Ranil Visits Jaffna First Time After Becoming President to Attend State Thai Pongal Festival on Jan 15; Govt Contemplates Full Implementation of 13 th Constitutional Amendment within next few years he says

President Ranil Wickremesinghe stated that the Government is considering the full implementation of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution within the next few years.

“We are looking at full implementation of the 13th amendment within the next few years,” he said, while attending the State Thai Pongal Festival held at the Jaffna Durga Hall yesterday (15), the President’s Media Division (PMD) said.

He added that the Social Justice Commission will be established in order to build a country where everyone can live in harmony, by solving the problems of the people belonging to all sections of the population.

The President, who was escorted to the venue by a Tamil cultural procession, was received in line with Hindu rituals.

In addition, the President stated that in order to build a country where all races co-exist and achieve economic prosperity, everyone must return to the Sri Lankan identity established by the late D.S. Senanayake 75 years ago.

He went on to say that a statement on the Government’s steps toward reconciliation will be made public in February, and that a meeting of party leaders will be convened next week to discuss the matter.

President Wickremesinghe also stated that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s work will be accelerated in order to provide relief to the families of the disappeared.

The President also visited the head of the Jaffna Sri Naga Viharaya, Ven. Meegahajandure Sirivimala Nayaka Thera, and inquired about his health, the PMD mentioned, adding that the Thera wished the best to the President and chanted Seth Pirith in order to invoke blessings upon the latter.

The press release also added that Buddhist Hindu Religious Forum Chairman Dr. M. Morgan welcomed the President.
Meanwhile, President Ranil Wickremesinghe met Rev. Sri Somasundaram, the Nallai Adeena Ashramadipati, to receive his blessings as well.

The President also visited Jaffna Bishop Rev. Dr. Justin Gnanapragasam and engaged in a brief discussion with the latter, the PMD also said.

The event was attended by Fisheries Minister Douglas Devananda, State Minister Dr. Suren Raghavan, President’s Secretary Saman Ekanayake, Army Commander Lt. Gen. Vikum Liyanage, and several other officials, according to the PMD.

Police Use Water Cannon to Disperse Protest Targeting Thai Pongal Ceremony in Nallur Attended by President Wickremesinghe

A tense situation arose yesterday (15) when President Ranil Wickramasinghe attended the Thai Pongal ceremony in Nallur, Jaffna, with the police using water cannons to disperse protestors attempting to march towards Nallur.

The protestors had reportedly started the protest march from near the Jaffna University, and tried to reach Nallur Kovil, but were met with Police barricades near the Arasady Junction area of Jaffna, and had proceeded to disperse them by using water cannons upon their arrival.

The march had been organised by a group of students of the Jaffna University together with a group of relatives of missing persons.

Courtesy; The Morning