Connect with us

News

Ragging victim gets Rs 5.5 mn. compensation

Published

on

Ten graduates from Peradeniya University were given a two-year Rigorous Imprisonment, each suspended for 10 years, and ordered to pay compensation by the Kandy Chief Magistrate after they pleaded guilty for a ragging incident committed in 2011.

They currently hold either administrative positions or are serving as teachers. The ragging victim had returned to his village in Hambantota without completing his degree, the court was told.

Kandy Chief Magistrate Shirinith Wijesekara ordered that each of the convicts pay Rs 550,000 to the victim, while a fine of Rs 5,000 each was also imposed. Accordingly the victim would receive a compensation of Rs 5.5 million.

The victim, who came from a poor family, had been dragged from his place of lodging, ragged severely in front of female students, and assaulted. The following day, the raggers mixed several parcels of food together and ordered him to eat it as an animal would do.

He had also been taken to another location, forced to engage in sexual acts with three other freshmen, and assaulted. He was also hung by his hands on a rafter.

The victim later claimed that he had thoughts of suicide following the ragging.

Due to injuries sustained, he had been hospitalised at the Peradeniya hospital on two occasions. Those who ragged him had threatened him with death and told him to say that the injuries had been caused following a fall, Deputy Solicitor General Lakmini Girihagama, who led the prosecution, told courts.

On the second occasion, the doctor treating him felt suspicious about the injuries, and on questioning the victim, he disclosed that the injuries were caused by ragging.

He had abandoned his studies and gone back to his village.

The magistrate severely warned the accused.

The case was filed under the Prohibition of Ragging and Other Forms of Violence in Educational Institutions Act, No. 20 of 1998.

(thesundaytimes.lk)

(Except for the headline, this story, originally published by sundaytimes.lk has not been edited by SLM staff)


News

CBSL appoints two New Deputy Governors

Published

on

By

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) has appointed two new Deputy Governors, effective this week. 

Assistant Governor and Secretary to the Governing Board A.A.M. Thassim has been appointed as Deputy Governor starting June 20, while Assistant Governor J.P.R. Karunaratne will assume his new role on June 24.

These appointments were made by the Minister of Finance, following recommendations from the CBSL Governing Board, in accordance with the Central Bank of Sri Lanka Act, No. 16 of 2023.

Mr. Thassim brings over 31 years of experience at CBSL, having worked in various areas including Banking Supervision and Regulation, International Operations, and Risk Management. He has also been part of several high-level committees on monetary policy and financial stability.

Mr. Karunaratne, with over 33 years at CBSL, has extensive experience in the supervision and regulation of financial institutions, currency management, and public debt. He has significantly contributed to strengthening the legal framework and consolidation of the Non-Bank Financial Institutions sector.

Continue Reading

News

UK rejects TGTE appeal to lift LTTE proscription

Published

on

By

The UK Proscribed Organisations Appeals Commission has rejected an appeal by the Transitional Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) to lift the proscription on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as a terrorist organisation in Britain.

Sri Lanka’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ali Sabry, confirmed that the UK will continue to maintain the proscription on the LTTE. Announcing this on ‘X’ (formerly Twitter), Sabry noted that the independent court, headed by a high court judge and two retired senior diplomats, ruled against de-proscribing the LTTE.

The TGTE, which supports the creation of an independent Tamil state in north-east Sri Lanka, had appealed to the UK to lift its ban on the LTTE. However, the TGTE itself is not proscribed in the UK as it seeks to achieve its political and ideological objectives through non-violent means.

Sabry further stated, “The LTTE international network’s approach and strategy is to get foreign governments to de-proscribe the LTTE so that they could revive the LTTE.”

Continue Reading

News

Thai PM justifies frequent international trips, including a visit to Sri Lanka

Published

on

By

Thailand’s Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin defended his frequent globe-trotting during his first 10 months as leader of the Southeast Asian nation, in remarks aired in a television broadcast on Saturday.

A real estate tycoon and political newcomer who became prime minister in August last year, Srettha made 15 overseas visits and pledged a two-month halt in March in response to public criticism.

“Some of these visits are not avoidable,” he said, referring to those for official meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), as well as to China and Japan, while a third was to Sri Lanka to sign a free trade pact.

Other visits aimed to draw trade and investment, said Srettha, nicknamed Thailand’s salesman, who has often spoken of his goal of luring more foreign investment to the country.

“It’s necessary to go,” he said in the remarks recorded in advance.

Source: Reuters

–Agencies

Continue Reading

Trending

Copyright © 2024 Sri Lanka Mirror. All Rights Reserved