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Mayor Pushpakumara satisfied with his performance  in first nine month of tenure

Raja PushpakumaraThe Kandy mayor Mr. Raja Pushpakumara in an exclusive interview with The Kandy News  said that in the short period of nine months that he was in office he has accomplished three major tasks that have had a direct bearing on the welfare of the Kandy citizens. One was the taking over of the management of the KMC car park; second the takeover of solid waste disposal from a private company, and third, the preliminary work to construct a six-storied civic complex to house the KMC public library, auditorium and other civic amenities.

The KMC car park completed six years ago can accommodate a maximum of 862 cars/vans at any given time. Its management was outsourced on a lease worth Rs 2.8 million a month to Property Finance and Investment (Kandy) Private Ltd. in August 2005 when Kesara Senanayaka was the mayor. It is the same company that also owns and manages the Kandy City Centre (KCC) shopping plaza. The contractor paid for the first few months and then stopped paying the lease on the grounds that the KMC failed to assist the company to collect parking fees from street parking as per agreement. Then the KMC filed a case against the contractor to take back the car park. The courts referred the dispute to an arbitrator for resolution. Read More>> 

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Introducing the new Kandy DIG

DIG Nihal Samarakoon Calls for Public Support to Provide a Community-friendly Police Service

DIG Nihal SamarakoonPolice exist to serve the community. I request the Kandy community and government and non-government organizations in Kandy to cooperate with the Kandy Police to maintain law and order in the city and enable us to provide a good service said the newly appointed Kandy DIG Nihal Samarakoon in an exclusive interview with The Kandy News. Mr. Samarakoon assumed duties in his new post in Januarry 2011.He also overlooks the Nuwara Eliya District. Mr. Samarakoon joined the police inspectorate as a sub-inspector in1973. Since then over a period of almost four decades he has served in almost every part of the island including the war areas and in several different bureaus within the police.

He was OIC and later HQI in Maskeliya and Dambulla. His first promotion as a gazetted officer in the rank of ASP took him to Colombo South. He has had stints in the Bureau of Special Operations, CID and the Bribery Commission. During the war he served in Batticaloa (SP Operations). Then he served in several stations as SSP including Nuwara Eliya and Trincomalee. His first appointment as DIG in 2009 took him to Kilinochchi soon after it was liberated from the grip of the LTTE. Read More>>
Wendy Whatmore Academy Celebrates First Anniversary in Kandy

Mahinda, Ranil, Sajith and TNA in Opposition Politics

A strong opposition is a must for a democratic polity. Even the Rajapaksa regime wants an opposition, albeit a weak one, if only to broadcast to the rest of the world that all is well with Sri Lanka's democracy.

For President Mahinda Rajapaksa Ranil Wickremasinghe is the ideal leader of the opposition. The southern electorate has made a habit of rejecting the United National Party (UNP) under his leadership. In the 2010 parliamentary election UNP won 60 seats. Rajapaksa now has about one-third of them on his side. The balance that still remains in the opposition is badly split, with one faction supporting Wickremasinghe and the other opposing him. Some of the latter, though not all, want Sajith Premadasa as the party leader. However, this is unlikely to happen in the foreseeable future for two reasons. First, the strong support that Rajapaksa appears to give Wickremasinghe to make sure that the latter remains as the UNP leader. A weak leader of the opposition is the best guarantee of longevity of the Rajapaksa presidency. Second, Wickremasinghe's regular sojourns abroad to the west are also helpful to Rajapaksa who has fallen from grace in most western capitals and thus needs a prominent political surrogate to represent the country. Wickremasinghe plays that role quite well. Read More>>

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