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- By J.M.Hafeez
Indian Government has distributed 124 different types of musical instruments to fifty schools in the Central, Sabragamuwe, Uva and North West Provinces at a simple ceremony held at the office of the Deputy Indian High Commission in Kandy recently.
The traditional Sooran Samharam at the conclusion of the Kantha Sahasty Fast was held at the Nallur Kanthaswamy temple with the participation of hundreds of Hindu devotees from all parts of the peninsula. Chief Priest Siva Sri Kumarakurupara Sivaachariyar conducted the rituals.
Ten widow headed families in Vanni region were provided livelihood assistance at the Gurudeva School in Thevipuram, Mullaithevu district by Manitha Neyam Trust in collaboration with Tamil Forum Malaysia. Rishi Thondunathan’s mother graced the event.
Former President Mahinda Rajapakse who has turned 72 celebrated his birthday at his office on November 18. He also cut the birthday cake. His party supporters and members of the family were also present. They all wished him a happy birthday.
Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayka has urged the public not to be misled by false propaganda by extremist political gangs.
Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva has stated that as a party, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party is against delaying local government polls. It has not made any request to delay LG elections. In fact, SLFPers intend appealing to the judiciary to permit the elections to be held.
Provincial Councils and Local Government Minister Faiszer Mustapha chaired deliberations held to establish a Pradeshiya Sabha in Sainthamaruthu. The deliberations were held to arrive at a consensus among all parties representing the Muslim and Tamil communities.
- By S. Sivaraja Jothy
President Maithripala Sirisena declared open the Prayer Hall of the Shirdi Sai Mandhir at New Chetty Street in Colombo on Nov 17. The event also marked the fiftieth anniversary of the establishment of Sri Sathya Baba Centre.
Tensed situation that prevailed in Gintota and its suburbs have been brought under control and normalcy is being restored sequel to the imposition of police curfew and deployment of police personnel, say official sources.
President Maithripala Sirisena has observed that the unity government is fully committed to preserve, protect and develop Buddhism and Buddha Sasana for they have nurtured the Sri Lankan society with disciplined and moral values, which we cannot see anywhere in the world.
Chief Magistrate Lal Ranasinghe Bandara has fixed the case filed against former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and seven others for trial on Feb 26, March 26. The charge against him is allegedly causing a Rs.11.4 billion unlawful loss to the government when permitting Avant-Garde Maritime Services (Pvt) Ltd, to operate a floating armoury.
An arrest warrant was issued today, Nov 17 on former Sri Lankan Ambassador to the United States, Jaliya Wickramasuriya by Colombo Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne.
President Maithripala Sirisena attended the Parliamentary sessions during the debate on the Budget today, Friday, Nov 17. He took part in the debate on expenditure for the Presidential Secretariat, as set out by the 2018 Budget proposals. He was seen engaged in a cordial discussion with the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
A demonstration was held opposite the office of the Northern Province Governor on Nov 17 protesting against the proposed reduction of beer prices through the 2018 budget. Residents of Jaffna took part in the demonstration. They urged the President to intervene in the matter.
Chairman of the Elections Commission Mahinda Deshapriya has told the media that the notice calling for nominations for the Local Government elections will be issued on November 27. Nominations for the LG polls are to be accepted after 14 days of the issuance of the notice District selection officials.
Former President Mahinda Rajapakse has urged the people to send the incumbent government home and that the outcome of the next election would reflect the aspirations of the people and help bring to power a team capable of hoisting the country from current politico-economic crisis.
Opposition Leader and Tamil National Alliance Leader R. Sampanthan has made a fervent appeal to former President and Kurunegala Parliamentarian Mahinda Rajapakse to support the formulation of the new constitution to resolve the ethnic issue.
President Maithripala Sirisena Thursday held a discussion with the family members of the missing persons at the Presidential Secretariat.
Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has observed that India will raise the alleged removal of the name of a revered leader of Indian Tamils S. Thondaman from a government institution.
The budget for 2018 presented by Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera was passed in Parliament today, Thursday, Nov 16 after the second reading. It was passed by a majority with 151 members voting for and 58 against it.
Deputy Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs Dr. Harsha de Silva has observed that the government of Sri Lanka is fully committed to promoting and protecting human rights. It is constant work in progress and it is not something that can be done overnight despite the most sincere of commitments and the most fervent sense of determination.
National Freedom Front Leader JO Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawanse has criticized that there is no relief to the public, other than those included to market the budget. There is no relief even to local industrialists. There are more proposals to create investment opportunities for foreigners.
President Maithripala Sirisena called on the Mahanayake Thera of Malwatte Chapter Most Ven. Thibbotuwawe Sri Sumangala Thera and sought his blessings. He also listened to his views on several issues.
Vanna Cholai, the Annual Concert of Trincomalee Kalaimakal Montessori will be held at the Hindu College Primary at 10 am on Sunday Nov 19. The highlight of the event will be performances by kids.
Highly reputed, senior most Tamil Journalist S.M.Gopalaratnam passed away in Batticaloa on November 15. Funeral rites will take place on Friday evening at his daughter’s residence in Poompuhar in Batticaloa.
President Maithripala Sirisena is to declare open the Shirdi Sai Mandir at New Chetty Street, Colombo 13 at 4 pm on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at a simple religious ceremony. Chairman Shirdi Sai Centre Sri. S.N. Udhayanayahan will chair.
24-hour non-stop bhajan called 'Global Akhanda Bhajan' for universal peace was held at Prashanthy Nilayam recently.
Opposition Leader and Tamil National Alliance Leader R.Sampanthan graced the award ceremony of the Swamy Vipulananda Centenary Sabai held at the Trincomalee St.Mary’s College recently.
-By Rishi Thondunathan
In past 12 years I was very blessed to spend much of my time with people with special needs. And times with children with special needs have been some of the happiest times.
Sivayoga Selvar Sambasiva Sivaaachariyar of Batticaloa Gayathry Peedam graced the 6 th annual festival of Trincomalee Sivan Koil Aranery Padasalai held at the Koneswara Hindu College recently.
- By S.Kathiravan
The holy Kethara Gowry fast was observed by hundreds of Hindus, men and women, young and old, with devotion at the Trincomalee Pathirakali Koil on Thursday, October 19.
Global Capital has named Sri Lanka’s Central Bank Governor Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy as the Central Bank Governor of the Year in South Asia.
Muthamil Festival of the Killinochi Maha Vidyalayam was held at the Killinochchi Co-operator’s Auditorium recently. Principal Jayanthy Thanabalasingam presided. Students participated in dance, musical and cultural items held to mark the event. Students, teachers, parents and past students attended the festival.
Council of Justice of Peace has presented the award of South Asia Peace Award to President of the Tamil United Liberation Front former Parliamentarian V.Anandasangary. The award presenting ceremony was held at Akkaraipattu recently. 35 men who have contributed the country’s wellbeing were bestowed with Desa Keerthi Awards.
While studies two years ago showed that extra virgin olive oil can help women reduce risk of breast cancer and other diseases, new research shows it may also protect against cognitive decline.
The 125 th Jayanthy of Swamy Vipulananda was held in Batticaloa with the participation of a number of people from different walks of life. The event commenced with a procession from Swamy’s Samathy in Kallady to the venue of the meeting at Swamy Vipulananda Aesthetic College. Students performed traditional games such as Silambu Aattam etc, and played traditional musical instruments in the procession.
Reputed Tamil Nadu Film Director P.Bharathy Raja was awarded Cinema Sitpy Viruthu at a literary ceremony in Batticaloa on September 30.
Ayudha Puja celebrations were held with devotion in the Sai Kulwant Hall at in Prasanthi Nilayam, worshipping 'Sai Vahan', vehicles that had been blessed by Bhagawan's touch, including the Golden Chariot.
The holy Navarathri festival poojas were conducted with dedication at the Trincomalee Pathirakali Amman Koil for the nine days.
Reputed Tamil Nadu Film Director Bharathy Raja participated in a meeting held at Navatkuly under the auspices of the Lions Club of Jaffna. President of the Lions Club Thanenthiran chaired. He addressed the event. He was awarded the Samuga Thilagam Viruthu.
- By S.Kathiravan
The Puratassi Sany fast observed by the Hindus all over the world was held at Trincomalee Saneeswaran Koil. Special poojas were held by the priests.
A religious ceremony was held at the Maharagama National Institute of Education on September 22 to mark the holy Navarathry Festival. Chief Priest Baskara Sarma conducted the poojas.
Colombo Archbishop His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith presided over a special religious service held at St. Mary’s Church, Lauries Road, Bambalapitiya to commemorate 40 years of service to the people of Sri Lanka by Ranil Wickremesinghe as a Member of Parliament, Cabinet Minister and Prime Minister.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe travelled by the route bus to Hatton to attend functions organized for him there. He was seen purchasing ticket and being seated relaxed with other fellow passengers.