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-Cultural items to be limited to suit the theme “Secure Nation-Prosperous Country”

The Government’s attention has been drawn to reduce the number of participants at the National Day Parade by 30 per cent compared to last year, the Prime Minister’s Office said.

This was brought up at a meeting held to discuss preparations for the National Day at Temple Trees under the patronage of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday.

The Cabinet Sub-Committee appointed to hold the National Day Ceremony on February 4 under the direction of the Ministry of Public Administration, Home Affairs and Provincial Councils and Local Government has already commenced its work.

The government has decided to celebrate the 72nd Independence Day under the theme "Secure Nation-Prosperous Country" and to limit the cultural items to fit the theme.

It has been decided at the meeting to give the opportunity to the Weera Podujana Padanama (Peoples Heroes Foundation), a group of people who saved lives of others by risking their own lives, to join the National Day Parade.

Prime Minister Rajapaksa also said that the National Flag should be hoisted at every house on the National Day and that all necessary measures should be taken to plant a useful tree at every house at the same time.

The Prime Minister added that everyone should pay attention to ensure the safety of the area around the festival grounds, as well as to conduct rehearsal activities so as not to cause any inconvenience to the public.

Ministers Chamal Rajapaksa, Dinesh Gunawardena, Janaka Bandara Tennakoon, Dullas Alahapperuma, Pavithra Wanniarachchi, Mahinda Amaraweera and Mahinda Samarasinghe, Secretaries to the Ministries and members of the Armed Forces were present at the meeting. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

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  • Finder Saturday, 04 January 2020 02:42 PM

    What is the meaning of Secure Nation and Prosperous Country. Is there a nation in country.

    Jaffna Logic Saturday, 04 January 2020 03:52 PM

    It is clearly and essentially one family running the country of over 20 million people, unprecedented in Sri Lankan post independent history.

    Gilbert de Zoysa Saturday, 04 January 2020 04:17 PM

    In regions national day celebrations and any type of rehearsal activities so as not to cause any inconvenience to the public should be held on public roads. They should be held in public play ground or esplanade

    neil Saturday, 04 January 2020 04:28 PM

    Good move to save. But that saving should not be used to fly helicopters for family members! PMs helicopter journey is understandable

    vithura Saturday, 04 January 2020 04:31 PM

    If the whole parade is cancelled, the nation will save a great deal of money! Austerity should be the flavour of the day!

    Dilruwan Saturday, 04 January 2020 04:37 PM

    How about providing that money to the poor, people are sick and tired of seeing the family everyday.

    Sokrates Saturday, 04 January 2020 05:38 PM

    There is nothing to celebrate. Sri Lanka has only gone downhill since the 72 years of independence. If Sri Lanka had not assumed independence, it would be a thriving country like the 14 overseas territories of the British crown today.


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