I refer to Meril T.M. De Silva's reply to Shenali Waduge's
explanation in the letter titled 'Christmas came to Sri Lanka after the
arrival of the Portuguese in 1505' in the Citizen's Mail column, in
which it has been mentioned that the Bible itself must be proved, to be
true. I do not wish to discuss that Christianity was in Ceylon long
before the arrival of the Portuguese, but would like to refer to K.
Sivakumara's article 'Knowing Colonial Rule in Ceylon' in the Daily
News, mentioning that the Portuguese brought Christianity to Ceylon (Sri
Lanka) in 1505.
As a person practicing Islam and accepting all Prophets/Messengers
from Adam to Prophet Muhammed (may peace be upon them), I wish to say
that the Gospel was written by more than 25 saints and not only the four
Saints Mathew, Mark, Luke and John. I have a copy of the Gospel of St.
Barnabas but it is banned to Christians and the general public.
The Bible narrates the life of Jesus Christ, his miracles and his
sayings similar to the Muslim 'Hadiths' narrating the life, miracles and
sayings of Prophet Muhammed, narrated by many Imams. Of the 124,000
prophets spread throughout the universe only four prophets revealed
books by the Almighty God – the Holy Taurath (Thorah) to Prophet Moosa
(Moses) in Hebrew, Holy Zaboor (Psalms) to Prophet Dawood (David), Holy
Injeel (Evangelical) to Prophet Esa (Jesus) in Aramaic and the Holy
Quran to Prophet Muhammed in Arabic.
The Bible and Hadith were written by human beings, but the Holy
Taurah (Thorah), Holy Zaboor (Psalms), Holy Injeel (Evangelical) and the
Holy Quran were revealed by Almighty God and must be accepted in the
language of the prophets.
The Bible has been amended many times and faults are still in the
Bible. I am eager to know what happened to the Gospel of the other
saints. There is a publication from South Africa which says there are
more than 1,000 faults in the Bible.
According to a recent news item, the Health Ministry Epidemiology
Unit has warned the public of using alternative treatment for dengue.
This warning also covers the raw papaw leaf juice treatment as well.
Yet the news item makes no specific mention of raw papaw juice
treatment at all. Sri Lankan researcher Dr. Sanath Hettige, MBBS, DFM,
MD carried out a research on raw papaw leaf juice treatment and
discovered that it is a highly effective and successful treatment for
curing dengue patients.
He has declared that it should be administered no sooner it is
diagnosed that the patient is suffering from dengue, in order to prevent
the patient from falling into the haemorrhage state. This will then not
necessitate the patient being admitted to hospital. Dr. Hettige's study
has shown that the treatment elevates the total white cell count and the
platelet count and would help recovery.
Very recently, a child afflicted with dengue fever was given raw
papaw leaf juice but the child could not take it because it was very
Her parents used their discretion and mixed the juice with bees’
honey and gave it to the child who recovered completely.
It would not be prudent for the Health authorities to take these
matters too into consideration, before making announcements as it had
It should conduct further studies on the raw papaw leaf juice
treatment as well. To those who have experimented, it is the cheapest
and the fastest treatment in the world for dengue.
At present, the transfer of ownership of vehicles are handled only by
the Commissioner of Motor Traffic whose office is situated at
Narahenpita in Colombo. Often there are delays and sometimes applicants
are compelled to travel to Narahenpita from far away places at much
inconvenience, to make inquiries about their applications.
There is however provision to obtain transfers on the Same Day
Service, on payment of an enhanced fee. Yet those who pay the normal
fee, should be able to get a transfer effected within a reasonable
In order to expedite this task and avoid any delays, I wish to
request the Transport Minister and the relevant authorities concerned to
consider decentralising the above function at provincial level, by
empowering the respective Provincial Councils to effect transfers in
respect of vehicles within the province as well as Divisional
Secretariats for vehicles registered in their areas.
The CMT could continue to effect transfers among the provinces.
Further the CMT should be kept informed of all transfers, for purpose of
record. I trust this request will receive due consideration of the
Transport Minister and the Commissioner of Motor Traffic.
It was published in a newspaper recently, that guns had been found in
a residence in Kelaniya next to Minister Mervyn Silva's Office. If this
stunning news is true, this is a very serious situation.
We are aware that nowadays security provided for ministers is
formidable, but even in the midst of this security situation, if someone
or a group manages to maintain a haul of guns next to the minister's
office without the knowledge of the minister's security, the question
arises as to how smart the group could be and how idiotic the minister's
security could be.
Maybe there was a plot to assassinate the minister. We are so lucky
to have him with us alive and the police have been clever to detect the
haul of guns on time. We know how smart the present day Sri Lankan
We need the police to reveal the location of the find as well as the
names of the culprits, if they have been taken into custody.
The police deserves the thanks and gratitude from the people of Sri
Lanka especially from the people of Kelaniya for the timely intervention
and for saving the beloved Minister's life.
May the blessings of all the Gods be with the minister to enable him
to serve the people, not only of Kelaniya but the whole nation.
The UDA, CMC and the Police are making every effort to ensure that
the roads are meant for vehicles and pedestrians to move freely, by
taking steps to remove all obstructions, while at the same time
prosecuting those causing willful obstructions. However on Marine Drive
in Bambalapitiya, which is used by thousands of motorists as well as
pedestrians who consist mainly of school children, there are notable
obstructions on the road which have existed for well over six months
A construction site at the end of Castle Lane and adjoining the
Bambalapitiya Flats, occupies almost half of the land-side of the road.
The contractors have not only placed three or four generators on the
road, but have also stored building materials etc. on the road itself,
contravening a clause in the conditions under which building plans are
approved by the CMC. They have also dumped concrete etc. on the area
immediately adjoining the road. As a result, school children are
compelled to walk on the road at great risk to their lives.
During peak traffic times there is a long queue of vehicles extending
upto the Bambalapitiya Railway Station, as only one lane of traffic can
use the Maine Drive towards Wellawatte from Bambalapitiya. It is
surprising that the Bambalapitiya Police are turning a blind eye to this
gross violation of the rules. I suggest that the IGP or the DIG Traffic
drive along Marine Drive around 1.45 pm on a week-day and see the
chaotic situation of the traffic.
We see water leaks sometimes in great volumes and for days, in some
places, just in front of the premises of some people.
But the occupants never bother to inform the Water Board unless they
are affected, although toll free number 1939 is available to inform of
such leaks. They might be thinking that the government should face the
losses by any means.
Can anyone enjoy seeing wastage of water when villagers walk miles
for a pot of water?
This wastage, should be stopped. For that I suggest that if the NWS&
DB comes across such leaks, it should fine the owner of the premises
just in front of the leak a sum of Rs. 1000 for not informing the Board.
If the leak has been informed of and a reference number given but yet
no action is taken, the officer in charge of the Water Board should be
equally fined. It is a fact that the NWS& DB takes its own time to
attend to leaks despite repeated calls. If Sri Lanks is to be a
disciplined country, harsh punishment should be meted for every offence.