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Historic kidney transplant successfully completed.
For the first time in the history of the Kandy
state-hospital, a kidney transplant surgery was
completed successfully last week.
A kidney donated by D.M.Ratnayake was transplanted to
his brother D.M.Dissanayake and both the donor and the
recepient are reported to be in good health. Doctors
Harischandra and Thilaka Abeysekera performed the
Humanitarian relief prevented
Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF), the international aid
agency claims Sri Lankan security forces are
preventing the humanitarian relief agency from
supplying drugs to the Wanni.
As heavy fighting continued in Sri Lanka's war torn
north, MSF in a statement issued Monday April 17,
stated, "on two occasions within the last week, MSF
has been prevented by security forces from
transporting drugs and medical supplies through the
forward defence lines to Mallavi hospital in the
"We are facing a situation where clinics and hospitals
have closed or are no longer accepting patients
because they cannot provide treatment for these
civilians, many of whom are women and children," the
At present MSF is running projects in Jaffna Teaching
Hospital, Kyats and Chavakachcheri, Vavuniya, Madhu,
Murunkan, Mallavi and Batticaloa.
MSF adds that many patients in the these areas were
suffering from chronic debilitating diseases such as
diabetes, asthma and cardiac problems and even basic
medicines such as paracetamol and antibiotics were in
short supply. The group has been working in Sri
Lanka's war torn areas since 1986.
Korean-Sri Lanka labour dispute
Mr. W. D. J. Seneviratne, Labour Minister, left for
Korea in a hurry in order to settle a labour dispute
where Korean employers claim over a 1000 Sri Lankans
are to be sent back for having violated their job
The Minister will hold talks in Seoul this week with
Korean officials in a bid to keep the South Korean job
market open for Lankans.
South Korea and Sri Lanka a decade back sealed a
special agreement under which Sri Lankans, mostly
Technicians were granted employment. Korean
officials allege that over the last few years the
situation worsened as Sri Lankans broke their
contracts and moved to other establishments of work
including illegally entering Japan.
All Sri Lankans who enter South Korea for work under
the terms of this Agreement have to sign a bond of Rs.
500,000 to prevent them from walking out on their
jobs. Officials say however that this precautionary
apparently has not served as a deterrent.
Colombo shares fell
Share prices fell at the Colombo Stock Exchange this
week. The Colombo All Share Price Index (ASPI) fell
by 2.17 points to 492.93 points while the MILANKA
Index dropped by 7.63 points to 793.9 points. The net
outflow was Rs. 4.7 million.
Foreign investors continued to be net sellers and the
first quarter recorded a net outflow of Rs. 1.2
billion as against a net outflow of Rs.659 million
during the same period in 1999. Price indexes
the quarter. The ASPI closed at 494.5 and the MILANKA
closed at 796.1.
A German files rights application for motorized glider
German Investor demands Rs 20 million.
A German investor yesterday filed a fundamental rights
application claiming Rs 20 million as compensation
for illegal arrest and detention in connection with
the manufacture of a prototype motorized glider.
The investor Uwe Becker in his application stated that
he entered into an agreement with the Board of
Investment in 1996 and had invested a sum of Rs 30
million setting up the plant at Negombo. Becker was
arrested allegedly for violating the air traffic laws
of the country last month.
But, Becker in his application stated that his arrest
was illegal since the gilder was an apparatus used by
sportsmen to descend gradually in controlled flight
and was similar to an aircraft.
The Negombo police official after the arrest allegedly
linked him to making flying machines for the LTTE.
Five Underworld men escape from court premises.
Five heavily guarded underworld gang leaders escaped
from Matale Magistrate courts after shooting at guards
and injuring three of them, a local tabloid newspaper
said here today.
The Daily Mirror quoting police officials said that
six attempted to escape but on of them was caught,
when the jail guards opened fire at the sixth person.
In the aftermath of the escape police aided by sniffer
dogs launched a massive door-to-door search to arrest
the five who escaped.
Former John Keells chairman passes away
Former John Keells Chairman died in an accident.
The former head of John Keells, Mark Bostock died
after a tragic accident at his holiday home in Chilaw
on Monday. Bostock died after falling from the
first floor of his holiday home.
Bostock was the main architect in turning John Keells
group into a giant conglomerate from a commodity and
share- brokering firm. Bostock headed the firm from
1970 until mid 1986.