The president has inaugurated a replica of the Samadhi Buddha statue in the Premises of the Katunayake Airport.
It will be the first sight for the local as well as foreign travellers who arrive in the country. It was constructed jointly by the Airport and Aviation Services LTD and the Sambuddhatva Jayanthi Presidential Operations Committee. After unveiling the plaque near the Samadhi Buddha statue, the President made the first offering of flowers. The Maha Sangha chanted Seth Pirith. The main Anushasana was delivered by Chancellor of the Kelaniya University Ven. Welamitiyawe Kusaladhamma Thera. Ven. Dimbulkumbure Saranankara Anunayake thera administered Pansil. Alms were offered to 100 Bhikkhus at the airport premises. The President also participated in offering alms. He also inspected the premises of the Airport Transit Hotel. Ministers, Parliamentarians and officials participated in the function.