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PM graces Walukarama Viharaya Maha Perehera

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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe graced the Annual Esala Maha Perahera of the Walukarama Viharaya, Kollupitiya held on October 15 as the Chief Guest. He deposited the Sacred Relics Casket on the Ceremonial Tusker to inaugurate the Perahera.

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Demo demands release of student activists on remand

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An anti-SAITM protest demonstration was held on Monday, October 16 in Colombo Fort demanding the release of student activists who were arrested for breaching court orders and participating or holding protests.

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Swaminathan declares open Hambantota Prison Complex

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A prison complex with modern facilities and a CCTV camera was declared open in Angunukolapelessa in Hambantota by Prison Reforms Minister D.M.Swaminathan recently. Officials of the Department of Prisons participated.

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Abandon destructive proposal for new constitution: Mahinda tells Govt

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Former President and Kurunegala Parliamentarian Mahinda Rajapske has urged the government to abolish the destructive proposal to enact a new constitution and argued that this government never received a mandate to repeal and replace the existing constitution. We are completely opposed to the following proposals made in the interim report of the Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly.

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Finance Minister meets his Indian counterpart in Washington

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The Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera met with Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and held talks. They discussed bilateral issues. The meeting took place on the sidelines of the World Bank meeting in Washington.

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Namal released on bail

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Eight persons including UPFA Parliamentarians Namal Rajapaksa, DV Chanaka, Provincial Councilor Sampath Atukorala who had been remanded allegedly for participating in a protest in violation of a Court order were released on bail by the Hambantota Magistrate today, October 16.

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President and PM grace ‘Deepavali’ ceremony at Temple Trees

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President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe graced the National Deepavali Festival 2017 held at Temple Trees on Sunday, October 15.

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Finance Minister meets WB Vice President

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Finance and Mass Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera met with World Bank Vice President Annette Dixon in Washington and held talks. The meeting took place on the sidelines to the WB/IMF annual conference.

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Shibly Farook SLMC Batticlaoa organizer

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Former member of the Eastern Provincial Council Shibly Farook has been appointed Batticaloa District Sri Lanka Muslim Congress organizer. Sri Lanka Muslim Congress Leader Minisetr Rauff Hakeem made the appointment during his recent visit to Batticlaoa.

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Mahinda meets Namal in Tangalle Remand Prison

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Former President Mahinda Rajapakse visited the Tangalle Remand Prison and met his son Parliamentarian Namal Rajapakse currently on remand following a Court order. Court had remanded him allegedly for violating Court order.

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Abdul Kalam’s 86 th birth anniversary in Jaffna

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The 86 th birth anniversary of late Abdul Kalam, former President of India, was observed in a solemn ceremony held at the Indian Corner of the Jaffna Public Library on Sunday, October 15, 2017 under the patronage of the Indian Consulate in Jaffna.

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Relatives of political prisoners meet NP Governor

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Relatives of political prisoner met with Governor of the Northern Province Reginald Cooray and presented their demand for the release of political prisoners. Northern Province Councilor Shivajilingam led the delegation. The meeting took place at the Governor’s office in Jaffna.

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Buddhist prelates urge Govt to resolve SAITM issue

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The Mahanayake Theras of the three Nikayas have urged President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to resolve the SAITM issue in the interest of all stakeholders.

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President meets Killinochchi demonstrators

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President met with demonstrators opposite Killinochchi Kanthaswamy koil during his recent visit to Killinochchi and listened to their problems.

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Chandrika appointed SLFP organizer for Attanagala

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Former President and Patron of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge has been appointed the SLFP organizer for the Attanagala electorate. The appointment was made at a meeting of the national organizers of the SLFP recently.

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Fishermen issue; India and Sri Lanka hold bilateral talks

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India and Sri Lanka held bilateral talks on fishermen’s issues in New Delhi last week with a view to find a permanent solution to the fishermen issues at the earliest. They have arrived at decision to take several measures towards that end.

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TNA supportive of constitutional enactment for island’s betterment :Kiriella

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Leader of the House Minister Lakshman Kiriella has stated that the Tamil National Alliance is supportive of constitutional enactment that is committed to the betterment of the island nation. It proposes to ensure justice, fairpaly and equality to all communities.

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President meets demonstrators in Jaffna, invites for dialogue

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President Maithripala Sirisena got off from his vehicle and met with demonstrators near Jaffna Hindu College on his way to the venue where the Tamil National Festival was held. He invited them for dialogue. He was seen speaking to Northern Provincial Councilor Shivajilingam and former Parliamentarian EPRLF Leader Suresh Premachandran.

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Language a link to unite people, not a tool to divide people:President in Jaffna

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President Maithripala Sirisena has observed that a language is a link, a bridge to unite people despite their ethnicity and not a tool to cause division in a society.

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Court bans protests in Jaffna during President’s visit

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Jaffna Magistrate S.Sadeeshkaran issued an order banning protests in Jaffna during President Maithreepala Sirisena’s official visit to Jaffna on October 14. Court made the order sequel to an application made by Jaffna police seeking a ban for protests in areas adjoining Jaffna Hindu College, Jaffna Court, Jaffna Governor’s office and areas visited by President.

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Coomaraswamy named CB Governor of the year

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Global Capital has named Sri Lanka’s Central Bank Governor Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy as the Central Bank Governor of the Year in  South Asia.

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Muthamil Festival in Killinochchi

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Muthamil Festival of the Killinochi Maha Vidyalayam was held at the Killinochchi Co-operator’s Auditorium recently. Principal Jayanthy Thanabalasingam presided. Students participated in dance, musical and cultural items held to mark the event. Students, teachers, parents and past students attended the festival.

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South Asia Peace Award for Ananda Sangary

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Council of Justice of Peace has presented the award of South Asia Peace Award to President of the Tamil United Liberation Front former Parliamentarian V.Anandasangary. The award presenting ceremony was held at Akkaraipattu recently. 35 men who have contributed the country’s wellbeing were bestowed with Desa Keerthi Awards.

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New Studies Show Multiple Benefits of Extra-Virgin Olive Oil Include Protecting Against Alzheimer's

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While studies two years ago showed that extra virgin olive oil can help women reduce risk of breast cancer and other diseases, new research shows it may also protect against cognitive decline.

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125 th Jayanthy of Swamy Vipulananda in Batticaloa

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The 125 th Jayanthy of Swamy Vipulananda was held in Batticaloa with the participation of a number of people from different walks of life. The event commenced with a procession from Swamy’s Samathy in Kallady to the venue of the meeting at Swamy Vipulananda Aesthetic College. Students performed traditional games such as Silambu Aattam etc, and played traditional musical instruments in the procession.

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Bharathy Raja honoured with Cinema Sitpy viruthu in Batticaloa

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Reputed Tamil Nadu Film Director P.Bharathy Raja was awarded Cinema Sitpy Viruthu at a literary ceremony in Batticaloa on September 30.

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Ayudha Pooja celebrations, worship of livelihood implements, at Puttaparthi

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Ayudha Puja celebrations were held with devotion in the Sai Kulwant Hall at in Prasanthi Nilayam, worshipping 'Sai Vahan', vehicles that had been blessed by Bhagawan's touch, including the Golden Chariot.

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Navarthri festival at Trinco Pathirakali Amman Koil

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The holy Navarathri festival poojas were conducted with dedication at the Trincomalee Pathirakali Amman Koil for the nine days.

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Bharathy Raja at Lions Club meeting in Jaffna

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Reputed Tamil Nadu Film Director Bharathy Raja participated in a meeting held at Navatkuly under the auspices of the Lions Club of Jaffna. President of the Lions Club Thanenthiran chaired. He addressed the event. He was awarded the Samuga Thilagam Viruthu.

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Purataasi Sany fast in Trinco

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- By S.Kathiravan

The Puratassi Sany fast observed by the Hindus all over the world was held at Trincomalee Saneeswaran Koil. Special poojas were held by the priests.

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Navarathri Festival at Maharagama NIE

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A religious ceremony was held at the Maharagama National Institute of Education on September 22 to mark the holy Navarathry Festival. Chief Priest Baskara Sarma conducted the poojas.

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Special Christian religious service to commemorate Ranil’s 40 year service

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Colombo Archbishop His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith presided over a special religious service held at St. Mary’s Church, Lauries Road, Bambalapitiya to commemorate 40 years of service to the people of Sri Lanka by Ranil Wickremesinghe as a Member of Parliament, Cabinet Minister and Prime Minister.

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Ashraff remembered in Kalmunai

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A simple ceremony was held in Kalmunai to commemorate the 17 th death anniversary of the Founder of Sri Lanka Muslim Congress Ashraff. The event was held under the auspices of the Kalmunai Madhusoora Committee.

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International Research Conference in Trinco on Sept 13, 14

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- By S.Kathiravan

The Second International Research Conference under the theme ‘Exploiting Resources for Better Tomorrow’ is scheduled to be held on September 13 and 14 under the patronage of the Trincomalee Campus of the Eastern Province.

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New Parish Home for Soriakalmunai Church

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Batticaloa Bishop Rt. Rev. Dr. Joseph Ponniah recently declared open a new Parish Home building complex build in Sorikalmunai Holy Cross Church at a cost of Rs. 7.6 million. Sorikalmunai Holy Cross Church Parish Priest Rev. Fr. R. Thiruchelvam presided.

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Senior journalist Gurunathan no more

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A senior journalist Sinniah Gurunathan who had served in the field of both Tamil and English journalism for around three decades passed away on Friday, August 31. He was 80 at the time of his demise. His funeral is scheduled to take place on Sunday, September 3.

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Pada Yathrai for reconciliation in Batticaloa

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A Pada Yathria comprising of leaders of all faiths was held in Batticlaoa to highlight reconciliation through religions. The Yathari commenced form Ghanthi Poonga and proceeded to Batticaloa Municipal Council Hall. The procession was followed by a meeting addressed by leaders of various faiths. The event was organized under the auspices of the Ehed Karitas.

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Jubilee year Festival of Sillalai Holy Kathirai Annai Church held

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- By M.Newtan

The Jubilee year festival of Sillalai Kathirai Annai Church was held recently with the participation of devotees from different parts of the northern peninsula.

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Vinayagar statue immersed in Mahaveli Gangai

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- By J.M.Hafeez

A ten foot Vinayagar statue was immersed in Mahaveli Gangai in accordance with traditions following poojas at the Muthumariamman Temple in Nithawela near Kandy. It was part of the Ganesha Chathurthi festival ceremony. Hundreds of male and female devotees participated in the temple ceremony and in the procession that followed.

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Hearing aids to needy families in Kandy

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- By J.M.Hafeez

Hearing aids worth Rs 80,00,000 were handed to needy families in the Central Province at an event held at the office of the Central Province Chief Minister. The beneficiaries numbering more than fifty were from Mahiyangana, Gamopla, Badulla, Hirndurukotte, Dehiyatha and other places.

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