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TNA calls for regional councils within a united Sri Lanka

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Constitutional proposals

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has, in its constitutional proposals, submitted to the Expert Committee to Draft a New Constitution, called for the setting up of regional councils to devolve power within a united Sri Lanka.

The TNA proposals were submitted to the Secretary of the expert committee yesterday.

The TNA consists of Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK,) People’s Liberation Organisation of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE) and Tamil Eelam Liberation Organization (TELO). The document has been signed by TNA leader, R Sampanthan, ITAK Leader, Mavai S. Senathirajah, TELO Leader, Selvam Adaikalanathan and PLOTE Leader, D. Sithadthan.

The TNA has also said that the new constitution must recognise Sinhala, Tamil and English as official languages throughout Sri Lanka and as languages of administration in the entire island.

It has called for the abolition of the executive presidency. It wants the new Constitution to provide for the creation of a ceremonial presidency. The President should be accountable to Parliament and act on the advice of Prime Minister, who should also be head of the Cabinet of Ministers, the TNA has said in its proposals.

There should be a bicameral legislature with a Chamber comprising members directly elected by the people and a second Chamber with representatives from the regions, the TNA has proposed.

Each region should have a Governor appointed by President on the advice of the Chief Minister. Such advice should be given only with the approval of the Regional Council. Some of the important subjects that the TNA wants devolved to Regional Councils include (but not limited to); land, law and order, education including tertiary education, health, housing and construction, agriculture and agrarian services, irrigation, fisheries, animal husbandry and livestock development, resettlement and rehabilitation, local government,regional public service, regional police service, religious and cultural affairs,all other socioeconomic and cultural matters, cooperatives and cooperative banks industries and taxation, central grants, international and domestic loans and grants, and foreign direct investment. (Please see page 5 for TNA proposals)



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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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