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Students of Peradeniya agitate demanding a faculty of management

Students of Peradeniya University engaged in an agitation in Kandy on the 12th and commenced taking signatures for a petition of one million signatures demanding the government to establish the Management Faculty in the university and take in students appropriately.

Students claim that facilities for the degree courses in animal husbandry and fisheries in the Faculty of Agriculture in the University too have been scrapped, new students are not taken in and present students are severely inconvenienced by authorities. Also, the Faculty of management has not been established despite authorities have been making promises for several years.

A Member of the action committee of the University of Peradeniya said since 2007 every year 150 students should have been taken into the Faculty of Management but only 50 students have been taken in for the last four years.

He said University of Peradeniya is the only university where students writing for commerce subjects have to get their degrees from a Faculty of Arts and authorities have ignored all requests made by students to establish a Faculty of Management in the University.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stop the process of hunting – People’s Lawyers

Getting Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake to go before the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption and entangling her husband in a legal action are harassment, an inconvenience and an act of revenge carried out intentionally says the President of People's Lawyers' Association Attorney Sunil Watagala.

In a media release Attorney Watagala states Mr. Mohan Peiris was appointed to the post of 44th chief justice without making void the 43rd post of chief justice and calls on authorities to stop the attempt to hunt down Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake.

Mr. Watagala’s media release states:

43rd Chief Justice of Sri Lanka Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake has been asked to appear before Bribery Commission on 18th March.

As a responsible organization of lawyers’ we respect the right of the people in the country for justice by complaining to the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption against any person.

Also, as a responsible organization of lawyers’ we, drew our attention carefully and with responsibility regarding the process that has been in progress for nearly six months to remove Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake from the post  of Chief Justice. The people in Sri Lanka need not be reminded that it was a process that was undemocratic, highly illegal and violated principles of natural justice.

Furthermore, without making void the 43rd post of chief justice the present government has posted Mr. Mohan Peiris to the post of 44th chief justice. We are going through this period. Mr. Mohan Peiris himself made an open invitation at Dambulla to the people to send him a post card if people do not get justice and fair play.

In such an environment, People’s Lawyers’’ Association, while vehemently condemns the process, states that getting Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake to go before the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption and entangling her husband in a legal action are a harassment, an inconvenience and an act of revenge carried out intentionally and calls on responsible authorities to stop the attempt to hunt down Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake at a time  when allegations of human rights violations are aimed at Sri Lanka at the UNHRC sessions in Geneva.

Sunil Watagala

President

People’s Lawyers’’ Association

Fuel for the ‘Miracle of Asia’

To prove the news item we published that a ship full of substandard fuel was waiting to be unloaded; it is revealed that the substandard diesel is now being unloaded and distributed.

The ship with a consignment of fuel for IOC arrived in Colombo Fort last month. It contained 5000 tons of diesel and certain amount of petrol. However, the consignment of diesel has been prevented from being unloaded due to diesel not meeting the required standards.

A proportion of petrol had been unloaded in Colombo and Callon Petroleum Company (CPC) has confirmed that the petrol meets the required standards. The ship has sailed to China Bay in Trincomallee on the 9th to unload the remaining stock of petrol to IOC tanks there.

The official assigned to test the fuel has tested the fuel thrice and found it was substandard and had not allowed the fuel to be unloaded.

However, IOC is attempting to get its own officials to test the fuel and unload it as soon as possible so that it would get mixed up with the fuel already in the tanks and tests would not show any difference.

When the media and trade unions questioned regarding this incident the Minister firmly said no permission would be given to unload the consignment until tests confirm that the fuel is of the correct standard. However, already the consignment has been unloaded and distribution too has commenced.

Related news: Substandard fuel being unloaded for IOC

CPC imports fuel on black market rates, country loses Rs.1160 million

 

According to internal sources of Ceylon Petroleum Corporation an internal investigations has commenced regarding importing fuel for a higher price. According to these sources the excess amount paid by the CPC for this consignment of fuel imported above the world market prices is Rs.116160576231 (US$ 89,35,428.94).

The fuel has been imported from Vietnam say sources.

 

Francis I is new Pope

 

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was selected as Pope for the world's 1.2 billion Catholics. He is the first non-European pontiff in nearly 1,300 years. He will be known as Pope Francis I.

Pope Francis, 76, appeared on the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica just over an hour after white smoke poured from a chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel to signal 115 cardinal electors had chosen him to lead the world's Roman Catholics.

"Pray for me," the new pontiff, dressed in the white robes of a pope for the first time, urged a crowd of tens of thousands of people waiting in the square below.

The choice of Bergoglio, who is the first Latin American and first Jesuit pope, was announced by French cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran with the Latin words "Habemus Papam" ("We have a pope.")

Francis has became the 266th pontiff in the Church's 2,000-year history at a time of great crisis, with the church under fire over a child sex abuse scandal and torn by infighting in the Vatican bureaucracy.

Bergoglio shunned the papal limousine after his appearance on the balcony and chose to take a shuttle bus with other cardinals back to the Vatican residence where they are staying, for an evening meal. Bergoglio is known as a humble man who leads an austere and sober life without ostentation, travelling by public transport and living in a small apartment outside Buenos Aires.