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First Halaal Conference and Exhibition 2010

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The Halaal industry in Sri Lanka has recorded a significant growth over the past few years and promises the same potential as an increasing number of businesses focus on Halaal certified products and services by All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama and more and more Muslims become conscious of their religious obligations. With the advent of such a crucial point in the trends of the local and worldwide consumers, UTO EduConsult (Pvt) Ltd is organized the inaugural Sri Lanka ‘Halaal’ Conference on February 16 Galadari Hotel in Colombo.

This pioneering event were designed to discuss the many aspects of the concept of Halaal. With a vital and key partnership with the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama, the conference endeavour to bring about a better understanding of the Halaal concept, with expert speakers sharing their experiences on a wide range of topics. In addition, the platform also provided an opportunity to the suppliers of Halaal products and services to enhance their product visibility and to also share their insights and perspectives of the Halaal sector.

All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama is the only acceptable Halaal Certifier in Sri Lanka, All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama was established in 1924 with a handful of Ulama and with the pure intention of giving spiritual and temporal leadership to the Muslim Minority Community of Sri Lanka by assembling the Muslim Theologians all over the Island under an umbrella, and has been rendering its dedicated service to the community for the last eight decades.

Sri Lanka could be a hub for the Halaal industry in South Asia like Malaysia in the South East Asia region Tourism Promotion Minister Faizer Mustapha said. Speaking at the inaugural Halaal Conference and Exhibition 2010 at Galadari Hotel yesterday he said the concept of Halaal Tourism extends far beyond the hotel industry. Restaurateurs, transport providers, healthcare services, retailers and many other industries will benefit from the phenomenal growth that has been witnessed in this market segment.



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February 17, 2010 at 8:06 pm

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University admissions to be increased up to 25000

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Steps are taken to increase the student intake for Universities up to 25000 said the Chairman of the University Grants Commission (UGC) Professor Gamini Samaranayake. The Chairman of the UGC addressing a media briefing held at the Media Ministry yesterday (15) said that the student intake will be increased with the completion of the infrastructure facilities of the Northern and Eastern Universities. Out of all the applicants only about 46% of students are selected for the University education. He also said that around 21000 students will be enrolled for the Universities this year and that the student intake for the academic year 2009/2010 has been increased by 1000

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February 16, 2010 at 10:32 pm

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Two arrested and one surrendered on corpse removal case in Kattankudy

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Muslimguardian:

The Kattankudy Police inquiring into the case of removing the buried corpse of a child from a grave in Shikaram village, in Kattankudy arrested two suspects and another suspect surrendered to the courts. Some people say the surrendered 40 years old Segar is a former member of the TMVP. The removal of the dead body was exclusively reported in the Muslim Guardian on 10th instant.

Muslim Guardian understands the background of this incident is the hatred towards the Muslims created on unfounded allegations among Tamils by some extraneous forces. It is said the people of Shikaram due the ethnic war that existed for nearly three decades, left their village in 1985 and were living in Kattankudy with their relations.

Though the tsunami in 2004 was cruel, it did create understandings among communities and with this understanding the Muslims of Shikaram went back and resettled in their own places. The problems cropped up when the Muslims of Shikaram village started burying the bodies in their burial ground in Shikaram village which was grown into a jungle during their absence.

The Tamils who had constructed a small temple about 150 metres away from this burial ground during the absence of the Muslims of this village, wanted them not to use the burial ground for burial having the temple in close proximity. The dead body of a Muslim was uprooted from the grave nearly three months ago and a solution was found with the reasonable elderly Tamil citizens knowing the history of this village who agreed to the Muslims burying the corpse there.

It is said the drama of removing corpse conducted by this gang with the blessing from a few chauvinists in the temple management was to prevent the Muslims using this burial ground. The Muslims of this village posses a clear deed for this burial ground. The timely intervention of the Senior Superintendent of Police, the superintendent of Police and the Officer in Charge of Kattankudy prevented a major rift between these two communities which have been getting closer and closer during the recent past.

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February 14, 2010 at 11:05 pm

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A Muslim village Maruthamunai in Ampara district – Weavers post Tsunami

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February 7, 2010 at 10:29 pm

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President Rajapaksa conferred doctorate in Moscow

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Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa has been conferred an honorary doctorate by People’s Friendship University of Moscow.Mr. Rajapaksa, who is presently on a tour of Russia, received the Honoris Causa diploma from the university’s rector Prof. Vladimir M. Filippov yesterday (Feb. 06).

Formerly known as Patrice Lumumba University, the university is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. On his first state visit after being elected to a second term, the Sri Lankan president is due to meet with his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev and prime minister Vladimir Putin.The three-day tour by Mr. Rajapaksa will also see Sri Lanka signing a 300 million dollar loan agreement for the purchase of military and dual-purpose equipment, according to RIA Novosti news agency.

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February 7, 2010 at 1:30 pm

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196 houses given for Tsunami homeless in Sainthamaruthu

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196 houses for homeless Tsunami victims were handed over to them today in Sainthamaruthu. These houses were built on a grant given by Venezuela govt. on the land provided and reclaimed by the govt. on the effort of minister of housing and common amneties and leader NUA Ms.Ferial Ashraff. The Venezuela govt. granted US 70 million collected from the people of Veliverian, Venezuela on an MoU signed at the ministry of housing in 2005.

These houses were built on marshy land reclaimed at the expenses of the sri Lankan govt. with the combined effort of the ministries of nation building and housing. Originally it was planned to build 1000 unit houses of condominium/flats in the reclaimed land. However, this original scheme was changed on the political intervention of a former deputy minister. As aa result, the project was delayed and it was decided to build individual houses instead of flats. This change of plan has created landless problem in the Karavahu Vattai where the filling and reclaiming the land are costlier than the building of houses.

Another 60 houses built by NHDA on the grant given by an international NGO known as IFAD built on land reclaimed by the govt. was handed over to the benificiaries last month. Another 120 houses built for Tsunami homeless on a land acquired at the initiative of the minister Ferial Ashraff at Ismailpuram, Sammanthurai were handed over last year. Venezuela Amabassador based in New Delhi accompanied by Cuban Ambassador in Colombo graced todays event at Saithamaruthu.

Minister Ferial Ashraff’s message of appreciation to Venezuela govt. was read over by U.M.Nisar, attorney at law since the minister is on an official visit to the United Kingdom.

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February 5, 2010 at 11:58 pm

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Saudi Arabia provides US$ 50 mn. for humanitarian relief

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The Saudi Arabian Embassy in Colombo, said that its government has contributed US$ 50 million for humanitarian relief work in Haiti.“The money was handed over to the United Nations Fund.It was announced by the UN Secretary General”,the embassy said.

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February 5, 2010 at 11:47 pm

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