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Now, Wiggy seeks India’s support for his ‘struggle’

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By Dinasena Rathugamage

Thamizh Makkal Thesiya Kootani (TMTK) Jaffna District MP C. V. Wigneswaran says he will seek India’s help to win the rights of Tamil people in the North and the East.

Addressing the media in Kilinochchi on Saturday (5) MP Wingeswaran said that his inaugural speech in Parliament on the historic supremacy of Tamil language and Tamil people had marked the beginning of his campaign for winning the rights of Tamil people in the North and the East.

“Tamils too have rights. The Sinhala Buddhist forces have no right to create governments of their own for them alone. Therefore, I commenced this struggle against the deprivation of Tamils of their rights. I continue this path of struggle with the intention of ensuring the protection of rights of Tamils.”

MP Wigneswaran said that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi too had admitted the fact that the rights of Tamils in Sri Lanka should be protected. Prime Minister Modi had stated that the 13th Amendment to the Constitution alone could not solve the problems of Tamils in Sri Lanka, Wigneswaran said.

Quoting from several speeches and statements by the Indian Prime Minister at the Kilinochchi meeting, MP Wigneswaran said that India would stand for the rights of Tamils in Sri Lanka.

MP Wigneswaran said that he hoped that other Tamil political parties would extend their unreserved support for his struggle for the cause of Tamil people. The rights of Tamils in the North and the East should be ensured and all Tamil parties must join that struggle. Such an agreement among the Tamil parties could be reached with the assistance of India, the MP said.

The incumbent government too would not help realise the aspirations of the Tamil people or redress their grievances.

MP Wigneswaran said that there was a rumour being spread in the South that some Tamil MPs had pledged their support to Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s government. True representatives of Tamil people would not make such stupid decisions, he said.

 



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Six nabbed with over 100 kg of ‘Ice’

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By Norman Palihawadane and Ifham Nizam

The Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) yesterday arrested six suspects in the Sapugaskanda Rathgahawatta area with more than 100 kilos of Crystal Methamphetamine also known as Ice.

Police Media Spokesman, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Ajith Rohana told the media that the PNB sleuths, acting on information elicited from a suspect in custody had found 91 packets of Ice.

A man in possession of 100 kilos of heroin was arrested in Modera during the weekend and revealed that a haul of Ice had been packed in plastic boxes.

The PNB seized more than 114 kilos of Ice from the possession of a single drug network.

According to the information elicited from the suspects, more than 100 kilos of Ice were found.

The PNB also arrested six persons including two women with 13 kilos of Ice, during an operation carried out in the Niwandama area in Ja-Ela on Sunday.

DIG Rohana said the ice had been packed in small plastic boxes and hidden in two school bags.

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PM intervenes to iron out differences among coalition partners

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By Norman Palihawadane

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday said that he was confident that differences among the constituents of the SLPP coalition as regards the May Day celebrations and the next Provincial Council elections could be ironed out soon.

Leaders of all SLPP allied parties have been invited to a special meeting to be held at Temple Trees with the PM presiding on April 19.

Prime Minister Rajapaksa said it was natural for members of a political alliance to have their own standpoints and views on matters of national importance. “This is due to the different political ideologies and identities. It is not something new when it comes to political alliances world over. In a way, it shows that there is internal democracy within our alliance.

The PM said: “As a result of that the allied parties may express their own views on issues, but that does not mean there is a threat to the unity of the alliance. An alliance is more vibrant and stronger not when all the parties think on the same lines but when the member parties have different ideologies.”

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Thilo Hoffman remembered

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A copy of the book “Politics of a Rainforest: Battles to save Sinharaja” was handed over to Dominik Furgler, the Swiss Ambassador in Sri Lanka by the author of the book, Dr. Prasanna Cooray at the Swiss Embassy in Colombo last Tuesday, to be sent to the family of the late Thilo Hoffman in Switzerland.

Hoffman, a Swiss national, who made Sri Lanka his second home for six decades, was a pioneering environmental activist who led the battles to save Sinharaja from the front in the early 1970s, abreast with the likes of Iranganie Serasinghe, Kamanie Vitharana, Lynn De Alwis and Nihal Fernando of the “Ruk Rekaganno” fame. That was the era when the trees of Sinharaja were felled for the production of plywood by the then government. Hoffman was also a livewire of the Wildlife and Nature Protection Society (WNPS) for a long time. Hoffman died in 2014 at the age of 92.

The book includes a chapter on Thilo Hoffman.

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