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  • බෝ සෙවණේ රාමදාන්
    පන්සලත් පල්ලියත් අතර අපූරු සුහදතාවයක් සනිටුහන් කරමින් රාමසාන් උපවාසය අත්හැරීමේ ඉෆ්තාර් ආගමික උත්සවය සැමරීම පිණිස මුස්ලිම් ජනතාව බෝ මළුව කරා පැමිණි අවස්ථාවක් බීබීසී සිංහල සේවයට දැකගන්නට ලැබිණ. ඒ අම්බලන්තොට බෝලාන උච්චාවාලික පුරාණ රජ මහා විහාරයේදීය. රජ මහා විහාරස්ථානයේ නායක හිමියන් වන බැරගම නන්දසිරි හිමියන් ප්‍රමුඛ භික්ෂූන්...
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  • ඥානසාර හිමි ගැන මගේ වෙනසක් නැහැ
    ඥානසාර හිමි ගැන මගේ වෙනසක් නැහැ අස්ගිරි පාර්ශවයේ මහනායක හිමියන්ට තමා අතිශය ගෞරව කළ ද බොදු බල සේනා සංවිධානයේ මහ‍ලේකම් ගලගොඩඅත්තේ ඥානසාර හිමියන් සම්බන්ධයෙන් තමා දරණ ස්ථාවයේ කිසිදු වෙනසක් නැතැයි රාජ්‍ය ඇමැති ඩිලාන් පෙරේරා මහතා සඳහන් කළේ ය. ඥානසාර හිමි යනු දේශපාලන පක්ෂයක නායකත්වය දරණ  දේශපාලන මතවාදයක් දරන භික්ෂූන් වහන්සේ...
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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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Celebration in Egypt as Morsi declared winner

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Muslim Brotherhood candidate and president-elect in victory speech vows to unite the country and stand up for democracy.

The Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi has officially won Egypt's presidential election and will be the country's next president, the electoral commission has announced.

Morsi picked up 13.2 million votes out of just over 26 million, giving him about 51 per cent of the vote. His competitor, Ahmed Shafik, the final prime minister under Hosni Mubarak, received 12.3 million. More than 800,000 ballots were invalidated.

The president-elected delivered a victory address on Sunday night. He spoke on state television, long a medium which demonised him and the Muslim Brotherhood. He thanked the Egyptian people for their votes, calling them "my family" and "my beloved," and promised to work to "restore their rights."

"I have no rights, only responsibilities," Morsi said. "If I do not deliver, do not obey me."

He also reached out to the army, the police, and Egypt's intelligence services, thanking them for their work in protecting the country, and promised to "preserve" the military.

Congratulations from abroad

Tens of thousands of people flocked to Tahrir Square to celebrate Morsi's victory, where they waved Egyptian flags and chanted "God is great" and "down with military rule."

Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, Egypt's military ruler, congratulated Morsi on his victory, state television reported. Reactions also trickled in from around the region: The governments of Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and the Palestinian Authority congratulated the winner.

Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, said in a statement that he "respects the outcome" of the election, and "expects to continue cooperation with the Egyptian administration". Morsi made an oblique reference to Israel in his victory speech, when he promised to "keep all international treaties," a vow which would include the 1979 Camp David Accords between Israel and Egypt.

The White House also congratulated Morsi, and urged him to "advance national unity by reaching out to all parties and constituencies."

Bishop Pachomius, the caretaker pope of Egypt's Coptic Church, issued a short statement congratulating Morsi. The Coptic community makes up about 10 per cent of Egypt's population, and some were worried by Morsi's candidacy, fearing that his government would restrict their personal freedoms.

Gehad el-Haddad, Morsi's campaign spokesman, said in an interview shortly after the results were announced that Morsi would work to be a "president for all Egyptians".

The president-elect is expected to take his oath of office later this month in front of the country's supreme court - though a spokesman said on Facebook that Morsi would take the oath in front of parliament, the "only elected institution" in the country.

The Muslim Brotherhood said in a statement that Morsi had resigned his positions in both the Brotherhood and its Freedom and Justice Party, fulfilling a campaign pledge.

There was no immediate reaction from Shafik's campaign.

Political uncertainty ahead

Morsi's victory caps off more than a week of behind-the-scenes negotiations between the Brotherhood and the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF). He claimed victory just hours after last week's runoff election, based on unofficial numbers tallied by the Brotherhood, but the commission delayed its official announcement until Sunday.

In the intervening days, Khairat al-Shater, the Brotherhood's political boss, met generals from SCAF at least once. Sources say they were negotiating exactly what powers the president will have.

Despite Morsi's victory, many of those questions about his power remain unanswered.

"This is not the end of the game, it's a start of a huge responsibility," el-Haddad told Al Jazeera.

"It comes with more challenges, turning from being the largest opposition group in Egypt to leading the country with its national front."

Shortly before the polls closed last week, the generals issued a decree sharply limiting the powers of the new president. It permitted him to declare war, for example, only with the approval of the military council.

SCAF will also keep control of legislative power, and the budget, until a new parliament is elected. Egyptians went to the polls in November to elect a legislature, which was dominated by the Freedom and Justice Party, but it was dissolved earlier this month after a high court ruling found parts of the electoral law unconstitutional.

Saad el-Katatni, the speaker of the now-dissolved parliament, also met with officials from SCAF, and told them that the Brotherhood would not accept the court ruling or the election-night decree. But it is unclear whether the Brotherhood ultimately accepted those decisions in exchange for the presidency.

Either way, the military council - which has promised to hand over power to a civilian government on June 30, in a "grand ceremony" - will remain a powerful force in Egyptian politics, despite the election of a civilian president.

Courtesy: Al Jazeera

 

 

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