9th  March,  2003, Volume 9, Issue 34
















Paying the price for indecision 

Inside of politics

By Suranimala

With speculation rising of an impending parliamentary dissolution, Prime Minister Ranil Wickreme-singhe last week called his troops to order even as the SLFP-JVP combine planned a show of strength in the streets of Colombo to deliver the government a body blow.

The SLFP-JVP strategy is to bring thousands of people onto the streets by March 10 in a show of strength reminiscent of the UNP's Jana Bala Meheyuma launched by the late Gamini Athukorale, which laid the foundation for the fall of the PA administration and then seal it with the signing of a MoU between the SLFP and the JVP.

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The Government recently outlawed employing under aged children to sell lotteries. But selling lottery tickets are not the only business children are used in. As the picture shows children are being used for hard manual labour that even adults would find difficult                                                                     Photo by Berty Mendis

  • • In the event of forming a government

JVP to share portfolios with SLFP

By Dilrukshi Handunnetti

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) will accept portfolios in a future government they may form with the main opposition party, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP).

Party General Secretary, Tilwin Silva told The Sunday Leader that the JVP had tried directing the People’s Alliance (PA) through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) two years ago, but this time the JVP presence in the SLFP would make it “strong and decisive.”

An agreement between the two political parties is to be clinched this week.

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Missing millions and the drama of ministers’ ‘catchers’


By Dilrukshi Handunnetti

The Ministers’ Private Secretaries Association (MPSA) formed last year by Sudath Chandrasekera, the ambitious Private Secretary to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, has come under the microscopic gaze with allegations ranging from misappropriation of Rs. 9 million to corruption and abuse of power being levelled against it while an angry Premier has ordered its dissolution.

With allegations against the association piling up and an audit inquiry underway, Sudath Chandrasekera who founded the organisation that brought in 256 secretaries from all ministries together last year, added to the drama by stepping down three weeks ago from the presidency while stoically defending himself and blaming the bad publicity on an overt attempt to malign and discredit him.

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