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Freeze ‘Two Leave’ symbol permanently..Ramadas to EC

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PMK founder S. Ramadoss has urged the Election Commission to freeze the ‘two leave’ symbol permanently. He also welcomed the arrest of the deputy general secretary of AIADMK (Amma), T.T.V. Dhinakaran, by the New Delhi police on charges of attempting to bribe Election.

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Sumanthiran, Weliamuna among newly appointed PCs

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Civil Rights activists Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran and J.C. Weliamuna are among the 25 senior lawyers appointed as President's Counsels.

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Give guidance to resolve issues: President to Spiritual Leaders

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President Maithripala Sirisena has urged the spiritual leaders to give guidance to find solutions for the current issues in world.

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Hartal in the north east disrupts day to day life

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A hartal in the north and east that called the government to respond to their grievances paralyzed the day to day life. It was staged by Tamil and Muslim groups in the North-East.

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JVP to hold May Day in Colombo, Jaffna

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JVP is to hold May Day in Colombo and Jaffna. According to party sources, one would be held as usual in Colombo and the other will be held in Jaffna.

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Resolution against grant of GSP plus to SL defeated

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The 751-member European Parliament's on Thursday voted against a resolution denying the grant of the European Union's Generalized Scheme of Preferences, Plus known as GSP+ tariff concession to Sri Lanka again.

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PM calls on his Indian counterpart

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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe on Wednesday called on his Indian counterpart Narandra Modi at Hyderabad House in New Delhi . Modi hosted a lunch in honour of the Sri Lankan Premier.

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PM calls on Sonia Ghandhi

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Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe called on Indian national Congress Party Chairperson Sonia Ghandhi and held talks. Former Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh was also present at the occasion. Sri Lankan Premier is currently on a visit to India.

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Delhi Court orders five day police custody to Dhinakaran

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AIADMK (Amma) deputy general secretary T.T.V. Dhinakaran and his co-accused Mallikarjuna have been ordered to five days’ police custody by Delhi Court in the case of alleged attempt to bribe certain officials of the Election Commission for allotment of two leaves symbol to the Amma faction.

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Seven Lankan fishermen repatriated

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Sri Lankan Navy facilitated the repatriation of  Seven Sri Lankan fishermen who were arrested by the Indian Coast Guard allegedly for trespassing into Indian territorial waters have been repatriated to the island with the assistance of Sri Lanka Navy.

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Outgoing Seychelles bids farewell to President

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David Pierre, the outgoing Seychelles Ambassador in Sri Lanka called on President Maithripala Sirisena on April 26 at the President’s Official Residence.

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PM calls on India’s External Affairs and Shipping Ministers

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Prime Minister Wickremesinghe called on Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari and Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj at the Hotel Taj Palace and held talks on bilateral issues. He is accompanied by International Trade Minister Malik Samarawickrema and Disaster Management Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa.

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Rajitha delivers Thanthai Chelva memorial lecture in Colombo

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- By S.M.Surenthiran

Health Minister Dr.Rajitha Senaratne on Wednesday delivered the Thanthai Chelva memorial lecture at an event held at Bambalapitiya Kathiresan Hall to mark the 40 th death anniversary of the Founder of Illankai Tamil Arasu Katchi S.J.V.Chelvanayagam under the patronage of ITAK.

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IPU President calls on President Maithripala Sirisena

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President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), Saber Chowdhury called on President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat recently.

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‘Be a role model’: Speaker to young parliamentarians

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Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has appealed to the young parliamentarians to act as role models to the youth as the young generation is losing trust in democracy and vulnerable segment of the society embracing extremism.

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Dhinakaran under arrest

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AIADMK (Amma) Deputy General Secretary T.T.V. Dhinakaran was arrested by the Delhi Police Crime Branch allegedly for attempting to bribe Election Commission officials to secure the ‘two leaves’ symbol for his faction.

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Veteran Chef Publis Silva’s book launched

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The book “Mahasupavanshaya”, (The Great Chronicle of Culinary Art), authored by eminent Chef Deshabandu Dr. Publis Silva was launched at the BMICH under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena recently.

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PM at Meeting of Young Parliamentarians of the Asia-Pacific

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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe attended the inaugural sessions of the Regional Meeting of Young Parliamentarians of the Asia-Pacific. It will be held from 25th to 26th April 2017, at the Hilton Hotel in Colombo. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya was Guest of Honour.

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Pakistan NDU delegation in Sri Lanka

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A high powered Pakistan National Defense University (NDU) delegation comprising 18 members led by Commodore Shahid Sohail is currently in Sri Lanka on a week-long foreign study tour.

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New year celebration at Mahinda’s office

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Religious observances were held to mark the newyear at the office of former President and Kurunegala Parliamentarian Mahinda Rajapakse in Battaramulla recently.

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Gayathri Japa Yagnam in Puttarparthy to mark New Year

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Viswa Shanthi Gayathri Japa Yagnam was the highlight of the Tamil New Year celebrations held at Poorna Chandra Hall recently.

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Bangladesh National Day in Colombo

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A simple ceremony was held at Kingsbury to mark the National Day of Bangladesh. Tourism Minister John Amaratunge was the Chief Guest and offered the toast.

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Oil anointing ceremonies on New Year Day

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Ceremonies of oil anointing at auspicious hours were held throughout the country by Buddhists on New Year Day. The religious observations were held according to age old customs.

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New Year Poojas at Nallaikanthan Koil

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Special poojas were held at the historic Nallai Kanthan Koil to mark the new year. Hundreds of Hindu devotees participated with devotion.

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Way of the Cross in Trinco

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- By S.Kathiravan 

Christians all over the island observed the Way of the Cross during the Lent on Friday, April 14, 2017. It is one of the most popular devotions for Roman Catholics.

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International Yoga Day in Colombo

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The International Day of Yoga- 2017 was held at Independence square Arcade recently under the auspices of Indian Cultural Centre, High Commission of India, Colombo in collaboration with World Health Organization.

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Book on Hisbulla launched in Kathankuddy

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The book on State Minister Hisbulla under the title ‘Kilakinvasal’was launched at a meeting held at Kathankuddy recently.

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Chariot Festival at Trinco Pathirakali temple

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- By S.Kathiravan

The annual Chariot Festival of Trincomalee Pathirakali Amman Temple was held on Saturday, April 08 with the participation of a large number of devotees with a religious fervor.

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Moratuwa University New Year celebration depicting national unity

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Moratuwa University New Year celebration became unique for it was declared open by three damsels representing the Sinhalese, Tamil and Muslim communities symbolizing national unity.

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Austarlia’s Minister at Photographic Exhibition

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A photographic exhibition on 70 years of development cooperation between Australia and Sri Lanka was held at the Lionel Wendt Gallery recently. Australia’s Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells was the Chief Guest.

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April Heroes Day at Moneragala

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JVP held a commemoration ceremony in Monaragala to commemorate heroes who sacrificed their lives for the Motherland at the April Uprising in 1971.

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President, PM, Opposition Leader at Trinco Pathirakali Koil

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- By T.Pakkiyanathan

President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe and Opposition Leader R.Sampanthan participated at the poojas at Trincomalee Pathirakali Amman temple and received blessings.

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PM receives Buddhist newspaper ‘Nivana’

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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was presented with a copy of 'Nivana' at Temple Trees recently.

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ITEC Day, International Students’ Day in Colombo

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'Indian Technical & Economic Cooperation Day and International Students’ Day on 28 March 2017 was held at Hotel TajSamudra, Colombo recently under the patronage of the High Commission of India. The ITEC alumni and Sri Lankan students who underwent training/studied in India under ITEC scheme and ICCR scholarship scheme of the Government of India were present.

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Trinco Pathirakali Flag Hoisting festival

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- By T.Pakkiyanathan

The annual festival of Trincomalee Pathirakali Amman temple commenced with the flag hoisting event on Thursday, March 30. The Ambal devotees performed their vows during the festival.

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International Women of Courage Award to Sandya Eknaligoda

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The International Women of Courage Award 2016 is to be conferred on a Sri Lankan this year for the first time. The recipient is Sandya Eknaligoda, wife of missing cartoonist Prageeth Eknaligoda.

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Sri Lanka’s Tourism Stall in Jakarta

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Sri Lanka’s tourism stall at Astindo Fair 2017 at the Jakarta Convention Centre (JCC) in Indonesia was officially declared open by Indonesian Tourism Minister Arief Yahya.

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India-Sri Lanka on joint oceanographic survey off Southern Coast

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The Indian Navy and Sri Lanka Navy are to conduct a joint oceanographic survey off the Southern Coast of Sri Lanka from 30 March to 11 May 2017.

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Sunil Handuneththi at Ethera Api in Canada

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JVP Parliamentarian Sunil Handunethithi was the Chief Guest at the Convention and the cultural show organized by the Canada branch of ‘Ethera Api’ organization.

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Prison inmates on a pilgrimage Sri Maha Bodhi

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Fifty prison inmates from Welikada, Mahara, Wariyapola, Ambepussa and Anuradhapura prisons went on a pilgrimage to the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and Ruwanweli Seya.

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