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Ahead of Modi visit, Sri Lanka removes wasp nests to avoid insect attack

Modi will travel to Sri Lanka on May 11 to attend the biggest Buddhist festival, Vesak Day. The International Day of Vesak celebrations will be held in Colombo from May 12 to 14.

world Updated: May 11, 2017 09:09 IST
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena at a meeting in New York.(PTI File)

Sri Lanka has started removing wasp nests in the central hill area of Dickoya ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit later this week to avoid any possible “attack” by the insects.

The security units assigned with the provision of security to Prime Minister Modi is coordinating with the Hatton Superintendents of Police office and have obtained the assistance of the organisation for the protection of such insects.

The nests are being currently removed by the Hatton Police Director’s Office following orders from police chief Pujith Jayasundera.

Police fear that helicopters carrying the VIPs could disturb multiple wasp nests in large trees in the vicinity.

“Lankan authorities have taken measures to prevent any attack by these wasps that are now present in large numbers in the estate sector,” official sources said.

Modi will travel to Sri Lanka on May 11 to attend the biggest Buddhist festival, Vesak Day, the next day.

The International Day of Vesak celebrations, to be held in Colombo from May 12 to 14, will include an International Buddhist Conference in which over 400 delegates from more than 100 countries will participate.

He will inaugurate a well-equipped hospital in Dickoya built with the Indian assistance. He will later address a public rally at the Norwood grounds.

Both the Lankan leaders -- President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe -- are to accompany the Indian leader to the hill region.

First Published: May 09, 2017 13:23 IST