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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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This week’s Cabinet decisions

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A number of decisions have been taken at the Cabinet meeting held yesterday (Feb.26).

The decisions taken by the Cabinet of Ministers are as follows:

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Non-academic university staff to launch 2-day token strike

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The non-academic staff members of state universities have decided to go on a two-day token strike over several demands including a salary hike.

Accordingly, the strike will be held tomorrow (Feb.28) and the day after (Feb.29), University Trade Union Joint Committee’s Dhammika Priyantha said.

The committee had also warned to resort to a continuous TU action if authorities fail to address their issues within a week.

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Uddika Premarathne resigns as MP

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Anuradhapura District’s SLPP MP Uddika Premarathne has handed over his letter of resignation as a Member of Parliament, Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena has confirmed.

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