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Thai Pongal festival celebrated today

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Tamil communities in Sri Lanka and around the world mark the ‘Thai Pongal’ festival today (Jan. 15).

The festival, which is. regarded as one of the most important Tamil festivals, takes place on the first day of the Tamil month of Thai.

The day is spent expressing gratitude to the Sun God for blessing the fields with bountiful harvests with preparations beginning from boiling milk to signify prosperity and offering the sacred ‘Pongal’ dish to the Sun God.

This is followed by ‘Mattu Pongal’, where farmers express gratitude towards cattle for their efforts to ensure successful plantations.

The National Reconciliation Thai Pongal festival this year will be held at the Ayyanayaka Kovil in Karainagar, Jaffna at 10.00 am with Justice Minister – Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe as the child guest.

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Govt. to provide free fertilizer to all paddy farmers

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Minister of Agriculture and Plantation Industries – Mahinda Amaraweera has said that the government has decided to provide MOP fertilizer free of charge to all the paddy farmers in Sri Lanka during the 2024/25 Maha season and 2025/26 Maha season.

Sri Lanka will thus receive 55,000 metric tons of MOP fertilizer as requested by the government from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.

The Minister of Agriculture and Plantation Industries, Mr. Mahinda Amaraweera, expressed his views on this in a meeting held in Tissamaharama today (June 24).

(dailynews.lk)

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8 arrested over gang rape of teen, remanded

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Eight youths who were arrested in connection with the alleged gang rape of a 16-year-old girl in the Jalthara area of Hanwella, have been remanded until June 28.

The suspects were produced before the Homagama Acting Magistrate Padmasiri Jayawardena today (June 24).

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GCE O/L results out within 10 days

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Examination Commissioner General Amith Jayasundara said yesterday (23) the results of the GCE Ordinary Level Exam 2023 (2024) will be released within the next 10 days.

He stated that efforts will be made to release the exam results within this week and if it is not possible, the results will be definitely released within ten days.

(dailynews.lk)

(This story, originally published by dailynews.lk has not been edited by SLM staff)

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