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Prelate allows Kandy night races for the last time

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Asgiriya Chapter Mahanayake the Most Ven. Udugama Sri Buddharakkitha Thera said today he would allow the night races to be held in Kandy this weekend for the last time after considering a plea made by the organisers on the heavy costs of organizing such races.

Ven. Buddharakkita Thera told the media after attending an almsgiving at the Kandy District Secretariat for 52 Buddhist monks that he had earlier protested over the motor races, but had consented to it after a plea by the organizers who had made all the arrangements at a massive expense.

The prelate said he would never consent to night races to be held in Kandy in the future and pointed out  that the motor races would be held only in the Bogambara grounds and the roads around the prisons and not on any of the roads surrounding the Sri Dalada Maligawa. (J.A.L. Jayasinghe)
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  • Azee Tuesday, 24 June 2014 06:21 PM

    Even if the Prelate had not consented would that have made any difference What of the other Prelates who had objected via DM Android App

    WARUNA Tuesday, 24 June 2014 01:10 PM

    Abha Saranai

    Road Racer Tuesday, 24 June 2014 06:40 PM

    This was expected. No surprise. via DM iPad app

    Kiris Baba Amaray Wednesday, 25 June 2014 03:39 AM

    Our President & his family can do anything and none can block their plans.

    Nodrog Wednesday, 25 June 2014 03:53 AM

    Actually it shows how mighty the Carlton Sports club is.

    Adel Wednesday, 25 June 2014 08:39 AM

    "plea made" or a "threat made"

    Fernando Tuesday, 24 June 2014 07:22 PM

    Prelate too late. via DM iPad app

    Mr.Fernando Wednesday, 25 June 2014 02:17 PM

    This is what we expected.This is the reality. via DM Android App

    ATHTHA Thursday, 26 June 2014 10:15 AM

    If this time can, why next time can't. If otherwise job will be gone????This is a very big joke

    HambanGoiya Wednesday, 25 June 2014 02:43 PM

    Loku Hamuduruwantath Bala Giri Doshaya hedila wageh Ada neme heta sadu....sadu.....sadu....

    ANTON Wednesday, 25 June 2014 04:29 AM

    THIS IS WHAT WE CALL "THE TONGUE HAS NO BONES."

    Perera Wednesday, 25 June 2014 04:38 AM

    Why couldn't organisers obtain pre-approval from the prelates?

    If they have obtained should give, but these organisers ignored the value of the Kandy & prelates where they know very well they will do even without their approvals.

    Our leaders, priests, prelates and political persons should respect and should have back borne, if no means no and yes means yes.

    If you say yes & no, will happen like our last test match, what happened to Herath & Mathew. Where Herath should have gone for 50runs and partnership of 150. Due to yes & no things goes wrong.

    PISSU PUSA Wednesday, 25 June 2014 04:43 AM

    Let god give long life to the prelate to witness the night race next year.

    peter Wednesday, 25 June 2014 04:47 AM

    massive wastage when country undergoes severe economic crisis which ordinary people do not seem to realize!

    peter Wednesday, 25 June 2014 04:49 AM

    I remember prelate protesting this last year too. Wasn't it 'last time' ?

    Lakminiha Tuesday, 24 June 2014 08:30 PM

    Next time the organisers will spend more than this year in order to convince. via DM Android App

    Mutu Wednesday, 25 June 2014 04:57 AM

    Reverend Buddarakkitha please tell the organizers NOT TO SELL LIQUOR at every corner in Kandy town during the races.

    Suq Madique Tuesday, 24 June 2014 03:23 PM

    If it was wrong the why allow it in any case? Just proves how much authority the Maha Sangha has.

    M.O.A.Careem Wednesday, 25 June 2014 01:27 AM

    massive investment....bring good-will to s/l economy

    Kumara Tuesday, 24 June 2014 03:27 PM

    At Massive expence--- not by the Organisers- but by the TAX PAYERS!!

    fazil Wednesday, 25 June 2014 05:37 AM

    at last Prelate kept his dignity. Wise decision.but every prelate do like this what will happen to this country.

    prashantha Wednesday, 25 June 2014 05:54 AM

    No surprise,,They are been well fed, how can they say no to anything.
    well done MR

    Calistus Jayatilleke Wednesday, 25 June 2014 05:58 AM

    What a pity, this time too they had to allow it and call it the last time. Next year also they will be forced to allow it and call it Final. And the year following, it will be called Last and Final, and so on, and the game will go on. We all know how much influence the Maha Nayakes have with the government.

    C.K.Lankaputhra Wednesday, 25 June 2014 02:38 AM

    The prelate should get a Doctor to examine whether he has a back bone. I think they are also doing big businesses.

    sandman Wednesday, 25 June 2014 06:47 AM

    Buddhism protected indeed. The cost of this wasteful extravaganza is more IN VALUE than the RELIGIOUS SANCTITY of this city. SADHU SADHU !!!!!

    Flummoxed Wednesday, 25 June 2014 02:52 AM

    The Kandy touts are no doubt jumping with joy!

    Rubert Vanderkoon Wednesday, 25 June 2014 07:17 AM

    Who would consider seeking permission from prelates when doing something? Especially when they have the courtesy of the powerful brats!

    Fernando. C Wednesday, 25 June 2014 07:17 AM

    Next year too -last time


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