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Sunday, 6 May 2012

Only 40,000 Heritage Sites Protected

By Indika Sri Aravinda
Only 40,000 of the 250,000 heritage sites in Sri Lanka are protected, National Heritage Minister Dr. Jagath Balasuriya said.
The Minister told The Sunday Leader that as a result treasure hunting has seen a steep rise in recent times.
He said that the government is now considering tightening laws that will stop treasure-hunting and action that can be taken against the suspects.
The Minister said that some organized groups seem to be involved in treasure hunting with several incidents reported over the past few weeks.
He said that the authorities do not have the adequate resources to protect places of national interest or places where treasure is believed to be hidden.
The government hopes to obtain the services of the civil defence force to provide protection to some places, the Minister said.
He added that volunteer groups will also be invited to protect the sites where priceless treasure is hidden. Existing laws will be amended to include these changes in the future.

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