Archive for August 2010
L.G. Ariyawathi, who was hospitalized with severe pain after returning Saturday from Saudi Arabia, has said the family she worked for punished her by heating the nails and needles before sticking them into her. X-rays have shown that she had 24 nails and needles in her body, said Dr. Keerthi Satharasinghe of Kamburupitiya hospital, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) away from the capital, Colombo.
The nails ranged in length from one to two inches (2.5 to 5 centimeters) while the needles were about one inch (2.5 centimeters). They were removed from her legs and forehead.
“The surgery is successful and she is recovering now,” said Dr. Satharasinghe after a three-hour procedure Video Read the rest of this entry »
The SLMC has called for a separate presidential commission for Muslims. Its general secretary Hasan Ali has told BBC Tamil Service the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission only had a limited mandate and covered a limited period.
Mandated to cover the period between 2002 and 2009, it won’t be in any way helpful in addressing the issues faced by the Muslims since 1990, he has said. Mr. Ali has said the SLMC planned to meet president Mahinda Rajapaksa in the coming days to discuss expanding the commission’s mandate.
Former supreme court judge Christopher Gregory Weeramantry was awarded two Gold Medals by All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama for his book on Islamic Jurisprudence he wrote the ‘Islamic Jurisprudence: An International Perspective’ in 1996, the ceremony held in Colombo last week the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama President Mufthi M.I.M. Rizwe honored him with gold medals and words of praise , Rizwe Mufthi said the book covers and presents the true nature of Islamic Jurisprudence and praised him for the writing such wonderful book covers all aspects of Jurisprudence system and development
Christopher Gregory Weeramantry -born 17 November 1926 in Colombo, Sri Lanka- was a Justice of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka from 1967 to 1972. He was a Judge of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) from 1991 to 2000, and was Vice-President of the ICJ from 1997 to 2000. He presided in his capacity as Vice-President of the ICJ over several important cases before the Court, including a case on the illegality of the use and threatened use of nuclear weapons. Judge Weeramantry serves on the Legal and Human Rights Advisory Board of the Genetics Policy Institute. He is currently Emeritus Professor at Monash University, having previously served as Sir Hayden Starke’s Chair of Law from 1972 to 1991. Furthermore he is the president of the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms. In addition C.G. Weeramantry is a councillor of the World Future Council Read the rest of this entry »
Prime Minister D. M. Jayaratne affirmed that Government is aware of the necessities of North East Muslims. Mr. Jayaratne pointed out that Muslim community’s contribution to end the three decade long civil war is commendable. Premier made these remarks at a discussion held with the Muslim theologians, the All Island Jamiyyathul Ulama Association.
Mr. Jayaratne also stated that Muslim community has a responsibility in building peace in the country and stressed the importance of incorporating the views of North East people to achieve national integration successfully. The understanding among different communities is exceptionally high in Sri Lanka, therefore achieving nationwide peace has become relatively easy task compared with the other countries in the region.
In reply the leader of All Island Jamiyyathul Ulama Association Rev. Rizvi Mufthi said that Muslim community will provide their unconditional support to the government to achieve peace and harmony in the country.
The Minister also requested private sector employers to grant Muslim employees special leave. The Minister said special leave will be granted from August 12 to September 10 during prayer times 3.30 a.m. to 6 a.m., 3.15 p.m. to 4.15 p.m, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m, and 7.30 p.m. to 10.30 p.m. He also stated a special holiday will be granted on the day of Ramazan and also requested festival or salary advances be paid 14 days prior to the Ramazan period.