Kings Visit to Madagascar Has Strong Symbolic Meaning Malagasy President

Antananarivo – Malagasy President Hery Rajaonarimampianina stressed, here Monday, that the visit of King Mohammed VI to Madagascar has “a strong symbolic meaning.”“This is the first visit of HM the King to Madagascar and has a strong symbolic meaning,” the head of the Malagasy State told the press following the signing ceremony of several cooperation agreements of bilateral cooperation.This visit will reinforce the friendship relations between the two countries and the two peoples, he said, expressing his thanks to the Sovereign. “It is with great pleasure and honor, of course, that the entire Malagasy people and I have received King Mohammed VI,” he pointed out.The Malagasy president highlighted Morocco’s special ties with Madagascar, notably the city of Antsirabe, which had welcomed late King Mohammed V and the royal family during their forced exile in 1954.In this regard, he underlined that the discussions he had with the King and the agreements signed under the presidency of the two heads of State “herald a fruitful future” of bilateral cooperation and between the operators of the two countries read more

Two elephants killed on railway track

The railway track was also damaged forcing train services operating on the line to be temporarily suspended.Last month a train transporting fuel crashed into a herd of elephants killing four elephants along the Batticaloa railway line.The accident took place between Habarana and Palugaswewa on the Batticaloa line. Earlier this month three elephants were killed after being hit by a train along the Polonnaruwa-Batticaloa railway line. The elephants had been crossing the railway line when the train crashed into them. Two elephants were killed in two seperate train accidents last night and today.In one accident, a train crashed into two elephants killing one and injuring the other at Ambanpola. In the other accident, a train crashed into an elephant near Palugaswewa killing the animal. The train was travelling between Batticaloa and Colombo when the elephants had been on the track.At least three compartments of the train had derailed following the accident. The train derailed following the impact and some of the fuel tanks had overturned. (Colombo Gazette) read more