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Sajith raises alarm about Yala land grab

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Environmentalists vow to thwart it

By Ifham Nizam

Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa yesterday tweeted that the government was going all out to grab some 12,000 acres from the Yala National Park – Block One — for unknown purposes.

Environmental organisations countrywide yesterday said that they would strongly oppose any move to grab land belonging to country’s premier national park.

Premadasa claimed that according to information from reliable sources, roads were to be constructed through the National Park up to Akasa Chaitya.

The Opposition Leader said he and the SJB were opposed to such an illegal move by the government and the Opposition would do everything in its power to thwart the government bid in question.

The Centre for Environment Justice (CEJ), an organisation that fights for justice of man and animals, yesterday confirmed that the Opposition Leader’s statement was correct.

CEJ Executive Director Hemantha Withanage told The Island that there should be no road construction and renovation of historical places within the vicinity of the Yala National Park as it would cause grave harm to the rich biodiversity.

Withanage said that such a move was also against the Fauna and Flora Protection Ordinance. He alleged that road construction would take place between Sithulpauwa and Alligala.

The Island

learns that a local government politician is behind the move.



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123rd Birth anniversary of Dr S A Wickramasinghe commemorated

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The 123rd Birth anniversary of Dr S A Wickramasinghe, the founder of the Communist Party of Sri Lanka was commemorated in Matara today (13).

Dr Sugiswara Abeywardena Wickramasinghe co-founded the Lanka Sama Samaja Party (LSSP) and was elected to the Ceylon State Council in 1931 and 1946. He founded the Communist Party of Sri Lanka in 1943 and represented the Akuressa Electorate in parliament from 1956 to 1977.

Members of Parliament Dullas Alahapperuma, Weerasumana Weerasinghe and members of  the Communist Party of Sri Lanka and family placed floral tributes at his monument in Matara.

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Social relations and solidarity emerge as fundamental pillars essential for steering our nation forward along the path of progress and prosperity – President

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President Rani Wickremesinghe in his New Year Message stressed that social relations and solidarity emerge as fundamental pillars essential for steering our nation forward along the path of progress and prosperity

The full text of the President’s message follows:

“The progression of nations, countries and the global community is propelled by the perpetual cycle of renewal, where innovative ideas are nurtured and novel creations come to fruition.

Embracing renewal in accordance with the traditional New Year, the calendar year, or the changing seasons, individuals across the globe find themselves revitalized, endowed with fresh opportunities for growth and advancement. Beneath the surface of these myriad renewals lies a fundamental truth; the paramount importance of social relationships and collective unity.

During the Sinhala and Tamil New Year, we engage in a profound renewal of self, centering our focus on nurturing bonds and fostering a sense of gregariousness. This emphasis on interpersonal bonds is the cornerstone of traditional New Year rituals observed across diverse cultures worldwide.

It is important to emphasize the significance of this pivotal point, particularly during the New Year festivities, as it serves as a poignant reminder of the essence of human connection and communal solidarity.

In the dawn of the New Year, social relations and solidarity emerge as fundamental pillars essential for steering our nation forward along the path of progress and prosperity. With this understanding in mind, I extend my heartfelt wishes for a joyous and fulfilling Sinhala and Tamil New Year.”

 

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Sinhala and Tamil New Year auspicious times

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The Auspicious times for the Sinhala and Tamil New Year 2024 are as follows

13th April
02:41pm –  Punya Kalaya
09:05pm  – Dawn of the New Year
11:06pm –  Lighting of the Hearth

14th April 
00:06am – Starting work, Partaking of meals and transactions

15th April
10:17am – Anointing

17th April
06:52am – Leaving for work

18th April 
10:16am – Planting trees

 

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