Opposition says 'we are the peacemakers, look at our (draft) constitution'

Sunday, December 22, 2002

Conditions for HSZ withdrawal
The Security Forces have offered a phased withdrawal from parts of the High Security Zone in the Jaffna peninsula for civilian re-settlement if the LTTE agrees to disarming of its cadres, withdraws artillery units and mortars and allows Police full powers to operate in these areas.

Powerful satellite equipment for LTTE in VOT cargo
Amid the raging controversy over broadcasting equipment the LTTE has acquired duty free through the Norwegian Embassy in Colombo, another serious irregularity has now surfaced.

President, PM to revive cohabitation
President Chandrika Kumaratunga and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will meet early January to discuss ways of reviving the co-habitation process.

SEC securities scam snowballs
The country's alleged share market scandal that kept the city guessing which way the wind was blowing on a major insider-dealing exercise indulged in by some of the securities watchdogs themselves is now heading for an apparent showdown and what might turn out to be a snowballing scandal.

Ratnasiri to give statement over alleged rubber fraud
Former Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake has agreed to call over at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and make a statement about an alleged fraud, at the Sri Lanka Rubber Manufacturing and Export Corporation. He was Plantation Industries Minister during that period.

Labour minister faces damages suit
Labour Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe is being sued for Rs. 50 million by the President of the Association of Licensed Foreign Employment Agents (ALFEA) for alleged defamatory statements made against him in a weekend paper early this month.

City coroner orders arrest of nurse
A 35-year-old pregnant mother and her baby in her womb died after she suffered haemorrhage following rupture of the womb when a nurse at the De Soysa Maternity Hospital allegedly pushed her from the trolley.

Signs of the Times: Instead of jingle bells and Rudolph's the red-nosed reindeer taking Santa dashing through the snow, one of Colombo's Santa's was seen yesterday on a footboard of a threewheeler blaring through a traffic snarl on a Kollupitiya street. Pic by Ishara S. Kodikara.


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