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The Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran, together with the Iranian Red Crescent, donated an urgently required consignment of essential medicines and other medical supplies to Sri Lanka at a ceremony held at the Red Crescent Office, in Tehran, recently. The total value of the medicine consignment is over SLR 108,123,522 which is equivalent to US Dollars 294,743, the Foreign Ministry stated in a statement yesterday

The donation, consisting 119 essential medical items, was handed over to the Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Iran, G.M.V. Wishwanath Aponsu, by the Government of Iran, in the presence of senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Red Crescent of Iran. Accepting the consignment, the Sri Lankan envoy conveyed profound gratitude, on behalf of the Government and the people of Sri Lanka, to the Islamic Republic of Iran, for their timely generous contribution. Further, the Sri Lankan Ambassador pointed out Iran’s continued support to Sri Lanka in difficult times and emphasized the importance of maintaining good relations and cooperation.

The donation of medical utilities was a result of a request made by Ambassador Wishwanath Aponsu during his meeting with Deputy Minister of Health Dr. Mohammed Hossein Niknam, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs for West Asia Dr. Seyed Rasoul Mousavi, Head of Red Crescent of Iran Dr. Pir Hossein Kolivand and Senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, in the month of June 2022, to brief about the developments in Sri Lanka.The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Tehran made immediate arrangements, with the support of Managing Director Alireza Bardaei of Pankeh Tea Pvt. Ltd., in Iran, to dispatch the medical consignment to Sri Lanka. The shipment is due to arrive at the Colombo Port by mid-November 2022.



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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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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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