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Sri Pada pilgrimage season commences today

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Today (Dec. 26) marks the Unduvap full moon Poya day. 

This is a significant day for Sri Lankan Buddhists as the arrival of Sangamitta Theri at the Northern port of Dambakolapatuna and the handing over of the Sacred Bo sapling from the Sri Maha Bodhi in India to King Devanampiyatissa, took place on an Unduvap Poya Day.

In addition, the Unduvap full moon Poya day also marks the commencement of the 2023/2024 Sri Pada pilgrimage season.

The statue of the deity Sumana Saman is taken to Sri Pada from Sabaragamuwa Saman Devalaya in a procession. It is kept in the Viharaya for six months until the Sri Pada season ends on Vesak Poya next May before being returned to the Saman Devalaya.

The processions are scheduled to proceed through Ratnapura, Palabathgala and Erathna route, Ratnapura, Awissawella and Hatton route, and Balangoda, Bogawanthalwa route, which have been decorated by residents.

Sri Padasthanadipathi – Ven. Dhammadinna Thera has requested the pilgrims to refrain from any act violating the sanctity of Sri Padasthanaya and causing damage to the highly sensitive environment.

Meanwhile, SP Hatton Division Nipuna Dehigama said police posts would be in operation at Gangulathenna Ratu Ambalama, and Seethagangula in addition to Nallathanniya and Hatton police to provide protection to the pilgrims and to arrest pilgrims in possession of liquor and other intoxicants, if any, at the Hatton Railway Station an on the Sri Pada route from Nallathanniya.

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Port City sea sand sent to Port construction?

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The Frontline Socialist Party made a disclosure concerning the alleged unauthorized use of construction materials at the Colombo Port City project, specifically in the construction of two terminals.

Frontline Socialist Party’s Education Secretary, Pubudu Jagoda,  raised concerns regarding the construction of the Port City in Sri Lanka, highlighting alleged irregularities in the procurement and use of construction materials by a Chinese company contracted for the project.

Jagoda asserts that the Chinese company, tasked with constructing the East Container Terminal and Jaya Container Terminal, has been involved in questionable practices.

According to Jagoda, the company has purportedly been transporting sea sand from the Port City area to the Colombo port, bypassing regulations and inspections. He claims to possess video evidence supporting these allegations.

The videos, according to Jagoda, depict the loading of sand from the Port City’s sand piles onto tipper trucks, which then enter the harbor without undergoing proper inspections or acquiring necessary permits. Additionally, he alleges that the sand, originally intended for the Port City’s construction, is being used in the Colombo Port’s development instead.

Jagoda further contends that approximately 4000 sand cubes are being transported from the Port City to the Colombo Port every month, with an estimated value of 90 million Sri Lankan rupees.

The Frontline Socialist Party Education Secretary questions why the Colombo Port security department has not intervened in these matters and calls for an investigation into the alleged breaches of protocol surrounding the procurement and transportation of construction materials for the Port City and Colombo Port projects.

Keith Barnard, Chairman of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority stated that he was not aware of the allegations brought forth by Jagoda.

However, he assured that a formal investigation into the matter will be initiated promptly.

(News 1st)

(This story, originally published by News 1st has not been edited by SLM staff)

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IGP arrives before Supreme Court

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Newly appointed IGP Deshabandu Tennakoon arrived today before the Supreme Court in connection with several Fundamental Rights petitions challenging the President’s decision to appoint him as the Acting IGP.

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Gunshots fired into air near tourist hotel in Wellawatta

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Two unidentified men on a motorcycle have fled after firing gunshots into the air in Wellawatta, the police reported.

The shooting took place in front of a tourist beach hotel located on Marine Drive in Wellawatte this morning (Feb.27).

According to the police media division, the suspects have used a T-56 assault rifle. Nine empty T-56 cartridge cases were found at the scene.

No fatalities were reported in the incident. Wellawatta Police has initiated an investigation to apprehend the gunman and the accomplice.

(adaderana.lk)

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