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Devotees flock for Amman Kovil festival
The two week long annual festival of the Jaffna Naagapoosani Amman Kovil began on Saturday with the cooperation of the Navy. The annual festival is set to attract around 20,000 Hindu devotees, even amid stringent security measures, the Navy said.
The Northern Naval Command has made arrangements to provide basic facilities to thousands of Hindu devotees expected to visit Nagadeepa from different areas of the island. Despite routine duties, the Navy has arranged to ferry devotees from Kurikattuvan to Nagadeepa by boat. The Navy has provided buses to transport civilians from Nagadeepa to Naagapoosani Amman Kovil, the Media Centre for National Security said. Sailors are engaged in setting up tents, supplying water and other safety measures for devotees arriving for the festival. Naval troops are also providing security to boats ferrying civilians for the festival.
All islets in Jaffna are under Navy control. The Navy while ensuring the security of the islands also assists in the administrative activities.

Clear majority for Govt

The Government reaffirmed its majority in Parliament yesterday when the vote for Supplementary Estimates for Rs.650 million was passed with a majority of 20.

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Night flights again at BIA

Plans have been finalised to resume round the clock operations at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) soon.

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Mangala, Sripathi sit in Opposition benches

UPFA Parliamentarians and ex-Ministers Mangala Samaraweera and Sripathi Sooriyaarachchi left their Government seats and sat in the Opposition side around 11.55 a.m. yesterday.

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Troops take more territory in Thoppigala

Troops engaged in the Thoppigala battle yesterday took more than 42 square kilometres in the general area between Akkaraththaviai and Kattuvelikulam, killing more than 30 Tiger cadres.

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Top UN Human Rights post for Dayan Jayatilleke

Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN Office in Geneva, Ambassador Dayan Jayatilleke was unanimously elected as the Vice President of the UN Human Rights Council yesterday.

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Gems and jewellery in dazzling 9.8 per cent growth

Sri Lanka has recorded 9.8 percent growth in the gem and jewellery sector during the first five months of this year. According to National Gem and Jewellery Authority (NGJA) the country has earned Rs. 19 billion from January to May this year through gem and jewellery exports. It was Rs. 17 billion last year and this is a 9.8 percent increment compared to the same period last year.

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