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* Sri Lanka Presidential Secretariat celebrates New Year
Sun, May 2, 2010, 11:10 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

May 02, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa was the chief guest of Aluth Awurudu (New Year) festival organized by the staff of the President's office today at the Army Grounds.

Offering traditional betel leaves, D.S.Gunarathne, Additional Secretary of President's Office warmly welcomed the President to the event.
The President is seen here having a light moment in a contest with Minister Johnston Fernando to place the 'eye on the elephant' blindfolded.

President Rajapaksa presented gifts to the winners of New Year games while Mrs. Kumari Senarath, wife of President's Additional Secretary Gamini Senarath placed the sash on the 'Avurudu Kumari'.

President's Secretary Lalith Weeratunga, Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, President's Additional Secretary Gamini Senarath, Commanders of tri-forces and the Police Chief also attended the celebrations.

(Pictures by Sudath Silva)

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