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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2423

Tomorrow - Sri Lanka’s 59th Independence day

Colombo, 03 February, (Asian Tribune.com): Elaborate security arrangements are in place in Colombo, Sri Lanka’s capital and its suburbs in connection with tomorrow’s 59th national Independence Day celeberations on a grand scale under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksha.

According to Colombo city traffic police, several roads will be kept closed for motorists as the Independence Day ceremony will be held at Gall Face Green.

The stretch of road on Galle Road from the Kollupitiya traffic signal lights junction to Galle Face roundabout, Perahera Mawatha, Navam Mawatha, sir Marcan Markar Mawatha, Lotus Road, York Street, Lady Bastian Mawatha, Baron Jayathilake Mawatha and Chaithya Road will be temporarily closed on independence day from 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. the Colombo traffic police appeals to the general public to use alternate routes instead of these roads.

Special bus and train services will be operated for the benefit of the people who will visit the exhibition. These buses will be operated from Panadura, Negombo, Gampaha, Homagama and Kaduwela.

Train services will also be operated from Colombo fort to Weyangoda, Kalutara and Negombo.

Sri Lanka won independence from Britain in 1948. With the ending of 133 years of British rule, ethnic tensions between the majority Sinhalese and minority Tamils erupted into the open after the introduction of the official Language act in 1956.

Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, the separatists Tamil rebel outfit carried out two suicide bombings killing more than 20 people ahead of the 50th Independence Day in 1998.

- Asian Tribune -

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