IMG 0295A conference organized by Mrs. Malani Lokupothagama, the District Secretary of Ratnapura,with regard to Sri Pada pilgrimage season to be started from the full moon Poya day in December this year, was held on 16.11.2018 at the District Secretariat auditorium,with the precedence of Most Venerable Bengamuwe Dhammadinna Nayaka Thero,the Chief Incumbant of Sri Pada,Chancellor of University of Uwa Wellassa and Chief Incumbent thero of both Pelmadulla Raja Maha Viharaya and Pothgul Raja Maha Viharaya. Reverential Maha Sangha proceeded this event while public officers in Ratnapura, Kagalle and Nuwara Eliya Districts, Basnayaka Nilame of Maha Saman Dewalaya and media personnel were also present.

20181109 095823The Ranaviru Seva Authority, focusing on Ratnapura District, carried out a mobile service at Gemunu Hewa Regiment at Kuruwita, Ratnapura on 09.11.2018. This service aimed at solving problems suffered by war heroes’ families. The launch of the Programme was presided by the District Secretary of Ratnapura while the Director of Ranaviru Seva Authority as well as Divisional Secretaries and Assistant Divisional Secretaries representing all Divisions in Ratnapura together with other officers of Public Institutions attended.

20181108 090041Ratnapura District Programme, in line with the inauguration ceremony of Island wide Programme of planting one million jack saplings organized by the Department of Agrarian Development, was conducted with the precedence of District Secretary of Ratnapura at the National Youth Corps premises at Nivithigala on 08.11.2018

IMG 1474A field visit was organized on 06.11.2018 to study the Disaster Resilient Housing Project implemented in Wewessa Grama Niladhari Division of Badulla Divisional Secretariat in Badulla District. District Secretary, Additional District Secretary and staff grade officers in District Secretariat of Ratnapura together with all Divisional Secretaries and Assistant Divisional Secretaries in Ratnapura District and Officers of NBRO as well as Officers of District Secretariat of Badulla, including Additional District Secretary participated in the field visit. We would pay our gratitude to the District Secretary, Additional Secretary, Disaster Relief Officers and other officers in District Secretariat of Badulla and Project Officers as well for the assistance provided us during the visit.

IMG 0227The inaugural ceremony of the Ratnapura District programme, in line with the “WANA ROPA” National Tree Planting Programme with the theme; “Wana Aranata Rekawaranaya”(Protect The Forest) was held under the patronage of Mrs. Malani Lokupothagama, District Secretary/ Government Agent of Ratnapura, at the main hall of R/ Waladura Dharmapala Maha Vidyalaya on 01.11.2018. Officers of other Public Institutions were also participated in the ceremony. A tree planting programme also was conducted by the invited guests and students at Waladura reserve situated in Kuruwita Divisional Secretary’s division. Divisional Secretary of Kuruwita and District Directors of Central Environment Authority were participated in the event.

IMG 0137Ratnapura District Literary Arts Festival was celebrated at the Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council Auditorium on 30.10.2018. Mr. Herath  P. Kulathunga, the Chief Secretary to Sabaragamuwa Province, Mrs. Malani Lokupothagama, District Secretary of Ratnapura, Divisional Secretaries and Staff Officers of District Secretariat were present. District Literary Competition was held in three languages at school category as well as open category and included number of events such as prose, poetry, short stories, composition and many more. Winners of the events were awarded with certificates and gifts. Moreover, improvisation poets of Ratnapura District who became the winners of All Island Improvisation Poetry Competition 2017 were also paid compliment at this festival.

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The third Child Development Committee of Ratnapura District, preceded by Committee Chairman Mrs. Malani Lokupothagama, District Secretary was held at the District Secretariat Auditorium , Ratnapura on 29.10.2018. All Divisional secretaries, officers representing Child Development Sections of Divisional Secretariats and other non-government officers were present at the Committee meeting. Unsolved problems regarding child abuse and child development were discussed at the meeting.

IMG 0032A special Programme, with the participation of children and their parents representing all Divisional Secretariats, was conducted by National Child Care Authority  at the District Secretariat Auditorium on 29.10.2018. This Programme, in line with World Children’s Day, was held with the objective of developing children’s enthusiasm and interest in education through ensuring right to education of the children who become abused and unprotected due to numerous socio – economic problems. Mrs. Malani Lokupothagama, District Secretary of Ratnapura chaired this event while participation of Mrs. Sujatha Kulathunga (Atterney-at-law) Deputy Chairperson of National Child Protection Authority, Manager of NSB Ratnapura as well as officers in District Secretariat and Divisional Secretariats was noticeable.

IMG 1403A discussion on “Thurunu Diriya” loan scheme in Sabaragamuwa Province was held at the District Secretariat Auditorium on 26.10.2018. Mr. Charitha Ratwatte, Senior Adviser to Hon. Prime Minister chaired the discussion. The District Secretary, Assistant Directors Planning of all Divisional Secretariats in Ratnapura and Kegalle districts, officers of Small Enterprise Development Division and other officers of Public Institutes together with officers of BoC and Prime Minister’s Office were attended.

DSC01046The warehouse complex for grains, constructed using the provisions of Ministry of Finance and Mass Media, with the purpose of storing the grain harvest of the farmers in Embilipitiya area was vested with the people on 19.10.2018. This granary benefits farmers spread out in the districts of Ratnapura, Hambanthota and Moneragala. This milestone event was purposive with the participation of the political authority including Hon. Mangala Smaraweera - Minister of Finance and Mass Media, Hon. Thalatha Athukorala - Ministry of Justice and Prison Reforms, Hon. Eran Wickemaratne - State Minister of Finance and Mass Media, Hon. Dunesh Gankanda - Deputy Minister of Lands and Parliamentary Reforms, Hon. Karunarathna Paranavithana- Minister of Skills Development, Vocational training, Science and Technology and Up-county Development. Mr. R.S. Samarathunga - Secretary to the Treasury, Mr A.R. Deshapriya, Deputy Secretary to the Treasury, Mrs. Malani Lokupothagama- Disretary of Ratnapura, Mr. Bandula Harischandra - District Secretary of Hambanthota, Mr. A.N.P.M. Athapaththu – Director General of Department of Development Finance, Mr. W.M. Karunaratne – Ex. Assistant Governer of CBSL, Mr. Sujith Kariyawasam – Chairman of Regional Development Bank, All Divisional Secretaries, Staff Officers of District Secretariat, Assistant Commissioner of Agrarian Development, Officers of Regioanal Development Bank, BoC, Peoples’ Bank, Public Officers, Representatives of Farmers’ Associations and Community who were entitle for the concessionary loan scheme of Enterprice Sri Lanka were also present.

IMG 1300Delegates including Deputy Labour Minister from South Africa visited Ratnapura on 10.10.2018 to study the measures taken to establish Ratnapura District a Child Labour Free Zone.  Mr. Sunil Kannangara, former District Secretary of Ratnapura and present District Secretary of Colombo, Mrs. Malani Lokupothagama, District Secretary of Ratnapura, Officers of Ministry of Women and Child Affairs, Director- District Planning and Officers  of Ministry of Labour and District Secretariat attended the event.

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The 154 th Commemoration ceremony of Anagarika Dharmapala was held on 17.09.2018 at Dharmapala Vidyalaya, Ratnapura. Rev, Mawela Sirisumana Thera - Rtd. Deputy Director of Education, Chief incumbent of Bodhiraja Temple, Ratnapura. President of Shasanarakshaka Bala Mandala of Ratnapura, Chairman of Conciliation Board, Ratnapura. Rev. Ihalagalagama Udhitha Thera - Co,Ordinator, Buddhist Affairs, District Secretariat, Mrs. Malani Lokupothagama - District Secretary, Ratnapura, Mr. Mahinda S. Weerasuriya - Secretary of the Provincial Ministry of Education, Cultural & Information Technology & Mr. P.G.P. Kalubowila - Principal of Dharmapala vidyalaya, Ratnapura Participated in the event.The 154 th Commemoration ceremony of Anagarika Dharmapala was held on 17.09.2018 at Dharmapala Vidyalaya, Ratnapura. Rev, Mawela Sirisumana Thera - Rtd. Deputy Director of Education, Chief incumbent of Bodhiraja Temple, Ratnapura. President of Shasanarakshaka Bala Mandala of Ratnapura, Chairman of Conciliation Board, Ratnapura. Rev. Ihalagalagama Udhitha Thera - Co,Ordinator, Buddhist Affairs, District Secretariat, Mrs. Malani Lokupothagama - District Secretary, Ratnapura, Mr. Mahinda S. Weerasuriya - Secretary of the Provincial Ministry of Education, Cultural & Information Technology & Mr. P.G.P. Kalubowila - Principal of Dharmapala vidyalaya, Ratnapura Participated in the event.