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UN Chief appoints Sri Lankan as Envoy on Youth

UN Chief appoints Sri Lankan as Envoy on Youth

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Jayathma Wickramanayake of Sri Lanka as his next Envoy on Youth, the UN Office in Colombo said in a statement. She will succeed Ahmad Alhendawi of Jordan. The success of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development depends on …

Wigneswaran backs down

Wigneswaran backs down

Sri Lanka’s Northern Province Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran on Monday backed down from his earlier insistence that the two Ministers against whom he had ordered a fresh probe, have to go on leave till the pendency of the inquiry. This is expected to pave the way …

Seek the Guidance and Political Advice of ITAK President

Seek the Guidance and Political Advice of ITAK President

TNA leader Mr. Sampanthan in a letter sent as to Mr. Wigneswaran has urged Chief Minister  Wigneswaran to abide by the advice and political guidance of Ilankai Thamil Arasuk Katchi (ITAK) President Mr. S. Senathirajah. Mr. Sampanthan has reminded the Chief Minister of his declaration in front …

Issue is over punitive action against Ministers not found guilty

Issue is over punitive action against Ministers not found guilty

Tamil National Alliance Leader R.Sampanthan has stated that there is no issue over the action taken by Chief Minister Wigneswaran in regard to two ministers found guilty but what is disturbing is the punitive measure taken by him in regard to two ministers who have not …

PLOTE mulls new formula

PLOTE mulls new formula

Given the failure of current efforts to bring about a compromise between the feuding leaders of Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province, the People’s Liberation Organization of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE) is believed to be mulling the prospect of putting forward a new proposal. According to sources …

Crisis will lead to realignment of Tamil parties

Crisis will lead to realignment of Tamil parties

The ongoing political crisis in Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province will lead to a realignment of Tamil political parties. Among other things, the present crisis shows that the existing political alignments are extremely weak and shaky and are as good as broken.Looking at the current …

Firebrand monk

Firebrand monk

‘Trump is a good man and I pray for him every day,” Galagoda Atte Gnanasara told me in late April, later bragging that he himself is even better than U.S. President Donald Trump. Gnanasara is Sri Lanka’s notorious rabble-rousing monk and leader of the Bodu …

Extremism: More a question of politics than religion

Extremism: More a question of politics than religion

In Sri Lanka there are influential sections across the ethnic divide, which believe that the on-going attacks against the Muslims, and the attempts to put up Buddha statues in the Tamil areas in the North and East, are manifestations of “Buddhist religious extremism”. But this …

In support of Wigneswaran

In support of Wigneswaran

Alleging a government backed TNA move to oust outspoken Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran, a section of the Northern Provincial administration yesterday launched a protest campaign in the Jaffna peninsula and some parts of the Vanni region. At the behest of those backing Wigneswaran, …

Jaffna in turmoil

Jaffna in turmoil

By S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole.                                               Last night (June 15th) as I went to Jaffna Town to pick up some dinner at the …