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  • Ramadaan almost over…Now what??? By Umm Ammarah
    The Month of Ramadaan is coming to an end and the transition from Ramadaan to Eid and thereafter should be a path the that brings us closer to our Creator and a path that treads the Sunnah i.e. The way of the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) . After a month of sacrifice, Allah Ta’ala takes it upon Himself to reward His faithful servants. Allah Ta’ala is the Most Generous and Most Benevolent. Indeed Allah Ta’ala’s Generosity multiplies in Ramadaan. When Allah Ta’ala sees His servants carry out all their duties  faithfully and strive to gain closeness to Him through fasting ,salaat (prayer) ,patience,recitation of Quraan ,zikr ,dua ,and controlling of even permissible desires  and needs like food, drink etc. then Allah Ta’ala bestows on His faithful servants a special prize on the night preceding the day of Eid… ...
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  • I respond to Gnanasara Thera because he is a politician: Dilan
    The reason for responding to Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Ven. Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera was that he was considered a political leader, SLFP Spokesman and Minister Dilan Perera said. “I was not talking about the Asgiriya Chapter but about a political party. Ven. Gnanasara Thera was in a political party and contested the 2015 Parliamentary Elections but failed. I respect Buddhist monks” he said while addressing the media during the SLFP media briefing at the party headquarters today. When a political issue was raised by a Buddhist monk, who was in a political party, I should respond on the political issue. I have never insulted Ven. Gnanasara Thera But he insulted me reminding all animals except the lion. But I did not respond out of compassion. “I have no hard feelings against the Asgiriya Chapter and my stance over Ven....
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  • "ජාතීන් අතර විරසක ඇති කිරීමේ පාඨ ඇතුළත් පුවත්පත් හමු වෙයි"
    Image copyrightGETTY IMAGESImage captionසංරක්ෂිත ඡායාරූපයක් කුරුණෑගල මුස්ලිම් පල්ලියකට ප්‍රහාර එල්ල කළ බවට සැක පිට බන්ධනාගාර ගත කෙරුණු...
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  • ඥානසාර හිමි කොහේද?
    Image captionඥානසාර හිමියන් අධිකරණයට ඉදිරිපත් නොවීම සමාජ කතිකාවක් බවට පත්ව ඇත. අත්අඩංගුවට ගන්නා මෙන් අධිකරණය විසින් නියෝග කරනු ලැබ තිබියදී සිතාමතාම සැඟවී සිටින සැකකරුවකුට "චේතනාන්විතව" රැකවරණ සහ පහසුකම් සලසන්නේ නම් එවැනි පුද්ගලයන්ට එරෙහිව තරාතිරම නොබලා කටයුතු කරන බව ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොලිසිය පවසයි. ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොලිසියේ ප්‍රකාශක නියෝජ්‍ය...
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  • පානදුර පල්ලියට ගැසූ සරසවි සිසුවෙක් අත්අඩංගුවට
    පානදුර එළුවිල මුස්ලිම් පල්ලියට ප‍්‍රහාරයක් එල්ල කිරීමේ සිද්ධිය සම්බන්ධයෙන් අත්අඩංගුවට ගැනීමට සොයමින් සිටි සරසවි සිසුවකු අද (19)  කොළඹ අපරාධ විමර්ශන කොට්ඨාසය විසින් අත්අඩංගුවට ගනු ලැබූ බව  පොලිසිය කියයි.
    මෙම සැකකරු සබරගමුව විශ්ව විද්‍යාලයේ කළමනාකරණ පීඨයේ සිසුවෙක්  බවත් ඔහු නීතිඥවරයකු මාර්ගයෙන්   කොළඹ අපරාධ...
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  • පල්ලියට බෝම්බ ගැසූ දෙදෙනෙක් අත්අඩංගුවට
    කුරුණෑගල, මල්ලවපිටිය මුස්ලිම් දේවස්ථානයකට පෙට්‍රල් බෝම්බ ප්‍රහාරයක් එල්ල කිරීමේ සිද්ධිය සම්බන්ධයෙන් ප්‍රශ්න කිරීම සඳහා බොදුබල සේනාවේ ක්‍රියාකාරීන් ලෙස කටයුතු කරන පුද්ගලයින් දෙදෙනෙකු අද (15) අත්අඩංගුවට ගෙන තිබේ. මෙම බෝම්බ ප්‍රහාරය සම්බන්ධයෙන් කුරුණෑගල ‍පොලිස් ස්ථානයේ විමර්ශන කණ්ඩායමක් විසින් පුළුල් විමර්ශනයක් ආරම්භ...
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  • Hate crime: Police probing politicos' speech
    The Police were investigating into politicians' statement, which was seen as inciting racism and create communal disharmony, Police Spokesman DIG Priyantha Jayakody said today. He said that legal action would be taken against such politicians under the instruction of the Attorney-General. Speaking at a press briefing DIG Jayakody said total of 14 individual had been arrested in connection with the incidents based on racism. “The suspects were arrested in connection with several incidents that had taken place in Panadura, Kurunegala, Eluvila and Weeraketiya. “A monk and a police constable were also among the arrested,” he said. The Spokesman said the Police were also investigating several complaints received relating to the social media. He said a special Police unit was investigating such incidents. “We would obtain Attorney General’s...
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  • නීතිඥවරුන්ගේ කරුණු පරස්‌පරයි; ඥානසාර හිමිට වරෙන්තු
    නීතිඥවරුන්ගේ කරුණු පරස්‌පරයි;
    ඥානසාර හිමිට වරෙන්තු

    ඒ. ඡේ. ඒ. අබේනායක

    බොදුබල සේනා සංවිධානයේ මහ ලේකම් ගලගොඩඅත්තේ ඥනසාර හිමියන් වහාම අත්අඩංගුවට ගෙන අධිකරණයට ඉදිරිපත් කිරීමට කොටුව මහෙස්‌ත්‍රාත් අතිරේක දිසා විනිසුරු ලංකා ජයරත්න මෙනවිය ඊයේ (15 දා) වරෙන්තු නිකුත් කළාය.

    සැකකාර ගලගොඩඅත්තේ ඥනසාර හිමියන් අධිකරණය හමුවේ...
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  • Arrest warrant on Gnanasara Thera
    The Colombo Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne today issued an arrest warrant on Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary, Ven. Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera, for failing to appear in courts. This is the second arrest warrant issued on the thera. (Shehan Chamika Silva) -   http://www.dailymirror.lk/article/Arrest-warrant-on-Gnanasara-Thera-130948.html
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  • Three years since Aluthgama, Beruwala
    Three years since Aluthgama, Beruwala... Exactly three years have lapsed since the Aluthgama riots - a seismic event in the history of Sri Lanka’s troubled ethnic relations. June 15 and 16, 2014 saw mobs in a well-organised manner, unleash collective violence on Muslim-owned businesses and homes in Aluthgama, Beruwala, Dharga Town, Welipenna and Matugama in the district of Kalutara, located along the island’s south-western coastal belt. The rioting resulted in the loss of four lives, injuries to 80 and caused extensive damage to property. Apart from the tangible losses, the violence of June 2014 brought into full focus the very real and devastating consequences of a coordinated programme by divisive forces to drive hatred, fear and suspicion into the minds of the Sinhala-Buddhist population. A result of the anti-Muslim sentiment...
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Morsi camp claims Egypt presidency win

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Brotherhood claims victory based on unofficial tallies, but SCAF decree limiting presidential powers overshadows count.

The Muslim Brotherhood has declared their candidate, Mohammed Morsi, the winner of Egypt's presidential runoff, and unofficial vote tallies show him leading the race by more than one million votes.

The group held a press conference early on Monday morning to announce Morsi's victory. With 12,793 of the country's roughly 13,000 polling stations reporting, Morsi had 12.7 million votes, while his opponent, Ahmed Shafiq, had 11.84 million, the group said.

His staff and supporters broke into chants of "down with military rule" after the results were announced.

Morsi himself also spoke. He addressed the families of the martyrs killed during the revolution, and promised to restore their rights in a "state of laws".

He also reached out to Egypt's Coptic Christians, promising that everyone would be part of "his family". He also said he was not looking for "revenge", and promised to work for all Egyptians.

"Thank God, who guided the people of Egypt to this right path, the path of freedom and democracy," he said, vowing to work for a "civil, democratic, constitutional and modern state".

The Brotherhood's numbers matched with other unofficial tallies from local and international media. Shortly after 3am local time [00:00 GMT], Al Jazeera's tally had Morsi leading with 7,896,440 votes (52 per cent), and Shafiq trailing with 7,152,894.

El-Shorouk, an independent Egyptian daily, had Morsi with 6,820,944 votes, and Shafiq with 5,490,158, a margin of 55 per cent for Morsi.

All of the results released on Sunday night are unofficial and a final tally will not come out until later this week.

Representatives from Shafiq's campaign told several local media outlets that they would not accept the Brotherhood's tally, and would wait for final results.

In a statement, Shafiq, the final prime minister under deposed president Hosni Mubarak, also accused the Brotherhood of fraud.

"The Muslim Brotherhood supporters offered large sums of money and food supplies to bribe voters into voting for MB's candidate Mohammed Morsi," the statement said. "They used intimidation, threats and violence against supporters of candidate Ahmed Shafiq."

Turnout was lower than during the first round of voting in May, according to Hatem Bagato, the secretary-general of the presidential election commission, who held a press conference in Cairo on Sunday. About  46 per cent of Egypt's 51 million eligible voters cast their ballots during the first round.

SCAF issues its constitutional annex

The new president will take office amid great political uncertainty.

The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), Egypt's military rulers, added to the confusion on Sunday night, when they released their long-awaited "constitutional annex", a decree outlining the powers of the new president.

Those powers are quite limited: He may declare war, for example, only after seeking SCAF's approval. The decree also reminds the president that he can call on the military to quell "unrest" inside the country.

SCAF dissolved parliament last week following a ruling by the supreme court, which found the legislature unconstitutional. The court ruled that provisions of the electoral law - which allowed political parties to compete for seats reserved for independent candidates - violated the constitution.

With the legislature gone, the generals reasserted control over the legislative process, and over the country's budget.

"The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces shall exercise the powers referred to under the first clause of article 56 [the article on legislative power]... until the election of a new People's Assembly," the decree states.

The decree issued on Sunday promises fresh legislative elections, but not until a new constitution has been drafted. Before it was dissolved, the parliament appointed a 100-member assembly to draft that constitution; it will be allowed to continue its work, though if it runs into "obstacles", SCAF will appoint a replacement.

The Muslim Brotherhood was quick to condemn the decree, calling it "null and unconstitutional" in a brief statement on Twitter. Asked about the decree during the group's press conference, Ahmed Abdel-Atti, Morsi's campaign co-ordinator, said he expected "popular action" against it in the near future.

Source: Al Jazeera

 

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