‘Weralata Nidahasa’ cleaning programme in the coastal area in Mount lavinia, will be held on 4th  February 2020. Diving team of the maritime Archeology unit, Central Cultural Fund was participated this programme.  Profecer Gamini Adikari, Director General, Central Cultural Fund and large number of officials attend in the event.

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Senior Professor Gamini Adikari is appointed to the Director General of the Central Cultural Fund.

He has obtained a Special Degree in Archaeology from the University of Kelaniya and a Phd from same university, after carrying out his studies in Upsala University in Sweden.

Immediately after the graduation he was fourtunate enough to work under guidance of the famous Archaeologist Prof.Senaka Bandaranayake, in the Sigiriya Archaeological project of the Central Cultural Fund.

He has been a president of the National Council of Archeologists in Sri Lanka and he is the president of the ICOMAS, Sri Lanka branch. Presently he is the Director of the postgraduate institute of Archaeology, University of Kelaniya.

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DM 20170712 A0044The conservation of the Dambulla Rajamahavihara wall paintings was commenced by the Central Cultural Fund on the 11th of February 2017 under the patronage of Hon. Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, Minister of Education.

This project is executed as a joint venture by the Central Cultural Fund and the Archaeological Department.  The Hon, Minister and the gathering who participated at this event were made aware of the project component by the Director General of the Central Cultural Fund, Prof. Senerath Dissanayaka, the Director General of the Department of Archaeology and by Prof. Jagath Weerasinghe, the Director of the Postgraduate Institute of Archaeology.

Minister of Education Hon. Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, took this opportunity to inspect the canvas paintings repository of the Dambulla Project of the Central Cultural Fund.

sigiriyaTechnology has been harnessed for the issuance of tourist tickets under the Central Cultural Fund. As the first stage, on 11th February 2017 Hon. Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, the Minister of Education initiated the move from the Sigiriya Project.

The main objective of this exercise is to enable tourists to purchase their tickets with the least inconvenience to them. Consequently, both local and foreign tourists could purchase their tickets valid for three months from the date of purchase through the Internet. With the incorporation of the latest technology in sites of cultural interest, foreigners intending to visit the site now could purchase their tickets online prior to their arrival in the country. The Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) has been kind enough to give the technical assistance in this regard.