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Old Jun 15th, 2010, 03:45 AM   #1
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SLTB s about 2,000 technicians who cannot handle a pair of pliers - SL Youth Affairs Minister Dallas Alahapperuma

Monday, 14 June 2010 - 9:58 AM SL Time

Youth Affairs Minister Dallas Alahapperuma last Friday said that the Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) had employed about 1,800 technicians who even did not know how to hold a pair of pliers.

Addressing a gathering of German Technical Institute staff at the Youth Affairs Ministry, Narahenpita, Minister Alahapperuma said that he had had to bring the institute under the purview of the Transport Ministry to overcome the dearth of qualified technicians.

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SLTB s about 2,000 technicians who cannot handle a pair of pliers - SL Youth Affairs Minister Dallas Alahapperuma

Monday, 14 June 2010 - 9:58 AM SL Time

Youth Affairs Minister Dallas Alahapperuma last Friday said that the Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) had employed about 1,800 technicians who even did not know how to hold a pair of pliers.

Addressing a gathering of German Technical Institute staff at the Youth Affairs Ministry, Narahenpita, Minister Alahapperuma said that he had had to bring the institute under the purview of the Transport Ministry to overcome the dearth of qualified technicians.

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More than 60 young Sri Lankans have been recruited over the last six years, and are now First Officers or Junior First Officers with the National Carrier, occupying the traditional “Co-Pilot” seat in aircraft. They include one female Junior First Officer who is the second female pilot in the country’s history, and another female Cadet Pilot as well as five former pilots of the Sri Lanka Air Force.


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Old Jun 18th, 2010, 03:56 AM   #4
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Superstitions in the 21st century: Of black pottu, politicians and punools
June 17, 2010 at 7:33 am · Categories: Colombo, Identity, Religion and faith | by Pearl Thevanayagam

In the black and white photographs of my childhood, my sisters and I look pretty smart, standing to attention under the spreading mango tree which Rajaratnam Uncle took every year to record our development for future reference.

But there was one major flaw. We all had hideous black pottus the size of an Orange Barley bottle top on our foreheads. The pottu is to ward off evil-eyes which could ruin our beauty. But then none of us were Ajantha frescoes but parents being parents obviously thought we were.

Then my father was cleaning the cobwebs in our rather ancient house with two kokkathadis ( two large poles tied together) to reach the ceiling-less roof on a Friday when our neighbour, Mr Jacob, walked in. He said it was thudakku (not done according to Hindu customs) to clean the house on Friday.

Mr Jacob was a staunch Catholic whereas my family is a hotchpotch of Hindu, Protestant and Catholics. Father fell down not because it was thudakku but because Mr Jacob was shaking the ladder.

I am still a single person and here in the UK I first lived with two young Sri Lanka Muslim families. One of them had a newborn child and whenever I walked into the dining room the mother, a young thing of 22, would turn the other way while spoon-feeding her six month old baby.

I did not take much notice of this until the other mother told me that their Hindu friend had said those who never had borne children should not be seen while feeding the baby.

Did she honestly think that my being there would make the infant puke or suffer colic? And I thought Muslims did not have hang-ups about superstitions.

Then there was my hard-line Catholic mother who when writing a cheque would always ask my sister who is the third daughter in the family to stand before her since she is supposed to bring good luck. And when my father sold some valuable pieces of household gadgets bought at an auction while he was serving abroad he asked this same sister to count the money.

And we were not allowed to bathe on a Thursday because according to superstition there would be quarrels in the house.

I am the fourth daughter and I was supposed to bring bad-luck to the family and I have strong evidence to prove this. I was conceived during the full solar eclipse of 1955 when my mother had to go to a darkened room inside the house when the day turned pitch dark. When I was brought home from hospital after birth, my mother decided to sleep on a mat because it was hot in August.

Now my father’s cousin, whose husband had passed away, decided to give her 32 sovereign Thali to my mother and she was wearing this when I was brought home. Meanwhile, my father, one of the few in town who had a car, was approached by a man with another bleeding by his side to take the injured to the hospital. Father obliged and was driving in the direction of the hospital which also was close to the police station.

Incidentally this man had actually assaulted the injured with a knife in an altercation and when he saw father driving towards the police station he suspected my father was going there to make a complaint. So when night settled in he came round to our house in search of my father with the intent of killing him. The first person he saw was our servant sleeping on the verandah. Santhanam was totally out for the count because he was used to having a tot in the evening. This man then spotted my father’s car and since in those days there was no electricity he found my father’s hurricane lantern in the dicky. He took this, lit it and went in search of my father.

Well, according to my mother, I was messing with her Thali with my tiny digits and my mother in exasperation removed it and placed it along the window-sill. While searching for my father, the culprit shone the lamp at the room where we were sleeping and found the thali.

He absconded with the precious jewellery instead of finding my father.

Until the day she died mother would blame me for losing the thali but my father would always remind her I saved his life. I am surprised I was not psychologically traumatized by this injustice from my own parents. On the contrary I grew up to be a very confident individual scoffing at their stupidity inside all the while.

Another superstition is not to sweep the house after sundown. This was handed down from generations and methinks it is a bit outdated. Say if you lost a needle or your ear studs, you will sweep them off in the absence of electricity. Now that we have electricity (at least 40 percent of SL households) we can throw this one out.

And do not carry fried food across a cemetery. I still do not have any explanation for this and I am sure commentators could enlighten me.

If someone is leaving the house do not beckon him/her back because the mission would be unsuccessful. If I need to pay my facilities fees and father did not give it to me the previous night I really needed to ask him before leaving. Otherwise our principal (a real dragon and an OMI nun who doted on rich parents with stupid children whose only contribution to HFC was paying the fees on time. Never mind they spend their classroom hours pouring over Indian movie stars’ magazine when Ms Vallipuram was trying to drum into their heads the intricacies of amoeba and chlamydomonas and their ingenious reproductive habits) would make me stand outside her office so that everyone would know I am behind in paying the school fees.

Even now when I compliment some mother on her beautiful or clever child I automatically want to spit out three times ( a habit from Jaffna to ward off evil-eyes) but then I remember the council warnings of £50.00 fine for spitting and I restrain myself.

What does it say about our superstitions in the 21st century. Our Presidents are not helping either to shake off these cobwebs of superstitions since they all go running to their monks to tie multi-coloured threads round their necks, arms and wrists and possibly around their private parts.

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Old Jun 18th, 2010, 05:35 AM   #5
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Old Dec 15th, 2010, 04:21 AM   #6
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Tycoon nabbed for water piracy

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*Suspect had building near Water Board

*Tapped supply lines in three locations

*Over Rs one million revenue lost

A prominent businessman who obtained water for 15 years by illegally tapping major supply lines close to the National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWS&DB) Head Office, Ratmalana was arrested Saturday.

The suspect had owned a building complex near the Board and had obtained water illegally by tapping the supply lines in three locations.

The revenue loss to the Board due to this water piracy is estimated to be over Rs one million. The suspect had been operating a Chinese restaurant and a boarding house for males.

The investigation unit recently apprehended four other hoteliers from the same area who had tapped supply lines to obtain water illegally.

The Court had imposed fines amounting to nearly Rs 800,000.

Chief Government Whip, Water Supply and Drainage Minister Dinesh Gunawardena told Parliament Thursday that illegal water tapping caused a Rs 2.7 billion revenue loss to the NWS&DB every year.
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More MPs sell duty free vehicle permits
December 20, 2010, 8:41 pm

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By Lal Gunesekera

Close on the heels of our expose that the majority of 60 newly elected Parliamentarians have sold their duty free vehicle permits (CIF value of US$ 50,000) for as much as Rs. 12 to Rs. 17 million, it is revealed that five more MPs have sold their permits. They include two cabinet ministers.

Sources told The Island that one of the ministers had sold his duty free vehicle permit for Rs. 15 million and the other’s permit had gone for Rs. 12.5 million.

The Island learns that 51 luxury vehicles have already been purchased and 65 duty free permits sold. Some 58 UPFA MPs have been given Toyota Prado worth Rs. 17.5 mn to supervise development work in their respective areas.

Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Sumedha Jayasena told The Island that she had not received any complaints regarding the sale of duty free permits. She said that 198 out of 225 MPs had been issued with duty free vehicle permits and each of them had been given a bank loan for Rs. 5 mn.
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Mega team from SL participates at festival – No one to speak on behalf of government!

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180 including ministers and Parliamentarians representing the government participated at the 17th Festival and Youth held in South Africa from 13th to 21st December spending public money states Inter University Students’ Federation (IUSF).

Despite a mega team including Duminda Dissanayake, Duminda Silva, Namal Rajapakse, Anarkali Akarsha, Nishanthe Warnasinghe and Anurudhdha Pradeep participated in the festival representing the government of Sri Lanka, no one had come forward to deliver a speech on behalf of the government states the IUSF.

Universities in Sri Lanka were represented by only one student from each university and they too were members of the SLFP.

The funds for the visit by this mega team had been made available by the Ministry of Higher Education while other monetary needs were supplied by local government bodies. The price of an air ticket for each of these members was Rs.100,000 so that Rs.180,000 had been spent for air tickets only. Each person was paid US$50 as living expenses for 9 days totaling Rs.9 million spent as living allowances for 180 persons.

The organizers of the festival had given accommodation facilities only for the two ministers while the government spent for the other 178.

Despite Minister of Higher Education receiving an invitation to address the festival, he did not participate.
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Wednesday, 29 December 2010 01:48

By Ajantha Kumara Agalakada

Twenty four of the twenty seven parliamentarians who are ineligible to get duty free vehicle permits have requested the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs to issue them such permits, according to ministry sources.

These MPs (from the ruling party as well as from the opposition) are not eligible for new vehicle permits as five years have not elapsed since they last had permits issued to them.A majority of these MPs have been elected to parliament after being members of various Provincial Councils, the sources said.

They have told the ministry that by the time they complete the prescribed five years they would not be able to buy a vehicle of good quality with the duty concession they are entitled to.

Cabinet has approved the importation of vehicles, priced at $ 50,000 or less, free of import duty, for parliamentarians.

198 of the 225 MPs in the present parliament have already received their vehicle permits.
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