Archive for October 2009
This position was conveyed by VS Sidath Kumar, Consul General of Sri Lanka, during a visit to the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) recently, reported ‘The International News’.
Sri Lanka and Pakistan signed the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in Feb 2005. Ever since, the two countries have seen a 70 per cent growth in business. However, the trade volume still stands at $300 million per annum which is a diminutive figure as compared to the available potential.
In a meeting with the members of the chamber, the Consul General discussed various options of doing business and improving cooperation.
The businessmen discussed issues like import of tea from Sri Lanka, reasons for decline in its exports, export of cement from Pakistan to Sri Lanka, cornea transplant, etc.
A British boy has died after falling down a 60ft well during a family holiday in Sri Lanka, the Daily Mail reported yesterday.
Madeen Nowsad, six, was just two hours into the trip with his parents and two-year-old sister when the tragic accident happened.
The youngster had been playing in the garden of the family holiday home when the cover of a well he was standing on, gave way.
Madeen plunged 60ft to the bottom, suffering severe head injuries.The boy’s father, Mohamed, climbed down the shaft to rescue his stricken son.
He was taken to a hospital in the town of Matale before being transferred to the main hospital in Sri Lanka’s second city, Kandy.
The youngster had blood transfusions but died from his injuries a short time later. Mr Nowsad a hotel manager from Poole, Dorset, was born in the country and had taken his wife Farzana and children, Madeen and Mayes, to visit his ill father.
The 36-year-old told how he only left the children playing in the garden for a few moments before hearing a commotion.He looked over the edge of the well and saw Madeen slumped in a shallow pool of water at the bottom. Mr Nowsad said: ‘He was looking like he was standing, the water level was so low.
‘I said to him, “Stay calm, don’t worry, papa will get you”.’
One of the workers in the garden tried to rescue Madeen but said there was not enough oxygen down the deep shaft so Mr Nowsad climbed down. He scooped Madeen up and lifted him out back into the open air. He said: ‘I kept thinking, “It will be ok”. ‘He was bleeding and said “Papa”. I was a little bit confident everything would be alright.’ The youngster had MRI scans and X-rays and was given three pints of blood but doctors could not stop the bleeding.
Mr Nowsad said the family have been left stunned by the death of their ‘clever and popular’ son. He said: ‘Madeen was a very thoughtful boy. He was always laughing and very helpful.
‘He was very happy at school. He always wanted to go to school.’
Madeen attended St Aldhelms School in Poole and was a young member of the Bournemouth Tennis Club.
A mongoose which had bitten several persons in the village of Sonthudiirippuwa in the Puttlam district was killed by the residents of the area on Saturday.
. At least seven persons have been bitten by the mongoose in the past few days and have had to receive treatment in hospital for the bites.
The expulsion of the Muslims from the Northern province was an act of ethnic cleansing carried out by the LTTE organization in October 1990. the LTTE forcibly expelled more than 1000,00 strong Muslim population from the Northern Province. The first expulsion was in Chavakacheri, of 1,500 people. After this, Muslims in Kilinochchi and Mannar were forced many to leave their homeland. The turn of Jaffna came on October 30, 1990; when LTTE trucks drove through the streets ordering Muslim families to assemble at Osmania College. There, they were told to exit the city within two hours. The entire muslim population was expelled from Jaffna. According to a 1981 census (the last official count), the total Muslim population in Jaffna was 14,844. They could take with them only the clothes they were wearing and no more than 50 rupees in cash. Their houses were subsequently looted by the LTTE , now they more than 200,000 in numbers mainly in puttlam refuge camps the muslim refuges aged 20 this year , this month but no notable attention paid by local or international societies
President Mahinda Rajapaksa today (29) ordered the Police to carry out a most thorough investigation into the recent death threats received by post to Frederica Jansz, Editor-in-Chief of the Sunday Leader and Munza Mushtaq, its News Editor, President’s media division said in a statement.
This followed representation about this threat to President Rajapaksa by Frederica Jansz.
As media reported, the threatening letters were received by the Sunday Leader office after the newspaper reported on the Channel 4 video.
Severe prolonged drought experienced in the Ampara district this year has caused large number of tanks to dry-out and the plantations dry-up. Deadly mammals like the crocodiles and the elephants that had their habitats as water tanks and forests have now started to move out encroaching areas where the people have their habitats.
Crocodiles were caught in three places in Natpiddimunai, Manatchenai and Maruthamunai within the Kalmunai Municipal areas recently. A herd of elephants that had entered the residential area of Kalmunai which is miles away from the forest damaged houses close to the irrigation channel and destroyed small plantations adjoining these houses last night.
On an earlier occasion too elephants entered this area and damaged a house and destroyed plantations. People here are worried and fear to sleep in their houses. Though it was feared the continuous failure of rain and the prolonging drought might cause further damages by way of wild elephants, the rain that was experienced last night has brought some sort of relief and consolation to the people here.
By: S.L.A. Azeez and U.M. Ishark
NOTE Last three days heavy shower reported in Eastern Province
Presidential Secretariat has written to the district secretaries of Trincomalee, Batticaloa and Ampara to investigate into the complaints of encroachments of lands owned by Tamils and Muslims in the Eastern province. Additional Secretary to the President Mr. Anton Perera has written to the three distirct secretaries in this regard. Last week, TNA leader R. Sampanthan moved an adjournment debate in Parliament in this regard. SLMC General Secretary MT.Hasanali, JVP group leader Anura Kumara Dissnayke and several other MPs spoke on this motion.