Cabinet will not be meeting this week as a result of a dispute between President Maithripala Sirisena and the United National Party over the Parliament Select Committee (PSC) on the Easter Sunday attacks.Cabinet usually meets every Tuesday but today’s meeting has been cancelled. A Government Minister confirmed that no date has been set for cabinet to meet this week. The PSC has however insisted that the President cannot interfere in the work of the PSC. (Colombo Gazette) President Maithripala Sirisena had told the cabinet last week that he will not hold a cabinet meting till the PSC stops grilling defence officials over the Easter Sunday attacks.
It’s time for colours, lights and celebrations – Diwali is here! Known as the festival of lights, Deepavali is celebrated on the day of ‘amavasya’ or new moon in the month of Karthik in Hindu calendar to mark the conquest of truth over ignorance and light over darkness. The five-day celebrations start with Dhanteras and ends with Bhai Dooj. Here’s a look at how people are celebrating across India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. People light candles during track pujan at a stadium on the occasion of Dhanteras Festival Celebration in Allahabad. (Source: PTI) Photo: PTI People light candles during track pujan at a stadium on the occasion of Dhanteras Festival Celebration in Allahabad.Millions of Hindus around the world – including those in Hamilton and the GTA – will celebrate Diwali this weekend.The holiday falls on Sunday this year, but many Hindus also celebrated, Saturday.Diwali – known as the festival of lights – celebrates the victory of light over darkness. People celebrate the occasion by setting off firecrackers, decorating and lighting up their homes with candles and eating delectable foods.The religious day is principally celebrated with prayers to the goddess of wealth. read more