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P. 's call for the state to provide greater facilities for the propagation of Buddhism declared in its manifesto that there was no need to render any special assistance to 'the great religion of the Buddha'. The party Problems in a Plural Society 17 further took pride in the fact that it had treated all religions alike. The Kotelawala government for its part helped finance the renovations to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth of the Buddha, subsidised the Vidyalankara Pirivena in its programme for revising the Buddhist scriptures and compiling an encyclopaedia on Buddhism in the English language, and in 1956 took an active interest in the Buddha Jayanti celebrations.

On the average the temperature in the hilly zones falls 1°F for every 100 feet of elevation. Thus the temperature in Nuwara Eliya, the chief hill station which is 6,200 feet above sea level, is 60°F while at its minimum, usually in February, it is 45°F but occasionally falling to below freezing point. 4°F). 2 Politics in Sri Lanka 1947-1979 The wet seasons are during the south-west (May-September) and north-east (December to February) monsoons. There are afternoon and evening convectional showers as well as depressional rains during the inter-monsoonal periods.

The raison d'etre for the appointment of a royal commission under the Earl of Donoughmore in 1927 was to investigate the failure of the 1923 experiment in representative government. 20 The core of the Donoughmore system was government by executive committees. It was based on the organisation of the London County Council. The legislature, the State Council, after a general election divided itself into seven executive committees each of which was placed in charge of a group of government departments and each of which elected its own chairman who became the minister in charge of the various departments in its control.

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