Thawarsa and Mawai will hold TNA NL post for two and a half years each

by Dinasema Ratugamage The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has decided to appoint two people, each holding the post for two and a half years, to its National List post. A spokesman for TNA made this comment when asked about rumours that Thawarasa Kalaiarasan, who was appointed to the post will soon resign from his post. The appointment of Kalaiarasan, who is from Ampara, has caused a rift in the TNA. Thus, a number of TNA MPs had met in Colombo and the decision to appoint two men to the post…

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Govt. to scrap provincial councils

The National Joint Committee (NJC) has urged the Government to scrap the provincial council system and do away with the existing proportional representation system of elections. The NJC, while expressing confidence that the Government would fulfil its pledge to remove numerous provisions introduced to the Constitution through many amendments, expressed concern about a reported statement made by Justice Minister Ali Sabry that the ‘provincial councils would not be abolished’. “We have now existed without these provincial councils for almost three years. The provincial councils are white elephants which this country…

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Rajapaksa support base decreased by more than 70,500 votes……….

The Rajapaksa support base has not grown between the presidential election of 2019 and the parliamentary election of 2020. In fact it has decreased by more than 70,500 votes. Given the massive losses suffered by the opposition, this would seem insignificant, numerically and politically. But the trend does matter – Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s seven month rule has not succeeded in expanding the Rajapaksa support base. A district-level breakdown provides a clearer picture. The SLPP’s vote count declined between 2019 and 2020 in 11 districts – Colombo (53,110), Gampaha (47,974), Galle (35,709),…

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Prof. G.L Peiris’s Request to N&E Parliamentarians!

ITAK which remained a formidable political force of the North and the East with even being the main Opposition in the Parliament has collapsed badly at the Parliamentary Election this year and the outcome of the election has clearly given the message that the present generation in the North and the East thinks differently with aligning themselves with the mainstream politics instead of hanging on to Tamil nationalism. Therefore, by feeling the pulse of the Northerners and the Easterners at the recently concluded General Election, Minister of Education Prof. G.L.…

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Sri Lankan politicians act out of expediency rather than principle.

Chief Opposition Whip Lakshman Kiriella has demanded to know how come those who supported the 19th Amendment are now trying to scrap it. His reference is obviously to his political opponents in the SLPP government bent on getting rid of the 19th Amendment. The answer to his question is that they are doing so because Sri Lankan politicians act out of expediency rather than principle. The 17th Amendment, which was a progressive legislation regardless of its flaws was passed without a division in 2001. Mahinda Rajapaksa was a minister in…

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A champagne exit from Lord’s

36th Anniversary of Sri Lanka’s first ever Test match at Lord’s – Part 3 by Rohan Wijeyaratna The story of this match will serve as a testament not only to the abilities of the 1984 Sri Lankan team, but also to the long cricketing tradition established through the commitment of many generations of past Ceylon cricketers, the country’s wonderful nurseries – the schools, the indefatigable coaches and the clubs that dot the island. All of them played an unseen hand in moulding the Sri Lankan sporting pedigree; an outpouring of which…

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TNA gives two key posts to TELO, PLOTE

By Dinasena Ratugamage The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leadership has given two positions in the alliance to Tamil Eelam Liberation Organization (TELO) and People’s Liberation Organisation of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE) stalwarts in a bid to keep the alliance intact. As a part of this strategy, TELO leader and Wanni district MP, Selvam Adaikalanathan will be appointed the TNA spokesperson. MP M.A. Sumanthiran who held the position has announced that he would resign from the post. PLOTE leader, Dharmalingam Siddarthan will be appointed the chief organiser of the TNA. MP, S.…

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Opposition slams power concentration on Rajapaksas

SJB MP alleges 126 of 434 Govt. entities under purview of Rajapaksa family Says President, three Rajapaksas in Cabinet, one State Minister among those who have control over important Govt. bodies  By Chandani Kirinde  A total of 126 departments, boards, authorities and statutory bodies or 29% of all such bodies come under the purview of the ministries headed by the members of the Rajapaksa family, Galle District SJB MP Manusha Nanayakkara told Parliament yesterday. This is out of the total of 434 departments, boards, authorities and statutory bodies in the…

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Karu asks govt. not to scrap 19A arbitrarily

Former UNP Karu Jayasuriya yesterday (21) urged President Gotabaya Rajapaksa not to do away with the 19th Amendment to the Constitution without consulting all stakeholders. Former UNP Gampaha District lawmaker, in a statement issued yesterday said that if the government abolished the 19th Amendment, and a new Constitution passed, that must be done after wide consultation with all stakeholders, including all political parties, citizens’ organizations, and eminent individuals and general public. The following is the full text of the statement issued in response to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s policy statement: “It is my…

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19A to be laid to rest

by C.A.Chandraprema  It has now been officially announced by the government that parts of the 19th Amendment are to be repealed even before a new Constitution is introduced. Our present Constitution has been amended on 18 occasions and not on 19 occasions as the numbering system may lead us to believe. The 12th Amendment is a dud entry and there is no such Amendment in the Constitution. Among the 18 actual amendments that we have had, some are useless like the 6th Amendment which was supposed to stamp out separatism,…

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