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Buddhist monks express solidarity with Wijedasa


A group of Buddhist monks belonging to different sects in the island arrived at the Buddhasasana and Justice Ministry and expressed solidarity with Justice and Buddha Sasana Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe yesterday.

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Inland Revenue Bill reflects UNP policy, breaches SLFP ideology: Rajapaksa


Kurunegala Parliamentarian former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has charged that the new Inland Revenue law is in keeping with the ideology of the UNP but is contrary to that of the SLFP.

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Udayanga’s application to recall warrant, revoke impounding of passport refused


An application made by former envoy to Russia Udayanga Weeratunga to recall the issue of warrant to arrest him through the Interpol and to revoke the impounding of passport was refused by Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne yesterday.

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Mangala to present Amended Inland Revenue Bill on Aug 25


Finance and Mass Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera has stated that the amended draft of the Inland Revenue Bill will be presented in Parliament on August 25.

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Having mended broken economy, we are on development path: PM


Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe has observed that the unity government has mended the broken economy inherited from the past regime and is currently marching along the path of development.

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AIADMK two factions merge formally


The Puratchi Thalaivi Amma (PTA) faction, headed by former Chief Minister O. Paneerselvam, and the other, AIADMK (Amma), headed by Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami have formally merged. AIADMK factions led by Chief Minister K Palaniswami and rebel leader O Panneerselvam came together today, August 21 after months of deliberations.

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JVP will build an alliance of people’s forces to win 2020 election: Tilwin


General Secretary of the JVP Tilvin Silva has stated that the JVP would build a broad alliance of people’s forces to contest the 2020 election to secure power.

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Fifty thousand houses in North, East on PM’s recommendation


50,000 brick and mortar type houses are to be constructed in the Northern and Eastern Provinces under a new project initiated by the government on a recommendation by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe according to Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation sources.

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"Ministers who breach collective responsibility must pay a price": Amunugama


Minister of Special Assignments Dr. Sarath Amunugama has observed that any minister who does not respect the principle of collective Cabinet responsibility has to give up his or her ministerial positions, irrespective his status, his qualifications etc. That has been established democratic tradition in democratic countries.

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Grade Five Scholarship exam concludes


The Grade 5 Scholarship examination was held in centers throughout the island on August 20. Students appeared for the examination that commenced at 9.30 a.m. The exam was held in 3014 examination centers.

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"Govt aims to establish communal amity in the island": PM in Batticaloa


Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe has observed that the consensual government is committed to establish a society where communal amity and religious harmony exist. It is only then development can be pursued.

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Wijedasa’s fate hangs on balance; PM names committee to recommend


Leader of the United National Party Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe has appointed a three member committee headed by Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera to make recommendations on the motion seeking the removal of Justice Minister Wijedasa from his portfolio.

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Southern Commander of Indian Army at IPKF Memorial in Kopay


The General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Southern Command of the Indian Army, Lieutenant General P.M Hariz visited the IPKF Memorial in Kopay and paid respects on August 19.

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Dealing with delay in Justice is not interference: Perera hits back on Wijedasa


Deputy Minister of Power and Renewable Energy Ajith P Perera has assured that the government will not at any point interfere with the independence of the Judiciary as well as with the independence of the Attorney General’s Department. That is the government’s commitment.

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"None has powers to intervene in judicial matters": Wijedasa


Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe has stated that none- the President, Prime Minister or the Justice Minister- has powers to intervene in judicial matters.

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Heavy rains hit Hatton, Nuwara Eliya


Hatton and its suburban areas have experienced heavy showers resulting in severe difficulties for motorists travelling on the Hatton-Colombo main road. The railway network too is severely affected due to the unfavorable weather conditions.

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Former Navy Commander appointed Chief of Defence Staff


Former Navy Commander Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne has been appointed the new Chief of Defense Staff by President Maithripala Sirisena. The appointment comes into operation with effect from August 22.

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Rajiv murder Convict on fast unto death


Convict in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case Murugan alias Sriharan from Sri Lanka commenced his fast-unto-death in Vellore prison on Friday. He stated that he seeks to attain Jeeva samadhi declaring that he would continue his fast till his plea for release is considered.

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JO protest in Colombo


A protest was launched by the joint opposition today August 19 under the theme ‘Muusala Dewasara' against the government. It was held at the Lipton Circus in Colombo.

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President inaugurates ‘Heta Dakina Ranil’ Exhibition


The Photographic Exhibition titled 'Heta Dakina Ranil' (Ranil who sees the future) held at the BMICH was inaugurated by President Maithripala Sirisena on Thursday. The Exhibition depicted the special moments of 40 years in politics of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

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Sea of heads at Nallur Kanthan Theertham


- 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


- 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


- 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


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


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


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


- 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


- 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


- 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


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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Devotees of Maharashtra & Goa present musical treat at Prashanthy Nilyam


Devotees of twin states of Maharashtra and Goa presented a unique musical treat entitled "Twameva Saranam Mama" at the Sanctum Sanctorum, in Prasanthi Nilayam. Earlier, the session commenced with a series of three short-speeches by selected Sai Women Youth.

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Wanidu Hasaranga takes hat-trick on ODI debut


Wanidu Hasaranga became the third player in history to claim a hat-trick on his one-day international debut as Sri Lanka thrashed Zimbabwe by seven wickets in the second one-day international on Sunday. He also became the youngest cricketer to do so.

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Koolavady St.Anthony’s Church annual festival


The annual festival of St.Anthony’s Church in Koolavady, Batticaloa that commenced with flag hoisting ceremony ended on Saturday. Batticaloa Bishop Rev.Fr. Dr. Ponniah Joeph presided over the ceremony. Parish priest Rev.Fr. Peduru Jeevaraj conducted the prayers. The statue of St.Anthony was taken on a procession during the ceremony.

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Flag hoisting ceremony at Thampalakamam Aathy Konanayagar Koil


- By S.Kathiravan

The eighteen day annual festival of the historic Thampalakamam Aathy Konanayakar Koil commenced with the flag hoisting ceremony at the auspicious time today, Saturday, July1. Hindu priests performed rituals while male and female devotees participated at the ceremony with religious fervor. Hindu priests performed rituals.

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Basic English Education course in Muthur ; students awarded certificates


The students who followed Basic English Education course in Muthur East were awarded certificates at a ceremony held at the Kalaimagal Hindu college, Pallikudiyiruppu recently.

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Nithavela Muthumariamman Koil chariot festival


- By J.M.Hafeez

Kandy Nithavela Sri Muthumariamman Koil Chariot festival was held at the end of its annual festival recently.

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Lankan Muslims to celebrate Ramadan on Monday


Colombo Grand Mosque has announced that Muslims in Sri Lanka will celebrate Ramadan festival on Monday because the new moon has not been sighted. The month-long Ramadan fasting period began on May 27 this year in Sri Lanka.

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Vesak Lantern making Competition Prize Giving in the North


The Prize Giving of the Vesak lantern making competition held for third time in Northern Province took place in Nallur recently under the patronage of Jaffna Inter Religious Group. Northern Province Governor Reginald Cooray chaired.

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International Yoga Day in Batticaloa


The Internationla Yoga Day was held at the Webber Ground in Batticaloa under the patronage of the Health Counci. State Minister for Education V.Rathakrishnan was the Chief Guest. A number of boys and girls from various schools in the district participated. 

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Ifthar at dusk by Muslim members in the Army


‘Ifthar’, the traditional breaking of Ramadan fast, was performed by Muslim members of the Sri Lanka Army recently together with the Chief of Staff of the Army Major General Mahesh Senanayake.

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