D.A. Rajapaksa commemorated
TANGALLE: Commemorative ceremonies to mark the 41st death anniversary
of D.A. Rajapaksa, man of an epoch and icon of the peasants of
Giruwapattu, was held on a simple but proud note in Tangalle with the
participation of President Mahinda Rajapaksa and First Lady Shiranthi
The ceremonies began with the President and the First Lady placing
floral tributes at the D.A. Rajapaksa statue in Tangalle followed by
Irrigation, Water Management, Ports and Civil Aviation Minister Chamal
Rajapaksa and other dignitaries early in the morning, amidst the
blessings of the Maha Sangha led by the Viharadhipati of the Tangalle
Vajiragiri Purana Viharaya.
Thereafter, President Rajapaksa opened a new bridge costing Rs. 145
million built at Tangalle town to replace the old Dutch bridge.
Ministers Chamal Rajapaksa, T.B. Ekanayake and Mahinda Amaraweera,
Provincial Minister Hemal Gunasekera, Southern Provincial Councilís
Leader of the House Somawansa Kodagoda and Provincial Council Member
D.A. Upul were also present. The D.A. Rajapaksa commemorative meeting
followed at the Tangalle Town hall organised by the Rajapaksa Memorial
Education, Cultural and Social Service Foundation.
A highlight was the award of Sisura scholarships to a batch of over
100 bright students in the Hambantota district.
Thereafter, winners of an inter-school Sinhala and Tamil oratorical
contest held among schools in the Hambantota and Matara Provincial
Education Office areas received their prizes from the President, the
First Lady, Minister Chamal Rajapaksa, Yoshitha Rajapaksa and Ministers
T.B. Ekanayake and Mahinda Amaraweera.
In addition the first prize winners in the oratorical contest in both
categories and media received a bicycle each.
The 41st D.A. Rajapaksa commemoration lecture was delivered by
Uva-Wellassa University Chancellor and Kataragama Kiri Vehera
Viharadhipati Ven. Dr. Aluthwewe Soratha Thera, Chief Sanghanayake Thera
of Ruhunu Magam Pattuwa.
An all-night Pirith pinkama followed as part of the commemorative
ceremonies yesterday and it will conclude with a Sanghika Dana today.