Chief Incumbent of the Attanagalla Raja Maha Vihara Venerable Pannila Ananda thera who has been conferred the honourary title Upadyaya of the Malwatte Chapter has been warmly welcomed.
The welcoming ceremony was held at the temple under the patronage of Prime Minister D.M. Jayararatne and Minister Basil Rajapaksa. The Act of Appointment was presented by the Prime Minister while Minister Basil Rajapaksa presented the Ata Pirikara. The Minister said that the people now enjoy the freedom of worship at any temple in the island today. Deputy Ministers Mervyn Silva, Pandu Bandaranayake, Sarana Gunawardena and Lasantha Alagiyawanna were present.