water cut in store
By Shelani Perera
The Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB) which imposed a three
hour water cut from Thursday in the Colombo and Greater Colombo
area has warned of a further water cut if the situation does not
The three hour
water cut from 9.00 am to 12 noon will be reviewed within the next
two weeks. The three water supply reservoirs to the Colombo and
greater Colombo area-Ambatale, Labugama and Kalatuwawa have been
under scrutiny during the last few weeks following dry weather for
the last one month.
Of the three
reservoirs the worst affected is Kalatuwawa, where the spill level
is 48 feet. The water in the reservoir has dropped to 27 feet below
spill level. The level in the other two reservoirs have dropped
to two feet below spill level.
General Manager, Colombo Metropolitan Region of the NWSDB, Ananda
de Silva told The Sunday Times that the present quantity of water
is sufficient only for two months.
" It is
because of this that we imposed the water cut in order to conserve
water. We will review the situation in two weeks. If the situation
has not improved we will be compelled to increase the three hour
cut. With the present dry weather where we did not have rain for
the last one and a half months, it is difficult to say that things
will improve" he said.
milk stirs controversy
By Shanika Udawatte
One brand of 'Sathosa' milk powder, carries the Sri Lanka Standards
Institute certification though no certificate has been given, an
official said. He said the Sathosa milk powder in blue packets had
been given the SLS certificate but the yellow packets had not been
a certificate though they carried the seal.
said legal action could have been taken but no such move was made
since the CWE was a state institution. The matter was raised in
parliament by the JVP which charged that the CWE was committing
an offence of criminally cheating the people.
Affairs Minister Ravi Karunanayake rejected the charges saying no
SLS certificate was required for local products though packets of
milk had got approval. He accused the JVP of trying to hit the poor
and promote multi-national milk companies which were funding the
Congress: No politics
While MP Ferial Ashraff expressed doubts regarding the creation
of yet another political entity, the Ashraff Congress, a supposedly
"social service organisation" was formed early this week.
The main objectives
of the Ashraff Congress(AC) are to achieve peace and social and
economic development, the leader of the AC, S. Zubairdeen told The
Sunday Times, adding that "at the moment" the Congress
does not have political objectives.