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Sumanthiran and Sritharan apply for leadership of ITAK party

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Parliamentarians M.A. Sumanthiran and S. Sritharan have reportedly applied to be the next leader of Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK) party. The leader of the Tamil National Alliance R. Sampanthan MP and the leader of ITAK Mavai Senathirajah, the former MP, are slated to retire from politics next year.

Sumanthiran and Sritharan have forwarded their applications when applications were invited for the next leader of the party.

Party Secretary P. Sathyalingam had announced that an application should be submitted with the approval of more than six regular members of the party.

Accordingly, the application submitted by Sunmanthiran has received the recommendation and approval of 12 regular members, while Sritharan has received the approval of six regular members.

After deciding on the ITAK leadership, then a decision will be taken as to who will be the leader of the TNA, a coalition of Tamil political parties of which ITAK is also a member.

The ITAK Central Committee is scheduled to meet in Vavuniya in January and the new leader of the party is to be chosen at the meeting.

Source – dailynews.lk

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PHI Shot Dead in Elpitiya

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A 51-year-old Public Health Inspector (PHI) has been shot dead at his residence in Pathiraja Mawatha, Elpitiya.

Police said that the shooting had been carried out by an unidentified gunman who had arrived at the residence on a motorcycle and subsequently fled the scene.

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Russian Embassy issues statement on controversial night event in Unawatuna

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The Russian Embassy in Colombo has issued a statement condemning all forms of racial discrimination and nationalism in response to the recent controversy surrounding a planned night event in Unawatuna.

The statement clarified that the event, organized with a “dress-code: white” theme, was planned by a group of entrepreneurs.

The Embassy acknowledged that, according to unconfirmed data, the main promoter and the bar owners who agreed to host the party have been identified as Russian citizens.

However, amidst confusion and concerns over entry conditions, the organizers issued apologies, clarifying that their intentions were not to cause harm, and subsequently called off the event.

The Russian Embassy emphasized Russia’s firm stance against such injustices and expressed a commitment to combating them.

Additionally, the embassy urged all Russian citizens visiting or residing in Sri Lanka to strictly adhere to the country’s laws and respect local customs.

The statement aimed to address the controversy and reinforce the importance of promoting inclusivity and cultural sensitivity.


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TM Dilshan granted Australian citizenship

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Former Sri Lankan cricketer Tillakaratne Dilshan has been granted Australian citizenship, confirmed by Australian MP Jason Wood in a social media post.

Dilshan, renowned for his explosive batting style, played a pivotal role in numerous victories for the Sri Lankan cricket team throughout his career. 

The 47-year-old’s acquisition of Australian citizenship marks a new chapter in his life post-retirement from professional cricket.

“Today’s citizenship ceremony was made even more special with the attendance of Tillakaratne Dilshan, a former Sri Lankan cricketer and captain of the Sri Lanka national cricket team.

“Dilshan is regarded as the best Sri Lankan player in run-chases in ODI history. 

He also holds the record for being the top run-scorer in the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup with 500 runs and scored a century against England in the semi-final. 

Additionally, he was part of the Sri Lankan team that won the 2014 ICC World Twenty20,” posted MP Jason Wood on social media.

MP Jason Wood, welcoming Dilshan as a new Australian citizen and local resident, expressed hope that the veteran would consider joining a local team.

“It was great to hear that his daughter Resandi is following in her father’s footsteps,” he added.

Tillakaratne Dilshan amassed over 10,000 runs from 330 ODIs since his one-day international debut in 1999 against Zimbabwe. 

His Test career spanned 87 matches, during which he accumulated 5492 runs, including a high-score of 193. 

In 80 T20I matches, Dilshan made 1889 runs, featuring one century and 13 half-centuries.

Renowned for his unorthodox style, including the innovative scoop shot, Dilshan proved to be an extremely effective and versatile batsman across formats throughout his career.

Source: ABP News Bureau

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