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Virtual Open Day of the Institute of Chemistry Ceylon via zoom platform

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The Institute of Chemistry Ceylon is offering both the Bachelor of Science Honors (BSc Hons) degree in Chemical Science and the Graduateship in Chemistry Programme (GIC) beginning with the 2021 enrollment, a press release from the Institute said.

It said: The BSc Hons degree in Chemical Science is a four-year full-time programme designed as per the Sri Lanka Quality Framework (SLQF) Level 6 to provide a comprehensive education in Chemistry to all our undergraduates. The main objectives of this degree programme are to bring economic benefits and sustainable development to the country through manufacturing and value addition and to contribute to global research in chemical science.

In addition to the BSc Hons, the Institute of Chemistry Ceylon will continue to offer the GIC as well. For nearly 50 years, the Institute has been acclaimed for the GIC, which is a four-year professional qualification. It was formally accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), the UK, in 2012 and was the first course in South Asia and second in the Asian region to receive RSC accreditation. In 1986, the GIC programme of CCS was accepted by the Government of Sri Lanka as an alternative qualification to a Degree in Science, with Chemistry as a subject, awarded by a recognized University.The multitude of industry-oriented courses offered makes the GIC programme a professional qualification. Students are given hands-on experience in practical components during the first three years of the degree.

The Institute of Chemistry Ceylon is a gateway of opportunity for all daring and avid young scientists out there. If you have what it takes to realize your passion for becoming a scientist, please join us on Sunday, December 20, 2020, at 9:00 AM for our virtual open day. You will have the privilege of listening to an esteemed panel of lecturers, Alumni, and undergraduates of the Institute about the programmes we offer, student life experiences, and prospective career paths. Participants can visit our official website and Facebook page to access the Zoom link to the virtual open day. The link will become active 10 minutes prior to the scheduled time.”



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Six nabbed with over 100 kg of ‘Ice’

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By Norman Palihawadane and Ifham Nizam

The Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) yesterday arrested six suspects in the Sapugaskanda Rathgahawatta area with more than 100 kilos of Crystal Methamphetamine also known as Ice.

Police Media Spokesman, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Ajith Rohana told the media that the PNB sleuths, acting on information elicited from a suspect in custody had found 91 packets of Ice.

A man in possession of 100 kilos of heroin was arrested in Modera during the weekend and revealed that a haul of Ice had been packed in plastic boxes.

The PNB seized more than 114 kilos of Ice from the possession of a single drug network.

According to the information elicited from the suspects, more than 100 kilos of Ice were found.

The PNB also arrested six persons including two women with 13 kilos of Ice, during an operation carried out in the Niwandama area in Ja-Ela on Sunday.

DIG Rohana said the ice had been packed in small plastic boxes and hidden in two school bags.

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PM intervenes to iron out differences among coalition partners

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By Norman Palihawadane

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday said that he was confident that differences among the constituents of the SLPP coalition as regards the May Day celebrations and the next Provincial Council elections could be ironed out soon.

Leaders of all SLPP allied parties have been invited to a special meeting to be held at Temple Trees with the PM presiding on April 19.

Prime Minister Rajapaksa said it was natural for members of a political alliance to have their own standpoints and views on matters of national importance. “This is due to the different political ideologies and identities. It is not something new when it comes to political alliances world over. In a way, it shows that there is internal democracy within our alliance.

The PM said: “As a result of that the allied parties may express their own views on issues, but that does not mean there is a threat to the unity of the alliance. An alliance is more vibrant and stronger not when all the parties think on the same lines but when the member parties have different ideologies.”

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Thilo Hoffman remembered

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A copy of the book “Politics of a Rainforest: Battles to save Sinharaja” was handed over to Dominik Furgler, the Swiss Ambassador in Sri Lanka by the author of the book, Dr. Prasanna Cooray at the Swiss Embassy in Colombo last Tuesday, to be sent to the family of the late Thilo Hoffman in Switzerland.

Hoffman, a Swiss national, who made Sri Lanka his second home for six decades, was a pioneering environmental activist who led the battles to save Sinharaja from the front in the early 1970s, abreast with the likes of Iranganie Serasinghe, Kamanie Vitharana, Lynn De Alwis and Nihal Fernando of the “Ruk Rekaganno” fame. That was the era when the trees of Sinharaja were felled for the production of plywood by the then government. Hoffman was also a livewire of the Wildlife and Nature Protection Society (WNPS) for a long time. Hoffman died in 2014 at the age of 92.

The book includes a chapter on Thilo Hoffman.

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