Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge
and Former Prime Minister D.
Sri Lanka has been operating a largely unprofitable telegram service for years without seeing profits, Postal Minister Jeevan Kumaratunge
told media adding that only an average of 50 telegrams are sent daily.
When then-President Chandrika Kumaratunge
prevented then-United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan from visiting tsunami-affected areas held by the Tigers--a highly symbolic rebuff--Sinhalese hardliners hailed the decision as her finest moment.
In the last fifteen years, two important attempts were made to rethink the nation-state model and power-sharing between communities: the first was the passing of the thirteenth amendment or the constitution in 1987 under trying circumstances; the second was the attempt by the government of Chandrika Kumaratunge
to introduce a draft constitution that would devolve considerable power to regions in a bid to solve the question of Tamil aspirations for security and autonomy In both cases, however, the premise was the idea of carving the island along cultural lines and the assumption that only a territory based on self-determination would bring justice and security to minority groups.
Even prior to that, however, one could say that visible support for the Tigers was receding as evidenced by the drop in attendance at Tamil events since the proposal of a peace plan by the Kumaratunge
government in 1995, the arrest of Suresh, the retreat of the LTTE from its Jaffna stronghold in December 1995, and the designation of the LTTE as a terrorist organization by the United States in 1997.
In 1994, there had been a massive turn out of voters in favour of the People's Alliance (PA) and their presidential candidate, Chandrika Kumaratunge
President Chandrika Kumaratunge
has blamed what she called ''external forces'' for the massacre.
To raise military morale, President Chandrika Kumaratunge
has ordered the allocation of 5,000 plots of land to soldiers fighting in the war, officials said.
During the temple visit, which was on the recommendation of Sri Lanka's President Kumaratunge
, the Prince removed his shoes as a sign of respect for the sacred Buddhist shrine.
was the popular political leader to have lost his life over Provincial Councils.
The attack came a day after a high-level Norwegian delegation left the country after talks with President Chandrika Kumaratunge
and opposition leader Ranil Wickrmasinghe.
The project is to be implemented through the ONUR headed by Madam Chadrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge