20190726 095451The Ratnapura District celebration of National Mediation Day was held with the patronage of Hon. Thalatha Athukorala, Minister of Justice and Prison Reforms, on 26.07.2019 at Kethumathi Reception Hall.

Leaflets and the banner were handed over to the Chairman of the Mediation Board Ratnapura to mark the commencement of the district community awareness programme which is to be implemented island-wide in parallel to the National Mediation Day.

Ven. Kuppiyawaththe Bodhananda Thero escorted by Maha Sangha, former Members of the P.C. Mr. Yehiya M. Iflar, Mr. Nimal Wijenayaka, District Secretary of Ratnapura Mrs. Malani Lokupothagama, Additional District Secretaries Ms. G.D.L. Udayakumari and Mr. S.B. Udowita, Secretary of the Mediation Boards Commission Mrs. Rajani Athapaththu, Divisional Secretaries, Members of Pradeshiya Sabhas, Mediation Officers attached to the Divisional Secretaries, Principals and the members of Mediation Boards were present at the event.

1A practical training programme, for the officers of District Secretariat on how to avoid fire related accidents and proper use of fire extinguishers, was conducted at the District Secretariat premises on 02.07.2019.

This Programme was conducted by Mr. Muditha Manjula Assistant Director of District Disaster Management Centre with the instructions of the District Secretary Mrs. Malani Lokupothagama. Staff Grade and other officers at the District Secretariat were participated in this programme which was carried out  by the officers of the fire brigade unit of the Municipal Council, Ratnapura as resource persons.  

430An awareness programme was conducted for urban school service vehicle owners and drivers as well as Three Wheeler drivers in Ratnapura District, at Siri Visuddharama Piriven Viharaya at Muwagama ,Ratnapura, on 27.06.2019, in line with the National Drug Prevention Week. Aware Stickers also were stuck on Three Wheelers, school vans and busses in parallel to this Programme.

A large crowd including District Secretary of Ratnapura Mrs. Malani Lokupothagama, Additional District Secretary Ms. Udayakumari, HQI Ratnapura Mr. Rohan Olugala, officers of National Dangerous Drug Control Board and Police officers were present at this programme which was conducted by the District Secretariat Ratnapura. (More pictures, visit to picture gallery)

bloodThe Blood Donation Campaign annually organized by the District Secretariat focusing on the Poson Poya Day was successfully conducted at the District Secretariat on 21.06.2019, with the instructions and guidance of the District Secretary Mrs. Malani Lokupothagama and with the assistance of the Director of the General Hospital Ratnapura Mr. Prasanna Ranaweera together with his staff. Many of the staff of the District Secretariat as well as a number of persons from outside the office were participated in donation of blood. The District Secretary paid her heartfelt gratitude for those who donated blood and supported in many ways.
Additional District Secretary Ms. G.D.L. Udayakumari, Assistant District Secretary Mrs. B.H.S. Dhanawardhana, Administrative Officer Mrs. W.D.C.I. Warnakulasuriya and a large number of members of the staff were present at the event.

11The District event, in line with the National Ceremony of awarding New Samurdhi Benefits was held at the Gankanda Vidyalaya ground, Pelmadulla on 14.06.2019 under the patronage of Minister of Primary industries and Social Empowerment Hon. Daya Gamage.

There are 24947 new Samurdhi beneficiaries of which 4500 were awarded with benefits.

Minister of Public Management and Disaster Management Hon. Ranjith Maddumabandara, Minister of Justice and Prison Reforms Hon. Thalatha Athukorala, Deputy Minister of Vocational training and Skills Development Hon. Karunarathna Paranavithana, Hon. A.A. Wijethunga MP, Hon. Hesha Vithanage M.P. together with other political authority as well as Public Officers including District Secretary of Ratnapura Mrs. Malani Lokupothagama Director General of Samurdhi Development Department Mr. S.T.R.E.M.S.P. Bandara were present at the occasion.

16A Programme, to make aware the officers in Ratnapura District regarding the establishment of Sri Lanka Career Guidance Centres under Smart Sri Lanka Programme was held on 10.06.2019 at the Provincial Council Auditorium.
The Sabaragamuwa Province Governor Hon. Dr. Dhamma Disanayaka, District Secretary of Ratnapura Mrs. Malani Lokupothagama, Secretary to H.E. the President’s Parliamentary Affairs Mr. Miyuru Bhashitha , Chairman of Sabaragamuwa Provincial Road Passenger Transport Authority Mr. Sandanayaka, Director General of Smart Sri Lanka Programme at Presidential Secretariat Mr. Eric Prasanna Weerawardhana, Additional District Secretaries Mr. S.B. Udowita and Ms. G.D. L. Udayakumari together with all Divisional Secretaries and Economic Development Officers in charge of G.N. Divisions were present at the event.
Lectures were conducted by Psychiatrist Dr. Chaminda Wijesinghe on Career Guidance and by Technical Officer Mr. Lakmal Weeramanthry on the technical Process of the programme.

12In line with the celebration of Vesak Poya Day, A programme of observing Sil, was organized by the Buddhist Association of the District Secretariat Ratnapura on 21.05.2019, with the guidance of the District Secretary.

this Programme was conducted throughout the day and a large number of officers observed Sil. A special preaching of Dhamma was conducted by  the Chief incumbent of Sri pada and Chancellor of the University of Uva Wellassa, Most Reverent Bengamuwe Dhammadinna Nayaka Thero.

01Sri Pada pilgrimage season for year 2018-2019 was ended on 19.05.2019. The Statue and sacred ornaments of God Sumana Saman were brought back to Galpoththawala Raja Maha Viharaya, Pelmadulla via three routes namely; Sri Palabaddala – Ratnapura road, Nallathanniya to Pelmadulla road via Bagawanthalawa and Balangoda, and Nallathanniya to Pelmadulla via Hatton, Avissawella, Ratnapura. The Procession was started at Nallathanniya escorting Maha Sangha lead by the Chief incumbent of Sri pada, Chancellor of the University of Uva Wellassa, Most Reverent Bengamuwe Dhammadinna Nayaka Thero.

Mrs. Malani Lokupothagama, District Secretary of Ratnapura, Ms. G.D.L. Udaya Kumari, Additional District Secretary, Assistant Director of Disaster Management Centre, Divisional Secretaries of Eheliyadgoda, Weligepola, Balangoda and Opanayaka as well as Divisional Secretary of Ambagamuwa in Nuwara Eliya District and a large number of devotees participated in the event.

ra 01ra 05ra 03The new bridge with two lanes at Demuwawatha was opened by Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe, Prime Minister of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. Hon. Kabir Hashim, Minister of Highways & Road Development and Petroleum Resources Development, Hon. Thalatha Athukorala, Minister of Justice and Prison Reforms, Deputy Minister Hon. Karunarathna Paranavithana, Ratnapura District M.P. Hon. A.A. Wijethunga, Colombo District M.P. Hon. S.M. Marikkar and the political authority as well as Mrs. Malani Lokupothagama, District Secretary of Ratnapura and Public officers were present at the event.

Rs. 196.99 million was allocated by the Ministry of Interior and Home Affairs and Provincial Councils and Local Government to the District Secretariat Ratnapura for this construction in 2016.

This project was implemented by the District Secretariat Ratnapura under the direction of Road Development Authority. Construction was commenced on 19 September, 2016 and completed in June 2018. Total expenditure incurred was Rs. 182.11 million.

The road with two lanes from Batugedara to Mudduwa is being constructed in line with the opening of this bridge. An amount of Rs. 100 million has been allocated to the District Secretariat Ratnapura by the Ministry of National policies, Economic Affairs, Resettlement, Northern Province Development and Youth Affairs for this project. After construction, this road could be used as an alternative road to pass the Ratnapura town and this will considerably reduce the traffic congestion in the town, in future.   

IMG 1176The Sabaragamuwa Province ceremony, in parallel with the national event of inauguration of one day service for land registration and issuing Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates with new safe method according to international standards, was ceremonially held at the District Secretariat, Ratnapura on 16.3.2019 with the patronage of District Secretary.

Additional District Secretaries, Staff of the District Secretariat, Deputy Mayor, Divisional Secretaries together with Assistant Divisional Secretaries, Attorneys , Notaries in the District, District Registrar and District Marriage/ Birth/ Death Registrars as well as Additional District Registrars of Divisional Secretariats attended this event.

20190726 13062348th Anniversary of District Marriages, Births and deaths Registrar Association was celebrated chaired by the Minister of Justice and Prison Reforms Hon. Thalatha Athukorala, on 26.07.2019 at the Auditorium of the District Secretariat, Ratnapura.

Appointments of Justices of the Peace were also awarded to Marriages, Births and Deaths Registrars in Ratnapura District. Former Member of the P.C. Mr. Nimal Wijenayaka, District Secretary of Ratnapura Mrs. Malani Lokupothagama, Assistant Registrar General of the Sabaragamuwa Zone Mr. Nishshanka Wijesiri and District Land Registrar Mrs. Nilmini U. Nawarathna attended the event.

img 2340The second programme organized in the Ratnapura District in parallel with the accelerated programme of distribution of hundred thousand government land grants, with the objective of protecting land rights of the people in conformity with the state policy to utilize the land resource as to achieve a greater economic benefits while ensuring a better life for the public, was recently (28.07.2019) conducted with the patronage of the Prime Minister of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka Hon. Ranil Wickemasinghe at the Mahaweli Office Stadium, Embilipitiya. Land Grants were awarded for 2500 people in Ratnapura District.

This event was graced by the political authority preceded by the Minister of Lands and Parliamentary Reforms Hon. Gayantha Karunathilaka, Minister of justice and Prison Reforms Hon. Thalatha Athukarala, Ratnapura District MPs Hon. A.A. Wijethunga and Hon. Hesha Withange as well as Public Officials preceded by District Secretary of Ratnapura Mrs. Malani Lokupothagama. Benefitted members of the public were also present at the event.