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* President calls for an immediate program to eliminate ragging at universities
Fri, Jun 8, 2018, 08:43 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

June 08, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today said a combined program should be implemented immediately in collaboration with all relevant parties to eliminate the brutal ragging practice from the university system.

He made these remarks participating in a ceremony to vest the newly built three-storied building at the Bandarawela Central College, with the students, today (08).

"In the past few years, the university students of this country had to face many unpleasant experiences due to the unethical brutal ragging," the President said stressing the need for expeditious solutions to this challenge faced by the young generation who are to take over the future of the country.

He charged that certain power-hungry political organizations are also behind these cruel acts and said all the parties must fulfill their respective responsibilities to eradicate this student-terrorism which devastate the future of the children. The government is paying more attention to these intolerable issues, he added.

The President also mentioned that the Government has drawn its broad attention to the crimes that are taking place via mobile phones and computers.

President Sirisena also emphasized that parents should fulfill their responsibilities to create a future generation who understands their social responsibilities and rich with moral values while utilizing the technology in a correct manner.

The President paid floral tributes to the statue of War Heroes Monument erected at the premises of the school and later opened the three-storied building at the school.

A Na sapling was planted at the school premises to mark the visit of the President to the school.

The President presented certificates to the school cadet team who won the First Place at the All Island Cadet Assessment Camp and certificates to the team who won the first place at the All-Island Dancing Competition 2018.

Minister Harin Fernando, State Minister Lakshman Senevirathne, MP Dilan Perera, Governor of the Uva Province Ariya B. Rekawa, Chief Minister Chamara Sampath Dassanayake, former Parliamentarian Dr. Rohana Pushpakumara, District Secretary N.B. Pushpakumara, Mayor Nalin Suriyage, the Principal, teachers, parents and past pupils were present on the occasion.

 

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