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The ancient sword belonging to the Kandyan era presented by the Russian President Vladimir Putin to his Sri Lankan counterpart President Maithripala Sirisena will be handed over to the National Museum, sources said.

President Sirisena received the sword in an official visit to Russia where he held bilateral discussions with the Russian President in Moscow on March 23.

The sword was believed to have been taken to England back in 1906 later been bought by Russia at an auction.

However when contacted, the Department of National Museums Director Dr. Sanuja Kasthuriarachchi said so far she was not informed about such a move and could not estimate the value of the sword without observing it carefully.

Meanwhile, she said that the Kandy Museum which, was closed for over one year for renovations is to be opened on April 3 under the patronage of Minister of Internal Affairs, Wayamba Development and Cultural Affairs S. B. Navinne. It is also believed that the sword might be transferred to the Kandy Museum once it is reopened. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)

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  • Sooriya maama Thursday, 30 March 2017 07:32 AM

    Beware GOTA might try to lift it in the night.

    Don Simon Thursday, 30 March 2017 08:03 AM

    What President Putin has done is, that he has return back the glory to the original owners that has been looted and sold for cash. It is our duty as a country to protect the glory for the benefit of future generations and that should not go back to the hand of different kind.

    Kaboos Thursday, 30 March 2017 08:16 AM

    President Putin showed his solidarity by gifting the ancient sword for his original owners,

    Hora Thursday, 30 March 2017 08:42 AM

    Ensure your CCTVs are working this time at the National Museum otherwise it won't last very long!

    Roshan Thursday, 30 March 2017 08:45 AM

    Send a pleasantry note and thanks letter to Mr.Putin President Russia through Russian Embassy through Mr.Sirisena President Sri Lanka from Musuem Director when this finally landed in Kandy Musuem.

    seqi Thursday, 30 March 2017 08:55 AM

    Good example of recycling. Putin knows his onions via DM Android App

    ANTON Thursday, 30 March 2017 09:52 AM

    PUTIN KNOWS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THIS ITEM, IF WENT TO WRONG HANDS , IT WOULD HAVE GONE TO PANCHIKAWATTE, INSTEAD OF KANDY MUSEUM.

    ANTON Thursday, 30 March 2017 09:54 AM

    SEE THE QUALITY OF FINISH OF THIS THING, 1000 YEARS AGO, CAN OUR CRAFTSMEN MAKE THINGS LIKE THAT TODAY.

    Cristo Thursday, 30 March 2017 09:55 AM

    If you think putin is doing this for any other reason than for himself ...think again ...ask him to give crimea back to the Ukraine and see his real nature ....but if he is the kind of leader you want to be friends with ,he will be thrilled .He has so few

    Cristo Thursday, 30 March 2017 09:57 AM

    As naive as a new born baby !

    lkboy Thursday, 30 March 2017 10:51 AM

    How many more of our ancient items might be in other countries?

    Ravi Thursday, 30 March 2017 06:54 PM

    The last King of Kandian Kingdom Hon .Kannasamy used it upto 1815 finally. Last .King was deported to his homeland with his Queen and her mother and few relatives and they were given an allowance during British rule upto nineteen sixtees which was stopped by Sreemawo Bandaranayakke. Now there is a court case comming up for not settling the dues for years of King's generation.

    Daily Boru Thursday, 30 March 2017 11:06 AM

    Keep it somewhere till next drug addict takes it home.

    Madiya Thursday, 30 March 2017 11:10 AM

    The best person to receive this sword is RW. He will soon need it if is to follow the Japanese tradition.

    Leo Thursday, 30 March 2017 07:40 PM

    Wont be surprised if this government sells this back to England out of slavishness


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