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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2784

Sri Lankan PM Chief Guest at Manipal varsity; worships at Tirumala

From Gopal Ethiraj in Chennai
Chennai, 09 November, (

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Dissanayake Mudiyanselage Jayaratne, participating as Chief Guest at the 19th convocation of Manipal University in Manipal(Karnataka) on November 8, said that Sri Lanka has the longest historical and bilateral links with India. “Historically and culturally, our two nations have been very close to this day," he said indicating to written references in Ramayana.

Beginning his convocation address with a congratulatory note to India on the success of Mangalyaan, D M Jayaratne said, "India has demonstrated its rank to the world in education by successfully launching a rocket to Mars," and added: "Education is the key ingredient in character building and socio-economic transformation. The convocation day not only means the end of your academic life but also the beginning of your future journey into professionalism. Learning thus continues even at the work place. Learning has no end."

"Education empowers human capital to be a major constructive force to ensure growth of the economy of the world. Positive attitude should be instilled in students so that social problems of humanity could be addressed," he said.
He also advised the students: "If your work is not guided by morality and ethics, your success will have no value. Do not make corruption a way of life and have faith in the strength of will power and determination.”

Jayaratne appreciated the achievements of Manipal University in education sector. The two-day convocation facilitated distribution of degrees to over 3000 under-graduate and post-graduate students.

Honored with traditional reception at Tirumala

On Friday (Nov 7), the Sri Lankan Prime Minister Jayaratne offered prayers at the famous hill shrine of the Lord Venkateswars at Tirumala. It was his maiden visit there. Accompanied by the members of his family and officials, Jayaratne was accorded a traditional reception. He was presented with a sacred silk vastram of the deity, a memento, laddu prasadam and holy water while the priests, amid chanting of Vedic hymns, offered him blessings.

Top echelons of the TTD management, including its Executive Officer M.G. Gopal and JEO K.S. Srinivasa Raju later escorted him into the sanctum sanctorum of the hill temple where he stood in front of the main deity for about ten minutes and offered his prayers. Meanwhile, the entire Padmavathi guest house area and the temple environs were brought under security cover following the high-profile visit.

Meanwhile, MDMK activists staged a protest against the Lankan Prime Minister's visit at the order town of Tiruttani in Tamil Nadu. A party statement said around 250 black-flag waving supporters, led by party's Deputy General Secretary Mallai Sathya, were taken into custody at Tiruttani when they tried to proceed towards Tirupati.

MDMK is vehement in its criticism of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, especially in the context of civilian Tamil casualties in 2009 at the peak of hostilities between the Lankan Army and rebel LTTE, with the former at the helm of affairs, and the fishermen's issue concerning Tamil Nadu.

- Asian Tribune -

 Sri Lankan Prime Minister D M Jayaratne today offered prayers at the famous hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala near here
Sri Lanka Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne, accompanied by his family members, comes out of the hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara after offering prayers in Tirumala on Friday.
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