Archive for July 2010
Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Israel Donald Perera says the comments attributed to him in an Israeli newspaper where it was reported that he had said Sri Lanka is a staunch supporter of Israel’s fight against Palestinian terror, is totally erroneous.
In a letter sent to the Israeli newspaper the Sri Lankan envoy said Sri Lanka always values her friendship with Israel and this aspect will continue to underpin the bilateral relationship between the two countries.
However he noted that at the same time the policy of the Government of Sri Lanka, which it has followed in consistent consonance with the position of the Non-Aligned Movement, is that the question of Palestine and the pursuit of lasting peace in the Middle East must be resolved through a two state solution whereby Israel and Palestine will co-exist with each other, within secure and intentionally recognized borders.
“Therefore, the contrary view attributed to me in the news item that Sri Lanka is a staunch supporter of Israel’s fight against Palestinian terror is a totally erroneous rendering of my comments,” he said Read the rest of this entry »
The Palestine Sri Lanka Friendship Society has expressed outrage over the reported comments made by Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Israel Donald Perera who said that Israel should wage war in Palestine if negotiations are rejected.
Co-President of the Palestine Sri Lanka Friendship Society and Government Minister Ataudha Seneviratne speaking to Daily Mirror online said that no matter what Ambassador Perera had to say, the Sri Lankan government’s stand was to sympathize with the Palestinians and push both sides (Israel and Palestine) for negotiations.
“Anyone can make a statement but the official stand of the government is that we sympathize with the Palestinians,” Minister Seneviratne said.
Meanwhile Co-President and Opposition member Imtiyaz Bakeer Markar said the government should make its stand clear on whether the comment made by Ambassador Perera echoes the sentiments of the Sri Lankan government Read the rest of this entry »
It is said six Muslims from various parts of Sri Lanka have been selected for the most prestigious Presidential Award for Scientific Research for the years 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006. His Excellency President is to honour these scholars with certificates of recognition for their scientific research articles on different subjects, appeared in the most recognised scientific journal of international repute in 2003, 2004, 2005 & 2006.
These scholars will be honoured by the President with awards at a ceremony to be held at the temple trees on Tuesday, the 27th instant at 10.30 in the morning. The following personalities are to be honoured with awards 1). Professor M.A.M. Sitheeque (Maruthamunai), Faculty of Dental Sciences, University of Peradeniya, currently attached to University of Science Malaysia 2). Dr. M.C.M. Iqbal (Kandy), Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Fundamental Studies, Kandy 3). Dr. Nazrin Marikkar (Palathurai, Negambo), Researcher Coconut Research Institute, presently at University Putra, Malaysia 4). Mr. M.M. Bahir (Galle), Freelance Conservation Biologist 5). Dr. M.M.M. Najim (Galle), Senior Lecturer, University of Kelaniya 6). Dr. M.I.M. Mowjood (Palamunai), Senior Lecturer, University of Peradeniya.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Ministry of Local Government and Provincial Councils signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to expand the Supporting Regional Governance Program (SuRG) to all 37 Pradesihya Sabhas and one Urban Council in the Eastern Province. The Hon. A.L.M. Athaullah, Minister of Local Government and Provincial Councils, and Patricia A. Butenis, U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka, witnessed the signing.
Under the SuRG program, USAID/Colombo, the development office of the U.S. Embassy, provides technical assistance to local authorities to support their efforts to serve the public. This MOU will expand the SuRG program to include all local authorities in the Eastern Province. Read the rest of this entry »
Creating a new history, President Mahinda Rajapaksa Inaugurated the Cabinet Meeting on the verge of Iranamadu tank at Killinochchi. This is the first time in Sri Lankan history a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers held its meeting out of Colombo.
The Cabinet last month had decided to hold its weekly Cabinet meeting at district level once a month. Kilinochchi was once famous for its paddy production has had several other industries as well. Paranthan Chemical Industry was one of the biggest industries in the district which not only generated employment opportunities but also contibutted to country’s economy as well. The Iranamadu tank expands to 500 sq km was originally built in the early 1900’s was renovated soon after the independence to realize agricultural benefits to the country from Kilinochchi district Read the rest of this entry »