The ceremony of presenting the piriven building complex and the residence of the sangha of the Dibulagala forest monastery to the Mahasngha and the unveiling of the wahalkada was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday(27th).
The President who came to the forest monastery opening the commemoration plaque at first and then openned the doors of the wahalkada in midst of pirith chanting of the mahasanhga opened the piriven building complex and the residence of the sangha and presented it to the sangha.
The President, addressing the ceremony said that the development plans will be conducted in the future to provide facilities for the Buddhist monks residing in the Dibulagala forest monastery which was one of the main forest monasteries since the ancient kingdoms and to develop this premises as a respectable and virtuous place which will enchant the local as well as foreign visitors.
The new piriven building complex and the residence for sangha built under the “Pibidemu Polonnaruwa” district development program wwas constructed at a cost of Rs.40 million. The dialog Axiata has provided monetary aid for construction of the new doors of the entrance of the wahalkada. President Sirisena presented souvenirs to those who contributed in the construction process.
A painting of the temple was offered to the Chief Incumbent of Dibulagala Forest Monastery Millane Siriyalankara Thero by the President. Minister Wijeydasa Rajapakshe, former Chief Minister of the North Central Province Peshala Jayarathne, District Secretary for Polonnaruwa Ranjith Ariyarathne, Navy Commander Vice Admiral Sirimevan Ranasinghe, and other public representatives as well a large crowd of worshippers were present in this event.
A religious programme to celebrate Poson was held at the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Beirut on 23 and 24 June 2018. The programme was organized by the Meera Welfare Society in Lebanon under the patronage of Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Lebanon H.M.G.R.R.K. Wijerathna Mendis.
The People’s Daily newspaper of China selected Sri Lanka as the top global safety destination for women travellers in 2018, in a recently concluded contest, which combined the results of expert reviews, ratings and popular votes. Sri Lanka topped the list of 20 countries that were selected, including USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Switzerland and the Maldives, a statement from Sri Lanka Embassy in Beijing said.
Kusal Janith Perera and Dilruan Perera steered Sri Lanka to victory on the day 4 of the 3rd and final test against hosts West Indies in Bridgetown. The victory ensured that Sri Lanka leveled the test series one all. The test which began on the 23rd of June, saw the Windies winning the toss and choosing first lease of the wicket. The hosts put on 204 runs for the first innings before being bowled out. Skipper Jason Holder was the pick of the batsmen with 74 runs. 21-year-old paceman Lahiru Kumara was the chief destroyer for Sri Lanka bagging 4 wickets while medium pacer Kasun Rajitha picked up 3 wickets.
Mihintale Poson Aloka Pooja organised by the Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited (Lake House) for the 56th time will commence with pomp and pageantry at the Mihintale Raja Maha Viharaya Meda Maluwa on June 26 at 6 p.m. The pinkama is held under the patronage of Mihintale Raja Maha Viharadhipati and Trustee Ven. Walawahengunawawe Dhammaratana Nayake Thera and the direction of Lake House Chairman and Managing Director Krishanthe Cooray.
Higher Education and Cultural Affairs Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe announced yesterday that a joint programme would be launched to preserve local films by his ministry in collaboration with the Department of National Archives. He told parliament that the technology needed would soon be imported for this purpose.
The UN General Assembly in 1997 proclaimed 26 June as the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture with the ultimate aim of total eradication of torture.The date also raises awareness of the international Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, which entered into force on 26 June 1987.
Unveiling a painting in honour of the late Lakshman Kadirgamar at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva today (21 June), Hon. Liam Fox, the Secretary of State for International Trade of the United Kingdom, said that he hoped the painting would prompt the future generations and the staff of WIPO to learn from the legacy of the late Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka, “who served and will continue to serve as an example to us all”. He made these remarks addressing a gathering of invitees including senior officials of international organizations and diplomats, in commemorating the life of the late Kadirgamar.
The distribution of local films, which was handled by four private companies, would come under the purview of the National Film Corporation with effect from today, National Film Corporation Chairman Sithendra Senaratne said.