The Sunday Leader

More Questions Than Answers On SAITM

South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM), GMOA’s proposals presented to President Maithripala Sirisena in order to ensure patients’ rights  and The joint statement by the Deans of the Medical Faculties that says graduates from all private medial faculties should be required to pass a licensing examination

Questions have also been raised as to the examination criteria for SATIM degree holders, government medical students and foreign university students The Health Minister should validate technical decisions of the SLMC and act according to Medical Ordinance The Minister of Higher Education should request the ‘Compliance Certificate’ of the SLMC  by Nirmala Kannangara With the [...]

Colombo University’s Chair Of Surgery Becomes A Game Of Musical Chairs

Competent Authority of the Colombo Univerity’s letter to both Prof. Samarasekera and Prof. Wijeyaratne confirming the error in the selection

There were only two applicants both merit Professors at the time, Nandadeva Samarasekera and Mandika Wijeyaratne The selection panel did not have a single surgeon to select the Chair of Surgery Regretfully, for Professor Wijeyaratne, the Supreme Court held that his petition was time barred and dismissed it  by a Special Correspondent A different game [...]

Cash Strapped SLC On Spending Spree

Millions were spent unnecessarily for the launching ceremony of domestic cricket

We have our own marketing and public relations divisions with a talented staff what made to ignore them and outsource the marketing and public relation work Although the board officials know how to save money depriving our players of necessary facilities, they know how to spend for their own joy rides without any restrictions CAA [...]

Justice Denied To Survivors Of The Kumarapuram Massacre Of ‘96

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by Marisa de Silva Villagers recount heart-breaking tales of horror, pain and loss 20 year old case remains unresolved Families of the oppressed seek justice  Shoot me but, please don’t kill my children,” pleaded Kanthappoody Kamaladevi with her arms outstretched over her head, just before she was shot dead outside her home in Kumarapuram, Killiveddy, [...]

Ongoing Battle Between Trustees And WAKF Board

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Muslim Affairs Minister intervenes Minister appoints special teams to look into the current issues The WAKF board can appoint trustees and the Director of MRCA cannot refuse to release appointment orders by Ifham Nizam Despite number of allegations level against the Sri Lanka WAKF Tribunal (SLWT), especially by the trustees of popular mosques with shrines, [...]

Estate Workers Demand Change

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by Ranjith Gunawardena Plantation workers request the government to initiate procedures for direct mail service Despite prohibitions, child labour still continues Estate workers seek solutions for discrimintaion, racism and many other issues In the 19th century, the plantation sector in Sri Lanka was set up by the colonial rulers to meet the export market. Initially, [...]

The Profound Impact Of Caste In Contemporary Sri Lanka

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by Basil Fernando  The social organisation in pre-colonial Sri Lanka was based on the caste system Every person was made to stay within their prescribed status At the time, it was not an obligation of the Sri Lanka state to create opportunities for people to improve their prospects It is a basic tenet of social [...]

Top Officials Attempt To Clear Illegal Vehicle Assembly Plant

The Court of Appeal judgement -CA/Writ/446/2014 delivered exactly one year ago

by Nirmala Kannangara  Top government official had attempted to stop the police from raiding the vehicles assembling plant at Minuwangoda Vehicles Lanka had got 62 vehicles assembled, which led to a colossal loss of revenue amounting to billions of rupees to the national coffers Justice S. Sriskandarajah had said that the petitioner is not entitled [...]

Match Fixing Embroils SLC

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by  Nirmala Kannangara Some officials at Sri Lanka Cricket have been accused of aiding and abetting match fixing in domestic cricket Some SLC officials want to bring their clubs on top of the list, domestic cricket is slowly getting plagued with match fixing Independent committee has been appointed to investigate whether there was match fixing [...]

Large Scale Illegal Gem Mining In Matale

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by Janaka Wijegunatillake  Some people have also begun to excavate land in forest reserves in the area in search for gems Paying just Rs. 225,000 for a consignment of gem rich earth worth millions of rupees has become a blessing for these criminals This illegal gem mining that is being carried out with the help [...]

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