The TNA and the Tamil political imagination today

A new Constitution would be necessary for Tamil aspirations only if these envisage a fundamental change beyond the 13th Amendment and/or in the unitary character of the state. The assumption that such drastic transformation is possible through the Prime Minister, who when he was President could/would not entertain any such possibility, and a President surrounded by fanatically anti-devolution Buddhist clergy and ultranationalist ex-military brass, is utopian.  Having surfed the Sinhala wave, it is improbable that either President Gotabaya Rajapaksa or Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, aware of the tragic fate of…

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Devananda urges fishermen to beware of Indian poachers, relatives there

Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Minister Douglas Devananda yesterday (17) warned of dire consequences unless the local fishing community adhered to strict guidelines now in place to prevent a second corona outbreak. Minister Devananda cautioned the fishing community against having any contacts with Indian fishermen as well as their relatives in India. Leader of the Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) Devananda said that they should be vigilant as India was struggling to cope up with the corona crisis though the situation here was much better. India so far reported nearly 12,000…

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Arrests CID Chief: Ahimsa Urges Police Commission

The daughter of slain journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge has today urged the National Police Commission to remove the Director of the Criminal Investigation Department. Writing to the Chairman and Members of the National Police Commission, Ahimsa Wickrematunga said: “I request that the NPC urgently take steps to remove SSP Alwis from any role at the CID and to ensure that the CID arrests Alwis and produces him before court.” more

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PM wants estate owners to reach final decision soon

At a meeting held with estate owners, the Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) and plantation sector stakeholders today, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa stressed that estate owners should arrive at a final decision on the demands of the workers without further delay. According to the Prime Minister’s Media Division, the estate workers have failed to arrive at an agreement on the demands of estate workers at the today’s meeting. Meanwhile, the newly elected CWC Secretary Jeewan Thondaman renewed calls to increase the daily wage of estate workers to Rs.1,000 at the meeting…

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Defence Secretary visits Jaffna to review security situation

Defence Secretary Maj. Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne has visited Jaffna to review the security situation and the military’s support to mitigate the spread of coronavirus outbreak in the North, today. The high-level defence delegation, including acting Chief of Defence Staff and Army Commander Lt. Gen.  Shavendra Silva, who is the Head of the National Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak, Sri Lanka Navy Commander Vice Admiral Piyal De Silva, Sri Lanka Air Force Commander Air Marshal Sumangala Dias, acting Inspector General of Police, C. D. Wickramaratne, Security Forces Commanders of…

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Sri Lanka denies it will sign MCC deal after the elections; contradicts recent reports

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka is denying reports that it will sign a controversial grant agreement with the United States Millennium Challenge Corporation after the August Parliamentary General Election. Media Minister Bandula Gunewardena said reports that have appeared in the local media are untrue. Opposition to the agreement known as the Millennium Challenge Compact (MCC) was a vital plank in the political campaign the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna ran in getting its candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa elected in November 2019. Rajapaksa’s supporters said at the time that the then United National Party…

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