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|Useful tips about the law
really don’t think our local cops are aware of these rules.
Especially rule (11)
1. A single cop cannot stop you on the road. He must be accompanied
by another one.
(It’s prohibited and you are not supposed to stop either.)
2. A single cop cannot seize your driving license.
3. Only a ‘Traffic Control’ cop has the authority to request
anything more than your NIC when you are behind wheels.
4. A single traffic cop never can press charges against you.
He must have a witness if he does so.
5. That’s why you always find ‘two’ cops together.
6. Police is a peace controlling force. Not an armed force. They are
prohibited by law to carry anything more than a baton. (But due to
the prevailing war, they are issued guns by a Supreme Court ruling.)
7. So, if a cop pulls a gun on you, you can sue him.
8. If a cop claims that you are drunk, you have the full right to
ask for a ‘balloon test’.
If they do not have it in their possession on the time of your
request, you can go.
9. Only traffic cops have the right to stop any moving vehicle.
(That’s why you find at least one normal cop in every checkpoint
even though they are manned by the army)
10. Cops cannot enter your home or work premises without a court
order. You have the fullest right to ask for it, if they try to
enter and also deny their entrance if you ‘feel’ like it.
11. A traffic cop cannot seize your driving license until he fully
states the crime you have committed and the relating penal code
violation. If he is unsuccessful in stating them, you can go free.
12. If a traffic cop seizes your licence by force and ask you to
come to the police station to collect it. Do not go! Lodge a
complaint directly to the Police Commission or the Provincial IGP.
You can get the cop sacked for his misconduct and unruly behaviour.
13. (For girls), if a cop asks for your identifications and (if you
think he’s doing it on purpose to harass you) you can deny his
request. He cannot arrest you. You have the right to request for a
female Police Officer.
14. (For girls), if you are asked to be body checked it’s your right
to get it done by a female cop. If they don’t have one present, deny
Dr Mrs Mareena Thaha Reffai
|“Scarecrow technique” to prevent graffiti on
Further to my letter on the above subject, I wish
to add that when I was passing St Bridget’s Convent, I noticed that
the newly painted boundary wall of the school has been defaced. Even
the wall of Muslim Ladies’ College, Bambalapitya has not been
spared. A leading Colombo boys’ school’s name has been painted in
bold, black letters on the wall. One can see down Dickman’s Road,
words unprintable in a newspaper have been scrawled on the wall.
To overcome this problem, I saw yesterday that Visakha Girls’ School
has come out with an excellent brainwave. I found a couple of
mini-boards, hand painted, fixed to the grey painted wall with the
drawing of camera and beneath it the following text – ‘Surveillance
camera installed’. This “scarecrow” technique, which could have been
the idea of the Principal or a teacher or a parent of this
particular school, seems to be effective because it has kept the
vandals away in the same way the scarecrow keeps the birds and other
animals away. Other schools could either adopt the above technique
or come out with other alternative methods to keep the walls neat
|The national problem
It has been stated - and stated well - that the test of a
majority in a community is their capacity to look after the
minorities in their midst. Going by that yardstick recently Attorney
Gomin Dayasiri and also retired Ambassador K. Godage writing in our
papers have openly stated the case in favour of the minorities. This
augurs well for national reconciliation.
In this context, it will be good if the Government of Sri Lanka
prepares the groundwork to take steps to solve our decades old
To borrow a phrase from South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, we
Sri Lankans are “a rainbow people.” Each community in our midst has
tremendous potential to develop our country in the right direction.
This was the dream that our first Prime Minister D. S. Senanayake
had when he stated the qualities of each community in our land. May
today’s leaders appreciate this thinking and work towards National
|Unauthorised fish stalls
Unauthorised fish stalls erected by fish mongers in the mid of
the Maggona town make a great nuisance to the public.
Most of the vendors sell their fish under unhygienic conditions too.
The public of the area made several complaints to the Beruwala
Pradeshiya Sabha regarding this health hazard but it hasn’t taken
any step to curb this menace.
C. M. Kamburawala
Prof. (Dr) Stanley Wijesundara
Vice Chancellor of University of Sri Lanka
It was almost twenty years ago the tragic death took place in the
university College library room, Thurstan Road, Colombo 3 of Prof.
(Dr) Stanley Wijesundara sending shock waves amongst the university
community in entire world due to JVP / DJV insurgency in 1989.
He was the Vice Chancellor of University of Sri Lanka, Colombo. He
hailed from a very outstanding Kandyan family in Kandy. He was
educated at Dharmaraja College, Kandy subsequently Ananda College,
Colombo 10. He excelled in his academic studies, sports and
extra-curricular activities and scouting. He entered the University
of Ceylon then along with Dr Nath Amarakoon.
Prof. (Dr) Stanley Wijesundara got through his BSc (Cey.) MSc (UK),
DSc (UK) and PhD (UK) very sucesfully and worked as Lecturer, Dean
of the Faculty of Science and subsequently he functioned as the Vice
Chancellor of the University of Sri Lanka, Colombo. His students are
found in world over in Science disciplines in their careers.
He was married to the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter
Wijewardane of Miriswatte Walawwe, Kamburupitiya, Mrs. Anoja
Wijewardane Wijesundara, sister of Upali P.Wijewardane - a business
tycoon of Asia. He has very well educated two sons and two daughters
who are serving the community well particularly by his two sons Dr
Roshan Wijesundara MBBS (UK), MD (UK) and specialist, and Shalitha
Wijesundara LL.B (UK), LLM (Yale), attorney-at- law.
May he be born among us till he achieves Nibbana in his journey in
Capt. L. B. Lanka Wilbawe Jayaratne
Mrs Iranganiedevi Seneviratne Jayaratne
G. P. J. SILVA JP
Remembering Seeya on his birth centenary
There are grand-dads, grandpas, grandfathers and Seeyas all over
the world; but our dearest Seeya was undoubtedly unique in many
ways. Born on March 7, 1910 he would have been 100 years of age
today, only if he lived; but he passed away after a brief illness
bravely borne – just 40 days short of completing four score years
Our Seeya was married to Piyaseeli Archchi and they were fortunate
to have lived together to celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary
on November 5, 1998. However, Piyaseeli Archchi who completed 80
years of age predeceased Seeya on May 24, 1999.
We consider ourselves very fortunate to have had Seeya’s influence
at least during our early years and we are certain that what he
taught us has helped and would in the future too help us to mould
our character and mindsets with regard to attitudes and values.
Amongst the many lessons Seeya taught us which we cherish very much
are getting up early in the morning and going to sleep early, not to
waste food, being methodical and organised, good manners,
punctuality and time management, respecting elders etc. Special
mention should be made on the advice to us “to be thrifty”. He
always believed in “saving for a rainy day”. We would never forget
what he told the two of us – first cousins - as he got into the car
when he left home for the last time to enter Durdans Hospital for a
surgery. He said “akka should always look after nangi”; “akka and
nangi should behave yourselves well until I come back”; At that
moment, whoever thought that he would never again return home alive?
We have heard that Seeya was full of courage, determination and
enthusiasm. His motto was “I CAN AND I WILL”. He feared no one and
had on many occasions taken the challenge to stand up for “What was
right” against all odds and had emerged victorious. The lesson he
taught everyone by setting an example was “If you are in the right,
fear no one” and his message to everyone was “Always stand up for
Seeya was an extremely caring and devoted father to our fathers –
the two brothers, Kumar and Ruwan – and has done so much for them.
While all three families lived together as an extended family, our
Seeya was too much attached to both of us and very much concerned
about our safety in our behaviour while growing up, so much so, that
he did not want us to have a single fall when we were trying our
level best to stand up and walk during our tender years. Even
thereafter, when we were attending montessori/nursery he used to
drive us together with our mothers to and from these lessons as our
fathers were heavily involved with their daily routine at the bank
and the hotel.
Known among our relations as Jeeva Seeya, Jeeva Bappa/Mama, Jeeva
Aiya etc., and as Jeeva or Jeeves among friends of his age, he was
loved by all of them. They all came to him for advice, counselling,
guidance and help. He was also welcome at anytime in all their homes
to have a chat, talk, enjoy and have fun as he could relate
positively with friends and relations of all ages. Seeya had faith
in vedic astrology and whenever relations visited him they wanted
him to predict their future according to the planetary transits.
We must admire and pay special tribute to Seeya for being a
role-model looking after parents and parents-in-law, his mother
(Mirisse Archchi) and Piyaseeli Archchi’s mother, both residing at
his residence as extended families - giving them the best care and
attention. In fact, with regular medication Mirisse Archchi was
fortunate to live to celebrate her 100th birthday on November 29,
Seeya was also very humane and practised loving kindness “Ahimsa”
towards all living beings. We have been told that once he was
instrumental in curing a sick Buddhist Monk at Sri
Dharmakeerthyaramaya (Polwatte Temple). Together with the able
assistance of Dr Lakshman Weerasena, this monk who was physically
disabled for several years was put on his feet again. His loving
kindness “Ahimsa” was extended to animals, birds and insects too.
Another rare feat was with the assistance of Dr Chinniah, Veterinary
Surgeon, to bring back the eye-sight of a stray kitten which was
Our Seeya was interested in motor cars and attending to them was one
of his pastimes. Seeya had obtained his driving licence in 1939 and
was in the driving seat for a record 60 years. In his motoring-life
spanning six decades ,he had been the owner of several motor cars of
many makes and models. It was surprising that he suddenly gave up
driving on the very next day after Piyaseeli Archchi passed away.
During the only seven months he lived thereafter, our fathers drove
him wherever he wanted to go while he sat on the front seat of the
“Two little cousins growing up in your arms
Learnt ABC and Nursery Songs
What you taught with care we value so much
And we shall live up to them no matter what
The life you led was Simply the Best
With courageous thoughts in your chest
If there’s a will there’s always a way
How true these words you used to say
Thinking back we really must say
We miss you a lot on your Birthday today
For in our lives you have played a very special part
And Memories we will treasure and keep deep in our hearts.
Ten Years have passed without you
But the good times we had keep recollecting you
Although you are ‘gone’ we will always be together
As Your Spirit will live on each of us Forever
We wish you contentment in every way
May the Blessings of the Triple Gem be with you we always pray
To reach the ultimate goal of Nirvana Bliss
You are sure to find the way without a miss!
Our beloved dearest Seeya, We sadly miss you very much!
Today, on your 100th birth anniversary, and always we wish you
contentment and happiness wherever you are and may you practise
Dana, Seela, Bhavana and reach Nirvana!
Gayani and Ruwangi Punchihewa
Loving only grandchildren
(Mrs) Lucky Mendis
Loving, caring and praying Mom
My mother’s name is Lucky Mendis. She is truly an amazing lady.
She is a true friend to many - both young and old, and is always
ready to lend a helping hand or an attentive ear to anybody in need.
Many marriages too have taken place owing to Ammi’s match-making
She is a rare housewife among her generation in that she is
well-read and conversant with any topic, be it current or
Ammi is extremely fond of all the domestics who work for her. So
much so that she is their confidante, custodian and counsellor.
She is also a very compassionate soul, who works tirelessly for
people who are in need, some of whom she hardly knows. Her latest
project in this regard is a thalassemia patient; a child residing
off Kurunegala whom she had acquainted through a janitor she had met
at the Sigiriya Museum.
She has been a very supportive wife to my father over the past 41
years, often coming out with words of wisdom. I would like to call
this kind of wisdom the sixth sense given by God especially to
mothers. Ammi has definitely been behind the success of my father.
She is also an adoring grandmother to my three teenage kids -
Vihanga, Vineshka and Lihan and spoils them rotten. Ammi is ever
ready to make them chocolate biscuit pudding (which is a frequent
demand) among others, at the drop of a hat. She is also their
chaperone, companion and watchdog.
Ammi treats my wife Vinu not as an in-law but as her own daughter.
At times when minor arguments occur between the two of us; Ammi is
always ready to take Vinu’s side irrespective her being right or
Last but not least, Ammi has been a wonderful mother to me over the
past forty years. She has been a loving, caring, self-sacrificing
and a praying mom.
I’m a teetotaller, thanks to Ammi’s constant ‘brainwashing’ and
her steadfast prayers. She always readily prays for me whenever I
request her for prayer, and will pray unceasingly until her prayers
I was a sickly child until I was 14 year of age, constantly falling
ill with wheeze attacks. She has never ever complained about staying
up with me for hours on end, once even in hospital; or for having to
sacrifice going for parties and functions, to stay at home with me.
Giving me ‘Perera & Sons’ Swiss rolls to eat when I’m ill, is a
practice she still continues.
I bring to mind with fond memories Ammi’s self-composed songs which
she sang to me when she fed me during my small days, to lure me into
eating vegetables. I sometimes wonder whether it was the gallons of
‘liver soup’ I drank during my childhood that has contributed
towards me joining the over 100kg club!
Ammi never fails to make her fabulous chocolate cake on all my
Although I have hurt her and broken her heart many a time (like
most adolescents and young adults), Ammi was always quick to forgive
me and give me a second chance to put things right. She is such a
Great Lady that she even apologised to me on the day of my wedding
for any hurt(s) she had caused me. I have yet to come across a
parent apologising to a child in that way. This statement made me
burst into tears which was a sorry (and rare!) sight, to see the
groom all teary eyed during the ‘going away’.
But this shows and speaks volumes of Ammi’s noble and selfless
Finally let me conclude by saying that having my mother living next
door to my home is one of the greatest blessings I have received,
and I hope and pray that God will allow us to enjoy her company for
many more years.
I thought it appropriate to share these thoughts on Mother’s Day,
when my Ammi is quite hail and hearty, rather than share this with
God Bless you Ammi. I love you loads.
From your ever adoring and loving son, Lasantha