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… Read More
- By S.Kathiravan
Trinco Olympics Sports Club emerged Champions in the Alex Fernando Cup Football Tournament for over forties held at the Ehambaram Sports Grounds held recently.
- By S.Kathiravan
A road race was held to mark the 150 th anniversary of the Trincomalee St.Joseph’s College under the guidance of Principal Rev. Fr. Alfred Vijakamalanrecently. This was held prior to the main function.
Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Yi Xianliang delivered the 13th Sujata Jayawardena Memorial Oration of the University of Colombo at the BMICH recently. The oration was on the topic ‘One Belt-One Road, China Sri Lanka Relations’.
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.
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.
Prime Minister Theresa May responding to the London attack, has categorically observed that Britain will never waver in the face of terrorism.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 77 th National Day of Pakistan was held at the premises of the Pakistan High Commission recently.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Government of India has donated eight water bowsers to supply water to the people in drought affected areas in the island.
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.
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.
Inspector-General of Police Pujith Jayasundara has urged his officers and policemen to meditate for 15 minutes every day before starting their daily routines.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
The Saiva Flag Day sponsored by the Sri Lanka Branch of the World Saiva Council was inaugurated in Colombo on the Maha Sivarathry Day.
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.
The sixth anniversary of the Uvarmalai Arulmigu Uvarmalai Vinayagar Arulnery Pdasalai is to be held on March 5 at the temple premises.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
Sri Lanka Muslim Congress Leader Minister Rauff Hakeem relaxes with animals in his free time. He quipped that he had a glimpse of his good old days growing up in the hills. He added that he was reminded of John Milton’s Paradise Lost and Regained in God’s Happy Valley.