Culture of excessive number of ministers must end – Sampanthan

Sri Lanka’s new Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan today said that while a national government in the present context in the country may be a national need, it would have been better if the two parties would have been able to come together without an increase in the number of ministries. The Speaker Karu Jayasuriya today recognized the TNA Parliamentary Group Leader as the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament. Accepting the position with humility, Sampanthan said that they will support the government on issues where it is justified and that…

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Eastern University Massacre: Missing, Missing, Missing For 25 Years

By Thangamuthu Jayasingam –  Officer in charge of the Vantharumoolai refugee camp, 1990 Many may not know that, when 5th September 2015 dawns, it will be 25 years of waiting for 158 families, who ‘lost’ a member or two on that day of 5th September 1990 from the VANTHARUMOOLAI REFUGEE CAMP at EASTERN UNIVERSITY. They did not go missing as usual, where no one knew where they went. In this case these 158 were ‘handed over’/ ‘taken over’ by the Sri Lankan Military in front of a population of nearly…

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Fake LTTE of Gota still in operation, many destructions in the south

A group of LTTE members named “Tossi” who was serving for the LTTE intelligence and later surrendered to the Sri Lanka army was influenced by a group of army intelligence who were able to speak fluent Tamil has wielded this fake LTTE under the instructions of the ministry of defense. Thavendran (Sumathipala Suresh Kumar) a rehabilitated LTTE who was attached to the army intelligence following the end of the war now currently under police custody said the fake LTTE was preserving a camp in the Girithale jungle and Prageeth was…

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Don’t act like monkeys, says PM to Racist Wimal

The decision on the opposition leader post sparked uproar in parliament when Colombo district MP Wimal Weerawansa this morning (3) questioned the government on the validity of the new appointment.     This came after Speaker Karu Jayasuriya announced that TNA parliamentary group leader and Trincomalee District MP R. Sampanthan has been appointed for the post. Weerawansa questioned that on which basis the appointment was made since a letter signed by some 56 MPs, which suggested the appointment of UPFA MP Kumara Welgama for the position, has already been handed over…

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Sampanthan proposes 3 to 5 regions

Newly appointed Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan, in his address to Parliament, said Sri Lanka should have ‘three to five regions’ with maximum power devolved to them taking a good example from India as the giant neighbour to resolve the Tamil national question. Mr. Sampanthan was appointed as the Opposition Leader of the new Parliament yesterday. His Tamil National Alliance (TNA) won 16 seats at the August 17 General Elections from the five electoral districts in the north and the east. He said he would use the opportunity afforded to him…

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TNA Leader Rajavarothayam Sampanthan Becomes new Leader of the Opposition in Sri Lanka Parliament

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentary group leader and veteran Trincomalee district MP Rajavarothayam Sampanthan has been recognized by the newly elected Sri Lanka parliament as the leader of the opposition. An announcement to this effect was made by the Speaker Mr. Karu Jayasuriya in Parliament on September 3rd morning. The speaker said that the house was recognizing Mr. Sampanthan as opposition leader in the absence of claims by any other political party or front. Mr.Jayasuriya said that neither the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) nor the United Peoples Freedom Alliance…

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