By Tania Fernando
The Attorney General has requested the Borella Police to record the
statement of Flt. Lt. Nilani Diyadawage as a witness to the accident
in which the Air Force Commander was involved.
The AG has advised
that in the event she does not give a statement, police should file
a report to serve notice for her to appear in court. In the event
that she does not appear in court, a warrant for her arrest would
Sunday Times learns that when the Borella Police visited the residence
of Flt. Lt. Diyadawage in Nawala, she had allegedly fled through
the back door, and as such they were unable to record her statement.
was with Air Force Commander Jayalath Weerakkody at the time his
Peugeot 406 car collided with a lorry on June 15 around 4.15 am,
when the Commander's car went through the D.S. Senanayake junction
at Borella, failing to obey the traffic lights which showed the
signal at red. The cleaner of the lorry who was seriously injured
was rushed to hospital and died almost three weeks later.
down but not out
cases have been decreasing, but most cases go unreported due to
a large number of patients suffering from asypmptomatic dengue,
Epidemiology Unit Director Dr. T.A. Kulatillake said.
see the tip of the iceberg, because 95% of the cases are asymptomatic.
We keep records only of dengue haemorrhagic fever, dengue shock
syndrome and dengue fever," he said.
suffering from asymptomatic dengue are unaware as it is like any
other viral flu.
More than 700
suspected dengue cases have been reported for this year with over
disease has seen a drastic decrease compared to last month, but
continuous surveillance has been identified as vital in order to
prevent the disease reaching epidemic levels.
travellers increase despite risks
Despite recent derailments and a spate of train mishaps,
the increase in bus fares has made some commuters opt for train
travel which is cheaper, leading to an increase in passengers in
trains with resultant overcrowding, General Manager of Railways
Priyal de Silva said.
has posed dangers due to the limited capacity of trains, Mr. De
mishaps have raised concerns among the public about the safety of
first week of this month alone, at least six derailments have been
reported. On July 5, two trains were derailed - one arriving from
Kandy which was derailed near Colombo Fort station blocking three
other lines delaying the functioning of all other trains, while
a 'rail bus' from Kurunegala to Maho was derailed between Nagollagama
The cause of
the derailment of the rail bus is reportedly due to the axle of
the 'rail bus' breaking.
the breakdown special which went to rerail the Badulla-Kandy train
derailed between Talawakelle and Watagoda was itself derailed between
Kotagala and Talawakelle.
Mr. De Silva
said he was unable to give a reason for the derailments while railway
officials say bad rail tracks were to be blamed 75% of the time.
Indian stake in railway?
By Nilika de Silva
Moves are underway to give over a controlling stake of
the Sri Lankan Railways to an Indian corporation, in August this
year, The Sunday Times learns.
partners would be given a fifty-one percent stake with the Governmant
retaining the balance 49 percent.
an Indian company is in Sri Lanka to study the railway system to
identify the problems and factors which are contributing to massive
losses in the department.
of the railways may be worked out line wise as has been done in
and operating system is also to be awarded to foreign firms.
will be held with the railway unions and political parties in this
Minister Upali Piyasoma said that no decision had been taken regarding
the matter, though an Indian company has been studying the railway
the Railway Authority Bill is to be sent to the Legal Draftsman
and then presented to Parliament.
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