Meanwhile TNA sources said that attempts are being made to prevent a split in the TNA over the issue.Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran last week faced calls to step down in a corruption drama involving some members of the Northern Provincial Council. The Chief Minister also said that he replied to a letter sent by Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader R. Sampanthan. The TNA made it known publicly that it was not happy with Wigneswaran.The corruption scandal which rocked the Northern Provincial Council saw 21 members calling for Wigneswaran’s removal.The TNA had earlier accused Wigneswaran of looking to act on four members of the council over the corruption charges without consulting the TNA. The website reported that ITAK is seriously contemplating the removal of Wigneswaran as Chief Minister in the context of the current corruption scandal that has rocked the Northern Province. (Colombo Gazette) Wigneswaran said he responded this morning to the letter he received from Sampanthan yesterday. The official website of the TNA reported that Wigneswaran is likely to be removed from office soon by the Ilankai Thamil Arasuk Katchi (ITAK) which fielded him as the Chief Ministerial candidate of the political formation known as the TNA in September 2013. The Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) has extended support to Northern Province Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran.Wigneswaran told reporters today he received a telephone call from EPDP leader Douglas Devananda extending the support of his party to him over the crisis which had arisen in the North.
The Ambassador for Ukraine to Sri Lanka, resident in New Delhi, Igor Polika, and Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka Prasad Kariyawasam exchanged Instruments of Ratification of the ‘Treaty on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters’ and the ‘Treaty on Transfer of Sentenced Persons’ this morning at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Colombo.These two treaties that will strengthen legal and judicial cooperation in criminal matters and transfer of sentenced persons between Ukraine and Sri Lanka were signed in June 2016, during the official visit to Ukraine by former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka, Mangala Samaraweera. The two countries are also currently in the process of negotiating several agreements in the areas of promotion and protection of investments, merchant shipping, culture, education and sports with a view to further strengthening and expanding bilateral cooperation. (Colombo Gazette)