Homes make way for wider roads

By L.B. Senaratne

‘Operation Demolishing’ was carried out in the presence of Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage, when houses on William Gopallawa Mawatha were demolished for road widening.

However, the question uppermost in the minds of the people is that, this was the 'Green Belt' of late President Ranasinghe Premadasa, who permitted these houses and shops to be built on these lands acquired by the Government, and was under the control of the Urban Development Authority (UDA).
Then, how is it that the UDA was not aware of the construction and existence of these houses, while providing them with all the necessary facilities.

An order was given on December 11 that all the buildings be demolished by January 6, 2011.

After Jaffna, ICRC will move out of Vavuniya

By Priyantha Hewage

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) will close its Vavuniya office on March 30, two days after it will end operations in Jaffna.

Vavuniya employees said the ICRC head Eves Giovavoni visited the office on Monday and told them that a decision to withdraw from Vavuniya had been taken in consultation with the government.

The ICRC’s Jaffna office will be closed on February 28. Some 195 will lose their jobs as a result of the closure of the two offices, but an ICRC official said the organisation would help them to find jobs in other humanitarian organisations.

Indian visas at Hambantota

The new Indian Consulate in Hambantota will start its visa service tomorrow. Residents from the Hambantota, Matara, Gall and Monaragala districts can obtain their visas from the new consulate, an official said.

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