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DateLine Sunday, 23 March 2008

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Peerless engineering feat

Flyover at Peliyagoda - a new world record:

The construction of the Kelaniya Railway Crossing North Flyover which was commenced on and scheduled to complete by March 25, 2008 is an ample demonstration of the capabilities of Sri Lankan engineers and the local construction consortiums which are now par with their counter parts in developed countries. The Flyover with 320 metres in length and 8.85 in width is nearly completed qualifying it to be the fastest built Flyover in the world.

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The golden landmark in the landscape of Sinhalese military adventure - the defeat of the Portuguese at Gannoruva

28th March 2008, marks the uncommemorated but 370th anniversary of Sri Lanka's most heroic and last battle ever fought by the valiant armies of King Rajasingha II, which reminds us the triumphal proceedings of the famous Gannoruva battle of 1638 AC. This battle not only saved the nation from being permanently annexed to Portugal, but also proved the superior prowess of the Sinhalese armies.

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Buddha's first visit to Kimbulwathpura

Medin Full Moon Poya day fell on March 21:

The month of Medin is important in that context as it was on a Medin Full Moon poya day the Buddha started his journey to Kimbulwathpura to preach to his father and the Sakya clan on the invitation of minister Kaludai. Also Medin Full Moon Poya day marks the peak of the Sri Pada pilgrim season which normally begins with Unduwap poya in December.

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