An Ifthar ceremony was held at the Batticaloa Bank of Ceylon under the patronage of the Bank’s Muslim Majlis. Manager M.I.Nauffer chaired. Parliamentarian Ali Zahir Moulana delivered the keynote address. Judge Manicavasagar Ganesarasa and Iliyas Maulavy addressed. Officials, customers and others participated.
- By J.M.Hafeez
The Young Men Muslim Association has extended a donation by cheque to parents of a child that need face plastic surgery. They made the donation following a request for help to take the child to India for surgery.
Jaffna undergraduates distributed a consignment of school accessories and relief items to 400 students in Molkawa Maha Vidyalaya in Kukulganga recently. The Jaffna undergraduates had jointly managed to collect about Rs 4 lakhs for purchase of school accessories, sufficient for 400 affected students in Grade 1 - 13 in the South.
- By J.M.Hafeez
Matale Lord’s School team secured the first place in the Ramadan General Knowledge Contest conducted in the Central Province under the patronage of Kandy Kingswood College recently.
Mass Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera paid a courtesy call on Malwatte Mahanayake Thera Most. Ven. Thibbotuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala Thera on Saturday.
President Maithripala Sirisena has stated that the message conveyed to humanity through Ramazan is universal in manifest.
- By S.Kathiravan
Funds have been allocated to 27 schools, 32 Rural Development Societies, temples and 16 rehabilitated cadres from allocations of the Provincial Ministry of Education, Cultural, Sports and Rehabilitation.
Mannar Acting Magistrate Gias Baldona has remanded six Tamil Nadu fishermen who were apprehended by the Sri Lankan Navy allegedly for fishing in Sri Lankan territorial waters. Court remanded them till July 7 when they were produced before it. The trawler from which they were engaging in fishing was also seized.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe has observed that Ramazan Festival is celebrated by Muslims with a deep sense of fellowship and co-existance in countries throughout the world.
Opposition Leader R.Sampanthan has expressed hope that the festival of Ramazan will strengthen bonds of brotherhood and unity.
In his message for Ramazan festival, he said: "My heartiest greetings to all Muslims in Sri Lanka celebrating Ramzan Festival!
India’s Opposition Parties have opted to field former Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar against NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind in the July 17 presidential election.
Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) has called off the indefinite countrywide strike it launched. The announcement of the GMOA to call off the strike was made after it held discussions President Maithripala Sirisena.
A simple ceremony was held to formally declare Batticaloa district as land mine free- 'The First Mine-Affected District of Sri Lanka Reaching a Level of Residual Risk'. The declaration was signed and handed over by stakeholders during a ceremony held at Batticaloa District Secretariat premises.
Chief Minister of the Northern Province Justice Wigneswaran met with Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi Leader Parliamentarian Mavai Senathyrasa and held cordial discussions. They focused on issues faced by the Northern Provincial Council and on finding solutions, reports indicate.
A simple ceremony was held in the Vavuniya Urban Council grounds to mark the International Yoga Day. Northern Province Health Minister Sathyalingam was the Chief Guest.
The Government of Pakistan through its High Commission in Sri Lanka awarded scholarships to 170 bright Sri Lankan students of O’ & A’ levels under prestigious Jinnah Scholarship programme worth SL Rs. 4.225 million at a simple ceremony held at a local hotel in Colombo recently.
JO Parliamentarians met with Provincial Council and Local Government Minister Faizer Musthapha and urged him to hold local government polls without delay.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that acts of violence perpetrated under the cover of religion will not be tolerated. He was addressing an Ifthar ceremony at Temple Trees on Thursday.
SLFP Spokesman and Minister Dilan Perera has stated that he responds to the political convictions of Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Ven. Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera and not to his religious convictions.
Health Minister Dr.Rajitha Senaratne has assured that the government is fully committed to ensure a high quality free education in the island.
MEP Leader JO Parliamentrian Dinesh Gunawardena has urged the government to engage with doctors and students and resolve the SAITM issue. He made the request moving the Adjournment Motion.
Maligakanda Magistrates Court remanded Inter University Students’ Federation (IUSF) Convenor Lahiru Weerasekara until July 5.
President Maithripala Sirisena has stated that the government is committed to build a better society guided by religious values.
The NDA's presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind filed his nomination papers in New Delhi on June 23, 2017.
Colombo Grand Mosque has announced that Muslims in Sri Lanka will celebrate Ramadan festival on Monday because the new moon has not been sighted. The month-long Ramadan fasting period began on May 27 this year in Sri Lanka.
The Prize Giving of the Vesak lantern making competition held for third time in Northern Province took place in Nallur recently under the patronage of Jaffna Inter Religious Group. Northern Province Governor Reginald Cooray chaired.
The Internationla Yoga Day was held at the Webber Ground in Batticaloa under the patronage of the Health Counci. State Minister for Education V.Rathakrishnan was the Chief Guest. A number of boys and girls from various schools in the district participated.
‘Ifthar’, the traditional breaking of Ramadan fast, was performed by Muslim members of the Sri Lanka Army recently together with the Chief of Staff of the Army Major General Mahesh Senanayake.
- By S.Surenthiran
‘Naatya Mathuri’ dance programme is to be held at 5.30 pm on Saturday, June 24 at the Ramakrishna Mission Hall, Wellawatte to mark the 42 nd anniversary celebration of Nirthana School of Dance.
- By S.M.Surenthiran
The annual feast of the St. Anthony’s Church in Kochchikade, Colombo was held on June 13 with the participation of Christians and people of other faiths. A trilingual mass was held.
- By J.M.Hafeez
Ifthar festival was held in Kandy recently under the patronage of the Deputy Indian High Commission in the Central Province. Dua prayers were also conducted for peace and prosperity in the island.
A simple ceremony was held at Methamaganuwara Murugamamalai Murugan Temple in Kandy recently to felicitate Seva Jothy Muthiah, father of legendary cricketer Muralitharn, on his 75 th birthday.
Buddhists all over the island observed the Poson Poya, which marked the historic arrival of Buddhism in the country, through Arahath Mahinda Thera in Mihintale, Anuradhapura and other places.
A Paatkuda Pavany was held to mark the annual festival of the Navithan Vely Kannaki Amman temple. The pavany commenced from Veppaiyady Selva Vinayagar Koil and proceeded to the venue with the participation of female devotees chanting Amman Nammam all along the procession.
'Poson Bathi Gee Miyasiya' (Buddhist devotional songs) musical programme was conducted at the Defence Ministry premises on June 6. It conducted to mark the Poson Poya Day. Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Eng. Karunasena Hettiarachchi was the Chief Guest. It had been organized by the Welfare Association of the Ministry.
Special poojas and ritual were held at the Amirthakali Sri Kannaki Amman Koil to mark the annual Kannaki Amman Sadangu. A number of male and female devotees participated in the rural religious ritual.
A delegation of Al Khidmath Foundation, a reputed welfare NGO in Pakistan, led by Dr. Mushtaq along with members of Serendib Foundation for Relief and Development (SFRD) has visited Sri Lanka to provide relief to the tune of US$25,000 in partnership with Serendib Foundation for Relief and Development to the victims of the recent floods and landslides in Sri Lanka.
Kataragama Monastery chief incumbent Don Piyatissa Kumarage called on the Head of the Nallai Aatheenam Srilasiri Somasundara Paramasariya Swamigal at the Nallai Aatheenam.
- By S.Surenthiran
The annual festival of St.Anthony’s Church in Kochchikade, Colombo commenced with the flag hoisting ceremony on June 3. Parish priest Rev.Fr. Jude Fernando conducted the Mass. Devotees from several parts of the country, Catholics as well as those from other faiths, attended the event.
Sri Lanka Muslim Congress Leader Minister Rauff Hakeem attended the funeral of Kaviko Abdul Rahman at his residence in Pannaiyur in Chennai East. He conveyed condolences to his bereaving family members.
The Patriate of the Dravidiya Munnetra Kalagam Kalaignanar Dr. M.Karunanithy, the oldest living politician in India, has turned 94 today, Saturday, June 3.
Ven.Kotugoda Dhammavasa Nayake Thera has been appointed the Chief Prelate of Amarapura Chapter. He is a renowned Buddhist monk who has dedicated his life for the betterment of Amarapura Chapter. Meanwhile Ven.Dr.Pallekande Rathanasara Anunayake Thera has been appointed acting Maha Lekakadikari.
- By J.M.Hafeez
Cultural Diversity Day was held at the Auditorium of the Central Provincial Council. The event was held under the patronage of the Chief Minister of the Central Province Sarath Ekanayake and the Central Province Governor of Niluke Ekanayake.
All Ceylon Hindu Congress has made an appeal to the public to make donations to make its program and drive to provide assistance to the unfortunate victims of recent floods and landslides a success.