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Cardinal Ranjith demands drastic changes of existing political system

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by Norman Palihawadane

The laws of this country now in operation have been promulgated to empower a single person or one particular group to rule the entire nation at his or their will, said Archbishop of Colombo Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith at an event in Ja-ela last week.

Addressing a meeting held at Panahawatte in Bollatha, Ja-Ela to hand over 12 newly built houses to 12 Easter Sunday terror victim families last week, the Cardinal said: “Drastic changes should be brought into the existing political system if we want to see our country march forward. The laws empower only a single person or a particular group. Such empowerment vested on a single group or a person is detrimental to the progress of the country. Therefore we have need for change. The change we seek should ensure a new constitution that would permit a true democracy.

“The laws of the country should be independent and the Head of State and Government (President) should not play with the Constitution of the land at his or her will. We must wipe out fraud and corruption. During the past 74 years since independence, all what our political leaders had been doing was telling lies to the people and deceiving them at every turn. They manipulated the law to achieve what they wanted and not

what the country needed or the people aspired to. As a result now there is no justice and fair play in our society,” he said.

The houses distributed had been constructed by Sethsarana-CARITAS institute of the Archdiocese of Colombo using the funds from CARITAS ATHONISANO of Italy. The recipients were families of 12 victims who were killed while they were attending religious services at St Antony’s Shrine in Kochchikade.

Colombo Archdiocese Auxiliary Bishop Rev Dr Anton Ranjith, Msgr Neville Joe Perera, Archdiocese Procurator General Rev Fr Jude Samantha Fernando, Assistant Procurator General Fr Gihan Ridley, Bollatha Parish Priest Rev Fr Anton Niroshan Fernando and Rev. Fr Kennedy Fernando were also present.



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Six member committee appointed to inquire into Sri Lanka Cricket Team’s conduct in Australia

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Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs Roshan Ranasinghe has appointed a six member committee headed by Retired Supreme Court Judge Kusala Sarojini Weerawardena to inquire into the incidents reported against some members of the Sri Lanka Cricket team that participated at the ICC T20 World Cup in Australia.

 

 

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SJB MP: Most parents have to choose between food and children’s education

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By Saman Indrajith

Most Sri Lankan parents are compelled to choose between food for their families and their children’s eduction, SJB Matale District MP Rohini Kumari Wijerathne told Parliament yesterday.

Only a few parents were able to feed and educate their children the MP said, participating in the debate on Budget 2023 under the expenditure heads of Ministries of Education and Women and Child Affairs.

“An 80-page exercise book costs Rs. 200. A CR book costs Rs 560. A pencil or pen costs Rs 40. A box of colour pencils costs Rs 570 while a bottle of glue costs Rs 150. If the father is a daily wage earner he has to spend one fourth of his salary on a box of colour pencils for his child. A satchel now costs around Rs 4,000. A pair of school shoes is above Rs 3,500. The Minister of Education knows well how many days a child could use an 80-page exercise book for taking notes. Roughly, stationery cost is around Rs 25,000 to 30,000 per child, MP Wijerathne said, adding that only Rs. 232 billion had been allotted for the Ministry of Education by Budget 2023.

“After paying salaries of teachers and covering officials’ expenses, etc., there will be very little left for other important matters,” the MP said, noting that Sri Lanka would soon be known as the country that made the lowest allocation of funds for education in the South Asian region.

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All crises boil down to flaws in education system, says Dullas

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By Saman Indrajith

All the crises Sri Lanka was beset with were due to the country’s outdated education system, MP Dullas Alahapperuma told Parliament yesterday.

“The political and economic crisis we are facing is the direct result of our education,” he said.

The Sri Lankan education system had not changed with global developments. Our system is not even geared for employment. Our examination system is antiquated and our classrooms are in the 19th Century.

However, the students belong to the 21st century. How can you cater to 21st Century children under an outdated system?” he queried.

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