- By S.Kathiravan
Trincomalee Ramakrishna Mission Koneswara Hindu College engaged in social service activities to mark the event of it being raised to the status of a National School in January 1993.
Invaiyoor Sri Ragupathy Balasritharan’s book tilted ‘Srikkavum Chinthikkavum was released at a simple event held in Colombo Tamil Sangam Hall recently. Colombo Tamil Sangam President Thambu Siva presided. Tamil Arasu Katchi Leader Parliamentarian Mavai Senathyrasa was the Chief Guest. Puravalar Hashim Umar was special guest.
JVP National Organizer Parliamentarian Bimal Rathnayaka participated in the 18th Congress of the Communist Party of Sweden recently. The event was held at Stockholm recently. Members of the JVP and its supporters also participated. During his visit to Swden, Bimal addressed several seminars held under the theme “Why Sri Lanka needs a genuine change” in several cities in Sweden, Denmark and Germany.
- By S.Kathiravan
Admission of new students to Grade One in the Trincomalee Educational Zone was held in Roman Catholic School in Nilaveli recently. Zonal Director of Education Nadesalingam Wijendran was the Chief Guest.
- By J.M.Hafeez
Indian Deputy High Commissioner Ratha Venkatraman was honoured for her dedicated service to the people in the hill country at a simple ceremony held in Kandy. The event was held under the patronage of Makkal Kalai Ilakkiya Peravai. Kandy Trinity College student Filal Marikkar and Kandy Badiudeen Ladies’ College student Hala Marikkar were honoured for their literary contributions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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+.
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.
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.
A demonstration was held in Valaichenai by the students of the Eastern University making a set of demands including hostel facilities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kite flying contest was the highlight of the Thai Pongal festival held in Udupity.
The highlight of the event held at the New Year at Prashnathy Nilayam was a drama presentation entitled "Prema Sangamam"
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.
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.
- 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.
Special religious observations were held in two Churches in Batticaloa to mark Thai Pongal Festival.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
A special religious ceremony was held at Thmaraikerny Muthumariamman temple recently to observe the Jayanthy celebrations of Ramana Maharishi and Swamy Vivekanda.
The main Randoli Perehara of the Kelani Raja Maha Vihara was held recently.
The five day Pakistan Food Festival was declared open on Jan 13.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.