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C. M. S. Mowbray College steps into its centenary year



C. M. S. Mowbray College celebrates its 99th College Day as well as step into its centenary year, on May 17, 2021.

The College is situated in Rajapihilla Mawatha overlooking the Kandy Lake on a sprawling campus of nearly five acres. The College is perched in the beauty of the Kandyan hills and surrounded by a diverse nature which itself has become a living laboratory.

The natural surrounding environment is rich both in animal and plant life which umbrellas several organism species. This resource has provided space for many educational activities such as inculcation in the learning process, eco conservation, promotion of artificial waste reduction and several informative projects. This natural phenomenon adds a soothing atmosphere to the college community life and it develops an ethic of appreciation and calm away from the hustle of the busy outside.

The school itself is equipped with all modern facilities in including parking, play ground, staff quarters, auditorium, hall, laboratories, support infrastructure and accommodation with a special emphasis on hostel education due to its past as a primarily select boarding school which was made their home by several hundreds of girls from all across the country.

The present Principal is Mrs. Manoranjani Kingsly who took over duties on January 13, 2020. She is an illustrious past student of the College who excelled in many academic and co-curricular activities while at school. She has also had her teaching experience at Trinity College and coupled with her graduate and postgraduate qualifications, the school is in good and caring hands at the school enters the centenary.

The school has several vibrant educators, some of them with over three decades of expertise joined by the newer entrants make the ideal fusion needed for the maintenance of the Mowbray ethic pertaining to Curricular, Co Curricular and Extra Curricular activities.

As the school is on the verge of writing a new chapter in her history we invite all interested parties to join our venture. The College celebrates its past students in whatever walk of life they have chosen to serve the community and they remain the living witnesses of this great institution. While it is easy to be swept with trends of over competitiveness, a few schools continue to weather the storms.

One step Mowbray has initiated in the recent year is for all Ordinary Level students to spend one term in pursuing all available streams at the College. This would then be holistic fielding of subjects from arts, commerce, science and technology streams. This was initiated to make students aware of the many possibilities out in the world and not merely the few selected streams of study and job opportunities.

In this time duration the school had visits from professional from all fields who would discuss the important of such jobs and the opportunities available. With its approach of international modernism and local cultural goodness, Mowbray College continues to stand by her principles founded nearly 100 years ago. As a unique school, we hope that we might be able to make that change wherever it might be present in whoever it might be needed in the hope that the society and the country will experience a distinction and service in whichever manner that is required.

Rev. R. Abeysinghe

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DG Information ignorant of basic election laws and regulations: ECSL




The Election Commission (EC) has expressed its disappointment at controversial statements made by some public officials about elections. It says some top government official, including the Director General of Government Information, are not familiar with the basic election laws and regulations laid down in the Constitution.

The EC says it may be due to his ignorance that the Director General of Government Information has issued the Special News Release, on 29 January, claiming that ‘the gazette notification, with the signatures of the Chairman, and other members of the Election Commission, required for the commencement of the Local Government Election process, has not yet been sent to the Government Press for printing’. The EC has said such notices have to be signed and sent by the relevant Returning Officers in accordance with section 38 of the Local Authorities Election (Amendment Act) No 16 of 2017, and not by the members of the EC.

The EC has confirmed that the notices from the Returning Officers were sent to the Government Press on Monday (30).

The EC’s Media release also points out that the DGI may be unaware that Article 104GG of the Constitution states that if any public official refuses or fails without a reasonable cause to comply with the Commission he or she has committed an offence.

Article 104GG of the Constitution says: (1) Any public officer, any employee of any public corporation, business or other undertaking vested in the Government under any other written law and any company registered or deemed to be registered under the Companies Act, No. 7 of 2007, in which the Government or any public corporation or local authority holds fifty percent or more of the shares of that company, who – (a) refuses or fails without a reasonable cause to cooperate with the Commission, to secure the enforcement of any law relating to the holding of an election or the conduct of a Referendum; or (b) fails without a reasonable cause to comply with any directions or guidelines issued by the Commission under sub-paragraph (a) of paragraph (4) or sub-paragraph (a) of paragraph (5), respectively, of Article 104B, shall be guilty of an offense and shall on conviction be liable to a fine not exceeding one hundred thousand rupees or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years or to both such fine and imprisonment.”

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AKD says no improvement at Sapugaskanda oil refinery since it went into production in 1969



The capacity of the Sapugaskanda Oil Refinery (SOR) has not increased since it was established in 1969, National People’s Power (NPP) leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake says.

Speaking at a public rally recently he that in 1969, the SOR used the most advanced technology available at the time.

“CPC started construction in 1968 and SOR started operations, refining oil, on August 5th, 1969. During that time, the CPC could refine 50,000 MT of crude oil. 55 years later, the capacity remains the same. In 1969, the CPC started with the most advanced technology available at the time. Technology has improved now. We are still refining oil with 1969 technology,” he said.

Dissanayake said that Sri Lanka built a fertiliser factory to use the byproducts of the refinery and, in 1982, a newspaper reported that 5000 MT of urea, produced by that factory, was exported to Pakistan. Today, that factory is closed.

“The CPC also had a nylon factory, as a subsidiary. We built our own nylon thread fish nets. By-products of the refinery were used as pesticides and insecticides for our pineapple and flower production. Those factories were closed, too. We had a candle industry from the by-products, we produced lubricant oil. It was sold to American Caltex. Refinery produced fuel for airplanes. It has the capacity to sell USD 1.4 million worth airplane fuel per day. We can buy crude oil, refine, and sell to ships. These are opportunities we must use to earn foreign currency. Recently this section of the CPC was privatized,” he said.

The ruling class has failed to secure even the most important assets, he said. Agriculture, land, gems, ilmenite, our natural resources, so will these rulers protect what is left, he asked.

“They have absolutely no plan to build this country. Selling our resources, closing down factories and selling valuable machinery is what they know. Every government has taken part in the destruction of the refinery. This is why we need a change in the economy. We need to transform our economy. Only NPP can do that,” he said.

The NPP leader said that the existing constitution concentrates too much power in the hands of the executive president. Sri Lanka has had this executive presidential system for 40 years and executive power was used against the people, repressing them.

“Our economy was destroyed. It has done no good to this country. One man cannot develop the country. Individuals have capacities and limitations. We need to unite our capabilities to govern this country. It’s a collective effort and the NPP is the only party to undertake it. That’s the point of difference. There are talented people from all fields like history, economy, mathematics, law and so on. There are lawyers, university academics and professionals. The government has to unite these capacities and talents to bring optimum results for the country. NPP will do that. For that we have to abolish executive presidency and rewrite the constitution vesting more powers in the Parliament. We will bring about this change,” he said.

Dissanayake said an NPP administration will limit the number of Ministers to 18. He added that crossovers have distorted the democratic system and corrupted the political culture.

“People vote for them in one party but for money and positions they change political allegiance. This has become a public nuisance. Some MPs demand ransom to stay in the party. We will add a provision to the Constitution to ban crossing over,” he said.

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JVP: Where are President’s influential foreign friends?



By Rathindra Kuruwita 

President Ranil Wickremesinghe, who assumed duties, claiming that he had very influential friends overseas, now claims he can hardly afford to pay government servants, National People’s Power (NPP) MP Vijitha Herath says.

“If anything, things are worse than before. The government is afraid of the people and is trying to postpone elections,” Herath said, adding that the March 09 local council election would mark the beginning of the end for the Ranil-Rajapaksa administration.

Herath said so addressing an NPP election rally recently.

 “They will no longer be able to pretend that the people are with them. Not that they have any legitimacy, locally or internationally, but the level of their unpopularity will be seen on 10 March,, when the poll results are announced” he said.

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