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    Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe met Chinese President Xi Jingping and discussed bilateral issues. The meeting between the two leaders took place on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in

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Delimitation Review Committee handed to Minister Musthapha


The Delimitation Review Committee Report was handed to Minister of Local Government Faizer Musthapha by Committee Chairman Asoka Peiris yesterday. The report bore the signatures of all five members of the Committee.

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PM meets Chinese President in Davos


Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe met Chinese President Xi Jingping and discussed bilateral issues. The meeting between the two leaders took place on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos.

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SLC President Thilanga meets Cricket Capt Mathews


A lengthy meeting took place between Sri Lanka cricket captain Angelo Mathews and President of Sri Lanka Cricket Thilanga Sumathipala yesterday. The discussion focused on re-strategizing for the upcoming T20 and ODI in South Africa, reports say. 

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‘Mahawanso’ English translation launched

The English translation of the ‘Mahawanso’, great historical chronicle of Sri Lanka was launched in Galle recently. It was held under the patronage of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. The event was organized by the Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Education, and the Central Cultural Fund.

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Rehabilitated ex LTTE cadres meet NP Governor


Rehabilitated ex LTTE cadres met Northern Province Governor Reginald Cooray in Killinochi and handed a memorandum seeking employment to them. The meeting took place when Reginald Cooray attended the Pongal Festival in Vattakachi Vayal Pannai in Killinochi

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‘Buddhist Ideals of Good Governance’ launched


The book under the title ‘Buddhist Ideals of Good governance’ was launched on Jan 16. The event was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena.

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PM at WEF opening session


Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe attended the opening sessions of the World Economic Forum, on January 17, 2017 in Davos. The event was declared open by China’s President Xi Jinping.

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ICAPP Secretary meets Mahinda


The Secretary-General of the International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) Chung Eui-yong met with Kurunegala Sri Lanka Freedom Party Parliamentarian Mahinda Rajapakse at his official residence on Jan 17. South Korean lawmaker Lee Hye-hoon accompanied him.

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Two renovated tanks in Ottisuttan invested with agriculturalists


Two renovated tanks in Ottisuttan were invested with the agriculturalists at a simple ceremony recently. The two renovated tanks are Velivayal Kulam and Thuvaramottai Kulam. The Chief Guest was Northern Province Agriculture Minister Aynkaranesan was the Chief Guest.

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India funds post of Hindi Professor at Kelaniya University


A Memorandum of Understanding was inked on 17 January 2017 between the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and the University of Kelaniya to fund the post of an ICCR Professor for Hindi Language at the University.

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Top UN officials call on President, offer drought relief


A team of Top level UN officials called on President Maithripala Sirisena and promised that they would extend their fullest cooperation to the Presidential Task Force to provide drought relief.

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“Do not belittle grant of GSP+ “: PM tells critics


Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has observed that the grant of GSP+ cannot be belittled. Winning GSP+ is a great victory to the country and the people. He made this observation in response to a comment made by the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa that Sri Lanka did not lose from the withdrawal of the GSP+.

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EU delegation meets Minister Mano Ganesan


A delegation of the European Union in Sri Lanka met with Minister of National Languages Mano Ganesan and held discussions. The discussions focused on many issues relating to reconciliation and the grant of GSP+. The meeting took place at the Ministry of Co-existence and Official Languages recently.

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Hambantota project; Demo by Buddhist monks in Matara


A demonstration was held in Matara protesting against the alleged Government’s decision to hand over the Hambantota harbour, Mattala airport together with another 15,000 acres of land on 99 year lease to Chinese companies. A number of Buddhists monks participated.

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Demo by Eastern University students in Valaichenai


A demonstration was held in Valaichenai by the students of the Eastern University making a set of demands including hostel facilities.

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Contempt of Bribery Commission; Namal forwards plea of not guilty


Kurunegala Sri Lanka Freedom Party Parliamentarian Namal Rajapakse pleaded not guilty to a charge of contempt of Bribery Commission. He made the plea to the Supreme Court.

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Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thero opts to be an independent MP


Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thero has opted to remain an independent Member in Parliament and to cease to be a member of Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU). He has renounced party affiliations. He has categorically stated that he has no differences with the JHU and he was not intending to join the Opposition.

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Vavuniya Bus Stand declared open


The newly constructed Bus Stand in Vavuniya was declared open at a simple ceremony held recently. Transport Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva was the Chief Guest. Deputy Transport Minister Abeysinghe, Minister Rishad Badiudeen, Parliamentarians Sivamohan, Masthan, Northern Province Governor Reginald Cooray and others were also present.

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SLMC Puttalam branch inaugurated


The Puttalam Branch of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress was inaugurated at a simple ceremony held recently. SLMC Leader Minister Rauff Hakeem was the Chief Guest. SLMC General Secretary Hasan Ali, Puttalam Uraban Council former Chairman Faiz and others were present.

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Construction of 3000 rain water harvesting systems; India-Sri Lanka ink MoU


India and Sri Lanka today signed an MoU recently to construct 3000 rain water harvesting systems at a cost of SLR 300 million in Jaffna District. The signatories were Arindam Bagchi, Acting High Commissioner of India and V. Sivagnanasothy, Secretary, Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation. The MoU was signed in the presence of State Minister of National Integration and Reconciliation A. H. M. Fowzie.

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‘Pavithra Patha Yathra’; From Chennai to Prashanthy Nilayam


The Sai Youth and Devotees from Chennai and other Districts of Tamil Nadu embarked on a "Pavitra Parthi Pada Yatra" from Chennai to Prashnathy Nilayam in Puttarparthy recently.

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Kite Flying Contest in Udupity to mark Thai Pongal


Kite flying contest was the highlight of the Thai Pongal festival held in Udupity.

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‘Prema Sangamam’ at Prashanthy Nilayam


The highlight of the event held at the New Year at Prashnathy Nilayam was a drama presentation entitled "Prema Sangamam"

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Madddu Pongal in Suthumalai


Traditional Maddu Pongal Celebration was held at the premises of the Murugamoorthy Temple in Suthumalai on Jan 15. The cattle were bathed, garlanded and anointed with pottu before the traditional poojas were performed.

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Kolam design creation by US Embassy to mark Thai Pongal


A unique tradition was initiated by the Sri Lankan American Embassy family members in expressing Thai Pongal greetings with the creation of their very own Kolam design.

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Thai Pongal festival in Kanniyai Sivan Temple


- By S.Kathiravan

Thai Pongal festival was held at the Sivan temple in Kanniyai on Pongal day. Founder of Lalithambga Thevasthanam Swathanantha Swamigal performed the religious rituals. Provincial Councilor Gnanarthanan was among those present.

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Mass to mark Thai Pongal in Batticaloa


Special religious observations were held in two Churches in Batticaloa to mark Thai Pongal Festival.

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Clad in Tamilian attire tourists celebrate Pongal in Jaffna


A number of tourists clad in traditional Tamilian attire participated in Pongal celebrations. They also participated in special pongal poojas at the Nallur Kanthan temple.

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Pongal Festival in Rambaikulam St Antony’s Church


Thai Pongal Festival was observed according to age old traditions at the St.Anthony’s Church in Rambaikulam, Vavuniya. Rev.Fr. Satrhyaraj graced the event.

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Thiruvathirai pooja in Matale Muthumariamman koil


Special poojas and rituals were performed by Hindu priests at the Matale Muthumariamman temple to observe the traditional annual Thiruvathirai festival. Devotees from several parts of the hill country and Colombo participated with religious fervor.

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Trincomalee Tamils gear up for Thai Pongal festival


- By S.Kathiravan

Tamils in Trincomalee are gearing up for celebrating the Thai Pongal according to age old traditions. The Thai Pongal mood and spirit have permeated among the people of Trincomalee district. They were seen busy purchasing ingredients needed for pongal. There had been a brisk sale of sugar cane, clay pots etc in the bazzar areas.

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Ramanar, Vivekanada Jayanthy in Thamaraikerny


A special religious ceremony was held at Thmaraikerny Muthumariamman temple recently to observe the Jayanthy celebrations of Ramana Maharishi and Swamy Vivekanda.

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Annual Kelani Rajamaha Vihara Randoli Perehara held


The main Randoli Perehara of the Kelani Raja Maha Vihara was held recently.

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Five Day Pakistan Food Festival in Colombo


The five day Pakistan Food Festival was declared open on Jan 13.

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Reconciliation Week at Colombo Vivekanada


A simple ceremony was held at Colombo Vivekananda National School to observe the Reconciliation Week. Principal Rajamanypillai Rajalingam presided.State Minister V.Rathakrishnan was the Chief Guest. Opposition Leader R.Sampanthan was Guest of Honour.

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Jaffna University holds 32 nd Convocation


The 32 nd Convocation of the Jaffna University was held at the Campus premises on Jan 10. Chancellor Emeritus Professor Dr. Pathmanathan was the Chief Guest. Vice Chnacellor Vasanthy Arasaratnam presided. 2151 students received their degrees. 164 students received post graduate degrees while 284 students were external students.

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Thiruvasakam Recitation in Mamangeswaram

The recitation of Thiruvasakam- Thiruvasakam Muttrothal- was held at Mamangeswaram in Batticaloa to mark the Thiruvembavai festival. Batticaloa District Saiva Thiruneri Mantra President Sivathamil Vithakr Sivaparakasam led the chanting.

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Annual Uda Maluwe Perehara


The Annual Uda Maluwe Peraheraof Raja Maha Vihara was held recently. The temple Chief Basnayake Nilame of Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara Dhammika Attigalle carried the casket of relics for the annual Uda Maluwe Perahera of the temple. Chief incumbent Ven Prof Kollupitiya Mahinda Sangharakkhita Thera was also present.

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Completion of Good Governance ; Special Poojas at Thiru koneswaram


- By S.Kathiravan

Special poojas were held at sacred and historic Thirukoneswaram to invoke the blessings of Lord Siva on the completion of two years of good governance of the National Unity Government led by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe. The special poojas were organized under the patronage of the officials of the Provincial Department of Culture.

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Special prayers in Hatton invoking blessings for President


Special prayers were held at the Urban Council Hall in Dickoya, Hatton to invoke blessings on President Maithripala Sirisena who completes the second year of office.

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