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Macron, Le Pen chosen for run off for French Presidency on May 7

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 Emmanuel Macron, a centrist and Marine Le Pen, a far right leader have been chosen for run off for French Presidency on May 7 to determine the next President, according to a near final results.

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New District Organizers for SLFP

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Sri Lanka Freedom Party has appointed seven new District Organizers to Colombo, Kurunegala, Trincomalee Badulla, Batticaloa and Jaffna.

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Meethotamulla tragedy; PM holds discussions with victims

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The victims of the Meethotamulla disaster met Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at Temple Trees and discussed the problems they are facing currently. They presented their grievances to the Prime Minister during the discussion.

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Jaffna SFH Commander calls on NP Chief Minister

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Major General Hettiarachchi who assumed duties as the Commander of the Security Force Headquarters in Jaffna called on the Chief Minister of the Northern Province Justice Wigneswaran recently.

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Views of UGC, MC pertinent and professional: Kirella

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Minister of Higher Education and Highways, Lakshman Kiriella has stated that the views of Higher Education Ministry, University Grants Commission and the Medical Council are pertinent in determining relevant issues professionally and not Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) which is a trade union. It does not have any responsibility for the medical education in the country. 

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JVP hold talks with Chinese Communist Party

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General Secretary of the JVP Tilvin Silva met with the Deputy Director of the Organizing Department of the Chinese Communist Party at the head office of the JVP at Pelawatta on Friday.

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Court restrains protests in Piliyandala for 14 days

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Kesbewa acting Magistrate Sunil Weerasinghe on Friday issued an order restraining any form of protests for 14 days in the Piliyandala police division that would inconvenience the public. Accordingly, no protests will be allowed for a 14-day period from April 22, 2017.

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Turkey extends assistance to 3000 children in Jaffna

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School bags and stationery items were handed to 3,000 school children in Jaffna at an event held at the Velanai Central College recently.

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Ranil calls on Buddhist Prelates

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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe met with the Mahanayake of Malwatte Chapter Most Ven. Thibbotuwawe Sri Sumangala Thera and Mahanayake of Asgiriya Chapter Most. Ven. Warakagoda Sri Gnanarathana Thera.

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Garbage disposal declared an essential service

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Garbage disposal declared essential services with effect from midnight of April 20 by an extraordinary gazette notification. The declaration is gazette following a directive by President Maithripala Sirisena.

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TN State govt in a state of coma, convene Assembly… Stalin to Speaker

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Tamil Nadu Opposition leader M.K. Stalin has urged the Speaker of Tamil Nadu Assembly P. Dhanapal to convene the session of the House since the Tamil Nadu State government is in a state of coma.

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Chandrika, Mahinda invited to SLFP May Day

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Former Presidents Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge and Mahinda Rajapaksa have been extended invitation to participate in the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) May Day rally to be held at Getambe in Kandy.

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Japanese expert team at Meethotamulla

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A special technical team from Japan, who arrived to assess the Meethotamulla garbage dump collapse, commence their initial inspection on Friday.

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First phase of handing houses to Meethotamulla commences

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President Maithripala Sirisena on Friday handed over deeds of ownership to 30 families whose houses were completely destroyed, due to the collapse of a section of the Meethotamulla garbage dump.

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President pooh-poohs opposition allegation on economy

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President Maithripala Sirisena has stated that there is not even an iota of truth that the country’s economy is in crisis. Instead there is progress now following the stabilisation and revival measures put in place since the election of the coalition Government.

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Meethotamulla tragedy; present, past regimes accountable: JVP

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JVP Western Provincial member Attorney Sunil Watagala has alleged that the Rajapaksa regime and the current administration must be held accountable for the Meethotamulla tragedy.

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Pay enhanced sum of 2 or 3 million rupee compensation per person killed in Meetotamulla tragedy: Vitharana

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Lanka Sama Samaja Party (LSSP) Leader former minister Prof. Tissa Vitharana has urged the Government to pay at least two or three million rupees as compensation per person killed under Meetotamulla Garbage Mountain.

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Mannar Demo for land release

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A demo was held in Mannar demanding the release of Mullikulam lands under the patronage of Bishop’s House. The march commenced from Mannar St.Sebastian Church and concluded at the Mannar Secretariat. A petition was handed to the Government Agent Deshapriya.

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Modi to inaugurate UN Vesak Day in Colombo

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The UN Vesak Day in Colombo will be ceremonially inaugurated by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Colombo on May 12.

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Japan’s assistance in the aftermath of Meethotamulla tragedy

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Japan has assured support to develop a master plan to manage solid waste in the Greater Colombo Area.

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Gayathri Japa Yagnam in Puttarparthy to mark New Year

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Viswa Shanthi Gayathri Japa Yagnam was the highlight of the Tamil New Year celebrations held at Poorna Chandra Hall recently.

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Bangladesh National Day in Colombo

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A simple ceremony was held at Kingsbury to mark the National Day of Bangladesh. Tourism Minister John Amaratunge was the Chief Guest and offered the toast.

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Oil anointing ceremonies on New Year Day

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Ceremonies of oil anointing at auspicious hours were held throughout the country by Buddhists on New Year Day. The religious observations were held according to age old customs.

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New Year Poojas at Nallaikanthan Koil

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Special poojas were held at the historic Nallai Kanthan Koil to mark the new year. Hundreds of Hindu devotees participated with devotion.

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Way of the Cross in Trinco

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- By S.Kathiravan 

Christians all over the island observed the Way of the Cross during the Lent on Friday, April 14, 2017. It is one of the most popular devotions for Roman Catholics.

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International Yoga Day in Colombo

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The International Day of Yoga- 2017 was held at Independence square Arcade recently under the auspices of Indian Cultural Centre, High Commission of India, Colombo in collaboration with World Health Organization.

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Book on Hisbulla launched in Kathankuddy

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The book on State Minister Hisbulla under the title ‘Kilakinvasal’was launched at a meeting held at Kathankuddy recently.

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Chariot Festival at Trinco Pathirakali temple

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- By S.Kathiravan

The annual Chariot Festival of Trincomalee Pathirakali Amman Temple was held on Saturday, April 08 with the participation of a large number of devotees with a religious fervor.

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Moratuwa University New Year celebration depicting national unity

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Moratuwa University New Year celebration became unique for it was declared open by three damsels representing the Sinhalese, Tamil and Muslim communities symbolizing national unity.

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Austarlia’s Minister at Photographic Exhibition

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A photographic exhibition on 70 years of development cooperation between Australia and Sri Lanka was held at the Lionel Wendt Gallery recently. Australia’s Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells was the Chief Guest.

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April Heroes Day at Moneragala

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JVP held a commemoration ceremony in Monaragala to commemorate heroes who sacrificed their lives for the Motherland at the April Uprising in 1971.

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President, PM, Opposition Leader at Trinco Pathirakali Koil

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- By T.Pakkiyanathan

President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe and Opposition Leader R.Sampanthan participated at the poojas at Trincomalee Pathirakali Amman temple and received blessings.

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PM receives Buddhist newspaper ‘Nivana’

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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was presented with a copy of 'Nivana' at Temple Trees recently.

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ITEC Day, International Students’ Day in Colombo

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'Indian Technical & Economic Cooperation Day and International Students’ Day on 28 March 2017 was held at Hotel TajSamudra, Colombo recently under the patronage of the High Commission of India. The ITEC alumni and Sri Lankan students who underwent training/studied in India under ITEC scheme and ICCR scholarship scheme of the Government of India were present.

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Trinco Pathirakali Flag Hoisting festival

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- By T.Pakkiyanathan

The annual festival of Trincomalee Pathirakali Amman temple commenced with the flag hoisting event on Thursday, March 30. The Ambal devotees performed their vows during the festival.

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International Women of Courage Award to Sandya Eknaligoda

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The International Women of Courage Award 2016 is to be conferred on a Sri Lankan this year for the first time. The recipient is Sandya Eknaligoda, wife of missing cartoonist Prageeth Eknaligoda.

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Sri Lanka’s Tourism Stall in Jakarta

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Sri Lanka’s tourism stall at Astindo Fair 2017 at the Jakarta Convention Centre (JCC) in Indonesia was officially declared open by Indonesian Tourism Minister Arief Yahya.

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India-Sri Lanka on joint oceanographic survey off Southern Coast

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The Indian Navy and Sri Lanka Navy are to conduct a joint oceanographic survey off the Southern Coast of Sri Lanka from 30 March to 11 May 2017.

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Sunil Handuneththi at Ethera Api in Canada

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JVP Parliamentarian Sunil Handunethithi was the Chief Guest at the Convention and the cultural show organized by the Canada branch of ‘Ethera Api’ organization.

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Prison inmates on a pilgrimage Sri Maha Bodhi

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Fifty prison inmates from Welikada, Mahara, Wariyapola, Ambepussa and Anuradhapura prisons went on a pilgrimage to the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and Ruwanweli Seya.

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