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President Mahinda Rajapakse a toddler of just over two years when the country regained its freedom in 1948 stands tall as the country’s fifth Executive President at the Independence commemoration celebrations held at Galle Face Green yesterday. The Service Chiefs, Army Commander Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka, Navy Commander Vice Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda, Air Force Chief Air Vice Marshal Donald Perera are in the background. Police Chief IGP Chandra Fernando is on the President’s left. Pic by Kavindra Perera.

President tells Nation :Shed more sweat for peace

In his Address to the Nation on the occasion of the 58th Anniversary of Independence President Mahinda Rajapakse said we should bear well in our minds that if we are to stop the increasing flow of blood through war we should shed more and more sweat in the cause of peace.
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Independence celebrated in solemn grandeur

by P. Muttiah

Sri Lanka celebrated its 58th Independence Anniversary with a solemn but grand ceremony at Galle Face Green, Colombo yesterday with the participation of thousands of people including state and party leaders, members of the clergy of all religions, members of the diplomatic corps resident in Colombo and other distinguished invitees.
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