members from both sides were debating with daggers drawn, Prime
Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Opposition Leader Mahinda
Rajapakse took off in a helicopter to Hikkaduwa to attend the
funeral of former UNP Parliamentarian Sarath Gunawardena.
helicopter flew UNP bigwigs Minister Karu Jayasuriya and Party
Chairman Malik Samarawickrema.
chopper landed at the Sri Sumangala National School Grounds in Hikkaduwa.
Wickremesinghe, who avoided
participating in the debate was seen
talking to students and teachers along with Rajapakse. Lessons on
co-existence for the lady perhaps!
sequel to high tech love thoughts
'nut' last week about legislators in love seems to have been taken in
good spirit. The lady concerned was present in parliament, bright and
shining and intently listening to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as
he made a statement on the temporary suspension of the peace process.
some young government
members were seen approaching the lady. All had their mobile telephones
in hand. The story last week was about her high tech romance with a
fellow MP and how they sent text messages to each other during the UNF's
May Day celebrations.
her curious colleagues had inquiries
to make, ranging from the truth of the matter reported in The Sunday
Leader (which she denied) to the vital question - if politicians
otherwise fail to make their mark, should they at least try having a
tryst to ensure page one publicity. What a nutty affair!
'I do' with much fanfare last week was the UNP's enfant terrible Olitha
MP who is infamous for his repeated strong arm tactics and police station hi -jinks, wed at the
Hilton last Wednesday at a grand ceremony.
the nuptials was the other man from the same constituency, Katana Pulle,
the PA's Jeyaraj Fernandopulle. Some guests wanted to know if
Fernandopulle had opted to live abroad, going by his high level of
absenteeism. " It happens to all, from time to time,"
said the MP. Perhaps food for thought for the new groom with a penchant
for going berserk!
derailed, PA style
Spokesman Gayantha Karunathileke wanted to board the parliament lift.
The lift was already crowded with a group of JVP members and the PA's
Anura Priyadarshana Yapa. " Is there any space left in this
bus?" queried Karunathileke, and the JVPers shuffled around and
invited him in.
PA's Yapa was heading towards the chambers located on the second floor.
But the lift went up to the
third floor. As he descended the stairs, the JVP's
Bimal Ratnayake noted gravely," Nothing about them (the PA)
is as they say. They want to proceed in one direction, and land
elsewhere. Just like the lift episode." Perky Karunathileke quickly rejoined with, " It is only
the UNP that reaches destinations".
Of Life,' is it?
it time to train parliamentarians
in maintaining peace, with so many running amok breaking into police stations, and
others unable to contain themselves even during a debate? The National
Peace Council is currently holding a photographic ex- hibition entitled
`The Year Of Life' depicting the devastation caused by war;
thought provoking and full of human interest.
those manning the exhibit tell us less than 20 legislators have dropped
by to even have a cursory look. No
wonder devastation of all sorts continue.
coalition against scribes
the lady who braved bad weather when the police began digging into the
Suriyakanda soil in search of skeletal remains of JVP youth allegedly
killed by government order during the height of
the 1988-1989 JVP insurgency?
lady, Pavithra Vanniarachchi was recently in a mood to share some candid
thoughts with legislators
from both the government and opposition ranks. She felt that there were
too many reports in the media probing into the private lives of
might laugh a little when stories originally break and derive
pleasure if the member is from the opposing side. But there has
to be an end to this, and we should be working together to show that
journalists don't rule, but governments do," she told some off her
a gem of a thought, said most legislators who fear that there is too
much media scrutiny right now. Did anyone say that public life invited
and merited 100% transparency and scrutiny?