clears Athurugiriya safe house
All further investigations into the Kandy Police raid on the
Military Intelligence Safe House at Athurugiriya have been
dropped since the authorities are now convinced it was used
for legitimate purposes, Interior Minister John Amaratunga
declared yesterday.He told The Sunday Times in an exclusive
interview "there has been no political agenda" in
the operation of this safe house "as claimed earlier."
pact with Washington soon
Increasing military ties between United States and Sri Lanka
will see the two nations entering into a formal defence pact
for enhanced military co-operation.The Acquisition and Cross
Servicing Agreement, as it has been officially termed, will
enable the United States to utilise Sri Lanka's ports, airports
and air space.
plane in emergency landing
A SriLankan Airlines flight carrying Prime Minister Ranil
Wickremesinghe from Colombo to London made an emergency landing
in Dubai due to technical problems.
interested in Kofi Annan's post
The election for the post of Secretary General of the United
Nations is not till 2005, but a Sri Lankan candidate is likely
to take part in the race.Foreign Minister Tyronne Fernando
has expressed interest in contesting for this prestigious
post which falls vacant when the term of the present Secretary
General Kofi Annan expires on January 1, 2006.
in AG's Department
Sweeping changes were made this week in the supervision of
criminal work in the Attorney General's Department with Solicitor
General C.R. de Silva been placed in charge of general supervision
of all criminal matters.
Foreign Minister in new role
The Geneva based World Intellectual Property Organisation
(WIPO) is to hold a meeting in Colombo of eminent South Asian
scientists and researchers to discuss ways of making medicines
covered by patents available for developing countries at cheaper
facing the acid fact
kills good cells in human body, corruption kills good in the
This statement appears to be more appropriate in the case
of Sri Lanka, where a senior government audit official last
week came under an acid attack for highlighting corruption
in public institutions.