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Mawanella PS Deputy Chairman, two other councillors granted bail

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By Rathindra Kuruwita

Deputy Chairman of the Mawanella Pradeshiya Sabha, K.G. Piyatissa, and two others, who were arrested yesterday for entering Mederigama Vidyalaya last week (Nov 03), assaulting a parent and threatening the principal and teachers, were granted bail by courts

The other suspects are also SLPP local councillors.

Teachers and Principals Trade Union Alliance threatened to intensify their trade union action if the three men were not arrested.

Ceylon Teachers Union (CTU) general secretary Joseph Stalin said the three men had initially assaulted a parent demonstrating in support of the teachers and principals.

“While parents of Mederigama Vidyalaya, Mawanella were demonstrating in support of us, Piyatissa and two other councillors chased them away. They assaulted one parent. Then the councillors entered the school and roamed around yelling at teachers,” Stalin said, adding that attempts to intimidate teachers had failed, and recent demonstrations by them had made it clear that the overwhelming majority of teachers, principals and parents were supportive of the teachers’ unions.



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Holy month of Ramadan begins for Muslims around the world

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A Palestinian girl cleans the stone floor of the compound known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary in front of the Dome of the Rock, as part of preparations for the holy month of Ramadan in Jerusalem's Old City (pic Aljazeera)

Aljazeera reported that the holy month of Ramadan began at sundown on Wednesday, as the faithful prepared for a month of dawn-to-dusk fasting intended to bring them closer to God and to remind them of the suffering of those less fortunate.

For the next 30 days, Muslims will refrain from eating or drinking anything from sunrise to sunset. Many will strictly observe prayers, read the Quran and donate to charity as they seek to draw closer to God. They are also encouraged to refrain from cursing, fighting, gossiping and road rage throughout the holy month.

Muslims believe God began revealing the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad during Ramadan more than 1,400 years ago.

Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam and is required for all Muslims, though exceptions are made for young children and the sick, as well as women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or menstruating. Travelers are also exempt, including athletes attending tournaments away from home.

 

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Sri Lanka will have best anti-corruption law in South Asia soon – President

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President Ranil Wickremesinghe said during a discussion held at the Presidential Secretariat with the heads of media organization on Thursday (23),  that  necessary steps will be taken to pass the best anti-Corruption Act in South Asia in Parliament soon

The President revealed that cabinet approval for the Bill has already been granted and said that he will discuss it with the Opposition representatives in the future and present it to the Parliament.

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Public sector will stop engaging in business and open it to the private sector in the future – President

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President Ranil Wickremesinghe said that due to the public sector engaging in business activities, the money that was available for the construction of 100 projects similar to the Mahaweli during the past decades, has been lost and  noted that in the future, the public sector will stop engaging in business and open it to the private sector to create a free and productive economy.

President Wickremesinghe mentioned this at the 71st commemoration ceremony of the late Prime Minister D.S. Senanayake at Independence Square on Wednesday (22).

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