A special 'Soorya Mangalya' (Traditional New Year festival games and merry making) programme was hosted by the Ministry of Defence today (22nd Sunday, April). The day long programme was held under the patronage of the Secretary of the Ministry of Defence Mr. Kapila Waidyaratne PC at the Air Force grounds in Colombo.
Arrangements are underway to put up the first-ever Vesak pandol erected by Army in Malaysia on account of the forthcoming Vesak season, in an attempt to show the glamour and significance of Vesak spirits to Malaysians.
The whitewashing of the Mihinthala Maha Seya commenced last Friday under the patronage of the Chief Incumbent of Mihinthala Rajamaha Viharaya, Ven.Walawahengunawewe Dhammaratana Nayake Thera.
The white washing of the cetiya is carried out by Sri Lanka Air Force under the financial assistance of the Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd as a part of the ‘Mihintale Lake House Aloka Pooja’ organised by the ANCL coinciding with the National Poson Festival.
North Central Province Senior DIG Jagath Abeysirigunawardane, DIG S.Sandungahawatte, Mihinthale Divisional Secretary Ruwan Ekanayake, Anuradhapura Air Force Base Commanding Officer, Air Commodore H.M.Abeysinghe and the senior management of the ANCL participated.
Arrangements are made for 2018 Vesak celebrations centering the Colombo Municipal Council Square under the guidance of Mayor Rosy Senanayake, with the support of the Deputy Mayor and others, the Colombo Municipal Council stated in a release.
Elections for new board members of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) will be held on May 19, according to SLC President Thilanga Sumathipala. The nominations will close on the 27th of April, the board’s Secretary Air Commodore Roshan Biyanwala said.
Project Management, Youth Affairs and Southern Development Minister Sagala Ratnayaka instructed all owners and hotel operators in Mirissa to strictly adhere to the registration processes of the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA).
Russian Naval Training Ship ‘Perekop’ arrived at the Colombo Port on a goodwill visit yesterday (18). The Sri Lanka Navy welcomed the ship in accordance with the naval traditions on her arrival at the harbor‘Perekop’ is on a five-day official visit in Sri Lanka. Its crew are scheduled to take part in friendly sports and cultural events. They would engage in sightseeing tours as well organised by the Navy.
Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) has ordered to temporarily close down the Mirissa Tourist restaurant which was involved in assaulting a tourist couple. Six suspects were arrested and remanded until April 19, in connection with the recent assault on a group of Dutch tourists in Mirissa, police spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara said.
Minister John Amaratunga yesterday apologized to the Dutch tourists who were assaulted by a group miscreants in Mirissa on April 8 and assured them 'absolute safety’ in the future. He told a news conference that his ministry was concerned about the safety of tourists because the government depended on the huge revenue generated by the tourism industry.