New Year promotes peace and harmony - Minister
The Sinhala and Tamil New Year is a significant festival to promote
peace and harmony among people, Fisheries and Aquatic Resources
Development Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said.
Minister Rajitha Senaratne giving the signal to start the Kotta
"President Mahinda Rajapaksa has created an independent country for
all communities to live in harmony and treats all equally without
differences, eradicating terrorism which prevailed in Sri Lanka for over
three decades," Minister Senaratne said.
The minister was addressing the Sinhala and Tamil New Year festival
held at the Dhoho Park Grounds in Japan recently.
Sri Lankans living in Japan organised this festival under the
direction of Japan - Sri Lanka Consul General and Japan - Sri Lanka
Traditional and Trade Centre chairman Sunil M. Gamage. "All people in
the world should respect each other. There is no need to fight with
All should love their motherland. As Sri Lankans we should think
about the future as one nation," Minister Senaratne said.
"Sri Lanka is on fast track towards development and we believe that
Japan will support our President's development plans as a friendly and
helpful nation," the minister added.
The Sri Lanka - Japan Trade Association and Japan - Sri Lanka
Students' Association had provided full cooperation for the New Year
festival which included traditional sporting events.
Indigenous Medicine Minister Salinda Dissanayake, Sri Lankan
ambassador to Japan Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda, Colombo National
Hospital acting Director Dr. Sujatha Senaratne, Japanese Education,
Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Minister Hirano Horofumi and a
large number of Sri Lankans living in Japan participated in this event.