CAN RANIL PULL THROUGH THE PRESENT PANDEMONIUM? – By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando Photo Source:bbc.com    Everyone doesn’t Ranil Wickremasinghe’s appointment as Prime Minister. He was the only member of Parliament ( from the national list) when the whole group of UNP candidates lost their parliamentary seats. It took nearly a year to fill the  UNP National list vacancy. In the end, the  UNP recommended Ranil Wickremasinghe’s name. Likewise, everyone blames the Opposition Leader for dilly-dallying the issue by presenting numerous excuses, such as ” the President should leave.”  By the time he agreed to accept the Prime Minister’s position (still under several clauses), the stable was closed and the horse had bolted. Usually, an opposition leader understands the Constitution of a country. For example, there is a shadow cabinet in England, and the opposition leader takes immense responsibility for national issues. He may disagree in Parliament over political issues ...

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Commemorative coin to mark 150th anniversary of Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo Source:Island The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) issued a circulation standard commemorative coin with a face value of Rs. 20 to mark the 150th Anniversary of Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo in recognition of its contribution to the nation as the first medical faculty in the country. This coin was issued at the request of Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo. The Crest of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo is depicted at the center of the coin. Number “150” in large numerals appear above the logo and years “1870-2020” in small numerals appear below the logo. Words “Colombo Medical Faculty” in English, Sinhala and Tamil appears along the periphery. The face value “20” in large numerals with the words “Twenty Rupees” in Sinhala, Tamil and English and year “2020” just below the words. ...

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The social responsibility of a professional-By Dr. Sarath Gamini De Silva Source:Island How would a professional well respected at home feel in such a hostile environment? Material benefits alone without job satisfaction cannot make a professional happy and content. I know many of my medical colleagues working abroad are eagerly waiting to return home at the earliest opportunity, if the situation here is conducive. (Motivational Speech Delivered at the Convocation of the Law Graduates of the University of Colombo on 19th December, 2021 at the BMICH.) I wholeheartedly congratulate the new graduates for completing your tertiary education and entering society as productive citizens. Notwithstanding your superior academic capabilities, it is indeed an achievement to have completed your tertiary education at troubled times like these, when education in general had come to a virtual standstill for the majority of the younger generation. I have no doubt that your graduation is long ...

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Sri Lanka Tourism Expo 2021 now on at One Galle Face Mall Source:Island The Sri Lanka Tourism Expo (SLTE) 2021 opened at the One Galle Face Mall and will continue until Sunday 21st November. Organised by the Alumni Association of Tourism Economics and Hospitality Management (AATEHM), and the Tourism Study Programs of the Department of Economics, Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo as the Strategic Knowledge Partner, the SLTE-21 partners with One Galle Face Mall and runs parallel to the celebration of UN-WTO World Tourism Day 2021. The primary objective of the SLTE-2021 is to create a strong platform for tourism stakeholders to get together to synergize collective solutions to uplift the industry despite the downfall caused by the pandemic to the tourism industry. ...

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KJ Auditing & Accounting – Melbourne Who Are We Kavitha Joachim is a Director of KJ Audit & Accounting Pty Ltd and will be the nominated Auditor, responsible for forming the audit opinion. Kavitha has a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) degree from the University of Colombo and is a Chartered Accountant (Sri Lanka), CPA Australia and Registered Company Auditor with ASIC (No.495489). Kavitha is also registered with the Legal Services Board as an External Examiner. Kavitha will attend the organization’s offices during the course of the audit and conduct audit testing and interviews with the assistance of an audit team as required. Kavitha has a sound working knowledge and understanding of Australian Auditing Standards. Kavitha began auditing in 1998 with KPMG and moved onto Ernst & Young and have also worked in the industry. After migrating to Australia, she worked as an Audit Supervisor for a local firm and moved ...

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Tribute to Dr Nisal T. Kurukulasuriya (BUNTY) – An icon in the field of Obstetrics and Gynaecology – By Sunil Thenabadu Homage to dear friend Bunty on his 6th Death anniversary which falls on 23rd December 2021  I was bewildered and dumbfounded to see the obituary notice on the internet of my venerable friend and acclaimed Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Dr Nisal T. Kurukulasuriya (Bunty) on the early morning of the 13th January 2016. According to the obituary, Bunty had passed away peacefully surrounded by his wife, children and grandchildren on the 21st December 2015 and had been cremated on the following day according to his wishes. To relieve my anguish, I sent an email immediately to his beloved wife Dayaneetha, conveying my shock and profound sorrow to which she replied almost immediately. “Dear Sunil, Thank you so much for your message. The children and I are devastated. I lost the ...

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Learning @ Home-BY RUWANTHI ABEYAKOON Source:Sundayobserver Education emergency is the most devastating matter Covid-19 pandemic brought about. UNICEF surveys confirm that over 190 countries closed schools in response to the health emergency. Reports suggest more than one billion children are at risk of falling behind due to school closures aimed at containing the spread of the virus. As a result, many countries turned to implementing distance learning programs on a wide-scale. Even though online education was not accepted by both teachers and parents with open minds at the beginning, online education was the best alternative that they could turn to. Despite challenges and setbacks, learning can continue through online platforms during the times of crisis. Fortunately, technology today offers a wide variety of methods to support distance education. Yet it should be decided what are the best combinations of interventions that are needed to transfer from paper-based approaches to online ...

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Dr. Jagath Wellawatta to be appointed HC to Australia   Source:-dailynews.lk Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation (SLIC) Chairman Dr.Jagath Wellawatta has been nominated as High Commissioner-designate to Australia. Wellawatta’s corporate experience spans across a spectrum of diverse fields, encompassing high level decision making within the private sector, to policy making at national level. In his long history in the capacity of driving national policy, Wellawatta served as the Chairman of the State Mortgage and Investment Bank (from May 2010 to January 2015) and was the former Chairman of the National Child Protection Authority (from April 2007 to May 2010). He also served as the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (from December 2005 to April 2007). Supporting the formulation of national policies through his academic career as a practicing sociologist, Wellawatta served as a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Sociology, University of Colombo. He has nearly 29 ...

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The importance of English-by Professor Sanath P. Lamabadusuriya Source:Island In the recent past, there has been a lot of correspondence, in the print media, regarding the medium of instruction in schools. Some scholars have advocated the introduction of English, very early during the formative years of children; the advantages of which would be better prospects for employment, both locally and abroad. Others have stressed the importance of preserving the mother tongue mainly for cultural reasons. I agree with both points of view. I think we should learn a lesson from our neighbour, India. With a population of 1.36 billion people (2019). Having 19,500 different dialects, 121 of which are spoken as the mother tongue and 121 languages being spoken, their national policy, since they gained independence in 1947, has been for every child to know three languages; mother tongue (Tamil, Urdu, Bengali,Telugu, etc.), national language (Hindi) and an international language ...

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Religious extremism and the teachings of the founders of religions The burqa ban announcement caused a stir among Muslims, who saw it as yet another attack on their community. In the past few months, the government has undertaken a number of controversial measures under the banner of fighting extremism, which have increasingly intimidated the Muslim population and disregarded rule of law principles – Farzana Haniffa, Head of the Department of Sociology at the University of Colombo writing in the Al Jazeera on the 12 Apr 2021 By Raj Gonsalkorale The Justice and the Law Society (JATL) of the University of Queensland is a vital organisation within the TC Beirne School of Law. An active society with diverse membership, JATL performs an important role in promoting awareness of social justice issues in the law. In a well-researched and informative article titled “Debate on the Burqa” (http://www.jatl.org/blog/2014/10/19/debate-on-the-burqa), the multiple facets associated with the origins and ...

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