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Moragoda presents first copies of Ashoka Vadana to Mahanayake Theras

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Moragoda presenting a copy of Asoka Vadana to Most Venerable Thibbatuwawe Sumangala Mahanayaka Thera of the Malwathu Chapter (Pic courtesy Milinda Moragoda's Office)

Milinda Moragoda presented the first copies of Ashoka Vadana to the Mahanayake Theras of the Malwatta, Asgiriya, and Ramanna Nikayas in Kandy over the weekend. The book contains selected articles from his newspaper column of the same name published during Moragoda’s tenure as High Commissioner to India. The purpose of the column was to present the experience of India in the realms of economics, science, society, and politics placed within the context of Sri Lanka.

Copies of the book were presented to the Most Venerable Thibbatuwawe Sumangala Mahanayake Thera of the Malwathu Chapter, to the Most Venerable Warakagoda Sri Gnanarathana Mahanayake Thera of the Asgiriya Chapter, and to the Most Venerable Makkulawe Wimala Mahanayake Thera of the Ramanna Maha Nikaya.

R.A.D. Sirisena, General Secretary of the Urumayake Ulpatha, and Sampath Ramukkanage were present at the event. A Tamil translation of the Ashoka Vadana column was also carried concurrently in the Sunday Thinakaran during this period. The Tamil version of this selection of articles will be published shortly, Moragoda’s Office announced yesterday.



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Navy intercept multi-day fishing trawler carrying 200kg of narcotics

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It has been reported that the Sri Lanka Navy has intercepted a multi-day fishing trawler carrying around 200kg of narcotics suspected to be heroin and crystal methamphetamine (‘Ice’) off the southern coast of the island.

The boat and crew  were to be brought to the Galle Harbour,

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Advisory for Severe Lightning issued to Western, Southern, Sabaragamuwa, Northern and North-western provinces and in Monaragala district today (12)

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Advisory for Severe Lightning issued by the natural hazards early warning center at 01.30 p.m. to 11.30 p.m. on 12 April 2024

Thundershowers accompanied by severe lightning are likely to occur at several places in Western, Southern, Sabaragamuwa, Northern and North-western provinces and in Monaragala district.

There may be temporary localized strong winds during thundershowers.

General public is kindly requested to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by lightning activity.

ACTION REQUIRED:

The Department of Meteorology advises that people should:
• Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.

• Avoid open areas such as paddy fields, tea plantations and open water bodies during thunderstorms.

• Avoid using wired telephones and connected electric appliances during thunderstorms.

• Avoid using open vehicles, such as bicycles, tractors and boats etc.

• Beware of fallen trees and power lines.

• For emergency assistance contact the local disaster management authorities.
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Rear Admiral Princely Liyanage (Retd) sets Serendib World Record climbing Adam’s Peak in record time

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Rear Admiral Princely Liyanage (Retd) of the Sri Lanka Navy achieved a remarkable feat, setting a Serendib World Record for climbing Adam’s Peak (Sri Pada) in an impressive time of 23 hours and 46 minutes, using four different routes  (Nallathanniya, Erathna, Palabaddala, and Malingboda.)  as well as becoming the first person to complete the most ascents of Adam’s Peak within 24 hours.

He began his quest to set this record on 08th April, starting from the Nallathanniya Sri Pada entrance at 3:00 a.m all the way to the peak. His journey continued with climbs up and down the Erathna, Palabaddala, and Malingboda routes, ultimately concluding with the challenging trek from Adam’s Peak to Nallathanniya.

The Serendib World Records Committee officially acknowledged Rear Admiral Princely Liyanage’s (Retd) achievement and awarded him the Serendib World Record certificate on 09th April.

(Navy Media)

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