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* Sri Lanka President says no more remote villages in the country
Mon, Mar 1, 2010, 07:56 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 01, Palmadulla: Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa said his government is focused on eliminating the term "remote villages" from the map of the country and all rural villages are earmarked for development.

President Rajapaksa made these remarks Sunday (Feb 28) at a ceremony held in Palmadulla to open a new Dharma hall at the historic Palmadulla Raja Maha Viharaya.

The President pointed out that the physical development is not meaningful without spiritual development and the support of the Maha Sangha is essential for the development of the livelihoods of people.

Acknowledging the contribution of the Maha Sangha to save the country from social evils, the President thanked the Buddhist clergy for their timely intervention to eliminate the possible threat posed on democracy of the country during the last presidential election.

President Rajapaksa said his government has already ended the 30 year long war eliminating terrorism and now the development of the country can be completed soon in the same manner.

The President planted a Na Tree to mark the occasion. Venerable Bengamuwe Dammadinna Nayaka Thero, Ministers John Seneviratne, Mrs. Pavithra Wanniarachchi were also present.

(Pictures by Sudath Silva)

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