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2009-02-03: [source:The Island] Deyata Kirula Exhibition tomorrow
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2003-04-20: [source:Observer] Sirimavo Bandaranaika Memorial Exhibition & Convention centre - Official Opening on May 17
1999-05-22: [source:Daily News] Tree Planting Campaign at BMICH
1999-05-07: International Exhibition Centre at BMICH
1999-05-01: [source:Lake House] BMICH’s enhanced majesty
1998-05-10: [source:Lake House] Another outright gift from Chinese Govt - Modern convention hall next door to BMICH
1998-05-09: [source:Weekend Express] B.M.I.C.H. – 25th anniversary
1983-05-21: [source:SUN] Tenth Anniversary of BMICH
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07/05/1999: BMICH to get exhibition hall and international study centre
By Azra Raban

An exhibition Centre and a separate centre for international studies are to be constructed at the premises of the BMICH in Colombo at a cost of RS.300 million and Rs. 50 million respectively with assistance from China.
These centers are to be built as part of a programme of activities to celebrate the 26th anniversary of the BMICH, said Mr. Bandula Ekanayake the Director of the Conference Hall.

He said that the structural design of the two centers are now being prepared in China.

Construction work on both buildings will be launched this year and is expected to be completed in the year 2001.

The Sri Lanka exhibition centre will be a single storied building comprising too large exhibition halls, a lobby and a dining room besides other facilities.

The plan for this building is based on a design provided by Sri Lanka and the prevailing style in China, according to official souces.The architectural structure if the two buildings will be consistent with that of the BMICH.

The octagon shaped, marble paved BMICH which was opened in1973, was an outright gift from the government and the people in China in memory of the late Prime Minister Mr. S.W.R.S.D. Bandaranaike.

The BMICH consisting of a main assembly hall, delegate lounge, banquet hall, press lounge, 90 office rooms for delegations, committee rooms and a secretariat area cost Rs.35 million at that time.

Ekanayke said that BMICH will celebrate its 26th anniversary on May 27.The celebrations will start from may 16.

Arrangements have been made to dedicate May 16 for disabled soldiers and police personnel by providing them lunch, tea and gifts as well as organizing various activities for them. This will be followed by a blood donation programme on May 17, he told press conference.

Ekanayake said, arrangements have also been made to plant 100 plants at the BMICH premises on May 17.This is a joint project of the Organization for Industrial, spiritual and Cultural Advancement (OISCA) International. A representative of OISCA, Mr. Sanath Dissanayake said the planting will be done with the assistance of around 200 school children from rural schools including the Japanese school in Sri Lanka.

Mr. Dissanayake said, “Our intention is to plant 50,000 and maintain the plants for the next five years.”

The paddy field in the premises will be also cultivated after a lapse of 4 years, he said.

Mr. Jehan Karunaratne, Manager, Mount Lavinia Hotel Catering Service said the hotel which has been the official caterer for BMICH since 1989 plans on utilizing the garden by organizing children’s parties and garden parties.

The BMICH will conclude their celebrations by exhibiting 500 Wesak lanterns in the premises proposed by the workers to celebrate Wesak on the May 29 and 39 and a Bakthi Gee programme.

[source:Daily News]