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Army Commander honoured

Members of the Maha Sangha headed by the Chief Sangha Nayake for Matale District along with Hindu, Islamic and Catholic religious dignitaries, Mayor of Matale, organizers of the Sri Punnyawardena Samithiya (Society) and all walks of life in the town on Friday (1) conferred the honorary title, "Vishwakeerthi Sri Mahathala Weera Puthra"on Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, Commander of the Army, when he arrived in Matale to participate in his alma mater's felicitation ceremony.

The ceremony at the Bauddha Mandiraya, near the Super Market began after a warm reception, extended by the Mayor of Matale, the public and organisers to the day's chief guest upon his arrival before he was ushered to the venue.

Daljith Aluvihare, Mayor of Matale Municipal Council, District Secretary for Matale, Divisional Secretaries, Senior Police Officers and members of the Sri Punnyawardena Samitiya were present.

The welcome speech was delivered by R. M. R. Isuru Jayawardana, Chairman, Sri Punnyawardena Samithiya. Members of the Maha Sanga chanted ‘Seth Pirith’, invoked blessings on his new appointment and performed religious observances. An oration (Anusasana) spoke high of the Commander's dedicated sacrifices for defence of the Motherland and commended him for his rise to the current appointment. Most Ven. Kosgolle Saddharma Keerthi Sri Chandrajothi Seelarathanabhidhana Nayake Thera, Chief Sanganayaka for Matle District and Retired Principal representing the Sri Punnyawardena Samithiya of Matale as its Chief Patron, read out the citation for conferment of the honorary title.

Proceedings continued with the delivery of an interesting lecture on ' Archaeological importance and Matale's history' by Prof. Viraj Balasooriya, Assistant Commissioner of Archaeology.

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