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Sirisena challenges summons from MC with writ petition in Court of Appeal

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… rejects any responsibility over Easter carnage

By A.J.A Abeynayaka

Former President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday (30) filed a writ petition in the Court of Appeal challenging the summons issued by the Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court in connection with the Easter Sunday terror attacks.

Colombo Fort Magistrate, Thilina Gamage, on September 16, issued notice on former President Sirisena after naming him a suspect in the Easter Sunday attacks. Sirisena was asked to appear before the Court on 14 October.

Sirisena yesterday said that he was not responsible for the Easter Sunday terror attacks. Therefore, it was unjust to serve him with a summons. Sirisena’s lawyers have named the Registrar of the Colombo Fort Magistrate as a respondent.The Court decision emanates from a petition filed by Jesuraj Ganesan and Fr. Cyril Gamini. Ganesan lost his leg in the Easter Sunday attacks of 2019 carried out by Islamic extremists.

The two petitioners have alleged that the negligence of Sirisena, as the executive President and the Minister of Defence, led to the attacks. President’s Counsel Rienzie Arsekularatne with counsel Thejitha Koralage, Udara Muhandiramge and Thilina Punchihewa, appearing for the petitioners, asked Magistrate Gamage to name Sirisena as a suspect and issue notice under section 298 of the Penal Code.



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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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