22-year-old fruit vendor stabbed to death

A 22-year-old fruit vendor was killed after he was stabbed with a broken glass bottle by a fellow vendor in Pettah early hours today, police said.

They said the suspect had stabbed the 22-year-old Kumara Dickson when he had asked to repay the money the suspect owed to the victim.

The Pettah Police are investigating to arrest the missing suspect who is a resident of Kotahena.

School third term ends on Friday

The third term of all government and government-assisted private schools would end on Friday (30), the Education Ministry today said.

It said the schools would re-open on January 2nd for the first term of 2019.

President vows never to reappoint ousted premier

President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday reignited the power struggle that has crippled Sri Lanka’s government for more than a month, vowing never to reappoint arch-rival Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister.

Wickremesinghe’s party has a majority in parliament and Sirisena’s bid to bring back the country’s former strongman Mahinda Rajapakse has already failed.

But Sirisena choked back tears in a meeting with foreign correspondents as he accused Wickremesinghe, who he sacked on Oct 26, of being “highly corrupt”.

TNA urges intervention of diplomats to solve crisis situation in SL

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) had urged the diplomats in a meeting held yesterday to use their influence with whoever necessary to set things right and put the country in the right path, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader R. Sampanthan said.

The TNA had a meeting at the Opposition Leader’s office with the fifteen members of diplomate community to discuss matters pertaining to the prevailing political crisis which initially started on October 26 this year. Diplomats from US, UK, Canada, Norway, Switzerland, EU, India, Korea, Bangladesh participated in the meeting.

Addressing the media after the meeting, he said they discussed how the then Prime Minister was removed, how the new prime minister was purportedly appointed, how Parliament was prorogued and dissolved and interim order of the Supreme Court suspending the dissolution of Parliament.

“The purportedly appointed Premier has not yet obtained a confident vote in parliament and proved majority in parliament despite various steps to secure majority,” said TNA leader.

He said two motions of no confidence were passed in Parliament on two separate dates and subsequently, the steps taken to submit the signed documents of 122 members to the Speaker which then transmitted to Parliament and the President.

“It seems that the purportedly appointed Premier and the Government continue to function and eventually it would create turbulence in the country,” Sampanthan said.

“The entire procedure into this has been done in violation of the Constitution and the law of the country. This a serious situation and that’s why we urge the diplomates to bring this dangerous situation into the knowledge of the responsible bodies so that there would an end to this state of affairs,” he added

Our party will not be a cat’s-paw for others-C.V.

Former Chief Minister of the Northern Provincial Council C.V. Wigneswaran maintained that the political party newly created by him was formed amidst various difficulties and the objective of the party is not to enter into an alliance with another party and play second fiddle to them.

The former CM expressed these views at a central committee of the newly formed TMK party held at a public reception hall at Kandamadam Junction in Jaffna.

He expressed this view in response to a question raised by a participant who wanted to know what the TMK’s stand was with regard to Opposition Leader R.Sampanthan’s proposal for all Tamil parties to get together at this crucial time.

He re-iterated that neither he nor his party would ever join hands with the Tamil National Alliance for any reason nor contest an election under their symbol and that this decision was taken by him some time back when they organised a series of events to help Tamils of the North to rise up.

However, he said the TNA had shown that it was envious of anything undertaken by him for the benefit of the Tamil people and they had even worked to remove him from the Chief Minister’s post as a result. He said this clearly showed how ungrateful the TNA leaders were towards him after all that he had done during his tenure as Chief Minister.

He promised to make the TMK the foremost party in the North which works diligently for the sake of the people who have been fooled by the TNA that has taken them for granted

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