The recent non event at OSLO after much hype clearly underscores the
uselessness of the SLMM and Norway.
Over the years their partiality to the LTTE have been indicated by
their silence when the Tigers are at fault.
The result of the non event is the climax to their hypocrisy and the
outburst of Solheim against the European Union and other countries that
banned the LTTE clearly proves their partiality.
Over the years Solheim was shown over TV in and out of the Katunayake
Airport but I regret that they have not been able to convince the Tigers
to lay down arms, stop killing innocent Tamils, Sinhalese and Muslims
and come back to the democratic way of life. Norway clearly is
sponsoring terrorism for their benefit. They fund NGOs that convert
Buddhists, Hindus and even Catholics to other sects.
Their primary aim is the evangelization of Sri Lanka and in this
effort, there is no better way than interfering with the internal
affairs of Sri Lanka and helping the LTTE.
This is the best time to drop the Norwegians like a hot potato and
commence direct talks with the Tigers.
Being an internal problem do gooders should be shown the door. That
Dr. NEVILLE FERNANDO, Former MP Nawala
The traffic division of the Kollupitiya police have made Palmyrah
Avenue, Kollupitiya, into a 'No Parking Zone', even for residents.
Wednesday August 9th, found officers allegedly from the Kollupitiya
Police going from house to house prohibiting the parking of residents'
vehicles outside their own homes, down this private road.
The top cops have taken a decision to make a vacant area, reserved
for the Marine Drive, into mass scale parking area for vehicles coming
in to the Kollupitiya and/or Bambalapitiya areas. The vacant area
belongs to the RDA and will be used for the marine drive project any day
now. There is no law to stop residents from parking outside their homes
on private streets.
How such a decision was taken, not to allow residents down this
private road, to park their vehicles outside their own homes is beyond
The law does not permit this sort of thing to be done. The residents
have all the right to do so at their own convenience, as and when they
please. No traffic law is applicable down privately owned by lanes and
roads. Least of all notable traffic related instructions on what to do
and what not to. Even though a solution has to be found for the
ever-increasing parking problem, this is not it.
Definitely not at the expense of residents. This is a private street
and residents are convinced that there is absolutely no law to prevent
residents from parking outside their own homes.
Will the SSP traffic, or any other authority, clarify which law in
the Motor Traffic Act he has enacted, or whether any part of the
Constitution of Sri Lanka states that this sort of arbitrary act can be
done at the whims and fancies of police higher up's, as this sort of
thing goes against the fundamental rights of citizens.
If at all, residents will be much obliged if the traffic police
prevent over 30 vehicles belonging to a reputed jewellery shop attached
to a private television and radio station beaming from the same location
down Galle Road, from parking their vehicles down Palmyrah Avenue,
blocking entrances and irking residents everyday of the week. This and
only this, creates a massive traffic block.
A. W. FERNANDEZ, Colombo 3
I was heartened by the call from Minister Ashraff for greater
cooperation and coordination by all involved in achieving development
goals, as indicated in your story in the online edition of August 16.
With my past experience working in Sri Lanka and later overseas, I
strongly share the Minister's sentiment that we, as government
officials, are generally good at identifying problems, but only rarely
propose solutions for consideration by our political leaders.
In democracies we can change this attitude and take responsibility by
identifying viable and effective options. Of course, policies are to be
agreed by the elected representatives, but it is up to those who provide
advice to formulate solutions for the consideration by the governments.
I applaud the people who do go to that next step, because as the
Minister has reportedly emphasised, it is a leaders' humble duty to
contribute to solutions. My experience in Australia over the past two
decades clearly reinforces the benefits of such approaches.
DR. THILAK MALLAWAARACHCHI, Australia email
Ceylon was generally a peaceful country till about 1946. In 1947 the
LSSP started their first major strike and a striker called Kandasamy was
shot dead by the Police for unruly behaviour at Dematagoda. The then the
Prime Minister of the country was D. S. Senanayake. In 1956, after
S.W.R.D. came in to power, there were a series of strikes with no end.
There was no definite cause necessary to organise a strike then, one
reason for the port unions to strike in 1957 was for finding a dead
cockroach in a lunch packet given to the harbour workers (This large
canteen catered for 10,000 men per shift).
Lately strikers had tried to raise their ugly heads, the recent go
slow or work to rule organised by the Colombo Port Workers had caused
immense damage to the economy of the country. When the port strike was
called off, Ceylon Petroleum Corporation workers launched a strike on
July 24, 2006.
These two strikes cost billions of rupees to the Government coffers.
The cause of the second strike was that the CPC people protested against
the appointment of Former all Ceylon Cricketer Asantha de Mel being
appointed as the Chairman of Ceylon Petroleum Corporation Storage
Terminal. This decision was taken by the President having considered the
recurring loss to the Petroleum Corporation.
Strikers must not forget the recent Hallmark judgment given by the
Highest Court in the Island. The 'Work to Rule' where redress could be
During Margaret Thatchers' Government, there were frequent and
prolonged strikes by several Coal Workers and she brought Legislation to
curb unions and won. After that the coal strikers were kept under her
When there is a prolonged war in the country, the Government has to
spend billions of rupees and strikers should know about this and stop
Any one who strikes ignoring this fact is an enemy of the country and
a traitor. the President can be rest assured that the majority of the
citizens of Sri Lanka is with you in this issue.
ANANDA JAYASENA, Boralesgamuwa
It will be good for the JVP to meet Mr. Anandasangaree and discuss
with him what he says. Some solution has to be found as long as it
prevents the separation of the country. We cannot allow this miserable
war to go on.
Children are not getting food - no education - only living with
thoughts of war - killings and misery. What a miserable mental state for
these children growing up in those areas. They only know war. We have to
help them whether they are Sinhalese, Tamil or Muslim.
OLGA MENDIS, Australia email
I appeal to the authorities to name the Marine Drive as Lakshman
Kadirgamar Mawatha as a tribute to the great leader who tirelessly
fought for the well-being of the Tamils. The Marine Drive runs through
Wellawatta and Bambalapitiya both densely populated by Tamils and it is
very appropriate that this highway should be named after this great
Lakshman Kadirgamar fought against the tyranny and oppression of the
Tamils and paid the supreme sacrifice. He fearlessly fought against
child recruitment when the so-called elected representatives of the
Tamils conveniently chose to keep mum over the issue because of their
Thanks to Prabhakaran, a whole generation of Tamil youth are being
wiped out. Mostly all of them are from poor illiterate families like the
children of farmers, labourers, masons etc. who can be easily be
brainwashed and transformed into suicide bombers.
The rich and powerful send their children abroad or to Colombo for
education like Prabhakaran's own children. Coming back to the Marine
Drive, numerous appeals have been made to the relevant authorities to
light up the road. But everything has fallen on deaf ears.
No action has still been taken to install lights for the sections
which still remain unlit. So, I make this appeal to the President to see
that this place is fully lit up before naming it after this great leader
and patriot. Otherwise it will be a great insult and disrespect to him,
an unlit and darkened road after is named after him.
K. V. Sharma, Colombo 6