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     Sanath Jayasuriya mauls Bangladesh with a blazing century Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
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     Dated:  Wednesday, March 21 2007 @ 05:25 PM EDT
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    Sri Lanka NewsWORLD CUP: Sanath Jayasuriya smashed a quickfire century to help Sri Lanka post a challenging 318-5 against Bangladesh in a World Cup match here on Wednesday. The left-handed opener, who had left the field on 83 due to cramp, returned in the closing overs to score an 87-ball 109 for his 24th hundred in one-day internationals. Jayasuriya struck seven sixes and as many fours in an engrossing display of aggressive batting, reaching his century with a six off left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak. Read More http://www.dailynews.lk/2007/03/22/spo01.asp

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    Sri Lanka NewsElections to 266 Local Authorities will be held on Thursday 30 th March, 2006. Of the 330 Local Authorities in Sri Lanka, comprising of 18 Municipal Councils, 42 Urban Councils and 270 Pradeshiya Sabhas, the poll in 45 local bodies in Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mannar, Vavuniya and Mullativu and Batticaloa Districts will not poll on the 30 th due to conditions prevailing in these Districts. Owing to decisions of the Court of Appeal in regard to applications made to the Court against rejections of nomination papers, 22 local bodies are also not polling on this date. Elections will not be held in Puthukudiyiruppu and Verugal Pradeshiya Sabhas in Mullativu and Trincomalee districts respectively as the members to these authorities were elected uncontested.

    The 266 Local Authorities polling on 30 th comprise 12 Municipal Councils, 34 Urban Councils and 220 Pradeshiya Sabhas.

    Out of a total of 13,327,160 registered voters in the Island only 10,838,148 will vote on the 30 th . The number of polling stations is 8829 of which 174 are for women.

    There are 25,523 candidates in the fray from 21. political parties and 275 Independent Groups.

    For the first time in the history, a valid identity document has to be produced by voters before obtaining a ballot paper.

    Visit Official elction results pages below after 8PM SLT today for live online results:

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  •   Sri Lankan Musicians Back Autism Awareness Campaign Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
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    Sri Lanka NewsSri Lankan musicians have thrown their weight behind the important Autism Awareness Campaign on the island. They have also commended the Ministry of Education in Sri Lanka for taking the first steps in tackling educational strategies for dealing with autistic children in the mainstream school setting.

    Ivan and Charika Corea of the Autism Awareness Campaign welcomed the move by the Ministry of Education in Sri Lanka to reach out to the autistic community in the island. Ten autistic children who were already in special education units in schools in the Western Province were taken so that the National Resource Centre in Maharagama could train Sri Lankan teachers to be sent all over the country. Already, 30 special education teachers have been trained there. The Government of Sri Lanka are now committed to an 'inclusion policy' and are focusing attention on autistic children for the first time.

    Ivan and Charika Corea have commended this start. 'Children with autism and Asperger's Syndrome in Sri Lanka desperately need help. We need to bring them into our world. We urge the Ministry of Education to develop autism units in schools and we are calling upon Sri Lankan businessmen to build and fund autism units in schools and build and maintain fully functional sensory rooms, we call upon the Sri Lankan expatriate community around the world to help all children with special educational needs in this way,' said Ivan Corea. He thanked the Sri Lankan musicians for raising the profile of this serious education and health issue. The stars are planning a huge fund raising concert for autism in Colombo in 2006.

    Thousands of autistic children are kept at home without any access to education. There are issues of culture and autism is also confused with mental illness. Medical and education professionals need training in autism. There are children who remain undiagnosed. There is a lack of awareness of autism in the provincial towns and villages.

    The Corea Family have also been in touch with former US President Bill Clinton who is the United Nations Envoy to the tsunsmi hit countries. There is a real need for SEN schools in the tsunami hit regions.

    Autism is a neuro developmental disorder affecting 38,000 Sri Lankans and some say there is an increase in numbers of those touched by autism and Asperger's Syndrome. Ivan and Charika Corea have been appealing to the Government of Sri Lanka to provide public services in education, health, specialist speech therapy and respite care for all people with autism in Sri Lanka. They launched their campaign in Colombo in 2003.

    Backing for the Autism Awareness Campaign came from the highly influential European Union parliamentarian, Nirj Deva MEP who is visiting Colombo. Deva who was born in Sri Lanka and is one of the MEPs representing the United Kingdom reiterated his strong support for the campaign. Deva is a member of the European Union Development and Co-operation Committee,Substitute Regional Policy, Transport and Tourism Committee. He is also fully involved in the work of the EU in the tsunami hit regions. Deva met with musicians involved with the campaign in Colombo.

    Support also came from the Sri Lankan superstar Desmond De Silva who created history by being the first Sri Lankan musician to appeal on autism when he addressed over a thousand people at a music concert at the BMICH in Colombo on 6th August 2005.

    De Silva is an international star who has performed all over the world. He told the audience:' Autism is a neuro-developmental disorder affecting so many around the world. Autism is not mental illness, these children and adults think differently. Albert Einstein they say was autistic. How many in the audience know that there are 38,000 autistic people in Sri Lanka? So we as entertainers, urge you all to speak up for those who cannot speak up for themselves.

    'Lets spread awareness of autism, particularly when numbers of autistic children are rising and we urge our government to also provide public services who knows we may even produce Albert Einsteins if we provide education, health, specialist speech therapy for autistic children in our lovely island,' said Desmond de Silva.

    One of Sri Lanka's greatest singer/songwriters, the renowned musician, Nimal Mendis also supports the Autism Awareness Campaign.

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     Two new universities opening this month Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
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    Sri Lanka NewsTWO new universities will be started this month, the Education Ministry said yesterday.

    The University at Uva Wellassa modelled along a new concept focusing on Science and Technology, Export Agriculture and Animal Science and Computer Technology will be opened on August 7.

    The University for Visual and Performing Arts located in Colombo will be opened on August 26. This will concentrate on disciplines connected to the Arts with heavy focus on Technology and Modern Arts.

    These are among new initiatives spearheaded by President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga as Minister of Education. In addition, 14 new degree programmes, the highest so far in history, will be inaugurated for the 2005 Advanced Level students in the following disciplines:

    BSc Nursing, BSc Pharmacy, BSc Medical Laboratory Technology, BSc Physiotherapy & Disabilities Studies, BSc Radiography, Environment Conservation & Management, Facilities Management Engineering, Transport & Logistics Management, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Industrial Statistics & Mathematical Finance, Statistics & Operations Research, Computation/Management, Marine & Fisheries Biology and Islamic Studies and Arabic Civilisation.

    This will increase the total intake for all Universities by 1,297.

    Other new innovations in the higher education sector include Corporate Planning for Universities, Performance-based Funding for 2006, formalising quality assurance and accreditation of private sector higher education institutes and emphasis on employment generating disciplines such as Information Technology.

    The higher education budget for 2005 was Rs. 2153.5 million, the highest ever in history.

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