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SLTB getting back on track
The Sri Lanka Transport Board(SLTB) has improved its services by
leaps and bounds. i am a regular bus traveller and I have observed the
difference. Now conductors in SLTB buses are courteous and kind to
commuters. They even lend a helping hand to aged commuters - a thing not
seen in the past. This is indeed a new development and a welcome move.
More and more commuters seem to patronise SLTB buses now. The buses
donít idle at bus stops to collect passengers as private buses do,
drawing the ire of bus travellers.
I am sure if they continue with this courteous service, word will
spread and travellers will opt to travel in SLTB buses and will help the
loss-making institution to make a turn around and be the service it was!
The new SLTB chairman should be applauded for the timely move to get the
SLTB back on track.
Regular bus traveller
An eye-opener for CGR
Although there are many shortcomings in the train service, they are
reliable to a great extent because the trains run to a schedule, thus
enabling office workers to make use of this service. Train tickets are
cheap thus helping office workers further.
But the question is Ď Is the Ceylon Government Railway making a
profit ?í. I doubt whether it ever will, because of the manner in which
empty trains run during off peak hours. This should be closely monitored
by the railway hierarchy.
The office train that plies the coastal line and reaches the
Secretariat station at 4.05 pm has so many empty carriages that donít
fill up till even at Dehiwela. This train could run with less
compartments. I am sure there might be other trains on the upcountry
line as well which run in a similar manner.
A critical review must be made of trains that run during office times
and out of office hours. If the CGR is to be a viable and economic
component of the country, this is paramount. If the CGR does an
oversight review, I am sure some of the losses could be mitigated.
B.S. De Silva
Violence Ė treat the root cause
A triple suicide bombing and gun attack at Istanbul Ataturk Airport
has killed 41 people and wounded 239 people. There are news items about
violence in the world that we hear almost every day. We spend huge sums
of money to control violence all over the world. We purchase expensive
security devices and weapons to curb violence. We have various types of
security experts. We deploy thousands of security officers. But there is
no improvement. The root cause should be found and treated. If you watch
television, you will see that many of the teledramas are full of
violence. This is the kind of culture we show our younger generation.
Even films that are shown are on violent issues and themes.
Most of the computer games teaching some type of violence to
children. Even TV news has a crime segment and highlights the crimes
that have taken place. I think this too has a negative impact on
viewers, especially the youth. Television producers should take serious
note of this fact and gradually curb showing violent news and programs.
We have to encourage TV programs where nonviolence is emphasized.
Most of our toys are samples of dangerous weapons. By all this we are
teaching violence to our children.
How much of dangerous weapons do we manufacture?. How much of
dangerous weapons we buy. Sometimes we spend more for weapons than for
food and health.
Are our religious leaders and politicians doing enough to control
Are our social organizations paying heed to this emerging trend?
We have to identify habitual violent offenders and separate them from
the public. We must educate our children and create more jobs. Train
children to get along with people in nonviolent ways. Violence is
behaviour involving physical force intended to hurt, damage or kill
someone or something.
Each one of us must do our part to eliminate violence.