News in Brief:

[TamilNet, Saturday, 09 January 1999, 01:14 GMT]
Political violence continue as elections for the North-Western Provincial Council approaches, Mulankavil hospital releases statistics, vegetable prices go up following heavy rains.

Polls-related violence continues

The Centre for monitoring polls-related violence said that they had received over 150 complaints of political violence, including arson, robbery, intimidation, all related to the North-Western Provincial Council elections scheduled for January 25.

The Chairman of the committee, Janaka Samarasinghe, while speaking at a press conference in Colombo yesterday said that officials have been sent to these areas to investigate the complaints.

Many of the complaints are from the ruling People's Alliance and the United National Party (UNP) he said.

Aanamaduwa Police has received the highest number of complaints, he added


Mulankavil hospital treated 103,000

A total number of 103,002 people were treated at Mulankavil hospital last year, sources at the Department of Health said today.

At the Out Patients Department (OPD) 97006 patients had been treated while 5996 patients were admitted to the wards during this period the sources added.

Meanwhile authorities recorded 544 births, 16 still births and 50 deaths at this hospital last year, sources said.


Food prices rocket after floods

Heavy rains have caused drastic increases in the prices of vegetables, coconut, rice, potatoes and kerosene oil in the Vanni, according to sources there.

A kilo of brinjal sold for Rs.6 a week ago is now sold at Rs.60. A kilo of cabbage sold at Rs.10 has gone to Rs.80 while a kilo of potatoes is being sold at Rs.100 and a coconut at Rs.30.

A bottle of kerosene is now Rs.90 to 100.

Sources said the destruction caused to the vegetable fields and the difficulties in transporting produce due to the torrential rains have caused the prices to shoot up.

There is a heavy shortage of coconuts as the transport of stocks by vehicles from Mullaithivu and Puthukudiyeruppu has come to a complete standstill.

Sources said that the smaller traders are now trying to transport coconuts using their bicycles from Mullaithivu area with great difficulty through the flooded roads.

Sources said that the broken coconuts are sold in markets in Mallavi and Thunukkai areas for Rs.12 to Rs.15 each piece.

 

Latest 15 Reports
26.03.20 23:38   Photo
Monk praises Gota for releasing SLA soldier from death row, celebrates genocidaire soldier as “hero”
25.03.20 23:06   Photo
Island-wide Corona infection estimated at 550 with spread risk to 19,000 persons
24.03.20 16:26   Photo
US escalates tensions in South China Sea amidst Corona pandemic, Chinese media blame
23.03.20 22:52   Photo
UNHRC urged to adopt multitrack investigations, including SL State responsibility for genocide
22.03.20 22:05  
Colombo set to receive more concessional loans from China
21.03.20 22:51   Photo
India, France carry out joint surveillance mission from Reunion Island
20.03.20 19:34  
Trump Administration politicises MCC assistance: US policy analyst
19.03.20 21:34   Photo
Bay of Bengal study notes development disparity between North-East and South
18.03.20 22:57  
China Development Bank extends syndicated loan to Colombo by $500 million
17.03.20 22:51  
Gotabaya appoints Silva as head of SL operation centre to prevent corona outbreak
16.03.20 22:26  
UN Rights Chief must act to refer “Sri Lanka” crimes to ICC
15.03.20 18:46   Photo
Phil Miller’s work reveals British role in dividing Tamils and Muslims in East: Dr Malathy
14.03.20 23:47   Photo
Moragoda’s “think tank” justifies Sinhala apprehension to MCC, proposes renegotiations
13.03.20 23:22   Photo
Australia upgrades air defence boosting strategic military ties with US to deter China in Indo-Pacific
12.03.20 23:47   Photo
US, UK conduct 24-day long Bay of Bengal military ‘interoperability’ training with Bangladesh
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=2637