Citizens' Mail (31.01.2019) | Daily News

Citizens' Mail (31.01.2019)

Central Bank issue of new coins

Central Bank of Sri Lanka of Hedging and Bond fame has now made the ordinary man like my servant Podisingho quite a problem, humiliation and sometimes leading to fisticuffs. I send him to the market about four bus halts away. This distance he travels by bus.

When he tendered the newly minted Rs.10 the bus conductor had scolded him accusing the coin tendered was Rs.5 and he was trying to cheat. Then at the Thambi Boutique, at the top of the lane, the Mudalai had politely told him the amount required is Rs.5 and that the coin given is Rs.2. Examining the coins closely, I find the coins Rs.10, Rs.5 and Rs.2 are almost the same with fractional difference in its circumference. Could not the golden brains of the Central Bank have designed the coins to easily differentiate their values.

It looks the authorities concerned are adding to the confusion leading to brawls and thereby unrest in the country, same as in Parliament.

Cathy F. Kumarage

Wildlife, conservation, environment as a subject not law

Law as a new subject in the curriculum for student is not significant nor appropriate and will come handy to the one who will peruse law. Instead, collectively wildlife, conservation and environment can be a powerful inclusion as it covers many topics dealing with the sustenance of the human race, wildlife population and their conservation. Young minds directed towards its important will not only make a young adult a useful citizen but a responsible and a spiritual guided one that our country lacks. Let the young generation be their guardian where we adults failed.

The Education Minister should not have rushed into such a rash decision when glaring subject like this should have taken precedence that would have eased and inculcated the young minds.

I repeat not law at this juncture.

Gwen Herat

Soldiers, we salute you

Two Sri Lankan Army soldiers have laid down their lives following an explosion while performing their UN Peacekeeping Mission duties in Mali.

Captain H.W.D. Jayawickrema of 11 Sri Lanka Light Infantry from Polonnaruwa and Corporal S.S. Wijekumara of 1 Mechanical Infantry Regiment from Thalakolawewa, Polpithigama of the Sri Lanka Army Contingent in Mali have laid down their lives.

Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile. The greatest sacrifice is when you sacrifice your own happiness for the sake of someone else.

We are forever indebted to those who have given their lives for the freedom of others.

UN Secretary General has expressed his deep condolences to the Government of Sri Lanka and the families of the victims.

Six Sri Lankan soldiers were also injured in this Improvised Explosive Device IED attack in Mali.

The attacks targeting UN Peacekeepers constitute a war crime under international law.

These peacekeepers were supporting the people of Mali in their pursuit of peace and stability.

We express our deep condolences to the families of the victims.

D. Weeratunga

Abolishing of Executive Presidency

Nimal Siripala de Silva MP and Denesh Gunawardena MP at the party leaders meeting had criticized Speaker Karu Jayasuriya for supporting the abolition of Executive Presidency. We old timers could excuse Nimal Siripala de Silva, but not Dinesh Gunawardena the son of that roaring lion of Boralugoda Walawwa, Phillip Gunawardena and nephew of strong man Robert Gunawardena, who fought against such monarchy, anarchy, could support Nimal Siripala Silva on this issue.

The adage ‘Like father like son’ seems to be no longer valid. That is the level of politicians of today, unlike those of the calibre of Phillip Gunawardena, who spent their wealth, energy and time to serve the people at tremendous odds.

We old timers remember them with great respect and reverence.

G. A. D. Sirimal


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