allowances a boon to students
The monthly allowance of the students in Colleges of Education will
be doubled from next year, benefiting over 9,000 students in 17 Colleges
of Education, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said.
The President made this announcement at the inauguration of the
Ruwanpura National College of ICT Education in Kahawatte, the first
College of Education dedicated to IT education in Sri Lanka.
Accordingly, the first and second year students who are receiving a
monthly allowance of Rs. 2,500 will receive Rs. 5,000 from January while
the monthly allowance of third year students will be increased from Rs.
3,000 to Rs. 6,000.
President Rajapaksa added that IT and English education hitherto
confined to the privileged class was now available to even village
He said this situation was completely changed by the Government by
setting up ‘Nenasala’ centres islandwide. “The children of farmers in
rural areas are now reaping the benefits of the Government’s endeavour”.
These students who have never come to the capital city have today
developed communication with the world.
He further said, the Government gave an impetus to IT education in
Sri Lanka by training thousands of teachers in Information and
A man brought a very limp dog into the veterinary clinic. As he lay
the dog on the table, the doctor pulled out his stethoscope, placing the
receptor on the dog’s chest.
a moment or two, the vet shook his head sadly and said, “I’m sorry, but
your dog has passed away.” “What?” screamed the man.
“How can you tell?”
You haven’t done any testing on him or anything. I want another
opinion!” With that, the vet turned and left the room. In a few moments,
he returned with a Labrador Retriever. The Retriever went right to work,
checking the poor dead dog out thoroughly with his nose. After a
considerable amount of sniffing, the Retriever sadly shook his head and
said, “Bark” (meaning “dead as a doornail”). The veterinarian then took
the Labrador out and returned in a few moments with a cat, who also
carefully sniffed out the poor dog on the table.
As had his predecessors, the cat sadly shook his head and said,
“Meow” (meaning “he’s history”). He then jumped off the table and ran
out of the room. The veterinarian handed the man a bill for $600. The
dog’s owner went berserk. “$600! Just to tell me my dog is dead? This is
The vet shook his head sadly and explained. “If you had taken my word
for it, the charge would have been $50, but with the Lab work and the
Birth and death
November 29- December 5
Sir Ambrose Fleming, English inventor of the radio rectifier was born
Christian Doppler who discovered the Doppler Effect was born in 1803.
Giacomo Puccini, Italian composer died in 1924.
Mark Twain, American humorist was born in 1835.
Jonathan Swift, Irish satirist was born in 1667.
Oscar Wild, Irish playwright was born in 1900.
Sir Winston Churchill, a former British prime minister, (1940-1945and
1951-1955) was born in 1874.
Arjuna Ranatunga, a former Sri Lankan cricket captain was born in
Woody Allen, American actor and film maker was born in 1935.
Peter Carl Goldmark who developed the colour TV was born in 1915.
Sir Rowland Hill, British postal pioneer was born in 1795.
Robert Louis Stevenson, Scottish writer died in 1894.
Rajendra Prasad, First President of India was born in 1884.
Nihal Silva, dramatist, film actor (Sergeant Nallathamby) died in
Hamilton Shirley Amarasinghe (diplomat) died in 1980.
Edgar Wallace, English writer was born in 1875.
Thomas Carlyle, Scottish writer and historian was born in 1795.
Omar Khayyam, Persian poet, astronomist and scientist died in 1131.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Austrian composer died in 1791.
Walt Disney, American entertainer was born in 1901.
Dr. C.E. Godakumbura, a former Commisioner of Archaeology was born in
Alexander Dumas, French writer died in 1870.
W.D.Amaradeva, popular Sinhala singer was born in 1927.
Mohideen Beig, Sinhala singer was born in 1905.
which took place
in history from November 29 - December 5
Sri Lanka Cricket Foundation was set up in 1981.
First underground atomic explosion was carried out in Nevada in U.S.A
First meteorite recorded to have struck a woman in Sylacauga,
World Day Against the Death Penalty.
Ceylon Medical College was established in 1870.
Vidyodaya Pirivena was founded in 1873.
World AIDS Day first announced by the United Nations Organization in
SAARC first summit began in Dhaka in 1985.
King Camp Gillette obtained patent for his first disposable razor in
First human heart transplant performed by Dr Christiaan Barnard in
South Africa in 1967.
National Salt Corporation was established in 1957.
Sarasavi Sandaresa, Sinhala newspaper commenced in 1850.
World Disabled Day.
World Day Against Slavery was first announcing in 1992 by the United
Observer, British newspaper commenced publication in 1791.
International Volunteers Day for Economic and Social Development.
National day of Thailand.
war heroes given scholarships
Over 200 children of war heroes whose fathers sacrificed their lives
to protect the country's territorial integrity and also to eliminate
terrorism from the land were presented scholarships by President Mahinda
Rajapaksa and the First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa at a ceremony held in
The presentation ceremony was organised by the Seva Vanitha Unit of
the Defence Ministry in collaboration with the Bank of Ceylon.
According to the programme the beneficiary students who are studying
from Grades One to Five will receive Rs. 20,000 and children from Grades
Six to Nine will be entitled to Rs. 30,000. A Rs. 50,000 grant is also
given to war heroes children studying from Grade 10 to 12. Speaking on
the occasion, Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said the children of
war heroes will not face any inconvenience in the future to receive
their education at any public school of their choice.The Defence
Secretary also made a fervent request from the mothers and guardians of
the children to contact him personally in their endeavour of admitting
children to schools they need.According to the programme, the children
of war heroes all over the country would get an opportunity to receive
their education at any public school they like.He said it is the duty of
the Government to help the children of war heroes at this crucial moment
and that is why the Government took a firm decision to find suitable
schools for these children.
At the presentation ceremony, the Defence Secretary also told the
children that people in the country will always remember the valuable
service rendered by their parents in the battlefront.
The Defence Secretary also pointed out that his Ministry established
a Defence School for the first time in Colombo, for the benefit of
children whose fathers or mothers are serving in the three Armed
Forces.He said in addition, the Ministry has planned to set up two more
schools in Kandy and Kurunegala for the children of the Armed Forces
personnel, who live in the surrounding areas.
International Day of Persons with Disabilities is on Dec.3
The annual observance of the International Day of Persons with
Disabilities which falls on December 3 , aims to promote an
understanding of disability issues, the rights of persons with
disabilities and gains to be derived from the integration of persons
with disabilities in every aspect of the political, social, economic and
cultural life of their communities.
The Day provides an opportunity to mobilise action to achieve the
goal of full and equal enjoyment of human rights and participation in
society by persons with disabilities, established by the World Programme
of Action concerning Disabled Persons, adopted by the United Nations
General Assembly in 1982.
International Day of Disabled Persons, proclaimed by the
collaborative effort - United Nations, is to celebrate and acknowledge
the experience and capabilities of people with disabilities.
The Day was initially proclaimed in 1992 to commemorate the
anniversary of the World Programme of Action concerning Disabled
Persons, adopted by the General Assembly to promote understanding
disability issues and to increase awareness of gains to be derived from
integrating disabled persons into all aspects of political, social
economic and cultural life.
More than half a billion persons are disabled as a result of mental,
physical or sensory impairment and no matter which part of the world
they are in, their lives are often limited by physical or social
During the past two decades, much has been accomplished in
recognition of disabled persons.
One of the turning points was the International Year of Disabled
Persons proclaimed by the General Assembly in 1981. Following year, the
International Decade of Disabled Persons was designated (1983-1992) to
promote "equality" and "full participation" of disabled persons in
social life and development.The World Programme of Action concerning
Disabled Persons, adopted by the General Assembly in 1982, provides an
international framework to incorporate disability issues into national
To complement the World Programme, standard rules on Equalisation of
Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities were drafted in 1993.
Although the Rules are not compulsory for Governments, they imply a
strong moral and political commitment of States to equalise the
opportunities of persons with disabilities.
To this end, the Rules outline specific principles for
responsibility, action and cooperation. Increasingly, the work of the
United Nations is focused on equalisation of opportunities for persons
One of the most important concerns is accessibility to new
technologies, in particular information and communications technologies,
as well as to the physical environment.
Uniform material,text books
The distribution of uniform material and text books for next year to
students will commence on December 7 in all the provinces including the
Northern and Eastern provinces. Education Ministry Secretary Nimal
Bandara told the Junior Observer. Meanwhile, the distribution of uniform
material and text books to centres and nearby schools has already begun.
The official ceremony held at the Education Ministry was presided over
by the Minister of Education Susil Premajayantha.
According to the Commissioner General of Educational Publications
N.M.J. Puspakumara, text books for all Government and Government
assisted schools were transported early last month by lorries to all
distribution centres and schools in all the provinces including the
Northern and Eastern. The text books were transported to the North via
A-9 Road. The transport of the first stock of uniforms to Jaffna also
took place recently.
The Ministry sources said that they expect to send the uniforms to 94
zonal offices. The distribution of uniform material and text books is
expected to be completed before the stipulated period.
Ninety five per cent of the text books have already been distributed
to the centres and the balance will be distributed before the end of
December, said Puspakumara.
According to Education Ministry sources steps have been taken to
ensure a smooth distribution with no shortages either in text books or
Uniform material for students of all Government schools and
Government assisted schools as well as robes for Bhikkhu students in
Pirivenas are provided free of charge annually by the Education Ministry
under the free education concept.
Nearly four million school children and over 35,000 Bhikkhu students
are benefited by this program. The total expenditure incurred for
uniform material is Rs.1,260 million. Rs. 3,000 million was incurred to
provide 35 million text books this year.
The Ministry has requested principals to summon a meeting of school
children before the final day of the last term. which has been named as
'Books Distribution Day',and advise the students of the need to use text
books with care as they are required to handover the textbooks to the
next batch of students.
As a motivating factor, the Ministry would offer gifts and
certificates for students who have utilised text books carefully.
As the final outcome the Education Ministry expects to reduce a
considerable amount of national wealth spent on printing textbooks
annually in this way.
The Education Ministry saved Rs. 451 million in 2008 and Rs. 856
million in 2009 and it is expected to increase the saving to as much as
Rs. 1,000 million in 2010," the Commissioner said.