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Sunday, September 15, 2002

Presidential pardon for PA tax defaulter
In 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.

Action against Udugampola
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.

Bank 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.

Four 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 yesterday.

Pathirana 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.

CBK 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.

Observer status for CBK's rep