The Nation Sunday Print Edition - page 1

Sunday, March 22, 2015
6 Sections Volume 9 No 42
LKR 40.00
Page 10
Stanley gave
Malays a slot in
Sri Lanka music
Confusion and
delays mar
populist Budget
What to do with
Uma Oya?
Ranil jumps the gun
on bond fiasco
Page 9
Presidentwalks
13 plus tightrope
Page 4
A party without a leader?
The new office of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party’s (SLFP) youth wing was opened on
Friday (March 20). Opposition Leader Nimal Siripala De Silva and SLFP patron former
President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga are seen here in conversation across
an empty seat presumably for President Maithripala Sirisena.
Bipartisan moves on constitutional amendment to
obtain an arrangement where executive power is shared
between the President and the Prime Minister has
hit a major snag with the surfacing of disagreements
regarding the text.
Minister of Power and Energy and leader of the
Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) Champika Ranawaka
told
The Nation
that his party is opposed to the draft
19thAmendment which was gazetted last Wednesday
(18th).
‘This is not the text that was agreed upon at the last
party leaders’ meeting,’ Ranawaka said.
‘When we raised objections to the original draft on
March 13, it was decided to return to it at a party leaders
meeting on the 15. The UNP agreed to the amendments
which we proposed. Those amendments were directly in
line with the election manifesto of President Maithripala
Sirisena.
Continued on page 3
UNP-SLFP
marriage
on the
rocks
19th Amendment
plagued by
political tug-o-war
Allegations
over UNP
tampering with
agreed draft
‘Ranil’s whims
and fancies,’
SLFP alleges
Rumors are afloat that following the victory
of Maithripala Sirisena at the last presidential
election, former Army Commander Sarath
Fonseka would be rewarded for support
extended by being made Sri Lanka’s first Field
Marshall.
Fonseka, was promoted to the rank of
‘General’ after the defeat of the LTTE. Other
service chiefs were also promoted. Fonseka
later fell foul with the then regime and was
stripped of his rank.
Continued on page 3
By Deepal Warnakulasuriya
The Transparency International Sri
Lanka (TISL) told
The Nation
that it
is concerned about the credibility
of an investigation into allegations
of wrongdoing with respect to the
recent Central Bank bond issue
given the political affiliations of the
investigators.
Continued on page 3
Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Media Spokesman and MP
Dilan Perera challenged the United National Party (UNP) to
prove allegations that several MPs had imported ethanol without
paying taxes.
MP Perera told
The Nation
that the UNP keeps making
allegations regarding ethanol and drugs but pointed out
no action had been taken thus far. According to the MP, the
allegations are made only to bring political mileage to the party.
The MP made this remark when
The Nation
queried about
the allegation made by Finance Minister Ravi Karunananayake
in Parliament that four MPs had imported ethanol without
paying taxes.
Continued on page 3
By
The Nation
news desk
Despite numerous protests and calls
for independent investigations into water
contamination in the North, authorities
are yet take stringent steps to ascertain
the actual cause behind the issue, Dr
Ganesanandan Senthuran representing those
affected told
The Nation
.
Protestors and residents of Chunnakam
and the surrounding areas have expressed
grave concerns over oil deposits found in
well waters in their areas.
Talking Point
Devaluing the Field Marshall title
SLFP challenges
UNP on ethanol
allegations
Central Bank investigation
TISL concerned
over panel
composition
Contamination of ground water
Chunnakam another Rathupaswela?
By Azhar Razak and Arthur Wamanan
CHEC Colombo Port City (Pvt) Ltd, a subsidiary of China
Communications Construction Company Limited (CCCC) assigned
to undertake all activities for the Colombo Port City, last week told
The Nation
that the company has “a legal right for compensation
by the Government for losses suffered due to the current
suspension of the project”.
In a recent statement, CCCC, whilst noting that they had stopped
work on the project on March 6, 2015 following a Cabinet decision
to suspend the project, had pointed out that Sri Lanka’s decision
was likely to cause an estimated loss of US$ $380,000 per day
(approximately Rs.50 million). With fifteen days being passed as of
today (21) since the project was suspended, the contingent liability
for the government has already touched a staggering US$5.7
million or Rs. 750 million.
Continued on page 3
Govt. to suffer massive
suspension loss?
Port City project
Continued on page 3
A failed
World Cup
campaign
Pic by Sassanda Liyanarachchi
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