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

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…

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Requirements for Tamil contribution to sustainable national change

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…

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TNA wants more aid for IDPs

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…

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

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…

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Crooks in UPFA constituents decide against voting for 19A

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…

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Opposition MPs stage fast in defence of Mahinda

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…

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President’s seat gets hot

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…

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Over 70 MPs support me

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…

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