Presidential Election: On Our Thirteen Requests

By C.V. Wigneswaran – C.V. Wigneswaran Someone asked: “I saw your thirteen demands. As a minority group how could you demand a division of the Country? It seems presumptuous on the part of the five Tamil Political Parties to demand so. Your comments?” My Response was: They were our sincere and essential requests not demands. These need to be considered by those who aspire to rule this Country as President. The Sri Lankan Tamils are not minorities. They are the majority in the North and East even from pre Buddhistic times. The recent…

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Britain ready to assist Sri Lanka in establishing democracy

Britain says it is always ready to assist Sri Lanka to establish democracy in the country. Head of the South Asia Department at the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London, Fergus Auld OBE said that the slow change in the Northern Province would strengthen confidence in Sri Lanka’s democracy. He expressed these views at a meeting with the Governor of the Northern Province Dr. Suren Raghavan at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London. During the meeting, the Governor briefed Fergus Auld on the activities that are being carried…

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Opposition condemns Easter Sunday PSC report out of fear: Hakeem

Sri Lanka Muslim Congress leader Minister Rauff Hakeem  SLMC Leader and City Planning, Water Supply and Higher Education Minister Rauff Hakeem reproached the Opposition for condemning the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) Report, in a meeting in Kurunegala, this week.  Minister Hakeem stated that the Opposition raises doubts about the Select Committee Report because they fear that if the Easter Sunday carnage matter is further investigated, the alleged surreptitious activities of the State intelligence and the way they got mishandled by certain covert sources will come to light. This is the…

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Govt. interventions in Jaffna district

The Ministry of National Policies, Economic Affairs, Resettlement and Rehabilitation, Northern Province Development and Youth Affairs yesterday announced that the Government has undertaken a series of major interventions in the Jaffna district.  Handing over of housing program at Kallundaai Village at Sandilipay DS Division As a priority intervention, the Ministry of National Policies, Economic Affairs, Resettlement, Rehabilitation and Northern Province Development and Youth Affairs is rapidly implementing 10,000 Brick and Mortar type housing program with the funding of Government for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and Refugee Returnees in the…

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Tamil parties further postpone final decision

Five Tamil political parties who met today with regards to the Presidential election further postponed their stand on the issue and told Tamils to vote for any candidate they like during the postal voting tomorrow (Thursday). The parties met for talks today in an attempt to reach a final decision on who they must support at the election. However, as Presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa has yet to release his election manifesto the Tamil parties decided to postpone their final decision. They however decided to tell Tamils to vote for anyone…

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‘Racist’ conduct by Peppermint Café.

The issue blew up on the social media with several Tamils pouring anger against what they termed as ‘racist’ conduct by Peppermint Café.  The eatery might have, perhaps, ignored all that criticism from the minorities but then there was the Minister’s threat to have the Languages Commission, which comes under him, to launch action against it. Chennai: An interesting controversy over the use, or rather the boycott, of Tamil has erupted in Sri Lanka as prominent Tamil leader Mano Ganesan, who is the country’s Minister for National Integration, Official Languages,…

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