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* Secret connection between the Tamil alliance and Sri Lanka opposition, Minister alleges
Mon, Mar 22, 2010, 09:00 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 22, Colombo: There is a secret connection between the Sri Lanka opposition parties and the Tamil National Alliance to betray the country, a government Minister alleged today.

Addressing a media briefing held at Colombo today Transport Minister Dullas Alahapperuma said the secret connection is clearly evident as the opposition parties have not yet made any comments on the manifesto of TNA that calls for the merger of Northern and Eastern provinces.

The Minister asserted that all the state sector employees support the ruling party and lay a great trust in the UPFA government since under the President Mahinda Rajapaksa's leadership the c=government took measures to strengthen the state service.

The major opposition United National Party is plagued with an internal crisis again over the nomination list for the Monaragala District, the Minister pointed out.

According to the Minister Alahapperuma, the election campaign of UPFA is now being carried out successfully. The party has already held six public in various parts of the country under the patronage of the President. Another 20 rallies are to be held in the next two weeks, he said.

Speaking at the briefing Education Minister Susil Premajayantha said the government has taken maximum measures to ensure the free education system.

From 2005 the government has recruited more than 35,000 teachers while promotions have been granted for principals as well. Many programmes have also been implemented for the upgrading of IT and English language literacy of the country. The annual number of enrolments for universities has been increased up to 21,000, Minister Premajayantha highlighted.

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