Mahinda failed to ensure Tamil people’s rights – Ranil

by Zacki Jabbar Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that even after the LTTE was defeated, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa failed to ensure the Tamil People’s rights. Addressing an UNP Local Polls rally in Pothuwil,  on Wednesday,  Wickremesinghe said that instead of uniting all the communities and developing the country after the end of the war , the Rajapaksas adopted a divide and rule policy , by encouraging ethnic and religious conflicts. Issues confronting the  Tamils were ignored, on the mistaken premise that the LTTE had been defeated, he added. Prime…

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TNA to avoid Independence Day Celebrations

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) yesterday said its members would not participate in the Independence Day National Celebration due to local government election campaign activities in the Trincomalee District. Opposition Leader and TNA MP R. Sampanthan has officially informed this to the Independence Day Celebrations Committee. TNA sources said MP Sampanthan would participate in the LG election public meetings and rallies in Trincomalee in February 4. Meanwhile, it is learnt that some candidates of several Tamil political parties have decided to hoist black flags in the North and North East…

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TNA would win 51 local government bodies in the North and East.

Based on a survey conducted by the UNP, the party is confident of winning 276 out of the 341 local government bodies at the February 10 polls, Deputy Minister Ajith P. Perera said yesterday. He said the survey also indicated that the TNA would win 51 local government bodies in the North and East. The deputy minister told the media that the UNP’s grassroots level organizations were functioning at their best and would help secure an overwhelming victory for the party. “The grassroots level preparation for the election by the…

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ITAK President demands one billion rupees in damages

Jaffna MP and ITAK President Mavai S. Senathirajah’s lawyers have sent a letter of demand to MP Annamalai Nadesu Sivasakthi seeking damages amounting to one billion rupees for making ‘false and defamatory statements’ by alleging that their client together with some other MPs had received bribes amounting to Rs. 20 million each to vote in favour of the government budget. Following is the text of the Letter of Demand titled, “False and Defamatory Statements” We have been consulted by Honourable Mavai S. Senathirajah, Member of Parliament for Jaffna District. We…

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