Sunday, September 21, 2014

Enchanting dance performance by Ananya, Apoorva

Twin sisters Ananya Rao and Apoorva Rao preformed Bharatha Natyam under the auspices of the Indian Cultural Centre, Colombo on Friday, 12 September 2014 at its auditorium. Read more

Neduntheewu St. Mary’s Festival

The annual festival of Neduntheewu St. Mary’s Church was held recently. Parish Priest Rev. Fr. Nesan conducted the Mass. Read more

Modi turns 64(Video)

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi turned 64 on Wednesday. He visited his 95 year old mother Hiraba at Ghnathi Nagar in Hydrabad and sought her blessings. Read more

Vilisai on Baba at Inkaran Hall

The Villisai music depicting the concept of the Avatarhood of Bagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba was held at the Inkaran Hall on Monday in the Kotahena Varatharaja Vinayagar Koil. Chairman of the Sri Lanka Sri Sathya Sai Samithy Trust T. Easwaran delivered the introductory talk. Read more

Arnold in Chennai

Hollywood star Arnold Schawrzeneggar arrived at the Chennai Airport on Monday morning to attend the audio launch of the Vikram-starrer Tamil romantic-thriller "I". Read more

Verugal Theertham

The sacred Theertham ritual making the end of the annual festival of ancient Verugal Sithira Velauthar Temple, revered as Chinna Kathirkamam, was held on September 13 at the Mahaveli Gange. Read more

Trinco St. Mary’s 150th Anniversary ; Holy Mass

A Holy Mass was held to mark the 150th Anniversary of Trincomalee St.Mary’s Convent. Trincomalee Bishop Rev. Fr. Dr. Kingsley Swampillai conducted the mass seeking prayers and thanks to the Lord. Read more

Kandy Sithy Lebbe MV Prefects’ Day

A simple ceremony was held at the Kandy Sithy Lebbe Maha Vidyalayam on September 11. Read more

Gurunathan honoured at ITAK Convention

Senior journalist cum columnist Sinniah Gurunathan was among those honoured at the National Convention of Illankai Tamil Arasu Katchi in Vavuniya recently. ITAK was honouring senior citizens who worked with Thanthai Chelvanayagam. Read more

Model Market by Al Nooriya students

The students of the Al Nooriya Junior School, Kuchaveli held a model market as part of their curricular activities. Principal N.M.Ameerdeen presided. Read more

Patha Yaathari to Verugal Koil

A number of Murugan devotees led by Batticaloa District Parliamentarian S.Yogeswaran and Saiva Pulavar Mrs. S.Gnanasurium set off on their annual  patha yaathrai to historic and sacred Verugal Chitravelautha Swamy temple from Mandoor Kanthasway Temple Read more

Diamond Jubilee of Ayithiyamalai Sahayamatha

The diamond jubilee of the Ayithiyamalai Sahayamatha Church was held on September 7. Batticaloa Bishop Rev. Fr. Joseph Ponniah and Deputy Bishop of Colombo Rev.Fr. Emmanuel Fernando officiated. Read more

Munneswaram Theertham festival

The theertha festival of historic ancient Munneswaram temple was held on Monday with a congregation of Hindu and Buddhist devotees performing their vows. Read more

Thenkayilai Vasa’ Naatya Nadagam by Rajaratnam Nadanalayam

Thirukonamalai Rajaratnam Nadanalayam presented a dance drama titled   ‘Thenkayilai Vasa’ depicting the glory of Thiru Koneswaram. Read more

Ther festival at Munneswaram

The Ther festival of historic and sacred Muneswaram temple was held on Sunday with the participation of both Hindu and Buddhist devotees in large Read more

President calls for Asia’s unity

 President Mahinda Rajapakse has called for Asia’s unity to fight the unhealthy trend of external pressures to cause domestic disharmony. External pressures under the guise of democracy Read more  

Cameron on ‘ Will of the Scotish people’ (Video)

British Prime Minister David Cameron has assured that they will ensure more powers to the Scotish Parliament. Scotish people have spoken for a stronger Scotish Parliamanet. We have delivered Read more

Scotland opt to be part of UK

The people of Scotland have opted to be part of the United Kingdom at a referendum held. Reports say that just over two million people, or 55.3 per cent of registered voters, said No Read more

ICAPP inaugurated

The Eighth General assembly sessions of the International Conference of the Asian Political Parties was inaugurated yesterday with the participation of Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Read more

Alluring ‘Hindi Diwash’ at Indian Cultural Centre

Skit, dancing, vocal presentation, speech, musical presentation, Bollywood Act etc were the highlights of the Hindi Diwas, a variety programme, organized by the Indian Cultural Centre, Read more

Ten PC members off to US

Ten Provincial Councilors belonging to the UPFA, UNP, EPDP and TNA have taken wings off to the United States on a three week tour following an invitation by the Government of USA. Prior to their Read more

Sri Lanka Crafts Map to President

The Chairman of the National Arts Council of Sri Lanka Buddhi Keerthisena presented the first copy of the Crafts Map of Sri Lanka to President Mahinda Rajapakse at a simple ceremony Read more

Uva goes to poll on Saturday

The voting for the election of 34 members of the Uva Provincial Council from two districts Moneragala and Badulla commences on Saturday, September 20. The voting begins at 7am and closes Read more

Drawing Exhibition on Co-operative Movement

A Drawing Exhibition on Co-operative Movement was held at Jaffna Weerasingham Hall on September 16 under the auspices of the Northern Provincial Council. Secretary to Northern Province Chief Minister Read more

Book donation to Kadaloor library

A set of books was donated to the library of the Kadaloor Rural Development Society Library at a simple ceremony held at the Kinniya Pradesa Sabha Secretariat on September 18. Read more

Anura calls on Maha Nayake of Malwatte Chapter

JVP Leader Anura Dissanayaka paid a courtesy call on Maha Nayaak of Malwatte Chapter Ven. Thibbatuwe Siddhartha Thera and explained the party policies and strategies for the Read more

Gayoom arrives

Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Gayoom arrived at the Bandaranaike International Airport yesterday. He was received by Senior Minister A.H.M. Fauzie at the Airport. Read more

Hakeem meets Iranian counterpart

Sri Lankan Justice Minister Rauff Hakeem met Iranian Justice Minister Mostafa Pourmohamedi in Tehran on September 16. The meeting took place on the sidelines of Asian African Legal Consultative Read more

China’s cataract surgery project in SL

A project has been organized for a team of eye surgeons from China to perform 500 cataract surgeries in the island to reciprocate the gesture of 1500 cornea donations by Sri Lankan Read more

House warming ceremony at Siva Bhoomi Elders Homein Jaffna

House Warming ceremony for the newly built Leisure Hall at Siva Bhoomi was conducted with the ceremonial milk boiling. The building was put up under the auspices of London Read more

Opposition pressure; Govt offers concessions

United National Secretary Tissa Attanayake has observed that the government has come forward to offer concessions to the people following pressures exerted consequent Read more

UPFA Final Rally

UPFA held its final rally in Mahiyangana public grounds today to campaign for the party and its chief ministerial candidate Sasheendra Rajapakse. President Mahinda Rajapakse addressing Read more

Ashraff memorial meeting in Kalmunai

A meeting was held to mark the 14th death anniversary of Sri Lanka Muslim Congress Founder Leader Ashraff at Kalmunai Mahmoud Ladies’ College. Principal M.H.M.Nawaz presided. Eastern Read more

Modi gifts Gita to Jinping (Video)

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi presented a Bhagavad Gita, Chinese Version, to President Xi Jinping when he arrived at the Gandhi Ashram at Sabarmathy yesterday. PM Modi Read more

Vatican’s nod to canonize Lankan Saint

Pope Francis has signed a document authorizing the canonizing of the first Sri Lankan Saint Rev. Giuseppe Baz. He was born in Goa in 1651. He was a   seventeenth century Read more

Sajith at UNP rallies

United National Party Parliamentarian Sajith Premadasa addressed UNP rallies held to support the UNP Chief Ministerial candidate for the Uva province Harin Fernando. Harin Read more

President Xi, First Lady Peng in India

The three day official visit of the Chinese President Xi Jinping and the First Lady Peng Liyuan to India commenced in a relaxed manner with riverside walk, delight of Indian food, Read more 

Anagarika Dharmapala’s 150th Birth Anniversary

President Mahinda Rajapakse was the Chief Guest at the 150th birth anniversary of Anagarika Dharmapala held at the Independence Square yesterday. Western Province Governor Alavy Moulana, Education Read more 

Bandarawela mishap

One person died and fifteen others were injured during an accident in Bandarawela on Wednesday. Uva Provincial candidate Senthil Thondaman was among Read more

SL –China Presidents launch Colombo Port City Project (Video)

Two Heads of State, Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Mahinda Rajapakse jointly launched the Colombo Port City Project today( September 17). The 1.5 billion Rupee project Read more

Norway Envoy calls on Jaffna Bishop

Norway Envoy to Sri Lanka Crete Laushan called on Jaffna Bishop Rev. Fr. Dr.  Thomas Saundaranayagam at Jaffna Bishop’s House on Wednesday morning. They discussed the problems faced Read more

‘Kopay Komaan’ remembered

The Remembrance Day of late C.Vanniyasingham, former Member of Parliament and senior leader of the Illankai Thamil Arasu Katchi, respectfully called ‘Kopay Komman’, was held at Neervely Read more

Batti Demo by Unemployed undergrads

A demonstration was organized in Batticaloa by the unemployed graduates urging the government to provide them with employment. They also submitted a petition to the Batticaloa Read more

SL –China’s Joint Plan of Action

Following a meeting between the Heads of States of Sri Lanka and China, President Mahinda Rajapakse and President Xi Jinping, and their delegations   yesterday, a Joint Plan Read more

Anura addresses JVP Walekkade rally

JVP Leader Anura Dissanyakae has appealed to voters in the Uva province to ensure that its party candidates win in order to have good governance in the province. Read more

Ashraff remembered in Sammanthurai

The 14th death anniversary of Sri Lanka Muslim Congress Founder Ashraff was observed at Sammanthurai with prayers and addresses. The event was organized Read more

"Sushma will meet TN fishermen": Thamilissai

Tamil Nadu BJP Leader Dr. Thmailissai Saundararajan has denied the charge made by Chief Minister Jayalalitha that the BJP government is dilly dallying in finding a permanent solution to the problems Read more

Laura on her visit to the East

British Deputy High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Laura Davies visited the Eastern Province from 9-12 September, travelling to Pottuvil, Arugam Bay, Oluvil, Kalmunai, Kattankudy, Batticaloa Read more

"BJP double tongued on fishermen issue":Jaya

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha has charged that the BJP government is double tongued on the issue of the plight of Indian fishermen who are detained in Sri Lanka and whose boats Read more

Warm welcome accorded to Chinese President (Video)

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse and First Lady Shirnthy Wickremasinghe extended a warm welcome to Chinese President Xi Jinping and First Lady Peng Liyuan at the Bandaranaike Read more

India’s stand on 13 A; Akabauddin clarifies

Spokesperson of the India’s External Affairs Ministry Seyed Akabauddin has stated that Sri Lanka has time and again assured to implement the 13th Amendment. He made this observation Read more

UNP welcomes President Xi Jinping

The United National Party Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe has stated that his party extends a warm welcome to Chinese President Xi Jinping, who arrives in Sri Lanka today. In a statement issued Read more

JVP alleges election law violations

JVP General Secretary Tilwin Silva has alleged that the ruling party candidates are engaged in violations of election laws and thereby jeopardizing a free and fair poll.He was addressing Read more

Mano addresses UNP rallies

Democratic People’s Front Leader Mano Ganesan addressed UNP rallies in Badulla district and appealed to the people to support the UNP Chief Ministerial candidate Harin Fernando. He stated Read more

Asia Pacific Postal Union EC meets

President Mahinda Rajapakse was the Chief Guest at the inaugural sessions of the Executive Council of the Asia Pacific Postal Union held at Cinnamon Grand Hotel yesterday. Read more

Arnold calls on Jaya

Hollywood Actor Arnold Schwarnegger, 67, and former Governor of California, paid a courtesy call on Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha, former actress, at the Tamil Nadu Secretariat Read more

Foundation laid for ACHC Vanni office 

The foundation laying ceremony for the Vanni Regional Office of the All Ceylon Hindu Congress was held at an auspicious hour at Thiru Murikandy recently. Director of the Jaffna Saiva Research Read more

Prisoners’ Week in Batti

A simple ceremony was organized under the joint auspices of Department of Prisons and Prisoners’ Wealfare Association to mark the Prisoners’ Week. Superintendant of Batticaloa Prison Read more

‘Kandy Arasan’ folk dance in Neduntheewu

 ‘Kandy Arasan’ folk dance, Naatukoothu, authored by Poet N.MikkorSingham was staged at the Neduntheewu Maha Vidyalayam on September 15 under the auspices of the Neduntheewu Alamawana Read more

Trinco Marians Walk

A walk was held to mark the 150 th anniversary of the Trincomalee St. Mary’s College ( 1804- 2014) under the patronage of the Association of the Past Students. Read more

‘I’ audio launched

The audio of the Vikram-starrer Tamil romantic-thriller "I" was launched at Nehru Stadium in Chennai on Tuesday. Superstar Rajinikanth, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Kannada star Puneet Rajkumar were Chief Guests. Read more

Paris Manika Pillaiyar Ther

Ther festival of Paris Manika Pilaiyar was held during the annual festival fo the temple recently. Read more

Batti pilgrims at Verugal Theertham

Hundreds of Hindu pilgrims from Batticaloa district treading on foot reached Verugal Sithiravelautha Swamy Koil on Sunday and participated in the Theertham Read more

Sydney Saivanery Conference; Cultural programme

The highlight of the three day Saivanery Conference at Sydney Murugan temple was cultural programmes including dances which depicted Saiva values and religious practices. Read more

Ratha – Krishna dance at Ther festival

Disciples of Thirukonamalai Rajaratnam Nadanalayam performed Ratha--Krishna dance at the Chariot Festival of Trincomalee Krishnan Kovil recently. Read more

Chariot festival at UK Ganapathy temple

The Chariot festival of Croydon Thornton Heath Shree Sakthy Ghanapathy temple in UK was held with religious fervor and devotion according to Saivaite traditions with the participation of a number of devotees. Read more

Kandy Hindu school Silver Jubilee

Young Men Hindu Association of Kandy held the Silver Jubilee celebration of   Aranery Padasalai at the Kandy Pillaiyar Temple Meentchi Amman Kalyana Read more

Onam at Prashanthy Nilayam

The highlight of the Onam celebration at Prashanthy Nilayam was a 45 minute dance program by Balvikas children from Aleppey district depicting the concept of Onam. Read more

Trinco Krishnan Koil Ther

The Ther festival of the Trincomalee Krishnan Kovil was held on Friday with a number of Lord Krishna devotees participating with dedication. Read more

Chathurthy at Sydney Murugan Temple

The sacred Chathurthy poojas were conducted in the Sydney Murugan Temple according to Hindu traditions. Read more

Trinco Rotarians gift bikes to students

Trincomalee Rotary Club has gifted bicycles to 22 needy school going children in Muthur East. Read more

Chathurthy at Trinco Dockyard


The Chathurthy festival of Pillaiyar Koil in Trincomalee Dock Yard was held with the participation of devotees, civilian employees and Naval officers recently. Read more

Trinco Viloontry Kanthan Poongavanam

Trincomalee Viloontry Kanthasawmy temple Poongavanam Thiruvilla was held recently in the temple outer yard. Read more

Mother Teresa Birth Anniversary; Nuns pay homage

Nuns of the Mission of Charity paid homage to the tomb of Mother Teresa in Kolkata. Read more