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Met police say Sri Lankan suspect ‘released’ but still under investigation

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Jaffna-based BBC correspondent’s killing:

By Shamindra Ferdinando

A Sri Lankan arrested in the UK in February this year in connection with the killing of Mylvaganam Nimalarajan, who contributed to the BBC’s Tamil and Sinhala services, is under investigation, though released from custody there.Jack Griffith of Metropolitan Police Service’s Directorate of Media and Communication said that the arrested person had been released but was under investigation. Griffith said so early this week responding to The Island queries.

Nimalarajan was killed at his Jaffna residence in an area held by the governmentThe spokesperson said that law enforcement officers want to hear from anyone who may have information that could assist the ongoing investigation, particularly members of the Sri Lankan community who emigrated to, and now reside in, the UK. For those willing to cooperate, ‘war crimes team’ could be contacted at SO15Mailbox. WarCrimesTeam@met.police.uk

There hadn’t been a previous case of a Lankan war crimes suspect taken into custody in the UK, other sources said, adding that Nimalarajan was killed over 20 years ago in the Jaffna peninsula.The British police earlier said that the arrest was made at an address in Northamptonshire on February 22 “as part of a proactive operation”.

“He was arrested on suspicion of offences under Section 51 of the International Criminal Court Act 2001,” the Metropolitan Police said.

The media quoted Commander Richard Smith, who leads the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command as having said: “This is a significant update in what is a sensitive, complex investigation,”

“There will still be people who may have information, particularly in relation to the murder of Nimalarajan, and we would urge those people to come forward and help achieve justice for Nimalrajan’s family.”



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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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