Govt. to move vote of
will move a vote of confidence in the prime minister and the government
in parliament at the sessions commencing August 27.
government whip Mahinda Samarasinghe will give notice of the motion at
the party leaders’ meeting scheduled this week.
Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe informed the ministers last week, the
government will move a collective vote of confidence, thereby avoiding
debating individual votes of no confidence against ministers.
seventh ‘Women of Achievement Awards 2000,’ in the Media and
Communication category was awarded to Frederica Jansz of The Sunday
Leader by the Zonta Club1, Colombo. The awards ceremony took place
on July 27 at Galle Face Hotel. Picture shows Jansz receiving her
award from Professor Lalitha Mendis who was the chief guest.
best laid plans of mice and men,” observed William Shakespeare,
“Oft go awry.”
Kumaratunga is no mouse; neither is she a man, but her plans, ever so
carefully laid, appear to have stubbed their toe. Even as the election
results came in during the early hours of December 6 last year, Ranil
Wickremesinghe’s message to his ranks was that the dignity of the
presidency should be upheld. So much so that when the ministers
assembled at President’s House on December 12 to take their oaths, a
clear message was given that they should all stand when the president
entered and treat her with decorum and respect. From day one,
Kumaratunga was treated not as a disgraced despotic has-been, but as a
respected head of state. Her lies, her fraud, her excesses and her
arrogance were all swept aside by a prime minister anxious to
establish a new political culture.