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PLOTE, TELO threaten to break ranks with TNA

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By Dinasena Rathugamage

Two constituents of the TNA––PLOTE and TELO––were planning to break ranks with the TNA, TELO leader Vanni District MP Selvam Adaikkilanthan said yesterday.

He said that the TNA, comprising 10 MPs, still did not have an official spokesman or an organiser.

Therefore the TNA constituents had little or no time to speak in Parliament. The time allotted for the TNA was mostly used by other MPs than the four MPs of the PLOTE and the TELO.

As there was no sign of  the issue being sorted out by the TNA leadership the two parties would have to remain independent in Parliament, MP Adaikkilanathan said.

He said that a meeting to discuss their decision to break ranks with the TNA had been held at Mannar on Sunday (13).

MP Adaikkilanathan said that people in their electorates underwent a lot of hardships and none of their grievances had been redressed.



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At least 17 killed after explosion in Peshawar mosque

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BBC reported that at least 17 people have been killed in an explosion at a mosque in the Pakistani city of Peshawar.

The blast happened when the mosque was packed with worshippers and more than 90 people were injured.

A section of the building was destroyed, and officials say people are buried under the rubble. Several others are being taken to local hospitals.

The cause of the explosion is unclear.

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More heavy rain ahead for New Zealand’s largest city

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Auckland experienced an unprecedented amount of rainfall on Friday (picture BBC)

BBC reported that residents in flood-hit northern New Zealand are bracing for more heavy rains as officials issued severe weather alerts.

At least four people have died and a state of emergency was declared in Auckland, which on Friday experienced its worst downpour on record.

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Information Dept. media release: EC Chief asks public not to be misled

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by Priyan de Silva

Chairman of the Election Commission of Sri Lanka, Nimal Punchihewa, asked to comment on a special news release, purportedly issued by the Director General of the Department of Government Information, on Sunday (29), told  The Island  that preparations for the 09 March local government elections were going ahead, as planned, and that the media statement at issue was misleading.

The media statement says: “The gazette notice with signatures of the Chairman and other members of the Election Commission required for the commencement of the Local Government election process has not been sent to the Government Press for printing.”

Punchihewa requested the public not to be misled by any misinformation being spread in an attempt to create doubts in their minds.He also  reiterated that the EC would not be deterred by any acts of intimidation.

Three of the EC members have been threatened with death by an unidentified caller to resign from their posts. They are S. B. Divaratne, M. M. Mohamed and K. P. P. Pathirana. The Opposition has accused the government of trying to sabotage the LG polls.

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