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Binara Poya falls today!

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Binara Full Moon Poya day with great significance to Buddhists across the world falls today (29).

On Binara Full Moon Poya Day, Sri Lankan Buddhists commemorate the establishment of the Bhikkhuni Sasana at the request of Gauthama Buddha’s foster mother, Maha Prajapathi Gothami.

The Vinaya Pitaka and Anguttara Nikaya says the Buddha initially rejected the request made by his foster-mother to enter into monastic life.

The Buddha refused, saying, “No, Gothami, do not wish for women to enter homeless life in this doctrine and discipline that has been taught by the Tathagata. Maha-Prajapati Gothami made the same request on two other occasions, but the Buddha gave a negative answer each time, and Maha-Prajapati Gothami was very disappointed.

However, Ananda Thera later made a new request on their behalf. This time, the Buddha gave permission to Maha-Prajapati Gothami to enter the homeless life ‘in this doctrine and discipline’ on condition that she would accept the Eight Great Conditions.

The other significance of this Poya is that it falls during the Vas retreat season of bhikkhus.

The two merchants, Tapassu and Bhallika, paved for the construction of the Girihandu Stupa by placing the Buddha’s hair relics and the construction of the Seruwawila Stupa by placing the Buddha’s Lalata Dathun Wahanse.

Buddhists in Sri Lanka mark the Binara Full Moon Poya Day every year by engaging in many religious activities.

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Sri Lanka Mirror wishes everyone a happy Sinhala and Tamil New Year!

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The 2024 Sinhala and Tamil New Year dawned at 09.05 pm last night (April 13).

‘Sri Lanka Mirror’ extends heartfelt New Year greetings to all our readers. May this upcoming year be filled with boundless happiness, prosperity, and success for each and everyone of you.

–  Sri Lanka Mirror team

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Derailed train causes delays on coastal line

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A train has derailed at the Kalutara South railway station on Saturday morning (13).

Trains operating on the Coastal Line are thus experiencing delays, Sri Lanka Railways said.

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Kristalina Georgieva to head IMF for a 2nd term

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The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has selected Kristalina Georgieva to serve as IMF Managing Director for a second five-year term starting on October 1, 2024.

The appointment comes ahead of the start of the fund’s spring meetings in Washington next week.

Georgieva, who has been in the role since the autumn of 2019, was the sole candidate for the position. However, it was only after European leaders signalled that they would endorse her last month that her candidacy was assured.

In a statement, the coordinators of the Executive Board, Mr. Afonso S. Bevilaqua and Mr. Abdullah F. BinZarah has said, “Looking ahead, the Board welcomes Ms. Georgieva’s ongoing emphasis on issues of macroeconomic and financial stability, while also ensuring that the Fund continues to adapt and evolve to meet the needs of its entire membership. It recognizes her focus on strengthening the Fund’s support to its members through effective policy advice, capacity development and financing. The Board looks forward to continuing to work closely with the Managing Director.”

“I am deeply grateful for the trust and support of the Fund’s Executive Board, representing our 190 members, and honored to continue to lead the IMF as Managing Director for a second five-year term,” Ms. Georgieva has said.

The Bulgarian national has served as Managing Director since October 1, 2019. The Managing Director is the chief of the IMF’s operating staff and Chair of the Executive Board. The Managing Director is assisted by four Deputy Managing Directors in overseeing the Fund’s operations, which serve its membership through about 3,100 staff.

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