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Local Buddhist communicators are invited to take part in an international Buddhist communication dialogue.

A dialogue on world Buddhist communication organised in parallel to the United Nations Wesak Day celebration will be held on Saturday the 13th at the BMICH in Colombo. A large number of Buddhist communicators, scholars, journalists, and university academics representing world Buddhist countries will participate at this dialogue .

The 14th United Nations international Wesak Day celebration will be held in Sri Lanka from Friday to Sunday. The inaugural session will be held at the BMICH on Friday. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be the chief guest. The theme is dawning of world peace on a just society through Buddhist teaching. A special discussion on the promotion of tourist through Buddhist economy and cultural exchanges has also been organised. The conclusion ceremony will be held at Mahamaluwa in Sri Dalada Maligaya premises in Kandy on Sunday under the patronage of Nepali President Bindya Devi Bhandari.

The President instructs the ministries and local bodies to submit their proposals for the formulation on national policy on waste management.

A national policy will be formulated for the management of waste. President Maithripala Sirisena at a meeting held this morning with government servants including local government commissioners directed ministries and local bodies to forward their proposals for this policy formulation.

The President had convened this meeting to look into the problem that the local bodies have faced in waste management and solution they have found and future action in this regard.  The President instructed the ministry of environment and the central environmental authority to submit their investigation report soon to enable to plan action for waste management.

 He also directed to prepare and submit a new gazette for the prohibition of polythene. The President also instructed to accelerate the construction of waste dump at Aruwakkulu in Puttalam.  A complete report on waste mountains in Sri Lanka has already been prepared.

Deputy minister media says the GMOA has no moral right to go against SITEM

Deputy Minister Karunaratne Paranavithana says that the government medical officers' association has no moral right to engage in trade union actions against the SITEM private medical college. The GMOA and the Sri Lanka medical council did not oppose for this medical college at the time of the establishment of it  They have given their approval for setting up the Kothalawala medical faculty.

 The deputy minister emphasises the need of an alternate solution for SITEM issue that brings justice to all parties.  The deputy minister claims that the GMOA without agreeing for such a solution   while making fresh proposals is engaged in an anti government political campaign but not in a trade union action.  Mr. Paranavithana also says that the majority of GMOA do not like its course of action.

A special security plan will be implemented during Vesak week.

Sri Lanka Police says that special security arrangements will be put in place to provide special security for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other world leaders during their visit to the country next week to attend the UN Vesak festival.
Police spokesman DIG Priyantha Jayakody said that there will be strict security measures in Colombo, Kandy, Nuwara-Eliya and other cities, on the instructions of the IGP.
Mr. Jayakody further said a special security plan has been adopted covering the key Buddhist temples across the country where Vesak events will be held.

The government is to take important decisions on drugs.

Minister Dr. Rajitha Senarathne says the present government has allocated the highest amount of funds for free education and free health services, in spite of some elements alleging that the government is making attempts to privatize health and education. The Minister was speaking at a function to appreciate nurses of the Anuradhapura Nursing Training School yesterday.


A special report being prepared on the anti-corruption committee secretariat

The Prime Minister’s office says there is no decision yet on the future of the Anti-Corruption Committee Secretariat. A statement by the Prime Minister’s office said that the future of the Anti-Corruption Committee Secretariat will be based on the recommendations of a committee tasked with submitting proposals on the future operations of the Secretariat.


The World's first laser technology Vesak pandal will be setup at Galle face.

The World's first laser technology Vesak pandal will be opened at Galle Face at 7.00 pm on the Vesak full moon poya day under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. It has been setup under the guidance of Minister Arjuna Ranathunga. The pandal will be exhibited till the 14th of this month. The height of the pandal is 60 feet and the width is 40 feet.


Two High Commissioners and two Ambassadors presented credentials to the President.

Two High Commissioners and two Ambassadors presented credentials to President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat today. Those who presented credentials were Malta High Commissioner, Stephen Borg, New Zealand High Commissioner, Joanna Mary Kempkers, Indonesian Ambassador, Gusti Ngurah Ardiyasa and Nepal Ambassador, Prof Bishwambher Pyakuryal. President Sirisena, referring to close bilateral relations with Sri Lanka and the countries represented by the new envoys expressed confidence that they would strive to further strengthen bilateral friendship and economic cooperation.


750 dignitaries representing 84 countries to take part in United Nations Wesak day celebrations.

Senior Assistant Secretary of the Ministry of Buddhist Affairs says that dignitaries representing 84 countries are taking part at this Wesak Day celebrations which will begin on Friday. They expected number of representatives are exceeding 750. They all have confirmed their participation.

Bangladesh, Cambodia, South Korea, Vietnam, India, Indonesia, Laos, Nepal, Malaysia, United Kingdom , France , Germany, Russia and Singapore are the countries representing at celebrations. An special exposition of sacred tooth relic has been organized for the visiting dignitaries . When the exposition was announced the numbers of participation has gone up. The chief guest at the inaugural ceremony is Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modhi. The chief guest at the conclusion ceremony is Nepali President Bidya Devi Bandhari.

Ministers from 8 different countries are also taking part in the ceremony. Indian Prime Minister arrives in the island on Thursday by 6.00pm and expected to be ceremoniously received by Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe. Nepali president is arriving on Saturday afternoon and there too the reception will be done by Prime Minster Wickremasinghe. Both of the leaders will be received with state honours.

National wesak day festival to be held in Wattarama Rajamaha Viharaya in Kegalle tomorrow.

A national Wesak festival will to be held in Wattarama Rajamaha viharaya in Kegalla  from tomorrow and day after. The inaugural ceremony will commence by  1.30pm   under the patronage of  president  Maithripala Sirisena. A number of governmental political leaders  including minister Wijayadasa Rajapakse join the president. President is expected to distribute monitory grants to the Dhamma schools and Buddhist temples in the area. Special commemorative stamp is also be issued. Chandra Prema Gamage  the secretary to the  Ministry of Buddhist Affairs said,  that infrastructure facilities  of Wattarama Raja Mah Vihara were  developed in par with the occasion. A special Buddhist museum and a buddhsit conference hall with a seating facility of 2000 has been constructed. The expenditure of the construction work is 300 million rupees. In addition to this the old library was renovated. The internal road net work was also rehabilitated. Special car park for the Vihara premises has been built.

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