From the Tamil Press:
PC system best solution to minority problems - EP Chief Minister
Eastern Province Chief Minister S. Chandrakanthan says that the
Provincial Council system has been given as the best solution to the
problems of minorities. Therefore, he said that impetus should be given
to strengthen administrative activities that could rectify the past
losses. There are no possibilities to get more than the provincial
system. Meanwhile the TMVP led by the Chief Minister decided to contest
in the Northern Province as an ally of the UPFA.
The All Ceylon Muslim Educational Convention has passed a resolution
congratulating President Mahinda Rajapaksa for his victory at the
Presidential Election. The representatives of the ACME met the President
recently and received assurance for the appointment of Moulavi teachers.
The Paddy Marketing Board implements special programs to purchase
paddy at a guaranteed price in the coastal areas of Ampara. Co-operative
societies have been appointed as purchasing representatives of the
Board. More than 100,000 acres of paddy cultivation is underway in the
district during the Maha season after 30 years.
Former Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian and All Ceylon Tamil
Congress General Secretary Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam says that the ACTC
would withdraw from the other three parties that consist the TNA.
He said that he had to take this decision as the TNA had changed its
chosen path after 2004. The TNA was formed in 2001. He would announce
his decision whether to contest or not at the parliamentary election.
However, ACTC President A. Vinayagamoorthy refused to comment on
According to reports the main reason for the withdrawal was that the
TNA has allocated a place in its National List to ACTC President.