8th September  2002, Volume 9, Issue 08
















Outfoxing the Vixen

By Suranimala  

CONSIDERING her status as a widow and an orphan, President Chandrika Kumaratunga attracts little sympathy indeed from even her own party cadres.

With the UNF government poised to dismember the near-absolute powers vested in her by the constitution, there was little evidence of the SLFP's

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Wrangle over IG post

By Frederica Jansz

The tussle for the post of  Inspector General of Police (IGP) continues as two heavyweights in the Police Department, Senior DIG Crimes, H. M. G. B. Kotakadeniya and Senior DIG Administration, T. Anandarajah are hotly contending the seat.

Determined to not give in without a fight, Kotakadeniya who asserts that he is the most senior police officer in rank, met with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Friday, September 

Advanced Level students opposing the government’s decision to change the grading system have been holding a sathyagraha outside the University Grants Commission (UGC) for more than 35 days. They say the change may prevent them from entering universities                                                        Photo by Gamini Wickramasinghe

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spotlightpic1.jpg (25534 bytes) Influence peddling for multi million dollar contract 

By Frederica Jansz

Influential members of the United National Front government are tussling over a multi million rupee development project at the Bandaranaike International Airport, as they lobby hard for a party faithful to be awarded the tender.

In a bid to ensure this tender is awarded to a favourite of the UNP, stalwarts of the UNP have interfered and brought pressure on the attorney general to review his decision that the Cabinet Appointed Tender Board (CATB) should not accommodate the bid by Laing-ABB-Marubeni Joint Venture because it did not adhere to the tender requirements. The attorney general, to his credit gave an earlier order which went against an influential UNPer despite much subtle pressure reportedly brought on him.  .

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