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Four held for sand mining

The Police Special Task Force of Suriyawewa raided a large scale sand mining racket at Katuwewa and took four suspects into custody.

Illicit sand mining has been carried out for a considerable period. Two tippers and a JCB machine were also seized.

Suriyawewa Special Task Force Camp Commander W. G. M. Silva and a team of STF officers led the raid.

Meanwhile, the lacquer industry has become a self-employment avenue for housewives, widows and girls in Agulmaduwa in Beliatta. They were given one year’s training on the production of lacquer ornaments by the National Crafts Council.

The sources at the National Crafts Council said this industry now thrives only at Pahalahapuwita and Hureekaduwa.

The producers of lacquer products said there is a good demand for them.

Meanwhile, some of the ornamental fish breeders who were given loans under the Divi Neguma programme have been unable to repay it. As such, the Aquatic Life Development Authority has taken steps to file action against 40 such ornamental fish breeders in Hambantota, the district officer of the authority said.

He said loans were provided by the Economic Development Ministry in 2011and added that repeated requests to make loan repayment have not being honoured. He said there is no alternative but to file action against them.


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