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A view from the hills

Happy state of uselessness

Lawyers want sanctity and dignity of the courts upheld. In a letter to the DIG, Central Range, Kithsiri Seneviratne, President of the Bar Association, Kandy, has asked that the Police help uphold the sanctity and dignity of the Courts and allow Judges and lawyers untrammelled access to the Courts Complex. The KBA had held discussions with High Court Judge, Nissanka Udalagama, at the end of April, discussions at which the S.P. and HQI, Kandy were also present. At this discussion, the KBA reminds, it was agreed on and decided that access to the Kandy Courts Complex and lawyers’ offices be reviewed. The KBA claims that Judges and lawyers now undergo much difficulty and inconvenience. Lawyers cannot park near their offices and are compelled to walk to the Courts - a problem that becomes quite unacceptable on rainy days.

The letter also asks for the relocation of the barriers at Deva Veediya - Colombo Street junction and Deva Veediya - Temple Street junction at the water fountain. These barriers presently serve no really useful purpose and could be relocated at more vulnerable points. Such relocation will permit litigants easy access to lawyers’ offices and enable lawyers to park near their offices. The KBA points out that there would be a free flow of traffic and less congestion, which is the bane of all road-users at present.

As the KBA points out, all this would be a temporary measure until the Courts are shifted. The Association has also asked that lawyers be issued vehicle passes to enable them to get to the Courts. Cars could be parked near the offices of the Cultural Triangle, which is out of the security area.

Randenigala’s graveyard

The German dam-builders have come and gone; but a huge area at Randenigala is now a rotting reminder of the don’t-care attitude which is so typical of us. Buildings and other installations put up to serve as stores and house equipment are going to pot while bits and pieces of machinery too have rusted into that happy state of total uselessness.

Many of the buildings are choked with undergrowth and much of the fittings spirited away. Could make a wonderful camping site. Maybe the Government should hand it over to the Scouts Association so that scouts could make of it a superb campsite.

Scouting Around

Which reminds me, speaking of scouts, The question now being asked in scouting circles, following the National Scouts Jamboree which was held at Pallekelle recently is what some high scout officials really know about scouting. In the UK, I learn, Government has no say in scouting whatsoever. Oh well, that’s miles and miles away from here - and here is where the Government must chuck its oar in everything everywhere, from cricket captains to scout commissioners. Apparently, no one can be trusted to do anything here unless the Government holds the reins and cracks the whip. Did I hear someone say ‘privatisation’?

Chitra takes charge

There was Marjorie Pieris, Malini Swaris and Mr H. Liyanaratchi. All Principals of Peradeniya’s Teacher Training College. Now, Chitra Rajapakse takes over, appointed by the Ministry of Education.

Seems there’s much rumbling in the ranks and sensitive souls are anxious to count off on their fingers what they expect of a Principal.

I am told by staffers that the College has its shortcomings and lecturers pitch in “over and above the call of duty” to keep things ticking over. Well, Chitra is in charge now and here’s wishing her luck and hoping she can make things better for all.

BDRU enters National Health programme

Kandy General Hospital Director, Dr. A.M.L. Beligaswatte, has announced that the hospital’s Birth Defects Research Unit has been incorporated into the National Health Programme of the Ministry of Health. This was decided by the Minister, Nimal Siripala de Silva, who is most impressed by the BDRU’s outstanding work in the last two years. Dr. Beligaswatte has personally congratulated the BDRU’ s Director, Dr. Bryan Walker and his staff, and expressed his delight at the Unit’s elevation to a nationally recognised body.

Sudden infant deaths

We know it better as cot death - the commonest cause of infant deaths in the UK. While the death rate is not known in Sri Lanka, it is known that environmental factors could also be a cause. At the Kandy General Hospital, the following pointers are given to reduce the risk of cot death:

  • Sleeping babies should be placed on their backs, or sides with the lower arm forward.
  • Only place babies in the prone position if other health reasons necessitate this (such as in the case of vomiting, breathing conditions, after surgery, etc.)
  • Do not allow the baby to get too hot, and keep the room well ventilated.
  • Do not smoke anywhere near the baby. Even the smoke of cooking fires may be harmful.
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