24th August 2015

Anandasangaree calls on TNA to join Government

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The Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) has urged the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to join the National Government. TULF Secretary General V. Anandasangaree, in a letter to TNA leader R. Sampanthan, said that the minorities have innumerable problems all of which cannot be sorted out overnight or even in a short period. “A silent revolution had taken place providing an excellent opportunity for all of us to sort out matters that could be sorted out. The minorities have innumerable problems all of which cannot be sorted out overnight or even in a short period. But certainly much can be done during the two year period the UNP and the SLFP have agreed to work as a National Government. The TNA also must take a quick decision […]

UPFA loses its vote share in every district

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1. The UPFA has lost its vote share in every district. The only district where it lost less than 10% was Hambantota. In 11 of 22 districts, it lost more than 20% of its 2010 vote. 2. The UNP had its 2nd largest gains (24%) in Polonnaruwa — the home base of President Maithripala Sirisena. 3. The DP and the JVP saw their greatest aggregate loss in support in the Colombo District (-5% from DNA 2010), despite having both their party leaders contesting from the Colombo district. 4. The ITAK or the Tamil National Alliance saw increases in vote share across all five districts it contested. The Jaffna, Vanni and Batticaloa disticts gave the ITAK an increase of more than 15% in each.

Missing Persons Commission holds public sittings in Batticaloa

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The Presidential Commission to Investigate into Complaints Regarding Missing Persons held Public Sittings in the Batticaloa Distinct today. The Public Sittings will be held in the Kaluwanchikudy Divisional Secretariat tomorrow as well, an official said. The Commission earlier held its previous Public Sittings in Northern and Eastern Provinces covering Jaffna, Mannar and Trincomalee Districts. To date, over 20,000 complaints have been received by the commission, inclusive of approximately 5,000 complaints from relatives of missing security forces personnel. The three-member committee that comprises Mano Ramanathan, Priyanthi Suranjana Vidyaratna, and former High Court Judge Maxwell Parakrama Paranagama, was appointed by Extraordinary Gazette, No. 1823/42, under the provisions of Section 2 of the Commission of Inquiry Act.

Ranil hopeful of political solution to Tamil question

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A day after he assumed office, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe spoke to N. Ram, former Editor-in-Chief of “The Hindu”, on a wide range of issues. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is confident and hopeful that the political situation in Sri Lanka following the August 17 general election, although complex, is favourable for forging an enduring political solution to the Tamil question. Noting that the two main national parties, his United National Party and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, and the Tamil National Alliance were “the three key players” in formulating the proposals for an enduring solution, he said he had “tried to keep the UNP position flexible so that we can bridge the differences.” Responding to a question on former President Chandrika Kumaratunga, he […]

We Are Looking At A Federal System Within A United Sri Lanka

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By Waruni Karunarathne The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) which contested under the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchchi (ITAK) at last week’s general election secured a landmark victory in the North and the East with 515,963 (4.62%) votes and bagged 16 seats – including two national list slots. The TNA has been considering extending conditional support to the United National Party (UNP) to form a national government. However, speaking toThe Sunday Leader, newly elected TNA MP E. Saravanabavan said they are yet to discuss whether the TNA will join the new government. However, he said that they would support the reconciliation process if the new government is ready to address their concerns. Following are excerpts of the interview: Q: How do you view the results of the […]

New UNP govt. should give priority towards promoting trade opportunities Between Sri Lanka and Britain

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by Sujeeva Nivunhella in London Chairman, British Sri Lanka Chamber of Commerce, Jayampathi Perera urged the newly-elected government in Sri Lanka to give due priority to promoting trade opportunities between the two countries. “Previous governments missed the bus and this resulted in the country losing out on the deal”, he told The Sunday Island. As a bilateral trade body, the British Sri Lanka Chamber of Commerce wants the new government to give prominence to international trade and foreign investment, he noted. Perera said that since the elections, and especially with the UNP-led government in place, many UK-based businesses are looking seriously towards Sri Lanka as a viable trading partner. “I urge the government to give them credible support”. The time is now opportune for the […]

UK says its interest is for a stable Sri Lanka

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The British Government says its interest is for Sri Lanka to be stable, united and prosperous. Laura Davies, the Deputy High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, in a blog posting said that last week’s general election was very tight. “It was also remarkably peaceful. From the President and Elections Commissioner down, all involved have commented positively on the conduct of the election, many describing it as Sri Lanka’s best in decades. It’s not for the UK to support one party over another. Our interest is for Sri Lanka to be stable, united and prosperous. Elections that reflect the will of the people – and campaigns that do not seek to distort that will – are an essential element of this. That’s why we […]

Vickramabahu seeks greater autonomy to provinces

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The new government in Sri Lanka should take up, as its immediate priority, the full implementation of the 13 Constitutional Amendment and recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission, Vickramabahu Karunarathne, general secretary of the Nava Sama Samaj Party, has said. Apart from these measures, he favoured the setting up of a credible domestic investigation mechanism to probe alleged war crimes by adhering to principles acceptable to the international community. “We have enough resources, enough people to carry out this task.” These steps would mark the beginning of the process of resolving the Tamil question. In an interview with The Hindu at his party office on Sunday, Mr. Karunarathne, known as a strong critic of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, said “when you say the […]

TNA Says It Overcame Challenges

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The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) says it achieved a resounding victory at the 2015 General Election, successfully overcoming the challenges and fierce opposition it faced. For the second time this year, the Tamil People have shown a clear intention to strengthen the hand of the Tamil National Alliance, TNA member M.A. Sumanthiran said. “They have done so keeping intact the goal of their long term political struggle, and with hope that their lives will be restored. Our People’s clear recognition of the crucial nature of this election, and their overwhelming response in casting their vote thus ensuring the victory of the Tamil National Alliance, once again reflects to the world the great political wisdom of the Tamil People. Let me take this opportunity to first […]