As Vesak celebrations were marked throughout the country with thousands of policemen on security duty, these police officers took time off to recite Vesak Bakthi songs and display their traditional dancing skills at the Police Park, Bambalapitiya on Friday. Pic by Indika Handuwala.
New visa rules for visitors to Sri Lanka involving the payment of a visa fee has generated revenues of Rs 550 million during January to March this year, officials said. Revenue from this new source is targeted at, at least Rs 2 billion this year.
In just six months, from the end of September 2011 to March 2012, Russia was transformed. The state's gradual decomposition - its degenerate ethos of rent-seeking and appropriation of public goods - finally pushed Russia's citizens, especially its young post-communist middle class, into the streets.
Sri Lankans must be a patient lot, at least when it comes to bearing the pangs of the rising cost of living. Didn't the Buddha, whose birth, demise and enlightenment millions of Buddhists the world over marked yesterday, say that one of the greatest prayers is patience?
With thousands of white-clad devotees observing sil at temples across the country on Vesak Day, the thrice-blessed poya which fell yesterday, the walkabouts to see the beautiful sights take place today.
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