flood relief Dharmavijaya Foundation says
The Dharmavijaya Foundation has stressed the need for post-flood
rehabilitation work to be carried out urgently. The President of
the Foundation, Y.W. Gunawardane, the Government Agent of Ampara
during 1978-79 and the Deputy Commissioner Essential Services in
1988, has proposed that the President and Prime Minister declare
June as "The Month of Rehabilitation of Flood Victims".
Maha Nayake Thero, the Maha Sangha and the Christian clergy will
no doubt give their blessings and assistance to this national effort
if the President and the Prime Minister spearhead the rehabilitation
drive," Gunawardane said.
lists as priorities the provision of alternate lands for resettlement
for those affected by the earthslips, the cleaning of wells, economic
rehabilitation and psychological treatment of those affected by
appealed to the Governor of the Central Bank and the Treasury Secretary
to intervene for the benefit of the worst affected victims. "International
lending agencies and NGOs should make every effort to assist the
victims," he added.
ransom paid for release of Maldivians, claims relative
Two Maldivians were recently reportedly abducted at knife point
and 30,000 dollars paid as a ransom for their release, a family
member of one of those held told a Maldivian news agency this week.
of a store, “Fari Paree” in Male, Ismail Shujau and
his companion, a man named Bakr, have since then returned to Male
safely, Ismail’s younger brother Ibrahim Shujau told the Haveeru
that Ismail and Bakr were held in Negombo for four days while they
were on their way to the Bandaranaike International Airport to return
to the Maldives. “They were taken to a warehouse in Negombo.
They were tortured and a knife held to their necks,” said
Ibrahim, who made the transfer of 30,000 dollars (about three million
Sri Lankan rupees) to Sri Lanka for the release of his brother and
did not have that kind of money with him when he was abducted, so
we had to transfer the ransom money to Colombo from Male,”
Ibrahim said. He said that the abductors had asked Ismail to hand
over the ransom money to a Sri Lankan national, married to a Maldivian,
who lived in the Maldives.
Bakr had travelled to the Katunayake airport in a car belonging
to a ‘friend’ who turned out to be one of the abductors,
Ibrahim said. “At a certain point, the ‘friend’
had told Ismail and Bakr that he had to stop at a warehouse before
going to the airport. Despite Ismail and Bakr’s protests,
the ‘friend’ took them to the warehouse. The ‘friend’
then asked Bakr to give him the money,” Ibrahim said.
He also said
Bakr had once told him that he owed the ‘friend’ some
7,000 US dollars.
“We are very much confused now. We don’t really know
what has happened,” Ibrahim said. After returning safely to
Male, Ismail had officially made a complaint at the Maldives’
have not commented on the case.Haveeru has come to know that Ismail,
Bakr and the Sri Lankan national are now under police custody while
workers hospitalised with mysterious illness
At least 40 workers of a tyre factory in Gampaha have been admitted
to the Gampaha General Hospital mainly with breathing difficulties
while some have developed fits, a doctor attached to the hospital
may have fallen ill due to food poisoning or inhalation of toxic
gas, the doctor said. Clinical investigations are being carried
out to ascertain the cause of the illness, he added. There are more
than 30 females among the patients and their condition is not considered
serious, he said.
LTTE frees two policemen
The LTTE yesterday released the two policemen they had taken into
custody two days ago to two ASPs in the Muttur area, a spokesperson
for the Scandinavian monitors said.
attached to the Serunuwara police station were identified as PC
Gamini Herath and RPC Udaya Kumara. They were taken into custody
when they went to serve summons on a suspect who had failed to appear
had not realised that they had entered an LTTE-controlled area to
serve the summons, police sources said.
water sparingly, appeals Board
The Water Board has appealed to consumers to use water sparingly
in Colombo and the suburbs. The Additional General Manager of the
Water Board, Mr. Kithsiri Perera, told The Sunday Times that the
consumption of water has increased considerably during the past
few weeks and this is making it difficult for the Board to maintain
an uninterrupted supply.
reason for the increased consumption is the humid conditions prevailing
and this has adversely affected supplies. The water supply to Moratuwa
and Dehiwela in particular has been disrupted intermittently recently,
The Water Board
has sent 14 water bowsers to Matara and Ratnapura to provide safe
drinking water to people who have been affected by the floods and
this has aggravated the problem, he added.
The Water Board
is planning to carry out a public awareness campaign in an effort
to persuade the public to use water sparingly.
had air-conditioning in first century: Professor Gamage
By Nilika Kasturisinghe
"Sri Lanka had air-conditioning in the 1st century, not by
using electricity but by hydraulic means," Prof. Chandrawickrama
Gamage stated at the launching on Wednesday by the Sihala Urumaya,
of a CD containing the history of Sri Lanka.
"Once again we can recreate this system and show it to the
world. It will even be a tourist attraction," Prof. Gamage
show that while people were still living in jungles in other parts
of the world such developments had taken place in Ceylon" he
said. The technique used for cooling was by means of a dried buffalo
skin affixed above the roof of a building with water being allowed
to drip on to it from several pipes, creating the effect of rain.
The winds which blew across and into the building were naturally
Sri Lanka had
not only physical air-conditioning but mental air-conditioning as
well, Prof. Gamage said. There were special pictures kept in buildings
in the Anuradhapura era to be hung according to the changing seasons,
'cooling' pictures for the hot season and 'warming' pictures for
the cool season, he said.
We have not
studied the creations of ancient Sri Lanka. In the west they have
used computers to reconstruct ancient buildings and discover the
technology of bygone eras, he said."We
propose to restore the grandeur of our history, the grandeur of
our ancient technology," Prof. Gamage said.