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  • The Only Thing ‘Thriving’ Is Corruption

    By Romesh Abeywickrema An international survey on global wellbeing in 2010 carried out by influential polling firm, Gallup has found that only 5% of Sri Lankans are “thriving.” And there are no prizes for guessing exactly who makes up this privileged 5% in Sri Lanka. The poll was published by Gallup on April 19.The Gallup […]

  • Why do University Teachers resort to Trade Union Action?

    6 May 2011, 10:26 pmA Statement by the Executive Committee of the Federation of University Teachers’ Association (1) Trade Unions may not have a long history but in the short history of their existence they have acquired an indelible presence in the affairs of nation states. Trade unions historically evolved as organizations to defend collectively […]

  • March of folly by S.B. Dissanayake down the path of I.M.R.A Iriyagolla

    This behaviour, in a way, signifies the approach and attitude of the government in general. Following this general pattern, Minister came up with a big conspiracy theory linking the university teachers and their trade unions to imperialism and Publish Post Tamil diaspora 8 May 2011, /By Sumanasiri Liayanage Faced with the threat of trade union […]

  • Union says 90 per cent of academics have handed in their resignations

    By Lakna Paranamanna More than 90 per cent of those in university administration countrywide have tendered their resignation letters to the authorities resulting in administrative functions of universities on the verge of a breaking down, Federation of University Teachers Association (FUTA) said yesterday. The FUTA said heads of departments, coordinators of units as well as […]

  • Govt ordered to amend Pension Bill

    The Court has ordered the AG to amend the Bill as per the union requests The Supreme Courts in Sri Lanka has ordered the Attorney General (AG) to amend the Pensions Bill for private sector workers. AG has agreed in courts to amend the Bill to include provisions for spouses to be paid following the […]

  • More child abuse complaints

     By Olindhi Jayasundere The National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) hotline 1929 for public complaints on child abuse has received 21,507 complaints up until April 30 this year, the Ministry of Child Development and Women’s Empowerment said.. The hotline which was introduced in June 2010 was set up for the public to report incidents of any […]

  • Gallup poll says 95% of Sri Lankans struggling and suffering!

    April 26, 2011      * Influential polling firm’s global wellbeing surveys in 2010 claims only 5% in Sri Lanka are thriving    * Says high wellbeing eludes the masses in most countries as majorities in 19 out of 124 countries “thriving,” mostly in Europe and the Americas Despite the end of the war, doubling of per […]

  • Sri Lanka financial professional writes to president to stop ‘pension bill’

    Apr 23, 2011 (LBO) – A much respected retired Sri Lankan business executive, financial professional, Chandra Jayaratne, has written President Mahinda Rajapaksa to stop state plans to build a controversial pension fund by dipping its hands into the salaries of private sector workers.Jayarante has been actively campaigning to improve the liberties of all the people […]

  • New university entrants to undergo leadership training at military camps

    by Dasun Edirisinghe Students who qualify for university education will have to undergo leadership training at a military establishment, Higher Education Ministry Secretary Dr. Sunil Jayaratne said. The new scheme would come into effect from May 23 for the next academic year and it would be compulsory for all students, he said. The training programme […]

  • Unions alarmed over pension scheme

    President to meet trade union representatives By Yohan PereraAs several trade unions are gearing up to launch a protest against the proposed private sector pension scheme, President Mahinda Rajapaksa has decided to hold discussions on the matter with all trade union representatives on April 25. Several trade unions including the Ceylon Mercantile Union (CMU), Ceylon […]

  • Over a million children lack toilet facilities

    By Azra Ameen Around 1,299 schools or nearly one million school children and around 200,000 families in the island do not have access to toilets, Deputy General Manager of the National Water Supply and Drainage Board, Deepthi Sumanasekera said following a survey conducted by the National Water Supply and Drainage Board. Nearly 1,860 schools have […]

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