Pola becomes hellhole during rains PS in slumber vendors

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					                                                                  The Island              Provincial News                                                              Monday 17th January, 2011
                                                                                                                                                         Teachers, administrators
Pola becomes a hellhole during                                                                                                                           clash over Exam Dept. delays
rains, PS in slumber - vendors                                                                                                                                 THE GALNEWA

                                                                                                                                                             Teachers and administra-
                                                                                                                                                         tors of the Anuradhapura
                                                                                                                                                                                         documents were essential
                                                                                                                                                                                         for promotions and retire-
                                                                                                                                                                                         ment. As a result of the doc-
                                                                                                                                                                                         uments not being sent on
                                                                                                                                                                                         time, a large number of
                                                                                                                                                         District Zonal Education        teachers in the zone are
                                                                                                                                                         office have been severely       forced to visit the education
                                                                                                                                                         inconvenienced by the non-      office repeatedly to make
                                                                                                                                                         authentication of the GCE       inquiries.
                                                                                                                                                         (O/L and A/L) certificates of       There have been clashes
                                                                                                                                                         the teachers sent to the        between the teachers and
                                                                                                                                                         Examinations Department         the staff of the zonal educa-
                                                                                                                                                         for that purpose.               tion office because of the
                                                                                                                                                             A spokesman for the         delay on the part of the
                                                                                                                                                         Zonal Education office in       Department of
                                                                                                                                                         Anuradhapura said those         Examinations.

                                                                                                        U. B.            A. M.             D. M.
                                                                                                     Gnanawathi        Kiribanda         Abeyratne

                                                                                                       Vendors complained that they had been dis-
                                                                                                    criminated against in the allotment of the newly
                                                                                                    built stalls with modern facilities. They said the
                                                                                                    Pradeshiya Sabha should have built more stalls.
                                                                                                       D. M. Abeyratne of Ellelanda said that the
                                                                                                    whole area where the fair was situated got inun-
                                                                                                    dated even during a light shower. The
                                                                                                    Pradeshiya Sabha had allocated Rs. 250,000 for
                                                                                                    repairs but that amount was not sufficient, he
                                                                                                       The roofs of the huts provided to vendors
              In this area more vendors have room to put up their temporary huts.                   were on the verge of collapse as they had been

       A garbage dumps near the pola                            Some of the new stalls                   An old stall on the verge of collapse

          BY U. B. PALLEGEDERA                   there. A vendor said that although he had been
          Namunukula Correspondent               plying his wares at the ‘pola’ for a number of     built over 25 years ago. Most of the vendors now
                                                 years, the facilities that the Pradeshiya Sabha    sold their wares on the Buttala-Passara road tak-

     raders and consumers who use the weekly     provided in return for the rent were woefully      ing a huge risk as the road was too narrow and
     fair at Passara experience many difficul-   inadequate. The stalls assigned to them were too   there was heavy traffic there, he said.
     ties owing to the various shortcomings      small.

                                                                    Political henchmen
                                                                    eye school land
                                                                            J. RATNAYAKE - BIBILE
                                                                               CORRESPONDENT                that the ‘encroachers’ are backed by a
                                                                                                            powerful politician of the area.
                                                                       Parents of the Bibile Balika            Parents told The Island that they
                                                                    Vidyalaya students have complained to   were helpless and the only thing they
                                                                    the education authorities that three    could do was to appeal to higher
                                                                    persons are planning to encroach on     authorities to intervene to see justice
                                                                    parts of the school land. They allege   was done.

Alms were offered to 200 Bhikkus and 500 Bhikkunis study-
ing at the Kelaniya University at the Ahugammana Siri
Jayanthi Maha Karuna Youth Centre under the auspices of
Ven Butawatte Saranankara of Sentul Buddhist Viharaya of
Malaysia and the Head of the Buddhist Centre at Nedimala.
Picture shows the Bhikkus and Bhikkunis seated at the
Centre prior to partaking the meal.

Fined for illegal
sand mining
   The Kantale Chief           Medagodage Thusitha
Magistrate Kosala Senadhira    Prematillake and
recently ordered two sus-      Ranagipura Medagodage
pects who pleaded guilty to    Lalith Sujeewa, two brothers.
mining sand without a per-     They had been mining sand
mit to be fined Rs. 100,000.   from the Samagipura Forest
   They were Ranagipura        Reserve.

Vital road full
of pot holes
   The section between         Development Authority. The
Galgamuwa and                  picture shows one of the
Anuradhapura on the            huge pot holes in the middle
Padeniya-Anuradhapura          of the road.
road has been badly dam-           Residents in the area urge
aged.                          the RDA officers to attend to
   This 80-km stretch was      the repairs without further
constructed by the Road        delay.

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