20th October 2002, Volume 9, Issue 14
















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A recipe for instability

By Suranimala

With the Supreme Court having made its determination on the 19th Amendment to the constitution, the country is set for a prolonged period of instability where even the entire peace process stands jeopardised.

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 Govt. will not compromise — Malik

By Frederica Jansz

The government has decided to present a resolution to parliament in November calling for a dissolution of parliament.  The government has decided to reject the possibility of any compromise with President  Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga in terms of the formula presented by the Supreme Court.

It is learnt the Supreme Court in its determination of the 19th Amendment had said it would require a two third parliamentary majority plus a referendum to prevent the President from dissolving parliament any time after one year.  The Supreme Court has however, offered a compromise by way of a solution by asserting that if the power of dissolution is limited to three years, then only a two third

It is not everyone who can afford the luxury of celebrating their wedding at a five star hotel. This young, poor couple, K.W. Renuka from Ambalangoda and T.A. Rohitha from Rajanganaya, who came to Colombo for their marriage registration, had no money to celebrate their wedding and were seen at the Viharamahadevi Park, along with a few relatives, having lunch packets that were prepared at the bride’s house and water brought in the black plastic bag pictured. Afterwards, the couple distributed lunch packets to a few beggars.

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spotlightpic1.jpg (25534 bytes)Taking the law into her own hands a la CBK

By Frederica Jansz

Furious with sleuths from the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) for continuing to investigate charges against her former strongman of the Presidential Security Division (PSD), President Chandrika Kumaratunga in an angry missive to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) has complained bitterly, that the CID is putting her life in danger.

Her letter to the police chief follows after Kumaratunga threatened senior police officer and Director, Ministerial Security Division (MSD) with death for initiating an inquiry with the assistance of the CID against the former PSD Director for having “lost” a T 56 gun together with ammunition and two rounds of magazines. Jayasinghe was earlier Director, Prime Minister’s Security Division when Sirimavo Bandaranaike was prime minister. 

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