More PSD men
to be arrested
By Tania Fernando
More than 20 Presidential Security Division (PSD) Personnel are
to be arrested for various incidents in which musicians and journalists
were attacked. CID Sources said that at present a total of 10 PSD
men have been arrested, however 25 more are to be questioned and
arrested. Three PSD men were arrested on Friday for the alleged
attack on singing duo Rukantha and Chandraleka. The three men who
were produced before the Kesbewa Magistrate have been remanded and
are to be produced for an identification parade along with the others
who were arrested for their involvement in the attack.
A driver of
President Chandrika Kumaratunga was also arrested for his involvement
in the attack when he had driven the singing duo's vehicle. Rukantha
and Chandraleka were attacked in January 2000 when their hair was
cut by an armed gang who stormed their house.
CID with regard to the Cricket Board fiasco has also recorded a
statement of the DIG - PSD. CID sources said , after recording the
DIG's statement, more PSD men are to be questioned for their alleged
involvement during the Cricket Board elections in 2000.
CWE offers drugs
at low cost
In a bid to help people cut down medical bills by getting safe and
effective drugs at the lowest possible price, the CWE has set up
its first 24-hour pharmacy at its largest supermarket in Welisara.
Consumer Affairs Ministry Media Manager Ashwin Hemmatagama said
yesterday the CWE's Welisara pharmacy and the others to be set up
soon were selling low cost drugs under generic names instead of
the expensive brand names sold at private pharmacies.
He said CWE
pharmacies working under the guidance of the State Pharmaceuticals
Corporation would also be set up soon at Jawatte, D.R. Wijewardene
Mawatha, Galle and Kandy.
to an appeal made by the Action Committee on Justice for Patients
and other patients' rights groups, Minister Ravi Karunanayake has
assured 24-hour pharmacies would be set up in about 150 major outlets
and they would provide safe and low cost drugs under generic names.
Pooja on May 11
The Association of Families of Servicemen Missing in Action will
hold an islandwide Itti Pahan Pooja on May 11 at 8p.m. It is held
for the safe return of the loved ones who went missing in action
and in remembrance of those who have lost their lives and for those
who have become disabled .
They will also
pray for lasting peace in Sri Lanka. The proceedings of this pooja
will go towards teaching family members the skills to start home-based
projects. This will help them get on with their lives while waiting
for news of their missing family members.
The public is
requested to light a pahan and gather with household members and
neighbours in prayer for peace for ten minutes.
Minister Alick Aluvihare and his family have been accused of breaking
Yala Wildlife Park rules by going off road despite several warnings
by park rangers. Yala Park Assistant Director B.V.R. Jayaratne said
several visitors had complained to him and the Wildlife Department
regarding the incident last weekend. He said the range officer had
told him the vehicles went off the road to get a better view of
The Ceylon Artillery Association will meet at the Sri Lanka Artillery
Headquarters at Panagoda on Sunday, May 12 at 11.00 a.m. All those
wishing to avail themselves of transport will require to be present
at the Ex-Servicemen's Headquarters, Colombo Fort by 9.30 a.m.
denies Ravi K claim
The Suzuki International has denied that its Indonesian car manufacturing
plant will be relocated in Sri Lanka. The denial came after agency
reports quoted Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Ravi Karnunanayake
as saying at a Colombo news conference that the Indonesian car manufacturing
plant would be relocated in Sri Lanka.
Director of PT Indomobil Suzuki International, Gunadi Sindhuwinata
told the Jakarta Post: "In my opinion, it is not logical to
shift the car manufacturing plant from Indonesia to Sri Lanka."
The local agents
for Suzuki in Sri Lanka, Browns and Company, confirmed there would
be no relocation of the car manufacturing plant from Indonesia,
but a feasibility study was on to set up a separate plant. However
it has not yet been decided the type of the plant, a spokesman for
the company said.