Local News from Sri Lanka: To pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on the occasion of his 150th birth anniversary, Prime Minister Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe and High Commissioner H.E. Taranjit Singh Sandhu unveiled a bronze bust of Gandhiji at Temple Trees in Colombo last week. The 42 inches bust of Gandhiji in meditative pose has been sculpted by Padma Bhushan Awardee sculptor Ram Vanji Sutar, who has to his credit the world’s tallest bronze statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel – 552 feet high.
During the occasion, two commemorative postal stamps on Mahatma Gandhi issued by Sri Lanka Post were also released by Prime Minister Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe and High Commissioner H.E. Taranjit Singh Sandhu. Other dignitaries and high officials who graced the occasion included Minister of Power, Energy and Business Development Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, Minister of Plantation Industries Hon. Navin Dissanayake, Minister of Postal Services and Muslim Religious Affairs Hon. M.H.A. Haleem, Minister of Ports, Shipping and Southern Development and Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff Hon. Sagala Ratnayaka, Deputy Post-Master General, Sri Lanka Post Mr. D.A.R.K. Ranasinghe and Director, Philatelic Bureau Mr. S.K. Meegama.
Later in the evening today, a special lecture will be organized at the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies Auditorium in BMICH where Honorable Justice Thurairaja P.C. will deliver the Mahatma Gandhi oration on the topic, ‘Relevance of Mahatma Gandhi in Contemporary Times’. Speaker of Parliament Hon. Karu Jayasuriya and High Commissioner H.E. Taranjit Singh Sandhu are expected to grace the occasion. President Sri Lanka India Society (SLIS) Mr. Rohan Tudawe, Former President SLIS Kumar Nadesan, Secretary SLIS and many other distinguished dignitaries from cultural, professional, academic and business circles of Sri Lanka are also expected to participate.