June 2017

TNA digging its own grave!

18th June 2017 // 0 Comments

By Manekshaw The Northern Provincial Council (NPC) four years after its formation is now in upheaval following the report released by a special committee which was appointed by Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran to probe into allegations against four NPC Ministers. Chief Minister Wigneswaran was compelled to appoint the three-member special committee headed by retired judicial official S. Thiyakenthiran and including a retired senior Sri Lanka Administrative Service officer S. Pathmanathan. Since the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) remains the ruling party in the NPC, the formation of the special committee was not discussed with the hierarchy of the TNA and it was entirely decided by the Chief Minister following a barrage of accusations brought against all four NPC Ministers by Opposition members and even by several […]

Wiggy to go soft on two ministers Sampanthan teaches Wiggy Jurisprudence!

18th June 2017 // 0 Comments

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran has assured Northern Provincial Ministers P. Deneeswaran and Dr. Sathyalingam that they can remain in office provided they submit written assurances to him that they will not ‘interfere’ in the probe into corruption allegations against them. On receipt of such letters he has said he would rescind his earlier order sending them on ‘compulsory leave’, sources said. The Chief Minister is yet to reveal his final official decision on the twoMinisters because the entire Northern Provincial polity is waiting to make the next move, especially the ITAK which brought the motion of ‘No Confidence’ against him. On Friday, Leader of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) R. Sampanthan urged Wigneswaran in writing to take early remedial […]

PM Ranils game to oust CM Wigneswaran

18th June 2017 // 0 Comments

PM Ranil was not in talking terms with Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran and he is accused of a plot to oust  CM Wigneswaran from office as the Chief Minister of the Northern Province. PM Ranil is called a ‘fox’ in political arena and he cleverly fools TNA leading MP’s by promising to implement a political package. The Sinhala politicians have been cheating the Tamils since independence from British of offering broken promises of equal rights. The Sinhala leaders have divided the Tamil MP’s by offering Minister posts and bribes and ruled the country until the Tamil youth rose against the government. The outcome of the failing of democratically elected MP’s to deliver a political package and discrimination in Education and Jobs to Tamils […]

TNA leadership asks members to withdraw no confidence motion

17th June 2017 // 0 Comments

By Kelum Bandara and Romesh Madusanka The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leadership is reported to have requested its members in the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) to withdraw the no confidence motion signed against Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran, it is learnt.     The TNA is a political party comprising four parties, the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK), People’s Liberation Organisation of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE), Tamil Eelam Liberation Organization (TELO) and Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF). The no confidence motion has been initiated by the members belonging to the ITAK. They had handed over the motion to Northern Province Governor Reginald Cooray. Mr. Cooray eventually asked the members concerned to raise it at the Council meeting. In addition he had requested the Chief Minister to […]

Wigneswaran ‘s anti-corruption drive eclipsed by sectarian politics

17th June 2017 // 0 Comments

Current issue might be a turning point in the ongoing conflict and in the Northern politics The Northern Provincial Council is a unique entity compared to the other eight Provincial Councils due to its actions independent of the Central Government. During their nearly three decade old history no other Provincial Council had acted so independently, as had been most of the time run by the political party that governed the Central Government. Therefore they had been working according to the wishes of the leaders of the Government in Colombo. The only Provincial Council that enjoys (Though not fully) autonomy, the purpose of establishing the Provincial Councils is the Northern Provincial Council headed by its Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran, who is a former Supreme Court Judge. By […]

Sampanthan writes to Vigneswaran over NPC crisis

17th June 2017 // 0 Comments

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Leader R. Sampanthan today urged Northern Province Chief Minister C. V. Vigneswaran to take early remedial action in regard to the two ministers who were not found guilty by the board of Inquire of the chief minister. In a letter to Mr. Vigneswaran, the TNA Leader said the board of inquiry conducted investigations in respect of the four council ministers but only two ministers have been found guilty and two others have not been found guilty. “You stated in the Provincial Council that you would act on the basis of the report of the board of inquiry. You have called for the resignations of the two ministers found guilty. No one has complained about that decision. The complaint is about the […]

Political crisis in Northern Province will lead to realignment of Tamil parties

17th June 2017 // 0 Comments

Chief Minister, buoyed by expressions of support from Tamil civil society and university students The ongoing political crisis in Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province will lead to a realignment of Tamil political parties. Among other things, the present crisis shows that the existing political alignments are extremely weak and shaky and are as good as broken. Looking at the current trend, it is likely that the ruling Tamil National Alliance (TNA) will break into two groups by the time the next Northern Provincial Council (NPC) elections are held 15 months from now. The Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) led by veteran R. Sampanthan, the largest of the parties in the TNA, will go it alone, and is, in fact, determined to do so. The others […]

NPC Crisis: Sam-Wiggie Talks Today

17th June 2017 // 0 Comments

As the Tamil National Alliance, the TNA, struggles against fissiparous tendencies threatening the seams that hold the TNA together, R. Sampanthan, the TNA leader, has written to Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran of the Northern Province. The letter explains what Sampanthan seeks: Hon.  Justice CV  Wigneswaran, Chief Minister Northern Province My Dear Wignes, Thank you for your letter of 14.06.2017 with copy of speech made by you. I wish to state the following. The board of inquiry appointed by you conducted investigations in respect of four ministers. The inquiry had been concluded and their report submitted to you. Two have been found guilty and two others have not been found guilty. You stated in the Provincial Council that you would act on the basis of the […]

Northern Governor Cooray to Inform Chief Minister that 22 of 38 Councillors oppose him;NPC Chairman CVK Sivagnanam Likely to Replace CV Wigneswaran as CM

16th June 2017 // 0 Comments

Northern Province Governor Reginald Cooray is expected to “officially” inform Northern chief minister C. V. Wigneswaran that he has lost the confidence of the majority of Northern province councillors in general and those elected from the majority of Councillors elected from the Tamil National Alliance(TNA) in particular. Governor Cooray The Governor has officially requested the Northern chief minister C.V.Wigneswaran to come and see him in person and be appraised of the current situation where a number of Northern Provincial councillors are opposed to Wigneswaran continuing as Northern chief minister. 22 Northern councillors have submitted affidavits and/or letters to the Governor saying they have no confidence in CV Wigneswaran as chief minister and asking the Governor to remove him. The TNA obtained 30 of the 38 […]

Sampanthan Engages in Talks With Wigneswaran to Reach a Settlement to Prevent Potential Break- up of Tamil National Alliance

16th June 2017 // 0 Comments

Tamil National Alliance(TNA) and opposition leader R.Sampanthan is currently engaged in negotiations with Northern province chief minister C.V. Wigneswaran to bring about a “Settlement”Between warring factions of the TNA. TNA Jaffna district MP. Sivagnanam Sreetharan and Mannar Dist MP Charles Nimalarajan have exerted pressure on Sampanthan to talk to Wigneswaran and arrive at an undertanding and truce instead of going ahead with moves to oust Wigneswaran as chief minister. Both MP”s have the backing of influential pro-LTTE elements in the Tamil Diaspora and have been urged by those sections to prevent the “Diaspora Darling”Wigneswaran from being removed as chief minister. Pro-LTTE Diaspora elements are also strongly supporting a motley group of organizations, parties & individuals to mount a coordinated campaign to resist the removal of […]

TNA Leader Sampanthan Tries to Safeguard Wigneswaran but Northern ITAK Councillors Determined to Oust Wigneswaran

16th June 2017 // 0 Comments

The political conflict in Sri Lanka’s Tamil majority Northern Province, which escalated dangerously on Thursday, appeared to be heading for a workable compromise as the day wore on. But efforts to arrive at a compromise ran into trouble in the evening when the Jaffna unit of the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) insisted that it would not budge an inch from its stand that Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran should quit. Sources said that the matter is now left to the Chief Minister and the head of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and ITAK stalwart, R.Sampanthan. They are expected to talk it over on Friday. Meanwhile, it has been decided that till the result of the leaders’ meeting is out, there will be no further moves to […]

15-signature petition to counter CV’s no-faith motion

16th June 2017 // 0 Comments

A petition signed by 15 members of the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) to counter the No Confidence Motion submitted against Chief Minister C.V. Vigneswaran, was handed over to Governor Reginald Cooray last night. A group of NPC members including Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Councillor M.K. Shivajilimgam had handed over the petition. The councillors told the Governor that Mr. Vigneswaran should continue as the Chief Minister. However, the Governor’s office said no affidavit was found attached with the last night’s motion but 15 affidavits had been attached to the no-faith motion submitted against the Chief Minister. The No Confidence Motion was signed by 21 provincial councillors. The ‘No Confidence’ Motion signed by 21 Councillors, including four Ministers, stating that the Chief Minister had ‘unnecessarily caused inconvenience’ […]

‘No faith’ crisis erupts in NPC – Game’s up for Wiggy?

16th June 2017 // 0 Comments

Northern Province Governor Reginold Cooray challenged Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran to prove his majority support in the Northern Provincial Council before the ‘No Confidence’ motion against him is passed. A deadlock emerged Wednesday night when Illankai Tamil Arasu Katchchi (ITAK) – the main Constituent Party of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) led by C.V.K Sivagnanam submitted the ‘No Confidence’ Motion signed by 21 Councillors, including four Ministers, stating that the Chief Minister had ‘unnecessarily caused inconvenience’ by attempting to remove two of their Provincial Ministers namely P. Ayngaranesan and T. Kurukularajah. The Chief Minister called for their voluntary resignation over alleged financial frauds against them and also demanded another two Provincial Ministers to go on ‘compulsory leave’ pending a probe into allegations against […]

Missing persons’ family members attempt to wade through deep waters

16th June 2017 // 0 Comments

A group of family members of missing persons including Sandya Eknaligoda, wife of missing journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda, had reportedly attempted to wade towards the deep sea off Trincomalee today in protest to the government’s alleged failure to look into the investigations of the missing persons. However, the attempt was prevented by the villagers. The group staged a protest outside the Trincomalee Governor’s office by displaying the pictures of the disappeared prior to wading into deep waters. The protestors strongly demanded the government to expose what had happened to the disappeared and to ban the Prevention of Terrorism Act and release all political prisoners. The relatives of disappeared from Trincomalee, Batticaloa, Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu, Jaffna and Vavuniya participated in the protest. Prageeth Eknaligoda was a cartoonist, political […]

Girls of any age can wake up married, without having given their consent

16th June 2017 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka debates its antiquated Muslim family laws TO AVOID being married at 17 to a stranger, the Muslim schoolgirl from Sri Lanka’s north-west tried to commit suicide by swallowing a bottle of her mother’s diabetes pills. While she was recovering in hospital, her parents went ahead and registered the marriage. The union took place under the version of Sri Lanka’s family law that applies only to Muslims. It does not require the bride’s consent and does not specify a minimum age for marriage. Instead, it merely stipulates that children under 12 can only be married with the approval of a quazi, or Muslim family judge. The penal code, helpfully, exempts Muslims from prosecution for statutory rape providing the victim is married to the perpetrator […]

Northern Provincial Council Brings No Confidence Motion Against Chief Minister Wigneswaran

15th June 2017 // 0 Comments

A No Confidence Motion was brought against Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran yesterday. Sri Lankan  government which is fooling the UN with false promises of implementing a political package and avoiding action on Sinhala leaders who had committed War Crimes is benefited by removing the Chief Minister who was the Chief Justice in Sri Lanka and a outspoken Leader. Chief Minister Wigneswaren is the most popular Tamil leader in Sri Lanka today and due to his knowledge of being the chief justice and a Colombo based Non Political leader he is known to be the most outspoken honest Tamil person in Sri Lanka and his popularity among the Tamils have put the Sinhala and Tamil politicians of Sri Lanka known for fraudulent activities on alert […]

Northern Province Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran today temporarily took over four ministerial portfolios

15th June 2017 // 0 Comments

By Romesh Madhusanka Northern Province Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran today temporarily took over all four ministerial portfolios of the council under his purview after informing two of the ministers to resign and the other two to go on a month’s-leave, due to charges of corruption. When the committee report which was made over the corruption charges levelled against all four of the council ministers was taken up for debate today, the Chief Minister informed the Education Minister T. Gurukularajah and Agriculture Minister O. Ainkaraneshan to resign. He informed Transport and Trade Minister B. Deniswaran and Health Minister P. Sathyalingam to go on a month’s leave. Mr. Wigneswaran afterwards informed Council Chairman C.V.K. Sivagnanam that he will take over the portfolios of all ministers under […]

UK says terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka cannot be ruled out – updated travel advise on Sri Lanka

14th June 2017 // 0 Comments

There’s a heightened threat of terrorist attack globally against UK interests and British nationals, from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria. Terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka cannot be ruled out, the British Foreign and Commonwealth office said in an updated travel advise on Sri Lanka. The advise on Sri Lanka was updated following a review of the way in which the UK Government describes the threat from terrorism in travel advice for all countries and territories.  The UK Government says there is no change in the UK Government’s assessment of the level of threat from terrorism in Sri Lanka.  The military conflict between the Government and the LTTE ended in May 2009. In 2011 the State of Emergency and the Emergency […]

Cogs Of Democracy: Sri Lanka’s Court System

14th June 2017 // 0 Comments

The judiciary is the branch of government that determines whether the law has been violated. Though Sri Lanka’s current constitution does not effect a total separation between the legislature and the executive branches of the government, the judiciary is intended to function in complete independence. The judiciary is made up of seven levels of courts. A tiered system allows for a party before the court to keep appealing to higher courts—thus reducing the margins of error. Other than by rank of authority, the courts are also divided by jurisdiction. This is practically helpful, as it organises cases into specialised courts. More crucially, a hierarchy of courts is necessary in order to follow the legal principle of stare decisis. A feature of Sri Lankan Roman-Dutch law […]

‘We have ability to unleash extremism’ says BBS in response to anti-Muslim violence arrests

14th June 2017 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka’s Police arrested five people in connection with a recent surge in anti-Muslim violence in South of the island on Sunday. Of the 5 that were arrested, one unidentified man is thought to be linked to Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) who are deemed largely responsible for inciting violence against the Muslim community in Sri Lanka. “The police was able to arrest a 32 year old person who is directly related to four arson attacks. The person has direct links with Bodu Bala Sena. Since 2014 he has been associating with Bodu Bala Sena. ” Sri Lanka’s police spokesman Priyantha Jayakody told reporters. Responding to the arrest and accusations of inciting violence, the CEO of BBS Dilanthe Withanage said, “We have ability to unleash terrorism, […]

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