25th July, 2004 Volume 11, Issue 2
in black tea production
Sri Lanka Tea Board (SLTB) announced that the total production of black
tea in Sri Lanka during June this year has shown a decline of 7.1% as
against the previous year.
year the amount of tea produced was 24,713,278 kg, while this year the
amount produced was only 22,960,652 kg.
Chairman, SLTB, Niraj De Mel
noted that the earning capacity had increased compared with the previous
years despite a fall in production.
also explained that it is during April, May and June that a significant
amount of tea is produced and that this production reflects on the annual
tea production figures.
said that the southwest monsoon that is present during April, May and June
play an important role in the tea production in Nuwara Eliya and other
areas because of the heavy rain fall.
president for Rotary
Colombo East held its 19th presidential installation ceremony at the
Colombo Plaza Hotel for the appointment of Rotarian, S. Shanmuganathan as
the new president on July 10..
Chennai and Miss Beautiful Smile at the Miss India Pageant, Trisha
Krishnan was the chief guest at this event. Rotary Colombo East has
spearheaded many community service projects by using funds raised through
the visits of celebrities in the past and present. Amongst the previous
celebrity chief guests who have visited this pageant include former Miss
World Aishwarya Rai and millionaire Fund Manager, Raj Rajaratnam.
fund raisers have enabled Rotary International to carry out many flagship
projects which include establishing an entire village with 30 houses.
This year Rotary Colombo East proposes to support the Handy Trust
to set up an ultra modern coronary care unit in Jaffna, and continuing
with another phase of constructing a further 250 toilets and drinking
water wells in dry zone
to curtail circulation of arms
Public Security and Law and Order Ministry is to establish a National
Commission for Arms (NCA) to curtail the increasing circulation of arms in
Public Security Ministry, Thilak Ranaviraja said that this commission
would monitor people carrying arms.
further stated that due to the imports of illegal arms in the country and
army deserters selling arms in Colombo, the circulation of arms in Sri
Lanka has increased many fold.
Colombo Crimes Division (CCD), SSP Sarath Lugoda said that within the last
six months the circulation of arms have increased to a great extent which
has also led to the increase in crimes in the city. "During the last
six-months there has been 17 homicides, in which 10 have been committed
using fire arms," he said.
to Lugoda, most of these cases have been reported from Maligawatte, Pettah
and Keselwatte. He also added that the reduction of security checkpoints
has facilitated the increase in circulation of arms.
Police Chief, Indra De Silva told The Sunday Leader that there has not
been an increase in the circulation
of arms. "We are continuing to maintain road blocks in the country,
which have prevented the circulation of arms,"
discovery at Yala National Park
Yala National Park has once again caught the interest of wildlife
enthusiasts and nature lovers with the recent discovery of a white
albino elephant discovered a week ago, was observed and identified by
Field Researcher, Centre for Conservation and Research (CCR), H.K.
Janaka, who is at present keeping a track of the herd's movements
in the wilderness.
Sunday Leader learns that the same elephant was coincidently spotted by
CCR Chairman, Dr. Prithiviraj Fernando as a new born baby in 1993 in
Heenwewa during a previous mission. Another sighting of the albino
elephant was made by a group of visitors in 1996 when the animal was
photographed in the water with the rest of her herd.
The female elephant is believed to be 11 years old and was spotted
last week with a distinct lack of pigmentation, and sporting a
different colour from the rest of her herd. "The albino
elephant lives in a herd of around 17 animals consisting of females and
young ones" said a CCR official.
CCR has been conducting research on elephant ecology and behaviour for the
past 12 years. According to Dr. Fernando the female is now at a
Director, Wildlife Department, Dayananda
Kariyawasam said a committee has been appointed to take care and monitor
the movements of the white elephant and its herd.
to Kariyawasam the discovery of an albino elephant is a rare and excellent
opportunity for research as Albinism is rare in the wild.
National Zoological Gardens, Brigadier
H.A.N.T Perera said that this white elephant should be left in her natural
habitat as it is of much more value to see a white elephant in the wild
than in captivity. "No attempt should be made to tranquilise or
capture her, since any such attempt could endanger her life"
explained Brigadier Perera.
erosion eating into coastline
Lanka loses an average point three (.3) metres of land annually due to sea
have stated that adequate steps must be taken to prevent sea erosion in
order to preserve the coastal areas from being submerged.
is also noted that in the heavily sand mined areas, as much as 8-10 metres
of coastal lands are being washed away annually.
Coast Conservation Department (CCD),
R.A.D.B. Samaranayake told The Sunday Leader that usually the
coastal areas require sediments, which flow from the inland river to the
coastal areas. However as sand mining takes place in the inland rivers
there is less sand moving towards the shore. "Owing to this reason
the sea water uses more sea shore sand as well as washes sand from the
naturally formed sand dunes.
Coast Conservation Department's mandate is to preserve the coasts of Sri
Lanka and to reduce the effects of sea erosion.
explained that most of the mined sand is required by the construction
industry. Annually eight million cubic meters of sand is needed by the
construction industry and of this figure, 50 percent of the sand is used
in the Western Province alone for various construction purposes.
also pointed out that the government has taken stringent measures to stop
river mining and added that permits and licences are now only granted
under strict rules and regulations. Licences and permits are issued by the
CCD, the Geological Survey and Mines Bureau as well as the respective
also noted that the worst affected areas are Mundal and Kalpitiya in the
an example, he said instead of river mining there are alternatives such as
offshore mining. He added that this option costs more but suggested that
the government engage private companies so that individual miners would
not be burdened.
to environmentalists, continuous sand mining in the coastal areas could
also disturb the ecosystem along Sri Lanka's coastal belts.
Ussangoda and Kalametiya are areas that constitute an important section of
Sri Lanka's coastline with a multitude of complex ecosystems, such as
marine turtle nesting beaches of regional significance, lagoons, mangroves
and bird habitats.
is considered one of the core problems in these areas, which results in
people turning to sand or coral mining to eke out a livelihood.
a bid to resolve the ongoing human-elephant conflict, the Environment
Ministry has decided to seek cabinet approval to relocate residents
occupying the elephant corridors that are the main battlegrounds for
cabinet paper is to be submitted shortly for approval to relocate
occupying corridors in areas such as Udawalawe, Lunugamvehera, Yala,
Wasgamuwa, Minneriya and Kawdulla will be
evicted from their present location and settled elsewhere.
elephants, especially bulls, raid fields at night. According to reports,
elephants have destroyed entire annual harvests in one night resulting in
immense personal tragedy for farmers and their dependants.
government, according to Environment Minister A.H.M.Fowzie has decided to
resolve the conflict by moving people out of areas that have been
identifed as natuaral elephant habitats.
Minister says such a conflict is inevitable as humans encroach on land in
which elephants have roamed freely for centuries, adding that therefore it
was upto the people to move.
can the animals do when man goes into their territory? Especially during
the drought season the elephants tend to come out from the jungles in
search of water and when they see vegetation and water in the corridors
occupied by human beings they attack. They also attack in
retaliation," the Minister pointed out.
Minister said he was planning to seek donor assistance to fund the entire
exercise of evicting the residents and erecting electric fences to prevent
elephants crossing the borders into inhabited areas.
levels improve at Menik Ganga
water flow at Menik Ganga which had reduced to a trickle due to illgal
pumping by private
entrepreneurs, has improved due to rainfall during the past two weeks,
said private companies pumping water illegally has become a menace and
that there is a serious threat of this river going dry as a result of
to meet demand for water
increase in the population, especially in the Colombo District, has
compelled the National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB) to look
into ways and means of increasing water supply as well.
a view to meeting the growing demands of ever increasing consumers, the
Water Board has decided to pump additional quantity of water from the Kalu
Ganga and Kelaniya water plants.
Sunday Leader learns that at present the government spends an estimated Rs
10 billion per year on the development of water infrastructure in the
country. However, water pumped from the Kalatuwawa, Labugama and Ambatale
plants are at present insufficient to meet the growing demands in Colombo,
forcing the Water Board to impose daily water cuts in certain areas.
to The Sunday Leader Chairman, NWSDB, S.L Seneviratne said even though
there was a steady population growth in the country
proper water management infrastructure was not in place to meet the
part of the development process many companies and new projects are
rapidly coming up in Colombo. It is also a known fact that people from all
parts of the country come to Colombo in search of jobs," explained
According to Seneviratne, the increase in population in the Colombo District has compelled the Water Board to look into the possibility of introducing a new system so that water cuts can be prevented.
we get the necessary assistance from the government and foreign countries
we should be able to complete this programme in five years" says
went on to say that the NWSDB is not concentrating on the outstation areas
as 30% of the public in these areas use wells, rivers and streams for
to another official from the Water Board, areas affected by water shortage
are the Southern Province- Ambalangoda and Balapitiya, Kandy - Ampitiya
and Kundasale, dry zone areas, Dehiwela Mount Lavinia, Ratmalana, Moratuwa
Panadura, Peliyagoda, Wattala, Kelaniya, Kotahena and Colombo 12, 13 and
15 among others.
zone areas such as Kegalle, Ratnapura, Kalutara and Gampaha also face
water shortages from time to time" says the Water Board official.
handling handed over to foreign company
cabinet has approved handing over the management of hazard waste to a
approval was given last week by cabinet following a paper submitted by
Environment Minister, A.H.M.Fowzie.
company will commence operations once the fomalities are completed,
according to Minister Fowzie.
said the government plans to invite more foreign companies to handle
garbage in Sri Lanka as local authorities and other relevant bodies
entrusted with the task of collecting disposing garbage have failed
Minister said the private company would function as a Built Operate and
Transfer (BOT) company under the Board of Investment (BOI) regulations.
Colombo alone nearly 750 tonnes of garbage is disposed per day. The
Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) privatised the garbage collection but yet
the Minister says it is not effective.
to the Minister all industrial waste would be collected by the new company
to be established in Sri Lanka and recycled subsequently. He said even the
waste from service garages that according to him
cause serious damage to the environment would be collected by the
said the waste, especially oil sent to paddy fields have destroyed the
harvests to a great extent in some areas.
also said such waste is thrown into rivers and canals and have poisoned
human beings on many occassions. "Therefore it is
high time we put a full stop to this," he told The Sunday
will be a special Catholic half hour programme broadcast on the English
service of the SLBC on the proposed anti-conversion bill at 8 p.m. July
programme will feature retired Supreme Court Judge Priyantha Perera,
former President, International and Sri Lanka Bar Associations, Desmond
Fernando PC, criminal lawyer Neville Abeyratne and commercial lawyer
will be interviewed by Priyanthi Seneviratne on various aspects of the
proposed anti- conversion bill tabled in parliament.
leaves residents in the lurch
aspirant house owners of the 'Sea Breeze' housing scheme in Mattakkuliya
are currently being pushed from pillar to post with the responsible
authorities unable to give the residents a clear picture of the scheme.
invested large sums of money in this scheme, residents have protested that
they have received no results up to date as the facilities that had been
promised have not yet materialised.
residents had paid their initial payment early last year but to date the
houses are not ready for occupation.
The Sunday Leader contacted General Manager, National Housing Development
Authority (NHDA), Piyal Ganepola, he said the houses under this scheme had
already been built and the delay in completing these houses was due to the
lack of funds.
was a delay in constructing these houses due to the restricted of cash
flow. We have charged a down payment of only 20% from the residents
whereas the NHDA has to pay large amounts to the contractors. A down
payment of 20% is insufficient but we could not increase this amount
because of a policy the previous regime introduced to charge only 20% from
the residents," Ganepola said adding that currently the NHDA had to
use public funds, as the Treasury had failed to allocate any funds to the
also said that the NHDA had informed the residents of the delay in handing
over the houses to them, a claim that was totally denied by the residents
when contacted by The Sunday Leader.
added that the residents of this scheme were a "privileged" lot
as this scheme was a "good" one while residents who have already
made initial payments condemned the NHDA and the other responsible
authorities for not taking adequate steps to provide even the basic
The Sunday Leader visited the housing complex in Mattakkuliya, it seemed
to be more of an abandoned scheme with no proper roads leading to the
houses. Residents living in those houses complained that basic facilities
were lacking for a long time, even after an initial payment of Rs. 800,000
had been paid.
do not have a proper drainage system and we have no proper roads leading
up to our houses. This entire scheme is like a jungle with wild grass and
trees growing everywhere. We continue to live here as we have already made
the payment and we do not have anywhere else to go. Although the
authorities say that they do not have funds to give us the facilities that
is of no concern to us as we have paid the initial payment and we continue
to pay the installments on time," a resident said.
said that due to the lack of a sewage system, they were getting a sewage
system fixed at their own expense. "How can we live in these houses
without sewage facilities? We have prepared a formal letter to be sent to
the NHDA requesting them to offer us these facilities soon,"
added that the security services, which the NHDA had promised were also
Manager, Co-ordinating Services, NHDA, Indrani Fernando said that the NHDA
was taking the necessary steps to provide the facilities as soon as
water and drainage department has been contacted to install a sewage
system and this is not the fault of the NHDA, as during the time of the
People's Alliance regime (PA), the matter was handed over to the Urban
Development Authority (UDA) for planning approval. However, after the UNF
government came into power the matter was handed over to the CMC and the
matter is now pending," Fernando said.
The Sunday Leader contacted Deputy Mayor, CMC, Azath Sally, he said that
the CMC had "no involvement" and that they were unaware of any
to revive peace talks
Provincial Councillor, C. Y. P. Ram who polled the highest number of votes
from Colombo North says the government under whatever circumstances must
make efforts to resume the stalled peace talks with the LTTE.
contested the just concluded provincial council elections on the UNP
ticket and obtained 20,281 preferential votes.
earlier contested the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) elections in 2002
and obtained 11,950 preferential votes and secured fourth place in the
says the government as promised to the nation during the April 2 general
election should find ways and means to re start negotiations with the LTTE
in order to find a lasting solution to the ethnic problem.
Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema and Jamila Najmuddin
on the tracks of the blockbuster Fast And The Furious, drag racing has
established a new cult in the city. Although illegal not only in Sri
Lanka, but all over the world as well, racers have voiced their opinion
that this fun filled activity has dragged them away from partying on a
Saturday night as well as stopped them from spending huge amounts of money
on alcohol, which are the usual weekend activities indulged in by
youngsters in this country.
many people not aware of such races taking place in the early hours of a
Sunday morning in various parts of the city, drag racing has caused a stir
amongst youngsters today as they say that the main reason for them to
participate in this activity was the fact that it is highly illegal.
few racers, speaking to The Sunday Leader on conditions of anonymity for
fear of being identified, said that although drag racing was illegal, it
was not dangerous as all safety measures were taken "before the
commencement of the races."
main 'thrill' that we get in such races in the early hours of a Sunday
morning is the fact that it is illegal. It is mostly the working crowd who
participate in these races and it is done to have some fun over the
weekend," said a racer.
we know that it is illegal, we feel that drag racing is good for the
youngsters as it is this very crowd that used to go to discos and pubs on
Saturday nights. By wasting large amounts of money on alcohol, drag racing
prevents all this and it is not an expensive activity as there is no money
involved," he said.
to these racers a strict code of conduct is followed as no racers under
the influence of alcohol or drugs are allowed to get behind the wheel.
said that before the commencement of the races, two patrol cars are sent
to 'study' the lanes in order to give 'a signal' that the lanes are clear.
have a safety committee and safety cars amongst the racers. Just before a
race, these cars are sent to 'study' the entire stretch in order to give a
signal that the road is safe and clear from other vehicles and
pedestrians. Once these cars reach the other end of the road, they give
the racers a clear signal so that the race could begin," another
said that although there were many youngsters today who had the talent for
racing, they could not pursue this talent due to the lack of facilities
and the proper 'backing.' "We have approached the police several
times requesting them to give us a stretch of land for our races. But the
only answer we get is to hand over our licence numbers in order to make a
formal appeal. The only reason that they want our licence numbers is to
register these numbers so that it would be easy for them to track us
down," the racers said.
added that they wanted the public to be aware that drag racing was a safe
and friendly sport where races were conducted amongst friends. "We
line up the cars and not more than two cars are allowed to race at a time.
Races are usually conducted between friends and the reason that we do not
continue having the races in one particular location is the fear of the
police," the racers said.
added there were many instances when the police had showed up and abused
some of the racers and also caused damage to some cars. "Some of the
damage caused by the police has been estimated at over Rs. 5,000,"
when new drivers sign up for the races we ask them to drive the lanes
first so that they could get used to the turns. The only time we have had
an accident was when a newcomer, not studying the lane first, had crashed
on to a wall because he had not been familiar with the turns," they
to them, drag racing started last year with only several cars
participating in the races. However, today there are more than 70 cars
that participate with over 250 people watching the races in the early
hours of Sunday.
from taking part in racing, witnessing one also has its thrills.
18 morning at around 1 a.m. the Marine Drive opposite the Kinross Club was
a hub of activity. Youngsters from all walks of life gathered there and
not to mention the different types of vehicles that lined up.
the vehicles lined up on either sides of the road, people started walking
towards a white line drawn with chalk, which was the starting point.
Latest techno sounds were blaring out of a music system installed in a car
organisers of the event were busy calling cars to the starting line and
the modified cars revving their engines made their way to the front.
then had to wait patiently for the green light from the patrol cars, which
were sent to monitor the road situation. Once they received the all-clear
sign off sped two vehicles and the noise that emanated from each vehicle
more or less determined the winner.
one race comes to an end the whole rigmarole starts all over again.
a few minutes into the races, more cars seemed to appear as mobiles
carried by everyone were working overtime informing others of the races
and the whereabouts.
that as it may, occasionally the races came to a stop when an unsuspecting
vehicle drove down the road. These vehicles are either asked to move aside
or depending on the situation are allowed to pass through. If a difficult
vehicle owner turns up, who refuses to move aside and insists on passing
through, they are given way after a lot of grumbling and a few choice
was at this time that some of the spectators realised the danger of these
races as they said that not having a clear road without any by lanes could
someday lead to an accident.
veritable statement was endorsed by quite a few as they realised that in
case the speeding vehicles collide with a vehicle turning into the road,
the result would be catastrophic. Also, in case the road happens to be
uneven with potholes or an animal crossing over would definitely be
atmosphere however was one that kept everyone's adrenaline levels high as
by about 1.30 a.m. there were about two vehicles adding to the music force
at the venue.
vaccines cost Rs. 315 million a year
total bill borne by the public for anti-rabies vaccines for humans and
canines is estimated at Rs. 315 million annually. These are the latest
figures issued by the Medical Research Institute (MRI).
the administering of a large number of rabies vaccines could be avoided
and unnecessary costs could be brought down if doctors follow the correct
procedure with regard to a dog bite victim.
to The Sunday Leader, Consultant Virologist, Vaccinalogist and Head,
Rabies and Vaccines Department, Medical Research Institute (MRI), Dr.
Omala Wimalaratne said it is the doctor's responsibility to screen the
patient and animal before deciding on whether the patient requires
anti-rabies post exposure treatment. "The doctor should check if the
dog is healthy and if the animal attacked due to provocation. Even if a
dog is regularly inoculated with the rabies vaccine and the animal is
allowed to roam on the road and mix with stray dogs, this animal cannot be
considered to be a safe animal," explained Dr. Wimalaratne.
the heavy burden on the government to supply the rabies vaccines, some
doctors still continue to advice patients to take the rabies vaccine as a
precautionary measure without proper examination of the patient or proper
details of the dog.
the animal is well cared for and given the rabies vaccine within one year
and also one or more vaccinations the previous year, that animal could be
considered safe," explained Dr. Wimalaratne.
to Dr. Wimalaratne, there are cases where the dog is kept under
observation for 10 to 14 days. "During the observation period from
the date of the bite, the patient is given the rabies treatment. By this
method the patient's life is not at risk.
the dog does not develop rabies within the stipulated time period the
patient's medication is stopped. If the victim is sure that he/she was
bitten by an inoculated dog, we advice them to come back with the card
that proves the rabies vaccination was given," added Dr. Wimalaratne.
according to him, no doctor should recommend treatment without first
screening the patient and animal. "Even though these vaccines are
quite safe no person should be given vaccines unnecessarily as they could
cause reactions. The unnecessary use of the rabies vaccines is a definite
loss to the country," Dr. Wimalaratne said.
have conducted several programmes all over the country including Mannar,
Jaffna and Trincomalee. The Health Department has held many workshops
conducted by me and has even sent out a circular to government and private
doctors on how a dog bite victim should be treated. However, some doctors
don't attend these workshops and therefore may not know what the correct
procedure is. A doctor cannot say they are not sure how to treat a dog
Wimalaratne said any doctor who has a query with regard to anti-rabies
treatment could contact the MRI for specialised advice 24 hours a day.
to the latest figures released by the Health Department, bites by
household pets - 51.8%, bites by stray dogs - 32.1%, bites by neighbours'
dogs - 7.2% and unknown bites - 8.9%.
on the figures, Animal Rights Activist, Sargarica Rajakarunanayake said it
is obvious that a high percentage of dog bites are by household dogs.
However, nobody is willing to take responsibility to screen the victims
and give the rabies vaccine only if necessary. This is a colossal waste
for the country," she said.
Veterinary Surgeon, Dr. Nandana Atapattu said if there is proof that a
domestic dog has been inoculated with the rabies vaccine there is no need
for a human to take the rabies inoculation.
Atapattu went on to say that the rabies vaccine has to be stored under
cool conditions and those bitten by dogs should check if the injection was
stored in such conditions before receiving it.
the doctor said the anti tetanus injection should be taken irrespective of
whether the dog is a suspected rabies case or not. "This injection is
necessary due to the dog saliva containing germs," added Dr. Atapattu.
prices in different shops...
own the hottest phone in Colombo does not necessarily have to cost you an
arm and a leg because these new models are available for a relatively low
price at any of the dingy phone shops in the Fort area.
these phone shops may only be a short distance apart, but the differences
in prices are good enough for the tiny phone stalls to make good sales.
range of phones available at the shops in Fort is as good as the variety
of phones available in the reputed shops in Colombo. There are also
instances where the shops in Colombo have run out of the particular model
whereas the Fort shops have them in stock.
The Sunday Leader visited a couple of phone shops in Fort, we found that
some shops have most of the new models and accessories while other smaller
shops dealt with the fast moving cheaper phones.
the prices are such that a phone with a built-in camera costs a little
more than Rs. 22,000 whereas in the reputed shops in Colombo such a phone
would cost somewhere around Rs. 30,000.
the case of mobile phone batteries, the registered stores sell a battery
for more than Rs. 3,500. However, the same battery can be bought in a Fort
shop for Rs. 550 and may go up to a maximum around Rs. 1,000.
in the prices of phone accessories, the Fort shops sell the plastic
transparent phone covers for Rs. 100 while the hard covers are sold for Rs.
250. However, in the posh phone stores in Colombo, the same hard cover may
cost anything from Rs. 1,000 to Rs. 1,500.
asked about the guarantee, the sellers in Fort confirmed that "these
phones are as good as the ones sold in the bigger shops."
shops in Fort offer a guarantee on the phone battery for a couple of
months, but this will cost a few extra rupees. However, most shops do not
offer any guarantee.
speaking to The Sunday Leader was Airport Police OIC, Kamal Perera who
said "Some mobile phones are illegally brought into the
country," adding that the job of seizing such cargo comes under the
airport customs. A source at the airport customs explained that an
individual may bring up to about 100 mobile phones and some may bring
about 75 or 50 phones with them. "Depending on their economic
capacity as well as financial capability the number of phones smuggled
he stressed that there has been no significant increase in the number of
phones brought into the country since this trend started less than five
sick of lawless Sri Lanka
the way in which the political parties and politicians work today, the
people are certainly grinding their teeth in impatience.
crime rate is consistently increasing; most of the time parliamentary
sittings are dominated by fisticuffs and the people are clearly left in
Sunday Leader spoke to a cross section of society and asked their views
given a hypothetical yet possible situation. The people were asked,
"If Pirapaharan or his party were to enter mainstream politics would
you consider voting for him/his party."
surprisingly there was a variety of answers ranging from a straight
outright "no" to "most probably, yes," and even
a housewife, told The Sunday Leader that if Pirapaharan or his party were
to enter mainstream politics "Sometimes I may vote for them, most
asked why she said that, "because with them, there will be some law
in the country and that, there will be some meaning and law present. He
may be a tough ruler, but there will be law and order because at the
moment there is no law and order. So I will vote for him or his party for
the sake of law and order."
not thinking like her was Gayathri who charged that she will never vote
for Pirapaharan or his party. She cannot pinpoint exactly why she will not
do so, but said that she has a kind of personal grudge against the rebel
leader and his organisation.
L. Daya was asked if she will consider voting for Pirapaharan or his party
she questioned as to why she would want to do such a thing. "If there
are other parties contesting then I will not vote for Pirapaharan,"
adding "For all the killings and unfair things that Pirapaharan has
done to humanity, I will not vote for him or his party."
cannot accept him as a straight person," she said.
also speaking to The Sunday Leader was play director Indu Dharmasena who
pointed out "The JVP, were they not at one time in the same
boat?" So I suppose that if I could vote for the JVP, I would have no
problem in voting for Pirapaharan."
went on to say that the LTTE is more organised and committed towards their
goal than most of the politicians today.
he pointed out that if the organisation can kill once, then they can kill
again. But also brought up the question as to why the organisation
shouldn't be in parliament.
an IT specialist told The Sunday Leader that "other parties, with no
long term vision or organised system, who have also been involved in
brutal killings are allowed into parliament, and I am not talking only
about the JVP here."
there is no reason whatsoever for the LTTE to not be in parliament,"
added that "if the LTTE actually wants to maintain their reputation
for discipline and commitment they should not enter the doghouse that
passes for parliament in Sri Lanka."
also speaking to The Sunday Leader was a chairman of a freight company who
spoke under anonymity. He said "Yes, I will definitely vote for them
because they have discipline and order."
he also pointed out that they have a good administrative system he said
that it will also put a stop to them fighting for a piece of land.
believed that a large percentage of people might vote for the organisation
while he also thought that the people in the outstations might not vote
for them because they will still have in mind the atrocities committed by
the organisation. Nevertheless, "Since the organisation has tough
laws and rules they will definitely be able to curb the violence in the
country that we see today and bring about some law."
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