The program to pay compensation for the properties damaged during the recent unrest in Kandy would get underway today, according to Kandy District Secretary H.M.P.Hitisekera. According to a decision taken by the government, all relevant parties have been informed to expedite payments to the victims and complete payments within a short period of time. Hitisekera said the Go from today vernment has decided to start paying compensation although it was yet to fully estimate the damages caused to properties.
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has removed the nationwide state of Emergency that was imposed on March 6 after communal clashes broke out in Kandy district."Upon assessing the public safety situation, I instructed to revoke the State of Emergency from midnight yesterday," the President said in a Twitter post.
The relevant gazette notification was issued last night, the Government Press reported.The Gazette notification has been issued after President Sirisena returned to country Saturday night after a six-day official visit to Japan.
All government schools in Kandy Administrative District which were closed on March 7 owing to the prevailing unrest in parts of the district will reopen tomorrow (12), said Central Province Chief Minister Sarath Ekanayke.
Meanwhile, Police Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara yesterday (10) said curfew will not be imposed in Kandy administrative district.
The decision has been made while considering the peaceful atmosphere which currently exists in the Kandy district and that the area is fast returning to normalcy, Gunasekara pointed out.
President Maithripala Sirisena has declared a State of Emergency for one week with effect from mid-night yesterday, to redress the unsatisfactory security situation prevailing over certain parts of the country. The State of Emergency had been declared, while empowering Section Two of the Public Security Ordinance within a limited scope.The President’s Media Unit (PMD) confirmed that the Police and Armed Forces have been suitably empowered to deal with criminal elements in society and urgently restore normalcy.
The inauguration of the program of renovating of 2,400 irrigation tanks commenced yesterday (2nd March) under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena with the intention of recreating the ancient irrigation development in the country to emerge as a self-sufficient nation.
Accordingly, the old irrigation tanks, which were not renovated for a long period of time in the North, East, North Western and North Central provinces will also be renovated under this program. 123 irrigation tanks in the Polonnaruwa district will be developed in the first phase.