sidelined in power struggle?
LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran has sidelined his chief
peace negotiator Anton Balasingham - temporarily - and taken
over the negotiating process himself, The Sunday
moves to control President's Fund
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has appointed a three-member
committee to study changing the President's Fund and Development
Lotteries Board (DLB) laws in what appears to be a move to
impose the supremacy of Parliament over the Executive Presidency
ignored in SLFP-JVP alliance
The thorny issue that troubled both the SLFP and the JVP --
devolution of power -- will now be shelved by both for the
moment in a desperate bid to strike an electoral alliance.
under 8 feet of water
least seven people were killed and tens of thousands of families
displaced due to torrential rains and earth slips in various
parts of the country, with Ratnapura being the worst affected
parties seek more security
Tamil parties have requested for additional security from
the President and the government following a series of LTTE
attacks and threats on their party members, and damage to
offices in the past few weeks.