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Court issues arrest warrant on Jaliya Wickramasuriya


An arrest warrant was issued today, Nov 17 on former Sri Lankan Ambassador to the United States, Jaliya Wickramasuriya by Colombo Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne.

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President in the House


President Maithripala Sirisena attended the Parliamentary sessions during the debate on the Budget today, Friday, Nov 17. He took part in the debate on expenditure for the Presidential Secretariat, as set out by the 2018 Budget proposals. He was seen engaged in a cordial discussion with the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

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Jaffna Protest against reduction of beer price


A demonstration was held opposite the office of the Northern Province Governor on Nov 17 protesting against the proposed reduction of beer prices through the 2018 budget. Residents of Jaffna took part in the demonstration. They urged the President to intervene in the matter.

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Notice calling for LG polls to be issued on Nov 27


Chairman of the Elections Commission Mahinda Deshapriya has told the media that the notice calling for nominations for the Local Government elections will be issued on November 27. Nominations for the LG polls are to be accepted after 14 days of the issuance of the notice District selection officials.

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Send the incumbent govt home:Mahinda tells people


Former President Mahinda Rajapakse has urged the people to send the incumbent government home and that the outcome of the next election would reflect the aspirations of the people and help bring to power a team capable of hoisting the country from current politico-economic crisis.

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Support constitution formulation: Sampanthan’s fervent appeal to Mahinda in the House (Video)


Opposition Leader and Tamil National Alliance Leader R. Sampanthan has made a fervent appeal to former President and Kurunegala Parliamentarian Mahinda Rajapakse to support the formulation of the new constitution to resolve the ethnic issue.

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President meets kith and kin of missing persons


President Maithripala Sirisena Thursday held a discussion with the family members of the missing persons at the Presidential Secretariat.

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India will raise with Sri Lanka the alleged removal of Thondaman’s name: Sushma Swaraj


Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has observed that India will raise the alleged removal of the name of a revered leader of Indian Tamils S. Thondaman from a government institution.

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Parliament passes Budget 2018


The budget for 2018 presented by Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera was passed in Parliament today, Thursday, Nov 16 after the second reading. It was passed by a majority with 151 members voting for and 58 against it.

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Govt committed to protection and promotion of HR, navigation of change not easy: Harsha in Geneva


Deputy Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs Dr. Harsha de Silva has observed that the government of Sri Lanka is fully committed to promoting and protecting human rights. It is constant work in progress and it is not something that can be done overnight despite the most sincere of commitments and the most fervent sense of determination.

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There is no relief to the public in the Budget: Weerawansa


National Freedom Front Leader JO Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawanse has criticized that there is no relief to the public, other than those included to market the budget. There is no relief even to local industrialists. There are more proposals to create investment opportunities for foreigners.

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President in Kandy, calls on Buddhist Prelates


President Maithripala Sirisena called on the Mahanayake Thera of Malwatte Chapter Most Ven. Thibbotuwawe Sri Sumangala Thera and sought his blessings. He also listened to his views on several issues.

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TNA welcomes Budget for giving priority to reconciliation: Mavai


Leader of the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentraian Mavai Senathyrasa has stated that TNA welcomes the Budget since most of the proposals in the budget are for reconciliation.

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SL-Switzerland ink MoU for bilateral co-operation


An MoU was signed between Sri Lanka and Switzerland reaffirming their commitment to further consolidate and advance bilateral political and economic cooperation.

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Deportation of tourist displaying Lord Buddha tattoo; State ordered to pay compensation


State has been ordered by the Supreme Court to pay compensation of Rs 500, 000 to a woman tourist who had been arrested and deported for displaying the tattoo of Lord Buddha on the upper arm.

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Whole Human race will be destroyed if environment is not protected: Aththo


Leader of Indigenous People Uruwarige Wannilla Aththo has cautioned that the whole world would be destroyed if the environment is not protected.

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Jaffna undergraduates hand petition to UN Office


A group of Jaffna University students marched from the University through the Main Street of Jaffna to the UN Office and handed a petition seeking its intervention to persuade the authorities to release 132 persons detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act.

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Dinesh criticizes Govt for failure to utilize Lord Naseby’s statement


JO Parliamentary Group leader Dinesh Gunawardena has criticized the government for the failure to utilize the evidence of counter war crimes charges against the security forces presented by Lord Naseby.

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Exams Commissioner General transferred with immediate effect


Commissioner General of Examinations W.M.N.J. Pushpakumara was transferred to the Education Ministry with immediate effect.

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Demo in Mawanella demanding renovation of roads


- By J.M.Hafeez

A demonstration was held at Ganethane in Mawanella demanding the renovation of the main road and its proper maintenance. The traffic along the road connecting Kandy and Gampola was blocked.

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Senior most Tamil Journalist Gopalaratnam no more


Highly reputed, senior most Tamil Journalist S.M.Gopalaratnam  passed away in Batticaloa on November 15. Funeral rites will take place on Friday evening at his daughter’s residence in Poompuhar in Batticaloa.

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President to declare open Shirdi Sai Mandir


President Maithripala Sirisena is to declare open the Shirdi Sai Mandir at New Chetty Street, Colombo 13 at 4 pm on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at a simple religious ceremony. Chairman Shirdi Sai Centre Sri. S.N. Udhayanayahan will chair.

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Global Ahanda Bhajan for universal peace at Prashanthy Nilayam


24-hour non-stop bhajan called 'Global Akhanda Bhajan' for universal peace was held at Prashanthy Nilayam recently.

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Vipulananda Centenary Sabai holds award ceremony in Trinco


Opposition Leader and Tamil National Alliance Leader R.Sampanthan graced the award ceremony of the Swamy Vipulananda Centenary Sabai held at the Trincomalee St.Mary’s College recently.

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Divine Friendship - A True Story


-By Rishi Thondunathan

In past 12 years I was very blessed to spend much of my time with people with special needs. And times with children with special needs have been some of the happiest times.

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Trinco Sivan Koil Aranery Padasalai annual festival


Sivayoga Selvar Sambasiva Sivaaachariyar of Batticaloa Gayathry Peedam graced the 6 th annual festival of Trincomalee Sivan Koil Aranery Padasalai held at the Koneswara Hindu College recently.

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Holy Kethara Gowry Fast at Trinco Pathirakali Koil


- By S.Kathiravan

The holy Kethara Gowry fast was observed by hundreds of Hindus, men and women, young and old, with devotion at the Trincomalee Pathirakali Koil on Thursday, October 19.

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Coomaraswamy named CB Governor of the year


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


- 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


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


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


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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