21st April 2015

Too many calendars – ‘Sinhala and Hindu New Year’ (Tamil removed and Hindu added!)

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How many calendars does one country need? There is the globally-accepted Gregorian calendar, the Chinese calendar, solar and lunar calendars. But Sri Lanka is probably the only country that makes use of three calendars. We work by the Gregorian calendar, observe the lunar calendar for religious purposes, there is that added advantage of poya holiday and we observe the solar calendar just so we could celebrate the Sinhala, recently christened ‘Sinhala and Hindu New Year’. The New Year marks the sun’s transits from Pisces to Aries. In fact most Sri Lankan festivals have an astronomical significance. The exact timings of neketh are determined by astrological calculations. The movements of celestial bodies are monitored in order to calculate the various auspicious times for customary rites and […]

Requirements for Tamil contribution to sustainable national change

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by Jehan Perera The inability of the government to force through its decisions, and the appearance of opposition forces supportive of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa gaining ground, has generated concerns about the government’s long term stability. The defeat of the government’s money bill in Parliament has highlighted the structural weakness of the government. The difficulty that the government has been experiencing in fulfilling its main election promises, catching the corrupt and passing the 19th Amendment, has eroded public confidence in the government’s strength. Currently the SLFP has a majority in Parliament with 126 seats while the UNP plays the role of a ‘minority government’ with 41 Parliamentary seats from a total of 225 seats. Without the assistance of the SLFP, the government is unable to […]

TNA wants more aid for IDPs

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By M. Sasikumar Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian and Spokesman, Suresh Premachandran said the Ministry of Resettlement should make arrangements to provide basic needs to the people who were permitted to resettle recently in Valikamam-North. “Simply releasing the lands is not enough. The government should consider providing the people being resettled with some basic facilities to the people to enable them to pick up the threads of life once again” he said. He added, those who were allowed to resettle are ready to clear the jungle areas with their own money, but the government is yet to provide aid for those who are looking forward to resettle in the recently released lands. “Government should consider providing temporary huts for those who are resettling until they […]

Chief Minister of the merged North and East Province Perumal meets demerged Northern Province’s first Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswarn

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The first Chief Minister of the merged North and East Province, Annamalai Varatharaja Perumal and the demerged Northern Province’s first Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswarn met in Jaffna on Friday (17). Varatharaja Perumal who had arrived from India has expressed his intention of entering politics by stating that he would act independently without aligning any political party during his meeting with Chief Minister Wigneswaran. The meeting between Wigneswaran and Varatharaja Perumal lasted for nearly one hour at the office of the Northern Chief Minister. Wigneswarn also expressed his views on the present political atmosphere in the country as well as on the governance of the Northern Provincial Council to the former Chief Minister. Varatharaja Perumal, who was one of the founding members of the Eelam […]

Crooks in UPFA constituents decide against voting for 19A

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Constituents of the UPFA mostly supporters of Mahinda yesterday decided not to vote for the 19th Amendment to the Constitution Bill of the government. Sunday they supported it and on Monday they are against it, This is what Mahinda does. Opposition Leader Nimal Siripala de Silva insisted that the 20th Amendment to the constitution envisaging reforms to the electoral system be presented together with the 19th Amendment. DNA Parliamentarian Vijitha Herath, who attended the party leaders’ meeting held at the Parliament complex told journalists that the SLFP-led UPFA had informed of its decision at the meeting. The final decision whether the debate on the 19th amendment Bill previously scheduled for today (21) and tomorrow (22) would be taken at a party leaders’ meeting to be held this morning, Herath […]

Opposition MPs stage fast in defence of Mahinda

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MR can seek restraining order from court – Prime Minister Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday said lawyers of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa could obtain a restraining order against the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) if the latter does not want to be questioned.Wickremesinghe was responding to calls from Opposition MPs to stop harassing former President Mahinda Rajapaksa by summoning him before the CIABOC. House on fire Over Mahinda Opposition MPs protesting the decision to summon former President Mahinda Rajapaksa before the Bribery Commission said they will call off their continuous fast only after Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa officially announces his ruling on the issue to the House this morning. MR talks with WP, Gampaha politicians as…BASIL LANDS AT BIA TODAY Western Provincial […]

President’s seat gets hot

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DAYAN JAYATILLEKA  Author and former  Ambassador Going by a recent report on a ‘behind the news’ segment on TV, President Sirisena has told the UPFA leaders that he is under tremendous pressure from the West and India. What Prime Minister Modi wants cannot be done but nor can we refrain from doing so; he is supposed to have said. He explained his advocacy of a National Government which included the UNP by saying that it was an unavoidable answer to western pressure because Ranil Wickremesinghe and the UNP were the only ones who could talk to the West, interface with it and keep it at bay. If this story has veracity – and it has yet to be denied – this Presidential disclosure tells us many […]

Over 70 MPs support me

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By W.K. Prasad Manju Opposition Leader Nimal Siripala de Silva said that he has a list of signatures of over 70 MPs expressing support to him as the Opposition Leader and that it has been handed over to the Secretary of the UPFA, Susil Premajayantha who first directed the request to appoint him as the Opposition Leader. ? : You appealed in Parliament not to backstab and said you were ready to give up the position of Opposition Leader. Who is backstabbing? A: The Central Committee of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), the Executive Committee and the Parliamentary Group unanimously decided to appoint me as Opposition Leader and John Seneviratne as the Chief Opposition Whip. My name was first proposed as the Leader of […]