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People can no longer be fooled with false promise– Cardinal

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Easter Sunday carnage probe:

By Norman Palihawadane

Colombo Archbishop Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith says the rulers can no longer fool people with false promises about the Easter Sunday investigations.

 “The rulers cannot fool us with fake claims that those responsible for the Easter Sunday attacks would be brought before justice,” the Cardinal said, commenting on President Ranil Wickremesinghe’s proposal to complete the investigation, into the terror attacks, with the assistance of international investigation teams.

Addressing a ceremony for the blessing and consecration of the newly built St Francis of Assisi Church, Udugampola, of the Burulpitiya Parish, last week, the Cardinal said that the government was continuing to avoid the implementation of the recommendations made by the final report of Presidential Commission, appointed to investigate the truth about the Easter Sunday attack.

“Although requests were made to get the remaining volumes of the report that were only presented to Parliament, the authorities are acting to suppress the truth by rejecting our pleas,” the Cardinal said, adding that this country had a legal system and efficient officials capable of carrying out an impartial investigation and bring the perpetrators before the law. By politicising the law enforcement agencies and the Attorney General’s Department, and not allowing them to function independently, and thereafter seeking the assistance of international investigating bodies, was just another government truce,” Cardinal Ranjith said.

The Cardinal said that all rulers who held the executive presidency used it to ruin the country, to become rich and ensure a comfortable future for their own families and henchmen.

The construction work of the new church building commenced in 2012 under the direction of Rev Fr Subash Chaminda Fernando OFM, the then Parish Priest. The construction work continued during the tenure of Rev Fr Dudley Saparamadhu OFM and was finally completed by Rev Fr Prasad Indika, incumbent Parish Priest.



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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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