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Attack on my vehicle a threat to judiciary: Illanchelian

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Jaffna High Court Judge has observed that the attack on his vehicle was a challenge and threat to the judiciary. He made this observation speaking to the media. He stated that he had delivered judgements in high profile cases. He believed that the attack was directed on him and it is a threat to the judiciary.

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High Court Judge Illanchellian’s vehicle fired at, two police officers injured

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The vehicle that Jaffna High Court Judge Ilanchelian was travelling in was shot at by an unidentified gunman today, July 22 evening. Reports say that he is unharmed while two of his security officers have sustained injuries.

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Minister Sagala calls for report on alleged attempt to abduct protestor student

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Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayake has directed the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara to forward a report over the alleged attempt to arrest a member of the Medical Faculty Student’s Association. Activists accused the Police of attempting to “abduct” Rayan Jayalath of the Medical Faculty Student’s Association.

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GMOA files complaint with UNHRC

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The Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) yesterday filed a petition with the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) regarding the alleged violation of human rights of undergraduates who protested against the South Asian Institution of Technology and Medicine (SAITM).

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Protest against alleged attempt to abduct a protestor student

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A protest was held today, July 22 outside the United Nations (UN) Head Office in Colombo complaining about that alleged attempt to abduct a student protestor, Convenor of the Medical Faculty Students' Action Committee (MFSAC), Ryan Jayalath.

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President at Kantalai ceremony for 2016 Local Food Production program

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President Maithripala Sirisena has stated that 25 irrigational tanks in Trincomalee District alone have been completed by this year, under the government’s program to build an agricultural economy to bring the historical irrigation culture back in Sri Lanka.

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Fast track implementation of water supply schemes: Hakeem to officials

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Minister of City Planning and Water Supply Rauff Hakeem has directed ministry officials in-charge of implementing new water supply schemes to fast track the implementation process.

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UK Report welcomes improvement in HR situation in Sri Lanka

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UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s (FCO) has in its annual Human Rights Report for 2016, recognises and welcomes improvements in the human rights situation in Sri Lanka, while also emphasising the need for further progress. Sri Lanka is one of 30 ‘Human Rights Priority Countries’ (HRPCs), countries with which the UK looks for constructive engagement that contributes to addressing human rights concerns.

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Galgamuwa Base Hospital vested with public

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Newly developed Galgamuwa Base Hospital was vested with the public at a simple event on July 20. President Maithripala Sirisena was the Chief Guest. He stated that the present government has made the health services meaningful to people.

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Inland Revenue Act introduced following dictates by IMF: Anura

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Leader of the JVP Anura Dissanayaka has charged that the proposed Inland Revenue Act has been compiled by the IMF and presented to parliament for approval. It must be defeated.

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TNA meets top UN official

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Tamil National Alliance delegation led by Leader R.Sampanthan on Friday met with the UN Under-Secretary- General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman and held talks.

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UN hails government setting up OMP

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United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has hailed the setting up an Office of Missing Persons (OMP) by the Sri Lankan government.

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President inks OMP Act

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President Maithripala Sirisena has laid his signature to the Office on Missing Persons (OMP) Act, according to the President’s Media Division.

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Kovind elected India’s 14 th President

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71 year old Ram Nath Kovind, National Democratic Alliance (NDA) nominee, has been elected as India’s 14th President securing more than 65 per cent of the votes in the electoral college. He has defeated opposition candidate Meira Kumar. The announcement was made by the Returning Officer for the presidential election Anoop Mishra. 

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Australian Foreign Minister meets with Opposition Leader

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Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop met with Opposition Leader, Tamil National Alliance Leader R.Sampanthan and held discussions. Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian M.A.Sumanthiran was also present.

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Top UN official calls on PM

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UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman called on Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe and held talks. The meeting took place at Temple Trees on July 20. Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayake was also present.

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Shed political differences, make constitution enactment a success: Sampanthan tells SLFP, UNP

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Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan and Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has appealed to the United National Party and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party to shed political differences, put aside their political agendas and join together to ensure the success of the constitutional-making process.

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President at 'Mathin Nidahas Ratak'

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The ninth phase of the national program 'Mathin Nidahas Ratak' (A Drug Free Country) covering the Kalutara District was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the Panadura Municipal Council Grounds on July 19.

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Singapore Foreign Minister in Jaffna

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Singapore Foreign Minister Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan visited Jaffna and called on the Chief Minister of the Northern Province Justice Wigneswaran and the Governor of the province Reginald Cooray and held talks. The talks centered on the ongoing development in the peninsula and the reconciliation efforts.

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‘People of Sri Lanka’ launched

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The book titled “People of Sri Lanka” published by the Ministry of National Co-existence, Dialogue and Official Languages was launched at a ceremony held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the BMICH on July18.

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Chariot Festival of Thampalakamam Aathy Konanaykar Temple

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- By S.Kathiravan

The Chariot festival of the historic Aathy Konanyakar Temple in Thampalakamam was held with religious fervor. A number of male and female devotees from Trincomalee and Muthur districts participated at the festival.

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Rudra Abishekam by Art of Living in Trinco

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- By S.Kathiravan

The holy Rudra Abishekam was conducted at Trincomalee Sri Koneswara Hindu College under the auspices of the Art of Living Centre, Trincomalee. Sri Mohan Padmanathan Guruji conducted the rituals. Teachers, students and parents participated.

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Aathy Konanayagar temple; Fourth day festival

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- By Sathyaseelan Thuventhiny 

The fourth day festival of Aathy Konanayagar Koil in Thampalakamam, Trincomalee, was held with the participation of hundreds of devotees in the village and in the Trincomalee and Muthur districts. Special rituals were conducted by guest priests and the temple priest.

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Nainai Nagabhooshany Amman Koil Chariot Festival

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The chariot festival of the historic Nainai Nagabhoosany Amman koil was held with the participation of devotees from several parts of the island and abroad. The flag hoisting ceremony was held on June 24. The religious rituals were performed by Siva Sri Muthu Kurrukal.

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Devotees of Maharashtra & Goa present musical treat at Prashanthy Nilyam

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Devotees of twin states of Maharashtra and Goa presented a unique musical treat entitled "Twameva Saranam Mama" at the Sanctum Sanctorum, in Prasanthi Nilayam. Earlier, the session commenced with a series of three short-speeches by selected Sai Women Youth.

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Wanidu Hasaranga takes hat-trick on ODI debut

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Wanidu Hasaranga became the third player in history to claim a hat-trick on his one-day international debut as Sri Lanka thrashed Zimbabwe by seven wickets in the second one-day international on Sunday. He also became the youngest cricketer to do so.

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Koolavady St.Anthony’s Church annual festival

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The annual festival of St.Anthony’s Church in Koolavady, Batticaloa that commenced with flag hoisting ceremony ended on Saturday. Batticaloa Bishop Rev.Fr. Dr. Ponniah Joeph presided over the ceremony. Parish priest Rev.Fr. Peduru Jeevaraj conducted the prayers. The statue of St.Anthony was taken on a procession during the ceremony.

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Flag hoisting ceremony at Thampalakamam Aathy Konanayagar Koil

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- By S.Kathiravan

The eighteen day annual festival of the historic Thampalakamam Aathy Konanayakar Koil commenced with the flag hoisting ceremony at the auspicious time today, Saturday, July1. Hindu priests performed rituals while male and female devotees participated at the ceremony with religious fervor. Hindu priests performed rituals.

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Basic English Education course in Muthur ; students awarded certificates

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The students who followed Basic English Education course in Muthur East were awarded certificates at a ceremony held at the Kalaimagal Hindu college, Pallikudiyiruppu recently.

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Nithavela Muthumariamman Koil chariot festival

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- By J.M.Hafeez

Kandy Nithavela Sri Muthumariamman Koil Chariot festival was held at the end of its annual festival recently.

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Lankan Muslims to celebrate Ramadan on Monday

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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.

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Vesak Lantern making Competition Prize Giving in the North

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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.

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International Yoga Day in Batticaloa

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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. 

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Ifthar at dusk by Muslim members in the Army

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‘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.

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‘Naatya Mathuri’ on June 24

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- 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.

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Kochchikade St.Anthony’s Church annual feast

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- 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.

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Ifthar and Dua prayers in Kandy

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- 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.

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Muralitharan’s father felicitated on his 75 th birthday

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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.

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Buddhists observe Poson Poya

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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.

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Paatkuda Pavany in Navithanvely

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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.

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