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An Adhistana Pooja was held at the Arukkgoda Sri Indrasararama Maha Viharaya's Dharma Mandiraya in Panadura, recently. Galgoda Sri Maha Viharaya Chief Incumbent and Panadura Thotamuna Chief Sangha Nayake Ven. Pothupitiye Paggnasekera Thera conducted the Pooja, which was organised by the Liya Udana Women's Organisation. Picture by Upali Jayaratne, Panadura Group Corr.


The life of Jesus Christ who died on the Cross to save mankind from its sins was commemorated yesterday, Good Friday, at St. Sebastian Church, Puliyadikudha, Batticaloa. The Way of the Cross procession started from the church and proceeded along Periya Uppodai, Keeriodai, Bar Road, Old Rest House Road, Pansala Road, Pioneer Road and Lady Manning Drive. Here, Parish Priest Richard Pitchiai conducting the procession and the devotees praying at the 9th Station where Christ falls down for the 3rd time. Pictures by Sivam Packiyanathan, Batticaloa Special Correspondent


The Bediyawa water supply scheme providing potable water to over 1,000 families in the Godigamuwa and Bediyawa villages was vested with the people by Water Supply Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara on Tuesday. Eduation State Minister Vijitha Berugoda, Moneragala District Coordinating Committee Co-Chairman Kumarasiti Rathynayake and Medagama PS Chairman Ranjith Piyadigama were present. Picture by D.S.Gunathilake, Uva Wellassa Special Corr.


An art exhibition on deforestration was held opposite the United National Party Headquarters, yesterday.  Here, Deputy Party Leader Ruwan Wijewardene looking at a painting.