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Conflict in TNA over ITAK GS appointment

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By Dinasena Rathugamage

A conflict has arisen in the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) following the appointment of Mavai Senathirajah as Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK) General Secretary, on Saturday, according to party sources.

 The appointment was made at the ITAK office on Martin Road, Jaffna. The Chairman of the Election Commission had been informed of the appointment, sources said.

The post of ITAK General Secretary post fell vacant following the resignation of S. Thuraisingham.

The other constituents of the TNA, however, have opposed the appointment on the grounds that Senathirajah, who is also the leader of the alliance should not be given the ITAK General Secretary post.

The TNA comprises the ITAK, Tamil Eelam Liberation Organisation (TELO) and People’s Liberation Organisation of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE).

It had been agreed that two senior positions in the TNA would go to TELO leader Selvam Adaikkilanathan and PLOTE leader Dharamlingam Siddharthan, but that promise had not yet been fulfilled, senior party sources said.

Adaikkilanathan had been promised the post TNA spokesman and Siddharthan that of the party’s national organiser, sources said.

TNA seniors have also registered their displeasure at the delay in registering the TNA as a political party. However, they have agreed to meet again to sort out the issues, according to sources.



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President orders probe into notification issued by Department of Immigration and Emigration

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It has been reported that President Wickremesinghe ordered an investigation into the notification issued by the Department of Immigration and Emigration requesting all  Russian and Ukrainian tourists to leave the country within 14 days.

According to the President’s Media Division (PMD), the relevant notification was issued without prior approval from the Cabinet of Ministers.

The decision had reportedly been taken as certain foreign tourists are running illegal businesses in the country.

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Contentious Chinese research vessel docks in Maldives

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Xiang Yang Hong 03 has previously visited Indian Ocean on several other occasions

A contentious Chinese research ship reached the Maldives on Thursday in the latest sign of the archipelago’s diplomatic reorientation towards Beijing and away from its traditional benefactor India.

Local residents said they had spotted China’s Xiang Yang Hong 3 at the Thilafushi industrial port near the capital Male.The 100-metre-long (328-foot) vessel was at an anchorage near Male on Thursday evening, according to the website Marinetraffic.

The Maldives’ pro-Beijing government said earlier the vessel was docking for a port call to rotate crew and take on supplies, on the condition that it would not conduct “research” while in its territorial waters.

Media reports in India had suggested that the vessel was conducting surveillance for Beijing.

India is suspicious of China’s increasing presence in the Indian Ocean and its influence in Sri Lanka and the Maldives, which are strategically placed halfway along key east-west international shipping routes.Relations between Male and New Delhi have chilled since pro-China President Mohamed Muizzu won elections last year.

Muizzu has asked India to withdraw 89 security personnel based in the Maldives to operate reconnaissance aircraft by March 15.But the president has also insisted he does not want to upend ties with New Delhi by replacing Indian troops with Chinese forces.

Sri Lanka refused entry to Xiang Yang Hong 3 after two other port calls from Chinese vessels since 2022 raised objections from India.That included the ship Yuan Wang 5, which specializes in spacecraft tracking and which New Delhi described as a spy ship. (AFP)

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MP Harsha in Australia as “Special visitor”

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Opposition MP and Chairman of the Committee on Public Finance (COPF) Harsha de Silva is currently in Australia as a special visitor.

Taking to ‘X’, the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) MP said he had embarked on a nine-day visit on an invitation extended by the Government of Australia.

“My engagements with policymakers, academics, scientists and investment managers began in Melbourne and will continue in Adelaide and then public officials and politicians in Canberra,” he added.

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