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WHO WILL IT BE TO UN?
Our exclusive report last Sunday in the Firing Line headlined “Gen Shavendra Silva to UN” has had some adverse reactions from hostile sections especially in New York raising protests at the UN. It is all due to the original utterance by former Chief of Defence Staff Sarath Fonseka claiming that it was Gen Silva who got orders from Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa to shoot surrendering LTTEers. Though both men have denied the allegation, interested parties are making maximum use out of it to the detriment of the entire country. Now it appears that in the event of authorities deciding against going ahead with Gen. Silva’s appointment as the Deputy Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to UN, it might be offered to Northern Governor retired Maj. Gen. G. A. Chandrasiri who has also done a good job as a military officer. Gen Chandrasiri, contacted in this regard, said he knew nothing about it.

SANITY AT LAST
The country’s prisons with meagre facilities meant to hold 11,000 are now holding anything between 25,000 and 30,000 convicted prisoners and remandees giving Prisons and Rehabilitation Minister D.E.W. Gunasekera, truly a man with a heart, nightmares. Things are not being helped by young judges readily sending even a poor person who cannot pay a paltry fine of Rs.100 to prison instead of sending the convict to do some community service. So now, he and Justice Minister Athauda Seneviratne are about to seek an appointment with Chief Justice Asoka de Silva to plead for more community service sentences rather than automatic penitentiary duty where even saints could be made into criminals overnight.

BRAVO THONDAMAN
Arumugam Thondaman, like his illustrious late grandfather Saumyamoorthy, is a man to stand up to certain principles, though sometimes they are much maligned on a few issues. So when a powerful venerable got down a pair of canine bugs, yes they are called that name because they are so small, without any required formalities being adhered to like even an application, the quarantine officials said ‘no entry’ thinking only about the health of the nation, its people and animals. So when the importer known for donning silk robes and morning swims in the sea could not get them released pronto the case was taken to the highest in the land, but the minister backing his officials to the hilt insisted that the law is law and the bugs were sent back to the place they were shipped from. Bravo!

OUR LOSS AUSSIE GAIN

He was a senior SLAS officer serving as the Secretary to a Governor and only 53 years of age and he rightfully felt he should be holding a much higher post in the particular Provincial Council like that of the job of the Chief Secretary being held by a much older retired officer in his 60s. The good man he was he did not make any commotion about being deprived of a due post. He simply came to Colombo and submitted his retirement papers without telling anyone. Now our loss is an Aussie gain, we are told.

MAHARAJA OF TODAY
Remember a maharaja of a past era when something had to go that way on anything. That is more or less history, but today, everything must have access. We are told even a Harry has to get access and when there was an important discussion on a harbour with an ay gee it was access not Harry who was in. So folks we are so near to south harbour yet so far. They say it has all to do with access now.