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Minister Hakeem’s mother passes away

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Mother of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) Leader Rauff Hakeem passed away on September 22. She was eighty nine at the time of her demise. Her body is currently lying at Minister Rauff Hakeem’s residence at Alfred House Gardens, Colombo -3. The burial will take place at the Colombo Jawatte Mosque Muslim burial ground on September 23.

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US Under Secretary meets with President

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US Under Secretary for Political Affairs Ambassador Thomas Shannon met with President Maithripala Sirisena and held cordial talks. The meeting took place at the UN headquarters on the sidelines of the UN . Foreign Secretary Prasad Kariyawasm was also present.

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We seek a constitution that expands democracy, builds strong economy, stable peace:PM

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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe has observed that the new constitution seeks to expand democracy and build a strong economy and stable peace.mHe said: "We intend to prepare a constitution that will benefit all Sri Lankans irrespective of their cast, creed or social standing. It is a constitution that will bring about a strong economy, which will benefit all. We must take this opportunity to expand our democracy and build stable peace. These are areas that were deprived to us over the past three decades. It is essential to build a strong democracy which will ensure prosperity to all."

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Sampanthan seeks constitution that creates Sri Lankan identity, a 3 Lankan Nation

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Opposition Leader, Tamil National Alliance Leader R.Sampanthan has appealed to all political parties to bring the Constitution out of the realm of political expediency and give the Constitution a character which would create the ideal of a Sri Lankan identity and 3 Sri Lankan nation. We have not been able to achieve this in the Seventy years since independence.

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Play a pivotal role in ensuring national unity, reconciliation:Chandrika to Universities

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Chairperson of the Office of National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR) former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga has appealed to the island’s universities to play a pivotal role in ensuring national unity and reconciliation which has now been in need of strong support and assistance to rebuild the bond between the communities.

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Pakistan PM meets President

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Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi met with President Maithripala Sirisena in New York and held talks on bilateral issues.

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Indefinite postponement of PC polls, a UNP,SLFP, TNA, JVP conspiracy: Mahinda

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Former President and Kurunegala Parliamentarian Mahinda Rajapakse has charged that the UNP, the SLFP faction allied to the UNP, the Tamil National Alliance, the JVP and other yahapalana conspirators acting in concert have introduced changes to the provincial councils elections law in order to indefinitely postpone PC elections.stated that the indefinite postponement of provincial polls by the government is condemnable.

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India-Sri Lanka Mou inked to upgrade Thondaman Vocational Training Centre

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A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between India and Sri Lanka recently to upgrade Thondaman Vocational Training Centre(TVTC), Hatton located in NuwaraEliya District of Sri Lanka.

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Sil Redi case convicts granted bail

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Lalith Weeratunga, Secretary to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, and Anusa Palpita, former Director General of the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (TRC), convicts in ‘Sil Redi’ case have been granted bail by Colombo High Court Judge, Gihan Kulatunga.

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President and First Lady meet with US President, First Lady

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President Maithripala Sirisena and First Lady Jayanthi Sirisena met with United States President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump during his visit to New York.

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House passes Provincial Councils Elections Bill with two thirds majority

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Provincial Councils Elections (Amendment) Bill was passed by Parliament with a two-thirds majority in Parliament with amendments on September 20. 159 MPs votes in favour, while 34 votes against.

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Local Govt elections can be held in January: PM tells House

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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament that the local government elections could be held in January. The elections should not stand in the way of the Budget 2018 program, the GCE Ordinary Level examination, Christmas and New Year.

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Lankan Buddhist prelates in Bodth Gaya

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Sri Lankan Buddhist prelates including Most Venerable Mahanayaka Thero of Asigiriya, Ramanna and Sri Amarapura and Anunayaka Thero of Malwatte chapters sought Lord Buddha’s blessings at Bodh Gaya in India.

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President solicits support of international community in its efforts for restoration of democracy

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President Maithripala Sirisena has urged the international community to seriously consider the tremendous progress made by the government towards reconciliation, restoration of democratic freedoms, human rights and the rule of law and extend the fullest support to the slow, but the steady forward march of Sri Lanka to build a progressive, democratic, free and equal society with high morals and discipline.

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Counter Terrorism law will be enacted to replace PTA: Sagala

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Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayaka has stated that the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) will be replaced soon with a new counter terrorism law.

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President at UN ECOSOC inaugural sessions

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President Maithripala Sirisena attended the inaugural Sessions of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on September 18 at the UN Headquarters in New York. He was attending this Sessions which is only participated by the Heads of States.

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SC holds certain clauses of 20A inconsistent with the Constitution: Speaker

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Speaker Karu Jayasuriya told the House that the Supreme Court has held that certain clauses of the 20th Amendment are inconsistent with the Constitution and would require the 2/3 majority in Parliament at referendum.

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Switzerland Embassy officials call on Sritharan

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Switzerland Embassy officials called on Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian Sritharan in Killinochchi recently and held talks. The officials who met him are Gisela, the First Secretary of the Switzerland Embassy in Sri Lanka and Andreas Schmid, Country Analyst at the Sitzerland Embassy. The talks focused on reconciliation, resettlement etc.

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PM declares open new building at Mawathagama Police Station

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The new building of the Mawathagama Police Station was declared open by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe recently. Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundera was Guest of Honour. Several politicians including Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam and high ranking Police Officials attended the event.

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Govt committed to hold polls, enable exercise of franchise: Amaraweera

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Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister Mahinda Amaraweera has dismissed charges that the government plots to postpone polls. He has assured that a series of elections will be held in the near future to enable people to exercise their franchise at will. The government never feared to face elections.

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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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Sea of heads at Nallur Kanthan Theertham

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- By S.Surenthiran

Lakhs of Murugan devotees from several parts of Sri Lanka and abroad attended the holy Theertha festival of Nallur Kanthaswamy Temple with a sense of dedication and religious fervor. Hindu priests conducted the religious ceremonies. Devotees performed vows. Group of devotees sang hymns on Valli, Theivanai sametha Lord Kanthan.

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Nallai Kanthan Ther Festival

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- By S.Surenthiran

The annual Chariot Festival of the historic and sacred Nallur Kanthaswamy Koil was held today, August 20 with the participation of thousands of Murugan devotees males, females and children from the peninsula, from others parts of the island and even from abroad. Devotees were also seen performing vows. There were bajans on Lord Murugan sung by the devotees as the chariot was drawn along the yard.

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Kanthapuranam traditions are a way of life, and give an identity to Jaffna man: Dhanabalaa

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- By Maryathas Newtan

President of the Arumuganavalar Sabai and Vice President of the All Ceylon Hindu Congress Vidai Kodi Chelvar Sinnadurai Dhanabaala has observed that the Kanthapuranam presents not merely a doctrine but more importantly a way of life that gives the Jaffna man an identity. It portrayed a Saivaite philosophy and Saivaite way of life.

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‘An Enduring Friendship; Sri Lanka and Pakistan’ launched

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The book titled “An Enduring Friendship; Sri Lanka and Pakistan” was launched at a simple ceremony held at a local hotel in Colombo on the occasion of 70th independence anniversary of Pakistan. The event was hosted by the Pakistan High Commission in Colombo.

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Eastern Province Tamil Literary Festival commences

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Tamil Literary Festival of the Eastern Province was held at the Al Mannar Central College in Maruthamunai, Batticaloa recently.Eastern Province Governor Bogollegama was the Chief Guest.

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Professor Weizman to deliver Neelan’s Memorial Lecture on July 30

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This Neelan Tiruchelvam Memorial Lecture 2017 will be delivered at 9 pm on July 30 at the BMICH by Professor Eyal Weizman, an architect by training. The theme of his lecture is "Forensic Architecture: Space and Violence in Palestine and Beyond".

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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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