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Mahinda Rajapaksa turns 72, celebrates at his office

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Former President Mahinda Rajapakse who has turned 72 celebrated his birthday at his office on November 18. He also cut the birthday cake. His party supporters and members of the family were also present. They all wished him a happy birthday.

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Gintota incident; Beware of false propaganda by extremists: Minister Sagala

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Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayka has urged the public not to be misled by false propaganda by extremist political gangs.

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SLFP against delaying polls: Nimal

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Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva has stated that as a party, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party is against delaying local government polls. It has not made any request to delay LG elections. In fact, SLFPers intend appealing to the judiciary to permit the elections to be held.

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Faizer Musthapha chairs deliberations on creation of Sainthamaruthu Pradesa Sabha

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Provincial Councils and Local Government Minister Faiszer Mustapha chaired deliberations held to establish a Pradeshiya Sabha in Sainthamaruthu. The deliberations were held to arrive at a consensus among all parties representing the Muslim and Tamil communities.

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President declares open Shirdi Sai Mandhir Prayer Hall

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- By S. Sivaraja Jothy

President Maithripala Sirisena declared open the Prayer Hall of the Shirdi Sai Mandhir at New Chetty Street in Colombo on Nov 17. The event also marked the fiftieth anniversary of the establishment of Sri Sathya Baba Centre.

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Tensed situation in Gintota and suburbs return to normalcy

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Tensed situation that prevailed in Gintota and its suburbs have been brought under control and normalcy is being restored sequel to the imposition of police curfew and deployment of police personnel, say official sources.

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Govt committed to preserve Buddha Sasana for it nurtures society: President

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President Maithripala Sirisena has observed that the unity government is fully committed to preserve, protect and develop Buddhism and Buddha Sasana for they have nurtured the Sri Lankan society with disciplined and moral values, which we cannot see anywhere in the world.

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Case against Gotabhaya fixed for trial

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Chief Magistrate Lal Ranasinghe Bandara has fixed the case filed against former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and seven others for trial on Feb 26, March 26. The charge against him is allegedly causing a Rs.11.4 billion unlawful loss to the government when permitting Avant-Garde Maritime Services (Pvt) Ltd, to operate a floating armoury.

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Court issues arrest warrant on Jaliya Wickramasuriya

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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)

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Vanna Chollai Concert by Trinco Kalaimakal Montessori

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Vanna Cholai, the Annual Concert of Trincomalee Kalaimakal Montessori will be held at the Hindu College Primary at 10 am on Sunday Nov 19. The highlight of the event will be performances by kids.

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Senior most Tamil Journalist Gopalaratnam no more

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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

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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

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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

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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

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-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

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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

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- 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

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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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