The Annual Sri Pada pilgrim season begins from tomorrow

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Aannual Sri Pada pilgrim season, which begins from the Unduvap Full Moon Poya Day, will begin tomorrow for the 2020-2021 season. A series of religious activities to mark the beginning of the season were held at the Sri Pada Raja Maha Viharaya temple in Galpottawela, Ratnapura yesterday. The procession, carrying the sacred casket of Relics of the Buddha, sacred objects, and the statue of God Saman will leave the Temple this morning and via four roads will reach the upper precincts of Sri Pada, where the sacred objects will be placed tomorrow until the end of the season.This is the first time that the resumption of the Sri Pada season is held as a state festival.
Amid heightened speculation the Chairman of Sri Lanka Ports Authority, Retired General R. M. Daya Ratnayake says there is no final decision been made on developing the strategic East Container Terminal at the Colombo Port jointly with India or being sold to India yet. The Chairman of Sri Lanka Ports Authority made this comment joining the Subarathi program of the SLBC this morning. He stated the opportunity was missed to earn a considerable income from the East Container Terminal was curtailed due to the wrong decisions made by the UNP faction of the Yahapalanaya government. He added that 100 million rupees were allocated to purchase gantry cranes for the terminal and the decision not to purchase by the then subject minister stopped the purchase going through. However, Chairman Rathnayake stated that the government is negotiating with India to come to an agreement that is mutely beneficial to Sri Lanka.

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