18 August, 2019

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Royal Institute Chairman’s Daughter Slamming Supreme Court – Audio Proof

A group of alleged loyalists and close acolytes of the management of Royal Institute International School have commenced a media smear campaign to safeguard their Academic Director Dr. Nirodha Bandara, when she lashed out calling the three bench Supreme Court Judges as heartless, due to an order that was given by them to demolish their Nugegoda Branch School and also the cancelling of its business license.

Dr. Nirodha Bandara

Whilst addressing a group of teachers, parents and students at their Kohuwela, Nugegoda Branch at 92, Sunethra Devi Place last Saturday, Dr. Nirodha Bandara besides calling the Supreme Court Judges heartless not once, but on two occasions (listen to at audio 7 mins 38 seconds), vowed to exhaust all avenues legally and politically (listen audio 3 mins 58 seconds) and also instigated the members of the audience to go and scold the residents who filed a case against the school (listen to audio at 3 mins 34 seconds).

Colombo Telegraph in its publication yesterday under the caption “Royal Institute: Kamal Gunaratne Resigns – Owner’s Daughter Says Supreme Court Is Heartless & Vows to Use Political Influence” confirmed that it does have an audio recording of Dr. Nirodha Bandara speaking at the event.

Listen to the audio below:

However despite stating that evidence to the facts published in the story is in Colombo Telegraph’s possession in the form of an audio recording (8 mins 17 seconds), it was not uploaded with the published story.

Meanwhile a group of individuals named Chathura Muthukumara, Miuranga Suriyapatabendi, Thushmi Sooriyaarachchi and Sarith Abeygunawardena using their Facebook profiles went on to smear the published Colombo Telegraph story with some saying they were physically present at the meeting and all claiming in unison that Dr. Nirodha Bandara had never made such statements as published.

Please see some of the comments posted below.

Chatura Muthukumarana: As alumni of Royal Institute who was present at yesterday’s meeting, I can assure you this did NOT happen. She was quite respectful toward the Supreme Court judges and their decision.

Chatura Muthukumarana: She said she respected the Supreme Court decision at yesterday’s meeting. Article is false.

Miuranga Suriyapatabendi: What a false article. I was there at the meeting and there was no mention of going against the sc and using political power

Thushmi Sooriyaarachchi: This is actually a false interpretation of what was actually discussed

Sarith Abeygunawardena: This article is inaccurate and fabricated. I was at this meeting and Dr. Nirodha said nothing of this sort. In fact, she affirmed to abide by the Supreme Court’s ruling.

However whilst investigating the matter further Colombo Telegraph can confirm that besides Sarith Abeygunawardena the rest which includes Chathura Muthukumarana, Miruanga Suriyapatabendi and Thushmi Sooriyaarachchi have all published that they are past students of Royal Institute on their Facebook profiles.

Colombo Telegraph has in its possession all their Facebook profile details to confirm this claim.

Colombo Telegraph can also confirm that another Facebook profile has been created named “RI Nugegoda – Supreme Court Judgment Discussion Forum” where Chathura Muthukumarana, Dr. Nirodha Bandara, Nevanka Jayatilleke and Duminda Perera are administrators of the page.

What now is of most concern is the value systems that may have been inculcated into the so called past pupils by the Senior Management of Royal Institute International School.

A parent who was at the meeting speaking to Colombo Telegraph on condition of anonymity said “I don’t believe how these past pupils could go on to blatantly lie and cover up for Dr. Nirodha. I was there at the meeting and I heard what she said. Even this recording has been heard by many parents on several other social media platforms. What are they doing? Are they making these past pupils liars? I am really upset at the mind sets of Chairman G.T. Bandara and Dr. Nirodha Bandara. What examples are they setting for themselves, the school and now the kids? It seems they will use anyone as long as they can protect their business. What really upset me at the meeting is when Dr. Nirodha appearing to be teary eyed said that she was concerned about the 1600 students and 200 employed staff. If she had any love for kids how come she terminated two kids just to take revenge from two parents named Booso and Manjula who were outspoken parents of the respective branch schools that their children studied at? What did those innocent kids do to suffer at their hands? Delay of payment of school fees during the same term is not a crime. After all they charge 15% interest for a delay in payment. Now they have demonstrated they want the parents to go and scold the residents who filed the case. They want to use the kids for social media smear campaigns? And mind you this is all besides Chairman G.T. Bandara and Dr. Nirodha both continuing to be vocal against the order given by the Supreme Court. I really wonder what Cambridge UK has to say regarding all of this and the bad example their affiliated branch in Sri Lanka is setting?”

Earlier Colombo Telegraph in a series of exposes highlighted the injustices that parents and children of Royal Institute were subjected to at the hands of their former Administrative Director and Retired Major General Kamal Gunaratne.

However at the last concluded meeting Dr. Nirodha Bandara confirmed that the Retired Major General had tendered his resignation from his post as Administration Director citing personal reasons. (By Janaka Ranaweera

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  • 15
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    ” Colombo Telegraph can also confirm that another Facebook profile has been created named “RI Nugegoda – Supreme Court Judgment Discussion Forum” where Chathura Muthukumarana, Dr. Nirodha Bandara, Nevanka Jayatilleke and Duminda Perera are administrators of the page. “

    Dr. Nirodha Bandara seems to be turning out to be violent. If she is pushing others to publish misleading accounts in their pages, SC should investigate what kind of financial transaction taking place in this campaign. Anybody conducting with direct or assisted campaign against SC’s verdict must be investigated fully and action should be taken against any foul plays. One person who is an administration in the discussion forum has posted inconsistent info in the own facebook page. That is a serious issue.

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      Sir, I am the Chatura Muthukumarana mentioned in the article. I would like to have a candid discussion with you or anyone concerned. I am alumni of Royal Institute and does not require payment to represent my school. Dr. Nirodha was very respectful at the meeting and never insulted the Supreme Court decision or the judges. As anyone faced in a similar situation, she mentioned we will be exploring any possible, legal options available to us.

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        Please learn it right LET ALONE today. It should be alumnus so long your genetics prove that you are a male.

        https://www.grammarly.com/blog/alumna-alumnae-alumni-alumnus/

        Why should you now have an another discussion on the topic, while all is now exposed that you guys are wrong.Please also check previous articles on several issues ended up worsend for some students at SI today.

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          I don’t know who Ms/Dr Bandara is …….. and this is not about her.

          But this is about the reputation of Colombo Telegraph (CT) which has taken a lot of flack regarding the truthfulness of this and the previous article.

          Let me say that I would believe CT more than any other Lankan news-organization ……….. no one’s record is perfect but I would say CT’s record is closer to 99% ……. and for a Lankan news outfit that’s bloody marvelous!

          Don’t forget that the paragons of virtue/ethics Rajapkase bros banned it …….. there is no higher accolade than that.

          Let us defend the truly independent Lankan news website that we all can freely express our views.

          We should be thankful for what we have ………the small mercies ………..

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        ” Whilst addressing a group of teachers, parents and students at their Kohuwela, Nugegoda Branch at 92, Sunethra Devi Place last Saturday, Dr. Nirodha Bandara besides calling the Supreme Court Judges heartless not once, but on two occasions (listen to at audio 7 mins 38 seconds), vowed to exhaust all avenues legally and politically (listen audio 3 mins 58 seconds) and also instigated the members of the audience to go and scold the residents who filed a case against the school (listen to audio at 3 mins 34 seconds). “
        I am happy to discuss the matter with you. There are gray area between the news and your position. Can you clarify the readers of that?
        We write the opinion based on the news and how much you deny the specific of the news. As a matter of fact your denial says “This did not happen”. You for some reason stayed out of explaining “what did not happen”. But the news above is very specific.
        Saying and doing is two things. You say she is respecting the verdict. From the news above, the court is accused as heartless. Further she vowed to take legal and political action. The assumption is taking as political action over the court is illegal. That is part of the importance of the news here. Could you, if not specifically denying that she did not say any possible political action of court, explain what kind of political action you foresee that is possible? Will that political matter mentioned be discussed in the discussions of your web site?

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        Two parties go to court only when they could not deal directly with each other. The court verdict, unless otherwise said in the verdict, separates the parties. So, are you denying the news specifically saying that she attempted to contract the plaintiffs out of court though the parent agents after separated by court, by the verdict.
        The website is about discussing the verdict, not mentioning discussing the future of the school, students and teachers. If happen, it appears, those matters are going to be considered only side points. Based on the title it appears the political and legal plans are going to be discussed in the web. You have said she said she respected the verdict. I can hear the audio properly. But the news is silent about it. Could you confirm it is it is in the audio?
        I think you are trying to answer to those who like to know more about your alumni status. Thanks. Did your general relationship (other than past student) with the school ended with leaving the school or are you having any other relationships with the directors or school?

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        Dear Chatura Muthukumarana,
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        I listened to the poor quality recording as I read the article. Two days later I listened much more carefully, heeding the instructions provided in the article about what to listen for.
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        Words have been taken out of context. The tone of voice is important. My verdict: Not Guilty.
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        Dear Hatharabirikatharina,
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        The English “kaduwa” is bad enough; please don’t inflict the Latin kaduwa on poor Sri Lankans.
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        That said, the quote was interesting. Have you got the paid version of Grammarly? I put the free version on a few months ago. It sometimes clashes with the other spell-checks. That is, at times neither seems to work. I get the feeling that this is amazingly good software. The progress made by Artificial Intelligence is fantastic.
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        When we were kids we had the already ancient “Modern English Usage” by one of the Fowler brothers, followed by Eric Partridge’s “usage and Abusage”. Gower’s “The Complete Plain Words” gave a different perspective. To impose all that today on guys struggling with the basics of the language is cruel.
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        However, it’s good to know these things. Thanks.

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      Dr Nirodha Bandar-a,

      You have got the wrong target , the Supreme Court, to slam. The correct target is Sirisena, who lied and screwed 6.1 million voters , who was reprimanded by the Supreme Court.

      Don’t try to be a greater idiot than Sirisena.You already had one idiot, Kamal Gunatatna, and make sure he won’t sneak in.

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        Yes SPOT ON Bro Amarasiri.
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        Spineless SIRISENA let anything happen today being intoxicated to his dream – an extension.
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        Be it so called DRUG TRAFFICKING or the related stuff or any other injustices being part and parcel of today rule, are secondary to him.
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        Kamal Gunaratne or the like men should be crucified bringing them to Galle face green if the law and order is placed at its right position in this country.
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        Anyways, this FEMALE Dr should learn to see it in a big picture. I think she is too young to do the job though

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      Thanks CT for your right away explanation.
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      I think those who have misinterpreted it otherway around looking down upon the SC #S decision, should be subjected to a legal action.
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      She abuses her CITIZEN rights in her speech, may well be being pompous by the support given by that BP Kamal Gunaratna. Kamal Gnaratne or the kind of men are born nitwits, but could well be used as barbarians in civil wars. Their hoodwinking of the kind of poor parents will remain so long the society is being dominated by the kind of low lives.
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      If these abusive administration does not want to respect COUNTRY’s supreme court action, there they should rather leave this country. That is the basics that these staffers should be well aware of.

      WE ARE PROUD OF COLOMBO TELEGRAPH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Now the obsequeous by some thugs to express the other way around to should drop their pants down.
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      THUGGERY should be GIVEN its place in EDUCATIONAL institutes.

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    My goodness ! now the parents are telling lies as well in support of the management. How any one can expect the country to be clean from these cunning ,lying parents? Shame on them. With video evidence the SC can charge all the Liars too.
    Excellent role models for their children. My foot.

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      Dear Analayst,
      I thank to CT for their prompt rebuke.

      This is good old srilanka, where anyone would let them rape for a rice ration. . THe very same theory is being applied whenever vicious politicians target the voters ONLY for their political survival. .
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      Unfortunately,our people seem to have that in their blood. We keep singing about your 2500 years of so called inheritence. When it comes to stand against injustices they become being caught by mimose effect.

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    Looks like this is a Shit Fight among the Well Off in Colombo.
    Thank God our Dalits aren’t there..

    What is the Big Deal about calling those Heartless.
    That is part of the Job.
    I mean Miss Bandara didn’t use those un Parliamentary words which UNP Minister Mr Ranjan used in Parliament the other day.
    It is surely can’t be Contempt of Court .. Is it?.
    How many times these Judges have let off Crims without having a Heart towards the Victims .

    Why this Vendetta against a Dr Miss Bandara who is fighting for the right of the Kids who have been paying School Fees to get a Royal education in Nugedgoda.

    Are these Nugegoda Royalists a lesser Breed than the Royalists from Kurunduwatta like Dr Ranil, Dr Mahendran. Young Sujeeva ,Malik Samare and a whole host of others who do a wonderful job giving us Yahapalanaya..

    Why do these CT Dudes getting agitated so much?.
    I know Bandara Senior gave a job to that Retired Army Commander who is the most hated among the Colombo Elite at the moment.
    But then he is not there anymore.
    Does CT wants the Supreme Court to do a Gnnassara on Miss Bandara?….

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      “Why this Vendetta against a Dr Miss Bandara who is fighting for the right of the Kids who have been paying School Fees to get a Royal education in Nugedgoda.”

      From our past experience we always take a diametrically opposing view to yours, whether you are right or wrong. The fact of the matter is that you have never been right.
      If you are found to be supporting something that means you are wrong. Then of course we are bound to support the opposing view.

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    I listened to the audio and URGE everyone to listen as well! We also have the full recording. The audio shows we’re RIGHT, Dr. Nirodha did NOT INSULT the judgement or the Right Honorable judges. They have clearly exaggerated everything. She was very respectful of the judges and the judgement and said we will be exploring of any options available to us. Also, I do not know whether you understand the word “alumni”? My comment itself says I’m alumni of Royal Institute, you do NOT need to look at my Facebook profile and record it.

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      Chatura dear,
      You cannot be an “alumni” of RI. The word is a plural of “alumnus”.
      Son, didn’t they tech you even basic Latin at RI , considering how much moolah your doting parents must have spent?

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        Tech yes they don’t tech us the basics. They teach us the basics.

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        Rajitha Senaratne’s son is also Chathura. All Chathuras behave the same. Big mouths no action. This Chathura seems to be Dr. Nirodha’s social media soldier who has come to save the damsel in distress. Alumni or Alumnus what does he know. Go bark up another tree. CT proved you to be a liar.

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      Chathura don’t jump the gun here and try to save your damsel of a doctor who is in distress. Don’t lose your credibility and bring disrespect to your father who is a lawyer too. I am sure the Supreme Court Judges will not be pleased to here a lawyers’s son is behaving in a manner like this. CT proved you are a liar. Thanks to the audio uploaded.

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    What’s wrong with saying SC is heartless? Of course this is a heartless decision. SC has dropped a bombshell over 2000 children and parents. Earlier Kamal Gunaratne was dragged into the case unnecessarily and now Bandara’s daughter. What is this animosity against a school?
    The children, whose education is disrupted need everyone’s empathy.
    If I am the President, I will offer a vacant government building for extra three months, so that school authorities will have 6 months to look for a new place to accommodate children and obtain a new business license.

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      Champa, To denounce SC as heartless is a reflection of your poor understanding of how law is applied in a situation. Courts administer justice according to the law.
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      If SC were to satisfy the hearts and minds of litigators we might as well do without any law!

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        Thappu
        Justice and equity go hand in hand.
        Justice is served without any equitable treatment to children.

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          Court is not just for students only. The judgement was given to give justice for students, teachers, parents, neighbors and owners. This 1,600 students will be gone in few years and they will be replaced by another 1,600 students. Neighbours and the court be there for life time.

          Registering a school will attract larger fee instead of registering a tution house. So the court should impose additional fine, penalty, difference in payment with interest, for the government’s loss income.

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          Champa, For so many thumbs up, (7 as I comment), for sure, you must be having a fan club!

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      Champawathiye..

      We always trust CT and their transparency. Unlike you guys, they would not stay staganant if anyone would criticise them for no reason. Here you have got BLACK and WHITE the way that Dr added in her public speech. Please open your Eyes wider than you usually do, that can help us the SRILANKENS constantly fight for law abiding society.
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      Again your cry in favour of the most abusive people and their struggle not accepting legality of this country. The kind of idiosyncratic nature of CHAMPAWATHI was not overlooked also during that 52-day COUP where former MAFIA BOSS shamelssly was appointed as FAKE prime minister and later on the legality was questionable by end mid of December 2018. Anyways, there too, Supreme court decision made on unconstitutional dissolution of parliament – saved the nation and srilanka’s democracy.
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      Not just saying heartless, that Dr went on saying ” that we will take actions against politically and all other means or so”. Please wake up CHAMAPWATHIYE…. you can also be attacked by the mobs next days, since law abiding people are on a rise in the days to come in the island… watch out !
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      This PUBLIC speech delivered by Dr sounds more be a threat. She could quietly file an another case going by approprate means on the matter, but not doing that, just to rabblerouse the gullible and gawky parents who seem to know nothing about the reasoning behind the statement ?
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      The kind of members of SI to be exemplary to the youth ?

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        Simon De Silva
        Mahinda will become the Prime Minister through the correct channel. Have no doubt about it, ok.
        I will always be there for him and WW.

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          Let s wait and see, how the bugger will end up either in a JAIL or becoming PM (once again as had been on 26 Oct 2018).
          .
          We dont need to exchange with you since we are well aware of your being.
          You are shameless as no others.
          That is typicla to ones that would do anything to allow looters to continue from where they stopped.

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      Good counterpoint. But the issue whether an owner of a building who got a Building Permit for a small training center for computer programming/IT could later develop it to an “International School” accommodating 2,000 children, without conducting Assessments of Impacts on Environment, Society and Traffic, has not been looked into. If the state authorities had issues Building Permit/COC without such assessment reports, then both parties could be at fault: a) state authority/ies for granting approvals without considering the requirements for assessment of impacts; b) owner/developer for changing the purpose of the building from a “training center” to an “international school”.

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    CT, You stand vindicated; you stand high!

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    These are the hiccups on the road of human upward mobility ……….. now all Lankans are busy engaged in ………. from owners to administrators to teachers to parents to students to ………

    Who’s to Bless and Who’s to Blame?

    Damned if I know!

    I’d rather stay put. ………. Buddha to the fore!

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      Nimal
      Yes this looks like a cat- fight among the elite. Those who are incapable of walking a hundred yards to pick up their kids. Those who cannot survive five minutes outside their air conditioned cocoons. Sometimes we have to agree with KAS.

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        OC,
        I don’t want to call you Old Codger, It is Heartless..We all get Old

        Even the Vellala Party and the Thamil Kingdom Party boss seems to have grown a Heart . But don’t know whether it is the Old Age..

        Did you read his latest pledge to Uplift the Living Standards of the War Widows, Surrendered LTTE supporters and even the rehabilitated LTTE Cadres…
        How good is that..

        Although grudgingly ,Dr Ranil’s UNP Supporters in Colombo will like your term ” Cat Fight among the Elite” better for sure.

        But what I like is your “Can’t Walk , Can’t get out of the A/C Cocoon” call, even to Learn to Read & Write..

        Now that Mr Sampathar has focused on the Dalits in Jaffana, wonder whether Mr Sampathar will try to tap into those Oodles of US Dollars which the one time British LTTE Boss Suren promised to pump into Dr Ranil’s Yahapalana Lankawe through their mate Mangala Samare…

        And open Royal Institutes in the Peninsula for the Jaffna Inhabitants, specially the groups, which Mr Sampathar has specifically mentioned in his plea for Funds from Dr Ranil..

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    Dear CT readers

    This is a very private grief involving a venture capitalist and his huge list of inspirational clients (1600 x 2 parents?) and a whole bunch of innocent unsuspecting teachers (who now have to find new jobs without any compensation for losing out). The biggest crime committed was the failure of prospective parents, and teachers, to check whether the school was properly constituted, including planning permission for the buildings that mushroomed over the years. Now come the tears! This being Sri Lanka, wasn’t this an accident waiting to happen? Were not the authorities aware of what was happening? Or, did illegal construction take place, as it often does in our land like no other, with the blessings of the legendary Mr Oily Duckham whose hand is always well oiled?

    The saddest thing is that the retired ranaviru who stirred the shit that hit the fan has now buggered-off leaving pappa and his loyal filly to carry the can.

    Children, you cannot make these things up!

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      SK,
      They could have settled the matter out of court by offering free educated to children of the aggrieved residents, but their monumental money- grubbing arrogance wouldn’t allow that

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    Whether this story is true or fabricated it is not important to common people. Dear CT Editor please give publicity to more important problems faced by the public today such as unnecessary power cuts and cost of living problems created by the government. Tanks.

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    Clearly, whoever who wrote this farce of an article needs to learn a thing or two about responsible journalism and maintaining their credibility. Utterly disappointed.

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      Tell your Dr. Nirodha to be a bit more responsible and to learn to guard her loose tongue Don’t try to preach to others.

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        I’m sorry, but just out of curiosity, were you present at the meeting in question? Did you hear and personally witness Dr. Nirodha running her mouth as you so claim? No? Then surprise surprise, aren’t you the one who is actually doing the “preaching” here? :(

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    This is slander. This colombo tele .. whatever has sunk to new lows. Wont last for long…..RIP!

  • 18
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    I have listened to all 8 mins and 17 seconds of the audio. I suggest all do the same before commenting. Listen to ALL of the audio please.

    I am glad that CT has agreed to publish the audio as it paints the academic director in Dr. Nirodha Bandara in a more pleasant and positive light.

    She is obviously very upset but she speaks of being honest and seek the best possible outcome.

    In the previous article I feel the writer has portrayed the Dr. Bandara in an unfairly negative and aggressive light. In particular I quote:

    “Making a bold statement further Dr. Nirodha Bandara threatened the Supreme Court three Judge bench ruling when she went on to say “We will exhaust all our possible options legally and also politically and we will try everything possible.””

    The sense in which she said the statement did not sound like a ‘threat’ at all. It was more of a statement suggesting they will do their best to prevent what is ordered from happening.

    And she explains the reasons why. It is because she feels that the ruling is unjust, and this is because she says the land use by UDA preventing use for schools from 2008, whilst the Royal Institute has existed at that location from 1993.

    Furthermore she says it is will affect other major schools like Lyceum and Gateway, who are in the same zone. Both schools have tremendous reputation locally as well as globally.

    As a next step, I would suggest CT publish a copy of the Supreme Court ruling for our review. The Supreme Court basis for adverse judgment against this school would be most interesting to read. We need to hear the opposing point of view.

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    Simply shutdown these money generating schools

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      At least pay respect to those parents who willing give up their money for their children to succeed in life.

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      Then are u going to educate all those kid

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      Yes. These people who pay for their children’s education also pay for YOUR education. So they work not just for their children but for YOUR children as well. Respect the choice they have made to go to private schools.

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    Dear Author,
    With all due respect this is a small request. Your news above mentioning that this audio was recorded in the parents teachers meeting at Kohuwala BRANCH on Saturday itself is WRONG and MISLEADING.
    Before investigating into who has put up comments and all their history, pls investigate into the facts.
    And it is very insulting when it is mentioned that the past pupils have blatantly lied. It is absolutely no lie and the past pupils have no business with them to cover them up.
    It is even more insulting when you talk about the value systems of the alumni. How can you personally attack the past students against their values and morals? Their only concern is about the school which made them up and also the existing 1600 odd juniors whose careers are at stake!!!!

    First of all, you, as a very important part of the society should have some sort of Ethics and should post only the truth (NOT HALF TRUTH). First of all try and investigate the veracity of each word that you have put up. Because each word you put up has to have lot and lots of responsibility in all aspects. The existing students, existing teachers, past students, etc. should be considered before putting up such a sensitive article.

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      Shivaanth,
      Who cares about location men. The truth is that this woman said what CT had published earlier. Don’t try to cover up for the sins of Dr. Nirodha.
      Where is their contingency plan?
      Were they so sure of winning the case? Their cockiness is what has got all these parents and 1600 children and 200 staff in such a mess.
      They are guilty and need to be punished by the law and also compensate every child.
      They made enough monies from these schools on the pretext of providing education for these children.
      You are no better than them for trying to run CT down and cover up for them. Very disappointed in you as I know who you are.

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        Dear “Mr. Lester Fernando”,
        You may be knowing who I am only partly. Pls try to know me better.
        My whole point here is that the duty and responsibility of the media is to inform what happened as it happened. (That is, “A” should be portrayed only as “A” and nothing else.)
        It is upto the readers to judge/decide and come up with all sorts of possibilities and reasoning.
        The media should not put up what they think/assume/presume. The media is no judge here.
        Moreover do you think, personally insulting the readers is ethical. They have so much audacity to talk about the value systems of individuals. Where are the Ethics!!!
        Once again I reiterate, we as past pupil have absolutely no business with the management. We were taught enough values to be kind enough to mankind, which I feel is one of the most important values in life.

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    I am altogether an outsider and live in a foreign land, but a keen reader of all Sri Lankan newspapers on a daily basis. If I am to recall and sum up all that has been published in print as well as electronic media, Royal institute is to be blamed wholesale for mismanaging and misleading the public and more importantly the parents of the children that attend this so called “Royal” institute. Then “employing” a retired major general named Kamal Gunaratne and his brother a senior police officer to intimidate and physically push around parents that come forward with complaints of misconduct by the management of this educational institute is pure thuggery and criminal. This whoever Dr. woman to behave this way after having found to be guilty and then threaten to take political action in order to stay in business cheating parents for their hard earned money is beyond in anyone’s comprehension. The only course of action if any left may be taken through legal means i.e. an appeal process. As far as I am concerned, this is all over, finished, kaput, finito. Bye, bye!

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      Christopher Kay

      Thank You for your detached view on the tears and tantrums surrounding this March hare madness. Actually, this is all par for the course in our sunny land like no other. Our Supreme Court is very good if allowed to be impartial: It sent the Mad Monk Gnaughtysara to cool off in the clink, Then it put a kibosh on a fast one that the President tried. Now it has dismissed school for the bad behaviour by its founder. On the other hand crooks, drug dealers, bond scammers, rapists, money launderers and other pakayo’s enjoy their freedom thanks to the support of their political godfathers. Honestly, this IS a land like no other. If you made this up, no one will believe you. I promise you it is all true; and you have only heard the half of it.

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    Utter crap , colombotelegraph should be banned

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    Based on what was said in that audio,you’re just making a mountain out of a molehill. The individuals who were directly responsible ought to be punished, not the hundreds of unrelated kids who now have to suffer the consequences of the dispute. Where RI went wrong was in giving a job in administration to the army fellow, poor decision-making on their part. However that bully is now out of the picture. Imagine if your own school was forced to close down permanently while you were still studying there over a petty quarrel between some unknown parents of schoolmates you don’t know and some staff members. How is this fair to all the 99% of other kids, parents and employees who did NOT have any problems? The article journalist here is just doing what they’re paid to do…dredging up unnecessary drama to garner attention to their posts. Smh.

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    Hey Colombo Telegraph!

    Wherein does it indicate that Dr Nirodha Bandara has insulted the Supreme Court?

    You really are losing ground on credibility as you appear to be trying to cook up a non-existent story.

    If this is what journalism is about, then I fear we need a censor stuck in somewhere; not because it is very good thing at all, but simply because the likes of you force the hand of government to do so. There certainly seems a dearth of responsible journalism today..

    It may not matter to you very much at all but you may lose part of your readership as a result of this excess. You have proved your penchant for sensationalism or you are a tool in the hand of a manipulator with vested interests..

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      Very well said… Even I was a reader of CT before this, assuming what they put up is credible. Pathetic

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    Please stop spreading utter false news like this !!

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    It’s utterly disheartening rather disgusting to see how one could go all the way to create false tales on something that one doesn’t even posses adequate knowledge of! Clearly know that this audio clip WASN’T FROM THE MEETING held at Kohuwala premises on the 6th of April 2019 . In light of the comments published on Facebook and other platforms regarding the CT’s article, they are all speaking with solid grounds of evidence of events occurred on the 6th.April.2019. Nit-picking and a little knowledge of anything is harmful!

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      Thushmi,
      Pls don’t write rubbish here. I was there at this meeting and date and times are correct. Don’t get side tracked. Dr. Nirodha is proven to have said this as CT write before. You guys are the liars and you were proved to be. So pls zip that mouth up and take a hike. You were proved to be a liar.

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    It’s utterly disheartening rather disgusting to see how one could go all the way to create false tales on something that one doesn’t even posses adequate knowledge of! Clearly know that this audio clip WASN’T FROM THE MEETING held at Kohuwala premises on 6th.April.2019. In light of the comments published on Facebook and other platforms regarding the CT’s article, they are all speaking with solid grounds of evidence of events occurred on the 6th.April.2019. Nit-picking and little knowledge of anything is harmful!

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    We must admit, that where ever there are tuition classes, whether big or small there is inevitable traffic problems. Many parents waste their time in bringing their children in vehicles, when they can use public transport. It is the nouveau riche, owning vehicles bought from, not their money but our money who are guilty.

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    Thushmi,
    Pls don’t write rubbish here. I was there at this meeting and date and times are correct. Don’t get side tracked. Dr. Nirodha is proven to have said this as CT write before. You guys are the liars and you were proved to be. So pls zip that mouth up and take a hike. You were proved to be a liar.

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    Colombo telegraph and their clickbaiting defamatory articles continue to roll in,Posts “evidence” which actually proves themselves wrong and then Proceeds to TAG IN Individuals who defend the institution and call their statements balant lies while tagging in their facebook names..What sort of unethical “journalism” is this?
    Isnt it funny how who ever the few parents who are attacking the institution are kept anonymous While Past students from the schools use their REAL names and defend their school ready to face critism/backlash.
    CT deserves to be sued for defamation

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    My question is directed towards the Colombo telegraph, and only the CT alone. I do not need, nor want any reply from either the alumni, parents, random passer-by, lawyer, royal, politician or what not.

    What are you trying to gain out of this and the past article in regard to the RI legal issue? what message are you trying to send the people?
    What sort of outcome do you want this articles to have?

    Also, why was this article written?

    I mean I might be the only one, but I really want to know… And would love to not end up in an argument; just want to iron things out…

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      Deve.

      Who send you here(If have not written any comments earlier); why did you come to CT; what did you select RI News to read?
      Thanks

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    Major-General Kamal Gunaratne can now author another book titled Road to Royal Institute!

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      Plato

      “Major-General Kamal Gunaratne can now author another book titled Road to Royal Institute!”

      He can now author another book titled Road to Royal Institute and back to Nandikadal single handedly.

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        Native Vedda

        ‘single handedly.’ ?????

        What is the Major-General doing with his other hand?

        Please enlighten us if you find out.

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          Spring Koha

          “What is the Major-General doing with his other hand?”

          It’s a good question. I may not know the real answer to your important question however I can speculate. Every officer in the Sri Lankan armed forces claim he won the war. Every politician who benefitted from the war including Wimal Sangili Karuppan Weerawansa claims he won the war. Champika Ranawake too.

          As far as the army officers and soldiers are concerned they have had plenty of opportunity to watch Video Nasties without the video, forced to act in front of them. Being perverts they watched, did whatever they did, enjoyed, self actualised, and fought single handedly.

          The entire was was a huge orgasmic adventure for them. Don’t you think so?

          Video nasties
          A film on video that contains scenes that are considered to be gratuitously and offensively violent or pornographic.

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            Smart reply Native Vedda.

            ‘The entire was was a huge orgasmic adventure for them. Don’t you think so?’

            I don’t think so, I know so.

            When I was young and impressionable I thought it would be a good idea to join the officer class. For a time I savoured the delights of Diyatalawa, but soon I came to my senses and decided that there were better things to do in life.

            It is a sad fact of life that the unintended consequence of being turned into a trained killer is the acceptance of gratuitous perversion. Taking a life is the ultimate perversion.

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              Dear Spring Koha,
              .
              Glad to know that you, too, are essentially a pacifist. I, too, am definitely one. Of course, that doesn’t mean that I am pious or perfect.
              .
              The problem that we often encounter is with people who ask hypothetical questions. For instance, they often ask about Our Great Civil War. So, I’m ready with the response that Prabhkaran had, a decade before he was killed in May 2009, become a monster who had to be destroyed. But he was somebody’s child, good husband to some woman and a loving father. Beyond that, it is egg and chicken.
              .
              I’m glad that you experienced the wonderful climate that we have here. Very much more glad that you quit the Army, and for reasons given.

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    See all the comments above, the thumbs up and thumbs down, for each comment posted, the Bandaras of RI has not only appealed to the students to blackguard the residents but have appealed to all to visit this CT web site and give thumbs down for posts attacking the Bandaras or the RI to task and give thumbs up to posts praising RI and the Bandaras.

    So one can imagine to what extent these vultures resort to, using past and present pupils to save their skin? Damn SHAME indeed.

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    CT must congratulate itself on giving this very middle-class hoo-ha private grief a good public airing. What is clearly evident is that Mr Bandara has a fine daughter who will determinedly fight tooth and nail to salvage what can be of the self-inflicted debacle. Moreover she has a watchful and loyal band who will counter all those who attack her valiant efforts. Dr Bandara should deploy her energies and towards re-establishing the school in a more appropriate neighbourhood and with all the legal permits in place to avoid this happening again. Like that other Royal institution the reborn school should adopt as its motto ‘redde seu proficiscantur’ which we all know is ‘Pay or Depart’.

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      Thanks, “Spring Koha”. When the next article on this subject appears, “Sinhala_Man” will tell what he knows.
      .
      Till then, I’d better type out what I know as a Word Document to chop into 290 word sections

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    Please leave her alone colombo telegraph. Obviously, it is alarming to see the court’s direction to demolish a school. If there is a illegal construction, they could impose a fine. This place was a learning grounds for many middle income populace and it is a crime to evict all and destroy an institute in this manner. what would happen to these children? What woul;d be going in their little minds? Its their school!! Obviously, this lady is the daughter of G.T.Bandara, G.T, who was an excellent teacher in AL mathematics, a strict disciplinarian, and taught 1000 s of AL students to succeed in Maths. He initiated this institute as he is an educationist. If this place was built by any politician would the verdict be the same? Kindly do not go so hard on these matters in the media, highlighting speeches captured with eaves robbing mics and spying methods, and publishing as if you conquered the world. If this young educated lady would be imprisoned for making ‘derogatory remarks on the legal system’, which most of us keep mum about, would you sleep well, would you be happy? Disgusting

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      Dear Upula,
      .
      Thanks for a fine, balanced comment.
      .
      It’s after a long time that we’ve had a comment from Spring Koha and Plato. They represent the sort of cultured persons whom our old “Liberal Arts Education” used to produce, but no longer can, because all those values are seduced by today’ rampant technology. I just don’t know how to use that technology to have a telephone or Skype chat with the two afore-mentioned gentlemen. Actually, I’ve probably already revealed my hybrid nature with that last sentence.
      .
      Skype seems to be out; it’s something called WhatsApp. And Spring Koha would prefer to be called a man rather than a gentleman.
      .
      As for Mr Bandara, he’s a brilliant but rough-hewn guy, rather like Henchard in Thomas Hardy’s eponymous novel, The Mayor of Casterbridge. I know nothing, personally, of him, or of RI. However, yesterday and today, I’ve telephoned the young woman sitting in the office of the Nugegoda Branch of this string of schools, and established good rapport with her.
      .
      I’ve made a number of comments on this blog as well as at the very bottom of the earlier blog:
      .
      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/royal-institute-kamal-gunaratne-resigns-owners-daughter-says-supreme-court-is-heartless-vows-to-use-political-influence/
      .
      Let’s all support construction rather than destruction.

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    I am a resident in chapel lane. Before the license was granted to build a school in chapel lane the idiots who approved it should have know that this will be utter inconvenience to the residents. From 7.00am to 5.00pm monday through friday we cannot drive out cars. If we drive our cars that will take hours for us to get out of chapel lane. Even Royal school founders should’ve known that this was not a good place for a school. Sri lankan bastards still keep on building huge high rises without given a damn about the residents who live around it. No one has the intelligence to think about the vehicle parking requirements, noise pollution etc.

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      Exaggeration at its finest,Morning Traffic starts around 07:00 and almost no traffic by 07:40 While afternoon traffic is from around 13:20 to around 13:45 or 14:00 AT WORST. All other times traffic is almost non existent….So in your terms EVERY SCHOOL should be demolished for inconveniencing the public due to traffic and noise pollution

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      john mancini,
      .
      Your comment is a fair one, but Winston is right to point out that you’re not being realistic.
      .
      I now recall visiting the Baptist Church down your road for a service celebrating the 90th birthday of a relative, followed by a grand birthday party.
      .
      Yours is a lovely, leafy area. They’re all disappearing, unfortunately. You’re fortunate that disturbance doesn’t come from a factory or some such.
      .
      The picture in your mind’s eye that you have of Bandarawela is probably very wrong. Horribly built up, and the traffic is incredible, especially from 1.45 to about 3.00 p.m. The jams on Welimada Road and Badulla Road stretch a kilometre, and if you are fool enough to navigate at that timel, you spend half an hour in it – and that is on my motor-bike. I shouldn’t be riding one at my age, – but what to do, I’m poor, no?
      .
      This country is grossly over-populated. Communalism is partly to blame. Some idiots still think that we must outdo other groups, by having extra children. And if you try to discourage car imports they tell you that the “Car-sales business” provides employment, plus the taxes generate revenue for the government.
      .
      A little walking, and then efficient public transport is broadly speaking what we should be thinking of.
      .
      Instead, what sort of talk do we have? Monorail Colombo-Malabe to pocket commissions. The Kelani-Valley line Nugegoda Station is walking distance for you. Trains only in the morning to Colombo, for the poorer office workers, and again from 4.30 to 8.30 p.m. towards Avissavella. But both ways too crowded at Nugegoda. The exception is this. Trains both ways cross at Maharagama at 2.30 p.m. – catering to school-children, obviously.

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