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By NewsGram Staff-Writer

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The Sikh community in Britain organised a fund raising fair for a memorial statue which commenced on Sunday.

The sixth anniversary of the annual fair named ‘Sikh Mela’ was arranged at Yorkshire Lions’s Warrenside base in Deighton area in Huddersfield. The memorial statue will be an epitome of dedication to thousands of Sikhs who lost their lives fighting for British Empire in the two World Wars.

The alcohol free event included various activities, like turban tying contest, sword fighting, strongman contest and specially an American SWAT team demonstration which showed how SWAT makes arrest. Community members along with several Huddersfield army veterans honoured the Sikh soldiers died during the wars.

Live music was also arranged by Sikh artists, featuring Birmingham based punjabi singer Sukshinder Shinda. Among other traditional games for children was a show called ‘bird of prey’ which stole attention among most. Tug of war and Thai boxing competition were also organised.

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Despite having a shaky start due to rain, the event was thoroughly enjoyed by the members from the community and the visitors. The day also allowed people from different faiths to know and learn about Sikh religion and become aware about important milestones.

 

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Hundreds of Sri Lankan soldiers participated in a week-long national drug eradication programme by travelling across the country and raising awareness on the dangers of drug use, the Army said on Tuesday.

Over 1,000 soldiers took part in the programme which began on January 21, reports Xinhua news agency.

The soldiers distributed leaflets, educated students and people on the dangers of drug use and addiction.

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President Maithripala Sirisena on Monday requested members of the armed forces, police and civil security to help free the country from the clutches of drug abuse in the same manner in which they successfully defeated the Tamil Tiger terrorists in 2009.

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Sirisena said he aims to free Sri Lanka from drugs by 2020. (IANS)