4th June 2000
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Keenly contested election
Elections to the Kotahena Ward in the City Council (Colombo Municipality) create an interest hitherto not seen in local politics. Five candidates had announced their candidature but on election day, the contest was a straight fight between Dr. Solomon Fernando and Francis L. Daniel, well-known Proctor and City Coroner. 

The Ceylon Independent reports: Long before the hour appointed for the election, namely eight o'clock, the Town Hall was crammed with people. The supporters of both parties poured in, in carriages of every description, the trams deposited their share and there was more enthusiasm over the election in the breasts of those outside than those inside the hall. ]
Placards in favour of both parties were conspicuously pasted on the back of the carriages and the Doctor's party had little printed slips with the words "I vote for Dr. Solomon Fernando" freely distributed to the voters. The Police were present in strong force. We are glad to state that during the election proceedings, no unpleasantries of any kind occurred amongst the supporters of the candidates. At the counting of votes Dr. Fernando received 70 personal votes 31 proxies & 22 graduates, and Mr. Daniel 65 personal & proxies, 19 graduates. After the contest was over they shook hands and said pleasant things of one another as became men of the position and good sense of the contestants.

A hailstorm occurred in the afternoon of May 22 at Hakgala, the stones being in some cases 1/2 inch across. On May 26 at 3.45 p.m. a storm of rain and hail was reported from Diyatalawa. The stones were about the size of small marbles and plentiful. It lasted a little under half an hour and for ten minutes after the cessation the ground was entirely covered with the stones, the appearance being that of a mantle of snow. 
Mr. Justice Lawrie delivered judgement in the case in which Mr. Molamure (no initials), the Itinerating Police Magistrate and seven others were convicted by Mr. W. H. Moor at the Police Court of Avissawella and sentenced to pay a fine of Rs 100 each on a charge of criminal trespass and Rs 100 each on a charge of unlawful assembly. The judgement was set aside and accused acquitted.
Extension of tram service
There are visible indications that a commencement will soon be made with the tram extension to Wellawatte. The telephone lines running along Parson's Road and Malay Street are being transferred to posts on the railway line branching off at the Slave Island station and passing along Union Place. The route to be, taken for the tram will be by way of Parson's Road connecting with Union Place near the commencement of Lake Road and turning off in the direction of Slave Island.

-Media Man

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