Wigneswaran rejects Ranil’s request

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s request to meet with the Tamil Makkal Kootani (TMK) separately was rejected, stated TMK Leader C. V. Wigneswaran. The former Northern Province Governor stated that he informed the United National Party (UNP) Leader that they will only join a discussion that is held with the participation of the other Tamil parties who signed the proposal submitted for the consideration of the presidential candidates. Five Tamil political parties signed and submitted a 13-point proposal to the candidates of the Presidential Election 2019 and declared that they would…

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JVP against merger of North and East

The Jathika Jana Balavegaya (JJB), led by the JVP says it is not in agreement with the merge of the North and East of the country, one of the 13 demands put forth by the Tamil political parties. “We cannot allow the North and the East to be merged, this is a separatist request,” JVP Parliamentarian Vijitha Herath said at a press conference today. Five Tamil political parties last week signed a memorandum highlighting the key demands of the Tamils in the North and the East. The memorandum was prepared by…

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CA issues notices for contempt on Gnanasara Thera et al

The Court of Appeal (CA) today issued notices on Ven. Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera and SSP Anuruddha Bandara Hakmana and HQI Senadhipathi K.D. de Silva of Mullaitivu returnable for November 8. The bench comprising Justices Yasantha Kodagoda (President/CA) and Arjuna Obeysekara after having satisfied on the material placed and submission made ordered to issue notices. MP Shanthi Sriskandarasa filed the contempt of court application seeking court that they be directed to plead and show cause as to why the court should not take steps to deal with him for the offences…

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Wimal and Gammanpila incite racism

Wimal and Gammanpila incite racismConvener of the National People’s Council Chameera Perera says that several carrying out presidential election propaganda from the Gotabaya Rajapaksa camp spreads racism. A press conference of the National People’s Council was held in Hatton today (21), where Perera expressed these views. He says that speakers at the Gotabaya Rajapaksa camp such as parliamentarians Wimal Weerawansa and Udaya Gammanpila act in a manner that instigates racism and religionism in the country. Perera says that creating problems and division within a country over an election is a…

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Slain journalist remembered

Jaffna Press Club members remembering slain BBC journalist Nimalarajan Pic by Dinasena Rathugamage by Dinasena Rathugamage Journalist, Mylvaganam Nimalarajan, was remembered on Oct 19 in Jaffna by the members of the Jaffna Press Club with the participation of Jaffna based journalists and civil society members. Nimalarajan, a senior journalist who contributed to the BBC Tamil and Sinhala services, the Tamil daily Virakesari and Sinhala weekly Ravaya, was murdered on Oct 19 2000 at his residence in Kolombuthurai in Jaffna. The Committee to Protect Journalists stated shortly after his death: “The assailants…

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Naseby tells Britain there is a massive opportunity in Sri Lanka

Britain should use its close relationship with Sri Lanka to strengthen economic and trade relations between the two countries, Conservative Peer Lord Naseby, who founded the All Party Parliamentary Group on Sri Lanka told the House of Lords, on Saturday (19), when they debated the Brexit deal that the UK’s PM Boris Johnson has struck with the EU. Naseby, who joined the debate and highlighted the opportunities that Brexit offered for strengthening economic and trade relations between the UK and Sri Lanka. “The World Bank has just announced that it…

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Northern Tamil political parties in dilemma as no candidate has replied to their demands

By Dinasena Rathugamage Two Northern Tamil Political parties have decided that they should explore alternatives in the coming Presidential election if none of the two main candidates, Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Sajith Premadasa respond positively to the set of 13 demands made by five different parties representing the North. Former Chief Minister of the Northern Province, C.V. Vigneswaran’s Tamil People’s Front (TPF) and former MP, Suresh Premachandran’s Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF) have taken this decision. If there is no response from presidential hopefuls, the two parties are likely to…

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Tamil Politics and Presidential Elections

Presidential elections have always posed a problem for Tamil nationalist politics. An exclusivist Tamil outlook undermines the articulation of politics and engagement with a leader representing the country.   Tamil nationalist politics singularly focused on regional autonomy and ethno-political demands have continued even after the decades of political changes in the country where state power has been excessively concentrated in the Executive Presidency. Furthermore, with the exception of the TNA leadership in recent years, particularly M. A. Sumanthiran, Tamil political parties have hardly worked towards the abolition of the Executive Presidency.   The…

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‘Gotaphobia’ – Who’s afraid of Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa?

Gota’s reputation of being an efficient administrator is akin to a double-edged sword that could cut both ways there was every chance that Gota may have opted to ‘retire’ peacefully to California and fade away gradually from Lankan politics In a telling indicator of the domination of the Rajapaksa family in ‘Pohottuwa’ party politics, the key decision was taken by Mahinda and family and not Podujana Peramuna ByD.B.S. Jeyaraj  “Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf,  The big bad wolf, the big bad wolf,  Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf?  Tra la…

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