Tamil Nadu to rename town and street names by next month

The Tamil Nadu government is to formally rename Anglicised town and street names next month, to Tamil names with transliterated versions in English.

Examples include Triplicane to Thiruvallikeni, Trichy to Tiruchirappali, Tanjore to Thanjavur and Tuticorin to Thoothukudi.

“Names of places must be pronounced the Tamil way and shouldn't be tweaked to suit English usage. For instance, Thiruvallikeni is referred to as Triplicane,” the director of the state's Tamil Development Department, K Vijayaraghavan told Times of India.

TNA to challenge dissolution of parliament in Supreme Court

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is set to take legal action against the sudden dissolution of parliament by Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena.

The party’s spokesperson and MP, M A Sumanthiran said the party would be going to the Supreme Court to challenge the dissolution.

The 19th amendment to the constitution makes it ‘crystal clear’ that the president did not have the authority to dissolve parliament before it had passed its four and a half year term, Sumanthiran said.

Namal Rajapaksa joins SLPP, starting potential SLFP exodus

Namal Rajapaksa, the Sri Lankan parliamentarian and son of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, has joined the Sri Lanka Podujana Party (SLPP) leading a potential exodus from Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena’s Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP).

“I am joining the [SLPP] effective immediately,” Namal tweeted on Saturday. “We will strive to create a broader coalition with many stakeholders under the leadership of [Sirisena and Mahinda Rajapaksa] to face the upcoming General Election and come out victorious.”

Namal Rajapaksa joins SLPP, starting potential SLFP exodus

Namal Rajapaksa, the Sri Lankan parliamentarian and son of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, has joined the Sri Lanka Podujana Party (SLPP) leading a potential exodus from Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena’s Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP).

“I am joining the [SLPP] effective immediately,” Namal tweeted on Saturday. “We will strive to create a broader coalition with many stakeholders under the leadership of [Sirisena and Mahinda Rajapaksa] to face the upcoming General Election and come out victorious.”

EU calls for ‘swift and peaceful’ resolution to Sri Lanka’s crisis

The European Union said it expected a “swift and peaceful” resolution to Sri Lanka's political crisis in line with the constitution.

Sri Lanka's political turmoil sparked by the president's sacking of the prime minister last month descended further into crisis last week after his decision to dissolve parliament, sacking all 225 lawmakers and calling fresh parliamentary elections.