11th August  2002, Volume 9, Issue 4

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'Out coup' plot that has sent the PA into a tailspin

By Suranimala

WHILE President Chandrika Kumaratunga and the People's Alliance were in disarray following their plan to oust Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe through a constitutional coup coming to light, the 

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Govt. to move vote of faith

The government will move a vote of confidence in the prime minister and the government in parliament at the sessions commencing August 27.

Chief government whip Mahinda Samarasinghe will give notice of the motion at the party leaders’ meeting scheduled this week.

Prime 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.


The 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. 

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Mrs. Hobson’s Choice

 By The Insider

“The best laid plans of mice and men,” observed William Shakespeare, “Oft go awry.”

Chandrika 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.

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