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A group of scientists representing various Universities in Sri Lanka, will undertake an ‘exploratory visit’ to the European Organisation for Nuclear Research in Geneva, also known as CERN, to enhance further collaboration between CERN and Sri Lanka.

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Several Schools in flood and landslide affected areas including Puttalam, Kegalle, Colombo and Gampaha are likely to remain closed on Monday as well, as displaced persons continue to remain in the schools, an Education Ministry official said.

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The Japanese government this week signed an agreement to grant Rs 2,100 million for the construction of a fully equipped Research & Training Building Complex in Kilinochchi, for the Agriculture Faculty of the Jaffna University.

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The student population in private and international schools increased by 5.1% last year compared with 4.9% in the previous year, the CB said.

The Education Ministry will provide funds to more than 100 schools damaged by this week’s floods and landslides, said Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam.

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To mark the 20th anniversary of Prince College in Ratnapura New Town and, also its Vesak celebrations, students of Grades 12 & 13 provided 212 pregnant mothers at the Sirimavo Bandaranaike Memorial Ayurveda Hospital in Ratnapura New Town with a bag each of nutritious food items.

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Around 25 children from various districts are chosen to participate in these workshops where they are educated on responsible disposal of plastics and garbage by households dotting the shore. Teachers and Principals of schools are also encouraged to participate so as to pass the message down to schoolchildren.

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Children who receive the message of peace from their parents, teachers and society, are nourished by the best of values, and they will certainly grow to be noble citizens, said National Integration & Reconciliation State Minister A.H.M. Fowzie.

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Autism is diagnosed as a human neurodevelopmental disorder due to environmental and genetic factors, leading towards impaired social interactions, verbal and non-verbal communication and restricted and repetitive behaviour in children. This is a condition that can be detected in early childhood.

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The Government has allocated Rs 2,500 million to set up a Nursing Faculty, affiliated to the Colombo University, to award Nursing Degrees, officials said.