65th Independence Day
Tomorrow we celebrate the 65th Independence Day. It will be held in
the port city of Trincomalee in the Eastern Province. The 2013 Deyata
Kirula National Development Exhibition that coincides with the
Independence Day celebrations will be held in Trincomalee, Ampara and
Batticaloa districts of the Eastern Province and in the Polonnaruwa in
the North Central Province. The Government has allocated Rs. 59.8
billion for rapid infrastructure development projects in the four
districts including roads and power supply in the Trincomalee district.
Holding Independence Day celebrations in the Eastern Province will be
a unique opportunity for the people of the North and the East to witness
the celebrations while it will be symbolic of the unity within the
The port city of Trincomalee
All over South Asia (including India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Pakistan
and Bangladesh), resistance to British rule grew rapidly after the end
of World War I in 1919.
In Sri Lanka, which was comparatively small, stable and well governed
the country's first democratic election was held in 1931.
A movement towards economic self-determination leading to full
independence was spearheaded by Sri Lanka's greatest modern leader, Don
Stephen Senanayake (1884-1952). When Sri Lanka gained independence on
February 4, 1948, Senanayake became the country's first Prime Minister.
He committed his government to the principles of a free, democratic and
multi-ethnic Sri Lanka.
We are now reaping the benefits of peace after terrorism was
eradicated by Prerident Mahinda Rajapaksa. Now Sri Lanka enjoy of real