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Travelling in SLTB buses - a nightmare
I was travelling on the Nittambuwa-Giriulla route in a SLTB bus of
the Nittambuwa depot, on a morning last week. I was sitting in the
centre of the bus. I tendered a Rs 100 note. He gave me the ticket and
left without giving the balance. When the bus arrived at my destination,
I went towards the rear of the bus to get my balance as the conductor
was there. He gave me the balance but forced me to go to the front door
to get off. I realised he was angry because I requested the balance. The
authorities should pay attention to the harassment of commuters
especially women who travel in public transport.
Dr.(Ms)H.M.N.N.K. Herath Divisional hospital Hiripitiya
Streamline public transport rather than set up CCTV cameras in buses
While welcoming the setting up of CCTV cameras in SLTB and private
buses, I would like to draw the attention of Transport Minister, Madduma
Bandara to look into the administration of the SLTB depots which are
SLTB buses in rural depots are not maintained and breakdown
frequently causing inconvenience to commuters. SLTB buses do not run to
a proper timetable. Commuters should know the times as they prefer to
travel in SLTB buses. On rural routes buses do not ply between 7pm to 11
Even private buses do not run after 6pm. Commuters who arrive from
distant places after work are compelled to hire trishaws to reach their
homes. On the Aranayaka route this is a common practice as there are no
SLTB or private buses running after 6 pm.
Private buses are a hindrance to the public especially on the
Aranayaka route and bus fares have not been reduced after the reduction
of fuel prices.
On the rural route in Gantuna-Aranayaka private bus operators charge
exorbitantly Rs.65 from Aranayaka to Gantuna. The SLTB bus fare is Rs
50. Tickets are not issued in private buses in Aranayaka and commuters
are in a quandary as they are unable to complain to the Private Bus
Transport Authority in Kegalle without evidence – the bus ticket is
sought by the transport authority.
Many verbal complaints were made to the Private Transport Authority
in Kegalle but to no avail because they have been bribed by private bus
owners. The Provincial Council Minister of Transport of the Sabaragamuwa
Province does not take any action or pay heed to the commuters’ plight.
I sincerely urge the new transport Minister to streamline public
transport to ensure a smooth and steady service as they have voted a new
Government anticipating good governance and fair play in all state
Dr. Chris Nonis as advisor to Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The former Sri Lankan High Commissioner in the UK, Dr Chris Nonis was
appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena as the advisor to the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Dr Chris Nonis has a track record as a reputed diplomat who through
his numerous services during his tenure as High Commissioner, prior to
it as specialist cardiology consultant in the UK and other feats which
have brought laurels to Sri Lanka when he was domiciled in the UK.
Chris Nonis graduated from the University of London and then entered
Cambridge University for a post graduate degree to become a consultant
physician in Cardiology. He practised with distinction in a number of
hospitals in Britain where he was hailed for his abilities as a
consultant physician in Cardiology.
Dr Nonis held a number of prestigious positions in civil and
international organisations before being the High Commissioner. He had
cordial relations with a wide cross section of the business community in
the UK. Through his astute tactics and formidable efforts Dr Chris Nonis
thwarted the efforts of the Tamil Diaspora in Britain who were
desperately endeavouring to discredit our Government and country through
Dr Nonis is an ideal and competent candidate to be appointed advisor
to the Foreign Affairs Ministry by President Maithripala Sirisena.
It is relevant to quote that such an astute and capable diplomat
unlike many others appointed to the foreign missions, backed by
political influence, was rejected and chased away by the Rajapaksa
Bouquet for doctors and nurses
I am a resident of Pitipana in Negombo. I suffered a heart attack in
November in 2013 and I was admitted to the Base Hospital in Negombo. As
I was diagnosed with cardiac infarction, I was in hospital for a week,
on tablets and injections.
After coming home I got worse. I had to consult a cardiac surgeon, at
a private hospital in Wattala. I underwent an angiogram at Nawaloka
Three arteries were occluded. The doctor suggested that, I should
undergo a bypass surgery soon. The total expense was Rs. 700,000, which
I couldn't afford as I am a retired English teacher. I registered at the
cardiac ward at the General Hospital in Colombo. Though I had been
enlisted for a long time, doctors didn't call me for the operation. I
was on medication given by the clinic at the Base Hospital in Negombo. I
understood that there was no option other than open heart surgery.
Having consulted, a leading cardiologist, Dr. Namal Gamage at the
Karapitiya Teaching Hospital in Galle. I was admitted to hospital on
November 13, 2014. There were many other cardiac patients physio
therapists and nurses readied as for the operation.
On December 1, I was taken to the operating theatre at 8.00 p.m. and
Dr. Namal Gamage performed the bypass surgery and I was discharged.
I write this letter to express my gratitude, specially to Dr. Namal
Gamage, other assistant doctors and the nurses. The service and care
rendered by Dr. Namal Gamage is commendable. If it were not for their
services many patients who can't afford medical care in private
hospitals would die untimely deaths.