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Police refuse to greenlight today’s protest

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The police have issued a letter informing the organisers of the protest planned to be held in Colombo this afternoon (2) that they will not be allowed to hold any demonstration outside the Fort Railway Station.

Police have sent this letter to the organisers with the signature of the Colombo Central II Division Assistant Superintendent of Police K. A. E. N. Dilruk.

It is mentioned in the letter that there may be disruptions to the public and private institutions as well as wholesale trade in Fort and Pettah due to a possible road blockage during the protest.

It further said that traffic congestion caused by the protest could disrupt transport activities and it will make an impact on bringing containers from the economic zones of Katunayake, Biyagama, Wathupitiwala and Kandy to the Port of Colombo.

Road closures due to the protest will also cause hardship and inconveniences to tourists.

The letter said that under Section 80 of the Police Ordinance, the permission of an Assistant Superintendent of Police should be obtained to use a gramophone, loudspeaker or megaphone or amplifier or any other device that produces or reproduces or amplifies sound mechanically. However, it said no such permission has been obtained.

It is further stated in the letter that if there are any inconvenience caused to the public, action will have to be taken under the Police Ordinance and other laws.

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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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