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* Sri Lanka opposition leader celebrates his birthday with religious activities
Thu, Mar 25, 2010, 11:11 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main opposition United national party leader Ranil Wickremasinghe celebrated his 61st birthday yesterday (24) with a host of religious and social activities.

The party and civil organizations loyal to the party have organized several religious ceremonies to invoke blessings on the UNP leader.

A blood donation campaign was held yesterday at the UNP headquarters, Siri Kotha to mark the occasion while a health service campaign and special health camps were also conducted, the party anounced.

Later in the day a special documentary film on Wickremasinghe's life and political career was telecasted on several private TV channels.

The UNP also launched its official website on economic policy yesterday to create a public platform to discuss the economic issues and present the facts to the public.

Economist and UNP National List nominee at the forthcoming Parliamentary election, Dr. Harsha de Silva said that all stakeholders should take part in this discussion, to solve the current economic crisis faced by the country.

Dr. de Silva told the Island newspaper that the government, as it has been doing for the last four and a half years, was bluffing the masses, while diverting funds from the private sector for election propaganda and other ego boosting white elephants such as Mihin Lanka.

Quoting government statistics Dr. Harsha de Silva pointed out that the commercial debt stock of Sri Lanka had increased by 150 percent during the last year.

He said the opposition will select facts on a daily basis and present them to the government for viewing.

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