swiss Embassy in Colombo last Tuesday, to be sent to the family of the late Thilo Hoffman in Switzerland.

Hoffman, a Swiss national, who made Sri Lanka his second home for six decades, was a pioneering environmental activist who led the battles to save Sinharaja from the front in the early 1970s, abreast with the likes of Iranganie Serasinghe, Kamanie Vitharana, Lynn De Alwis and Nihal Fernando of the “Ruk Rekaganno” fame. That was the era when the trees of Sinharaja were felled for the production of plywood by the then government. Hoffman was also a livewire of the Wildlife and Nature Protection Society (WNPS) for a long time. Hoffman died in 2014 at the age of 92.

The book includes a chapter on Thilo Hoffman.

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