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Putin presents significant gift to President

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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.

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Wickramanayaka never fanned flame of communalism for political gain: Opposition Leader

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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.

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Mahinda before PRECIFAC

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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.

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Director of UNICEF Children’s Fund calls on EP Governor

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- 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.

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Rajinikanth retracts from his proposed visit to Jaffna

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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.

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President, Russian PM hold bilateral meeting

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President Maithripala Sirisena and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev held a bilateral meeting in Russia on Mar 24. They held discussions on bilateral issues.

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Ranil on late Wickramanayaka

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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.

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Peace Education and Reconciliation Unit Website launched

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The new Peace Education and Reconciliation Unit (PERU) website www.peru.lk was launched at a simple ceremony at the Education Ministry on Friday.

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Don’t tarnish Parliament’s image, preserve its dignity …:Speaker to MPs

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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.

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‘Neethiya’ presented to CJ

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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.

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Jaffna seminar on Enhancing Women Representation in LG polls

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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.

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TNA welcomes on UNHRC Resolution, urges Govt to honour commitments

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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.

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"We will not waver in the face of terrorism" : Theresa May

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Prime Minister Theresa May responding to the London attack, has categorically observed that Britain will never waver in the face of terrorism.

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President calls on Russian President

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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.

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Malik in Jaffna attends seminar on Program to establish 2000 exporters

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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.

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Gangai Amaran files nomination

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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.

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“Reveal public strategy, timetable for impelementation UN commitment”: US to Sri Lanka

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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.

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UNHRC adopts consensus resolution without vote

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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.

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Guard of Honour to President at Kremlin

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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.

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Pakistan’s 77 th Day in Colombo

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The 77 th National Day of Pakistan was held at the premises of the Pakistan High Commission recently.

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Meditate 15 minutes daily before commencing duties: IGP to policemen

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Inspector-General of Police Pujith Jayasundara has urged his officers and policemen to meditate for 15 minutes every day before starting their daily routines.

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ACHC’s Hindu Oli released at Matale Muthumariamman Koil festival

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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.

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Balasthabana Kumbabishekam of Uvarmalai Vinayagar Koil on Mar 16

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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.

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PM at Dasa Paramitha Perahera

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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.

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Masimagam Theertham at Trinco Katpaka Vinaygar

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- 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.

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Annual Katchatheewu annual feast commences

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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.

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Pancharatha Pavany of Matale Muthumariamman held with religious fervor

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- 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.

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Katchatheewu St.Anthony’s Church feast on Sunday

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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.

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Sikandithasan’s book of verses to be released in Trinco on Sunday

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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.

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Matale Muthumariamman Panchartha Pavany on Saturday

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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.

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New Zealand Minister at Dewatagaha Jummah Mosque

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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.

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CJ attends religious observances at Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya

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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.

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Gandhi Ayya remembrance in Trinco; Book by Swamy Sivananda released

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- 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.

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Saiva Flag Day inaugurated in Colombo

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The Saiva Flag Day sponsored by the Sri Lanka Branch of the World Saiva Council was inaugurated in Colombo on the Maha Sivarathry Day.

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Avvai Nagar Araneripadasalai to be inaugurated on March 5

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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.

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Uvarmalai Vinayagar Aranery Padasalai 6 th anniversary on Mar 5

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The sixth anniversary of the Uvarmalai Arulmigu Uvarmalai Vinayagar Arulnery Pdasalai is to be held on March 5 at the temple premises.

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'Divine Puppeteer’ released at Prashanthi Nilayam

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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.

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Maha Rudra Abishekam to Saieeswara Lingam in Puttarparthy

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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.

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Five day Traditional, annual Nagarvalam of Konesa Peruman commences

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- 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.

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Thripitaka full volume presented to Gandhi University

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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.

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