One way of achieving this transformation is through changes in our current education system. Honourable Minister Dr. Amunugama declared that there has to be a change in our present education system, in order for youth to secure sustainable employment. Introducing a change in our education system requires meticulous planning. They believe vocational education trains people for a blue collar job, and is not considered a ‘higher education’ program. For example, in Germany, the vocational education and training system, also known as the Dual Training System, offers an excellent approach to skills development.
September 07, 2018 08:25 UTC
World(Reuters) - Financial and personal data has been stolen from potentially hundreds of thousands of British Airways customers who booked online in recent weeks, extending a run of embarrassing technological mishaps suffered by the UK flag carrier. The thefts occurred during a data breach that affected bookings made on the airline’s website and app between Aug. 21 and Sept. 5, parent International Airlines Group (ICAG.L) said on Thursday. BA chairman and chief executive, Alex Cruz, said the carrier was “deeply sorry” for the disruption caused by the criminal activity. The airline also apologized to its customers in a full-page ad in British newspaper Metro on Friday. The airline had launched an investigation and notified police and other relevant authorities.
September 07, 2018 08:22 UTC
NewsThe reconstruction of the ‘Gini Petti Bridge’ (Matchbox bridge) belonging to the Parakrama Samudrya project at Polonnaruwa commenced under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena today, the President's Media Division reported. The recent dilapidation of this bridge has caused many hardships to the paddy farmers in the area. The supply of water to 15,000 Acres of paddy fields has been blocked due to the dilapidation of this bridge. The estimated amount of money allocated for this project is Rs. The President unveiled a commemoration plaque to mark the commencement of construction and engaged in an observation tour around the place.
September 07, 2018 07:00 UTC
WorldCOX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh (Reuters) - About 50 Rohingya Muslim refugees gathered in a muddy sports field in a camp in Bangladesh on Wednesday to protest against the conviction in Myanmar of two Reuters reporters, who were arrested while covering the plight of their community. The two reporters, Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, were investigating the killing by the Myanmar security forces of Rohingya villagers at the time of their arrest in December. Abdu Shakur, the father of Rashid Ahmed, one of the 10 men whose deaths at the hands of the Myanmar military were exposed by the Reuters reporters, was among the crowd protesting in a refugee camp in southeast Bangladesh. “I felt very upset as my sons and other families were innocent and the reporters were innocent,” Shakur told Reuters. Though the Myanmar military acknowledged the killings at Inn Din, the government has denied most allegations of atrocities against Rohingya by the security forces.
September 07, 2018 06:33 UTC
NewsThree suspects who allegedly defrauded cash and jewellery from victims by using fake gemstones have been arrested from Mathugama. Police Media Unit stated that the suspects were taken into custody near the Mathugama bus stand following a tip-off. A live hand grenade, four fake gemstones and two gold-painted necklaces were taken into custody from the possession of the suspects, police further said. The suspects have allegedly traveled to various parts of the country and defrauded people of cash and valuables after selling them fake gemstones. Upon further questioning of the suspects, police also recovered 56 grams of gold and a gold chain.
September 07, 2018 06:33 UTC
WorldBANGKOK (Reuters) - Human Rights Watch on Friday urged Thai authorities to drop legal cases against 12 people arrested over Facebook posts they shared about a British tourist’s complaint that she had been raped on a holiday island. Police arrested the 12 Thai Facebook users this week for violating a cyber-crime law, in connection with their posts about what police have deemed to be an untrue complaint of rape. Police had been investigating an accusation by a 19-year-old British tourist who said she had been raped while on holiday on the island of Koh Tao in June. The British tourist, whose identity has not been revealed, reported to police in June that she was robbed on the island. Police deny this and say their investigation determined her complaint of rape was not true.
September 07, 2018 06:20 UTC
NewsAlaina B. Teplitz, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service was confirmed as the Ambassador to Sri Lanka a short while ago. The appointment was confirmed by the American Senate earlier today. Ms. Alaina B. Teplitz will also serve as the Ambassador to the Maldives. The US Embassy in Colombo took its official Twitter handle to extend their congratulations
September 07, 2018 06:10 UTC
NewsNewly-appointed Permanent Representatives for the United Nations in Sri Lanka Hanna Singer called on President Maithripala Sirisena at the President’s residence, the President's Media division reported. President Sirisena according to the media division report thanked the UN representative for the support extended over a long period of time for the development programmes of Sri Lanka.
September 07, 2018 05:30 UTC
WorldSINGAPORE (Reuters) - A veteran Singapore diplomat on Thursday called for Singapore’s gay community to challenge a law that bans gay sex in the conservative city-state, following India’s scrapping of the same British colonial-era legislation. Tommy Koh, a prominent diplomat and lawyer, made the comments in response to a Facebook post by a senior Singapore-based academic on India’s landmark ruling on Thursday. “I would encourage our gay community to bring a class action to challenge the constitutionality of Section 377A,” Koh wrote. Reminded of this by another Facebook user, Koh said from his verified account: “try again”. Under Singapore’s law 377A, a man found to have committed an act of “gross indecency” with another man could be jailed for up to two years, although prosecutions are rare.
September 07, 2018 05:01 UTC
WorldJUIZ DE FORA, Brazil (Reuters) - The leading candidate in Brazil’s presidential election is in serious but stable condition after being stabbed by an assailant at a campaign rally on Thursday, doctors said, pushing an already chaotic campaign into further disarray. Far-right firebrand Congressman Jair Bolsonaro, a controversial figure who has enraged many Brazilians for years with divisive comments, but has a devout following among conservative voters, could take two months to fully recover and will spend at least a week in the hospital, said Dr. Luiz Henrique Borsato, who operated on the candidate. Local police in Juiz de Fora confirmed to Reuters that the suspect, Adelio Bispo de Oliveira, 40, was in custody and that he appeared to be mentally disturbed. Oliveira was affiliated with the leftwing Socialism and Liberty Party from 2007 to 2014, the party said in a written statement, in which it repudiated the violence. Bolsonaro’s rivals in the race expressed outrage at the attack.
September 07, 2018 04:34 UTC
WorldA deep 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador on Thursday night, USGS said. The quake hit at 9:12 pm local time (0212 GMT on Friday) at a depth of 93.5 kilometers, near the center of the South American country. It was felt across several provinces, according to Twitter users, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage. Local authorities recorded its magnitude as 6.5. Ecuador suffered a 7.8 magnitude earthquake on April 16, 2016, which devastated villages in the coastal provinces of Manabi and Esmeraldas and killed 673 people.
September 07, 2018 04:21 UTC
World(Reuters) - A magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit 105 km east-southeast of Suva, Fiji, at a depth of 608 km, the U.S. Geological Survey said on Thursday. The measure was revised downward from an initial magnitude 8.1 reading by USGS. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said no destructive Pacific-wide tsunami was expected, and there was no tsunami threat to Hawaii. New Zealand’s Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management said there was no tsunami threat to New Zealand following the earthquake.
September 06, 2018 16:18 UTC
NewsStating that he has started cultivating a new generation of leaders for the United National Party (UNP), Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today stated that the party will be handed over to them. He added that the party must think about 2030. The Premier made the statement while addressing the 72nd Anniversary celebration of the UNP today. Speaking further at the event, Mr Wickremesinghe also took aim at the media, stating that the media cannot destroy the UNP
September 06, 2018 14:48 UTC
SportSri Lanka Cricket (SLC) named a 15-member Women's squad for the upcoming ODI Series between Sri Lanka and India women to be played in Sri Lanka from September 11 and 16. The SLC selectors have named Chamari Atapattu as the skipper with most of the remaining players known to have represented the country in the recent past. Sri Lanka Women and India Women will play three International Women's Championship (IWC) ODI matches. The tour will continue with a five-match Twenty20 series. Sri Lanka Women's squad: Chamari Atapattu (Captain), Prasadani Weerakkody, Anushka Sanjeewani, Nipuni Hansika, Hasini Perera, Dilani Manodara, Shashikala Siriwardena, Nilakshi de Silva, Imalka Mendis, Sripalee Weerakkodi, Sugandika Kumari, Inoka Ranaweera, Udeshika Prabodhini, Ama Kanchana, Kaveesha Dilhari.
September 06, 2018 11:37 UTC
SportSri Lanka beat Hong Kong 71-48 to reach the semi-final of the 11th Asian Netball Championship 2018 at the OCBC Arena in Singapore today (6). Sri Lanka claimed the first and second sets 18-13 and 21-12 to lead the halftime by 39-25. With set scores of 15-10 and 17-13 in the third and fourth quarters, the Sri Lankans claimed their fifth straight win in the competition. Sri Lanka beat title holders Malaysia (62-59), Singapore (74-61), Chinese Taipei (137-5) and India (101-29) in their two group games.
September 06, 2018 11:26 UTC