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PSM urges Polls Chief to ensure franchise of expelled Muslims

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Peace Secretariat for Muslims (PSM) has written to the Elections Commissioner requesting him to ensure that the forcibly evicted Northern Muslims are able to exercise their right of franchise at the upcoming Presidential elections in January. The PSM in its letter brings to the notice of the Elections Commissioner that there are confusions and delays in the registration of voters due to the ad hoc resettlement process and as a result the expelled Muslims who are living in the Puttalam and Kurunegala Districts may not be able to exercise their right of voting.

PSM urges the Election Commissioner to give utmost priority to this matter to rectify the situation and has made the following recommendations:

  1. Extension of period granted for application by at least one week.
  2. Make available100 enumerated latest voters’ registration books in Puttalam through Grama Niladharies.
  3. Setting up a direct monitoring mechanism by the Election Commissioner to ensure that the IDPs are afforded the opportunity of fulfilling the requirement in order to be eligible to exercise their rights of franchise in the forthcoming election.

The full text of the letter addressed to the Elections Commissioner reads as follows:

Presidential Elections 2010- Registration of Expelled Muslims from North who residing in Puttalam

Peace Secretariat for Muslims (PSM) wishes to bring to your notice that the displaced Muslims who live in the Puttalam and Kurunegala Districts face several problems with regard to exercising their right of franchise at the Presidential Election. Representations have been made to PSM to the effect that the ad hoc resettlement programmes have caused confusion and delays in the registration of voters. Additionally administrative and procedural problems too have affected the timely registration.

In the circumstances, the PSM would like to recommend you to take appropriate action to ensure that the Northern Displaced Muslims would be able to exercise their right of franchise at the Presidential Election.

  1. Extension of period granted for application by at least one week.
  2. Make available100 enumerated latest voters’ registration books in Puttalam through Gramaniladharies.
  3. Setting up a direct monitoring mechanism by the Election Commissioner to ensure that the IDPs are afforded the opportunity of fulfilling the requirement in order to be eligible to exercise their rights of franchise in the forthcoming election.

The PSM sends this appeal to you with great confidence that you would give utmost priority to this matter to rectify the situation.

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December 23, 2009 at 10:38 pm

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President’s manifesto will be out shortly – Media Minister

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The Policy manifesto of President Mahinda Rajapaksa as the presidential candidate, formulated with the aim of developing the country, will be out in the next two weeks, Minister of Media Lakshman Yapa Abewardena told a media briefing held at the Ministry of Mass Media and Information today (23).
He said arrangements have been made to release the policy statement in next two weeks.He pointed out that the statement gave priority to improve the standard of education and further solve the unemployment issue and it will be a policy that would enable all Sri Lankans to live in a peaceful country, irrespective of all differences.

Students who did not succeed in entering Universities after sitting the Ordinary and Advance Level examinations will be afforded opportunities to engage in vocational training.It is also targeted at developing the infrastructure of the country. Five ports will be constructed at the same time in addition to an airport. Other infrastructure is already in place. These will ensure a brighter and prosperous future.

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December 23, 2009 at 5:40 pm

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India offers undergraduate schols

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The Indian High Commission, Colombo and the Indian Council of Cultural Relations announce the offer of forty (40) scholarships for Sri Lankan Nationals under the ‘Scheme of Scholarship for Nationals of Sri Lanka’ for undergraduate courses in various Indian universities, for academic sessions commencing during 2010.

The selection of young Sri Lankan nationals for these scholarships will be done by the Indian High Commission in consultation with the Higher Education Ministry and the Sri Lankan Government.

The Higher Education Ministry has invited applications from eligible candidates and the last date for submission of duly filled application forms is January 4, 2010.

All scholarships cover full tuition fees for the entire duration of the course. Scholars are also paid a monthly sustenance allowance, accommodation allowance and an annual grant for books and stationery.

Further details of the scholarships and application forms can be downloaded from the Higher Education Ministry website http://www.mohe.gov.lk or from the website of the Indian High Commission.

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December 23, 2009 at 5:21 pm

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Israel admits to organ thefts

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Israel has admitted that it harvested organs from the dead bodies of Palestinians and Israelis in the 1990s, without permission from their families. The admission follows the release of an interview with Jehuda Hiss, the former head of Israel’s forensic institute, in which he said that workers at the institute had harvested skin, corneas, heart valves and bones from Israelis, Palestinians and foreign workers.

In the interview, which was conducted in 2000 when Hiss was head of Tel Aviv’s Abu Kabir forensic institute, he said: “We started to harvest corneas Whatever was done was highly informal. No permission was asked from the family.” Nancy Scheper-Hughes, who conducted the interview, told Al Jazeera on Monday that Hiss had said the “body parts were used by hospitals for transplant purposes – cornea transplants. They were sent to public hospitals [for use on citizens].more…

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December 22, 2009 at 12:16 am

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Vavuniya – Jaffna rail track under construction

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File PhotoConstruction work is now in progress on the rail track  from Vavuniya to Jaffna, passage that links the North and  South. It was in 1990 that the terrorists blasted the Nochchimudai Bridge along this track.

With the return of peace to the North, the Yal Devi train is  ready to operate beyond Vvauniya, overcoming the Nochchimudai obstacle. The bridge is under re-construction. The work is due to be completed by the end of the month.Accordingly, the desire of the Yal Devi train is to operate up to Omanthai reaching another juncture in the vigor given by the Government.

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December 21, 2009 at 3:12 am

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Evicted Northern Muslims will be resettled by May – President

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President Mahinda Rajapaksa said all Muslim civilians who were forcibly evicted from the North 20 years ago will be resettled in their original places of residence with all infrastructure facilities. President Rajapaksa was speaking at the All Ceylon Muslim Congress Northern Convention – 2009 at Alankuda, Kalpitiya yesterday.

The President in his address at the convention which was organised by Minister Rishard Badiudeen said: “When the innocent Muslims were harassed and forcibly evicted from the North by the LTTE, no one came forward to stop this displacement. Instead of addressing the plight of his own people, Sri Lanka Muslim Congress leader Rauff Hakeem went to the extent of signing an MoU with the terrorist outfit.more…

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December 21, 2009 at 3:04 am

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Unrestricted travel on A9 from today

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All restrictions for travel on the A9 road to and from Jaffna will be lifted from today and the Government was taking all steps to develop Jaffna to its former status as one of the best district capitals of the country Senior Presidential Advisor Basil Rajapaksa MP said yesterday.

At a meeting organized by the All Ceylon Hindu Congress in Colombo he said though the attack by Al Qaeda on the US was many years ago the US had not relaxed security to prevent a repetition. “We were however able to achieve peace in a short time,” he said.The Government was now focusing on preserving democracy, ensuring the rights of all the ethnic groups and aiming to develop the economy. At present, development of the North was one of the high priorities Basil Rajapaksa said.

In addition to the infrastructure development Jaffna would get an international sports stadium and a theatre and cinema complex. An Engineering university of Jaffna would also be opened soon and its Agriculture faculty would also be opened at Kilinochchi shortly he noted. Speaking further Senior Presidential Advisor Basil Rajapaksa MP said the resettlement of IDPs was progressing smoothly and de-mining operations were quickened with new equipment received by the Government.

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December 21, 2009 at 2:59 am

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