As unravelled by a national English daily, the Colombo UN officials
had deliberately kept silent over the issue, trying to cover-up the
abduction of two UN employees by the LTTE terrorist outfit.
The Defence.lk web site, has posted the news release extracted under
the topic Colombo UN officials tried to cover up the LTTE abduction of
two UN employees, in its news column on Tuesday(08).
As learnt through Colombo UN staff officials, the two UN aid workers
were forcibly abducted and detained by the LTTE terrorist outfit since
April 20, on sheer desperation to demand its issues to the regional UN
aid workers who are mostly Tamils from the North and East of Sri Lanka.
The LTTE had abducted the two UN workers accusing them of releasing the
Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who were being used as human shields
by the LTTE.
Despite being mute over the controversial issue, the UN Colombo
officials has deliberately violated common ethics underlayed by the UN
convention on the safety of the UN and associated personnel.
It is taken to notice that the UN Secretary General had been kept in
the dark over the abduction of the UN employees by the ruthless
The Representative and the Country Director of the World Food
Programme(WFP) and Acting UN Resident and Humanitarian Co-ordinator in
Sri Lanka Jeff Taft Dick, is to be held responsible for failing to bring
the issue to the notice of the concerned authorities.
He is also to be held responsible for clandestinely negotiating with
an internationally banned terrorist outfit, who has claimed over 65,000
civilian lives over the past two decades. It has been learnt that Mr.
Dick had used the term ‚Äėarrest‚Äô over the abduction and detention of its
employees and later has expressed that the term was used in mistake.
It is imminent that the Colombo UN representatives have crossed the
fault lines too many a times, and has jeopardized the lives of its staff
and the ethics of the UN role as an international Neutral body.
The breach of the UN codes of ethics and underhand work, deliberately
keeping a democratic Government in dark is to be dealt with severe
attention in the highest courts of the UN to preserve its standards as a
At present, as the ‚ÄėMobile phone fashion‚Äô is everywhere and some
people think it‚Äôs an indispensable ‚Äėtool‚Äô. Anyhow I am not going to
comment on this. There is something I would like to draw everybody‚Äôs
attention. The message sending method has been found money saving and an
effective communication method. Yes it does.
We hear that many FM channels and TV channels have organised many
competitions in which the listeners or the viewers can send replies
using their mobile or CDMA phones. What a great way! Here we have to
think over the term used to send a message. They say ‚ÄúYou can send SMS
or I sent SMS etc.‚ÄĚ
What SMS stands for? Sending Message Services!
Then how could you send SMS? You can send a text message or you can
send a message. The language is the bridge between any known or unknown
people to correspondent their feelings and expressions. It‚Äôs better to
be specific when you talk or when you say something to another person.
Please don‚Äôt attempt to kill the language when you use it.
There have been many speculations about Malinga in the local
newspapers. A cricket enthusiast had quoted that Malinga is living in
his youth and is enjoying life.
He leads the life he wants to, not to any others expectations!
(Reference DN May 04)
Another had said keep up Malinga, let him enjoy his youth. (Reference
DN May 09).
However, Upula Madhushankar, an enthusiast (Reference DN May 09) had
viewed the comments of Ranjit Chandrasekera writing via email from
Australia as drastic and do not agree with the latter, with his remark
as having said as having a ‚Äėthird grade look‚Äô.
If I am correct Ranjit Chandrasekera is the famous motor cycling
champion who dominated the motor racing field in the early ‚Äô80s and
migrated to Australia. In contrast to what he has said about Malinga, he
too adopted a style of his own sporting a very nice beard which really
suited this Champion Rider as he was very fair in complexion.
Hence, I am of the opinion that no one could comment drastically on
Malinga‚Äôs hair style and to be called the ‚Äėsexiest‚Äô. Every person has
his own imitable style.
In fact, he has brought fame to our Motherland and even Sir Garfield
Sobers in conversation with our President during the World Cup has said
that all West Indian housewives are crazy about Malinga‚Äôs bowling and
his hair style which is a unique style, and one that is not emulated.
Well, no one cannot challenge his bowling as he perhaps came up with
the most sterling bowling performance in the entire tournament by
capturing four wickets in four balls.
In concluding, I must say Sri Lanka has been given a new popularity
by Malinga being called the ‚Äėsexiest‚Äô, as even I was called ‚Äėsexy‚Äô by
some ‚Äėhooligan‚Äô young Aussies travelling in a speedy vehicle when I was
doing an evening stroll over here after identifying me as a Sri Lankan.
The Accountant (Pensions) at Colombo D.S. office, Dam Street deserves
to be congratulated for her excellent job in completing almost 90 per
cent of the revison of pensions except those with insufficient data and
we understand is now in the process of revising W & O Pensions.
However, its disgusting that the Accountant (Pensions) at
Thimbirigasyaya D.S. office is yet struggling from January 2006 to pay
the revised pensions for 2006 and 2007. Only a few who pay homage to her
office we hear had been lucky to have the revsions made. We hope the new
D.S. will monitor the job of revsions and pay the dues to the underpaid
I contacted the National Archives, Colombo on Wednesday, May 2 at
9.30 p.m. from Canada, which is 9.00 a.m. on Thursday, May 3, 2007. I
made this call because I wanted to get photocopies of some articles that
I had written to newspapers when I was in Sri Lanka. A person answered
the phone in Sinhala and said that because of the rain, so far no one
has come to office.
I called them at 10.15 a.m. Sri Lankan time and was again told by the
same person in Sinhala, that because of the rain still no one has showed
up. So I asked for the total number of staff working at National
He told me about 150 and cut the line. Another 5 minutes later I ran
up again and asked the same person, ‚ÄúSo out of the 150 staff only you
seem to be working?‚ÄĚ He replied that he had already mentioned about the
rain. Then I said in that case I will have to bring this to the notice
of the Minister.
I also informed him that every time I rang up, I mentioned that I am
calling from Canada and this is costing me a lot. The moment I mentioned
that I will discuss this matter with the Minister, he said he is only
from the security office and that perhaps I could speak to the Deputy
Director and put the call through.
It was not the Deputy Director but the Assistant Director, Finance
who spoke. When I asked how much her office charges for one letter size
(A4) photocopy of an article, she answered that she is not familiar with
the rates and put the call through to the Public Relations Officer. She,
of course, gave me all the answers I wanted.
What I want to know from the higher ups is whether staff members,
even if they happen to be from the security office, have been given some
advice or training as to how to answer enquiries from the public? In
this case, only after I mentioned that I have to discuss this matter
with the Minister in charge that he stopped lying and put the call
through to someone.
May I also add one more thing. I got the email address of the
Department of Archives from the Department‚Äôs own website and sent an
email to this office two weeks ago making inquiries about the rates of
photocopying etc. Up to now I never got a reply.
This is why I had to phone and it took three phone calls from Canada
to get the information I wanted. Why on earth does the Department of
National Archives have the e-mail address on their website if they do
not want to respond? I hope the Minister of National Heritage and the
Director of National Archives will look into this matter.