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GCE A/L application deadline is April 05

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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.

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March 31, 2010 at 9:53 pm

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New Building Complex for Jaffna MC

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“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.

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March 31, 2010 at 9:41 pm

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fire on an election stage and on a Car in East election violence

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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

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March 30, 2010 at 10:22 pm

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Former Malaysian PM Mahathir here in June for business event

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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.

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March 30, 2010 at 9:59 pm

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Computer firm Ezy aims to raise Rs 100 mln by 2015 for its new racing segment

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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.

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March 30, 2010 at 9:56 pm

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Arrest of Muslim author ‘illegal’

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Lawyers for the Muslim author arrested on charges of anti-state activities accuse Sri Lankan authorities of illegal arrest and detention.

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.”

Religious harassment

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..

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March 29, 2010 at 11:08 am

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Kharithathu Ththareeq Road Map of Minister Milinda Moragoda

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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…

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March 27, 2010 at 7:30 pm

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Malaysia seeks investment opportunities in SL

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ImageSri Lanka Malaysia Business Council Patron and Malaysian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka His Excellency Rosli Ismail said that a lot of investors are enthusiastic to come in to Sri Lanka and up to now,many business delegations have visited Sri Lanka seeking investment opportunities.
Malaysia is one of the biggest foreign investors in Sri Lanka and telecommunications sector is highlighted as the major investment area.

He further added that Malaysia is looking forward to diversify its investment projects in Sri Lanka, specifically, tourism,infrastructure development including roads and telecommunication,construction and housing.

Steps have already been taken to promote IT, Halal products and Islamic finance in Sri Lanka. It is crucial to enhance the trade relationship between the two countries he added further.

Exports from Sri Lanka to Malaysia has been increased from Rs. 4,973 million in 2008 to Rs. 5,533 million in 2009,  recording an increase of 11.26 percent..

Rubber and rubber products, residues and waste from the food industry,precious and semi-precious stones, essential oil, coffee, tea and spices are the main export items from Sri Lanka to Malaysia.

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March 27, 2010 at 10:30 am

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Amana wins top global award for Islamic Finance in Sri Lanka

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Picture shows Faizal Salieh, MD and CEO of Amana Investments, receiving the award from Andrew Morgan, MD of REDmoney Group.

Amana Investments won the award for the category Best Islamic Bank in Sri Lanka in the 2009 Islamic Finance News Poll conducted by the Malaysian-based REDmoney Group, the company said. Though Amana Investments is not a bank (it has received provisional approval from the Central Bank), the award it has won in the category of the Best Islamic Bank by country confirms its clear leadership position in the field of Islamic Finance in Sri Lanka.

An Amana press release said the REDmoney Group publishes the leading and widely circulated Islamic Finance industry journal in the global finance sector that captures all the significant events and activities that take place in the field of Islamic financial services, including banking, insurance, stockbroking, fund management etc worldwide.

The Islamic Finance News Awards Polls are the most transparent, definitive and competitive awards in Islamic finance today and are based on a unique poll which is a true reflector of the global Islamic financial markets. Winners of the Islamic Finance News Poll received the prestigious awards at two special Awards Ceremonies, the first on February 25 in Kuala Lumpur, followed by another on March 8 in Dubai. Commenting on the win, Mr. Faizal Salieh, Managing Director & CEO of Amana Investments, said, “We are honoured to be recognised internationally as the best Islamic Finance provider in Sri Lanka. This award acknowledges our present market leadership position and stature and the contribution we have made in the field of Islamic Finance in the country. It also puts Sri Lanka on the World map of Islamic finance and banking.” Amana Investments Ltd has pioneered Islamic Finance in the country since 1997

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March 27, 2010 at 10:15 am

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Sri Lanka urged to free Bahrain writer

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HUMAN rights activists in Bahrain are demanding the immediate release of an expatriate arrested in Sri Lanka for writing two books allegedly offensive to the spiritual leader of Buddhism.

Sarah Malanie Perera, who previously converted to Islam, was detained in the capital Colombo last Saturday as she was due to leave her homeland after a three-month holiday.

Discover Islam earlier issued an international appeal to human rights groups to help secure her release, after being contacted by one of her sisters.

Relatives in Bahrain also fear the Sri Lankan may not be allowed to return here as her residence permit expired on March 24.

Bahrain Human Rights Society (BHRS) secretary-general Dr Abdulla Al Deerazi said it would do everything it could to bring her back.

“I read the article in the GDN and it really touched my heart,” he said.

“First of all, Ms Perera accepted Islam on her own personal wish and no one forced her to do so.

“Conversion to another religion is based on personal choice and this choice must be respected.

“Secondly, there is something called freedom of opinion, if it’s not offending any religion.

“I believe the books written by Ms Perera are not against Buddhism. “It should be guaranteed by the international commission that any person who converts to another religion and writes about it is not being harmed by the community or others. more …

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March 27, 2010 at 9:54 am

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Sarah Malanie Perera ,Author held in book row

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A BAHRAIN resident has been arrested in Sri Lanka after converting to Islam and writing two books in Sinhalese allegedly offensive to the spiritual leader of Buddhism.

Sarah Malanie Perera, 38, was detained in the capital Colombo on Saturday as she was due to leave her homeland after a three-month holiday.

Discover Islam has now issued an international appeal to human rights groups to help secure her release, after being contacted by one of her sisters.

Relatives in Bahrain also fear she may not be allowed to return here as her residence permit expires today.

Ms Perera came to Manama in 1985 to assist her elder sister Mariam, who owned a gifts and flowers shop called Madhuri in The Palace Hotel, Adliya. more …

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March 25, 2010 at 11:36 am

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Sri Lanka concerned over Palestine

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http://oybay.files.wordpress.com/2007/03/oppression-in-palestine.jpgSri Lanka has expressed deep concerns on the current deteriorating humanitarian situation in Palestine and other Occupied Palestinian Territories and called on the parties concerned to maintain restraint in order to ameliorate the situation on the ground and help advance the peace process to which both parties were committed.

It was Sri Lanka’s firm belief that it was only through meaningful negotiations that a two State settlement, as envisaged by all, could be achieved. Thereby an end could be put to the Israeli occupation of the Occupied Palestinian Territories and a sovereign, independent and viable Palestinian State could be established and the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people realized.

Sri Lanka agreed that the occupation continued to be the main cause of widespread human rights violations. Therefore, there was an urgent need to put an end to all unlawful settlement activities which had led to the displacement of thousands of Palestinians from their homes. There was also a need to put an end to the continuing blockade on the Palestinian civilian population in Gaza. -Daily Mirror online

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March 24, 2010 at 4:36 pm

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Northern Muslim IDps’ Situation and Case completely different from Tamil IDPs

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By M. Shamil Mohamed

‘Northern Muslims were robed by LTTE, The robbery is the biggest one in sri lanka’s history, North and East Muslims were Ethnically Cleansed and lost thousands of lives, Northern Muslim People who had to undergo living in camps for 20 years, This is one of longest refuge life in Sri lanka. the government’s responsibility to trace and find LTTE assets and repay to northern Muslim IDPs too same as government doing for golden credit card investors’

President Mahinda Rajapaksa promised the Muslim IDPs from the North at the All Ceylon Muslim Congress Northern Convention on December 31, 2009 at Alankuda, Kalpitiy, puttlam

My Government will not let down the innocent Muslim civilians in the North who lost all their belongings at the hands of the LTTE 20 years ago.” “We will ensure that innocent Muslim civilians who had to leave their original places in the North due to LTTE threats will be resettled in their own properties. Their houses, schools and business establishments will be rebuilt with all necessary infrastructure facilities,” the President said Read the rest of this entry »

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March 21, 2010 at 9:26 am

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The Muslim question and resettlement of Muslim IDPs in post-war Sri Lanka

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The question of Muslim identity, displacement and forcible evictions during war and their enduring socio-political impact in post-war Sri Lanka is often underplayed in the media and mainstream politics. Muslim IDPs in the East are amongst those who have been in IDP camps the longest, often in conditions no better than Tamils interned in Manik Farm. Their plight has been covered on Groundviews on a number of occasions including,

Twenty years after the Muslims were evicted from the Jaffna peninsula by the LTTE, the scars of war still remain, resettlement continues to be vexed issue and concerns unique to the Muslim community even more marginal to mainstream politics than the fulfilment of legitimate Tamil aspirations. More ..

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March 18, 2010 at 8:56 am

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President to open Mannar bridge, causeway tomorrow

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President to open Mannar bridge, causeway tomorrow

The new Mannar bridge and the causeway connecting the Mannar Island with the mainland constructed at a cost of Rs 2,460 million will be opened to the public by President Mahinda Rajapaksa tomorrow.

Around 41,000 people in Mannar Island will directly benefit from this project which will improve market approachability and facilitate transportation at a low cost. A Highways and Road Development Ministry Spokesman told the Daily News that this is a great  achievement and a clear evidence of the Government’s efforts towards reconciliation and development in the North and the East.

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has funded the construction of the new bridge and causeway which is one of the most important projects in the country. It would contribute to achieving notable economic and social development in the Northern region in the near future. He said the new bridge spanning 157.1 metres in length and 10.4 metres in width has been constructed with two lanes of carriageway and sidewalks on the Medawachchiya-Mannar-Thalaimannar (A 14) Road. The causeway has been extended up to 3.14 km in length and 11 metres width comprising two lanes of carriageway.

The Road Development Authority under the supervision of the Highways and Road Development Ministry has implemented the Project. The existing bridge and causeway which connect the Mannar Island and the mainland were constructed in 1930s with a single lane which is narrow in width. It was the only access road to the Mannar Island from the mainland.

This bridge which was damaged due to a terrorist bomb blast in 1990 was restored with a temporary steel bailey bridge which was restricted for heavy vehicles of over 10 tons.

– Courtesy of development.lk

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March 17, 2010 at 9:41 pm

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World-class CIMA students win world prizes

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Shiromy Ali and Hazir Shafeek continued the global dominance of Sri Lankan CIMA students when they recently snagged world prizes for their recent examination performances. As young individuals looking to rapidly ascend the corporate ladder, the world-renowned finance qualification has been a perfect fit for Shiromy, Hazir, and thousands of like-minded students around the world. Indeed, surveys of global business leaders have shown that CIMA, the world’s largest professional body of management accountants, offers the most relevant finance qualification for those looking to excel in the business and corporate spheres.

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March 17, 2010 at 9:26 pm

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Sri Lanka, Israel strengthens cooperation through technology

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Israel will bring a high- powered business delegation to Sri Lanka in July to participate in the Economic Summit organised by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce said Ambassador of Israel Mark Sofer.

Ambassador Sofer said that the delegation will have one on one meetings with Sri Lankan businessmen to enhance economic ties. It is also scheduled for a Sri Lankan business delegation to visit Israel in September while plans are being made to establish a business council as well. Israel a country rich in technology will support Sri Lanka in the use of technology in the areas of agriculture, water management, education as well as infrastructure development, Ambassador Sofer said.

As Israel is rich in technology we will transfer the technology to Sri Lanka so that Sri Lanka could get better harvest be it in fruits, vegetables, rice or dairy farming.

In addition there is technology to increase the shelf life of fruits without causing any damage to the fruit. This technology will help Sri Lanka increase the export of fruits and vegetables and thereby increase the foreign exchange earned. The Ambassador said that each Israel family takes at least one foreign vacation per year and at most times it is about three or four overseas vacations per year.

The per capita income of Israel is $ 27,000 and our economy is in good shape. A delegation from Sri Lanka Tourism is visiting Israel in April in an effort to woo the Israelis to Sri Lanka.

The Ambassador also said that there will be a team of hoteliers from Israel visiting Sri Lanka to explore the possibility of investing in Sri Lanka. As the war is over there is enormous potential in Sri Lanka and now we can enhance trade and investment opportunities between the countries.

The Ambassador said that Sri Lanka has enormous human capacity which is one of the most valuable resources. Therefore, technology transfer is easy. There is a downturn in bilateral trade between two the countries due to the global financial crisis and it is expected that bilateral trade will increase in the near future, he said.

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March 16, 2010 at 10:33 am

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Saudi Arabia death row maid in a fight for her life

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RIYADH  Rizana Nafeek’s indigent family fell on hard times when civil war forced her father, a Sri Lankan woodcutter, to stop going to his traditional cutting forest. Salvation seemed to appear, however, when a local recruiter suggested that Nafeek, then 17, go to work as a housemaid in Saudi Arabia. The agent put a false birth date on her passport so officials would not see that she was underage. But now Nafeek faces a death sentence after being convicted of murdering a four-month-old infant put in her care by the Saudi family who hired her in 2005. Entering her fifth year in Saudi detention, Nafeek is appealing her sentence. She contends that she did not harm the child and has retracted the confession – written in Arabic, which she does not understand – on which her conviction was based. An Asian human-rights group assisting her appeal says the child’s death was a tragic accident that should not be compounded by executing Nafeek, which would violate international conventions, accepted by Riyadh, banning death sentences for crimes committed by juveniles. more..

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March 16, 2010 at 9:46 am

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International Women of Courage Award Winner: Jansila Majeed, Sri Lanka

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2010 International Women of Courage Award Winner

Jansila Majeed is the Managing Trustee of Community Trust Fund in Puttalam province. The Trust oversees a number of programs on minority and women’s issues, including women’s rights, peace building, relief work, working with young people, and mine-risk education in the North and East. Jansila Majeed’s own particular focus is on uniting the Muslim and Tamil communities in her province.

Having lived as an internally displaced person (IDP) for almost 20 years, Jansila  Majeed  was forcibly evicted from north province  with all Muslims by The LTTE in 1990  she is an IDP Muslim from northern Srilanka , She  did her early education in Jaffna Kadicha Muslim Ladies college and her A/L in Jaffna Osmaniya Muslim boys College has become an energetic activist for services for displaced Muslim and Tamil civilians, focusing particularly on grassroots programs on life skills, health, and women’s empowerment. Her activism began in 1992 with a working group of five people. She overcame both the general neglect of the problem of IDPs in the Muslim minority as well as some short of community strictures against women activists to build a broad-based organization that works on minority and women’s issues in a highly sensitive and politicized environment.  For Video

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March 11, 2010 at 11:02 am

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Symposium on Prophet Muhammad mercy to humanity

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Symposium on Prophet Muhammad mercy to humanity was held at BMICH on 7.3.2010. the  symposium was organized in commemoration of the Birth of Prophet Muhammad with the objective of introducing the prophet Muhammad and his teachings to the non Muslims and to initiate a discussion on religions and issues connected to communities in Sri lanka.

The symposium was chaired by Dr. Saiful Islam, director of Markazussalama. Dr. Saiful Islam while welcoming the resource persons and the participants outlined the objectives of the symposium and introduced the resource persons.

Dr. M.A.M.Shukry Director of Jamiah Nelemiah delivered speeches on the topics Socio political personality of prophet Muhammad, Comparative study between the Philosophy of Lord Buddha and Philosophy of prophet Muhammad and Relevance of prophet Muhammad to the contemporary world respectively.

Academics in the calibre of Professor A. Marks from India, senior professor Daya Edirisinhe, head of the department of philosophy, University of Kelaniya also participated  the  symposium was organized organized by Markazussalama.

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March 9, 2010 at 10:18 am

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Citizen’s Commission: Expulsion of the Northern Muslims by the LTTE in October 1990

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Sri Lanka has been increasingly the scene of much ethnic violence. The Northern Muslims are the victims of the earliest large scale act of ethnic cleansing in our history. Close to 80,000 persons, constituting the entire Muslim population of the five Northern Districts of Jaffna, Mannar, Vavuniya, Mullaithivu and Kilinochchi were summarily expelled from the province by the LTTE on one fateful day in October 1990 at a few hours notice. The details of the constraints imposed on the victims varied from location to location depending on the degree of brutality of the local LTTE leadership, but nowhere were those evicted able to sell, transfer or otherwise secure or dispose of their property or to take with them cash or other moveable possessions. The operation was carried out so quickly and with such ruthless efficiency that there was little or no resistance. The state failed to intervene. Sadly, the protests of the national leadership, Tamil and non-Tamil, and of the national and the international community were muted. more….

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March 3, 2010 at 10:17 am

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