TNA hands over nominations

The wife of former LTTE Trincomalee District political head Elilan, has been included in the list of candidates by the TNA for the Northern Provincial Council elections from the Jaffna district. Others contesting from Jaffna under the TNA ticket are PLOTE leader Darmalingam Sidharthan and M.K. Sivajilingham.The TNA filed its nomination papers in the other districts in the north as well today. A Muslim candidate has been included in the TNA list for the Mannar District. (Colombo Gazette) TNA General Secretary Mavai Senathirajah, TNA MP Suresh Premachandran and TNA MP M.A Sumanthiran were among those who accompanied Wigneswaran to hand over the nomination papers. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) handed over its nomination papers for the Northern Provincial Council elections today.TNA Chief Ministerial candidate for the northern polls C.V. Wigneswaran and a TNA delegation handed over the nomination papers for the Jaffna district at the Jaffna District Secretariat. read more

Ban welcomes African Union decision on addressing political and security crisis in

According to a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson, the Secretary-General welcomed the decision made by the African Union’s Peace and Security Council on 17 October to address the political impasse and deteriorating security situation in Burundi. “He noted that such comprehensive and resolute action could offer Burundi the opportunity to put an end to the continuing violence and find a consensual political solution [on] the way forward,” the statement continued. Further to the statement, the UN chief assured the Chairperson of the African Union Commission that the Organization stands ready to provide any support necessary to advance the implementation of the measures agreed upon by the members of the AU Peace and Security Council.According to media reports, the African Union announced on 17 October that it would launch an investigation into violations of human rights in Burundi. It also called for implementation of targeted sanctions against those contributing to the rising violence in the country. read more