Settle the issue of prisoners who are being held without charges.

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan and T. Pratheepan President Maithripala Sirisena took his security detail by surprise after he threw caution to the wind and abruptly alighted from his official vehicle to confront a group of protesters in Jaffna yesterday. The President was in Jaffna to inaugurate the National Tamil Language Day celebrations at the Jaffna Hindu College when the incident took place. According to eyewitnesses the President had calmly walked up to the black flag waving protesters and inquired into their problems. The protesters numbering around 75 and led by…

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SF’s motive is to expose Mahinda

By Dhammika Salwathura Regional Development Minister Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka has said he has entered politics and holding a minsterial post for the sole purpose of exposing the wrongs committed by his archenemy, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Addressing a ceremony held at Thamibiligasmulla in Kiribathgoda to establish the UNP’s 13th branch in the Kelaniya electorate on Saturday, the minister said: “I entered politics from a minor party, which could not form a government. We knew that very well. But at the same time I knew it would help me tell…

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More devolution or more integration?

By S. Navaratne It is curious how obsessed the political class is today on how best to handle the long standing Ceylon Tamil issue. The facts indicate that the Ceylon Tamil population, currently a tad over 11% of the total population in the country, has declined, is declining and will continue to decline as a proportion of the total population. All the anecdotal evidence suggests that the youth of Jaffna wish to get “the hell out of the country” to white-ruled countries where a critical mass of Ceylon Tamils reside;…

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