11th June 2000
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oPolice in full strength!
The Police force has recorded a total strength of 1758 in 1900, an increase from 1716 from the previous year. The authorized strength is 1 Inspector General, 4 Superintendents, 6 Assistant Superintendents, 2 Chief Inspectors, 25 Inspectors, 8 Sergeant Majors, 225 Sergeants and 1487 Constables. The total cost for the year has been estimated at Rs 728,125 as compared with an actual expenditure of Rs 721,467 in 1899.

The Inspector General of Police, L.W. Knollys has impressed on the Government on the necessity for an increase in the number of inspectors and an improvement in their prospects for the latter part of their service. He has also pressed for an improvement in the pay of the junior sergeants and constables.

He has drawn attention to the increasing difficulty in getting suitable recruits and if not for the Malay population which furnishes a large population of the sergeants and constables "this difficulty would become an impossibility". 

o Poor drainage in Kandy
The occasional correspondent of 'The Independent' in Kandy reports: "Things were in a very bad way in respect to sanitation and people were getting alarmed until the rains came down and washed the drains clean. The unhealthiness of the town is thus clearly due to the defective drainage and the indiscreet methods adopted to clean them out. Pools of black festering mud are taken out of these drains by a few podians and allowed to lie before people's houses for days together till the town is fairly saturated with malaria. Connected with this serious evil is the restriction put upon the use of water by the sapient Council." 
oCricketer Kellart retires
Cricket fans are disturbed with the news that Tommy Kellart of the Colonial Secretary's Office has announced his decision not to take part in cricket for some time to come, at least two years. He gave no special reason for the decision. He has played regularly for the Colts and has been one of their most prominent men.
o Extending the railway 
The most important aspect in the Administration Report of the Eastern Province is the desirability of connecting Trincomalee with Colombo by Rail. Both the naval and military authorities are agreed to the necessity of connecting Trincomalee with the network of railways in the Island. The Assistant Government Agent of the Trincomalee District, C.M. Lushington lays great emphasis on the importance of the Colonial Government tackling the initiative and bringing the question within the range of practical politics.
o Beyond Nanu Oya
The survey of the railway trace from Nanu Oya to Uda Pussellawa has been completed and cutting the first sod will take place shortly. Contracts will shortly be given out for cutting of the new railway. 

Mr Walker, the newly appointed engineer in the Uda Pussellawa and Jaffna extensions has arrived in Nuwara Eliya.

Meanwhile, ss Munro brought in 32,000 sleepers for the Northern railway. These are to be landed in Kankesanthurai.

o In courts this week
Among the cases heard at the Municipal Court this week:

* A horsekeeper charged for refusing to give a trap on hire from the Fort carriage station was fined Rs 5.

* A Tamil cart driver charged for using a lame bull in a cart was fined Rs 15.

* Three coast moormen charged for bathing in the lake near Slave Island jail admitted the charge and were fined Rs 1.50 each.

* A driver found driving his trap in Wolfendhal Street with only one lamp was fined Re 1.

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