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Negative feelings understandable

Negative feelings understandable

Chief Minister of the Northern Province C.V. Wigneswaran responded to a question raised by a journalist on his view on the controversial actions of the Northern Province Education Minister who refused to raise the national flag at an event earlier this month. The Northern Province …

The Constitution conundrum

The Constitution conundrum

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and his team’s attempts to change the Constitution have been facing a series of obstacles. President Maithripala Sirisena and his Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) are not enthusiastically backing the reforms initiative and almost all Buddhist monks are opposed …

A reluctant politician?

A reluctant politician?

Four years ago, when Canagasabapathy Visuvalingam Wigneswaran took the plunge into Sri Lankan politics, he was, in his own words, a “reluctant politician”. Today, everyone else – his own party and the alliance it is part of – has turned reluctant about him and his …

Issue has nothing to do with Government

Issue has nothing to do with Government

Tamil Nadu politicians are welcome to visit Sri Lanka and see the plight of hill country Tamils before hastily commenting on matters pertaining to them, Sri Lankan Minister Palany Thigambaram said. “While they [State politicians] have always spoken up for ‘Eelam Tamils’ in the north …

Will TNA be affected by EPRLF’s split?

Will TNA be affected by EPRLF’s split?

After a long-running wrangling between its main constituent party and the other relatively smaller parties, the main Tamil coalition – the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) – seems to have finally split clearly. Suresh Premachandran, the leader of the Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF), one …

EPRLF quitting TNA was expected

EPRLF quitting TNA was expected

Sunday’s announcement by the leader of the Eelam Peoples’ Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF), Suresh Premachandran, that the EPRLF is quitting the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), did not come as a surprise to watchers of Sri Lankan Tamil politics. The split has been on the cards …

The forgotten people

The forgotten people

In recent months, the focus of the media has been on the Rohingya refugees in India. But the plight of Sri Lankan refugees, who have been here for nearly 35 years, appears to have gone out of the public consciousness. The pathetic condition of shelters, …

India asked to clarify stand on Ram Setu

India asked to clarify stand on Ram Setu

The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Centre to clarify if it wants to remove the Ram Setu – the chain of limestone shoals connecting Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka – or protect it. The court gave the government six weeks’ time to file an …

Tamil People’s Council will not be a political party

Tamil People’s Council will not be a political party

Northern Province Chief Minister CV Wigneswaran said that the Tamil People’s Council which was formed for the benefit of the Tamil people will never be transformed into a political party while it would intervene as a forum for all political activities. The Chief Minister made …

A Port town’s story

A Port town’s story

“One job per family” is what Sri Lankan authorities promised families like that of Y.B. Henry while taking over their land in 2009 for a deep-water container port. Now ‘resettled’ on government-allocated land located 15 km away from the port, the nearly 475 families are …