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Pastor Jerome’s assets to be investigated

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The Illegal Assets Investigations Division under the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has decided to launch an investigation into the assets and property belonging to Pastor Jerome Fernando, who is accused of insulting the Buddha.

The day before the court issued a foreign travel ban on Jerome Fernando, he went to Singapore. However, he said that he will return on Sunday.

It has been revealed that the total assessed value of the religious center called ‘Miracle Dome’ on Veyangoda Road, Katunayake, where Jerome Fernando delivers his sermons, is USD 9 million.

This four-acre land has been given by a businessman and his wife who are members of his church.

Pastors from countries such as the UK, the USA, Hong Kong, UAE, Australia, India and Bangladesh come to Sri Lanka for prayer services and Pastor Fernando’s church receives funds from these countries.

It has been revealed that receipts are not issued for the money given as aid to this church, and the minimum amount that can be paid as aid is Rs.500,000.

Investigation has revealed that the money received by this church is deposited in the accounts in Dubai, Qatar and England using the Undiyal system.

Two of the most expensive housing units in Mt. Lavinia and Havelock City have been bought under the name of the pastor’s family.

Rajapaksas are not involved

Meanwhile, former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said that he has met Pastors Uebert Angel and Jerome Fernando only once but he has no further relationship with them.

Mr. Rajapaksa said that he met them once because of an official request made by Pastor Jerome Fernando’s office.

He said this in response to the allegation that he has a relationship with pastors Uebert Angel and Jerome Fernando.

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University applications open tomorrow 

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The University Grants Commission (UGC) has announced that online applications for university admissions for the academic year 2023/2024 will open tomorrow (14 June).

Applications will be available from 6 am tomorrow at www.ugc.ac.lk
The application deadline is 5 July 2024. 

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Govt. to privatise SriLankan as part of IMF programme – CEO

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The government, as part of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) program, is looking to privatise several state-owned enterprises and one of those is the flag carrier of the island nation, said SriLankan Airline CEO Richard Nuttall.

Nuttal added that the airline is also looking for an investor. Three candidates have been finalised in April and the government is in talks with them.

Nutall said that no Indian company had shown interest in investing in the airline.

The airline hopes to grow its current fleet of 21 to 22 next month, with plans to obtain another three aircraft within the next three months.

Source: ANI

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University Impact Rankings 2024

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The Times Higher Education (THE) announced the University Impact Rankings for 2024 yesterday (12 June), identifying and celebrating universities that excel across multiple United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

These institutions stand out by demonstrating comprehensive excellence in contributing to global sustainable development. They also showcase their commitment to addressing the world’s most pressing challenges, including environmental sustainability, social inclusion, economic growth and partnerships.

THE evaluated 2,152 universities from 125 countries/regions to produce the overall Impact Ranking for 2024.

Australia’s Western Sydney University tops the list for the third consecutive year. The UK’s University of Manchester and Australia’s University of Tasmania follow in joint second place. Denmark’s Aalborg University is in fourth. Overall, the top 10 includes five countries across three continents.

The top newcomer in 2024 is France’s Institut Agro at joint 21st.

India is the most-represented country in the overall table, with 96 institutions.

Meanwhile, the Rajarata University of Sri Lanka has been ranked in 4th place among the Sri Lankan Universities and ranked between 801-1000 among the world Universities in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2024.

The University scored high marks for Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) number 4: Quality Education. The University joined the ranking in 2023.

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