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Jaya Pirith chanting ceremony

A mass Jaya Pirith chanting ceremony will be held with 3,000 members of the Maha Sangha taking part at the BMICH on May 22, in memory of the valiant members of the armed forces who had sacrificed their lives battling terrorists.

Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa who called on Malwatte Maha Nayake the Most Ven. Thibbotuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala Thera and the Asgiriya Maha Nayake Most Ven. Udugama Sri Buddharakkhita Thera to head the pirith chanting ceremony. The religious event is organized by the Defence Ministry.

The Jaya Piritha was chanted by a large number of the Maha Sangha in 2008 to invoke blessings on President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the three armed forces commanders and troops and it is believed that the Jaya Piritha boosted the morale of the troops and helped in the success of the humanitarian operations in the North that ended in the defeat of the terrorists.

It was held in 2009 as well and the public will be allowed to participate at this religious event for the first time.


Religious ceremony at Somawathie Chetiya

Following a pledge made by Ven Kiribathgoda Gnanananda Thera in 2008, to see an end to terrorism in the country, an all night religious ceremony will be held on May 8 beginning 7.00 p.m at the Somawathie Chethiya presided over by the Chief Incumbent of Somawathi Chetiya Ven Pahamune Sri Sumangala Thera.

A nine foot Buddhist statue will be installed near the Somawathi Chetiya on the same day.

It is believed that the right Tooth Relic of The Buddha is enshrined within the Somawathi Chetiya.

In 2008 Ven Kiribathgoda Gnanananda Thera, chanting the Damsak Pevathum Sutta, at Somawathi Chetiya, offered Adistanapooja to protect the whole country from terrorist activities. To mark the above Adishtanapuja the religious activities have been organized by the Polgahawela Mahamevna Monastery, Ven Meerigama Indrawansa Thera said.


Mahaweli reservoirs to attract tourists

The Mahaweli Authority will take steps to develop Mahaweli reservoirs as tourist destinations, said a Mahaweli Authority Official. As the first step a boat service will be started at Randenigala reservoir to attract tourists.

He also said that the Authority will start a training program for Mahaweli security officers to face disaster situations.

Mahaweli systems always face danger of floods and disasters like embankment breaking.

It is necessary to train security officers at Mahaweli reservoirs when the area is promoted as tourist destinations. They will be trained in swimming and diving, he said.


Applications called for drama festival

The National Youth Services Council (NYSC) invites applications and Drama Scripts from youth below 29 years for the National Youth Drama Festival 2010.

The competitions will be held in District and National levels.

The National level National Youth Drama Festival will be held in Colombo.

The duration of a short play should be 15 to 30 minutes and the duration of a lengthy drama should not exceed two hours.

Competitors should send their drama scripts on or before May 15 in three copies.

The drama copies could be sent or handover to the district offices of the NYSC or to the Assistant Director (Cultural), the National Youth Services Council, 65, High Level Road, Maharagama.


Greener pastures land 110 in hot water

A group of 110 suspects produced before the Matara Chief Magistrate Udesh Ranatunga for trying to emigrate to Australia illegally were sentenced to three months' rigorous imprisonment suspended for seven years and fined Rs. 20,000 each.

On default of the fine, they were sentenced to a further three months' RI. They were among 145 suspects apprehended near the Matara and Devinuwara coast while trying to emigrate to Australia in multi-day boats.

The case against the balance 35 suspects was postponed for June 2 since their finger prints had not been submitted to courts.


Dhamma sermons, meditation

Ven. Galigamuwe Gananadeepa Thera will conduct Dhamma sermons and a meditation program on May 9 from 8 a.m. till 4.00 p.m. At the All Ceylon Buddhist Congress Hall, Bauddhaloka Mawatha.


Bishop Cyril Abeynaike Memorial Lecture

The Bishop Cyril Abeynaike Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Moratuwa University civil engineering senior professor Priyan Dias, on May 7 on 'Is Science very different from Religion' at the Cathedral of Christ the Living Saviour, 368, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 7.


Needs help

C Vinushan, 14, of 655/11D 57, Samagi Watta, Narahenpita has been diagnosed with cancer and is taking treatment at the Oasis Hospital, Narahenpita. He is a student of Hindu College, Colombo.

Dr R.S. Jayatilleke who treats him says the cost of the maintenance treatment required for two years will be approximately Rs 500,000. As his parents are unable to foot this bill, they request kind donors to send whatever donation possible to A/C No 319200181154903 at People's Bank, Kirulapone Branch.


Felicitation

The All Ceylon Muslim Education Conference will felicitate, newly elected Ministers, Deputy Ministers and eighteen Muslim members of parliament at the General election at the Marine Grand Banquet Hall Marine Drive Colombo 06 on May 6 at 7.00 p.m.

CIMA World Top prize winner Miss Sheromi Ali, from Kalmunai will also be felicitated.

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