SLFP local councillors in two key southern districts, Galle and Matara, have rejected a move to endorse President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s decision to sack Ministers Mangala Samaraweera and Sripathi Sooriyarachchi.
All Cabinet, non-Cabinet and Deputy Ministers who do not have official residences in Colombo have been asked to find themselves accommodation for a monthly rent not exceeding Rs100,000. The ministers have been informed by a circular that rent allowance amounting to Rs100,000 would be paid to them for their accommodation in Colombo as the existing official residences for ministers have all been given.
Taking a smoke after being fired, a defiant Mangala Samaraweera leaves the Parliament Complex following the news conference where he charged that a political troika was running, if not, ruining the country. Pic by Lakshman Gunathilake
Sri Lanka Savings Bank (SLSB), set up last year to absorb the now defunct Pramuka Bank depositors’ assets and liabilities, will be ready to run by next month, according to Central Bank and Finance Ministry sources.
Dr. V.P. Vittachi, who is embroiled in a dispute with his hostile partner Harry Jayawardene as to the Chairmanship of Stassen Exports, will have to wait until February 21, 2007 to find out whether he can resume his position...
The 1975 Prudential World Cup cricket tournament could have been named the year that the Lankans had their learning curve in ‘big time’ cricket as they went into this tournament on an equal footing with the rest