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Ratnapura

(rŭt`nəpo͝orə) [Sinhalese,=city of gems], town (1995 est. pop. 46,000), SW Sri Lanka. Located in a rubber- and rice-producing area, Ratnapura is Sri Lanka's major precious-stone center, with ruby and sapphire mines and an important gem-cutting industry. The region also has graphite deposits. It is also an administrative and commercial town. A hill topped by a Portuguese fort dominates Ratnapura. Near the town is the noted temple of Maha Saman Dewal, sacred to Buddhists and Hindus.

Ratnapura

 

a city in southwestern Sri Lanka. Capital of Sa-baragamuwa Province; population, 29,000 (1971). Ratnapura has for a long time been a center for the mining and processing of gemstones (sapphires, rubies, aquamarines) and graphite. It is also the trade and transportation center for a region producing rubber and tea. The city is linked by railroad and highway with Colombo.

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Ministers Rajitha Senaratne, John Amaratunga, Thalatha Atukorale, Mahinda Amaraweera, Deputy Ministers Karu Paranawithana, and other ministers, District Secretaries of Ratnapura, Divisional Secretariat, Directors of Education, other civil officers and senior members of security forces were present at this event.
The six-month project (June to December 2017) will provide water, sanitation and hygiene services and cash for work to up to 20,000 flood-affected people in Ratnapura and Matara districts.
Mushtaq informed the Acting High Commissioner that the team visited Matara, Kalutara and Ratnapura districts to assess the needs.
The districts of Kalutara in the west, Ratnapura in central Sri Lanka and Galle and Matara in the south were worst hit.
The torrential rains - the worst to hit Sri Lanka since 2003 - have swamped Western and Southern regions, with some of the most affected areas in Kalutara, Ratnapura and Matara.
Security forces and rescue workers struggled to reach some of the affected areas in the Kalutara, Ratnapura, Galle and Matara districts.
The districts of Ratnapura, Kalutara and Matara are among the worst-affected, reported the Disaster Management Center (DMC).
In Sri Lanka, the districts of Monaragala, Matale, Polonnaruwa, Ampara, Batticaloa, Trincomalee and Badulla are subject to flooding on account of northeast monsoon rains, while Colombo, Ratnapura, Galle, Kalutara, Kegalle and Gampaha suffer from the southeast rains.
It lies between the tributaries of the Kalu Ganga and the Gin Ganga rivers, and extends within the administrative districts of Galle, Matara and Ratnapura, in the Southern and Sabaragamuwa provinces, Sri Lanka (Gunatilleke, Gunatlleke, Ethugala, & Esufali, 2004; Jayasinghe, Ekanayake, Bambaradeniya, & Amarasinghe, 2005).
After that the relics will be taken to Gampaha (25-26 May), Kurunegala (27-28 May), Kalutara (29 May-1st June), Ratnapura (2-3 June), Galle (04-05 June), Matara (06-07 June), Hambantota (08-09 June), Moneragala (10-11 June), Badulla (12-13 June), Ampara (14-15 June), Polonnaruwa (16-17 June), Anuradhapura (18-19 June) and Kandy (20-21 June).
During the early 2000s, one of the authors (MPS) obtained an attractive asteriated zircon in Ratnapura, Sri Lanka.