The winds of change do blow heavily about politicos in general and
newly occupied ministerial seats in particular and this certainly
seemed to be the case where JVP Minister Vijitha Herath was concerned.
Minister Herath turned up a good one hour late at a cultural function,
emulating those famous Presidential delays, but the minister went
a step ahead, choosing to refrain from apologising for his delay.
if to prove just how adapted the JVP was becoming Mr. Herath repeated
his unpunctuality by arriving at yet another function late, and
this time the compere welcomed him, inadvertently, as the Minister
of Culture and Hela Urumaya, instead of Minister of Cultural Affairs
and Jathika Urumaya (National Heritage).
broom for a T56!
Having spent a good number of their childhood and youthful
years fighting for 'liberation', four of the Karuna - LTTE damsels
who are now back again in the LTTE fold, are reported to have begged
for 'liberty in India' while staying at a luxury hotel in Colombo
along with the renegade militant and his spouse. Pleading with the
LTTE renegade leader's wife, Vithyamadi to assist them to flee to
India to start a 'new life' the LTTE belles had however snorted
at the alternative suggested by Vithyamathi - to go to the Middle
East to work as housemaids. Well, a T 56 is certainly different
from a broom !
causes further delay
Two top officials representing a ministry of which the portfolio
is held by the President were heading for a conference in Kilinochchi
this week and when they were about to leave the last exit point
after undergoing the security checks by the LTTE at Puliyankulam
they were told to produce the vehicle registration papers.
they did not possess the papers they said the vehicle belonged to
the ministry, but one of the helpers had a close look at the windscreen
and observed the photocopy of the revenue licence pasted on it to
remark 'so this is from the President's ministry'. The discovery
further delayed the officials.