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Institute of Chemistry launches a professional development programme

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The Institute of Chemistry Ceylon recently launched a professional development programme at the P.P.L.G. Siriwardena Auditorium at the Institute of Chemistry, Rajagiriya.

At the inauguration, the President of the Institute of Chemistry, Ceylon N.M.S. Hettigedara emphasised the importance of such programmes meant to enhance the knowledge of professionals.

The Chief Guest, Dr. A.M. Mubarak, former Chief, Research and Innovation, Sri Lanka Institute of Nano Technology delivering the keynote address highlighted one of the main areas lacking in the nations quality system on measurement and calibration, which is vital in international trade and how it effect the cost of the product. He emphasised what the Institute of Chemistry, Ceylon offer in developing the National Quality Infrastructure of the Country.

The Dean of the Institute of Chemistry, Professor Namal Priyantha presented the overview of chemical analysis explaining the classical and instrumental methods used in chemical methods and its importance.

Professor Sujatha Hewage, Chairperson of the CPD Programme delivered the vote of thanks.

The training programme was initiated on the 23rd of March with classical methods of analysis and will continue every Thursday and Friday of the week for 3 months under the theme “Knowledge, Skills and Standard Practices in Chemical Analysis” covering Spectroscopic analysis,

Electroanalytical techniques, Chromatographic methods, Calibration and measurements, Analytical method validation, Quality assurance and quality control and Laboratory accreditation. Anyone who wishes to join the programme can follow the entire programme or individual programmes. For further details please contact Institute of Chemistry, Ceylon on 011 2861231 or 011 2861653.



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EC opposes govt. move to appoint its henchmen to monitor local councils

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The Election Commission (ECSL) has opposed a move by the government to appoint representatives of the Chairpersons of the Regional Development Committee to monitor local government institutions.

ECSL Chairman Nimal G. Punchihewa told The Island that the government had informed the ECSL of its plan to appoint representatives of the Chairpersons of the Regional Development Committee to monitor the local government bodies and the ECSL had decided to write to the Ministry of Local Government opposing the move, he said. A Chairman of a regional development committee ESD a representative of a particular political party and it would be unfair by other parties for such appointments to be made, the EC Chairman said.

Punchihewa said that the administration of local government institutions could be done through Municipal Commissioners and Divisional Secretaries.Many political parties had complained against the government move, he said.

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