13th June,  2004, Volume 10, Issue 48


















A government on the defensive

Inside Politics

By Suranimala

While the government was tottering last week with the opposition deciding to act as a collective force in parliament following the disgraceful behaviour by ruling Freedom Alliance members, the LTTE too struck a warning note that the peace process was on the brink of collapse throwing President Chandrika Kumaratunga's plans for constitutional reforms into disarray.

Having dissolved parliament at a time the economy was making a rapid recovery with a growth rate of over six percent in comparison to the negative growth inherited from Kumaratunga and the peace process on the verge of resuming andwith it the trickling in of the US$ 4.5 billion pledged in aid, the UPFA has in two months brought the country to the door of anarchy and is none too wise to the fact.



Despite denials by the government that its members assaulted the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) monks, picture shows Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Jeevan Kumaratunga menacingly advancing towards the monk, while fellow MP Mervyn Silva is being held at bay

Two ministers, deputies named in monk attack

By Dilrukshi Handunnetti and Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema

Two ministers, two deputy ministers and an MP have been named as being the key offenders of last Tuesday's brutal attack on two bhikku MPs in parliament, according to statements recorded by the police.

Following last week's unruly behaviour in parliament, that led to a group of government MPs assaulting two Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) monks, Speaker W. J. M. Lokubandara requested the police to hold a speedy inquiry with a view to prosecuting the offenders.

The police last week consulted Solicitor General C. R. de Silva and Deputy Solicitor General Palitha Fernando and were directed to proceed with the investigation.

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  •  Abuse of power at AASSL

 Guess who came to dinner?

By Frederica Jansz


 Not even 21 days since being appointed to office, both the Managing Director and Chairman of Airport and Aviation Services Sri Lanka Limited (AASSL) are plundering staff and resources attached to AASSL, for personal gain.

Some two dozen staff at AASSL were last week prevented from performing their official functions and instead delegated to clean, paint and polish the private residence of the new Managing Director of AASSL, Shalitha Wijeysundera while other staff at AASSL were removed from work to go on a private trip with the new Chairman, M. L. M. Hizbullah.

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