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Bandula & Madhura against Kimbulawala vendors since they are outsiders?

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The street food stall owners on the Kotte-Thalawathugoda Road in Kimbulawala have alleged that Minister Bandula Gunawardana and SLPP MP Madhura Withanage are planning to remove their stalls.

It was said that these vendors are being removed since they are outsiders.

There are about 24 shops at the location and earlier there were 34.

It was said that most of the vendors have arrived at the location from other areas.

The street food stall owners have also formed an association and they have held a discussion with the President last week.

They have been given permission to operate mobile shops at the location and trade only at night.

Accordingly, the Road Development Authority (RDA) has already notified them to remove the permanent stalls within another 10 days.

The shop owners have been told to inform the RDA if they have any alternative proposals by tomorrow (13).

When Sri Lanka Mirror asked Street Food Shop Owners Association President Sisira Dissanayake in this regard, he said that they had previously requested a part of ‘Ape Gama’ premises as an alternative place to conduct their businesses.

At first they were given approval, but then it had been withdrawn citing security threats to Parliament.

However, at the ruling party meeting held last week, MP Madhura Withanage has said allowing shops to be operated besides the road would lead to a bigger issue.

“These should be removed. They are acquiring lands after arriving at the location in lorries and buses. This is like a mafia,” he said.

Meanwhile, minister in charge of the subject, Bandula Gunawardana, has also clarified the facts that there is no legal possibility to maintain these shops.

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President pays final respects to late Dr. Ariyaratne & Palitha Thewarapperuma (Pics)

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President Ranil Wickremesinghe today (April 19) paid his final respects to the late social activist and founder of the Sarvodaya movement, Dr. A.T. Ariyaratne as well as to former UNP Member of Parliament and former Deputy Minister, Palitha Thevarapperuma.Visiting the Moratuwa Sarvodaya Headquarters where Mr. Ariyaratne was laid to rest, the President offered his final respects and left a condolence note. He also shared condolences with the grieving family members. 

The President also paid his last respects and extended condolences to the grieving family and local community at the residence Palitha Thewarapperuma, in Yatadolawatte, Matugama.

UNP Chairman MP Wajira Abeywardena and several others attended the event.

(Pics : PMD)


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Flu & diarrhea cases among children on the rise

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Health Authorities have warned of a rise of diarrhea and flu cases among children after the New Year period.
Consultant paediatrician Dr. Deepal Perera advised parents to immediately seek medical attention if their children have been suffering from fever continuously for 3-4 days.

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Fortified rice distribution initiative commences

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The distribution of fortified rice, provided by the World Food Program (WFP) on behalf of the program initiated under the instructions of President Ranil Wickremesinghe, to provide a nutritious meal for school students, commenced today, (19) at the Veyangoda warehouse complex.

In an effort to reduce iron deficiency among school children, fortified rice is provided for school meals. This distribution will be conducted under the supervision of Mr. M.H.A.M. Riflan, Director General for the Partnership Secretariat for World Food Programme Co-operation (PSWFPC), which operates under the purview of the Presidential Secretariat.

As planned, the distribution of 735 metric tons of rice to provincial-level schools commenced today as part of the first phase and will continue tomorrow (20). This rice stock is being delivered to schools under the supervision of officials from the respective Provincial Departments of Education and Public Health Inspectors (PHIs).

Meanwhile, Director General for the PSWFPC, Mr. M.H.A.M. Riflan stated that 378.835 metric tons of dhal, 412.08 metric tons of sunflower cooking oil, and 300 metric tons of dates will be distributed to schools following the start of the new school term on May 19.

Accordingly, the Ministry of Education has implemented measures to provide a main meal at school for all students in grades 1-5 across the country. Following nutritionists’ recommendations, students receive breakfast between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. daily before engaging in educational activities.

Under the theme of ‘Healthy Active Generation,’ the 2024 school meal program aims to reduce nutritional problems among students, increase daily school attendance, foster good eating and health habits, contribute to the improvement of educational achievement levels, and fulfil the fundamental objectives of promoting local food culture.The school feeding program for this year extends its benefits to 1.6 million students, including primary students from 9,134 government schools, as well as smaller schools with fewer than 100 students. A budget of Rs. 16.6 billion has been allocated to the nine provincial councils by the government, supplemented by sponsorship from entities such as the World Food Program (WFP) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

(President’s Media Division) 

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