A lorry transporting a load of sand down Kadugannawa hill crashed into eight vehicles and ran off the road before going down a precipice of about 75 metres last afternoon killing one person.
A van too went down the precipice. One person in the lorry and five others who were injured were admitted to the Kadugannawa and Kandy Hospitals.Mawanella Chief Inspector E.M.Muthu Banda told the Sunday Times that it is believed that the brakes of the lorry had given way due to the weight of the sand in the lorry. He said that the lorry had yet not been examined by the examiner of motor vehicles.
Child injured in UPFA shooting
A four-year-old child was injured when a UPFA member elected to a local council in Kelaniya allegedly opened fire at the house of a defeated candidate of the same party of the same area.
Police said the defeated candidate was at his home when the firing occurred, but he was unharmed.
The injured child was admitted to the Lady Ridgeway Hospital in Colombo.
Police said they were on the lookout for the UPFA member involved in the incident.
USAID to award 20 scholarships to SLCJ
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will be awarding scholarships in journalism to 20 Sri Lankans to follow the Diploma Programme at the Sri Lanka College of Journalism (SLCJ). The SLJC is the education arm of the Sri Lanka Press Institute.
This is the third consecutive year USAID has awarded scholarships for the SLCJ program.
The 12-month programme in Tamil, Sinhalese and English will focus on print, television and radio journalism.
The scholarships provide tuition fees and a monthly stipend.
The aim of the USAID programme is to provide opportunities for students from the provinces and increase the number of regional correspondents in the press corps.
Scholarship recipients are expected to sign a letter of commitment to seek work as journalists in their home provinces on completion of the course.
Recipients of scholarships are given a choice of following courses in print, television or radio journalism in Tamil, Sinhala or in English
Todate the SLCJ has produced around 60 graduates per year since 2004, with a 97% job placement rate in the print and electronic media.