1st January 2016

Community rallies behind Sri Lanka family set to be deported

1st January 2016 // 0 Comments

SAN ANTONIO– As a deportation date nears for a San Antonio family with roots in Sri Lanka, friends in their local community came together to try to get the attention of their local congressman. Their message is a simple and clear one they hope Congressman Joaquin Castro will hear. “So we are trying to call on congressman Castro and other folks in the community to really step up and to see the support that the family has and to take action to make sure that they can stay here,” said Mohammad Abdollahi of RACIES Texas. The family has collected over 5,500 signatures on their petition to try to get their father released from a detention center. Friends in their community can give testimony to their character. “I know […]

The Wigneswaran-Sampanthan tussle dims hopes for a new Constitution

1st January 2016 // 0 Comments

The most important but intricate task the government has assigned itself in the New Year is to fulfill  the adoption of a new Constitution. The whole exercise would apparently focus on three major issues; abolishing of the Executive Presidency, bringing in electoral reforms and the resolution of the ethnic problem. President Maithripala Sirisena has already announced that he would make a special statement on January 9, on the first anniversary of his elevation to the Presidency, proposing the conversion of  Parliament to a Constitutional Assembly, in order to draft a new Constitution. Also the government has announced that the new Constitution drafted by the Constitutional Assembly need to be approved by the people at a referendum. The Constitutional Assembly, though it has local precedent, is not […]

The stirring in devolution is getting brisker Power devolution

1st January 2016 // 0 Comments

The formation of the Tamil People’s Council (TPC), backed   by Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran, has perturbed the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leadership that views it as a move to undermine the party hierarchy. First, the move was seen as a precursor to yet another party splitting of the TNA. Wigneswaran and TNA leader Sampanthan did not see eye to on most issues as reported, and that gave rise to the speculation about a breakup. However, Chief Minister Wigneswaran was quick to scotch such speculation, and explained it was an exercise to ascertain the true aspiration of    the Tamil people in the formulation of proposals to be submitted to the government in drafting the proposed new Constitution. A week after its formation, […]

Planning of Northern Highway begins

1st January 2016 // 0 Comments

by Maheesha Mudugamuwa The planing of the proposed Northern Highway via Trincomalee would be started this year, Higher Education and Highways Minister Lakshman Kiriella said. He told the media on Wednesday (30) that the construction work on the Central highways was ongoing, though there was no visible progress during the last few months. People were thinking that the work on the central highway was abandoned or paused but it wasn’t. The concrete beams of the highway would emerge within the next two months. Currently there were making the land for the construction, the Minister noted. The government would expedite the construction of other highways connecting the existing road network, Kiriella said adding that the road system of the country would also be upgraded. The Minister […]

TNA, SLMC seek consensus on new Constitution amidst turmoil

1st January 2016 // 0 Comments

by Shamindra Ferdinando The TNA and the SLMC are seeking consensus on proposed new Constitution and electoral reforms. Political sources told The Island that top level TNA and SLMC delegations had met at the Opposition Leader’s Office, Colombo 7 on Wednesday in the wake of newly established Tamil People’s Council (TPC), too, seeking to represent Tamil speaking people at future deliberations with other political parties as well as the government. The TNA secured 16 seats including two National List slots at the Aug. 17 parliamentary polls. The SLMC won one seat on its own while several of its candidates were elected on the UNP ticket at the same election. Northern Province Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran of the TNA, Dr P. Lakshman, Consultant Cardiologist at […]