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* President opens Sri Lanka's first ever Tele-Cinema Village
Tue, Mar 30, 2010, 09:00 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 30, Tissamaharama: Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa ceremoniously opened the first stage of the country's first ever fully-equipped television and film production studio this evening at Ranmihitenna in Tissamaharama of the Southern Province.

The giant facility to be completed in three stages in a sprawling 235 acres of land in the South provides the television and cinema artists of the country opportunity to produce films and tele-dramas under one roof at a low production cost.

The first stage completed at a cost of 600 million rupees consists of an administration building, accommodation hall with facilities for 96 individuals, a large studio of the size of 130 X 70 feet, 31 sets, three showrooms for costumes, two seminar halls, two libraries, kitchens, the back lots, workshops, common facilities, and the garden decoration. The total cost of the facility is estimated at two billion rupees.

First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa, Ministers Chamal Rajapaksa, Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena, Namal Rajapaksa, Secretary to Media Ministry W.B.Ganegala and actress Malani Fonseka are also pictured here.

(Pictures by Sudath Silva)

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