25 June, 2019

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Royal Institute: Kamal Gunaratne Resigns – Owner’s Daughter Says Supreme Court Is Heartless & Vows To Use Political Influence

Dr. Nirodha Bandara the Academic Director of Royal Institute addressing a gathering of teachers, parents and students at their Kohuwela, Nugegoda Branch premise claimed that the Judges who gave the order to demolish their Nugegoda Branch and cancel of their business license are heartless.

Dr. Nirodha Bandara

“The Supreme Court has been heartless went it came to this. We are now trying to find the best possible outcome” Dr. Nirodha Bandara went on to say, according to the audio recording which is in the possession of Colombo Telegraph.

The emotionally stirred up Academic Director Dr. Nirodha Bandara did not hold back her emotions when she said “The Supreme Court does not seem to care that there are 1600 students and 200 staff attached to the school. It is a crime to close down a school. The Supreme Court has given three months for the order to be executed.”

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.”

Her above statement left many in the audience baffled as there are no more appeals she could make legally.

However what appears more of concern is her threat of using her political powers against an order given by a three judge bench of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka.

These bold statements are similar to what Politician and former Minister S. B. Dissanayake made ridiculing the Judiciary and also ended up serving a prison sentence for being in contempt of court.

Furthermore in her speech Dr. Nirodha Bandara also went on to instigate all those present to go and scold the residents who filed the case against Royal Institute.

“If you all are really angry go and scold them,” she said.

Dr. Nirodha also confirmed that she did get phone calls from Politician Mohan Lal Grero the founder of Lyceum International School and Dr. Harsha Alles the Director of Gateway College, who had said they will fight this battle with Royal Institute, especially as it is a member of TISSL which is the Association of Premier International Schools in Sri Lanka.

Chairman G.T. Bandara Speaking in between Dr. Nirodha Bandara’s speech also reiterated that “unfortunately the learned judges did not take into consideration that 1600 students are going to suffer because of this. Let us stand together and overcome this challenge” he said.

Earlier Chairman Royal Institute G.T. Bandara dispatching a letter to the parents rebuffed the Supreme Court’s Order which was given last Wednesday.

Meanwhile when a member of the audience asked as to why the Administration Director Retired Major General Kamal Gunaratne was not present for the meeting, Dr. Nirodha Bandara said “He has tendered his resignation from his post citing personal reasons”. (By Janaka Ranaweera

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    Most of these statements as made by her are false. We were there to hear. They continued to emphasize that they abide by the law and move the school.

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      Nirodha Bandara

      The greatest lesson one learns in school is rightly or wrongly, one accepts the Umpires verdict.

      As an example to the rest of the community you got to accept, however bitter. That is the first lesson in discipline learnt at school.

      If in your view the judgmental process has been wrong, then fight the weaknesses in the process as NAGANANDA has been doing all along. But by resorting to pressure tactics both legally and politically, you will only weaken an already fragile judiciary and finally help lead this country to anarchy.

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        I have assumed the above article portrays the truth. If it doesn’t – as Shivaanth below states – then I extend my unfettered apologies.

        Reader’s comments are based on the belief there is factual reporting taking place. Responsible reporting is assumed when sending responsible responses by responsible readers.

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      Justice & Fairplay, Good Sense & Fathima,
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      You all know that I was a not very successful teacher.
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      This Bandara has been a highly successful teacher. I don’t know Bandara personally, and I don’t know much more than the man in the street about the details of what happens at this Royal Institute.
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      However, as a teacher, I know what the issues are.
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      Hear me, therefore!
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      This building is not going to be demolished.
      However, it is a good thing that this issue has come up. It will allow us to address many issues in Education islandwide, at all levels to be sorted out. The hypocrisies in the school system can only be sorted out when matters have been brought to a head, as has now happened.
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      University problems are more complex, but also, they have got discussed because the intelligent young people in higher education, whether in State Universities or Private Universities, or in any other Institutions where there is a certain amount of freedom, have been
      been vociferous. Unfortunately, in Teacher Training Colleges and the like, they behave like sheep.
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      Education at all levels is in a shambles. I can’t say everything right now, but I will within the next few days.

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        Sinhala Man Maththayo@

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        This Bandara has been a highly successful teacher. I don’t know Bandara personally, and I don’t know much more than the man in the street about the details of what happens at this Royal Institute
        Unquote

        There is a saying in SL verancular – ” GONAGE WADE BURUWA BARAGATHTHA WAGE KIYALA- Bulls should nt be replacable with donkeys”. So, may well be particular SI teacher Bandara may be good at teaching but no means not appropriate enough for SI administration ? I have no clue, but I do believe, not even the basic structures in SL are not properly set yet today. This is no good for the future of the country.
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        The very same manner, people in the country should be clear let alone today that Rajapakshes are though good at KILLING and CONTINUE harming own folks as provably done in the post war scenarios, for their political power grabs, but no means even thinkable to be hearted politicians for implementation good systems benefiting the masses
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        .. If all is as what their PROPAGANDA machines repeat – how can there be 30% of lanken being found in under poverty levels yet today ?::
        Lately, I happened to watch few YT videos and how stupid the people have been, to stay caught by Rajapakshe self-aggrandizement, hoodwinking theories.
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        SM mahaththayo… please tell me, as one you permanently live in the country, why the average mind set is made permanent stupid in SL today ?

        I believe you the like RETIRED professionals can do lot more for a tangible change in our society. If people would be fed with truths, checks and balances about the ground realities of the society only, our future generations could see a better srilanka …
        :
        I always respect your hearted comments … and I see something in you, that can do lot more for the benefit of the masses… not just supporting to NK (Mr Nagananda K) but we should do lot more if we really want to see changes palpably.
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        tbc

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          “GONAGE WADE BURUWA BARAGATHTHA WAGE KIYALA”
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          I would have thought that it was “ballaage weda buuruwaa baaragaththa wage” (It is based on an Aesop’s fable well known in Sinhala & Tamil.
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          To be fair by the donkey, it can do quite a few jobs that the bull can do.
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          The accuracy of the report has been challenged and the CT should respond.
          There have been earlier occasions when CT reporters spiced up stories to serve interested parties.

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            You may be right. apologies yes, ” ballage wade buruwa baragannawa .. “:
            thanks.
            If as some claim this to be not okay, CT should come with their response next.

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          Dear Desperate Sinhalaya,
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          I know that you are a decent guy, but your talk is rather “koheda yanne malle pol”. Please don’t take what I have said amiss. After saying that little about being able to suggest solutions to the impasse at Nugegoda, I have said, at the bottom of my comment, that I will need a day or two to respond.
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          I find that two very intelligent people have now joined the discussion. There is Prof. Sivasegaram (pseudonym “SJ”). I don’t think that he yet knows that I have to bail out his pet aversion Prof. Jeevan Hoole who seems to have unnecessarily got embroiled in trouble in the Maldives. I hope that you don’t add to the confusion that was there yesterday, election day. Such fussing makes life more difficult for us all.
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          The other person is K. Pillai. He already has some inkling of what I mean.
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          As for Royal Institute, what I’ve already understood is that permission had been granted to construct facilities for the construction of facilities for teaching only IT and English, but now there is a full-fledged school with all subjects being taught there. It is possible that Justice Sisira de Abrew (that’s the only name that has stuck in my mind) is able to order demolition, but actual demolition has to be undertaken by some laborers who are paid by a contractor.
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          Who is going to pay for this? Not Justice de Abrew!
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          The real, permanent, and correct solution is for the Ministry of Education to ask all the privately-run international schools to apply for registration with them. Obviously the smallest will not comply. Tackle the recalcitrant after you have the main situation is under control.

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            Dear SM,
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            Apologies for my previous comment. Yes, I had not read the article before jumping on to add my comment to the article. That was the reason it came out to be “koheda yanne malle pol”. I will assure you that i would not repeat it again.
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            Now as I see it, some of the attendees to that meeting are in the view that Dr. Nirodha Bandara never threatened the Supreme Court three Judge bench ruling

            I hope CT will react on them tomorrow. I really dont want CT to be branded as such.
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            Anyways, I beleive if this particular Kamal Gunaratne himself interfered anywhere, the kind of thugs can only worsen a situation.We already read how he had reacted in some student’s issues.
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            Btw, I think it would be nice if you would shorten your lengthy COMMENTs. That can help us the CT readership. Mostly I dont come to read almost every article but going by comments only I add my posts. Your comments become bit lengthier all these days.
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            I wish you could perhpas bring a good article about ” INDIFFERENCE NATURE OF SRILANKEN MEDIA ETHICS” in coming weeks. That I believe is the need of the hour. Pvt media channels such as Derana TV, Hiru TV, Sirasa TV and Swarnawahini telecast exclusivly misleading news items as usual. None of them would focus on the facts about milk power mafia or achievements in health sector or any other alarming issues of the day.

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              Dear Desperate Sinhalaya,
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              Each person tries to better himself and his family. Finding the best school for one’s children comes very high in a list of strategies.
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              When discussing this as a social rather than a personal issue, it is necessary to rise above the here and now. What should our next step be? We probably have five hundred Institutions of various sizes throughout the country promising to give the next generation the English that all think will be the “Open Sesame” for success. No. It may produce misfits because wrong values creep in.
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              I know little at first hand about Royal Institute, but I have done some checking. I telephoned them on Sunday using a number provided by their website. Was able to speak only to the Security Guard – in Sinhalese, obviously. I spoke man to man. He was a simple man who was content to do his job, understanding little. Nothing wrong in that. He said that if I spoke to the same number on Monday, a young lady “inside” would give me Mr G.T. Bandara’s phone number. Couldn’t do it yesterday; will do it tomorrow.
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              I had earlier spoken to a man (Mr S.) who was one of the two good Principals I had worked under. Come to think of it, I think that I must also phone the other (Mr M) tomorrow.
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              Together with Bandara, these are all old men, in their eighties now; all brilliant but each different. Mr S. said he wouldn’t give me Bandara’s telephone number because Bandara is highly strung, but with many good qualities, and he’s worked very hard.
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              tbc

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              PART TWO

              The problem is different. We proclaim that education and schooling must be free. Our government has signed International conventions on this. Many things have been left undone. Now let’s get all these schools recognised and appraised by the Department. The problems for the Department are many. Political Interference – we don’t like it when so named, but most resort to it. Then people hanker for English. Too few guys in the Department know English.
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              My personal experiences may throw light on many of the problems. I’m working on the need to properly highlight the problems I face in making a voluntary contribution. It will take time, but not more than a few months. The crooks are to be found in the least expected places. I have to exhaust the possibilities that they say are open to us.
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              I have a good over-view of the situation. My teaching has mostly been in the Education Ministry of Sri Lanka. Plus, government schools in the Maldives and Oman. Also a little lecturing (not instructing) in the University of Peradeniya. All State Institutions.
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              The Education that my entire family (parents, siblings, children and now grandchildren) got was in Private Schools – not the new-fangled “Internationals”. However, I’ve had some teaching experience, after retirement, in these schools. Let the details remain until they can be revealed and discussed rationally and not boastfully.
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              As for my assurance that nothing will get demolished: it is socially impossible. Those who will be affected are too “influential” and too numerous. Rectifying what is wrong has to be done with care.
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              The current slogan is that “the best school is the closest school”. Absolutely, but I’ve clearly stated that the practice of my family has been different. Yet, the slogan is my ideal.

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            Sir,
            As it is in the Nugegoda area, the Kotte-Nugegoda Municipal Council organises the demolition, and it is paid for out of taxpayers money. NO Judge is asked to pay for his verdict – that is just foolish talk

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        Sinhala Man
        Why do you think the building is not going to be demolished? Do you think political influence will overturn the judgement in the end? Would that be a positive signal for Sri Lanka’s judiciary?

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          Dear All,
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          You are right. I must also warn you that this comment is my own “koheda yanne malle pol” exercise.
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          At first sight, this seems so absurd, to spend our tax-payer money on demolishing, instead of constructing.
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          I telephoned many sections of this hugely successful enterprise,. Finally chatted for half an hour with a young lady who had my surname – Kalhari of that ilk.
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          This demolition business is serious.
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          http://royalinstitute.org/gallery/
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          Those are the premises in question. They are considering how to re-locate. I got through on the second number listed on the website. However, I wouldn’t advise anybody else to call them in our Sri Lankan “nikam kathakeruwa” style. They are under pressure, and plenty of nuisance calls coming in.
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          I was able to convince this lady that I was genuinely concerned about issues – not about RI per se. She said that she would discuss with Bandara what I said about being able to write on CT what I felt about all these sad developments. That would help calm things down, and pave the way for rationality to take over.
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          Bandara is a Maths Honours graduate, an “advocate” and an accountant. His English is good, but his pronunciation betrays his rustic background. He had once told my friend, Mr S., that he had arrived in Colombo with two shirts, a pair of trousers, a sarong and a pillow. Every human being has some failings. Mr S. commented on those also – but they are not relevant.
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          Bandara must now call me. Let’s see. I’ll let you know how the present writer (retired gambade iskole mahattaya) is faring.
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          P.S. I have an instinctive loathing for army types like Kamal Guneratne. I’m glad that he’s gone.

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      “They continued to emphasize that they abide by the law”
      Then why did they built an illegal building & how could this school produce law abiding citizens when they break the law.

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        If you do bother reading the judgement you will know that the buildings were permited by the relevant authoritie at the time.

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        Thushara, please don’t talk things you don’t know. Royal Institute Nugegoda branch is a legal building with proper approvals. This government has changed the law in 2008 to make this building illegal. Also I was personally there at the meeting, and half of what the article says was said by Dr. Niroda are untrue, tape or no tape.

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      “https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/royal-institute-chairmans-daughter-slamming-supreme-court-audio-proof/”

      Were you really there. Did you have a language problem in understanding? :)

      Please do respond.

      This thread could turn to be one of the fun threads we had in a long time.

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    It is absolutely Pathetic the way this is portrayed in this article. I was physically there in this discussion. Before any of the statements picked in this article, Dr. Nirodha and the Chairman Mr. Bandara said, “We are law abiding citizens, and we cannot go against the Supreme court’s judgement.”
    There was absolutely no arrogance in the way they spoke. Nobody in the audience were baffled as mentioned in this article. Everyone in the audience were trying to figure out ways to come out of this grave situation of their children. Please do not misinterpret facts.

    I suppose everyone physically available at that discussion will know what actually happened

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      Shivaanth, if they are law abiding people why did they built an illegal building. Even undereducated people know that a permission should be obtained from the local authorities to construct a building.

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        Dear Mr. Thushara,
        I am not here to debate whether the buildings built were legal or whether the school should function or not.
        My concern is about the veracity of this news article.
        I felt it was misleading and that too because I was physically present there.
        A news should not be perception of the the reporter or the editor. Rather it should be the exact fact with some social responsibility.
        “A” should be portrayed as “A” as far as I am concerned. This is what I feel is media Ethics.
        Anyways I apologize if I had hurt anyone in this regard.

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    It looks that the plight of the students are placed before the public thus making the judiciary of this country look a bunch of morons. Is it? In the first place why the hell did not the Institution stick to the rules in construction of buildings etc. knowing very well an illegal structure could be demolished? If there were any sensible lawyers representing the Institution, they should have drawn a back up plan in the event the ruling is disastrous. It could be seeking time for adjustments etc. The possibilities are endless. It could be possible that the lawyers of the institution did not put their best foot forward. I maintain that the root cause of all this mess is that there is no regulatory framework for this kind of institution.

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      Good Sense. Sure G.T.Bandara, he was senior to me at school, may have erred in building this school at this place.

      However, what did the Local Govt Chairman and the officials, the UDA, the Environment Authority do to prevent this problem from cropping up.The people of the area has the right to protest – that they cannot be denied, but what did they do when this these buildings were coming up.They could have protested to the local Govt, the UDA or gone to the courts.

      This is not the only place where the residents and the passers by are harassed. there are many temples built recently that hold perahera blocking the road and the people wasting millions of rupees worth of fuel. In one instance the motorists were made to suffer through 6-7 hrs.

      How did the Local govt organsation and the UDA authourise the construction of these temples?

      Though it is unfortunate, this situation asked to happen.It is a lesson for the future.

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        Dear UW; Alas! The law is not equally applied at once. For some reason or the other the residents thought fit to invoke the jurisdiction of the court with respect to this construction and the law was applied. In a business sense today the Royal Institute took a gamble, applied the usual abracadabra and the UDA, local authorities became silent. But not for long. As a harassed resident in a private road, arising out of vehicular traffic generated through nearby business premises I have also felt the punch like the nearby residents of RI.

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    I admire the courts. Royal Institute should not have built this without approval. Bandara is a crook. They just want money

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    We were physically there and no such statement was made by the Bandaras. Shame CT would publish false information.

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      Fathima, Why a meeting at all, if the Management is to accept the Court verdict?

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        to inform the parents? what are you trying to say? I don’t think we have to prove anything. If anything it is Colombo Telegraph that has to prove their allegations.

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      CT says that they have the recording!

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    The news article is fake it is easy for anyone to read it and be mislead but this is not what happened at the meeting. They emphasized on following the Law and there was nothing aggressive about anything spoken at the meeting. Stop spreading fake news.

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    Dr Nirodha Bandara, Academic Director of Royal Institute and daughter of the Director G T Bandara, has got very emotional while addressing a gathering of teachers, parents and students at their Kohuwela, Nugegoda Branch premise.
    Understandable. But she must not make things worse.
    She claimed that the Judges who gave the order to demolish their Nugegoda Branch building and cancel the business license are heartless.
    Nirodha should know that judges, in this case a panel of three, do not allow their hearts to influence the verdict.
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    Nirodha has made things worse by flaunting their political slot of the Bandara family and suggesting to those present “If you are really angry, go and scold the residents who filed the case against Royal Institute”.
    Extreme ‘scolding’ may take the form of goons arriving and blowing up house and contents.
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    Nirodha must be courageous and apologise for what may be construed as ‘incitement’.
    PS: The building will not be demolished.
    Almost all the high rise apartments have illegal floors.

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    It will be great if Colombo Telegraph could upload the audio recording too, as it says in this article.

    Thank you

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    Owner’s Daughter Says Supreme Court Is Heartless & Vows To Use Political Influence.

    The verdict by weighing all the relevant evidence of parents

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      This statement reminds me of the verdict given by another of high repute based on his emotive feeling on the matter that conviction may deprive the party concerned (Offender/Alleged Culprit) from accepting a very important position in society and not giving a verdict based on FACTS placed before the courts at that time! So, she wants theverdict of the Supreme court to be like that!!

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    Private schools are primarily money making institutions – so is/was this one.
    The crocodile tears of the owners fool no one, least of all, the supreme court.
    Their worst act was intimidation of children by this ‘thug’ K. Gunaratne.
    They have money – let them build a school elsewhere. But this will be difficult – knowing them no one will sell land, or hire out buildings to them.
    If parents are sensible, they should appeal to the government to admit their children in state schools.
    If a child is bright, the school does not matter.

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      Justice,
      unlike in the past, there are lot more International school mushrooming in the country today. I have no idea how you they maintain the standards.
      I wonder if the quality of the education is maintained as had been in the past. There had been inspectors set by educational ministry at that time for local schools ( in 80ties ) but I dont think they have continued the kind of inspections during the last two decades ( i dont live in SL).
      I believe not just media but lack of proper education should be made accoutable for the current levels of societal deterioration.
      Kamal Gunaratne the pompous charctor may have straw man for pohottuwa to abuse the situation and stand against the current govt#s moves in Education.

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      justice “Private schools are primarily money making institutions” –True, but whose fault is it.

      Free education was for the poor, today the beneficiaries are the children of the rich.It is only the 5th standard scholarship exam that allowed the poor to enter well heeled schools _ note I did not say schools that provide good education_

      That facility had been perverted by the competition, unnatural degree of question papers set and the tution masters,.

      It is being made worse by the President M.Sirisena who is avoidiung the cause and attempting to make the problem worse for the poor.

      The good results are due to the availability of Tuition Masters in the vicinity – Colombo, Kandy, Galle, Matara etc.and only the rich can afford that too.

      I have met a father of a child who prefferd to pay exhorbitant charges from a private school because he could not meet the demands of a Higly spoken of school run by the Govt.

      This is politics at it’s worst – lethargy , corruption, lack of initiative, lack of responsibility- they are there to make it for themselves not for the country.

      WHAT THE PARENTS WANT IS AN CHILD EDUCATED IN THE ENGLISH MEDIUM< WHO CAN FIND EMPLOYMENT ABROAD – what ever Athureliye Ratana says.

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    Nirodha Bandara must abide by the Supreme Court ruling ,after all the court has given a verdict safeguarding the children from evil minded men and women . A big applause to the 3 Judges for bringing relief to the victims .

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    Of course, Sri Lankans are heartless. If not, they would not keep persons locked up in prison for 10 years without bringing any charges against them, or if there is evidence against them, proceeding with the court cases!

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    Why not publish the tape? Close down all private tutors. They are “heartless” reapers of profits from the parents of the young who think they are doing good for their kids by sending them to private tutors which cram information in capsules to them. This lady Bandara wants to perpetuate the system that ruins the education of the young. Leave education to the public schools and the established private schools. `close down others. Are the teachers at the tutories being paid fair wages commensurate with what is being stolen from the students?

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      Kabaragoya, Do not vent your feelings like this. There is a problem, which is not of the making by Bandara, nor by the parents. Scream at the politicians who ran this country down through the past 70+ years, especially since 1977.

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    It seems like you are one of the problems this counrtry has, having no idea how fake this new is and how this entire article is a blasphemy. I wish you good luck and stop being soo arrogant. You think you know everything which is the root cause of your problem. Don’t belive everything you read and make judgements based on that.

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      Colombo Telegraph has released a tape to support its story. Now, you will say that the tape is false. Blasphemy is committed against religious figures. I don’t know everything. I did not study at a tutory.

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    Interesting Dr. N B says that the political influence would be used ? For what? To overrule the SC judgement? What is she speaking? Which university granted her the PhD ? is it from the so called institutes that grants PhDs for money.

    Sri Lankan businesses should try to avoid offering HR and Adm positions to Ex-Military personal. This strategy would have worked 20 years ago as some of the Ex-Military personal at that time were well educated, were graduates that came from civilised families not like this bully KG moron.

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      Yahapalanaya,

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      this has nothing to do with his PHD thesis.
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      No matter the PhD thesis focused, her stand seems to be biased to their institution. I think she should rather learn to respect COURT verdict so long she remains to be a srilanken.

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        apologies – it should be this had nothing to do with her PhD thesis…
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        Everyone makes mistakes but her stand here is misleading the very same parents. That we cant tolerate at all

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    This article is trying to change the path of real matter. Dr. Niroda Bandara clearly said that we should obay the S.C. judgment and they try thier best with thier political or any other way to get support to extennd the time limit.

    I hope evry humamanbeen can understand 3 month is not possible time period for moving a school to another place.
    Dr. N.B just talk about to extend the time and thier responsibility of more than 1600 students education.

    Above artical totaly showing another way. Thay are not even mention about the students problem who are realy effect this judgment . I believe its realy heartless decision thinking only rights of 16 family insted of allmost 2000 students education rights .

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    ” “We will exhaust all our possible options legally and also politically and we will try everything possible.””
    Greed, Hatred & Dilution ?
    “Thanhakkayo Nirodho Nibbanam” # Buddha.

    Royal Institute cannot be or never be a ‘Thakhilawak’ with this type of attitude towards society, specially the younger generation. Nirodha, your so called ‘Doctorate’, the Phd is classed as ‘Permanent Head Damage’ among real academics.
    “Wisdom does not come from studying great theories or philosophies, but ‘OBSERVING’ the ordinary” (Sati Sampajangna)

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    As a former RI students parent/long term tenant of Chapel Rd, I like to bring to notice of all students/parents of RI how/why Mr. Bandara’s political game backfired on the school. Over 15 years ago when RI was only a primary school Mr.Bandara gave an assuarance to all the landowners of Chapel Rd/lane that he will not extend beyond the primary section. This was at the Baptist Chapel to the majority of Chapel Rd/lane landowners, Fr of the Chapel and Ravi Karunanayake too was present. At this final meeting Ravi K specifically told that he will not allow this school to expand beyond Primary school. On top of illegal business registration/illegal buildings, he got approval to construct an 8 storied building for a Campus from UDA when GotaR was in charge. Went ahead and put 6/8 huge piles at the bare block. Courts had to issue a STAY ORDER for construction. He had over 10 years to show to the courts that he too is concerned eith the lapses and doing his best to rectify them. He did not care for the Child Welfare and Protection Dept letters, Railway Dept docs. Traffic police drone pictures and letters, Public Librarycomplaints and the school located at a critical point were not his concern. Just see the state if the fire exit staircase 6th floor is s sealed wall. I bet the staff members will not take a chance to get down from thst perished steel staircase. He always wanted to show his political strength by retaining a strong political lawyer Faizer Mustaffa. He made a huge blunder by using the school children as his guard against the law and also to get the court sympathy.

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    I was there at the meeting. Half of what is said in this article is untrue. The buildings are legal with proper approvals from UDA etc. The successive governments have changed the law, to make this construction illegal and today 1,600 students are denied the basic HUMAN RIGHT TO EDUCATION. We are with Dr. Niroda Bandara to find the best possible solution for this crisis.

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      I sense that what you say is true.
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      I have nothing to do with this school, but I telephoned the school this morning, and had a half hour chat with a Ms Kalhari Edirisinghe.
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      I wouldn’t advise too many others to do that; it’ll be considered a nuisance call. I was, fortunately, able to refer her to this article which has a photograph of me:
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      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-maldivian-parliamentary-elections-2019-where-a-happy-result-can-be-predicted/
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      A longer, detailed comment appears on this page, way above this.
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      I’d like to assure all concerned parents, that there are guys like me, usually silently, but sadly watching what’s going on, not moved by envy, when we see somebody else succeeding.

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    The same Judges of Supreme Court has that rejected and denied President of SL has been dissolved Parliament of corruption charges by the that current regime headed by Ranil Wickraramsinghe of
    Ex- Primer at that time?

    While Demolished of Royal Institution is simple matter for them that by Supreme Court current Judges?

    No that public vital interest of People of Island in the list of judiciary road map, well also not that listen voice of citizens by current Sri lanka system of Judiciary….and their esteem Judges………!!!

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    This A4 is a rubbish piece of paper that should end up in a shit pit.

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