Though the Kandy District’s one time trouble spots remain calm, the State of Emergency continues. Many are the not-so-good stories that are unfolding, both for the Government and its leaders.
The latest is how German Chancellor Angela Merkel called off a visit to Sri Lanka. This was to take place after she attended the international solar summit in New Delhi. President Maithripala Sirisena too took part in the same event, but went to Japan on a state visit from the Indian capital.
The thousands of Lankans who work in West Asia were the worst hit by the temporary ban on social media including Facebook, Viber and WhatsApp. They could not keep in touch with their families and friends in Sri Lanka.
As the ban was lifted, doing the rounds was an old video clip of the then Opposition Leader and now Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. He was then berating former President Mahinda Rajapaksa for attempting to ban social media.
All in all, most users were inconvenienced but took the ban in their stride. One of them posted that Facebook founder Marc Zuckerberg was now working on a farm. The reason: the ban on the social app by the Government of Sri Lanka.
There was also a response to President Maithripala Sirisena who declared that Sri Lanka Telecom was now making more money. A user declared a prolonged ban would only make the SLT, where his brother is Chairman, richer. Another said that a collective response would only come at the next elections. Of course, many downloaded apps that by-passed the local system providers and enabled them to gain access to different apps.