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Swimming pool for Colombo University:MOU signed with alumni support1

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Signing of the MOU. From L to R: Alumni ExCo Member J. M. S. Bandara, Thilan Koththigoda, Prof. Chandrika Wijeyaratne, Vice Chancellor, Rajeev Amarasuriya, Mrs. Sunethra Peiris, Alumni Head of Administration and Asanka Ranhotty, Co-Chair, Swimming Pool Steering Committee.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed last week between the Alumni Association of the University of Colombo and KWA Architects for the Architectural and Structural Work for a new 50 Meter swimming pool for the University of Colombo.

The Alumni Association of the University of Colombo has undertaken to construct a professional standard swimming pool for the university meeting a long-felt need. Construction is due to commence by the middle of this year.

Once built,The proposed swimming pool complex the facility will benefit present and future generations of students of the University of Colombo for years to come, the Alumni Association said in a news release.

KWA Architects have agreed to provide all the design and structural work without charge. Speaking at the signing ceremony, Thilan Koththigoda, Precedent Partner of KWA Architects said that they and their partners, all of whom have benefited from the national u iversity system, consider this project as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility. Many of the Architects at KWA, including himself are products of the local university system and they considered this a give-back opportunity..

KWA began in 2001 as an independent design studio mainly focusing on built space and interior design. Now, it is a registered Chartered Architectural Practice with portfolio covering a wide range of projects for private clients and developers, in Sri Lanka and the Middle East. Its special focus is on tourism, leisure, commercial/retail and residential architecture as well as master planning and urban design.

The project team will comprise Architects Thilan Koththigoda and Ms. Thushari Wijesundera as the lead architects, Chartered Engineer Nuwan Bandaranayake, Director Engineering of Edifice Consultants (Pvt.) Ltd as the Structural Engineer, Chartered Engineer Shiran Jayalath as the Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Engineer and Hasitha Gunasekera, Managing Director of ARQS Consultants (Pvt) Ltd as the cost consultants

Rajeev Amarasuriya, President of the Alumni Association of the University of Colombo said that when the University requested the support of the Alumni Association to construct this Swimming Pool Complex, they undertook it although it was a very large project as it would benefit many generations of present and future students. They had undertaken many major projects for the university including a 400-bed Women’s Hostel Complex at Buller’s Lane and were now happy to take on a larger project for which he invited alumni support.



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Southern MP warns that Russian & Ukranian tourists working here are at risk

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“They may be knifed or their lives threatened”

ECONOMYNEXT – Tourists from Russia and Ukraine who are staying in houses in Sri Lanka for long periods are engaging in business activities and should be taxed to prevent them being knifed by competitors, SLPP MP Chandima Weerakkody told parliament on Friday.

“There are many tourists who are staying long term in houses,” he said. “Though they come here they cannot use their credit cards – especially Russian and Ukrainian tourists who cannot use their money through their cards. As a result they have been forced to work and earn something in Sri Lanka.”

He called on the government to have a system where they can use their money.

“In our areas many tourists are cutting hair, some are doing tinkering work, some are setting up pizza shops, some are selling cannabis – I think there is a new name now *for ganja),” Weerakkody said. “If we send the immigration behind the tourists who are coming, even those that are coming will not come.”

“No taxes are being charged from any of these tourists who are doing business. Our (local people’s) taxes are raised. I am asking at least to have a system for the government to collect some taxes

“I want to say in Parliament that in our areas, a knifing (pihi anumak), or some other threat to life (jeewitha tharjanayak) may happen if this situation continues.”

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Kidney sale racket unearthed in Colombo

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Five duped to sell their kidneys at Rs. 15 million each

By Norman Palihawadane

The Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) has informed the Colombo Additional Magistrate Ranjindra Jayasuriya that an investigation has been launched to arrest the suspects involved in the organized racket of obtaining kidneys from poor people promising big money and selling them to local and foreign people.The CCD told the court on Thursday that four men and one woman have parted with their kidneys, and despite promising to pay Rs.15 million per kidney nothing was paid.

CCD reported to court that the victims were operated at a Hospital on Cotta Road in Borella and no money was paid. A mother who was nursing a one-and-a-half-year-old infant was among those cheated.

The police told court that a person from the Bloemendhal area had referred these people through another man and a woman. Required medical tests had been conducted at three private hospitals.

Evidence has been obtained that kidney surgeries had been performed at a private hospital in Borella and the CCD stated in court that this racket was organized targeting poor families in Colombo.

It informed court that they have already launched investigations and will arrest the suspects and produce them before court.After considering the relevant submissions, the Magistrate ordered the CCD to conduct investigations and arrest the suspects and present them to court.

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Record highest number of school students visit Parliament

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School children wave during their visit to Parliament on Thursday (1). Serjeant-at Arms Narendra Fernando said that the largest number of school students in the history of the Parliament visited the Parliament on Dec 1. Over 5,000 students from 32 schools from different provinces visited the Parliament on that day, he said. More than 25,000 students representing schools in different parts of the country had visited to observe the Parliamentary debates after the Public Gallery was reopened for school students from Sept 19.

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