Amendment on May 21
Major constitutional amendments stripping the President of her absolute
powers to dissolve or prorogue parliament and allowing MPs to cross
over or cast a conscience vote will be presented in parliament on
May 21, government sources said yesterday.
to impose dress code for Jaffna women
The LTTE is preparing a Taliban-style dress-code for women in Jaffna,
compelling the wearing of sarees in the process of ushering in a
The compulsory wearing of sarees is yet to be implemented for fear
that there may be some resistance from the ladies, many of whom
dress in more casual western skirts as well.
returns early to attend funeral
President Chandrika Kumaratunga returned to the island early yesterday
after visiting India to deliver the Madav Rao Scindia memorial lecture
on "Democracy and Conflict" and meet Indian leaders. President
Kumaratunga cut short her visit by two days to attend the funeral
of PSD Chief Nihal Karunaratne's mother who died suddenly earlier
gives assurances to prelates
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe met the Mahanayakes of the Malwatte
and Asgiriya Chapters and rejected the theory of a separate minority
Tamil homeland in the north and east in what appeared to be a move
to diffuse growing opposition by the majority Sinhalese to his efforts
to strike a bargain with the LTTE in return for peace.
flies over Trinco drama
sea plane carrying LTTE chief negotiator Anton Balasingham
to the Maldives last Wednesday risked attack by the Air Force
after it diverted course and flew low over a flotilla of boats
the Navy had surrounded in the seas off Foul Point in Trincomalee.