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Jaffna seminar on Enhancing Women Representation in LG polls

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A seminar was on Enhancing Women Representation in Local Government polls by 25 % was held at the Navalar Cultural Hall in Jaffna recently. Commonwealth Representative Anura Kuwa, Women Activist Hemanthy Gunasekera and others addressed. Representatives of Women Organizations participated.

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TNA welcomes on UNHRC Resolution, urges Govt to honour commitments

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Tamil National Alliance has while welcoming the adoption of UNHRC resolution 34/L 1 which reaffirms the full implementation of resolution 30/1 of 2015, promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka, urged the government to honour its commitments.

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"We will not waver in the face of terrorism" : Theresa May

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Prime Minister Theresa May responding to the London attack, has categorically observed that Britain will never waver in the face of terrorism.

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President calls on Russian President

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A meeting took place between President of Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and President Maithripala Sirisena at the Kremlin on Thursday. President Sirisena is currently on an official visit to Moscow at Mr Putin's invitation. The two presidents adopted a Joint Declaration following their talks.

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Malik in Jaffna attends seminar on Program to establish 2000 exporters

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Minister Malik Samarwickrama was the Chief Guest at the seminar on the National Program to establish 2000 exporters. The event was held at the Jaffna District Secretariat auditorium recently. Parliamentarian M.A.Sumanthiran, Northern Province Chief Minister Justice Wigneswaran, State Ministers Sujeewa Senasinge, Vijakala Maheswaran and others participated.

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Gangai Amaran files nomination

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Legendary music director Gangai Amaran filed his nomination on Thursday as BJP nominee for RK Nagar by-poll. He was accompanied by senior party functionaries including state BJP chief Tamilisai Sounderrajan.

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“Reveal public strategy, timetable for impelementation UN commitment”: US to Sri Lanka

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United States has urged Sri Lanka to make public a strategy and timetable for implementation of the reforms and commitments outlined in the UN Resolution 30/1. It has also commended Sri Lanka for the important steps taken since 2015, toward implementing its key human rights, justice, and reconciliation commitments.

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UNHRC adopts consensus resolution without vote

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The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Thursday adopted the consensus resolution on Sri Lanka without a vote. The resolution proposes to give two more years beyond 2017 to Sri Lanka to fulfill its commitments for reconciliation and transnational justice.

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Guard of Honour to President at Kremlin

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President Maithripala Sirisena was accorded a Guard of Honor during the official welcoming ceremony at Kremlin in the national capital of Russia. He also placed a wreath at the Tomb of Unknown Soldier in the Red Square. He was received by the Military Commandant of Moscow. The Russian Military Band played the national anthems of the two countries.

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Pakistan’s 77 th Day in Colombo

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The 77 th National Day of Pakistan was held at the premises of the Pakistan High Commission recently.

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New Defence Attache of Chinese Embassy calls on Navy Commander

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Senior Colonel Xu Jianwei, the newly appointed Military, Naval and Air Attaché of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Sri Lanka, called on the Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne at the Naval Headquarters on Mar 23. Both parties shared views on matters of bilateral interests. Mementoes were also exchanged to mark the significance of this occasion.

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Donating 150 houses to displaced Tamils in Jaffna: Rajinikanth to be Chief Guest

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Super Star Rajinikanth will be the Chief Guest at the event to be held in Jaffna on April 9 to hand over 150 houses to displaced Tamil families.  

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Warm welcome to President, First Lady in Moscow Airport

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President Maithripala Sirisena was extended a warm welcome when he arrived at the Domodedovo International Airport in Moscow. He is in Russia on a three-day state visit to Russia. This is the first official tour of a Sri Lankan leader to Russia after the state visit of Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike in 1974.He was accompanied by his wife Jayanthi Sirisena. 

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Deliver fully on commitment: UK urges Sri Lanka

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The UK has urged the Government of Sri Lanka to provide the determined leadership required to deliver fully on the commitments it made when co-sponsoring resolution 30/01 and to develop a comprehensive and time bound implementation strategy.

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Canada-Sri Lanka Business delegation calls on Buddhist Prelates

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Canada-Sri Lanka Business delegation called on Ven. Mahanayake Theras and engaged in religious observances at the Temple of the Tooth Relic recently. The team of delegates included Canadian Members of Parliament Yasmin Abdulla Karim Ratansi, Irin Manyasin, Chandrakanth Arya and Parliament representative Arther Shorts and others.

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Five dead and forty injured in London attack

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Five people are reported to have died and forty injured in an attack in London. Reports say that an attacker had driven a car along a pavement over Westminster Bridge, near the Houses of Parliament in central London resulting in the killing of at least two people and injuring many more. The car then crashed into railings outside the Houses of Parliament.

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AIADMK’s ‘Two-Leaves’ symbol frozen by EC

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The Election Commission has made an order prohibiting the use of the AIADMK’s “Two Leaves” symbol in the upcoming R.K. Nagar by-election in Chennai.

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India donates water bowsers to Sri Lanka

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The Government of India has donated eight water bowsers to supply water to the people in drought affected areas in the island.

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We inherited an economy resembling a volcano..Ravi responds to Dinesh

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Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake has stated that the national unity government was handed over an economy that resembled a volcano by the previous regime in which Dinesh Gunawardena was a minister. But the present government has brought the country to a better level even reducing the prices of 22 essential commodities while increasing salaries. The prices of petrol, diesel, milk powder, gas and many other commodities have been reduced.

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Govt has decided to sell State institutions: Dinesh charges

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Joint Opposition Leader Dinesh Gunawardena has charged that the government has decided to sell State institutions like the National Water Supply and Drainage Board, Ceylon Petroleum Corporation, Ceylon Electricity Board, Ports Authority.

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Meditate 15 minutes daily before commencing duties: IGP to policemen

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Inspector-General of Police Pujith Jayasundara has urged his officers and policemen to meditate for 15 minutes every day before starting their daily routines.

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ACHC’s Hindu Oli released at Matale Muthumariamman Koil festival

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A special issue of Hindu Oli on the glory of Matale Muthumariamman Koil was released during the annual festival of the temple at a simple religious ceremony.

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Balasthabana Kumbabishekam of Uvarmalai Vinayagar Koil on Mar 16

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The Balasthapana Kumbaabishekam of the Uvarmalai Vinayagar Koil will be held on Thursday, Mar 16. Siva Sri Ketheeswara Kurukkal and the temple priest Sivasri Vythilinga Kurukkal will conduct the rituals.

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PM at Dasa Paramitha Perahera

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The Dasa Paramitha Perahera was held at the Athuladassanarama Viharaya in Borella on Marh 12. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was the Chief Guest and placed the sacred casket of relics.

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Masimagam Theertham at Trinco Katpaka Vinaygar

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- By S.Kathiravan

The sacred Masimagam Theertham Festival was held with religious fervor at the Katpaka Vinayagar temple at Thirugnanasampantyhhar Road, Trincomalee recently. Several devotees participated.

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Annual Katchatheewu annual feast commences

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The Annual Feast of St. Anthony’s Church in the Kachchativu Island was held on Sunday March 12, under the guidance of Jaffna Diocese Vicar General Rev. Fr. Joseph Vass Jebaratnam, who conducted the mass.

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Pancharatha Pavany of Matale Muthumariamman held with religious fervor

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- By S.Surenthiran

The Pancharatha Pavany of Matale Muthumariamman Koil was held with the pious participation of hundreds of devotees from all parts of the island.

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Katchatheewu St.Anthony’s Church feast on Sunday

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The Katchatheewu St Antony’s Church feast is to commence on Sunday, Mar 12. Devotees from Sri Lanka and India participate at this two day festival. Jaffna priest Rev.Fr. P.J.Sebaratnam will conduct the festival.

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Sikandithasan’s book of verses to be released in Trinco on Sunday

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A book of verses on Thirukonamalai Pathirakali Amman by Kavignar Sothidar Sikandithasan is to be released at a ceremony to be held at Trincomalee Hindu College at 3 pm on Sunday, Mar 12.

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Matale Muthumariamman Panchartha Pavany on Saturday

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The Masimaga Pancharatha Pavany of Matale Muthumariamman Koil will commence from the temple on Saturday morning. It will wound its way through the Trincomalee Street, Raja Veethy and return to the Koil.

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New Zealand Minister at Dewatagaha Jummah Mosque

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New Zealand’s Minister of Food Safety, Veterans’ Affairs and Associated Minister of Transport and Immigration David Bennette called at the Dewatagaha Jummah Mosque at Colombo 7 and participated in an Islamic religious program.

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CJ attends religious observances at Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya

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Chief Justice Priyasath Dep called at the Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya and attended religious observances after assuming duties as the 45th Chief Justice of the country. He was accompanied by his wife. They paid a courtesy call on Chief Incumbent of the temple Ven. Dr Kollupitiye Mahindarakkhitha Thera.

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Gandhi Ayya remembrance in Trinco; Book by Swamy Sivananda released

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- By M. Arunan 

The highlight of the Gandhi Ayya Remembrance Day held in Trincomalee was the release of a book of sayings of Swamy Sivananda Maharaj, the Founder of Divine Life Society.

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Saiva Flag Day inaugurated in Colombo

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The Saiva Flag Day sponsored by the Sri Lanka Branch of the World Saiva Council was inaugurated in Colombo on the Maha Sivarathry Day.

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Avvai Nagar Araneripadasalai to be inaugurated on March 5

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The Aranery Padasalai of Avvai Nagar Sri Muthumariamman temple in Pankulam is to be inaugurated at 10 am on Sunday March 5. The event is held under the patronage of the Temple Trust.

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Uvarmalai Vinayagar Aranery Padasalai 6 th anniversary on Mar 5

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The sixth anniversary of the Uvarmalai Arulmigu Uvarmalai Vinayagar Arulnery Pdasalai is to be held on March 5 at the temple premises.

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'Divine Puppeteer’ released at Prashanthi Nilayam

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The book, The Divine Puppeteer, authored by Sri Ajit Poppat was released at Prashanthi Nilayam in Puttarparthy recently. It is a compilation of 65 speeches delivered in the immediate Divine Presence, between 2001 and 2010.

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Maha Rudra Abishekam to Saieeswara Lingam in Puttarparthy

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Maha Sivarathri Day celebrations at Prashnathy Nilayam in Puttarparthy commenced with Maha Rudra Abishekam to Saieeswara Lingam, sanctified by the Divine Hands during the 2006 Atirudram. It was brought to the venue in a regal palanquin procession, from the Bhajan hall amidst Vedic chanting.

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Five day Traditional, annual Nagarvalam of Konesa Peruman commences

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- By S.Kathiravan

The five day annual Nagarvalam of Mathumai udanurai Koneswarar commenced on Saturday, Feb 25 at the conclusion of the Maha Sivarathri festival.

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Thripitaka full volume presented to Gandhi University

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A full volume of Thripitaka – Pali and Sinhala version- worth Rs. 100,000 was presented to Gandhi University at a ceremony in Sri Arahat Mahinda International Buddhist Centre in Gujarat by the Sarana Foundation in Sri Lanka. This was in response to a request from Ven. Dr. Sheelawansa Thera from the State of Maharashta, India.

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