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Remembering Founder of Upali Group of Companies

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The Upali Group, its employees and sales agents countrywide, have made arrangements to invoke blessings on its Founder Upali Wijewardene, who disappeared 38 years ago. Bodhi Pooja, Pahan Pooja and an alms-giving will be held, in his memory, on Feb 13 (Saturday).

On 12th February (Friday) 9.00 a.m. Holy Mass was held at the Mattakkuliya De Mazenod House, opposite Carmelite Convent.

A special Bodhi Pooja will be held at the Kelani Raja Maha Viharaya at 6 p.m. on 13 February, under the auspices of Prof. Ven. Kollupitiye Mahinda Sangarakkitha Thera, the Chief Incumbent of Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya.

Besides, arrangements have been made to offer alms to the Maha Sangha at the Kelaniya Rajamaha Viharaya and award scholarships to 10 needy children from the Helena Wijewardene Maha Vidyalaya, Kelaniya.

Alms-giving to the inmates of the Home for the Elders at Mulgampola, Kandy, alms-giving and donation to the differently abled children’s home. Bodhipooja Pinkama from 4.30 p.m. onwards at the factory premises.

Bodhipooja and Pahan Pooja will be held at Vidya Niketha

Piriven Viharaya, Sapugoda, Kamburupitiya & at Maha Saman Devalaya, Ratnapura.

The employees of Upali Consumer Products have arranged an Alms-giving – Lunch for the ‘Children’s Home’ at Ja-Ela.

Founder’s Day Program on 13th February 2021.

10.00 a.m. Offering of Buddhapooja at the ‘Dhathumandiraya’.

10.30 a.m. – Scholarships to 10 needy children from Helena Wijewardene Maha Vidyalaya, Kelaniya.

11.30 a.m. – Alms-giving for the Maha Sangha at Kelaniya Rajamaha Viharaya.

12 noon – Providing lunch for the Children’s Home, Ja-Ela, organized by the employees of the Upali Trading Co. Ltd.

5.15 p.m. – Offering Gilanpasapooja (permissible drinks) for Dhathumandiraya.

6.00 p.m. – Bodhi Pooja and Pahan Pooja at Kelaniya Rajamaha Viharaya.

All these pinkamas (meritorious acts) are organized by Upali Group employees & Newspaper, Kandos/Delta Agents.



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Embassy officer arrested at BIA remanded

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The Embassy official who was attached to the Sri Lanka Embassy in Oman who is accused of being involved in a human trafficking racket was arrested by officers of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and remanded till the 13th of December when he was produced before the Colombo Chief Magistrate

The official was arrested on his arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) this morning (29 November).

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Easter Sunday terror attack suspect hacked to death

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A 38-year-old Easter Sunday terror attack suspect was hacked to death yesterday morning (28) in Mattakkuliya.

The victim, Mohamed Badurdeen Mohamed Harnas, was a resident of Safiya Avenue, Mattakkuliya, police said.

A suspect in the Easter Sunday terror attacks, he had been released on bail.

The suspect was rushed to the National Hospital, Colombo, after three individuals, who arrived in a car around 10. 00 am, attacked him.

Two persons attacked the man while the other was keeping the car engine running, according to eyewitnesses. The attackers thereafter fled in the same car.

Harnas was pronounced dead on admission to hospital.

Further investigations in this regard are currently underway.

The victims family members said that Harnas had been taken into custody, following the 2019 Easter Sunday attacks, but later released as there was no evidence of his involvement in terrorist activities.

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Rail service between Mahawa and Jaffna to be suspended for five months

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Transport Minister Bandula Gunawardena told Parliament yesterday that the railway services between Mahawa and Jaffna will be suspended for a period of five months in 2023.

The Minister said that operations will be suspended from January 15, 2023.

The Minister said it was to repair work on the railway line.

He said so in response to a question raised by Vanni District MP Selvam Adaikalanathan.

“We are focusing our attention on the request made by you. We have to halt railway operations between Mahawa and Jaffna for five months from January 2023. Train services have been continuously operating to Jaffna, but now we have faced a situation as we have not been able to carry out any repair work thus far,” the Minister said.

Assuring that this issue can be rectified in five months, Minister Gunawardane said that, thereafter, a good railway service can be provided for this route.

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