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Finance Ministry curtails privileges of university lecturers!

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The Finance Ministry has made arrangements to stop providing funds for air tickets and other facilities to university lecturers who travel abroad for postgraduate studies and training.

The ministry has informed this to the University Grants Commission in writing. The letter also said that measures taken in relation to all government institutions will also apply to universities and higher educational institutions due to the current economic crisis.

The appointment letter of lecturers who have been working continuously for seven years says that they are entitled to a one-year leave for their post-graduate studies or training activities, and the lecturers who go abroad will be given facilities such as air tickets.

However, the lecturers said doing away with these facilities is a violation of human rights and the university lecturers are of the opinion that since they are entitled to the seven-year leave facility for the work they have already done, there is no possibility to violate the rights related to that period.

Meanwhile, University Grants Commission Chairman Professor Sampath Amaratunga said they could have arrived at a compromise had the Finance Ministry discussed the issue with them before taking this decision.

The chairman pointed out that measures such as creating a ration system for universities, preparing a waiting list for lecturers going abroad and providing financial facilities accordingly, and providing these financial facilities from the income earned by the universities could have been discussed prior to taking the decision.

The professor warned that universities could become ‘deserts’ due to this new decision.

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Easter Sunday bombings : Rs. 295 mn. paid as compensation

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The annual reports of the Office of Reparations have revealed that over Rs. 295 million (295,499,069) have been paid as compensation to victims and property damage of the Sunday Easter bombings.

Under this, Rs. 273,747,000  have been paid as compensation for 719 victims while Rs. 21,752,069 have been paid as compensation for property damages.

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350 medical specialists have left SL

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A study conducted by a group of specialist doctors at the Ministry of Health has revealed that 350 specialists have left the country during recent times.

Many of them have left for countries such as UK and Australia. According to a spokesperson of the ministry, economic hardships have been cited as one of the main reasons for them to do so.
Doctors suggest that the government should provide an immediate solution to this issue.

Commenting on the issue, Secretary of the Health Ministry – Dr. Palitha Mahipala says that there is still a shortage of anesthetists and pediatricians after most of them had left the country.

However, some who have gone for training, are returning after their training is complete, he adds.

Meanwhile, sources in the Health sector also say that over 200 nurses too have gone overseas, but new recruits have enabled to prevent hospital operations from continuing without hindrance.

(Source : Lankadeepa)

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Details of SL recruits in Russian military, sought

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Sri Lanka has sought a report from Russian authorities on details of Sri Lankan military recruits and how many of them have died during the Russian-Ukraine conflict, the ‘Aruna’ newspaper reports.

According to a directive by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan Embassy in Russia has forwarded this request to the Russian Ministry of Defence.

Previously, the Human Trafficking, Human Smuggling and Maritime Crime Investigation Division (CID) arrested a retired major and an employment agent, identified as leaders of an organized scheme that recruited retired military personnel as mercenaries for the Russian army.

The Defence Ministry in Sri Lanka has urged the Tri Force commanders to brief Tri Force personnel not to fall for such rackets.

(Source : Aruna)

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