27th October 2002, Volume 9, Issue 15
















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Playing politics with peace

By Suranimala

While a climate of political uncertainty gripped the country last week with the official announcement of the Supreme Court determination on the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, both the ruling Untied National Front and the People's Alliance were strategising to outsmart the other, targeting the peace process.

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CBK, Ranil clash over Army Chief

By Dilrukshi Handunnetti

A fresh battle is brewing between President Chandrika Kumaratunga and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe over the appointment of a new army commander.

Authoritative sources told The Sunday Leader that Kumaratunga has refused to appoint Major General Lohan Gunawardena as army commander despite a written request by Defence Minister Tilak Marapone on the direction of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to do so by October 1.

The issue is now reaching crisis proportions with Lohan Gunawardena, the chief of staff not likely to be granted an extension by the President which is due by December 3, failing which he has to retire.

TWO leaders, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Sri Lanka Muslim Congress Leader and Ports Minister Rauf Hakeem who were under intense political pressure, lightened their load by sharing a joke while presenting a shawl to Parliamentary Affairs Minister A. H. M. Azwer at the World Islamic Literary Conference held at the BMICH on October 22

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spotlightpic1.jpg (25534 bytes)COPE shoots down Southern Highway

By Frederica Jansz

  The Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) in its first report of the present parliament has ruled that the award of the tender for the southern transport development project from Kurundugahahetekma to Matara is in violation of both government tender guidelines and those of the funder, the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

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