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                     Vol. 27 No. 196 Friday                    17th August, 2007 28 Pages Rs.15 Registered in Sri Lanka as a Newspaper                                                                                    Late City Edition

 Government backtracks on controversial Education Bill                                                                                                                                         A/L evaluator sessions blocked
            by Zacki Jabbar
     Amidst UNP protests the government
                                                  The circular minus the controversial
                                              clause which gives marks to educational
                                                                                            Colombo yesterday said that the circular
                                                                                            would apply only to 2008 grade one
                                                                                                                                              Premajayanth, said that in terms of the
                                                                                                                                          circular marks would also be given for stu-         Chief threatens
 has backtracked on its controversial
 Cabinet approved Education Bill and
                                              qualifications of parents of children seek-
                                              ing grade one admission has been sent to
                                                                                                “The proposed Education Bill will be
                                                                                                                                          dents seeking admission to schools that
                                                                                                                                          their parents, brothers or sisters attended.        to seek security
 issued a circular that would govern grade
 one admissions to both State and private
                                              all Provincial Education Directors.
                                                  Education Minister Susil Premajayanth
                                                                                            discussed further with all concerned
                                                                                            before it is presented for parliamentary
                                                                                                                                              “No special preference will be given to
                                                                                                                                          children of ministers, parliamentarians,            forces’ help
 schools for 2008.                            addressing the cabinet press briefing in      approval.”                                                           Continued on page 8                   by Saman Indrajith

Massive pre-paid
                                                                                                                                                                                                   The first instruction and adviso-
                                                                                                                                                                                               ry session for GCE AL paper evalua-
                                                                                                                                                                                               tors, planned to be held at the Royal
                                                                                                                                                                                               College in Colombo yesterday morn-

phone card racket
                                                                                                                                                                                               ing, did not take place due to a fra-
                                                                                                                                                                                               cas caused by teacher unionists.
                                                                                                                                                                                               They threatened and barred evalua-
                                                                                                                                                                                               tors entering the session halls.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   “We had to take special meas-

                                                                                                                                                                                               ures to save the paper markers, as
                                                                                                                                                                                               unionists threatened and used force
                                                                                                                                                                                               against hundreds of evaluators. It
                                                                                                                                                                                               was an illegal act. If this happens
                                                                                                                                                                                               again I will have to consider obtain-
                                                                                                                                                                                               ing the assistance of security forces
                          by Norman Palihawadena                                                                                                                                               against saboteurs. The Examination
   The CID yesterday busted a massive racket involving robbery and sale                                                                                                                        Act 1967 No 25 has given ample pow-
of mobile phone pre-paid cards, valued at over Rs. 3.7 million. The racket                                                                                                                     ers to curb such attempts to sabo-
had been going on for over one year. An important member of the gang                                                                                                                           tage     procedures      linked     to
was arrested but the mastermind had fled the country and was said to be                                                                                                                        Examinations,”          Examination
living in the United Kingdom, investigators said.
                                                                                                                                                                                               Commissioner Anura Edirisinghe
   The gang had robbed mobile phone          in use and by analysing these numbers                                                                                                             told The Island.
cards in Horana, Matugama, Panadura          the CID was able to trace the persons                                                                                                                 “I had to get ten vehicles to send
and Kalutara North. The Horana deal-         who used the cards.                                                                                                                               the evaluators home, as the union-
er was the main agent who distributed           The users had revealed that the                                                                                                                ists had threatened anyone daring to
the cards to dealers in the adjoining        cards were available sometimes at half                                                                                                            enter the session halls with death.
areas. The gang had waylaid the main         the price. A Rs. 1,000 card was Rs. 750                                                                                                                                       Continued on page 8
agent’s sales representatives on sever-      or sometimes just Rs. 500. The users
al occasions during the last one year        had named the shops from where they
and on other occasions raided the
business outlets of the main agent
                                             had purchased these cards. On ques-
                                             tioning, the shop keepers, the culprits
                                                                                                                                                                                               Killed child for ransom
   ASP Mevan Silva, a Communication          who sold the cards in bulk were                                                                                                                  by Madurawala E.
Analyst attached to the CID, told The        traced.                                                                                                                                            Karunaratne
Island yesterday that registration              The CID has seized a large number
numbers of the mobile phone cards            of used, half used and unused mobile                                                                                                                 The suspect
were obtained from the companies that        phone cards from users and shops to                                                                                                              arrested by police in
operated the mobile phone services           which the robbed cards had been sold.                                                                                                            connection with the
and through a facility that is available        A team of CID officers, headed by                                                                                                             murder of an 11-year-
to the CID the numbers were analysed         ASP Mevan Silva, under the instruc-                                                                                                              old schoolboy in
and the mobile phone users traced.           tions of SSP Nimal Kulatunga on the                                                                                                              Batagoda, Anguru-
Though most of the stolen phone cards        Direction of DIG Prathapasinghe, is                                                                                                              wathota, in the Kalutara district,
had been fully utilised a few were still     conducting further investigation.                                                                                                                has confessed to police that he
                                                                                             Undergraduates of the Kelaniya University forcibly occupied the main administrative build-
                                                                                                                                                                                              abducted and killed the child
                                                                                             ing yesterday demanding immediate provision of books for the library, protesting against         because he wanted a ransom of Rs
                                                                                             suppressive actions of the administration and urging authorities to take action against
Site for Kadir’s statue decided                                                              alleged corruption and frauds committed by university authorities.
                                                                                             Pic by Nishan S.Priyanatha.
                                                                                                                                                                                              1.5 million.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  He had been living in a part of

by Cabinet – Bogollagama
                                                                                                                                                                                              the deceased’s house on rent. He did-
                                                                                                                                                                                              n’t have a proper job and he wanted
                                                                                                                                                                                              to buy a house with the ransom
  by Harischandra Gunaratna
                                                                                            Prison officer remanded for
                                             necessary to erect a statue in a particu-                                                                                                        money  .
   Foreign        Minister      Rohitha      lar place and otherwise people will erect                                                                                                            Investigations are carried out by
Bogollagama yesterday said that the          statues everywhere,”                                                                                                                             a team of officers under the supervi-

                                                                                            abusing 7-yr-old daughter
decision to erect the Late Lakshman              The Minister explained that a                                                                                                                sion of OIC Anguruwatota police A.
Kadirgarmar’s statue at the Vihara           Cabinet sub committee appointed on                                                                                                               Gunaratne.
Mahadevi Park was taken by the               March 15 identified three sites, the Old

                                                                                             Teeth marks gave him away
Cabinet and not by him. “I as a single       Parliament, New Parliament and the                                                                                                                     nd                        on your
minister couldn’t have taken such a          edge of Taj Samudra Hotel and the first                                                                                                        The Isla
decision’ he said.
   Asked why the statue of the former
                                             two places were not permitted.
                                                 He was addressing a news confer-
                                                                                                      from Galle Corr –
                                                                                                                                              Bite marks on the child’s cheek, led
                                                                                                                                                                                                                MOBILE/PDA             GPRS enabled
Foreign Minister could not be erected at     ence to announce the forthcoming                                                              to the arrest after the JMO of the                            
the Lakshman Kadirgarmar Institute of        International       Conference        on          A prisons officer was arrested and          Karapitiya hospital had compared the                                 Select:    Web Web Address
International Relations and Strategic        Countering Terrorism (ICCT)                    remanded on charges of sexually abus-          marks on the child with the teeth of the       Powerd by Lanka com              Type:
                                                                                                                                           suspect and found they matched.
Studies (LKIIRSS) he said “legislation is                        Continued on page 8        ing his 7-year-old daughter, the police

FM urges early solution be found
 by Harischandra Gunaratna           into the democratic process.”        “Transforming Terrorists” and       also entered the democratic           notwithstanding past failures
   Foreign Minister Rohitha             Addressing a news confer-         added that the EPDP leader and      process and was elected to            and we are ready to learn from
Bogollagama yesterday urged          ence to announce the forthcom-       present    Minister     Douglas     Parliament.                           the experience of other coun-
that an early solution to the        ing International conference on      Devananda was nurtured in a            “This is reflective of the Sri     tries, as well as our own, how
problem of terrorism be found        Counter Terrorism, he said that      terrorist structure while D.        Lanka government’s continued          this goal can be achieved,” he
and emphasised the need to get       the conference will devote an        Sithardan leader of the one time    commitment to seek to arrive at       said.
those in terrorist organisations     entire session to the theme          terrorist organisation PLOTE        a     negotiated     settlement,
                                                                                                                                                                  Continued on page 8