Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Environment Week for all Sri Lankans

His Excellency, President Mahinda Rajapakse, declared the first week of October as Environment Week in Sri Lanka, and asked all Sri Lankans to observe it island-wide. Various functions were held to mark this week in many parts of Sri Lanka, including Ampara District.

CASP, together with EOD (Eastern Organisation for Democracy), put together a programme to commemorate the occasion in Central Camp, where all three major Sri Lankan communities live together (Tamil, Muslim, and Sinhalese). EOD President, Ranaweera Nilame, believes deeply in the coexistence of Sri Lanka's ethnic communities and was very pleased to organise this function at the EOD Office in Central Camp.

Mr. MAC Najeeb, Assistant Director of the National Environment Authority, was the Chief Guest, and the Agricultural Instructor of the area together with the Head of the Central Camp Police station were also invited. The President of EOD, the Chief Guest, invitees, and staff from CASP's Kalmunai and Akkaraipattu offices planted trees there for this occasion. They also distributed plants among the people of the three ethnic communities living here.