Move to clear heavy backlog:
New Commission to clear 3,000 bribery cases
The newly appointed members of the Commission to
Investigate Allegations of Bribery and Corruption are in the process
of clearing a staggering 3,000 bribery cases which had piled up
during the 13 months of its inaction, Chairman Justice D. J. de S.
Balapatabendi told the Sunday Observer.
UNP MP’s son held over assault on policeman
Kollupitiya police took in for questioning Dinuk
Bandara Kiriella, a son of UNP MP Lakshman Kiriella for allegedly
assaulting a police officer on duty at the Kollupitiya junction when
a policemen intervened to save the driver from being assaulted,
Police Media Spokesman SP, Prishantha Jayakody told the Sunday
Rs 30.8m tome on Ferrari with 1,500 diamonds:
Lankan buys world’s most expensive book
A Sri Lankan has become the first in the world
to buy the world’s most expensive book currently in print - an
astounding Rs.30.8 million (US$ 275,000) worth tome on carmaker
Ferrari encrusted with 1,500 diamonds. In comparison, a Ferrari 458
Italia car costs only around US$ 225,000.
Workers’ collective agreement to be signed soon
Ceylon Workers’ Congress (CWC) President and
Deputy Minister of Economic Affairs Muthu Sivalingam told the Sunday
Observer that their fifth round of talks with the Regional
Plantation Companies (RPCs) on Tuesday made considerable headway
towards signing a fresh Collective Agreement over the wage increase
for workers and added that they were optimistic of striking a deal
at the next round of talks.
Govt’s policies open to constructive criticism
Justice Minister Rauff Hakeem said that the
Government always welcomes any constructive criticism of its
policies so that it can implement what is best in a very consensual
way. The Minister said a proper democracy could function only if the
Government responds positively to constructive criticism.