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President at UN ECOSOC inaugural sessions

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President Maithripala Sirisena attended the inaugural Sessions of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on September 18 at the UN Headquarters in New York. He was attending this Sessions which is only participated by the Heads of States.

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SC holds certain clauses of 20A inconsistent with the Constitution: Speaker

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Speaker Karu Jayasuriya told the House that the Supreme Court has held that certain clauses of the 20th Amendment are inconsistent with the Constitution and would require the 2/3 majority in Parliament at referendum.

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Switzerland Embassy officials call on Sritharan

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Switzerland Embassy officials called on Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian Sritharan in Killinochchi recently and held talks. The officials who met him are Gisela, the First Secretary of the Switzerland Embassy in Sri Lanka and Andreas Schmid, Country Analyst at the Sitzerland Embassy. The talks focused on reconciliation, resettlement etc.

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PM declares open new building at Mawathagama Police Station

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The new building of the Mawathagama Police Station was declared open by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe recently. Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundera was Guest of Honour. Several politicians including Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam and high ranking Police Officials attended the event.

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Govt committed to hold polls, enable exercise of franchise: Amaraweera

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Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister Mahinda Amaraweera has dismissed charges that the government plots to postpone polls. He has assured that a series of elections will be held in the near future to enable people to exercise their franchise at will. The government never feared to face elections.

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Govt strives to postpone polls: CaFFE charges

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Executive Director of the Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) Rajith Keerthi Tennakoon has charged that the government is striving to put off the Provincial Council Elections through moving a proposal during the committee stage on September 20th.

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New Market Complex proposal for Akkurana; Hakeem chairs discussion

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- By  J.M.Hafeez

A discussion on the construction of a new Market Complex in Akkurana was held at the auditorium of the Akkurana Pradesa Sabha recently. Sri Lanka Muslim Congress Leader Minister Rauff Hakeem chaired. Minister M.H.Haleem, SLFP Akkurana organizer A.M.M.Simsan and others participated.

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Welikada Prison Hospital Acting Chief Medical Officer transferred

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Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne has ordered that the acting chief medical officer of the Welikada Prison hospital be transferred to the Colombo National Hospital.

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34 th death anniversary of Kobbekaduwe commemorated

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A simple ceremony was held to commemorate the 34 th death anniversary of Hector Kobbekaduwe at the Kobbekaduwe Agricultural Research Centre. Former President and Parliamentarian Mahinda Rajapakse, former Prime Minister D.M.Jayaratne and Parliamentarian Namal Rajapakse were among those presnt.

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President, First Lady arrive in New York

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President Maithripala Sirisena and First Lady Jayanthy Sirisena who arrived in New York to the attend 72nd General Assembly of the United Nations (UN), were accorded a welcome when they reached the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on Sep 18.

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Disappearance Bill has no retrospective effect: PM tells critics

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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has categorically stated that the proposed International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances Bill will not have retroactive effect.

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Govt committed to polls under electoral system: President

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President Maithripala Sirisena says that the government is committed to take measures to hold all future elections under the electoral system in adherence with pledge made during 2015 Presidential election. 

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Buddhist monks’ participation in political party programs irksome: Amunugama

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Ministry of Special Assignments Sarath Amunugama has observed that certain Buddhist monks participating in programs organized by political parties to collect funds for convicts is irksome. They have drawn sharp criticism for going behind political parties.

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Wijewardena sworn in as Acting Defence Minister

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State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene was sworn in as Acting Minister of Defence before President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday, September 17. President Sirisena is scheduled to leave to the United States to attend the 72 nd UN General Assembly in New York. Ruwan Wijewardene will oversee the duties of Defence Minister until the President returns to the island.

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Mavai, Sathyalingam at Tamil Canadian Walk

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Illankai Tamil Arasu Katchi Leader Parliamentarian Mavai Senathyrasa and Northern Provincial Councilor Sathiyalingam were Chief Guests at the Tamil Canadian Walk held in Canada recently to collect funds for assistance to the resettled people of Thennamaravdy in Trincomalee district.

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President, PM grace BOI’s 40 th year celebrations

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President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe graced the ceremony held by the Board of Investment of Sri Lanka stepping into its 40th year. The event was held at the Katunayake Export Processing Zone.

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20 A; SC’s determination before Speaker

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Supreme Court that examined the 20 th amendment to the Constitution has already delivered its determination under a sealed cover to the Speaker Karu Jayasuriya. A three judge bench comprised Chief Justice Priyasath Dep, Justice Anil Gooneratne and Justice Vijith Malalgoda. SC heard about 23 petitions from political parties as well as civil society organizations and NGOs.

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Ashraff Junior School inaugurated in Pallikudiyirruppu

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The Ashraff Junior School was inaugurated at a simple ceremony in Pallikudiyirruppu in Akkaraipattu in Batticaloa recently. Sri Lanka Muslim Congress Leader Minister Rauff Hakeem was the Chief Guest. Eastern Province Chief Minister Nazeer Ahamed, Provincial Education Minister S.Thandauthapany and others participated along with officials and parents.

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Hindi Day 2017 in Colombo

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Hindi Day 2017, India - Sri Lanka Hindi conference on the theme ‘E-learning : Identity and possibilities’ was held recently by the Indian Cultural Centre, High Commission of India, Colombo in collaboration with the Hindi department of the University of Kelaniya.

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Sri Lanka Podu Jana Peramuna holds discussion in Vavuniya

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A discussion was held among the supporters of the Sri Lanka Podu Jana Peramuna at Malai Guest House in Vavuniya recently. The discussion mainly focused on contesting the forthcoming local government elections.

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Ashraff remembered in Kalmunai

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A simple ceremony was held in Kalmunai to commemorate the 17 th death anniversary of the Founder of Sri Lanka Muslim Congress Ashraff. The event was held under the auspices of the Kalmunai Madhusoora Committee.

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International Research Conference in Trinco on Sept 13, 14

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- By S.Kathiravan

The Second International Research Conference under the theme ‘Exploiting Resources for Better Tomorrow’ is scheduled to be held on September 13 and 14 under the patronage of the Trincomalee Campus of the Eastern Province.

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New Parish Home for Soriakalmunai Church

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Batticaloa Bishop Rt. Rev. Dr. Joseph Ponniah recently declared open a new Parish Home building complex build in Sorikalmunai Holy Cross Church at a cost of Rs. 7.6 million. Sorikalmunai Holy Cross Church Parish Priest Rev. Fr. R. Thiruchelvam presided.

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Senior journalist Gurunathan no more

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A senior journalist Sinniah Gurunathan who had served in the field of both Tamil and English journalism for around three decades passed away on Friday, August 31. He was 80 at the time of his demise. His funeral is scheduled to take place on Sunday, September 3.

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Pada Yathrai for reconciliation in Batticaloa

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A Pada Yathria comprising of leaders of all faiths was held in Batticlaoa to highlight reconciliation through religions. The Yathari commenced form Ghanthi Poonga and proceeded to Batticaloa Municipal Council Hall. The procession was followed by a meeting addressed by leaders of various faiths. The event was organized under the auspices of the Ehed Karitas.

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Jubilee year Festival of Sillalai Holy Kathirai Annai Church held

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- By M.Newtan

The Jubilee year festival of Sillalai Kathirai Annai Church was held recently with the participation of devotees from different parts of the northern peninsula.

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Vinayagar statue immersed in Mahaveli Gangai

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- By J.M.Hafeez

A ten foot Vinayagar statue was immersed in Mahaveli Gangai in accordance with traditions following poojas at the Muthumariamman Temple in Nithawela near Kandy. It was part of the Ganesha Chathurthi festival ceremony. Hundreds of male and female devotees participated in the temple ceremony and in the procession that followed.

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Hearing aids to needy families in Kandy

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- By J.M.Hafeez

Hearing aids worth Rs 80,00,000 were handed to needy families in the Central Province at an event held at the office of the Central Province Chief Minister. The beneficiaries numbering more than fifty were from Mahiyangana, Gamopla, Badulla, Hirndurukotte, Dehiyatha and other places.

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Sea of heads at Nallur Kanthan Theertham

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- 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

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- 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

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- 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

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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

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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

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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

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- 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

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- 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

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- 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

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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

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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

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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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