October 20, 2019
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    Rejuvenating the legacy of spiritual connectivity and cultural ethos that has existed between Sri Lanka and Malaysia for generations, a brightly - lit up ‘Vesak’ Pandol, erected by the Sri Lanka Army’s Corps of Engineer Services (CES), following an initiative of Sri Lanka's High Commission in Malaysia, was ceremonially opened for display on Saturday (26) evening at Brickfields Buddhist temple premises, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

    To coincide with the commemoration of the international ‘Vesak Day’, Buddha’s Birth, Enlightenment and Parinibbana (passing away), this Vesak Pandol was completely put up by Army personnel of the CES on the directions of the Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake, following a request made to that effect by the Buddhist prelate, Brickfields Buddhist temple and High Commissioner for Sri Lanka in Malaysia, His Excellency A. J. M. Muzammil.

    The High Commission of Sri Lanka, together with the Buddhist Maha Vihara, one of the oldest temples with a rich history over 125 years has organized the International Vesak Celebrations at Buddhist Maha Vihara, Brickfields in Malaysia from 26th May to 1st June 2018. The government of Sri Lanka celebrating 60 years of diplomatic relations with Malaysia has presented this colourfully illuminated Vesak Pandol which depicts the life-story of ‘Kundalakeshi’ Jathaka story. It is 60 feet in height and 50 feet in width and illuminated with 35,000 bulbs.

    Over 100,000 devotees are expected to participate at the International Vesak Day Celebrations at the Buddhist Maha Vihara during this period. Vesak Day was recognized as a Day of Observances in 1999 by the United Nations. Sri Lanka High Commission in Malaysia sponsored and supported the project by coordinating shipment of the required materials, equipment and iron structures, etc to Malaysia including air tickets for Army personnel.

    Considered as the first ever project of this nature in Malaysia, the Pandol after its ceremonial opening on Saturday (26) will be on display until 1 June. Mr Mahinda Jayasooriya of Serendib Restaurant has magnanimously sponsored the travel of 17 member work team and the transportation of the Pandol from Sri Lanka and facilitated logistical arrangements in Malaysia.

    A number of state sector agencies of the Malaysian government, including Buddhist monks have extended their support for this monumental gesture of veneration. During the Vesak celebration in Malaysia, members of the Army cultural troupes on the side lines of the main spectacle will present their cultural and artistic talents on all seven days. The Pandol was ceremonially opened on Saturday (26) by His Excellency A. J. M. Muzammil, High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in Malaysia. Major General Jagath Ratnayake, Colonel Commandant, CES and Director General Engineer Services of the Army and Brigadier Fariz Yusuf, Director, Directorate of Army Band and Drama Art Performance were also present at the occasion representing the Sri Lanka Army.aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    Sri Lanka's Ports Authority (SLPA), yesterday said that the Colombo Port received 1.7 million twenty foot equivalent units (TEUs) in the first quarter of 2018, which is a 16.2 percent growth from a year earlier, making it one of the fastest growing ports globally.

    The Dhamma Sermon for Adi-Poson Full Moon Poya Day of the series of ‘Sadaham Yathra Damma Sermon’ was held at the Paramartha Dharmakara Piriven Viharasthanaya, Pethiyagoda, Kelaniya yesterday (29th) with participation of President Maithripala Sirisena.

    The Dhamma sermon was delivered by the Ven. Korathota Wessabu Thero. The President who arrived at the temple first engaged in religious activities. He also looked into well- being of Ven. Dompe Indrasiri Nayaka Thero.

    Later, the President joined in listening the Dhamma Sermon and Ministers and MPs including Ministers Wijeyadasa Rajapakse, Sarath Fonseka, Ranjith Siyabalapitiya, Deputy Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanna, the Governor of the Western Province Hemakumara Nanayakkara, public servants and devotees in the area also participated on this occasion.

    Meanwhile, President Sirisena opened the renovated historic Vihara Mandiraya of Kandyan period and the Vishnu Devalaya at the Paramartha Dharmakara Piriven Viharasthanaya. The President also unveiled the newly built Buddha Mandiraya at the Viharasthanaya. President Maithripala Sirisena also opened a new micro solar power unit installed at the Temple.

    The Maha Sangha including Maha Nayaka of Kotte Sri Kalyani Samagri Dharma Maha Sangha Sabha Ven. Dr. Iththepane Dhammalankara Thero, the Chancellor of the Kelaniya University Most Ven. Welamitiyawe Kusala Dhamma Thero participated on this occasion.

    The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) has been re-accredited with ‘A’ status by Global Alliance for National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI) in recognition of its efforts to promote and protect human rights, Commission Chairperson Dr. Deepika Udagama said. GANHRI promotes and strengthens National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) to be in accordance with the Paris Principles and provides leadership in the promotion and protection of human rights.

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