Message from the Mahanayaka Thero of Sri Lanka Ramagna Maha Nikaya
Independence Day is the day that is important to all Sri Lankan citizens. Sri Lanka became an independent nation on 4th February 1948 after being ruled by Europeans for over four hundred years. It reminds the struggles launched by all Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim leaders with unity. As the unity among ethnic groups has decayed after the independence, all Sinhala, Tami, and Muslim communities had to experience massive disasters within the past decades. That separation is the main cause that obstructed the economic prosperity of our country. The separation was done by politicians who misled the public to gain their political power. Some who did not realise this truth are doing the same mistake again. I kindly request all citizens to work together by promoting the national reconciliation to overcome the present economic crisis in the country in a moment that the country is being healing after the end of a 30 year cruel war. Religious and political leaders should lead this way. Many of our problems will be automatically solved when the country becomes an economically developed country.
Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne who is on a five-day official visit to India, yesterday (1st Feb.) made an inspection visit onboard the Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessels, which are being built for the Sri Lanka Navy, at the Goa Shipyard Limited in India.
Certain incidents of blast fishing are still reported to the Fisheries Ministry despite of the apprehensions made by SL Navy and Coast Guard against the persons engaged in fishing using explosives. Thus the Minister requested the security forces to continue the arresting of persons adopting blast fishing.