22 August, 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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  • 42
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    I am not a Lawyer by profession , but the attitude of arrogance is significant by the behaviour of the management.
    They’re not making themselves as role models but vengeance and ignorance is quite clearly evident here.
    How can they go against the Supreme Court ruling??
    Are they talking about Sillisena Mafias or Rajaballa mafias??
    This country has gone to dogs professionally or otherwise.
    Disgraceful behaviour.
    They think their connection with power can win all? How stupid are they?
    At this present moment school children’s education is suffering ,not the powerful Chandiya talk.
    Are they brain dead Buffaloes??
    OH! Holy grace help this nation’s ignorance!!

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      Bro Analyst,
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      So long THERE WOULD have no toothless authorities in terms of MEDIA ethics, they they Rajapakshe led Pohottuwa men hoodwink the very same gullible people.
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      That is how they have been able to be SCOT free even if NIMAL LANZA or the like are DRUG kinpins. I have no idea why LANKENs would not make complain against these men. There are enough materials to prove that Rajaakshs publicly supported Nimal Lanza to continue his drug trafficking yet today.
      :
      Yestreday Ranjan Ramaanyaka REVEALED the gravity of the problem in the parliament. But nothing seem s in terms of arresting NIMAL LANZA or the like MPs yet today why ?

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      Analyst, You ask “How can they go against the Supreme Court ruling” Well, GMOA having crept into SL Medical Council are trying to do it to save head GMOA from another contempt of court case, and trying not to register 85 MBBS SAITM and prevent internship. These 85 MBBS were legally admitted, approved, qualified, legally cleared thru Supreme Court verdict as approved for internship. NCMC MBBS was accepted about 20 years ago under similar private medical education venture and are well employed. As per GMOA lies, how can interns kill patients under supervision of Consultants. Crazy Ex Co GMOA deceptively state such lies.

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      Dear sir,
      I am really sorry for the way this article has misled you. This was absolutely not what happened in the discussion.

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        Shivaanth Vasanthakumar / April 7, 2019
        please come back to us again, if that was really misled you. CT has been transparent by providing the tapes. please listen to them and leave your comments again. I think you guys should finally learn to apologize for the mistake done by you instead. That we all learn in the primary school right ?

    • 1
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      ‘ To educate a man in mind,and not in morals,is to educate a menace to society’.
      – Theodore Roosevelt –

    • 2
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      Dear Analyst,
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      You say that you are not a lawyer.
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      Nor are you a teacher, is that right? I’m a retired teacher. I’ve made an observation on the other page of comments.
      .
      Please read that.

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      Analyst@
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      At the time suprem COURT DECISION paved the way RECENTLY appointed FAKE PM to go back to his cage, as we all know, .. former MAFIA BOSS made it clear that SC was no right with their court verdict.
      .
      As usual the REASON being clear though (LOCAL MEDIA IS WELL AWARE THAT RAJAAKSHES COULD HARM THEM IF THEY WOULD STAND AGAINST), local media did not transport the message to the PEOPLE.

      So depending on the stake only Kamal Gunaratne, the condom support of Gotler will be able to protest against the current verdict about the SI Nugegoda Branch.
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      LANKEN MEDIA MUDALALIS ARE MADE SERVILE TO RAJAPAKSHE UNDERWORLD ACTIVITIES.
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      All these should be clear to the nation with the time, else, THE GRASS EATERS dominated lanka will be caught again by Rajapakshe mantra.
      .

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    Little luney girl, stop being a hypocrit. You out of all people talking about heartlessness is the biggest joke of Sri Lanka’s free education system. Extorting fees from innocent students is what’s heartless – not this.
    I’m truly ashamed and disgusted to say I’m from this shanty school. The Bandaras think they’re top of the world getting stooges and henchmen like that Kamal Gunaratne and that semi paralysed professor fellow Sarath Amunugama to intimidate kids. This school was of bare minimal standards for the money we pay. The emergency exits to ventilation even to teaching where they get teachers who cant speak a word of English to teach subjects. Must be paying 10000 a month. In short, it’s inevitable they have massive margins kos the costs are ultra low.
    Just sell daddy’s BMW and buy a new premise without being cheap. We know the billions y’all have.

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      You sound a bit sour about RI for what ever reasons well known to you. No one forced anyone to attend international school which ever. It’s a free choice most make. You or your parents would have too whfn they sent you to RI. Why so bitter now? If you didn’t like RI you should have left that institution when you initially felt they were not right n joined an institution that suited your requirements. Even though some rant here I know a lot (even lawyers kids) speak very highly of RI.

    • 8
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      Little immature man, you’re deluded. You do not have the right to receive free education from a private institution. Voluntarily paying fees is not extortion and the school never used force or threats to “extort” students as you say. I mean, how can extortion be possible when you voluntarily attend a fee-paying institution?
      I’m truly ashamed and disgusted to know that you attended the same great school that I do. And I’m sure when I say this, I speak for many students at Royal Institute.

      If it were truly of substandard quality, why did you attend RI without exercising your right to free education at a government school?

  • 27
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    Dr. Nirodha Bandara the Academic Director of Royal Institute,

    “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.”

    Kamal Gunaratna and the “Royal” Institute were too greedy. Pigs get slaughtered, a Wall Street saying. .

    Too bad, you got caught. Your argument is like that of the rapist who rapes an underage girl, keeps her and have a dozen children, and finally when the law catches up, cry foul, because the rapist father will be put in jail, and the “rapist an-husband” and father will be in jail for no fault of the children.

    The three supreme court judges,certainly ha three hearts, and it is about rules, regulations and the law.

    “We will exhaust all our possible options legally and also politically and we will try everything possible.”

    Transfer the students to the government schools. The parents can save some money as well, now that Kamal Gunaratne is supposed to have resigned, but don’t get him back again. Get him a fishing boat, and ask him to take fishing in retirement.

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    I will help RI as seeking knowledge should not be challenge.. As an International Human Rights Activist I can give fullest support if the kids wants their school back

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      And just how might you try to get the kids their school back over the supreme court of sri lanka, you pompous fellow? International human rights activist, indeed. Pshaw.

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      Muheed Jeeran – Three jeers to your idiotic statement!

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      “As an International Human Rights Activist I can give fullest support if the kids wants their school back”

      Dumb bugger, go and support the poor children who can’t afford to go to a govt school because the parents can’t buy the shoes and uniforms.

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      Hi , would like to come to know you. The only person who has voluntered to help RI.
      070 50 50 101 is my number pls.

    • 0
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      Careful Muheed

      Remember, fools rush in where angels fear to tread.

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      Muheed Jeeran,

      “As an International Human Rights Activist I can give fullest support if the kids wants their school back”

      Would you like the rapist father of the dozen children from the jail as well, because, the children had noting to do with the rapes?

  • 23
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    Business men /Women who just want to make money by running International Schools needs to be kept under Government Checks.Just because these people have politicians backing they should not be ABOVE laws of the country.
    Police need to be on the victims side and on the side of Corrupt business and or politicians

    • 5
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      So it’s the fault of-the government then? For not doing a proper job by keeping them on check! And 1600 children should be punished and be victimized for it?

  • 14
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    The punishment for the school doesn’t fit the offense. The Supreme Court should have followed standard international ruling. If there is no such ruling, SC should create one that benefits both the students and school, and the country on the whole. Standard policy for non-payment of fees should be implemented. Ultimate Vengeance against the school does harm against the students, and hardworking staff and admin.
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    Schools should set up payment plans, and special late-fee repayments. If payment plans are not honored by parents, then the law will be on the school’s side. Legal action can be taken against parents.

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      What international standards you are talking that the Justices are expected to follow. Obviously, the learned Judges of the Highest Court of the Land is not a court that operates on sympathy, because every word written in their Judgement, is a shared opinion of both facts and law. Thet listens very carefully to the Lawyers on both sides to who present their arguments. When rules are crystal clear sympathetic considerations have no role to play. On what basis you argue that the Supreme Court should take the school`s side. Court`s of Law need to function impartially and independently and their Judicial pronouncements are binding upon the later cases of similar nature. These cases are cited as authorities hence judges take pains to analyze both facts and law on the matter before. If you think Justices have made a judicial blunder, the affected party must take steps to review the Judgement before a fuller bench if there are grounds for review. That is a right of any losing party to litigation but no right morally or legally to write rubbish and be unjustly critical of a very well reasoned out Judgement of the Supreme Court of Sri-Lanka.

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        Branson,

        How well reasoned and unbiased is the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka, is the question. If is due to school’s stern action against non-paying students (at the expense of paying students), then their judgement is not so sound. Other commentators on CT have given other reasons of why the SC judged thus. It is the duty of the SC to give the public formal disclosures as to why exactly they want the school closed down.

    • 0
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      Oh c’mon Ramona! ……… Gotta think socialistically or communistically ……….. nationalize the bloody thing.

      • 0
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        Nice to see your name here, “nimal.”
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        I’m convinced that you eat lots of fish. If you used to read Wodehouse, you may recall that the intelligence of guys like Jeeves used to be ascribed to their eating fish. I read all the Wodehouse books as a kid, and I don’t come back to them now.
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        The Hoole brothers don’t eat fish either, although they feed their dogs fish, saying that dogs don’t have homo sapien intelligence. Rajan is actually a very strict vegan, his wife, Kirupamala, does eat fish (I think). Jeevan stops at eggs – he once told me that he’s a lacto-ovo-vegetarian. As for Rajan, he knows about the benefits of fish in the diet because he still retires to bed with a Wodehouse.
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        In Jeevan’s case, the lack of fish in his diet has definitely meant that his judgement is not great. Have you seen how he has submitted a report on the Maldivian Presidential Elections that was so good that the guys who have benefitted in no small way from his blunt honesty have asked him not to come back to their country? The report is also there, and makes interesting reading.
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        One way or another, I’d like to have your ideas about the value of fish in the diet. Actually, I prefer dried fish, if prepared in the village way. But will it affect my gout?
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        As for the problems with schools, I intend discussing them at some length. I remember you once telling me that every parent will always wish what is best for his children, and desire also to see their upward mobility. What are your comments on all of these matters?
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        Grandma may also speak on these matters.

        • 0
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          Just as I was beginning to have some respect for Edirisinghe, he has to put his foot in his mouth yet again. Is it something to do with the newer Buddhist schools struggling to survive vs. Anglican schools solidly established from the time of British Colonialism?

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        Nimal Fernando,

        Good idea. But in the absence of Gosl ever implementing greater Socialism, the best is for parents who can’t pay for private schooling to send their children to the government schools in their area. Children will learn the need and value of interacting with the Lankan masses.

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      ramona therese fernando,

      If I understood the situation correct, SC ruling wasn’t linked to non-payment of fees and the way RI handled it?

      Also, if someone can explain whether Private Schools have a common law or policy on payment / non-payment of fees please? I heard that some private schools demand students to pay the fees in advance or not allow students to sit for term tests.

      Private schools have to come under Edu. Ministry.

    • 5
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      Ramona
      Supreme court ruling has nothing to do with fees. It’s a decision regarding a petition submitted by the neighbours who were totally grieved by the high-handed attitude of the RI management.

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      ramona t f
      This school has been a well established institution in Colombo for decades.
      Why their policies on school fees has been questioned now? Why?
      Has it been taken over by Cowboys lately? If the land registry documents were fabricated initially depriving the right of way to the rest of the residence in the neighbourhood is totally wrong.
      Which is the biggest problem here?
      Is it the school fees and the parents or the illegal school premises in question.?
      The biggest problem here from my analysis is the non existent or inadequate land documents to prove the ownership in detail. 26 years have elapsed , who ever gave ownership and permission for the building of the school was wrong? Illegal? and may be bribery and corruption might have taken place.
      Who is the CULPRIT??
      Please step forward the big wig who hoodwinked the state and took bribe from the school management.
      The children ,the parents and the staff have been forced into this situation by someone’s greed.
      Hope that someone will be identified soon for the sake of these children , their education and their future.

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        Analyst,

        Exactly. From the other commentators, it seems that there is a parking and dropping-off and picking-up problem also (traffic congestion in a a residential area). But as the school has been functioning for about 30 years, was school there first, and did the houses of the areas come and crowd it out, is the question.

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          ramona

          you have a point there.If houses were built after the school was built,then they knew what they were in for.I knew long ago when factories were built in minuwangoda after some time houses came around in the area and they started to complain.Can’t they see that a factories are already there providing employment and products?Factory owners were grumbling.It is like a guy who goes and builds a house near a airport and then complains that he can’t sleep.

          However in a society we must learn to compromise and live to save the peace and harmony.I suggest that the school removes any inconveniences to the public by making parents to drop and pick their kids up at least 250 metres away.A totla of 500metres of exercise per day is good for them and i’am sure kamal will agree.

          30 years ago the traffic problem and now s vastly different.Even if people built their houses after the school came up they would not have envisaged the current problems facing them phew.I was wondering when i visited colombo what a mess the traffic congestion was.Instead of putting all those white elephants in hambantota,this problem should have been sorted out,because colombo is the breadwinner for the country and being stuck for hours is a huge economic loss.

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            Shankar,
            Agreed. Another commentator spoke of the marching band, hewisi band, and school bells causing noisy disturbances throughout the day. These together with traffic congestion should have had the SC coming up with helpful policies for all concerned, and not giving a deficient ruling that does not do any good, and cripples a long standing institution. For example, band-related activities can be done at other locations. Your suggestion for drop-off points for students is a good. The school can also provide buses to ease traffic congestion (with parents paying a fee for the buses).

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              ramona

              that comment for the band and bells was for the havelock road royal institute,not the nugegoda one which we are talking about here.Both are same owner.As you say better for the school to spend on buses than to have it demolished.

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            Very same happened with chinese funded SO CALLED gigantic projects in Hambantota.
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            Without proper kind of feasiblity studies, they the srilankens go for it.
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            Then they make every effort to find good arguments when thing end up in a mess.
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            This is common to SRILANKA be it RI building or MATTALA airport, Nelum pokuna theatre hall, Suriyawawa stadium, Hambantota harbour or any BIG projects funded by CHINESE loans.
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            TODAY WE ARE MADE THE EXAMPLE NUMBER ONE ON WORLD PODIUM TO HAVE BEEN CAUGHT BY CHINESE DEBT trap.
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            THE BASIC THINKING patterns should be subjected to CHANGE palpably. Until then we can HEAR whole lot of the kind of issues on a consecutive manner in the days to come.
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            i ALSO heard from my friends in Wellawatta, there are buidling poping up… but people in the areas cant imagine how the legality of them should have been passed by the authorities. So, all these prove the nature of LANKEN issues in general: This country will never be able to see it forward, so long their nature would not be changed for benefit of the country, respecting norms

    • 5
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      Perfectly said…

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

    Are those judges will be safe? Nobody going to throw petrol bomb or hand grenade to their houses. Remember Illenchelyan and Vidya case? A forcefully recruited Ex LTTEyer shot his guard? Justice Sriskandarajah died……….

    Appears to to be another GMOA gang.

  • 3
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    Can someone enlighten me what this is all about? Why has this school been ordered to be demolished?

  • 1
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    What do you expect the Retired General to do..
    Walt for the Redundancy Package?..

    Political agitations are common in our Yahapalana Lankawe.
    In fact Dr Ranil and his Buddies set a precedent as recently as October last year , by defying the President of the Nation and getting their friendly Judges to bail them out.

    What surprises me is why Dr Ranil’s Political heavies have not come out to defend the Royal Kids in Nugegoda, when these kids families are the supporters of Dr Ranil and his UNP.
    When Dr Ranil’s one of the main main watch dogs, One Shot Rajana apparently has been fighting tooth and nail to protect Edirisinghe Empire against 2 and half lakhs of poor Depositors ,who were duped -by Mrs Edirisinghe and her Children.
    =-
    I was flabbergasted to see how even Dr Ranil’s educated boys, Akila and Harsh fronted up to Negambo Lansa , when Lansa was exposing One Shot Ranjan and his dirty deeds..

    • 0
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      KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

      “What do you expect the Retired General to do..”

      He should gracefully retire, unlike Sarath Weerasekera but like his brother Major General Ananda Weerasekara, who entered into monkhood and baptize as Buddangala Ananda.

      Cheer up, monkhood won’t hurt him. In fact it could absolve all his past crimes and future ones as well. Have you ever considered going full saffron?

  • 3
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    Who gave her the doctorate. She should be charged for contempt of court. Send her behind bars . It should be lesson for Rajapakse’s goliay’s

  • 2
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    Kamal G is a thug. He is the man who threatened to kill the supporters of the proposed new constitution If not for his appointment the school could have survived a few more months. Tuition classes and Int.schools in residential areas have become a menace to the general public.

  • 2
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    Hi , would like to come to know you. The only person who has voluntered to help RI.
    070 50 50 101 is my number pls.

  • 3
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    This writer Janaka Ranaweera has exaggerated claims in the previous article.

    Please therefore publish the audio recording for our review. Thanks.

  • 2
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    stupid for a person like Nirodha to make a foolish comment of this nature -may be worried about her income from the students

    the school should be demolished as it is an illegal construction and this Nirodha should be jailed for contempt of court

  • 5
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    As a past student and as my daughter currently studying in this school, I am very proud of the achievements and the discipline of this school. I would say this is a bunch of haters of the school who got offended as the school took stern actions for nonpayment os school fees not for one month but for 3 months. Which International school accommodate such children for so long? How about the ordinary level pass rates local and Cambridge both? They have achieved a lot more than many schools. Just because a building is not legal it’s very shameful for these haters to talk about the quality of people and students of the school. Shame on you all. We will start date together no matter how bad some criticize the school because we value our school and we value our child’s school the same way you all value your school and your child’s school.

  • 3
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    Nirodha Bandara – you tramp – what do you think – you ill gotten money can buy justice? Your money may have bought politicians who are the scum bags of Sri Lanka to which category you and your family belong based on your thoughtless, reckless and ill advised utterances. You and your family ripped off many students with astronomical fees. Your end has come. Good Bye.

  • 3
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    Good riddance of Kamal Guneratne!

    But the director’s statement is contempt. Hope she is punished. arrogant people who think they can buy anyone in power!

  • 5
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    This is a false article. Almost 500 people bore witness to this, and will deny the statements in this article. We can sue you for spreading false stories. Dr Nirodha Bandara never said that we should go against a Supreme Court judgement. In fact, she said that we have to abide by the judgement of the SC. We have the video footage and will sue you for this. Ban this article immediately.

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    No rules and regulations for ‘Kassipu’ sellers only to make money.
    What can these children learn from these business men,proficienals,top war heroes etc
    Education has to be service oriented t these children are our future resources we should make them brilliant for our future.
    Now they are talking about heart children education etc how about those children who couldn’t pay for their school fee and deny the classroom how humiliation and mental torture for those children.
    Consituation says ‘foremost’ these are the route course,country needs change other wise it’s golden duck.

  • 2
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    Royal Institute is like a black market Mudalali charging exorbitant prices.

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    We are talking of 1600 and more kids! I don’t mean ridicule the Supreme Courts decision, but 3 months to relocate a school in my opinion is absolutely absurd! I cant move house that quickly. If a new rule should and is to be implemented such Zoning rules should apply to new businesses and establishments! Not to the existing ones. Specially schools how can they be relocated?From what i gather it’s about 16 residents having and issue and is acknowledged whereas 1600 and more kids are mentally going to be effected. These children are our future. When this wordic was given didn’t it matter that they are interrupting the studies of these innocents kids!! So much of underhand and unwanted businesses happening in our country which is ignored and overlooked. It’s unbelievable!

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      Well said, Dale. I agree with you wholeheartedly.

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    As alumni of Royal Institute who was present at yesterday’s meeting, I can affirm this article is an OUTRIGHT lie. Dr. Nirodha Bandara always said she respects the Supreme Court decision and the right honorable judges who handed-down the decision. It is depressing an author with a sinister motives published an article like this.

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    How can the residents change their abode just because a school is established there? Most of such schools are like mushrooms everywhere in the city and suburbs. GTB may think of it as business, but the nuisance it causes to residents he seem to forget comfortably. Supreme Court decision is right. First comply with the requirements to house a school and start the business looking into all the requirements. Don’t leave room for complaints. Political clout is all rubbish. The lady is talking rubbish. If you have genuine intentions, you would not have enrolled KG to your school. Don’t think that people cannot judge you.

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    To be honest the only legitimate international schools are Colombo International School and Elizabeth Moir. Since they actually have foreign teaches and students.

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    Gota must have asked Kamal to resign as it will affect his political journey, not that Gota has a political journey to begin with.

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    It appears that Harsha Alles, Mohan Lal Grero and this Bandara family of the Royal Institute think they could violate Laws for their benefit. This new rich is also trying to exploit Politicians to their advantage. This is the new society the Sri Lanka polity is made of who believe they are the People.

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    I was at this meeting and can confirm this is NOT true. Dr Nirodha did NOT say the judges were heartless. In fact, it was quite the opposite as she requested that we obey the Supreme Court ruling. She also did NOT instigate parents against residents of Chapel Lane.

    If Colombo Telegraph is in possession of a recording then they must release it without making unsubstantiated claims.

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    Threatening to use political influence to override Supreme Court decision tantamounts to contempt of court. So these are the highly “educated lot”.

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    This is not what the Management addressed. The management wanted to assure the parents and the children as they were in shock to advise as to what had happened from the inception. Who ever wrote this has twisted the everything to make the management is at fault. I was at the meeting and a concerned parent and a resident of this location and feel my child’s education as well as other children’s right to education is been abruptly halted by the Supreme Court decision. As a resident of the school location my rights too have been violated. For me it takes 2 mints walk to drop my child to school otherwise I would have to be on the road for more than 1 or two hrs to drop my child to a school in Colombo. Also, we all were once students one point and to deprive education in any form is a very sad act. It goes against the basic principal of education rights to a child. I hope our children are not in danger as a kid they are confused and concerned and this could affect 1600 children compared to 16 retired folks in the vicinity. It’s ashamed, the school in Nugegoda had just celebrated its 25th yrs in existence and only now to say this kinda rulling is sad. We are all dying people, we don’t come to live for ever, as children we go to school for 13 yrs and if the educated behave like this, how can we build our next generations. Education for all may it be private or government, please don’t take away the right for education in this area. There are other schools due to traffic the whole of high level road get blocked which residents live in those areas too. Colombo school are also in residential areas, so then we cannot seem to have schools anywhere. Just too sad for 16 people, 1600 children’s education at stake.

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    Royal Institute (Havelock Town branch) has been my neighbor for over 30 years. In the 1980s, Mr. Bandara started with a tin-roofed shed with one or two classrooms under it. No one can deny that he has achieved a great deal to go from a mere shack to a multi-story intl. school with many thousands of students. But as someone who lives behind his school, his success has been a total nuisance to me and my family and the other residents of our lane. Here are a few examples: during the school rush hour in the morning and afternoon, entry and exit into the lane is impossible; before the university-age students were moved out of HT, they would loiter on our lane blocking our entrances and smoking cigarettes and drinking cups of tea in front of our very entrances. There was at least one write-up in the press about the romantic exploits that were going on between boys and girls of RI on this lane. Worst of all is the noise; a brass band begins practicing at about 6:30AM and after school between 2 and 3pm a hevisi band starts playing. During school hours, a high-pitched electric bell rings to signal the start of each class period. This bell is heard 7 days a week, including on religious holidays.

    My parents never complained unless the kids became extremely unruly. The other residents of the lane were never organized so there was little that we could do once Mr. Bandara built the skyscrapers, which I highly doubt was built with the approval of the municipality.
    I am very glad the residents near the Nugegoda branch were organized enough to take action against RI. No private school should be allowed to invade a residential neighborhood and set up a mega-school and destroy the peace and quiet of that community.

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