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UGC to be replaced by NHEDC

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Higher Education State Minister Dr. Suren Raghavan told Parliament yesterday that the ‘National Higher Education Development Commission’(NHEDC) will be established to replace the current University Grants Commission (UGC) aiming to broaden its scope further.

The State Minister also stated that the legal proceedings for that are currently underway and a national dialogue out of politics is needed to formulate a national education policy.

He said this while joining the debate on education.

Nearly 12,700 university non-academic staff representing 18 trade unions are currently engaged in a strike demanding a 25 percent salary increase.We are trapped in politicisation. Both education and higher education should be defined nationally and steps should be taken to make an economic transformation through this.

Digitisation has spread to all fields.Digitisation is necessary in education reforms.It is also impossible to think about artificial intelligence without this.

Seventeen universities have been closed due to the strike of non-academic employees.This problem has been raised because of a salary anomaly that happened in 2016. Around Rs.6.8 billion is needed to rectify this anomaly.If a solution is provided in the next two or three days, this strike will be ended and non-academic employees will report to the service.I think we will be able to end this strike by next week.

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President meets TMVP Leader Pillaiyan

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President Ranil Wickremesinghe has symbolically distributed freehold deeds to 192 individuals from 13 divisional secretariat divisions in the Batticaloa District. 

This distribution is part of the ‘Urumaya’ freehold deeds program, which aims to provide freehold deeds to 27,595 qualified families in the district, according to the President’s Media Division (PMD).

The ‘Urumaya’ national program is set to grant 2 million freehold land deeds to people across the island, enhancing property rights and security for numerous families.

Following the distribution ceremony, President Wickremesinghe met with TMVP Leader Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan, also known as Pillaiyan, and party members at their headquarters. 

During this meeting, the TMVP leader expressed his support for the President and confirmed his party’s backing in the upcoming presidential election.

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Deadline for NIC applications extended to June 30

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The Department for Registration of Persons (DRP) has extended the deadline for individuals over 40 years old to apply for National Identity Cards (NICs) to June 30, 2024. 

Commissioner General of the department Pradeep Saputhanthri stated that the deadline for these applications has been extended to June 30. Originally, the deadline was set for March 31.

This extension was granted in response to requests from Divisional Secretaries, according to the department.

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Highlights from the 16th Nationalised Services Cricket Awards

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The 16th Nationalised Services Award, organized by the Nationalised Services Cricket Association (NSCA), took place in Colombo. 

State Minister for Sports Rohana Dissanayake and Sri Lanka Cricket President Shammi Silva chaired the event. 

NSCA Chairman Nalin Aponsu and members of semi-state and bank cricket teams attended. 

Awards were presented to teams that participated and won national service cricket tournaments from 2018 to 2024. 

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