No commercial propaganda at Mihintale

by Nimal Wijesinghe, Lanka Daily News, June 10, 2008

ANURADHAPURA, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lanka has decreed that no commercial propaganda or advertising is allowed in the Mihintale sacred area during the Poson Religious festive season.

The announcement was made by Petroleum Resources Minister Duminda Dissanayake who is also the SLFP Chief Organiser for Mihintale electorate told the Mihintale Poson Festival Steering Committee.

He said advertisements only on Buddhism will be allowed.

The Minister chairing the committee meeting at the Mihintale Government Circuit Bungalow auditorium, said such restrictions were needed as in the previous festive seasons, most commercial institutions conducted publicity 'campaigns'.