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Do not miss the golden opportunity to become a qualified Laboratory Technician



Diploma in Laboratory Technology (DLT) is the oldest and most renowned program in Sri Lanka that produce professionally qualified Laboratory Technicians annually. This successful program will be enrolling its 48th batch for the year 2021.

Students who have successfully completed this course conducted by the Institute of Chemistry Ceylon are currently employed in many well-known chemical, analytical and medical laboratories in Sri Lanka as well as worldwide. Laboratories of Most of the well-known private hospitals are providing opportunities in employing our students at an increasing rate.

This is a two year course which includes both theory and practical sessions. The first year covers basic chemistry subjects as well as Management, IT & Statistics and in the second year students can specialize in either in Food & Material Technology or Clinical Laboratory Technology according to their preference.

The students who are following the Food and material Technology stream will be covering modules such as Food Chemistry, Processing, & Analysis, Industrial Chemistry, Fundamental of Chemical Engineering, Polymer Science, Petroleum, Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Technology.

Similarly, the students specializing in Clinical Laboratory Technology will learn in depth of areas covering Clinical Biochemistry, Haematology, Microbiology, Parasitology, Histopathology, Cytology, Toxicology and Molecular Diagnostics.

Students following both the streams will follow a module on Quality assurance and Accreditation as well as should follow compulsory six months training at a laboratory related to their field of specialization.

Applications are now open for the academic year of 2020/2022. Those having six passes at GCE Ordinary Level including at least credit pass in Mathematics andScience with proficiency in English are eligible to follow the Diploma in Laboratory Technology.

Students who successfully complete this course will be eligible to work as laboratory technicians in laboratories and also will be eligible to register to follow the Graduateship in Chemistry course conducted by the Institute of Chemistry itself.

All the lectures and practical sessions are conducted in English medium, therefore having a sound knowledge in English is compulsory.

Those who enroll before 31st December will be entitled to an enormous discount on the course fee and will be able to secure their seat. Organizations which provide opportunities to enroll more than 10 applicantswill be offered withspecial discount rate. Also, there is freedom to pay in installments.

For further details log on to our website or call / visit us on all seven days from 9.00 am – 5.00 pm

Telephone: 011-2861231 / 2861653 / 4015230

Hotline: 077-7727450

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E. G. Somapala

Director (DLT Program)

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Pakistan Navy ship arrives in Colombo



Pakistan Navy Ship (PNS) Taimur arrived, at the port of Colombo, on a formal visit, yesterday morning (12). The visiting ship was welcomed by the Sri Lanka Navy, in compliance with naval traditions.The 134m-long ship is commanded by Captain M. Yasir Tahir and it is manned by 169 as the ship’s complement.

The Commanding Officer of PNS Taimur is scheduled to call on Commander Western Naval Area, at the Western Naval Command Headquarters, today. The ship is expected to remain in the island, until 15th August, and the crew of the ship will take part in several programmes, organized by the Sri Lanka Navy, to promote cooperation and goodwill between the two navies.

PNS Taimur is also expected to conduct a naval exercise with the Sri Lanka Navy in western seas on its departure on 15th August.

Meanwhile, PNS Tughril, an identical warship belonging to the Pakistan Navy, arrived in Sri Lanka on an official visit on 13th December 2021 and conducted a successful naval exercise with SLNS Sindurala off the western coast on 16th December. Naval exercises of this nature with regional navies will enable each partner to overcome common maritime challenges in the future, through enhanced cooperation.

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Stalin reads riot act to govt. over proposal to allow schoolchildren to work part time



By Rathindra Kuruwita

The Alliance of Trade Unions and Mass Organisations yesterday warned that the government’s decision to allow schoolchildren, between the ages of 16 and 20, to work part time, would have disastrous consequences.Addressing the media on 11 Aug., General Secretary of the Ceylon Teachers’ Union, Joseph Stalin, said that the government was planning to amend laws, allowing schoolchildren to work in the private sector for 20 hours a week.

“Now, this may look like a progressive idea. A lot of families are

struggling and if another family member can chip in, it would be a great help. I am sure a lot of children feel the same way. It is also true that there may be children who will find great jobs and horn their skills,” he said.However, these proposals have come at a time when education is in crisis and the schools are on the verge of collapse.

“During the last two and a half years, most children have learnt nothing. But children who go to elite schools are doing better. These schools have systems in place, but most others don’t. Children who do not go to tier one schools have suffered and most children who do not go to such elite schools will not find part time work that will prepare them for the jobs of the future,” he said. “It’s not easy to balance school work with vocation training, especially physically intensive work. Most people will drop out and social mobility will further stagnate. Fix the education system first and create a more level playing field,” Stalin said.

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Harsha: Will RW use Emergency to steamroller his economic reforms?



By Saman Indrajith

SJB MP Harsha de Silva yesterday asked President Ranil Wickremesinghe whether the latter was planning to use Emergency powers to suppress the people who might oppose his economic reform agenda.

“It is being asked why the government wants to continue the State of Emergency. The anti-government protesters have gone home. There is no unrest. There are those who say that the President wants to keep the Emergency laws to carry out economic reforms. Does that mean the President will use these laws to scare people into submission if they do not accept his economic reforms? I don’t think people can be intimidated. I want the President to answer this question,” he said.

MP de Silva said that the government did not have public support and that it was obvious that the spectre of the Rajapaksas was haunting the government.

“I agree that Wickremesinghe was appointed constitutionally. We have to work within the Constitution. However, the 134 votes he received on 20 July were not realistic. They have managed to manipulate the Constitution, but the government doesn’t have the support of the people. The problem is can the government win the support of the people,” he said.The SJB lawmaker added that Sri Lanka needed to restructure its debt. However, the country had not even started the process.

“One of the consultants we hired, Lazard, says that we have to start with China because it is new to debt restructuring. But we have not done so. Not only that, we have in fact started a diplomatic issue with China. What’s the front page news today? Can this government solve this sensitive international issue? Can it carry out the necessary economic reforms?” he asked.

MP de Silva said that the government had to work with the people and that it had to be honest with them. The government needed to present a common programme on which an all party government could be established.

“In 2020, we said that the government was on the wrong path and that we needed to seek IMF assistance. The government didn’t listen. We need an all-party programme to go before the IMF and get a decent deal. Today, I present to Parliament an economic recovery plan we have prepared. When we decided to throw our weight behind SLPP MP Dullas Alahapperuma, I was entrusted with the task of making an economic plan. We have run it through experts too. I ask the MPs to look at this and suggest improvements.”

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