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Program to preserve valuable architecture at Parliament complex

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A preliminary discussion to initiate a program to preserve the valuable architecture in the Parliament complex was held in Parliament on Nov. 27 under the patronage of Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena. Representatives of several institutions participated in the initial discussion related to this program to be implemented according to a proposal made by Parliament of Sri Lanka.

Due to the cultural symbolism, landscaping and surroundings, historical context, and national identity of the valuable architectural structures in the Parliament complex, the need to preserve them for future generations was emphasized at the meeting. 

The program is intended to protect them as a cultural symbol for future generations, to protect their copyright while giving due recognition to the creators, and to preserve the structures of architectural and artistic values without allowing them to be destroyed.

Representatives from Ministry of Buddhasasana Religious and Cultural Affairs, Department of Cultural Affairs, Department of National Archives, Department of National Museums, Central Cultural Fund, Department of Archeology, National Council of Arts, Department of Government Information, Ena de Silva Trust Fund, Geoffrey Bawa Trust Fund, National Crafts Council, Sri Lanka Handicrafts Board and University of Visual and Performing Arts participated in this discussion.

Accordingly, the Parliament Building, the Mace, the Silver Door, the Copper Door, the Lion Gate, the Bar of the House, 18 Brass Flags, Cluster Lamps, the Ceiling of the chamber, the Ceiling in front of the Copper door, 18 Ceremonial Flags, Line Arts, the Wooden Mural at the Members Entrance, Murals in staff entrance, Paintings in the guest lobby, Paintings of the private dining room of Hon. Members, Portrait Gallery at Second Floor, photo gallery and other important photos/images at ground floor and Antiques in the showroom are Proposed for the conservation.

The group agreed to the proposal made by the speaker to prepare a proposal that includes short-term, medium-term and long-term solutions for the preservation of the architecture in the Parliament complex and to conduct proper condition assessment on the related architecture and set up several committees separately.

Accordingly, it was decided to meet again on December 12 to discuss the entire proposal and future program.

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This week’s Cabinet decisions

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A number of decisions have been taken at the Cabinet meeting held yesterday (June 24).

The decisions taken by the Cabinet of Ministers are as follows :

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GoSL pledges to support upcoming Bora Conference

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The Sri Lankan government has pledged full support for the Bora community’s upcoming spiritual conference and annual convention.

Senior Advisor to the President on National Security and Chief of Presidential Staff, Sagala Ratnayaka, directed officials to ensure the event’s success during a meeting at the Presidential Secretariat.

The conference will be held at the Bambalapitiya Bora Mosque and the Sri Lanka Convention and Exhibition Centre from July 07 – 16.

This event will coincide with the Bora community’s spiritual conference in Karachi, Pakistan, and is expected to attract around fifteen thousand participants from various countries, including India.

The meeting highlighted the need for necessary infrastructure and facilities, particularly at the airport, to accommodate the large influx of attendees.

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8,000 UDA flat dwellers to get title deeds

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Urban Development and Housing Minister Prasanna Ranatunga said yesterday that arrangements have been made to provide title deeds to 8,000 residents of the apartments owned by the Urban Development Authority (UDA) next month, under the Government’s programme to provide title deeds to dwellers in such apartments in Colombo.

In addition, the National Housing Development Authority (NHDA) has also planned to give 1,070 title deeds to dwellers living in apartments in Colombo.

He said that this programme will be implemented according to the pledge given by President Ranil Wickremesinghe in the last Budget that 50,000 Colombo flat owners will be given their title deeds.

According to the UDA, 14,559 units of the 22 housing complexes have been given to low-income people.

Accordingly, the granting of title deeds will be made focusing on UDA housing projects of Mihindu Senpura, Sirisara Garden, Methsara Garden, Lakmuthu Sewana, and Sirimuthu Garden under the first phase.

In addition, title deeds of Laksandha Sevana, Randiya Uyana, Lakmuthu Uyana, Muwadora Uyana, Siyapath Sevana, Puradora Sevana, Jayamaga Sevana, Mihijaya Sevana, Helamuthu Sevana, Laksetha Sevana and Lakhiru Sevana housing projects are to be given to its dwellers before the end of this year.

The NHDA will first issue the title deeds for the apartments that have been built in the Colombo Municipal Council areas.

Transferring of ownerships of these houses to dwellers has been delayed due to the problematic situation arising from certain related rules and regulations. The Minister emphasised that he has already discussed with the Attorney General and obtained the necessary advice in this regard.

Minister Ranatunga further stated that all Colombo flat owners will be given their title deeds before the end of this year.

After giving the deeds to the owners of these houses, it is expected to carry out maintenance and management of these houses by a joint management corporation which will be established with the representation of the resident population.

An amount of Rs. 2 billion has been allocated in the 2024 Budget for providing ‘Urumaya’ freehold deeds to all who are eligible to receive and confirm landownership in the next two months.

(dailynews.lk)

 (This story, originally published by dailynews.lk has not been edited by SLM staff)

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