Silence may be golden, but this ain’t a low-key affair
While a sensational corporate drama plays out in the courts of law, and the long arm of the law attempts to turn the golden key that will unlock the mysteries of the world of finance, the big question being asked by everyone following the drama is this: Who are the big-time depositors?
Many have lost all their money, and many are demanding their pound of flesh from those who have squandered their hard-earned savings.
But there are also those who have to suffer in silence. They cannot afford to make a noise because they will be asked how they had amassed such wealth in the first place.
Meanwhile, a little bird has whispered a little-known fact: On that long list of persons who have deposited a total of Rs. 26 billion are two ex-Finance Ministers. And their aggregate deposits (now, there’s a million-rupee question)?
The answer is available: Rs. 90 million.
Well, well. How about that?
WHO hoisted the wrong National Flag in Geneva?
A recent article in these pages highlighting distortions in the National Flag elicited a response from a Sri Lankan working for the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Geneva. He wrote to say he had noticed that the Sri Lanka flag used at the WHO headquarters had what appeared to be the legs of chairs (“putu kakul”) in place of the traditional Bo-leaves in the four corners. The WHO employee brought this to the attention of the Sri Lanka mission in Geneva, and sent a correct image of the flag to the officer in charge of national flags flown at the WHO. While the WHO officials have agreed to use the correct flag, no word on the matter has been heard from the Sri Lanka mission.
Bitter rivals put on a show of power in Batti
The fierce political rivalry between Eastern Province Chief Minister Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan and MP Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan very nearly caused the total sabotaging of a musical show organised as part of the 61st Independence Day celebrations in Batticaloa.
The organiser of the show was MP Muralitharan, but apparently the Chief Minister disapproved of the gig, and the result was that the area’s power supply was cut that evening. However, the show did go on, sans electricity. The headlights of vehicles parked at the venue were switched on to provide the lighting.