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SJB fears for life of IUSF convener taken out of prison at night 

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By Saman Indrajith

The main Opposition Samagi Jana Balavegaya yesterday, in Parliament, said that the life of Inter University Students’ Federation Convenor, Wasantha Mudalige, in custody, was in danger.

Chief Opposition Whip and Kandy District MP Lakshman Kiriella said that Mudalige had been taken out of the prison by the law enforcement authorities stating that he could lead them to show the locations he had mentioned during interrogations. “We have information that Mudalige has been taken out of the detention centre several times at night.

We know what happened to the inmates taken out by the police. Most of them were shot dead and some lame excuses were trotted out. We fear that Mudalige, too, will suffer the same fate.”

State Minister of Defence Pramitha Bandara Tennakoon responded saying that investigations conducted under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) could not stop.

Tennakoon said that suspects had been detained on a court order and they were taken to some places as part of the investigations.

Chief Opposition Whip Kiriella said Mudalige, the Inter University Bhikkhu Front Convener Galwana Siridhamma Thera, and student activist Hashan Gunatilake, had been in detention for over 45 days.



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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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