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Maha Kumbabishekam Ceremony of Mayurapathy Bathrakali Amman Kovil on April 4

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Mayurapathy Sri Bathrakali Amman Kovil of Wellawatte announced that the Maha Kumbabishekam (Consecration Ceremony) will be held auspiciously on Sunday, April 4.

Shri Bathrakali Amman will be consecrated along with the deities in the Kovil. The grand ceremony will be held from 6.00 am to 7.00 am during the auspicious time of Amirth Siddhi Yoga in the zodiac sign of Pisces.

The Kumbabishekam is part of the festival to mark the reopening of the temple with a new look after a massive reconstruction. The festival commences with a special Pooja for Lord Ganesh on March 29 from 6.30 am. Oil Anointing begins on Thursday April 1 from 7.30 am to 9.00 pm. Devotees will be allowed to apply oil to the deities during that time and on Friday, April 2 from 7.30 am to 3.30 pm. The Maha Kumbabishekam (Consecration Ceremony) continues on Sunday, April 4 from 6.00 am to 7.30 am. From Monday, April 5 to Wednesday, May 19 Mandala Abishekam pooja will be performed for 45 days in the mornings and evenings.

Mayurapathy Bathrakali Amman Kovil known for its stunning architecture has been renovated beautifully. A three-storey shrine top made of stones gives an elegant look to the eastern gate while the northern gate is beautified by a magnificent five-storey shrine top.

Mayurapathy Kovil’s administration cordially invites all devotees to make reservations and participate in the poojas and invoke the blessings of Shri Bathrakali Amman.

Devotees are also requested to participate in the alms-giving (Annadhanam) and donate rice, dhal, vegetables and oil for this purpose.

For further details, contact 0112500840 or meet the temple’s administration at 17/A, Mayura Place, Wellawatte.



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Six nabbed with over 100 kg of ‘Ice’

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By Norman Palihawadane and Ifham Nizam

The Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) yesterday arrested six suspects in the Sapugaskanda Rathgahawatta area with more than 100 kilos of Crystal Methamphetamine also known as Ice.

Police Media Spokesman, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Ajith Rohana told the media that the PNB sleuths, acting on information elicited from a suspect in custody had found 91 packets of Ice.

A man in possession of 100 kilos of heroin was arrested in Modera during the weekend and revealed that a haul of Ice had been packed in plastic boxes.

The PNB seized more than 114 kilos of Ice from the possession of a single drug network.

According to the information elicited from the suspects, more than 100 kilos of Ice were found.

The PNB also arrested six persons including two women with 13 kilos of Ice, during an operation carried out in the Niwandama area in Ja-Ela on Sunday.

DIG Rohana said the ice had been packed in small plastic boxes and hidden in two school bags.

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PM intervenes to iron out differences among coalition partners

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By Norman Palihawadane

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday said that he was confident that differences among the constituents of the SLPP coalition as regards the May Day celebrations and the next Provincial Council elections could be ironed out soon.

Leaders of all SLPP allied parties have been invited to a special meeting to be held at Temple Trees with the PM presiding on April 19.

Prime Minister Rajapaksa said it was natural for members of a political alliance to have their own standpoints and views on matters of national importance. “This is due to the different political ideologies and identities. It is not something new when it comes to political alliances world over. In a way, it shows that there is internal democracy within our alliance.

The PM said: “As a result of that the allied parties may express their own views on issues, but that does not mean there is a threat to the unity of the alliance. An alliance is more vibrant and stronger not when all the parties think on the same lines but when the member parties have different ideologies.”

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Thilo Hoffman remembered

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A copy of the book “Politics of a Rainforest: Battles to save Sinharaja” was handed over to Dominik Furgler, the Swiss Ambassador in Sri Lanka by the author of the book, Dr. Prasanna Cooray at the Swiss Embassy in Colombo last Tuesday, to be sent to the family of the late Thilo Hoffman in Switzerland.

Hoffman, a Swiss national, who made Sri Lanka his second home for six decades, was a pioneering environmental activist who led the battles to save Sinharaja from the front in the early 1970s, abreast with the likes of Iranganie Serasinghe, Kamanie Vitharana, Lynn De Alwis and Nihal Fernando of the “Ruk Rekaganno” fame. That was the era when the trees of Sinharaja were felled for the production of plywood by the then government. Hoffman was also a livewire of the Wildlife and Nature Protection Society (WNPS) for a long time. Hoffman died in 2014 at the age of 92.

The book includes a chapter on Thilo Hoffman.

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