When one glances through the newspapers regarding drivers, it’s
always about male drivers. Why not female drivers?
Women today are trying their hand at several manual jobs - such as
masons and carpenters, why not the simple vocational training of driving
be promoted? This will have many advantages.
On one hand, the husbands will feel safe and comfortable sending
their wives or daughters with the driver, if it is a ‘she’. Especially
in cases of Muslims, it’s prohibited for a non-mahram man and woman to
So the lady of the house always needs a third person to accompany
her, if she is to travel with the driver. Grown up girls also will feel
quite at ease, if the home driver is a lady. She may even double as a
tutor or maid depending on her education level.
Today’s maids’ salaries are comparatively higher than what it was
five years back, and when a family has to employ a maid and a driver,
the cost is more than doubled. Why not get the maids to be trained in
driving as well?
At a time the cost of living is spiralling, this will help the women
to earn a decent salary even working part time. After all, a driving
training requires only about Rs. 10,000 quite a small sum for a job
which will pay this same sum almost every month. Any NGO willing to try
DR. MAREENA THAHA REFFAI
I appreciate the timely article on the deteriorating students’
discipline of the undergraduates in Sri Lankan Universities. This issue
has to be nationally discussed and take strict actions against unruly
I think Sri Lanka can learn a lot from Singapore in maintaining
university students’ discipline. I hope the Daily News will work to draw
nation’s attention on this unfortunate situation.
A. S. BALASOORIYA
The former Inspector General of Police has informed me of the
1990/2006 Crimes Circular No. 13/2006, that had been addressed to all
Senior DIGs, Assistant DIGs of all Divisions/Districts that the
following heads of cattle are protected against slaughter by law.
1) Cattle less than 12 years of age.
2) Cattle that are fertile, potential milk cows.
3) Cattle that could be used for agricultural purposes (those that
are not blind or deformed)
4) Cattle that are carriers of any particular disease or have
suffered any particular disease earlier.
5) All buffaloes in the above category.
I am informing the public that if any animal of the above category is
about to be slaughtered in your district, to kindly inform the Police
authorities in your area.
DR. C. GODAMUNNE
Kandy Humanitarian Society
Just a small note after reading the above captioned article. I was a
federal public servant in Melbourne, Australia for 27 years.
My motto was “I am a servant to the public. I have been paid by the
public. Therefore, I should devote my service to the public.”
Unfortunately, in Sri Lanka, this is not happening. I can give you so
many examples, of what I experienced with the public service in Sri
Let’s get-together and serve this beautiful country of ours.