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* Era for the people to reap benefits of development ushered in, Sri Lanka President says
Sat, Mar 27, 2010, 08:42 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 27, Ja-Ela: An era for the country's people to reap the benefits of development has been ushered in with the Uthuru Wasanthaya (Northern Spring) and Neganahira Navodaya (Eastern Awakening) programs, Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa said.

Addressing a massive campaign rally of the ruling party United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) in Ja-Ela Urban Council grounds Friday evening, the President said the development in the Northern and Eastern provinces has a direct impact on the entire country's economy.

The President added that the country was provided with electricity 24 hours of the day at a time when other countries were reducing power consumption due to the construction of thermal power stations in Kerawalapitiya, Norochcholai, and Upper Kothmale.

Soliciting the support of the people for his development programs the President said he has the responsibility to create conditions that provide justice to all communities in the country. Everyone of the country should be able to practice their own faith freely, he said adding that it is his belief that the unity and peace among people contribute towards development. He said he is committed to give pride of place to people who render service to the country.

President Rajapaksa paid his tribute to the people in the Gampaha district for handing over the highest number of votes at last presidential election.

UPFA Gampaha District Team Leader Basil Rajapaksa, UPFA candidate Ven. Athuraliye Rathana thera, Ministers Felix Perera, Pandu Bandaranayake, Deputy Minister Sarath Kumara Gunaratna and UPFA candidates Neil Rupasinghe, Chandana Jayakody, Ruwan Ranatunga, Dushyantha Mahabaduge, Sudharshani Fernandopulle and Gamini Wijesinghe participated in the rally.

President Rajapaksa will address two public rallies today, one in Central Colombo at 2.00 p.m. and the other in Bandaragama.

(Pictures by Sudath Silva)

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