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The 70th Independence Day is marked in a grand manner


In his address to the nation, the President stresses the need to strengthen the Sri Lankan identity.

President Maithripala Sirisena stresses the need to strengthen the identity of the Sri Lankan people. He says the government has given priority to identify and address national challenges, including the elimination of poverty. Addressing the nation at the 70th Independence Day ceremony that was held in a grand manner at Galle face, the President said the outdated financial and other regulations needed to be amended without delay. He called on all politicians to exercise honesty and commitment in overcoming national challenges. He added that the true meaning of freedom meant not only for humans, but also for other animals and the environment.  
The President pays last respects to the late Professor Bellanwila Wimalarathana Thera.

President Maithripala Sirisena this afternoon visited Bellanwila Raja Maha Vihara and paid last respects to the late Venerable Professor Bellanwila Wimalaratana Thera. The president extended condolences to the nation over the bereavement of the revered and scholarly top prelate of the temple.

Large numbers of mourners are arriving to pay their last respects to the Thera who passed away yesterday. The cremation will take place at the Sri Jayewardenepura University grounds on Thursday afternoon with state patronage.