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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 74

President Chandrika gives some and takes some

[b]President Chandrika gives some and takes some[/b]

[b]Colombo, 27 August, ([/b] The Sri Lankan Cabinet, headed by President Chandrika Kumaratunga, has offered her a parting gift of a block of land in Madiwela (close to Colombo) for her to construct a new residence. She will use her private funds to construct the house.

In return she has decided to forego her entitlements such as pension, official residence, maintenance allowances for the residence and all stipends to meet utility bills such as electricity, water etc.

President Kumaratunga had decided earlier not to claim compensation due to her, for the loss of an eye during an attempt on her life and the political assassination of her husband Mr. Wijaya Kumaratunga.

A media release states: “The value of the land to be allocated to President Kumaratunga is insignificant compared with the entitlements she has given up and also proposes to forego in the future. The Cabinet of Ministers therefore decided to allocate the said block of land in lieu of the above.”

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