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Ven. Dhammaloka and Ven Rahula express opposing views on KDU Bill

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Ven Rahula attacks the controversial Sir John Kotelawela Defence University Bill while Ven. Dhammaloka looks on (pic courtesy President’s Media) 

Ven. Uduwe Dhammaloka Thera on Sunday (18) flayed those who opposed the controversial Sir John Kotelawela Defence University Bill. The former JHU lawmaker alleged that attempts were being made to derail government efforts to expand the much-needed capacity of Universities to meet the growing demand.

 The Thera said so addressing a gathering at Bodagama, Thanmalwila, where dry rations worth about Rs 20 million were distributed among those affected by the Covid-19 epidemic.

 Ven. Dhammaloka Thera said that Sri Lanka could save a substantial amount of foreign exchange by expanding the capacity of local Universities. The former lawmaker pointed out that today the country was in a major financial crisis and in debt even to Bangladesh. However, Ven Dodampahala Rahula Thera, who addressed the gathering subsequently, warned of dire consequences of the enactment of Sir John Kotelawela Defence University Bill. Ven Rahula emphasized that the ongoing efforts to establish a system outside the existing couldn’t be accepted or tolerated under any circumstances. Ven. Rahula explained the grave danger in the bid to privatise higher education.

The distribution of dry rations was arranged by Dr. Ven Bodagama Chandima, chief incumbent of Kelaniya Manelwatta viharaya. (SF)



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Shocking 17,500 video clips of Lankan children being sexually abused

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By Norman Palihawadane

There were over 17,500 video clips of Sri Lankan children being sexually abused, on the Internet and action had been taken to arrest those responsible, Police Spokesman Senior DIG Ajith Rohana said yesterday. The Sri Lanka Police had sought the assistance of international law enforcement agencies and the Internet service providers to track down the persons involved in uploading those video clips and child sex trafficking via internet, the SDIG said.

Crimes against children in Sri Lanka were rising at an alarming speed, the SDIG said.

The police would conduct a special awareness programme together with the National Child Protection Authority to curb the alarming trend, he said.

The first programme was held recently in Nuwara Eliya where it especially focused apprising police officers attached to that Division.

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Private buses to insist that inter-provincial commuters carry proof of vaccination?

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By Rathindra Kuruwita

A limited number of Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) and National Transport Commission (NTC) buses and trains would maintain limited inter- provincial operation from 01 August, State Minister of Transport, Dilum Amunugma said.

The State Minister said that certified documents issued by the respective depot superintendents and the letters of approval by the NTC were mandatory, he added.

“The buses and trains will be permitted to operate only in the morning and in the evening for office workers,” Amunugma said.

The State Minister added that passengers should behave responsibly when using the inter-provincial transport services and understand that those services were only for commuters engaged in essential services.

“The Delta variant is spreading rapidly. If one infected passenger travels in a bus, all other commuters will contract it” he warned.

The Lanka Private Bus Owners’ Association (LPBOA) has decided to make proof of vaccination compulsory for inter provincial travel from 01 August

LPBOA President Gemunu Wijeratne said they had written to the President and Transport Minister asking for permission to enforce it.

Wijeratne said that all bus operators in the Western Province should ensure they were inoculated by August 15.

 

 

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TNA Leader complains against appointing Sinhala officers to Tamil areas

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By Dinasena Ratugamage

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Leader, R. Sampanthan had written to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister, Mahinda Rajapaksa, objecting to the appointment of Sinhala government officers to the Northern Province, former TNA MP Mavai Senathirajah told journalists on Wednesday (28.)

The President and the Prime Minister are appointing officials violating democratic principles, Senathirajah said after a meeting of party activists at Karachchi Divisional Secretariat Office, Kilinochchi.

“A lot of Sinhalese are appointed to the North and the East. They must appoint Tamils. These appointments undermine our struggle for a just language policy,” he said.

Senathirajah said that it was customary to appoint Tamil officers to Tamil majority areas. However, this tradition was being violated increasingly in recent times, the former MP said.

“The TNA has nothing against Sinhala government officers. However, appointing Sinhala state officers to majority Tamil areas is a great injustice to the people. So, our leader has written to the President and the Prime Minister asking them to stop this practice,” he said.

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