Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe offered prayers at the famous hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara in the Tirumala town in India today.The 69-year-old Wickremesinghe, dressed in traditional attire and accompanied by wife Maithree and a few Sri Lankan officials, visited the shrine this morning, a temple official told PTI. Tight security arrangements were put in place in view of the visit to Tirumala hills. (Colombo Gazette) This is his third visit as Sri Lanka’s prime minister to the hill shrine after previously coming here in 2002 and 2016. On arrival, he was accorded a traditional welcome by priests and top officials of the temple, administered by the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams. Wickremesinghe here on a 20-hour spiritual visit, flew in from Chennai by an IAF helicopter last evening.
She has so far managed to raise around half of the money.Ms Wilbur said: “There have been incidents in the past where nests have been tampered with and eggs thrown into the lake, which is not only distressing but is also a criminal offence.”The lake is home to several nesting mute swans that are very vulnerable and threatened with the huge numbers of visitors to the lake and the funfair.”Many people don’t go to the lake in the evening because of the fights and drunken behaviour – it will be a more pleasant place to be for both swans and human visitors.”She added: “We are also desperately seeking donations of hay bales too, as the island where the swans usually nest has been cleared, leaving them no option but to make nests along the paths again.”Ms Wilbur launched the campaign after nests were tampered with and eggs were thrown into the lake during previous years at the festival.Helston Town Council is backing the campaign to help pay for professional security.The lake is home to several nesting mute swans that are vulnerable to disruption from large numbers of visitors to the lake and funfair. The lake is home to several nesting mute swans that are very vulnerable and threatened with the huge numbers of visitors to the lake and the funfairRebecca Wilbur Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Swans are set to be given bodyguards during a town’s festival amid fears their nests will be damaged.Locals have launched a £300 fundraising campaign to cover the cost of employing two security personnel during Flora Day, so the birds’ eggs can be protected.There are fears that during the Cornish festival, which celebrates the arrival of spring, the swans might be disturbed by crowds of people, causing them to abandon their eggs.Rebecca Wilbur launched the bid to employ at least two security guards to remain at the boating lake between midday and midnight during the celebrations in Helston, Cornwall, on May 6.