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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2681

60th National Day ceremony will be held at the Galle Face

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Colombo, 03 February, ( The 60th National Day ceremony will be held at the Galle Face Green tomorrow under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Presidential secretariat said the ceremony will be open to the public and all those who would like to participate in this event are requested to assemble near the Lake House building, from where free transport will be provided to Galle Face Green. The ceremony will also be telecast live on SLRC and several other channels. Our correspondents say ceremonies have been organized at provincial level as well to mark the occasion.

The religious activities with regard to the Independence Day will begin tomorrow morning.

Buddhist religious observances will take place at Jayasekararama Temple at Kuppiyawatta. Hindu religious activities will be at New Kadiresan Kovil in Bambalpitiya, while Islam prayers are to be held at Sahira Jumma mosque in Maradana. Catholic sermon will commence Holy Heart church in Rajagiriya and Christian sermon takes place at Presbyterian Church in Maya avenue Colombo.

At the ceremony two minutes’ silence will be observed from 8.52 a.m. to 8.54 a.m. tomorrow in honor of all those who fought for the country’s freedom and those who sacrificed their lives in defending the Motherland from terrorists.

A special traffic plan is in place in view of Independence Day celebrations and the Deyata Kirula exhibition. Police say traffic has been restricted along Bauddaloka Mawatha, Malalasekara Mawath and Sarana road. The road from Kanaththa roundabout on Bauddaloka Mawatha to the traffic light junction on Malalasekara Mawatha will be closed till the 11th of this month.

A special traffic plan is also in place for the Independence Day ceremony at Galle Face. Police say the road from Galle Face roundabout to parliament roundabout and along Lotus Road to York Street will closed. The vehicles will be directed along alternative routes.

Police media spokesman DIG N.K. Ilangakone says a large number of police and army personnel have been deployed to ensure security in Colombo. Security units seek public cooperation for these security measures.

- Asian Tribune -

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