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* Sri Lankan Chief Prelate threatens to launch protest over government failure to amend land laws
Thu, Apr 17, 2014, 02:39 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 17, Colombo: A Mahanayake Thero (Chief Prelate) in Sri Lanka has threatened to take to the streets with the Maha Sangha over the government's failure to amend some land laws.

Chief Prelate of the Asgiriya Chapter, most Venerable Udugama Sri Buddharakkitha Thero has said that he and the Maha Sangha were ready to take to the streets if the government fails to amend the Bim Saviya Land Registration Act.

Media reports from Kandy said that the Thero had expressed these views when Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) Leader, Justice Minister Rauf Hakeem and representatives of the SLMC had called on the Chief Prelate at the Asgiriya Temple yesterday.

The Thero has explained that the Vihara, Devala and Buddhist religious places are facing the threat of losing the lands owned by the religious institutions if the Bim Saviya Act was implemented.

The Thero has added that the lands owned by places of Buddhist religious worship should be removed from the Bim Saviya Act.

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