A young boy takes a photograph of former JVP leader Somawansa Amarasinghe during a fast launched at Independence Square yesterday over the alleged Election Day coup attempt. Picture by Lalith Perera

US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to monks at the Kelaniya Temple which he visited yesterday. – Picture by Lalith Perera

People free a man from the rubble of a destroyed building after an earthquake hit Kathmandu in Nepal, yesterday.  Over 400 people were reported killed as of last evening and many buildings, including the historic Dharara Tower, built in 1832, were destroyed. Photo: EPA

President Maithripala Sirisena greeted by the management of Cargills when he arrived at the BMICH last week for the Cargills Saru Bima Farmer Citizens awards. Picture by Lalith Perera

The usually busy streets of Pettah were almost deserted last Friday with little or no trading taking place owing to the long holidays. - Picture by Lalith Perera

Tourists watch as an elephant is given a bath at the Pinnawala elephant orphanage. Picture by Lalith Perera

The usually busy streets of Pettah were almost deserted last Friday with little or no trading taking place owing to the long holidays. Picture by Lalith Perera

Large queues were seen at several bus stands around Colombo yesterday as people gathered to go back to their home towns to celebrate the traditional Sinhala and Tamil New Year. Picture by Lalith Perera

Nurses stage a protest outside the Colombo National Hospital demanding attention to their demands from the Government. Picture by Lalith Perera

\President Maithripala Sirisena pays his last respects to the Most Venerable Udugama Sri Buddharakkitha Thero, the Chief Prelate of the Asigiriya Chapter, who passed away in Singapore last week. His funeral will take place in Kandy today.

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