drops controversial proposal
The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) has withdrawn proposals
to the Government to "recognize Sea Tigers as a de facto
naval unit" of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)
and demarcate areas at sea for "live firing exercises"
Another operative of the Army's Directorate of Military Intelligence
(DMI), who helped in operations of Long Range Reconnaisance
Patrols (LRRPs) in the east, was shot dead by a suspected
Tiger guerrilla hit squad in Kohuwala last night, Police said.
to take over PERC
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is to take over the controversy-riddled
PERC (Public Enterprises Reform Commission) following a spate
of criticism over the way it has handled recent privatisation
deals, The SundayTimes learns.
to make Vesak a tourist attraction
The services of the hospitality industry are being utilised
to place Vesak on the tourist calendar with the Sri Lanka
Tourist Board tapping the ceremony for its potential as a
tourist attraction in the years to come, and the private sector
called upon to light up the streets during the festival.
over rapporteur post
With the post of United Nations Special Rapporteur for the
Independence of the Judiciary and the Legal Profession due
to fall vacant shortly, Sri Lanka has placed itself in an
awkward position by taking the unprecedented step of forwarding
two nominations for the post, and Foreign Minister Tyronne
Fernando saying he will forward any number of applications
that come to him.