1st September  2002, Volume 9, Issue 07
















PA's doomsday scenario

By Suranimala  

With the government firm in its resolve to clip President Chandrika Kumaratunga of her unilateral power to dissolve parliament, the People's Alliance was last week working towards a compromise in a bid to avert a split in the opposition.

Try as she might to convince her parliamentarians that parliament will not be dissolved come

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Grand opening for Govt-LTTE talks

 By D.B.S. Jeyaraj

The forthcoming peace talks between  Ranil Wickremesinghe’s United National Front government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) led by Velupillai Prabhakaran will be inaugurated on a grand note in Sattahip  with government representatives  of both Norway and Thailand expected to participate in the opening ceremony.

The preliminary round lasting three days will be held from September 16 to 18 at the Thailand first fleet naval base premises in Sattahip, a small coastal town east of the Thai capital Bangkok.

Pssst, Mahinda might hear! That appears to be what PA Galle District MP Richard Pathirana who is supporting government moves to introduce an amendment to clip President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s power of dissolving parliament, is saying to Power and Energy Minister Karu Jayasuriya at the funeral of IGP Lucky Kodituwakku, while the opposition leader seems to be keeping his distance Photo by Asoka Fernando

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spotlightpic1.jpg (25534 bytes)The crooked General

By Frederica Jansz

Irrefutable evidence has finally surfaced of the ill begotten wealth of former Deputy Defence Minister, Anuruddha Ratwatte. The chief suspect in a conspiracy to massacre 10 Muslim youth last December, Ratwatte this time figures in a financial scandal that may well be his final calling card.

Acting on a tip-off last Wednesday, August 28, sleuths from the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) raided the private vaults of Ratwatte, his wife Ramani and her son, Shivan Kanageeswaran.  Shivan is Ramani's son from her first marriage.

A haul of Rs. 43 million was counted by way of certificates of deposits. Stashed away in a private bank, the monetary haul is by no way ill begotten because it amounts to Rs. 43 million, but because, Anuruddha Ratwatte has not declared how this money was obtained. Initially, 31.7 million was discovered and later on Friday another Rs. 11.6 million counted.

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