|Saturday, 8 February 2003|
Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd (Lake House) has donated a million rupees as its contribution towards the construction of a new Cetiya at the Lankaji Viharaya in Sawara City Japan to mark the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Sri Lanka.
The donation was made at a meeting organised by the Mahabodhi Society of Sri Lanka at the Agra Sravaka Maha Viharaya, Maligakanda yesterday to muster financial support from local donors and Buddhist philanthropists for the project.
Among those who attended the meeting were Defence, Transport, Highways and Civil Aviation Minister Tilak Marapana; Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Ravi Karunanayake; Western Region Development Minister M. H. Mohamed; ANCL Chairman Nalin Ladduwahetty and ANCL Working Director D. K. Somasiri. Viharadhipathi and President, Mahabodhi Society of Sri Lanka Ven. Banagala Upatissa Nayaka Thera presided. The Lankaji Viharaya in Sawara City is the only Theravada Buddhist temple in Japan. Above right: Minister Marapana hands over the cheque received from ANCL Chairman Nalin Ladduwahetty to Ven. Upatissa Thera. Ven. Keeniyawala Palitha Thera is also in the picture.
Above: Ministers Marapana and Karunanayake and ANCL Chairman Nalin Ladduwahetty offering flowers at the shrine room during religious observances conducted by Ven. Upatissa prior to the meeting. Right: An artist's impression of the proposed new Cetiya to be built at the Lankaji Viharaya in Sawara City, Japan.
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