29th  December 2002, Volume 9, Issue 24















The Sunday Leader wishes its readers a happy and peaceful New Year! 



Corruption issues to the fore

By Suranimala

With charges and counter charges being traded by the UNF government and President Chandrika Kumaratunga on murder plots and corruption issues, the stage is set for an all out battle in the new year, commencing with the cabinet meeting scheduled for January 2.

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• Multi million dollar fraud at Rubber Manufacturing Corp.

CID to record CBK’s statement

Former Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake in a statement to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) on Thursday said it was President Chandrika Kumaratunga in her capacity as finance  minister who obtained cabinet approval to release monies to the Rubber Manufacturing and Export Corporation and that he had no role to play in the issue.

The CID on Thursday recorded Wickremanayake’s statement in furtherance of the investigation into a multi million dollar fraud at the Corporation during the PA regime.

Children symbolise peace, as these three kids representing the three main communities do, as they drink from a single king coconut

Photo by Nishantha Weerasinghea


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Call to resolve ‘separate Muslim representation’ issue

With a section of the Muslim community clamouring for ‘distinct and independent’ Muslim representation at the peace talks and urging the replacement of Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) Leader Rauf Hakeem with another, a letter has been written to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe by Hakeem urging the Premier to recognise him as the representative of the Muslim community at the talks.

The letter written on Christmas eve highlights the divisions within the Muslim community with regard to the peace process, and shows the extent to which the SLMC faction has succeeded in demanding separate representation for Muslims at the dialogue table.

The letter came in the wake of Highways Minister A. L. M. Athaulla meeting the Prime Minister to accommodate a member from his faction at the next round of talks commencing on January 6 in Thailand.  

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