and fathers who go berserk
As a firm believer in the democratic way of life, I was flabbergasted
by the unbecoming action of Deputy Minister Mervyn Silva who lambasted
a number of our electronic media institutions and their owners using
foul language in public, in the full glare of television cameras.
is not the first time the Deputy Minister has threatened the media.
Ironically the Deputy Minister's temper has flared, due to his son's
and his supporters skirmish with a group of Police Narcotics Bureau
officers at a five star hotel.
daredevil sons of politicians, carrying arms with their cohorts
at these night clubs, have sadly become a current trend in our thrice
blessed country rather than an exception, and ironically time and
again such acts of violence committed by these prodigal sons have
been hushed up, with the connivance of the law enforcing authorities.
Deputy Minister who has breached the norms of decency and also flouted
the existing laws of media freedom enshrined in our Constitution,
should apologize unconditionally to the media.
the best course of action to be followed by any decent politician
who has committed hara-kiri by intimidating the media with aplomb,
is to resign from his post bowing down to public wrath, but sadly
such statesmanship is an ideal which is increasingly rejected with
disdain by our politicians. If this type of politician is allowed
to go berserk at random, without being taken to task by the government
in power, the prospects of our country making headway in any sphere
will remain an idle proposition.
statistics give wrong picture of the East
This is in response to H.M. Mauroof's article titled "New Electoral
Reforms may marginalize Muslims" that was published in The
Sunday Times of August 7. Mr. Mauroof deceptively asserts that Muslims
constitute the single largest group in the Eastern Province. He
relies on flawed demographic data in a perverse effort to undermine
the numerically dominant Tamil community there. He has repeatedly
claimed this in his flurry of recent articles.
not sure how he arrived at these "statistics". The Department
of Census and Statistics did not complete the 2001 census in the
East. At least 200,000 Tamils in the East were not enumerated in
that census. The figures for the region are therefore incomplete.
could turn to the annual statistics collected by the three Government
Agents instead, two of whom are Sinhalese. The Statistical Handbook
of the North East Province, which relies on these figures, indicates
that Tamils formed 42% of the Eastern Province in 2001, while Muslims
were 34% and Sinhalese 24%. Tamils are the single largest ethnic
group in the Eastern Province. In fact, the TNA won a majority of
seats in the province. It won four out of five parliamentary seats
in Batticaloa and two out of four seats in Trincomalee last year.
Colombo-based National Muslim Movement, which in reality is only
a one man show, needs to understand that Tamils numerically dominate
the Eastern Province. While truth will hurt prejudiced minds, any
constitutional solution to the ethnic issue will need to take into
account that Tamils were 42% of the East in 2001 and the single
largest community there despite the high Muslim birth rate.
Ampara be detached from the Eastern Province and merged with Uva
Province instead, the Tamil percentage in the East would rise to
beaucoup for a job well done
Recently there were many hostile articles in newspapers regarding
French visas. I feel obliged to narrate my experience as well. My
daughter who is 17 years old submitted necessary papers to the VFS
office to obtain a Schengen visa on July 12. They were accepted
after scrutiny and her interview at the French Embassy was scheduled
at 10.10 on July 19.
was asked to collect her passport on July 20. She obtained her multiple
entry Schengen visa on the 20th and went to France via Germany leaving
Sri Lanka on July 23.
the service be more efficient? VFS staff were very courteous and
helpful to her. The French lady who interviewed her appreciated
her proficiency in the French language! I am grateful for their
expeditious service and can only say Merci Beaucoup.
no one find employment during Ranil’s rule?
Switching on the television to Eye Channel, with the intention of
having a look at the second ODI between India and the West Indies,
I happened to see Eye Channel News and the Prime Minister addressing
a gathering where he proclaimed that "the only government that
did not give any jobs was the government under Ranil Wickremesinghe”.
do not hold a brief for the UNP or its leader and for that matter
to me all parties and their leaders are the same - who put self
before the country. After all didn’t all 225 Members of Parliament
want their super luxury cars when the tsunami victims are still
living in tents?
of the curses of this country has been pre-election promises given
by parties to give jobs if elected to power. There is no application
of the law of supply and demand; even if there is no demand the
supply must be taken care of!! This has always resulted in the overstaffing
of government departments and corporations, resulting in these institutions
incurring increasing losses.
A government's duty is not to give jobs but create employment opportunities.
Can the Prime Minister truthfully state that during the time the
UNP was in power, no one found employment?
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