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World Habit Day national celebrations

New Education Secretary R. M. P. S. Rathnayaka receiving his appointment letter from Governor Niluka Ekanayaka. Central Province Chief Secretary Sarath Premawansha and the Governor's Secretary Tissa Karunarathna are also in picture.

The World Habitat Day national celebrations will be held at the Sanath Jayasuriya Stadium in Matara on October 2 headed by Housing and Constructions Minister Sajith Premadasa and Mass Media and Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera.

The Sevana aid will be granted to 1,000 under Samata Sevana Visiri Housing Loan Scheme and 50 will receive cheques for loans under the Sonduru Piyasa Special Loan Scheme and 25 will receive Viru Sumithuru housing aid during the ceremony.

Title deeds will be granted to 100 and 135 will receive certificates under the Shilpa Saviya Programme. Tool kits will be provided for 100 who completed the masonry training course conducted by the Ministry.

Island-wide winners of the World Habitat Day school essay and drawing competition will receive certificates and gifts.

Housing and Constructions Ministry Secretary W. K. K. Athukorala, Matara Divisional Secretary Pradeep Rathnayaka, political leaders of the area, and state officials will present.