Hard on the heels of the controversial Kolonnawa shootout on local polls day, President Mahinda Rajapaksa, became the troubleshooter for another fierce intra-party battle that threatened to engulf the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA).
"Thaaththa," Bindu Udagedera asked, "what is all this fuss about the Commonwealth summit?"
"Well," Bindu's father Percy said, "I am not sure whether there would be a fuss, but I believe some people don't want Mahinda maama to attend it…"
Going by the arguments put forward by many of the Government members, including some seniors, during the debate on an adjournment motion on the law and order situation in the country last Wednesday in Parliament; it’s easy to see why bipartisan politics is near impossible in the country.
From a standpoint of both law and policy, the increasing number of cases and briefs urging legal action filed in foreign courts against the country's political leaders, military commanders turned diplomats and military administrators by former members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in Switzerland, the United States and now Australia, raise some valid questions for discussion.
A case of how a VIP tried to use his political office to browbeat an insurance company to cough out Rs 17 million on a fraudulent accident claim has come to light following a complaint made at a police dtation in Colombo.
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