The final rites of the Chief Prelate of the Ramanna Chapter Most Venerable Napane Pemasiri thera, who passed away on Tuesday will be performed today under state patronage. Several politicians, religious leaders and the general public paid last respects to the Chief Prelate of the Ramanna Chapter yesterday. The Former President Maithripala Sirisena and the Former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe also paid their last respects yesterday. The Parliament also expressed its condolences to the late Thera yesterday following the conclusion of the Budget debate. Special condolence messages were delivered by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and several other MPs yesterday.
Meanwhile Agga Maha Panditha most venerable Mukkulawe Wimala Thera has been chosen as the new Chief Prelate of the Ramanna Chapter.
The appointment was confirmed when the Sangha Council convened this morning to discuss the matter