A ceremony to open the newly built Dharma Mandiraya named in memory of Ven. Sok In Von Mahanahimi and Ven. Thalalle Dhammaloka Anunahimi, and the two storied Dharma Shala Mandiraya at the Jayasumanarama Maha Vihara in Amugoda, Elpitiya was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday (Feb. 20).
Fourth South Asia Region Public Procurement Conference commenced under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena in Colombo today (20th Feb.). The Conference will continue until 23rd February in Colombo and Kandy.
President Maithripala Sirisena said the Mahaweli mega hydro electrical projects were speedily implemented to ensure rapid benefits to the people and in a similar manner, the current government also taken took action to give early benefits to the people by expediting the irrigation projects.
President Maithripala Sirisena says the Government will fulfill its responsibility of protecting and nourishing Buddhism in a more realistic and practical manner not limiting it to written words about the place of Buddhism in the Constitution.
He made these remarks participating in a religious ceremony to unveil the 36-foot high Samadhi Buddha Statue at Nape Sri Bodhirukkarama Viharaya in Kegalle,on15th Feb.
The religious ceremony was held under the guidance of the AnuNayaka of the Malwatta Chapter Most Venerable Niyangoda Vijithasiri Thera and with the participation of 500 Mahasangha.
The President who arrived at the Sri Bodhirukkarama Viharaya engaged in religious observances and secured blessings. Later he joined in unveiling the Samadhi Buddha Statue.
AnuNayaka of the Malwatta Chapter Most Venerable Niyangoda Vijithasiri Thera unveiled the Samadhi Buddha Statue and the President unveiled the plaque. The President also unveiled the plaque for the five Devales at the temple.
A Sandalwood sapling was planted in the premises of the temple to mark the President’s visit to the temple.
The President presented a memento to philanthropist Mr. Gemunu Jayasuriya, who provided financial assistance to build the Samadhi Buddha Statue.
President Sirisena presented a memento to the Chief Incumbent of the temple, Ven. Mampita Hemaloka Nayaka Thera and he also presented a memento to the President.
Later, the President offered Atapirikara to the Malwatta Chapter Most Venerable Niyangoda Vijithasiri Thera.
Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya, Chief Minister Mahipala Herath, Former Minister, Athauda Seneviratne, State Minister,Champika Premadasa, Deputy Minister, Dushmantha Mithrapala, Thusitha Wijemanne, MP, Provincial Councilor, Harsha Siyambalapitiya, SLFP Chief Organiser of Dedigama electorate, Kithsiri Wijetunga and many others participated at this occasion.
President Maithripala Sirisena requested all the University Students’ Associations not to engage in activities which disrupt their education, till solutions are provided for any issue, as currently the Government is being engaged with all the relevant parties to provide a satisfactory solution to every party regarding private medical colleges.