jubilee party for Anura
In an apparent move to heal a rift, Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapakse
has taken the initiative for a ceremony to felicitate ex-Speaker
Anura Bandaranaike on his completion of 25 years in politics.
Since the last
general elections, Mr. Rajapakse and Mr. Bandaranaike have been
clashing over various matters - the latest being the move to expel
veteran A. H. M. Fowzie.
at the Opposition Leader's office said Mr. Rajapakse was organising
the felicitation ceremony at the BMICH while President Chandrika
Kumaratunga was reportedly organising another ceremony for her brother.
still gunning for Ravi
By Harinda Vidanage
President Chandrika Kumaratunga is to push ahead with her move to
remove Minister Ravi Karunanayake from the cabinet for alleged defamation,
a spokesman for the President's Office said.
He said the
President would be sending another letter to Prime Minister Ranil
Wickremesinghe stressing her powers to appoint or remove ministers.
media spokesman Harim Pieris said the president believed Mr. Karunanayake's
presence in the cabinet was a hindrance and danger to the process
He said that
the president had earlier made her point and the Prime minister
had responded but she would take the appropriate decision at the
earlier wrote to the Prime Minister, just before he left for the
United States, asking for his view on her insistence that Mr. Karunanayake
should be removed from the cabinet on her charge that the minister
had accused her of bringing a bomb in her handbag to kill the Premier.
The Prime Minister
responded saying he saw no reason for Mr. Karunanayake's removal
while cabinet spokesman G. L. Peiris has insisted Mr. Karunanayake
had made no reference to a killer bomb in the handbag.