Tamil National Alliance has while welcoming the adoption of UNHRC resolution 34/L 1 which reaffirms the full implementation of resolution 30/1 of 2015, promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in… Read More
Sewing machines were handed to women who had successfully completed tailoring course under livelihood development programme in Mannar. The event was held at Mananr Sub-Office under the patronage of Northern Province Fisheries Minister B. Deniswaran.
- By S.Kathiravan
Trinco Olympics Sports Club emerged Champions in the Alex Fernando Cup Football Tournament for over forties held at the Ehambaram Sports Grounds held recently.
- By S.Kathiravan
A road race was held to mark the 150 th anniversary of the Trincomalee St.Joseph’s College under the guidance of Principal Rev. Fr. Alfred Vijakamalanrecently. This was held prior to the main function.
Russian President presented a significant gift to President Maithripala Sirisena symbolic of close relationship between the two countries. He gave this memento during their bilateral meeting in Russia.
Opposition Leader R Sampanthan stated that late Wickramanayake was not a person who used communalism or chauvinism for political gain. He was addressing the House on the Condolence Vote on late Ratnasiri Wickramanayaka.
Sri Lanka Freedom Party Parliamentarian, Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa appeared before the Presidential Commission Investigating Fraud and Corruption (PRECIFAC) to record a statement over alleged financial irregularities in Sri Lanka Rupavahini Cooperation (SLRC) during last Presidential election.
- By S.Kathiravan
The Director of UNICEF Children’s Forum Jean Kau called on the Governor of the Eastern Province Austin Fernando and held discussions. She was accompanied by UNICEF officials. She was briefed of the situation in the East.
Actor Rajinikanth has retracted from his proposed to visit to Jaffna for an event of handing over the keys of 150 homes to Tamils in Jaffna on April 9. The houses were built by Gnanam Foundation, which has been named after Lyca Group chairman Subaskaran Allirajah’s mother, at a cost of Rs. 22 crore.
President Maithripala Sirisena and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev held a bilateral meeting in Russia on Mar 24. They held discussions on bilateral issues.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe speaking on the condolence motion on late Ratnasiri Wikckramanayaka told the House that Late Ratnasiri Wickramanayaka was a key political figure from 1960 - 2015. Over these 55 years, there had been many transformations in Sri Lankan politics and Wickramanayaka could well adapt to these changes. He won the confidence of both ex-Presidents Mahinda Rajapaksa and Chandrika Kumaratunga, which made him special.
The new Peace Education and Reconciliation Unit (PERU) website www.peru.lk was launched at a simple ceremony at the Education Ministry on Friday.
Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has advised Parliamentarians not to tarnish the image of the August body, the Parliament by expressing unhealthy and unacceptable language and thereby violating the Standing Orders. The healthy traditions of Parliament must be preserved.
The maiden copy of Neethiya-26 (26th Anniversary volume) was presented to Chief Justice Priyasath Dep in the chambers at the Supreme Court on Mar, 23. President’s Counsel Upali A. Goonaratne, Counsel Mahesh Wakishta, Ramitha Dissanayake, Prasad Chathuranga, and Ms Subhashini S. Jayalath were present at the occasion.
A seminar was on Enhancing Women Representation in Local Government polls by 25 % was held at the Navalar Cultural Hall in Jaffna recently. Commonwealth Representative Anura Kuwa, Women Activist Hemanthy Gunasekera and others addressed. Representatives of Women Organizations participated.
Tamil National Alliance has while welcoming the adoption of UNHRC resolution 34/L 1 which reaffirms the full implementation of resolution 30/1 of 2015, promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka, urged the government to honour its commitments.
Prime Minister Theresa May responding to the London attack, has categorically observed that Britain will never waver in the face of terrorism.
A meeting took place between President of Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and President Maithripala Sirisena at the Kremlin on Thursday. President Sirisena is currently on an official visit to Moscow at Mr Putin's invitation. The two presidents adopted a Joint Declaration following their talks.
Minister Malik Samarwickrama was the Chief Guest at the seminar on the National Program to establish 2000 exporters. The event was held at the Jaffna District Secretariat auditorium recently. Parliamentarian M.A.Sumanthiran, Northern Province Chief Minister Justice Wigneswaran, State Ministers Sujeewa Senasinge, Vijakala Maheswaran and others participated.
Legendary music director Gangai Amaran filed his nomination on Thursday as BJP nominee for RK Nagar by-poll. He was accompanied by senior party functionaries including state BJP chief Tamilisai Sounderrajan.
United States has urged Sri Lanka to make public a strategy and timetable for implementation of the reforms and commitments outlined in the UN Resolution 30/1. It has also commended Sri Lanka for the important steps taken since 2015, toward implementing its key human rights, justice, and reconciliation commitments.
The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Thursday adopted the consensus resolution on Sri Lanka without a vote. The resolution proposes to give two more years beyond 2017 to Sri Lanka to fulfill its commitments for reconciliation and transnational justice.
President Maithripala Sirisena was accorded a Guard of Honor during the official welcoming ceremony at Kremlin in the national capital of Russia. He also placed a wreath at the Tomb of Unknown Soldier in the Red Square. He was received by the Military Commandant of Moscow. The Russian Military Band played the national anthems of the two countries.
The 77 th National Day of Pakistan was held at the premises of the Pakistan High Commission recently.
Inspector-General of Police Pujith Jayasundara has urged his officers and policemen to meditate for 15 minutes every day before starting their daily routines.
A special issue of Hindu Oli on the glory of Matale Muthumariamman Koil was released during the annual festival of the temple at a simple religious ceremony.
The Balasthapana Kumbaabishekam of the Uvarmalai Vinayagar Koil will be held on Thursday, Mar 16. Siva Sri Ketheeswara Kurukkal and the temple priest Sivasri Vythilinga Kurukkal will conduct the rituals.
The Dasa Paramitha Perahera was held at the Athuladassanarama Viharaya in Borella on Marh 12. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was the Chief Guest and placed the sacred casket of relics.
- By S.Kathiravan
The sacred Masimagam Theertham Festival was held with religious fervor at the Katpaka Vinayagar temple at Thirugnanasampantyhhar Road, Trincomalee recently. Several devotees participated.
The Annual Feast of St. Anthony’s Church in the Kachchativu Island was held on Sunday March 12, under the guidance of Jaffna Diocese Vicar General Rev. Fr. Joseph Vass Jebaratnam, who conducted the mass.
- By S.Surenthiran
The Pancharatha Pavany of Matale Muthumariamman Koil was held with the pious participation of hundreds of devotees from all parts of the island.
The Katchatheewu St Antony’s Church feast is to commence on Sunday, Mar 12. Devotees from Sri Lanka and India participate at this two day festival. Jaffna priest Rev.Fr. P.J.Sebaratnam will conduct the festival.
A book of verses on Thirukonamalai Pathirakali Amman by Kavignar Sothidar Sikandithasan is to be released at a ceremony to be held at Trincomalee Hindu College at 3 pm on Sunday, Mar 12.
The Masimaga Pancharatha Pavany of Matale Muthumariamman Koil will commence from the temple on Saturday morning. It will wound its way through the Trincomalee Street, Raja Veethy and return to the Koil.
New Zealand’s Minister of Food Safety, Veterans’ Affairs and Associated Minister of Transport and Immigration David Bennette called at the Dewatagaha Jummah Mosque at Colombo 7 and participated in an Islamic religious program.
Chief Justice Priyasath Dep called at the Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya and attended religious observances after assuming duties as the 45th Chief Justice of the country. He was accompanied by his wife. They paid a courtesy call on Chief Incumbent of the temple Ven. Dr Kollupitiye Mahindarakkhitha Thera.
- By M. Arunan
The highlight of the Gandhi Ayya Remembrance Day held in Trincomalee was the release of a book of sayings of Swamy Sivananda Maharaj, the Founder of Divine Life Society.
The Saiva Flag Day sponsored by the Sri Lanka Branch of the World Saiva Council was inaugurated in Colombo on the Maha Sivarathry Day.
The Aranery Padasalai of Avvai Nagar Sri Muthumariamman temple in Pankulam is to be inaugurated at 10 am on Sunday March 5. The event is held under the patronage of the Temple Trust.
The sixth anniversary of the Uvarmalai Arulmigu Uvarmalai Vinayagar Arulnery Pdasalai is to be held on March 5 at the temple premises.
The book, The Divine Puppeteer, authored by Sri Ajit Poppat was released at Prashanthi Nilayam in Puttarparthy recently. It is a compilation of 65 speeches delivered in the immediate Divine Presence, between 2001 and 2010.
Maha Sivarathri Day celebrations at Prashnathy Nilayam in Puttarparthy commenced with Maha Rudra Abishekam to Saieeswara Lingam, sanctified by the Divine Hands during the 2006 Atirudram. It was brought to the venue in a regal palanquin procession, from the Bhajan hall amidst Vedic chanting.
- By S.Kathiravan
The five day annual Nagarvalam of Mathumai udanurai Koneswarar commenced on Saturday, Feb 25 at the conclusion of the Maha Sivarathri festival.
A full volume of Thripitaka – Pali and Sinhala version- worth Rs. 100,000 was presented to Gandhi University at a ceremony in Sri Arahat Mahinda International Buddhist Centre in Gujarat by the Sarana Foundation in Sri Lanka. This was in response to a request from Ven. Dr. Sheelawansa Thera from the State of Maharashta, India.
Sri Lanka Muslim Congress Leader Minister Rauff Hakeem relaxes with animals in his free time. He quipped that he had a glimpse of his good old days growing up in the hills. He added that he was reminded of John Milton’s Paradise Lost and Regained in God’s Happy Valley.