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Six top AL scorers secure scholarships from CA Sri Lanka

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Six of Sri Lanka’s exceptionally talented achievers who were ranked among the country’s top ten at the 2021 GCE Advanced Level examination were rewarded with scholarships by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka).

The recipients of the fully funded five-year scholarships were Rashini Dulya Dias of Sirimavo Bandaranaike Vidyalaya (all-island rank 2), Yasangee Shakya Wekadapola of Sirimavo Bandaranaike Vidyalaya (all-island rank 4) Imandie Thanudara Madanasinghe of Visakha Vidyalaya (all-island rank 5), Thinula Chamadith Gunaratne of DS Senanayake Vidyalaya (all-island rank 6), Mihan Dimath Tilakaratne of Royal College (all-island rank 7) and Dona Kulani Ruwanya Kulatunga of Sirimavo Bandaranaike Vidyalaya (all-island rank 8).

A press by CA Sri Lanka said: “The scholarships were presented to the students by President of CA Sri Lanka Mr. Sanjaya Bandara at a ceremony held at the Institute in the presence of Council Member Mr. Nuwan Withanage, Chief Executive Officer Ms. Dulani Fernando and Director – Student Affairs Ms. Lakmali Priyangika.

Meanwhile, to help assist students who have successfully completed their GCE Advanced Level achieve their professional dreams of becoming globally sought-after accountants, CA Sri Lanka also launched two scholarship schemes for entry-level. Students who have been among the top ten performers in any stream or students who were ranked first in their respective districts at the 2021 GCE A/L Examination in the Commerce stream can apply for the scholarships.

Recognised as the preferred destination for accounting education in the country, CA Sri Lanka offers a wide range of qualifications, with its benchmark qualification being the Associate Chartered Accountant (ACA). CA Sri Lanka qualified Chartered Accountants’ portfolio includes Chairmen, Partners, Managing Directors, Finance Directors, CEOs, CFOs, General Managers, Financial Consultants, and Audit Managers, among other high-profile positions at top corporations both locally and globally.

The CA Sri Lanka programme is offered at three ascending levels, and at each level, the student receives a recognised qualification which guarantees employability and a successful career as a finance professional both locally and overseas. Students who follow the CA programme have the option of exiting as an ACA after completing the Strategic Level, which is the final level of the programme or alternatively, as a Certified Corporate Accountant after completing the Corporate Level or as a Certified Business Accountant after completing the Business Level.

The CA Sri Lanka programme has also been validated by the UK National Information Centre for the recognition and evaluation of international qualifications and skills, which said that the ACA qualification of CA Sri Lanka is equivalent to a Master’s Degree standard, while the CCA qualification was recognised as a qualification comparable to a Bachelor’s Degree standard.

At present, CA Sri Lanka qualified Chartered Accountants work in around 40 countries, spanning Australia, Africa, the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and South Asia.

Students who register for the CA Sri Lanka programme can also simultaneously obtain the CA Sri Lanka qualification as well as the Associate Chartered Accounting qualification from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW), one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious accounting bodies.

The ICAEW qualification is one of the most advanced learning professional development programmes available in the world today and is valued around the world in business, practice, and the public sector, thereby providing the students who successfully complete the programme with double the success and enhanced global mobility due to the twin qualifications. The programme is open to any student who has obtained a minimum of three simple passes at the GCE Advanced Level exam. For more information, please visit www.casrilanka.com”



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JVP accuses EC of conspiring to delay LG polls

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By Saman Indrajith

JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake, MP, has told Parliament that the Election Commission and its Chairman are collaborating with the government to postpone the local government elections.

Participating in the Third Reading stage debate on Budget 2023, on Friday, MP Dissanayake said that as local government bodies should be reconstituted before March 20 2023, the Election Commission had to publish a gazette calling nominations by late December or early January.

“The EC has the authority to do so. It has sought the Attorney General’s opinion on some matters. There is no need at all for it to seek the AG’s advice,” he said.

“This is a conspiracy. The Elections Commission can publish the gazette even tomorrow. It is clear that the Elections Commission is collaborating with the government,” he said.

Dissnayake said that Election Commissioner Nimal Punchihewa’s impartiality was in question. “We know where Punchihewa worked before and at what party office. We know the governments and persons he has worked with closely. He is not an independent person.”

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Diana wants bars open 24/7

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State Tourism Minister Diana Gamage says liquor outlets should be kept open longer if the country wants to boost tourism.Participating in the Third Reading stage debate on Budget 2023 on Friday, State Minister Gamage said: “We have to keep these places open 24/7. I have spoken about it many times. Liquor is the highest tax earner in the country. In this paradise, we are closing bars after 11pm. Foreigners in hotels can’t get any alcohol if they need, because all the places are closed.

We need to keep this country open 24 hours. Like Singapore and other countries, people must have entertainment.”

“I talk about the night life, and when I talked about that earlier many criticized it and saw it as a big sin. That is ones who are incapable of understanding it,” she said.

“What we call night life is actually a night economy. All the countries in the world have developed because of night economy. These countries get 70 percent of their income from the nigh economy. They only get 30 percent during the day time. We have to develop a night economy in this country. That will earn 70 percent of the income. Only that can develop this country.

“We can do that. And also our museum, that closes at 5 pm. In other countries, museums earn most during night. It must be opened 24/7.  This night economy is essential for a country’s economy. People must have places to spend their money.”

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SJB asks govt. to introduce political reforms fast

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Chief Opposition Whip Kandy District MP Lakshman Kiriella has asked the government when it will introduce the political reforms demanded by the international community.

Speaking in Parliament on Saturday, Kiriella said that when the Opposition parties met the members of the Colombo-based diplomatic community during the Aragalaya protests, the latter had demanded that Sri Lanka implement political and economic reforms to receive foreign assistance to get out of the prevailing crisis. “That was six months ago. We have been asking the government repeatedly to inform this House whether it has implemented those reforms.

“The riginal plan was to establish an interim government for six months to restore the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. It was stated that an election would be held after six months. Now, what has happened? The politicians who are responsible for the crisis are still in power.

“Foreign Minister Al Sabry met USAID Administrator Samantha Power on Friday. Samantha Power called for the same political and economic reforms again. The international community is asking for the same.”

Leader of the House, Minister Susil Premjayantha said that political reforms were being implemented. “It is as part of the political reforms we are setting up a National Council, Sectoral Oversight Committees and three other committees. Counter terrorism act is in the pipeline. It will be taken up within couple of weeks. We passed several bills with your support. There were nine amendments to be introduced to the criminal law,” he said.

Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa: “The bills and amendments that have been passed are not enough as far as the international community and we are concerned. The biggest request is to allow the people of this country for a new mandate. Allow the people to express their will. Give them a chance to establish a new government or to maintain the same government now they have.”

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