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Governor of Sabaragamuwa Province Janaka Priyantha Bandara has said that he would pass regulations within the next two months to ban tuition classes on Sundays and on full moon poya days in the Sabaragamuwa Province. The proposed regulation has already been discussed.
The Bahraini Prime Minister His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Salman Al-Khalifa has announced a cash donation of US$ 1 million to Sri Lanka to be utilized for the resettlement and rehabilitation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the North. The donation together with a letter from Bahrain Prime Minister to President Mahinda Rajapaksa were handed over by the Bahraini Ambassador Sheikh Khalifa Bin Hamad Al-Khalifa to the Sri Lankan Ambassador Sarath Dissanayake at the Bahrain Embassy in Kuwait on 16th August.
Accepting the donation, Ambassador Dissanayake, on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka expressed his appreciation to His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Salman Al-Khalifa, the Prime Minister and the Government of the Kingdom of Bahrain for this goodwill gesture which signifies the deep rooted friendship between the two countries.
In the letter, His Highness the Bahraini Prime Minister has expressed his appreciation to President Mahinda Rajapaksa for the warm reception and generous hospitality extended to him and his delegation during his visit to Sri Lanka from 28 – 30 July. This donation is a personal contribution by the Prime Minister of Bahrain which reflects his deep concern and care for the wellbeing of the IDPs in Sri Lanka. It may be recalled that during official talks with President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Bahraini Prime Minister extolled President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s courageous leadership and pledged to support his efforts to usher in a new era of lasting peace and prosperity for all Sri Lankans and to rebuild Sri Lanka’s North.
On the occasion, Mr. Sunil Premaratne, First Secretary from Sri Lanka Embassy in Kuwait and Mr. Isa Ibrahim Ali Al-Thawadi, First Secretary from Bahrain Embassy were also present.
It should also be noted that the Bahraini Prime Minister has recently donated a consignment of dates to be distributed among the Islamic devotees during the Ramadan Fasting season
No one should be above the law and the Government is not prepared to protect anybody who is trying to transcend the legal framework of the country, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said.
“The people who lack self discipline should not be in the service of either the police or Armed Forces. One or two indisciplined persons even in the police could put the country into disrepute. Discipline should be maintained in all institutions”, the President added.
He was speaking at a felicitation ceremony organised by the Ratnapura District Secretariat with the coordination of Maha Sangha and civil society representatives in the Sabaragamuwa Province at the historical Maha Saman Devalaya, Ratnapura.
President tells masses
The people irrespective of their political or communal differences should actively be involved in rebuilding the country after it was liberated from the clutches of terrorism , said President Mahinda Rajapaksa. He said the Security Forces without having an inch of land of their own made the supreme sacrifice for the liberation of one third of the country’s land area which was delegated to the terrorists by a title 2 1\2 years ago.
The President was speaking at the presentation of Ranbima title deeds to the families who have been living in lands for more than 30 years without title at Temple Trees yesterday.
Over 2,000 people island wide received the ownership titles from the President and other Ministers on this occasion.
“The Government succeeded in liberating every inch of land within a short span of 2 1\2 years and the people in the country are bound to protect the country liberated by us” Over 10,000 families have received titles for their lands in four different occasions earlier.
President Rajapaksa stressed that people should make maximum use of their lands by cultivating every inch.
“The lands in villages are under- utilised and the people should start cultivating their lands to promote the national economy” ‘he said.
He said arrangements would be taken to provide land to all the landless families in the future.
The extent of land area in the country remains unchanged though the population is on the increase.
This situation has led to an increase in the value of lands, he said.
President Rajapaksa said the colonial powers destroyed the paddy cultivation, irrigation system and people’s livelihood in the Uva-Wellassa region and the Government is bound to uplift the people in Uva-Wellassa.
Agriculture and Agrarian Services Development Minister Maithripala Sirisena, Agriculture Minister Hemakumara Nanayakkara, National Integration Minister Vinayargamurthi Muralitharan, Trade Marketing Cooperative Development and Consumer Affairs Minister Bandula Gunawardena and Sports Minister Gamini Lokuge were present.
Courtesy : Daily News
The Southern Provincial Council was dissolved at midnight yesterday, Southern Province Governor Mrs. Kumari Balasuriya said. Earlier last evening the Gazette notification dissolving the Southern Provincial Council (SPC) was sent to the Government printer.