No More Zero Casualties
The government that claimed zero casualties during the final stages of the war in 2009 has now made a complete U-turn by saying that the civilian causalities amounted to around 5,000.
UPFA parliamentarian Prof. Rajiva Wijesinghe first claimed that the number of civilian casualties during the war was around 4,000 during an interview with BBC’s Hard Talk last week.
When UNP parliamentarian Ravi Karunanayake raised a question in parliament if the government agreed with the figure of 4,000 civilian causalities mentioned by Prof. Wijesinghe in the interview, Deputy External Affairs Minister Neomal Perera responded by saying that Prof. Wijesinghe was correct in the statement made about the civilian casualties. Perera went a step further adding that the actual figure of civilian casualties is around 5,000. Clearly the Government has some explaining to do.
Mervyn’s Battle Against Dengue
Public Relations and Public Affairs Minister Mervyn Silva has decided to crack down on local government officials over the dengue menace.
The last time Silva intervened in the dengue eradication programme, a Samurdhi officer was tied to a tree.
However, this time around, he has reportedly resorted to suspending four employees of the Kelaniya Pradeshiya Sabha due to their negligence in taking precautions against dengue in the Kelaniya area. Silva has claimed that the officers were responsible for a dengue related death that had been reported recently from the Kelaniya area.
VIP Security Issues
UPFA parliamentarian Nishantha Mutuhettigama is upset over VIP security allocations. He has raised a privileges issue in parliament on the security personnel assigned to him from the Ministerial Security Division (MSD).
A displeased Mutuhettigama has told parliament that legislators who had polled less preference votes than him at the last general election and those who have crossed over from the opposition have been assigned more security personnel than him.
Collecting Funds On The Roads
The Sri Lanka Army is now engaged in collecting funds for the Army welfare fund for the disabled soldiers.
Some soldiers stand by the side of the Kandy-Jaffna A9 road with Rs. 300 and Rs.100 ticket books for the Gajaba Super Cross 2011.
Soldiers now stop vehicles on the A9 road mostly to sell tickets for the Gajaba Super Cross scheduled to be held on August 28 in Saliyapura, Anuradhapura.
After billions have been allocated under the Defence head in the 2011 budget, soldiers have to still sell tickets on public highways to raise funds for their wounded colleagues.
The Holy Stooge
His Eminence Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith called upon all Sri Lankans to rise with one voice before the international community to take the country forward on behalf of future generations.
He said that the media has a pivotal role in this effort to play as it is the human friendly way to create people to people contact between countries. “Sri Lanka must rise with one voice before the international community to take the country forward for the benefit of our younger generation,” His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith said.
The Cardinal made this observation when he received a group of media personnel at Bishop’s House Tuesday night.
Sri Lanka is subject to discussion at various international fora, this is the time the country needs the support of all its citizens to face this challenge with one clear voice.
The Sri Lankan media in this hour of need should be in the forefront in order to disseminate the true picture of Sri Lanka to the rest of the world, his Eminence emulated.
A Generator For The High Court
Following the many disruptions to the Colombo High Court’s power supply, the Justice Ministry has made allocations to purchase a generator for the court complex.
The power supply to the Colombo High Court was disrupted on several occasions during the controversial White Flag trial at bar.
When the power supply was last disrupted during the trial last week, the judges had reportedly commented that monies should be allocated to purchase a generator for the court complex when millions are being spent on building other facilities.
A few days later, the Justice Ministry has allocated over Rs. 8 million to purchase a generator for the Colombo High Court.