Sri Lanka to celebrate its 71st Independence day tomorrow

Sri Lanka will be celebrating its 71st Independence Day tomorrow with usual fervor and enthusiasm. The main function will be held at Galle face grounds in Colombo where President Maithripala Sirisena will be chief guest while Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih will attend the function as guest of honour. Security arrangements are tight and special traffic arrangements have been done for the programme. A total of 545 prisoners have been granted Presidential pardon to mark the occasion and will be released tomorrow.

President Sirsena in his message on the occasion said the common enemies of progress are poverty and corruption and everybody must resolve to eradicate these evils completely.  He added that country needs customs, values and culture for future progress. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremsinghe in his message said Independence is fully realised only when all human beings in a nation achieve a state of environmental, economic, political, social and spiritual coexistence. He said this demands an organized programme and invited citizens to join him in building a robust economy, stable government and a prosperous nation.

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