Lessons from Uva Elections
n Analysis from The Kandy News
The Uva provincial council election held on Saturday September 20th took the form of a national referendum. The governing United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) tried to make it into a public vote of confidence on its record and the main opposition United National Party (UNP) tried to do the opposite.
The verdict is in.
On Sunday morning government spokespersons claimed victory. They were right both mathematically and politically. Mathematically they were right because UPFA won an absolute majority of votes in both the districts, Badulla and Monaragala, and a majority of seats in the Uva Provincial Council. The victory in Monaragala was
First Rotary Lady Governor Gowry Rajan
Gowry Rajan has brought honour to Kandy by being elected the first ever Lady Rotary Governor of Rotary District Zone 5A that covers Sri Lanka and the Maldives. Elected unopposed for the year 2014/15, she was installed in office at a glittering ceremony held recently at Blue Water Hotel, Wadduwa.
Gowry comes from a family that considers community service a part and parcel of daily life. Her father late T.R. R. Rajan as well as her uncle B D R Rajan were presidents of the Kandy Rotary Club. The latter went on to become the Rotary District Governor three years ago. Her mother Jeeva is the president of Zonta Club of Kandy and past president of Inner Wheeler Club of Kandy.
Gowry joined the Rotary in 2002. A few years later she became the first lady president and the youngest ever president of the Kandy Rotary Club.
Central Provincial Council Focus on Needs of Women
The Central Provincial Council (CPC) recently convened a high-powered meeting to develop a policy that would meet the special needs of women. CPC Minister of Industries, Sports, Women Affairs, Rural Development, Development of Estate Infrastructure, Hindu Cultural Activities, Education (Tamil) and Youth Affairs Pramitha Bandara Tennakoon, several members of the Council including Saraswathi Sivaguru and Chitra Manthilaka and senior officials were present.
One speaker noted that only Rs 5.0 million was allocated in the 2014 CPC to address needs of women. It was also noted that several female senior officials including government agents of the region were denied the right to vote in the election for the post of Diayawadana Nilame, the lay custodian of the temple of the Tooth. If men held those positions they automatically qualified to vote.
Former ministry secretary Ms. Lalitha Herath (SLAS Retired) in her presentation focused on the 1993 Women's Charter that was approved by the
KMC's Bottom-up Development Gathers Momentum
Kandy Mayor Mahindra Ratwatte says that he is vigorously pursuing his bottom-up approach to development of the city and suburbs that come under the KMC. Some months ago he started off by visiting the 45 Grama Sevaka (GS) divisions to talk about solid waste disposal. Twenty-three are from the Kandy electorate and twenty-two are from Senkadagala. Now he, his fellow councilors, and KMC officials are visiting the wards to identify the development needs and other concerns of the people.
The mayor's initiative is receiving bipartisan support with members from both sides of the isle joining the community visits and consultation. A representative of the police and members of the Kandy Development Committee also participate in the meetings.
KMC is contributing Rs 250,000 from the 2014 budget for each GS division. The central