Most members of the Working Committee, the policy making body of the country's main opposition United National Party (UNP), were perhaps asleep late Tuesday night when orders went out to move heavy rollers, asphalt pavers and other road construction machinery before dawn the next day opposite Siri Kotha, the party headquarters at Pita-Kotte.
“Thaaththa,” Bindu Udagedera asked, “what is happening to the Green party?”
“I wish I could answer that question, Bindu…” Bindu’s father Percy said.
“Why do you say that, thaaththa?” Bindu wanted to know.
Remittances of Sri Lankans working abroad have assumed a huge importance to the Sri Lankan economy. The significance of remittances from outmigration to Sri Lanka’s balance of payments and the economy is of such a magnitude that I have described the contemporary Sri Lankan economy as a ‘remittance-dependent economy’.
On a clear day, the waters off the eastern coast of Sri Lanka, abutting villages such as Panama and those further interior including Kumana, are of such a brilliant blue as to dazzle the eye. Set against soaring rock cliffs and sparkling white sand dunes, the scene is reminiscent out of the pages of a story book, with the pirate ship just about to round the cove.
The news about a young pilot recruited due to his close filial connections in a state arm has become the subject of serious concern.
Just weeks earlier, after he had been put through a number of operational phases, it was discovered during the periodic routine medical check that he had a heart murmur.
The scene: Ranil at the headquarters of the Disunited National Party (DNP) with Ravi and Tissa.
Ranil: “I say Tissa where are all these people – don’t they know there is a DNP Working Committee meeting today?
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