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Extremism, racism; let Police, AG, Courts address issues:- PM

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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe has stated that the Police should act without delay in dealing with extremism and racism that is evoked to destabilize the island nation.

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Rule of law will be enforced to deal with unruly incidents: Gayantha

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Minister Gayantha Karunathilake has categorically stated that the government will implement the rule of law strictly to deal with attempts to create conflict in the country in racial or any other form of agitations.

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NFGG meets Opposition Leader

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Representatives of the National Front for Good Governance met Opposition Leader R.Sampanthan and held discussions over the current trend of extremism in the island. They presented a report outlining the incidents.

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Evil can be overcome by good, pluralistic values: Theresa May

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British Prime Minister Theresa May has stated that cowardice will always be defeated by bravery, that evil can be overcome by good, and that our values - the liberal, pluralistic values of Britain - will always prevail over the hateful ideology of the terrorists. She made this observation in a statement issued in regard to the suicide attack in the Mancheter Arena.

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Non-bailable arrest warrant issued on eight TN actors

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Ooty Judicial Magistrate Senthilkumar Rajavel issued a non-bailable arrest warrant against eight Tamil Nadu actors for failing to appear for a summons.

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President takes wings to Australia

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President Maithripala Sirisena departed to Australia on May 23 on a three-day state visit following an invitation of the Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

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Australian High Commissioner calls on EP Chief Minister

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- By S.Kathiravan

Australian High Commissioner Price Hutchinson called on the Chief Minister of the Eastern Province Hafees Nazeer Ahamed at his office in Trincomalee recently and held discussions on various matters including the development of tourism in the province.

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Manchester Arena Attack; Queen expresses shock

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Queen Elizabeth has expressed shock at the suicide attack in Manchester Arena.

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Sri Lanka Republic Day in Kandy

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- By J.M.Hafeez

A simple ceremony was held in the Central Province Provincial Council Building in Pallekala, Kandy to mark the Sri Lanka Republic Day. Central Province Chief Minister Sarath Ekanayake was the Chief Guest. He hoisted the national flag.

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Suicide attack in Manchester Arena claims 22 lives, injures 59

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Suicide attack im Manchester Arena has claimed the lives twenty-two people, including children and caused injuries to 59.

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Renovated Jaffna Mosque declared open

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The renovated Jaffna Ithurus Maham Mosque was declared open for worship after an interval of 27 years. It had been damaged during the civil unrest.

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President declares open Ilankai Thurai Muhathuwara Bridge

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- By S.Kathiravan

Newly constructed Ilankai Thurai Muhathuwara bridge was declared open by President Maithripala Sirisena at a simple ceremony.

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Top US official calls on Prime Minister

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The United States Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Bill Todd called on Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe and held discussions. The discussion focused on U.S. support for Sri Lanka's reform process.

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Stand strong, be bold to take action against perpetrators of hatred:UN tells SL

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The United Nations (UN) has requested the Government of Sri Lanka to take appropriate action against those inciting hatred and violence.

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GMOA strike; Govt hospital services paralyzed

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The services at the government hospitals in the island were paralyzed consequent to the GMOA’s 24-hour strike on May 22.

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Cabinet reshuffle no answer to issues in the country: Anura

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JVP Leader Anura Dissanayake has stated that a cabinet reshuffle cannot be an answer to the issues faced by the country. That couldn’t be done so by a government change.

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Stalin questions propriety of Modi meeting OPS

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DMK working president M.K. Stalin has questioned the propriety of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting former Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam.

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Vasu hospitalized for heart ailment

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JO Parliamentarian Vasudeva Nanayakkara has been hospitalized following a sudden heart ailment. He has been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of the Colombo National Hospital. He undergoes treatment in the cardio treatment unit.

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Contempt of Court; GMOA President charge sheeted

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Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) President, Dr. Anuruddha Padeniya was served with a charge sheet for contempt of court before the Court of Appeal.

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Buddhist delegation leaves for Pakistan to attend Vesak festival

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A Buddhist delegation of Sri Lanka left for Pakistan following an invitation of Government of Pakistan. The Buddhist delegation of 34-members is led by Most Venerable Kanumuldeniye Chandavimala Mahanayaka Thero. It comprises senior Monks/Religious Scholars, Government Officials and pilgrims.

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Sangakkara announces retirement from first class cricket

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39 year old former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara has announced that he would retire from first-class cricket at the end of the  English county championship season in September. He quit Test cricket in 2015.

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Vesak Ceremony in Islamabad

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The Buddhist delegation from Sri Lanka participated at opening session of the Vesak ceremony held in Islamabad on May 22.

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Kumbabishekam at Nigethenna Muthumariamman Koil

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- By J.M.Hafeez

The kumbabishekam of the Nigethenna Muthu Mari Amman Koil in Nigethenna Thalauthuoya, Kandy was performed by Hindu priests in accordance with religious traditions.

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First death anniversary of Aranayaka landslide victims

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A simple ceremony including Pinkama was held at the Hathgampala Maha Vidyalaya recently to mark the first death anniversary of the victims of the Aranayake Samasara Kanda landslide. Pinkama was organised by the Principal, staff and students attached to the school and relatives of the 127 dead.

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Gayathri Japa Yagnam in Puttarparthy to mark New Year

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Viswa Shanthi Gayathri Japa Yagnam was the highlight of the Tamil New Year celebrations held at Poorna Chandra Hall recently.

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Bangladesh National Day in Colombo

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A simple ceremony was held at Kingsbury to mark the National Day of Bangladesh. Tourism Minister John Amaratunge was the Chief Guest and offered the toast.

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Oil anointing ceremonies on New Year Day

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Ceremonies of oil anointing at auspicious hours were held throughout the country by Buddhists on New Year Day. The religious observations were held according to age old customs.

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New Year Poojas at Nallaikanthan Koil

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Special poojas were held at the historic Nallai Kanthan Koil to mark the new year. Hundreds of Hindu devotees participated with devotion.

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Way of the Cross in Trinco

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- By S.Kathiravan 

Christians all over the island observed the Way of the Cross during the Lent on Friday, April 14, 2017. It is one of the most popular devotions for Roman Catholics.

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International Yoga Day in Colombo

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The International Day of Yoga- 2017 was held at Independence square Arcade recently under the auspices of Indian Cultural Centre, High Commission of India, Colombo in collaboration with World Health Organization.

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Book on Hisbulla launched in Kathankuddy

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The book on State Minister Hisbulla under the title ‘Kilakinvasal’was launched at a meeting held at Kathankuddy recently.

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Chariot Festival at Trinco Pathirakali temple

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- By S.Kathiravan

The annual Chariot Festival of Trincomalee Pathirakali Amman Temple was held on Saturday, April 08 with the participation of a large number of devotees with a religious fervor.

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Moratuwa University New Year celebration depicting national unity

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Moratuwa University New Year celebration became unique for it was declared open by three damsels representing the Sinhalese, Tamil and Muslim communities symbolizing national unity.

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Austarlia’s Minister at Photographic Exhibition

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A photographic exhibition on 70 years of development cooperation between Australia and Sri Lanka was held at the Lionel Wendt Gallery recently. Australia’s Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells was the Chief Guest.

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April Heroes Day at Moneragala

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JVP held a commemoration ceremony in Monaragala to commemorate heroes who sacrificed their lives for the Motherland at the April Uprising in 1971.

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President, PM, Opposition Leader at Trinco Pathirakali Koil

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- By T.Pakkiyanathan

President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe and Opposition Leader R.Sampanthan participated at the poojas at Trincomalee Pathirakali Amman temple and received blessings.

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PM receives Buddhist newspaper ‘Nivana’

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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was presented with a copy of 'Nivana' at Temple Trees recently.

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ITEC Day, International Students’ Day in Colombo

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'Indian Technical & Economic Cooperation Day and International Students’ Day on 28 March 2017 was held at Hotel TajSamudra, Colombo recently under the patronage of the High Commission of India. The ITEC alumni and Sri Lankan students who underwent training/studied in India under ITEC scheme and ICCR scholarship scheme of the Government of India were present.

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Trinco Pathirakali Flag Hoisting festival

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- By T.Pakkiyanathan

The annual festival of Trincomalee Pathirakali Amman temple commenced with the flag hoisting event on Thursday, March 30. The Ambal devotees performed their vows during the festival.

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International Women of Courage Award to Sandya Eknaligoda

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The International Women of Courage Award 2016 is to be conferred on a Sri Lankan this year for the first time. The recipient is Sandya Eknaligoda, wife of missing cartoonist Prageeth Eknaligoda.

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