|Monday, 10 February 2003|
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The Ministry of Agriculture has called for tenders for the supply of 90 units of gas-tight storage systems, each with a capacity of 50 metric tons for long-term storage of paddy and other grains.
The total weight of paddy that could be stored in 90 units of gas-tight storage system is only the produce that can be obtained from about 1,500 hectares, which is only about 0.2% of the total annual paddy produced in the country per year. Further there are paddy stores in many parts of the country which belonged to the now defunct Paddy Marketing Board.
Hence, it is interesting to know why the Ministry of Agriculture wants to purchase gas-tight stores to store paddy and other grains.
DR. C. S. WEERARATNA-Ratmalana.
Australia is the top favourite for the World Cup. However, the series will be interesting because two teams have shown when they get their acts together (this happens around 25% of the time) they have beaten Australia with lot to spare. They are Sri Lanka and Pakistan. South Africa with batting right down the line, accurate bowling and excellent fielding are capable of winning the cup. England without Thorpe, Crawley, Jones and Gough are weak. West Indies strong in batting need discipline in bowling and fielding. So do India.
Australia is weak against top class off-spin. All efforts made by some umpires, columnists, commentators in Australia to get Murali out of the way have failed. On the previous tour to Australia when Hair called Murali even when bowling leg-break should have settled the issue. Unfortunately even men like Ritchie Benaud, himself a noted leg-spinner of earlier years preferred to be silent.
Australians believe in gamesmanship on the field although are excellent men off the field. Poor Murali must have been mentally tortured by the well orchestered set-up he encountered.
Come the World Cup matches and who knows Sri Lanka and Murali may have the last laugh!
S. PANCHADCHARAM-Colombo 6.
As I write, the Cricket World Cup 2003 is just about to commence in South Africa. The whole country would be engrossed with all eyes glued to their Television sets to follow its progress in general and to eagerly watch the performances of our own Sri Lankan team in particular.
Cricket lovers have not forgotten the foul and unpleasant telecasts of Swarnavahini during the previous world cup in 1999. The Rupavahini would do well not to earn the wrath of the viewers by keeping in mind the following: a) that there are six deliveries to an over, b) the result of the final delivery of an over (i.e. whether there was no run, or whether runs were taken and completed etc.) should be telecast without interruption, c) no interruption should be made when a decision is referred to the third umpire, d) do not switch to advertisements the very instant a batsman is out - spare a moment till the viewers are educated with some expert comments and a replay, e) do not switch over to advertisement when the commentator is in the middle of a sentence - wait for that 'full-stop' - it is basic manners and etiquette, f) please do not wind up the telecast no sooner the match is over - the viewers would also want to watch the aftermath (i.e. what the captains would have to say, the man of the match etc.).
Judging from the Morocco tournament last year, Swarnavahini telecasts were disgusting as usual. The more recent telecasts of Rupavahini during the ICC championship trophy held in Sri Lanka was very much better comparatively, although many blemishes were evident (eg: Sri Lanka vs Australia match, Glenn McGrath bowls and the wicket-keeper appeals for a caught behind decision and to everybody's astonishment, advertisements are shown! It was only afterwards that we were to know that Sangakkara had been given out!!)
In short, on behalf of the cricket loving people in our country, let us thank the Rupavahini in advance for a quality telecast which would be admired by the whole country. The last thing that the Rupavahini should resort to, is to 'do a Swarnavahini'. Please don't!
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