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Country lashed by 'unusual' rain

This is what parts of Battaramulla
 looked like last week


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Doctor practises 50 years
of healing

Survivors of the Kahapola
bus explosion battle their
trauma alone

Police canines pass out
with flying colours

Latha's story




By Shezna Shums

The cyclonic storm `Nargis' currently persisting in the Bay of Bengal about 700 km northeast of Jaffna, is gradually moving away from the island.

Consequently we see the heavy rain that has been lashing the island, especially the southwestern parts of the country ebbing out.

No bad weather is expected in the island in the next few days say officials at the Meteorological Department. But in the same breath they also say there will be showers in the Western, Sabaragamuwa and Central Provinces and in the Galle District, and thundershowers are expected in several places in the coastal areas around the island.

The weathermen  also predict that the northeastern deep sea will experience very rough and windy conditions and the western and southern shallow seas will also encounter fairly windy, rainy and rough weather

Persistent rain

Following last week's heavy and persistent rain on April 27 and 28, a total of nine fatalities were reported around the island. Six of these were due to minor earth slips and three were due to  floods.

The deaths reported were from the districts of Kalutara, Ratnapura and Kegalle.

The most number of displaced persons were reported from the districts of Gampaha, Ratnapura, Kegalle and Kalutara.

Although the Meteorological Department said  Cyclone Nargis is moving away from the island they also stated that there will be light showers in the Western, Central and Sabaragamuwa as well as the Southern Provinces during these days.

The weather pattern is also likely to change again into the usual inter monsoon conditions with thundershowers mainly inland during the afternoons.

Meteorologist S.H. Kariyawasam told The Sunday Leader that last week's heavy rain was 'abnormal' during this time of the year and that the cyclonic conditions should cease as the cyclone was moving away from the island.

All in all, seven districts were badly affected by the rains, which caused flooding and earth slips.

Rivers swollen

 Irrigation Department officials said the Kelani Ganga and Kalu Ganga had swollen, while most of the 50 major reservoirs in the island were at full capacity.

The National Disaster Management Relief Services Centre confirmed that seven districts were affected by severe flooding and earth slips were  reported in  a few places.  The centre said over 50, 000 persons were affected by the floods and more than 30 temporary shelters had to be established to  shelter the affected persons.

The air force and navy too had to assist people marooned or severely affected by the flood waters.

The IDP camps set up were mainly in the Ratnapura District while most persons managed to temporarily seek shelter with their extended family or friends until the rains ceased.

The Meteorology Department on Friday said that the weather was expected to be warm and humid conditions that are usual for this time of the year would prevail.

The Meteorological Department also warns the public to be careful of lightning, as over 15 deaths due to lightning have been recorded during the last three months.

They advice that people should be indoors and avoid being in open areas, especially fields, the beach, near water bodies,  or near trees when there is lightning.

The Meteorological Department said that no household electrical appliances including land phones should be used when there is lightning and thunder.

The influence of Cyclone Nargis

The Meteorological Department  said  last week that the country was under the influence of Cyclone Nargis.

A low pressure area had formed to the south of the Bay of Bengal on  April 24 and had deepened into a depression.

It deepened further into a tropical cyclone and was named 'Nargis' by  April 28.

The system moved slowly northwestward and was about 600 km anortheast of Jaffna by the end of April.

Cyclone Nargis at  its developing stage caused temporary monsoon conditions resulting in very heavy rain during April 27 and 28.

The worsening rains were evident in the  Western, Sabaragamuwa and Southern Provinces as well as in the western slopes of the central hills.


Doctor practises 50 years of healing

Dr. Thampu Kumar

As a Sri Lankan doctor is hailed, decorated and celebrated in the United Kingdom we reproduce an article about Dr. Thampu Kumar that was published in a newspaper in the UK.

When Dr. Thampu Kumar was a young man growing up in Ceylon - now Sri Lanka - he dreamed of being an engineer. Even the word sounded romantic to him.

"I never wanted to be a doctor," Kumar, now 76, said. "Never. Ever." But Kumar's mother was a highly educated woman and a teacher. "She said to me, 'No. You will be a doctor,'" Kumar said. "And that was that. I had to change my mind. There was no way out."

With his profession set by his mother's resolve, Kumar had no choice but to apply himself to the science, craft and art of being a doctor. It's a calling he still devotedly follows, as a gynaecologist, surgeon, and chief of gynaecological oncology at Danbury Hospital. He's also been a teacher who has worked with scores of young medical students over the years. "It's to give, not to take," he said of his life's work.

This year, the Fairfield County Medical Association is honouring Kumar at its annual meeting in May with a Certificate of Distinction for practising medicine for 50 years. "That means 50 years of dedication," said Mark Thompson, the executive director of the Medical Association. "It's a significant milestone."

Patients testify

Kumar's patients can testify to what his experience and intelligence mean. "He's excellent," said Betty Braught, 43, of New Milford. "He's willing to listen. That's the key.''

In 2005, Kumar was able to diagnose that Braught was suffering from internal adhesions that were causing her pain and even making her legs swell.

"He found the problem when other doctors just discarded me," she said. Dr. Peter Schwartz, the John Slade Ely Professor of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Reproductive Sciences at the Yale School of Medicine, has seen the same attention to detail, the same breadth of knowledge, while working with Kumar on Danbury Hospital's Gynaecological Tumour Board for 25 years. That board - which Kumar helped found - is a multidisciplinary group of doctors and nurses who discuss cases at Danbury Hospital involving gynaecological cancer. Despite Kumar's civility and reserve, born of years working in England, Schwartz said Kumar is always ready to push young doctors and make them think through problems.

"He has the manner of an English professor," Schwartz said, "but the residents at Danbury Hospital know that he will challenge them. They have to be ready." At the same time, he said, Kumar sees it as part of his mission to learn about the latest advances in the field and to come back to the hospital and tell young doctors about them. "He's an excellent teacher, and a very, very dedicated doctor," Schwartz said.

Training the young

"That is the most satisfying thing for me - to train these young doctors," Kumar said. "Both my mother and father were teachers, and I am a teacher, essentially. Suppose I was to die? If I teach 10 people and two learn, that's a good thing, rather than taking the knowledge with me."

Kumar was born in the Northern Province of Ceylon but grew up in the capital of Colombo. He attended the University of Ceylon in Colombo. After six years of medical studies there, he wanted to advance his training and become a cardiac surgeon or a neurosurgeon.

But lacking a scholarship, it seemed his career was blocked. Then he was offered a resident's position in Liverpool, England, as a obstetrician/gynaecologist. "I never wanted to be a gynaecologist," he said. "But I applied for the job and got it." Studying in Liverpool, in Edinburgh, and at University College Medical School in London, Kumar became certified as a doctor of internal medicine, surgery and obstetrics/gynaecology.

An exchange programme took him to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he became an assistant professor of medicine. He then taught and practised medicine in Virginia and Texas before he came to Danbury in 1982. "I am a rolling stone. I gather no moss," he said. But moss or no moss, he's put down roots in the state. "It is the place I have lived the longest," he said.

He and his wife, Vijaya, have a daughter, Vijayakumari, who is a financial analyst with Solomon Smith Barney.

There is a large Ceylonese immigrant population in the state, he said, adding to their sense of belonging here. "It's a wonderful place, except for winter," he said. "When April comes around, it's great."

Kumar speaks with pride about the hospital's Gynaecological Tumour Board, which he helped establish with Dr. Lester Silberman, the longtime chairman of the hospital's department of obstetrics and gynaecology, now retired.

Laughed at

At the board, a variety of doctors - ob/gyns, surgeons, oncologists, internists - would discuss the cases of gynaecological cancer at Danbury Hospital. It gave them the chance to sit, share knowledge, and improve the treatment of each patient.

"It was the first tumour board ever established at the hospital, and they were laughing at me at the time," Kumar said. "Today, there's a tumour board for breast cancer, for lung cancer, for every type of cancer treated at the hospital.'' He's also proud of bringing new surgical techniques and technologies to Danbury.

"I try and go out, learn all the new things, come back, and teach them," he said. If he has one failing as a doctor, he admits, it's that he does not dispense hugs - again, his formal British training may come into play. Luckily, Donna Moore, his office manager and nurse, is by her own account "the huggy-kissy" type who provides lots of empathy. "We make a good team," Kumar said. "The patients get the best of both worlds," Moore said. As a nurse with a lot of experience, she knows how good her boss is at what he does. "I've never seen anyone with his skill, his expertise," she said. "He's one of the best surgeons I've seen."

At 76, Kumar said, he has thought of retiring. But for someone who never, ever, wanted to be a doctor, he is totally devoted to his work, his patients, and to teaching the next generation of physicians. "My hands are still good. They don't shake," he said. "And my mind is clear. So I want to continue. But I've also told people, 'If you ever think I'm not doing the job you think I should be doing, tell me.' That's the day I lay my tools down."

- Robert Miller


Survivors of the Kahapola bus explosion battle their trauma alone

Army Corporal Nishan Kumara, Ramya Kumari: the anguish of a mother to be and Ishara Ratnayake: a black birthday

The bomb in the bus plying from Piliyandala to Kahapola killed 28 people and injured over 70. Today the injured and the bereaved are trying  to continue life amidst the triple traumas of death, threat and anguish. "When I see a bus, I shudder," said a young woman who was a commuter in this bus that was bound to death's door.

By Ranee Mohamed

Corporal Nishan Kumara had long given up active service in the army. Suffering from war-related injuries in Vavuniya in 1997, Kumara had settled into his clerical job at Army Headquarters with the assurance that there were no more terrorist attacks to face at the crack of dawn. But it was at sunset that his worst nightmares came back to haunt him - this time in a bus.

"It is not that I will run away from the enemy; it is not that I will run away from the LTTE in the midst of an attack;  but my thoughts of the war and facing up to tragedy were not burning issues in my mind. I have a one year old daughter now and I felt that there was no threat to my life," said Nishan Kumara from his hospital bed at the Colombo South General Hospital.

For Nishan Kumara who had settled into his paper work under Captain Rupasinghe and Brigadier Gallage at Army Headquarters, April 25 was just another day of work.

On that fateful day he was making his way home after office. He had taken a bus to Piliyandala and on seeing the bus to Kahapola he had used his crutches to speed up his walk towards the bus.

Special privilege

"I got into the bus through the front entrance as soldiers with disabilities have this special privilege," explained Nishan Kumara.

"Just as the bus began to move, there was a strange sound and black smoke filled the air. I found that I could not see, I could not see and what's worse, there were bodies falling over me. The nangi (sister) who was seated next to me now lay dead over me. It did not take long for me to realise that it was a bomb. I felt around for my crutches and could find an edge. Thus I eased my way, after pushing the bodies away from me," said Corporal Nishan Kumara reliving an attack in a Colombo suburb, just as if it had occurred in the war zone.

Today, Nishan Kumara lies in the Kalubowila Hospital waiting to be removed to the Army Hospital. He is injured and cannot hear from his right ear -  a new disability courtesy the Piliyandala bomb explosion.

The last thing that A.B. Pushpakumara of the Sri Lanka Navy expected was a bomb explosion in the bus stand of suburban Piliyandala. "I arrived in Piliyandala and was on my way to Kesbewa when there was a huge explosion in the Kahapola bus. The explosion threw me into the makeshift shop that sells peanuts.  When I tried to get up I found that my hand was injured. I could not see anything, the whole area was filled with black smoke, there were moans and cries everywhere," said Pushpakumara.

Don't trample me

"At home I was treated like a flower. But as I lay there amidst the black smoke, the tears and the moans, I felt people walking over me. Don't trample me, I am pregnant, I cried," said Ramya Kumari, crying uncontrollably as she relived the horror of the bus explosion in Piliyandala.

Three and a half months pregnant, Ramya was usually accompanied by her husband every evening. But on this fateful day, her husband had to make a payment and hence had left early at 6 p.m. "I came at 6.30 p.m. and wanted to reload  my phone. The communication agency was taking a long time and I was annoyed. I had to wait 15 minutes, and because of this delay I could not get a seat in the bus," said Ramya with relief. It is because she was standing at the rear end of the bus that she is alive today.

"The conductor did not collect my  fare. He got off the bus and boarded it through the front entrance. So I had to wait at the rear for him to arrive. I have a habit of pushing my way to the middle of the bus. When my husband is with me, I drag him long with me and go and settle at the middle of the bus. But on this day I was stuck at the rear end, waiting for the conductor to arrive," explained Ramya Kumari.

"Suddenly there was a strange noise - it was not a loud explosion. Or maybe it was, and I did not hear it; because even today I cannot hear. After this screeching noise the whole bus was filled with black smoke. At first, I thought lightning had struck the bus because it was a rainy day. Then when I saw the bodies falling, I thought the bus had toppled. Then I saw  blood - all over and on my chest. And I knew it was a bomb..." cried Ramya Kumari.

Shrapnel removed

Today she battles her trauma alone. "I cannot look at a bus without feeling faint. My husband says that I am jolted from my sleep every night. The shrapnel from my chest has been removed, but I am suffering with these injuries.  I cannot bear it. The hospital authorities told me that X rays cannot be done on me because I am pregnant. I believe it was the baby who brought us luck and saved us from death," said Ramya Kumari finding it difficult to move with her injuries.

Ishara Ratnayake was dressed in her best on that fateful date. "It was my 23rd  birthday and my mother told me that I looked very pretty. I wanted to get back home as soon as possible because my family was waiting for me to arrive. We had planned a happy time at home. I was happy when  I boarded the bus bound for Kahapola. The bus could not have gone even a few yards when the explosion took place. I thought the bus was hit by lightning," recalled Ratnayake.

"I was thrown atop the bodies and there was blood all over me. I stumbled out of the mangled bus but could not see anything. After I was taken to hospital someone had called my home and told my parents, my brothers and my sister that I was okay, but they had not believed the caller. It was only after I telephoned them and they heard my voice that they stopped crying," said Ishara in tears.

Recently two strangers visited Ishara Ratnayake at home. They brought with them her handbag. "We found your handbag and thought you had died. We are so happy that you are well!" said the strangers crying for joy.

Among the dead is W.H. Margaret Wijesinghe, the vice principal of Madapatha Phillip Atygalle Maha Vidyalaya. Wijesinghe was returning home, ironically from the Kalubowila Hospital where her husband, a retired Captain in the  Sri Lanka Army was warded. She had been standing inside the bus when the explosion took place.

Acclaimed athlete

Her only son had telephoned her from Australia that evening and asked  whether she was going to the hospital. He had called to find out whether she was well and safe.

Shirani Dalika and her son Ruchira Thilanka  (11) too never came home after they boarded the bus to Kahapola. Ruchira, an acclaimed athlete,  is a student in Year 6 of  Prince of Wales College.

Shirani's husband Amila who had been employed in the Middle East had telephoned is wife frequently to find out how they were keeping. Amila who arrived for the funeral of his wife and son said that it would have been better if the bomb had destroyed him too, for there was no way in which he could live without his wife and little son.

Pavani Kaushalya remains in isolation. Having suffered several fits and convulsions after the death of her mother who was in the ill fated bus, Kaushalya has to relive the anguish that death brings - seven years after the death of her father.

Her mother Amara Kusum who worked in a garment factory in Ratmalana had telephoned home to tell them that she will be back early. She had promised that she will be cooking the dinner for them that night.

Quiet funerals

But Amara Kusum never came home, her mangled body was found inside the bus and brought home instead.

The family has not eaten since. "It will be a long time before a meal will ever be cooked in this house. How can we eat without our mother?" asks her children Pavani Kaushalya (16) and her brother Vihanga (9).

There are several others who suffer in the aftermath of this explosion. Among them are Ashoka Upulani (59) of Madapatha, Nishan Kumar (36) of Madapatha, Sujeewa (23) of Bandaragama, Dharshana (22) and Shashika Nethmal (13) of Piliyandala, Thaha (8) of Mount Lavinia and Kartizani (3) of Mount Lavinia.

The quiet green hued areas of Piliyandala lay steeped in sorrow and sadness as quiet funerals wound their way across their  unspoilt inner areas. Piliyandala and its neighbouring villages of Madapatha, Kahapola and Batakeththara will take a long time to overcome the bomb on the Kahapola bus that has taken them on a one way trip to despair..


Police canines pass out with flying colours

Officers, handlers and dogs, all stand to attention

By Risidra Mendis

In different colours and sizes, they stood in a row, patiently awaiting their turn to show the audience what they had learned during their training period. They were dressed in their uniforms with their regiment numbers and stood still side by side with their handlers. The day was April 26 - one of the most important days for police officers working at the Police Dog Training Headquarters Kennels Division (PDTHKD) in Kandy.

This was the day where 60 police dogs all aged below  two years,  passed out with flying colours at a colourful ceremony held at the PDTHKD. It was a day of fun and excitement not only for those present at the passing out parade, but also for the dogs who for the first time after their training were able to show the distinguished guests, their donors and their handlers their expertise.

Speaking to The Sunday Leader Head Quarters Chief Inspector Lal Seneviratne said they received 75 dogs from donors. We were able to train 60 dogs while the balance 15 are still under training. The dogs were trained under the categories of sniffer dogs, narcotics dogs and tracker dogs. "At this year's passing out parade there were 40 sniffer, 10 narcotic and 10 tracker dogs consisting of German Shepherds, Labradors, Doberman Pinchers and Dalmatians," HQI Seneviratne said.

Receiving donations

He added that a request was made by the PDTHKD for dogs on October 1, 2007. "We started receiving donations from October 10, 2007 and are still receiving dogs. "We have an agreement with the donors where after a service period of six years the dogs will be returned to them if requested," HQI Seneviratne explained.  

These police dogs are trained to obey orders and have served the nation for many years. But most of us are yet to realise how valuable, efficient and effective these police dogs have become in solving serious crime in the country.

The PDTHKD in Kandy was started in 1948 by the British with only four dogs. With the passing out of a new batch of well trained dogs the PDTHKD now has a total of 280 dogs for detecting crimes. The breeds include Rottweilers, Labrador Retrievers, Doberman Pinchers, Alaskan Malamutes, Belgian Malinoi and Bull Mastiffs. But what makes the service of the PDTHKD that much more valuable, is that the dogs are dispatched free of charge whenever a request is made by a police station in the country.

Crime detection

At the initial stages the dogs were trained for crime detection. It was in 1985 that a group of police officers were sent to Vienna on dog training where the Germans trained them to use dogs for the detection of narcotics, because the Germans felt that large consignments of drugs were being sent from Sri Lanka. It was in 1986 that a decision was taken to train dogs to detect explosives. It was after 2005 that dogs were trained to detect kasippu.

Work at the PDTHKD starts at 6 a.m every day. The dogs are checked to see if they are healthy and fit and are brushed at this time. At 7a.m the dogs are taken to the police grounds for physical and obedience training. At 8.30 a.m it's feeding time and the dogs are given bread and milk. From 9 a.m to 12 noon proper training begins.

The dogs and handlers take a break at 12 noon and start training again between 2 p.m and 3.30 p.m. The dogs are brushed, groomed and fed at 4.30 p.m. "The meal of each dog consists of one kilo of rice mixed with vegetables and meat. Once a week the dogs are bathed - on Sundays - which is also considered the rest day for the dogs and their handlers. Veterinary surgeons visit the PDTHKD once a month and give the dogs a full check up.

Breeding programme

The PDTHKD also has a successful breeding programme where all pups are used for training.  Training begins when a pup is nine months old. It doesn't matter if the animal is a male or female as both are used for training. At the initial stages the dogs are trained to obey commands such as to sit, stand, bite and catch among others.

The dogs are then separated into different fields depending on their intelligence. The training period for a dog is generally three months. A narcotics dog is trained to dig out the narcotics when it is found. An explosives detecting dog will quietly sit down when he or she detects explosives and the tracker dog will go in search of thieves.

The PDTHKD has successfully trained dogs to detect an explosive by sniffing a sample of sand brought from the area where the explosive is hidden. This makes detections easy as the dogs do not need to be taken to far places to detect an explosive. The service period of a dog is around eight to nine years and sometimes even 10 years.

In 1982 the PDTHKD was on the verge of being closed down because police officers working there were called 'balu mahaththayas.' However in 2000 developing this division commenced. After SSP Jayantha Gammanpila took over as director in 2005 many programmes were organised to improve this division that has now gained prestige among the police and the public.


Latha's story

Songstress Latha Walpola and Dr. White

By Ranee Mohamed

For over 60 years Sri Lanka's singing sensation, Latha Walpola has moved us with emotion - moved us to tears.

But after bypass surgery in 2003 and thereafter afflicted with cellulitis, it was a time of tears for this great singer.

"I found that I could not stand, could not bend my legs and could not walk properly, let alone run," said Latha Walpola.

It was in this uncomfortable state that Latha Walpola's call of duty beckoned her to sing in California on Independence Day.

"I left Sri Lanka on February 27. After 36 hours, I was received in my wheelchair by my youngest son, Chaminda who has been living in the USA for the past 17 years. When my son saw me, he asked me how I could sing, when I could not even stand," said Latha Walpola recalling the sad days of her life.

Show time

But not wanting to disappoint her son and the thousands of fans in the USA, Latha Walpola, had on February 4 and 9, sung old time favourites as Peradiga Muthu Atayai Mey and Srini Vibushitha among other songs. But despite the sweetness of the songs, there were tears in her eyes and sadness in her heart as she sang from a wheelchair even though the chair was decorated beautifully and had been elevated to reach the microphone and suit the setting.

"I had no problem with my voice, no problem in my throat, I could sing as many songs as my fans wanted, but it was my legs which were refusing to hold me up as they did," said Latha Walpola.

"It was at this time that my daughter telephoned me from Sri Lanka and told me that the President had called and said that I should consult a Dr. Eliyantha White. 'Meet him - don't suffer,' my daughter urged me," recalled Latha Walpola.

"My son is a very capable young man and is very involved in music in the United States. It was a friend of my son called Dr. Mike, a Sri Lankan who runs three dispensaries in the USA who began an immediate course of treatment for me. He also consulted an Indian specialist. I received injections on my knees and led a miserable life  - being fed with vegetables, not allowed to eat sugar and salt. But soon my cholesterol was at an acceptable level and my sugar was controlled," recalled Latha Walpola.

Missing out

"I was unhappy because of my condition. I could not walk, all I could see were great buildings in New York and Washington. My wheel chair had to be carried at certain places," said Latha Walpola.

"I was to get ready for another show, but it was cancelled due to the sudden demise of Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle and soon it was time for me to leave USA. My son, my daughter- in-law, their friends, especially Prethi Shah called the airlines and informed them of my condition. Thus, wheelchair bound, I left USA on March 27, and reached Colombo on March 29. On March 31, I was asked to meet Dr. Eliyantha White on the instructions of President Mahinda Rajapakse.

Kind gesture

Latha Walpola  had been taken to Temple Trees where she could not sit on the sofa. So  she had remained standing. It was here that Dr. Eliyantha White had first administered her some medicine.

"Two hours after taking the medicine, I began to feel better, amazingly I could bend my knees and sit on the sofa. Dr. Eliyantha White asked me to see him for five days during which time I was treated by this amazing doctor. I just cannot understand the power that he wields.

"I know for certain that Dr. Eliyantha White not only treats with medication, he has a strange power from the universe or beyond, and there are hundreds who have been cured and have experienced his power," said Latha Walpola who has been on other medications for years.

"I am so thankful to President Mahinda Rajapakse and his wife Shiranthi Rajapakse for intervening to make me well. I must also say that Dr. Eliyantha's wife is as loving to everyone who is treated by her husband. "She spoke to me with so much love and concern and treated me very well," said this celebrated singer, moved to tears at the appreciation she has received for decades of Sri Lankan song. "Today, I can bend my knees, more importantly I can walk - I can wear my nice shoes," said Latha Walpola happily.

On stage, again

"We are planning to have a show on May 13 at the BMICH. It will be a grand show with several artistes and film stars and I am busy running around preparing for this show. All this would not have been possible if not for the President and Dr. Eliyantha White. I wish to thank them both and feel bad that I had initially not had much faith in these 'powers.' There were many people who told me not to believe in these boru weda (false doings) and  drink various medicines and not to believe these 'powerful cures.'"

Latha Walpola who sang Namo Mariyane in 1947 will celebrate her 75th birthday on November 11. "Today I am relieved that I am not suffering anymore, that I am not in pain anymore," said Latha Walpola and went on to say that her happiness is further illuminated by the fact that the President of this country appreciates her so much as to care for her - and give her a cure, from a power that comes in the form of Dr. Eliyantha White.

It took eight hours - Dr. White

Dr. Eliyantha White, speaking to The Sunday Leader from overseas said that the case of Latha Walpola took him eight hours to cure.

    "It was a case of hardening of the marrow in the joints. It was President Mahinda Rajapakse who instructed me to attend to this great singer and cure her. He instructed me to treat her the moment she returned from the USA and that is just what I did," said Dr. White

When asked on when he plans to treat the  innumerable callers who gave their telephone numbers in response to the article of March16, Dr. White said that he will begin to treat patients again at the end of the month or early next month and went on to say that he plans to treat all the patients who telephoned in response to the article in The Sunday Leader  in the one or two days allocated for these callers only.  



Working with the FBI

The phone rings at FBI head quarters.


"Hello, is this the FBI?"

"Yes. What do you want?"

"I'm calling to report my neighbour, Adrian Thibodeaux. He is hiding marijuana inside his firewood."

"Thank you very much for the call, sir."

The next day, the FBI agents descend on Thibodeaux's house. They search the shed where the firewood is kept. Using axes, they bust open every piece of wood, but find no marijuana. They swear at Thibodeaux and leave.

The phone rings at Thibodeaux's house.

"Hey, Adrian! Did the FBI come?" "Yeah!"

"Did they chop your firewood?" "Yep."

"Great, now it's your turn to call. I need my garden ploughed."

Cutting costs

A woman goes into the local newspaper office to see that the obituary for her recently deceased husband is published. After the editor informs her that the fee for the obituary is 50 cents a word, she pauses, reflects and then says, "Well, then, let it read `Fred Brown died. Pick up for sale.'"

A dirty 'trick'

This man came home one afternoon from work. He let the dog out as was his usual routine, changed clothes and started his supper. While he was cooking he heard the dog scratching to come in.

    The man went to let him in when to his horror the dog had his neighbour's beloved pet rabbit dirty, malled, hanging limp in his teeth.

The man snatched the rabbit from the dog and quickly turned off the stove and began to bath the rabbit, he then blew dry it and snuck over to the neighbours yard and gently laid the rabbit on the floor of his pen knowing his neighbour would be saddened to find his beloved pet. He quickly rushed home and started his cooking again, when came a knock on the door. He saw it was his neighbour and yelled, come on in.

He came in and sat down. He shook his head looking disgusted. "What's wrong?" he  asked. "Well," he said, "this community is not like it was when I first moved here years ago." "Sure has changed a lot," said the other fellow still at the stove. "No I mean it, I am thinking about moving, there are some real sick-o's around here!"

The man turned off his stove and sat down with his friend. "What has happened?" "Well," he began, "the other day my beloved pet rabbit died, and today some sick-o dug him up, gave him a bath, and put him back in his cage."

In the darkness

The story is told of four people who shared a berth in a train going from Paris to Madrid: a beautiful young woman travelling with her grandmother, and a handsome, young army lieutenant who was with his commanding officer.

On the way the train passed through a tunnel, and the train became pitch black. Suddenly, in the darkness there was a sound of a kiss followed by a slap. When the train emerged from the tunnel, the four sat stone faced as if nothing had happened.

The beautiful young woman thought to herself, 'That was a wonderful kiss, but my grandmother must have slapped his face and he probably thinks I did it and he won't pay attention to me again.'

The grandmother thinks, 'That's a fresh thing for that man to kiss my grand daughter. I'm sure glad she stood up for herself, I'm sure it will teach him a lesson.'

The commanding officer thought, 'This is terrible, she must have thought that I was the one who kissed her. Wait until I get back to the base, I'm really going to give my lieutenant a piece of my mind.'

And the handsome young lieutenant thought, 'This was my day. I got to kiss a beautiful woman and slap my boss and get away with both.'


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