The final rights of veteran actor and film director Roy de Silva will take place at the Borella Cemetery today.His remains lie at the Jayaratne Funeral Parlor in Borella. He was aged 80 at the time of his demise.
The healthy growth in the number of tourists arriving from India, the United Kingdom and Australia resulted in tourist arrivals increasing by 12.6 per cent in April 2018 in comparison to April 2017. Total tourist arrivals during the first four months of 2018 grew by 16.1 per cent to 888,353 in comparison to the corresponding period of 2017.
Laws will be enacted soon to prevent the discredit and dishonour made to Buddhism by distorting the Tripitaka, Buddha Sasana Minister Gamini Jayawickreme Perera said. An Advisory Committee with the participation of the Justice Minister is now meeting and discussing measures to be taken in this direction on the advice of the Mahanayake Theras, he said.
A delegation of Buddhists from the Maha Bodhi Society of India (MBSI) visited Sri Lanka during the recent Poson season at the invitation of the Anagarika Dharmapala Trust.The delegation of more than fifty governing body members and their families was led by MBSI President Passang Dorji, a former Speaker of the Bhutan Parliament and General Secretary the Ven. P. Seewali Thera.
Veteran actor and film director Roy de Silva has passed away last night (30), at the age of 80. He has passed away while being admitted at the Sri Jayewardenepura Hospital yesterday, according to a hospital spokesman.
President Maithripala sirisena emphasized the importance of implementing a methodology in producing quality films and Tele dramas which increase the taste for arts and aesthetics.President Maithripala Sirisena stated this at a meeting held with artistes at the President’s office yesterday (29th). The artistes acknowledged the President about the situation arisen in the industry due to the taxes introduced for films and Tele drama industry.
Queen of the local boxing ring Anusha Kodithuwakku proved she is fit and ready for a tilt at glory at the Asian Games in August, by winning a bronze medal in the women’s flyweight category at the Ulaanbaatar Cup in Mongolia recently.
The Embassy premises were illuminated with Poson lanterns lit and coloured electric lights. Poson devotional songs were played at the Embassy on the day following poya day to create Poson atmosphere. Poson, which marks the introduction of Buddhism to Sri Lanka in the third century B.C, is second only to Vesak in terms of importance for the Buddhists in Sri Lanka.
President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe visited Mihintale together to inaugurate the Aloka Pooja organised by Lake House symbolising the reconciliation in the country, Mihintale Raja Maha Viharadhipathi and Custodian Ven. Walawahangunuwewa Dhammarathana Nayaka Thera said. The Thera was delivering an anusasana on the Poson Poya day during the Aloka Pooja Ceremony.
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.