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Committee to probe demolition of ancient building in Kurunegala

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A committee comprising experts has been appointed to investigate allegations of a archaeological building in Kurunegala was bulldozed on July 14, the Government Information Department said today.

It said the Committee was appointed by the Buddhasasana, Cultural and Religious Affairs Ministry Secretary on a directive of subject minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The committee comprises Director General of Archaeology, Prof. Senarath Dissanayake, Kurunegala District Secretary R.M.R. Ratnayake, archaeologist T.G Kulatunga, Director General of the Ministry of Buddhasasana, Cultural and Religious Affairs archaeologist Prasad Ranasinghe and Central Cultural Fund Director (Development) architect Sumedha Mathota.

The committee has been instructed to submit its report before July 23.

The history of the building goes back to the thirteenth century of the Kurunegala Kingdom and was believed to be the King’s Assembly Hall at that time and is considered an archaeological reserve under the Antiquities Ordinance No.09 of 1940. (Sheain Fernandopulle)

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  • BigEars Friday, 17 July 2020 07:40 PM

    Just a mild reminder, who robbed the Colombo Museum? What happen to the investigation? The same will happen to this loss to the country.

    Rohan de s jayasundera Friday, 17 July 2020 07:40 PM

    Disgusting to think the authorities did this act of un educated un patriotic low down demolition. You don't deserve to call your selves Sri Lankan. Should be jailed. You have taken the heritage of the next generation Mr Mahinda Rajapakse it's your election seat my city of birth I feel the loss

    Martin Milton Friday, 17 July 2020 08:05 PM

    Is it yet again too little far ,far ,FAR too late?? What was the Archaeological Dept doing all this time till such terrible crimes are committed?? Severe punishment needs to be meted out to all Archaeological Dept seniors. MM

    Samson Friday, 17 July 2020 08:15 PM

    Utter waste of time and public funds.

    Namal Perera Friday, 17 July 2020 08:58 PM

    Give a 2/3 to reestablish the Banana Republic to see more fire works. But make sure to keep quite if you want to live in the Banana Republic.

    Siva Friday, 17 July 2020 09:45 PM

    This is not in Eastern provinces where there is a special comittee to look into archeoligal sites

    Lal samarskoon Saturday, 18 July 2020 09:52 AM

    Loss is Irrecoverable. The person who has done knows how things are working in our mother country. Don’t spend our hard earned tax money for another committee which cant bring our monument back.

    Kapila Senaratne Saturday, 18 July 2020 10:02 AM

    Damage is done. This is not Afghanistan. I guess these corrupted politicians are worse than terrorists. Where is the Law in this country.

    Sach Saturday, 18 July 2020 10:20 AM

    There is no need for a committee . Arrest the culprits . This is just time pass.

    CITIZEN Saturday, 18 July 2020 11:23 AM

    WHEN DUTUGAMNU II IS GOVERNING HOW COME THIS HAPPEN

    FF Saturday, 18 July 2020 11:50 AM

    TELL ONE PERSON WHO GOT REPRIMANDED AFTER A PROBE. BOND SCAM, 21/4 EASTER SUNDAY ATTACK. NONE. SOMEBODY IS BACKING THE CULPRITS OR POLITICIANS BEHIND THE CORRUPTION. THIS IS A WASTE OF MONEY AND TIME

    Lakminiha Saturday, 18 July 2020 12:22 PM

    Whoever did this knows that they won't be labeled as traitors or terrorists since they are part of the ruling party and not members of the minority.

    Jayt Saturday, 18 July 2020 04:27 PM

    This absolutely work of Jewish spies working in a western embassy. They have Christian soy in the government


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