Complainant attacked at Wakf Board meeting

Thihariya mosque dispute

An elderly man was allegedly assaulted by four men in the premises of the Department of Muslim Cultural and Religious Affairs yesterday over a dispute regarding the leadership at a mosque in Thihariya.

The victim Sheik Ali Mohammed Mackie has lodged a complaint at the Maradana Police Station against the alleged assailants.

Mr. Mackie accompanied his brother-in-law Mohammed Sakir Mohideen for a hearing on a case he had filed against the nomination of three trustees to the Masjid ul Amania Jumma Mosque in Thihariya.
“I am wearing a belt for my spinal cord ailment. They pushed me to the wall and attacked me,” said Mr. Mackie.

Though only three respondents had been summoned for the inquiry, there were 11 people, including the four people who attacked Mr. Mackie at the end of the inquiry, according to the police complaint. Mr. Mohideen said the incident happened in front of three Wakf Board members at the hearing.

“They (the attackers) threatened to kill us if we come back to Thihariya,” he said. Wakf Board member S. C. S. Ibrahim said a clash took place but he was unable to say what exactly happened as he was inside the courtroom.

Mr. Mackie claimed that the group waited outside the courtroom till noon after the attack, prompting him to seek police assistance. But the police, according to him fail ed to come to the Wakf Board, despite the calls.Maradana police told the Sunday Times that the case would be referred to the mediation board.

Jaffna will run dry of drinking water in future

By N.Parameswaran

The Jaffna district would face drinking water problem within the next two years, according to experts.
The warning followed research carried out by experts from the Ministry of Disaster Management, Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Nation Building.

Among the contributory factors stated were dumping of toilet waste which contaminates ground water, continuous pumping of ground water for cultivation, unlimited and uncontrolled usage of pesticides and fertiliser, soil extraction for building purposes.

Dumping polythene and plastic waste has also been given as another reason. The research noted that, since there are no tanks or rivers in Jaffna, well water was being used for development work.

They have pointed out that an alternative plan to solve the Jaffna peninsula drinking water problem is imperative.

Deer baby finds milk of human kindness

By Palitha Ariyawansa

It’s my turn: The baby deer suckles as baby Madhura looks on

Upali Jayathilleke and Mala Mangalika live in a little mud hut in Bopitiya in the Badulla district.
They have four sons aged 15, 11, 8 and 6 years, who are schooling, and a seven-month-old baby daughter Madhura. In addition to that they now have a four-legged baby.

The family has domesticated a fawn that Upali found in the company of three dogs in the nearby forest.
In a touch of human kindness Mala breast feeds the baby deer when she nurses baby Madhura.

The family was in distress on Poson Poya day because the fawn had gone missing. But was found later. Mala believes that the fawn must have been a child of hers in a previous birth. They hope to seek government permission to rear the deer.

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