Ice/Frost in Nuwara Eliya, Srilanka.

From a resident of Nuwara Eliya.

Dear  all,
I got some nice pictures of present morning scenario of Nuwara-eliya these days.
 Everybody  looks at this like something to enjoy. but the pathetic part is so horrible. awful. Through out the night all this snow settles on the flowers and vegetables too.  When the sun shines by 08.00 a.m. snow starts to melt, damaging the petals of the flowers and the leaves of the vegetable items. Only the farmers who grow Carrot can survive as the ice effect on carrot leaves does not effect the carrot yam which is growing under grounds. All the other veggies even Potatoes can not survive as yam will not grow with ice damaged leaves.
These days there is a big shortage of flowers. In our field, even the blossoms are been taken. Most of the flowers are in poly tunnels and our flower production is somewhat  protected. But still the flowers like Alstermaria which grows in open field is destroyed with this ice. Most of the flowers are grown in open field in Nuwaraeliya and about 90% is destroyed.
Poor farmers will suffer for two months minimum.
These days everybody rushes to Nuwara-eliya to see this rare event. But this is not an enjoyable  event for us. frankly speaking this is a curse for us.
Moreover, the temperature goes down to 4- 5 degrees by 19.00 hrs and continues  till 07.00 hrs next day morning. By 03.00 hrs in the morning, temperature goes down to 0 degree and that is when the due  on plants and flowers starts to freeze.
When the temperature is down like this, the moisture in the air is almost nil. No humidity in the air and our lips, skin, specially the skin of the face where we can not cover get cracked. (Good business for Vaseline and Baby cream producers) Cold sinks into our bones.
Actually this year the situation is really high. We have never experienced continually drop of temperature like this early. usually only a day or two we get this scenario. But this year situation is continuing now for about three weks.
I wish this is the last we see such terrible cold season.

Seeking Financial Assistance for Kidney Transplant

M.T.M. Rifai
No. 60, Zahira Road ,
Sri Lanka.

Dear Brothers & Sisters,

Assalamu Alaikkum!
Seeking Financial Assistance for Kidney Transplant and
Haemodialysis / Post Transplant Treatment
I the undersigned is a 39 years old father of one child who is schooling, residing at 60, Zahira Road , Mawanella , Sri Lanka would like to bring your kind considerations.
When I underwent a medical testing for a long felt complication, it has been diagnosed that  I have developed Kidney Failure and doctors advise me to under go Haemodialysis every three days of a week until the transplant within six months.
The surgery according to doctors would cost approximately Rs. 1 800 000/= including medicine which I have no way of arranging unless I receive financial assistance from my friends and philanthropist.
My source of income, at present it is hardly enough to make both  ends to meet and my other family members too have a hand to mouth living.
So, in the Name of Almighty Allah please be generous to help me overcome the crisis.
 Please be kind enough to send your generous contribution to the following Bank Account Number.
Herewith I have enclosed the medical and diagnosis report for your notice.
May Allah Bless with Health, Wealth and Prosperity.
Yours truly,
M.T.M. Rifai
Bank Details:
M.T.M. Rifai
A/C No. 048031414456-101
Seylan Bank
Sri Lanka.

Astonishing Fact Behind the 1000 Rupees Note in Srilanka

How many of us know that the elephant printed with a man wearing a
cap ( Muslim ) near it, appearing on the 1,000/- rupees notes, has an astonishing
story behind it?
Every one of us familiar with the Rupees 1000/- notes for its size,
colour and so on will not know about the factual story of the elephant
and the man with the cap near it, printed on the 1000/- rupees notes
that are now in circulation in Sri Lanka .
Can anyone imagine that the elephant and the man wearing a cap near it
are from the eastern province and the man is a Muslim? Yes, they are
from the eastern province. The man is Umar Lebbai Panicker from Eravur
in the Batticaloa district and the tusker in the note was caught in
1925 in the Eravur forest and reared by him.
It is said Umar Lebbai Panicker presented this tusker to Dalada
Maligawa and within a short period it escaped from there and went in
search of him to Eravur. He brought it back again and handed over to
the Dalada Maligawa.
His Excellency President late J.R. Jayawardene in order to honour the
long services of the tusker had declared it as a national asset in
1984. This tusker named as Raja adored the Esala Perehera processions
in Kandy and thus became national fame and honoured nationally.
After this, the government in power then, decided to honour the person
presented this elephant to Dalada Maligawa by printing the picture of
him with the tusker nearby, on the notes of rupees 1000/- and the
village Eravur was thus honoured by this action.
The tusker Raja that served in Dalada Maligawa and brought fame and
honour not only for itself but also to the person presented it to
Dalada Maligawa and the village Eravur finally died on July 15, 1988
after serving 50 years in the Maligawa.
"Panicker "is a name given to people who catch elephants in the
forest, rear them and sell to people involved in business,
transporting or carrying very heavy materials and things. Their
decedents are still identified as "Panicker Thaththi" or "Panicker
Kathara"in Eravur. There is a road in Eravur known as 'Panicker Veedy'  named after their name.