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  • MR to resign tomorrow - Namal
    Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was recently appointed as the Prime Minister by President Maithripala Sirisena has decided to resign from the premiership tomorrow after a special statement, MP Namal Rajapaksa tweeted a short while ago.  
    http://www.dailymirror.lk/article/MR-to-resign-tomorrow-Namal-159811.html
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  • SC leaves grant to proceed with Mahinda’s appeal
    The Supreme Court has decided to take up the appeal of Mahinda Rajapaksa against the interim order of the Court of Appeal on the premiership on the 16th, 17th and 18th of January 2019. However, the request of the petitioners for a stay order on the interim order restraining Mahinda Rajapaksa from holding office of Prime Minister and his Cabinet from functioning has been unanimously rejected by the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court has also ordered the Appeal Court not to hear the petition against Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Cabinet holding office, until the Supreme Court hearing is over. The Court informed the parties that if they wish the petition to be heard before a five-member judge bench, they should refer the request to the Chief Justice. Justice Eva Wanasundera, who was a part of the three-judge panel which considered the appeal...
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  • ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ දේශපාලන අර්බුදය: මහින්ද "සෙනසුරාදා ඉල්ලා අස්වෙයි"
      Image copyrightPMD ඔක්තෝබර් 26 වන දින ජනාධිපතිවරයා විසින් පත් කළ අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ සෙනසුරාදා (දෙසැම්බර් 15) තනතුරෙන් ඉල්ලා අස්වන බව නාමල් රාජපක්ෂ මන්ත්‍රීවරයා පවසයි. දින 50 ක පමණ කාලයක් පුරා දිව ගිය ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ දේශපාලන අර්බුදය නිර්මාණය වූයේ ජනාධිපතිවරයා විසින් මහින්ද රාපක්ෂ අගමැති ධූරයට පත් කිරීමත් සමගය. මේ අතර, ජනාධිපතිවරයා...
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  • 18-hour water cut in Rajagiriya and surrounding areas
    Water supply to Rajagiriya and surrounding areas will be disrupted for 18-hours commencing from tomorrow 12 a.m. and until Sunday 6 p.m., the following day, the National Water Supply and Drainage Board said.
    Accordingly, water supply to Moragasmulla, Rajagiriya, Athulkotte, Obeysekarapura, Bandaranayakepura, Nawala, Koswatte, and Rajagiriya to Open University of Sri Lanka Nawala, and surrounding areas.   http://www.dailynews.lk/2018/12/14/local/171393/18-hour-water-cut-rajagiriya-and-surrounding-areas
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  • SC refuses to vacate CA’s interim order against MR
      The Appeal was also granted special leave to proceed. The proceedings of the Court of Appeal with regard to the case were stayed until the Supreme Court hearing is concluded. The appeal is to be taken up for further hearing on January 16, 17 and 18, 2019. (Shehan Chamika Silva)   http://www.dailymirror.lk/article/SC-refuses-to-vacate-CA-s-interim-order-against-MR-159809.html
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  • මහින්දට එරෙහි අභියාචනාධිකරණයේ අතුරු තහනම දිගටම
    අගමැති ධුරයේ කටයුතු කිරීම අත්හිටුවමින් අභියාචනාධිකරණය ලබා දුන් අතුරු තහනම් නියෝගයට එරෙහිව මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතා ගොනු කළ අභියාචනා පෙත්සම විභාගයට ගැනීමට ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණ තීන්දු කළේය. අභියාචනාධිකරණය ලබා දුන් අතුරු තහනම් නියෝගය අවලංගු කරන ලෙස කළ ඉල්ලීම ප්‍රතික්ෂේප කළ ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණය මෙම පෙත්සම විභාගයට ගැනීම සඳහා දින නියම...
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  • තීන්දුව කුමක්ද? - ජනපතිගේ තීරණය වැරදියි ආණ්ඩුව දිගටම
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  • SC rules dissolution of parliament illegal
    The Supreme Court today ruled that President Maithripala Sirisena's decision to dissolve Parliament was unconstitutional and illegal. Chief Justice Nalin Perera delivering the verdict said that if President wants to dissolve Parliament before four and half years, there must be a resolution passed by two-thirds majority in Parliament. The verdict was announced unanimously. Court also decided that the petitioners fundamental right, under article 12(1) has been violated by this executive act.   http://www.dailymirror.lk/article/SC-rules-dissolution-of-parliament-illegal-159742.html
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  • ජනපතිගේ ගැසට්ටුව අධිකරණයෙන් අවලංගු කරයි
    පාර්ලිමේන්තුව විසිරුවා හැර මහ මැතිවරණයක් කැඳවමින් ජනාධිපතිවරයා 2018 නොවැම්බර් මස 09 වැනි සිකුරාදා නිකුත් කළ අංක 2096/70 දරණ අති විශේෂ ගැසට් නිවේදනය අහෝසි කරන ලෙස ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණය අද (13) නියෝග කළේය.

    ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණය එම නියෝගය කළේ පාර්ලිමේන්තුවට විසිරුවා හැරීමට එරෙහිව ගොනු කළ මූලික අයිතිවාසිකම් පෙත්සම්හි තීන්දුව ප්‍රකාශයට පත්...
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Bodu Bala Sena Meets President Mahinda Rajapaksa

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Bodu Bala Sena Meets President Mahinda Rajapaksa

January 27, 2013

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Buddhist priests representing Bodu Bala Sena met President Mahinda Rajapaksa this afternoon at Temple Trees and discussed a host of issues during the near two-hour meeting.

While discussing a number of problems pertaining to Buddhist temples, priests and the practice of the Buddhist religion in the country overall, one of the main points of the conversation revolved around some of the ongoing disputes between some Muslim and Buddhist groups.

Referring to the various messages that have appeared in the media recently, President Rajapaksa requested the group not to engage in any activities that would be seen as promoting communal hatred.

 

Halaal Certification Explained

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By J.T. Mahmud

During the last few months there has been increasing criticism from certain quarters to the halaal certification scheme of ACJU (All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama). In Sri Lanka, most non-muslims have the impression that halaal is something only to do with animal slaughter. This is a misunderstanding of the Arabic word halaal which means ‘permitted’ and its opposite haram means ‘prohibited’. Halal and haram are universal terms that apply to all facets of life. However, we will use these terms only in relation to food products, meat products, cosmetics, personal care products, pharmaceuticals, food ingredients, and food contact materials. ACJU’s halaal certification process, besides monitoring abattoirs, also involves the scrutinizing of ingredients in food production facilities that do not deal with any slaughter and instead produce consumer items. Unfortunately, wrong figures are given and wrong accusations are made against ACJU, which has taken the shape of a disinformation and defamation campaign. This article is an attempt to try and dispel these false claims and present the facts and figures to the readers so that they may realize and understand the truth.

 

හලාල් සහතිකය සඳහා අය කරන මුදල් ත්රස්‌ත සංවිධානවලට ලබා දෙන්නේ නැත - සමස්ථ ලංකා ජමියියතුල් උලමා

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හලාල් සහතිකය ලබා ගැනීමට සමස්ථ ලංකා ජමියියතුල් උලමා අය කරන මුදල් ජගත් ත්‍රස්ථ අරමුදලට ලබා දෙන බවට නගා ඇති චෝදනාව ඔප්පු කරන ලෙස අබියෝග කරන්නෙමු. මිනිසුන් උද්වේගයට පත්කිරිම සඳහා මෙවන් මුසාවාද ඉදිරිපත් නොකරන ලෙස ඉල්ලා සිටින්නෙමු.

හලාල් (අනුමත) සංකල්පය පිළිබඳව මෙවන් අසත්‍ය තොරතුරු ඉදිරිපත් කිරීමෙන් හෙළිදරවූ කර ඇත්තේ මෙම විශය පිළිබඳව නොදැනුවත් බව මිස අන් කිසිවක් නොවේ. හලාල් හෝ අනුකුත් ඉස්ලාමිය ප්‍රශ්ණයන් පිළිබඳව දැනගැනීමට අවශ්‍ය නම් කරුණාකර අප සමග සම්බන්ධ වී කරුනු පැහැදිළි කර ගැනීම සුදුසු යැයි සිතෙනෙමු.

හලාල් සහතිකය ලබා ගැනීම සඳහා අය කරන ප්‍රමාණයන් විස්තර පහතින් ලබා දී ඇත්තෙමු. අපගේ ගිණුම් රජයේ නීති රීති වලට අනුකුලව නිවැරදිව පවත්වාගෙන යන අතර ඒවා වාර්ෂිකව විගණනය කොට සහතික කර ඇත. මේ කිසිවක් රහස් ලෙබණ නොවන අතර මෙය පරික්ෂා කර බැලීම සඳහා අප කාර්යාලය වෙත ක්‍රමාණුකූලවපැමිණ එම කරුණ ඉටු කර ගත හැකි බව ප්‍රකාශ කරන්නෙමු.

හලාල් සහතිකය සඳහා ගාස්තු අය කිරීමක් ඇයි?

 

Sri Lankan Wins International Quran Contest

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Sri Lanka’s Rifti Muhammed Rizwan, who came first in the international Holy Quran recital contest, held at Mecca in Saudi Arabia recently, returned to the country on Wednesday. Eighty six countries participated in the event.

This is the first time that a Sri Lankan had secured the top slot in this prestigious international contest.

 

ACJU Press Release on Cricket

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1433-11-16 | 2012-10-03

அகில இலங்கை ஜம்இய்யத்துல் உலமாவின் ஊடக அறிக்கை

கிரிக்கெட்டின் வெற்றியை நிதானமாக அனுகுவோம்

தற்போது இலங்கையில் நடைபெற்றுக் கொண்டிருக்கும் கிரிக்கெட் சுற்றுப் போட்டியில் ஏதாவது ஒரு நாடு வெற்றி பெறலாம், ஆனால் வெற்றியின் பின்னர் நமது நாட்டின் ஜக்கியத்திற்கும் இறைமைக்கும் பாதிப்பு ஏற்படாத வகையில் சகலரும் நடந்து கொள்ளவேண்டுமென அகில இலங்கை ஜம்இய்யத்துல் உலமா அன்பாக வேண்டிக் கொள்கின்றது.

 

Media Communique by ACJU re: destruction of a place of Buddhist worship in Bangladesh

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We are deeply disturbed and outraged by reports of the destruction of a place of Buddhist worship in Bangladesh.  We are saddened that this despicable act is said to have been committed by a group of misguided Muslims.  We unreservedly condemn this reprehensible act and call upon the Government of Bangladesh to take immediate action in this regard.

Such acts of religious bigotry and intolerance are completely prohibited by the tenets of Islam which is a peaceful and viable way of life.   The Holy Quran expressly states that there is no compulsion in religion and exhorts all Muslims to engage with persons of other faiths with reason and kindness.   The Holy Prophet of Islam (on whom be peace) was the very epitome of compassion and tolerance.  Islamic history is replete with instances embodying such tolerance.   If one may give a random pick – the Holy Prophet was persecuted and assaulted when he preached his message in the city of Taif.

 

Dr Faiz Marikkar and Riyazdeen Shahjahan are among the TOYP 2012 winners

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Dr. Faiz Marikkar wins Academic Leadership award and

Riyazdeen Shahjahan bags the award for contribution to media.

Ten Outstanding Young Persons award recipients for 2012

The Ten Outstanding Young Persons or the TOYP award recipients for 2012 organised  the junior Chamber International were announced on Monday evening.

The Ten Outstanding Young Persons  is one of the most prestigious international award seletion and has been held in Sri Lanka for the past thirty three years.

International luminaries who have won this award in the past include former US President’s, John F. Kennedy, Bill Clinton and Henry Kissinger.

The winners of the award this year are in the category of business, economic and entrepreneurial accomplishment, Thushantha Jayasundara.

The award for academic leadership was won by Dr. Faiz Marikkar.

 

[Protest in Dehiwala] Buddhists monks and villages protest

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By Azra Ameen

Buddhist monks took to the streets yesterday again demanding the demolition of yet another Muslim community building in Colombo, claiming it was illegal.

Over 250 protestors led by Buddhist monks staged a demonstration yesterday in front of Galvihara Road, Dehiwala, calling for the demolition of the Madarasa ‘Darul- Qur’an lil Baranil Iman.

The protestors charged it is an illegal construction and a place where goats are scarified.

The Police was immediately deployed to avoid any clashes.

One of the monks leading the protest claimed the Madarasa should be demolished as the Muslims had constructed it illegally; a claim many Muslims in the area are disputing.

 

Eastern provincial election soon; parties consulted

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Chief Minister agrees to dissolution; President in bid to revitalise SLFP

By Chris Kamalendran

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has directed members of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) to be prepared for an early election in the Eastern Province. Eastern Provincial Council Chief Minister Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan said he gave his consent on Thursday to dissolve the council earlier than scheduled.

Constitutionally, the consent of the Chief Minister is required to dissolve a provincial council.
Three years after the military defeat of Tiger guerrillas, the government wants to put its popularity to the test in the East by holding provincial council elections.

 

Scholar urges Sri Lankan expats to stay calm over racial tensions back home

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By RIYADH: MD RASOOLDEEN, ARAB NEWS STAFF

Published: May 6, 2012 00:07

A Sri Lankan Islamic scholar currently visiting the Kingdom said racial tensions following an attack on Dambulla mosque in Sri Lanka had greatly eased and the country’s government is trying its best to resolve this issue amicably.

“We firmly believe that very soon a satisfactory solution will be realized on the initiative of the government,” M.I.M Rizvi Mufthie, president of the Colombo-based All Ceylon Jamiyathul Ulama (ACJU) said in Riyadh on Friday. Abdul Cader Al Mashoor Moulana, the Sri Lankan president’s coordinating secretary, was also present at the lecture.

Mufthie, who was adjudged among the 500 most influential Muslims worldwide, was addressing the members of the Sri Lankan Muslim community here on Friday.

 

Serandib Educational Foundation (SEF) Scholarship Applications called

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Special Scholarships for O/L High Achievers for GCE A/L Science Stream

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Group of Sixties, an associate body of the Old Boys Association of Zahira College, is pleased to announce this scholarship for ten best students who have obtained excellent grades at the G.C.E. (O/L) 2011 exams. The selected students will be admitted to the new A/L (2012 - 2014) classes at Zahira College, Colombo beginning end of May. This announcement is made with the full collaboration and approval of Zahira College 

   

Fingers Crossed: Religious rifts in Sri Lanka’s Dambulla area, not affecting tourists

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May 01, 2012 (LBO) – Foreign visitors continue to tour Sri Lanka’s central regions, despite ongoing religious tensions where Buddhist monks have demanded a 60-year-old mosque be relocated, a tourism industry lobby said.

"It’s not that much of an issue yet," NilminNanayakkara, president of the Sri Lanka Association of Inbound Tour Operators (SLAITO) told reporters.
The central regions which hosts some of the island’s former royal kingdoms and historic Buddhist temples, has been in the news since the dispute flared up recently. The area is one of the key cultural and heritage sites for visiting foreign tourists.
The Buddhist clergy point out that the mosque in Dambulla, some 150 kilometers north of Colombo, are situated inside temple land and should be demolished. The minority Muslims argue that they have been praying in that mosque since the mid-1940s.

Last week, the state offered three alternate locations for the mosque and also offered tax money to fund a new building, an offer firmly rejected by the SLMC.

"We will not agree to any compromise of taking land elsewhere," Sri Lanka Muslim Congress chief and Justice Minister RaufHakeem told reporters.

"We are very, very firm on that.”

Hakeem alleged that "extremist forces" were trying to stir trouble, to fan religious tensions across the island that is emerging after the end of nearly four decades of ethnic bloodshed.

"A strong government must protect the weaker minorities," Hakeem said. "We appeal to the government to ensure that they do not allow xenophobic forces to hold the country hostage."

Sri Lanka is recovering from a 30-year ethnic war which ended in 2009. In 1983 the state failed to protect thousands of minority Tamils who perished in ethnic riots, in landmark breakdown of rule of law and justice.

Sri Lankan citizens have taken up arms against the state three times, the Sinhalese majority twice and the Tamil minority once as the country was buffeted from both state intervention and nationalism.

Courtesy: LBO.lk

 

Fingers Crossed: Religious rifts in Sri Lanka’s Dambulla area, not affecting tourists

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May 01, 2012 (LBO) – Foreign visitors continue to tour Sri Lanka’s central regions, despite ongoing religious tensions where Buddhist monks have demanded a 60-year-old mosque be relocated, a tourism industry lobby said.

"It’s not that much of an issue yet," NilminNanayakkara, president of the Sri Lanka Association of Inbound Tour Operators (SLAITO) told reporters.
The central regions which hosts some of the island’s former royal kingdoms and historic Buddhist temples, has been in the news since the dispute flared up recently. The area is one of the key cultural and heritage sites for visiting foreign tourists.
The Buddhist clergy point out that the mosque in Dambulla, some 150 kilometers north of Colombo, are situated inside temple land and should be demolished. The minority Muslims argue that they have been praying in that mosque since the mid-1940s.
   

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