Ten member committee to probe into national flower

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By Sandun A. Jayasekera

A ten member committee of eminent persons has been appointed to give a determination on the national flower by Environment Minister Anura Priyadharsaha Yapa following the controversy over it, an Environment Ministry spokesman said.

He said the reason to appoint the committee was the indecision about the two varieties the light blue Manel (Nymphaea Nauchali) and the bright blue Nil Manel (Nymphaea Stellata) as both flowers are used indiscriminately as the national flower of Sri Lanka at various functions and on various occasions by the government as well as by the public, he said.  

The Cabinet in 1986 had decided that the national flower be the light blue Manel (Nymphaea Nauchali).  Therefore Manel must be declared national flower, the spokesman said.

The ten member committee headed by Environment Ministry secretary Dr. R.H.S. Samaratunga has already started its deliberations the report is to be submitted to Mr. Yapa shortly, he said.

“Mr. Yapa is expected to issue a gazette notification once and for all declaring the ‘national flower’ of Sri Lanka to put an end to the issue, the spokesman added.

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  • LoveLanka Thursday, 01 September 2011 10:26 AM

    Ha haa haaa ... this is a good one

    Godaya Thursday, 01 September 2011 12:19 AM

    TEN MEMBERS - FOR A FLOWER???? ABSURD!

    Ramesh Thursday, 01 September 2011 03:08 AM

    What a waste!!!

    yohan Thursday, 01 September 2011 04:54 AM

    Who cares which one it is ? what waste of time and resources there are much more important things to deal with right now !

    MK Thursday, 01 September 2011 05:04 AM

    So the question now is whether it should be "blue" or if it should be "blue". Im guessing green and red are totally out of the question these days!

    amdon Thursday, 01 September 2011 05:13 AM

    Ten member committee??? hmm.. very important...

    Jayson Perera Thursday, 01 September 2011 05:31 AM

    Glad this pressing issue has finally been addressed !

    PodiMalli Thursday, 01 September 2011 05:32 AM

    I am on the edge of my seat!

    Sean Thursday, 01 September 2011 05:41 AM

    Yeah... this definitely sounds like a 10 person job!

    badam Thursday, 01 September 2011 06:18 AM

    I think 'NA mala' should be the new national flower. Bcos national tree is also 'NA gasa'.

    senna Thursday, 01 September 2011 06:40 AM

    " NA " flower is the National flower & why worry


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