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The Jaffna bound night mail train was delayed by 96 minutes last Wednesday (April 13) as the railway guard on duty had reported late for duty after performing the rituals at the auspicious time, Railways Department sources said.

The train which was scheduled to leave Colombo Fort at 9.30 pm had left at 11.06 .

A senior railway official said the train had to wait for this particular guard as the department was short of staff.

He said only 30% of the special train services scheduled for the New Year season could be operated as a large number of guards were on leave.

He said at times porters had to be deployed on guard duty due to the acute shortage of guards, in order to operate the trains. (Vinitha M. Gamage)


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  • ANTON Monday, 18 April 2016 09:55 AM

    IF HIS WIFE GOT SICK, WILL HE BE WAITING FOR THIS SO CALLED AUSPICIOUS TIME ???

    Desmond Jeromme Monday, 18 April 2016 10:21 AM

    Railway is not that Guard's grand father's property. Action should be taken against him.

    Bubble Banda Monday, 18 April 2016 10:24 AM

    For one particular person to hold a Public Transport on a special season is a crime.

    Commuter Monday, 18 April 2016 10:56 AM

    It is nauseating to read that the hierarchy has not taken any punitive action against this I CARE - LESS attitude guard. The ministry should interdict him immediately without pay. What about the thousands who suffered. The state should pay compensation yo them. via DM Android App

    mohan Monday, 18 April 2016 11:17 AM

    This is the main reason of our country always on the Reverse Gear .

    Lal Monday, 18 April 2016 11:55 AM

    If it was me traveling, I would have sued the moron.

    nimmi Monday, 18 April 2016 12:06 PM

    See the beauty of Yaha..

    Kanda Monday, 18 April 2016 12:26 PM

    He must have hired by Mahinda.. ?

    Unchikun Monday, 18 April 2016 12:36 PM

    Sri Lanka , a fools paradise !

    Don Monday, 18 April 2016 12:59 PM

    Absolutely!If we are to believe in these rituals, our country would have been way ahead of USA/UK etc...A well developed nation!

    lalith Monday, 18 April 2016 05:53 PM

    Super, porters as guards and drivers too.

    PERERA Tuesday, 19 April 2016 10:04 AM

    SUPERSTITIOUS IDIOT.WONDER IF HE WAITED FOR THE AUSPICIOUS TIMES FOR A BIT OF THE OTHER WITH THE MRS


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