Cutting Tape

Cabinet spokesman Prof. G L Peiris announced that a decision to this effect was taken yesterday, allowing private operators re-enter domestic air travel.

rnrnMeanwhile, in a shift of policy, the opposition members from across the floor will from now on be elected to chair the Public Enterprise Committee and the Public Accounts Committee.

rnrnOpposition MP
quote s Jeyraj Fernandopulle and Anura Priyadarshna Yapa have already been elected to chair the respective posts.

rnrnldblquote We have taken this decision in an attempt to allow for scrutiny and exposure. These are values we are trying to entrench to allow the widest possible solutions to vital problems
dblquote , Peiris said.

rnrnA series of constitutional amendments to be introduced this May will also see the government taking the stand that members of parliament should be given the right to vote on conscience.

rnrnThe amendment will allow for free debate on the ongoing peace process, by all members of the House.

rnrnThe Prime Minister Ranil