pardon for PA tax defaulter
what is probably the first case of a presidential pardon for
a tax defaulter, President Chandrika Kumaratunga has written
off Rs. 950,000 from accumulated taxes that had to be paid
by the former PA chairman of the Jaela Pradeshiya Sabha.
The Attorney General's Department has directed Police Chief
T. E. Anandarajah to take disciplinary action against ASP
Kulasiri Udugampola for filing indictments against Army Commander
Lionel Balagalle and other Army personnel in the Chief Magistrate's
Courts in Kandy.
won't let him go
The People's Bank will not give up its efforts to recover
loans due from Yasodha tycoon Yasasiri Kasthuriarachchi, although
he was on Friday acquitted of charges of misappropriation
in a sugar deal involving about Rs. 598 million, bank's chairman
Lal Nanayakkara said yesterday.
modern cities in Greater Colombo
All state land in and around Colombo will soon be developed
as part of plans to turn Greater Colombo into four modern
cities, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said in New York
confident twenty PA MPs will support amendment
Former Leader of the House and ex-minister
Richard Pathirana has expressed confidence that at least 20
PA MPs will join him in voting for the 19th Constitutional
Amendment to clip the powers of the President.
in crucial talks with potential rebels
President Chandrika Kumaratunga is to personally talk to every
PA MP in an apparent bid to prevent the government from getting
a two-thirds majority for the 19th Amendment.