Archive for March 2010
Deadline for calling applications for the General Certificate of Education – Advance Level (GCE A/L) Examination is April 05, the Examination Department stated. School students must forward their applications through respective principals whilst private candidates could submit their applications to the department, sources said.
Calling of applictions for Advanced Level Examination started on March 01. The examination is scheduled to be held in August.
“The Jaffna Municipal Council had been constructed in traditional Dravidian architectural style. Rated as one of the best in the Island, 2nd only to Colombo Municipal Council. However, the war had seen the end to this once magnificent building”, Douglas Devananda, Minister Social Service and Social Welfare said at a foundation stone laying ceremony for a new Jaffna Municipal Council’s building complex.
Minister Devananda said that he was extremely happy to commence the construction of a building which would once again reflect Tamil Cultural aspects, perhaps even surpassing the one that existed earlier, under “Uthuru Vasanthaya” (Northern Spring) programme of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. He would take steps to make Jaffna, a fully fledged modern city whilst protecting every aspect of the culture of the Tamil people.
when supporters of Minister Athaullah were in the process of constructing a stage yesterday morning along the Akkaraipattu – Kalmunai main road in Nintavur for the election propaganda meeting of National Congress to be held in the evening a group of people set fire to the stage after beating the minister’s supporters.
Meanwhile An unidentified group set fire to a car belonging to the President of the Kalmunai Traders Union K.M.M. Hartheem, parked outside his shop in the Kalmunai town last night yesterday After the election stage incident. Information sid Ahamed
Former Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamed will be in Sri Lanka in June in only his second visit, to attend a business event in Colombo. Malaysian High Commissioner Rosli Ismail told reporters on Wednesday that Dr Mohamed will be the chief guest at the 6th Annual Business Awards of the Sri Lanka Malaysia Business Council to be held in Colombo on June 9.
Dr Mohamed was the keynote speaker at the May 2005 CIMA Global Leaders Summit in Colombo.
Mr Ismail said Malaysia is exploring the possibility of enhancing cooperation in tourism, education and technical fields in Sri Lanka in the post-conflict era with the increase interest expressed by Malaysian companies in investment opportunities in the Northeast.
Sri Lankan computer firm EZY Holdings has launched into a new area of business – motor racing and hopes to raise Rs 100 million by 2015 for this purpose.
“We have formed the EZY Motor Racing Corporation (EZY MotoR Corp) with a view to providing new stature for Sri Lankan motor racing. The primary objective of this organization would be to collaborate with quality partners, sign up with drivers, provide them with the resources and make them win under the brand name, EZY Racing,” said Chief Executive EZY Holdings and EZY Motor Racing Corporation, Shafraz Hamzadeen.
Explaining the rationale behind this move, Mr Hamzadeen (himself a rally co driver) said that the company first entered the motor racing arena by sponsoring three outstanding drivers: Rizvi Farouk, Shafraz Junaid and Sajaad Zuhair, thereby creating the brand EZY Racing. “The EZY Racing cars, the brand, its drivers and the brand of driving displayed by them ensured that EZY Racing fast became the most admired team on the racing grid,” said Mr Hamzadeen in a statement issued by the company.
He said the company plans to take Sri Lankan motor racing to a new standard. “Currently there is a huge business opportunity in motor racing. Many people narrow it down just to the exposure they will get by sponsoring a car for what is in most cases a mere sticker on a car. Right now motor racing in Sri Lanka is primarily a hobby and it is an expensive hobby at that. Most competitiors spend millions of rupees on this per year, so one can only imagine what their disposable income is. It is this category that we intend to target for our business partners in EZY Racing,” he said.
EZY Motor Racing Corporation plans on driving this new venture in the most profitable manner, not only for themselves, but also for their partners. “We have set in place elaborate plans to enable us to raise a budget of Rs. 30 million within the first year. We will be partnering with different organizations for different partnership categories. We also intend having attractive EZY Racing merchandise which would be sold countrywide and estimate the return on this merchandise alone to generate around 15% of the corporate income. We want to have adequate budgets to provide the necessary resources. As part of our corporate vision, we aim to raise Rs 100 million for racing by 2015,” he said.
Seen here is Shafraz Hamzadeen standing alongside rally drivers Rizvi Farouk and Shafraz Junaid besides the EZY Racing Championship car.
Alex Fernando, counsel for Sarah Malani Perera, told BBC Sandeshaya that he is yet to be informed of the reasons for the arrest. “She too has not been informed of any reasons for the arrest,” he said.
Mrs. Perera, who converted from Buddhism to Islam, was forced to remove the face veil by the officers at Mirihana police station, he said.A family friend who wished to be anonymous told the BBC that “they had made a video out of it and they were taking photographs against her will.”
But the police spokesman said that he was not aware of such harassment.
Superintendant of Police (SP) Prishantha Jayakody told BBC Sandeshaya that Mrs. Perera has been detained under a detention order ( DO) for anti-state activity. more..
The Muslim Affairs Circle of the Sri Lanka National Congress launched Kharithathu Ththareeq a road map affecting th Muslim Community in Sri Lanka. Recently, Kharithathu Ththareeq, a Road Map to address issues affecting the Muslim community in Sri Lanka was presented to the President of the All Ceylon Jammayathul Ulama, AlHaj M.I.M. Rizwe Mufthi, by Minister Milinda Moragoda, Leader of the Sri Lanka National Congress (SLNC) amidst a large gathering of Muslim community leaders at Marine Grand hotel, Marine Drive, Wellawatte.
This roadmap was developed by the Muslim Affairs Circle of the SLNC. Alhaj Rizwe Mufthi speaking on the occasion, praised Mr. Moragoda for the support he has extended to the Muslim community in strengthening social and educational institutions. He pointed out that by improving the quality of people’s lives, harmony and understanding between different communities can be achieved.More…