politics with peace
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.
Ranil clash over Army Chief
battle is brewing between President Chandrika Kumaratunga and Prime
Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe over the appointment of a new army
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.
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.
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
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).