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* Chief Prelates asks President to cancel night motor races in Kandy
Mon, Jun 23, 2014, 09:58 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

June 23, Kandy: The Chief Prelates of the three main Buddhist Chapters have requested President Mahinda Rajapaksa to cancel the Night Motor Races to be held in the central hill capital of Kandy.

The Chief Prelates (Maha Nayakas) in a letter addressed to the President expressed concerns over the move to hold night automobile races in the UNESCO World Heritage City which is the home for the Most Sacred Temple of the Tooth.

The Chief Prelates said they have learned that certain people are attempting to organize a night race in Kandy on the 27th and 28th of this month and stressed that such events are not suitable to be held in the city of Kandy which is also home to the Malwatte and Asgiriya Buddhist Chapters as well as the 4 main Devala.

The letter to the President was signed by the Anu-Nayaka of the Malwathu Chapter of Shyaamopaali Maha Nikaaya Venerable Niyangoda Wijithasiri Thera, Maha Nayaka of Asgiri Chapter Venerable Udugama Sri Buddharakkitha Thera, Maha Nayaka of Amarapura Bhikku Council Most Venerable Dawuldena Gnanissra Thera and Maha Nayaka of Rmanna Nikaya Naapaane Pemasiri Thera.

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