Archive for September 2010
Citing a PTI report Admiral Robert Willard, Commander of the US Pacific Command in his testimony before the US Senate Armed Services Committee, has said, in response to a question from Senator George Lemieux, that the Lashkar-e-Taiba group is expanding and specifically positioning itself in Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the Maldives. He has also said that “we have certainly knowledge of their influence within the region beyond the countries that I just mentioned. The extent of that influence is what we’re taking under study”
The Sri Lanka government rejected these reports saying there was no evidence to prove that the group was in the island. Therefore, it is extremely important that the US provide details about this alleged LeT influence in Sri Lanka in view of the serious Implications of this disclosure to Sri Lankan Muslims Read the rest of this entry »
The government had approved the opening of a private university in the Sabaragamuwa Province, Chief Minister Maheepala Herath revealed during recent discussions he had with officials of the Sarvodaya Movement.
He said that stiff competition to enter local universities and the inability of the underprivileged students, from the Sabaragamuwa Province, to spend large sums of money on education in foreign universities, were the main reasons for the government’s decision to permit the setting up of a private university in the province Read the rest of this entry »
‘International Humanitarian Law should reflect reality of non-state actors in conflicts’
The entire focus of our nation, is now on building a lasting peace; healing wounds, ensuring economic prosperity and guaranteeing the rights of the whole nation to live in harmony, stated President Mahinda Rajapaksa addressing the United Nations General Assembly at the UN Headquarters in New York today (Sep 23).
A great deal has been said by those beyond our borders about our Tamil community. Let me be clear, no nation on earth can wish Sri Lanka’s Tamil community more good fortune than Sri Lanka itself, President Rajapaksa emphasized.-news.lk
The participation of Turkish entrepreneurs in the rapidly expanding construction work in Sri Lanka was a key aspect of the discussions between President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Turkish President Abdullah Gul at the United Nations on 22
President Gul was told of the major development initiatives being taken by Sri Lanka that require infrastructure development, and considerable investment in housing, especially in the post-conflict situation. The major advances that Turkey had made in the construction sector could help Sri Lanka in this work.
10 years sounds quite a long period, but not when it comes to Ashraff. It seems only yesterday that he took off without bidding us farewell. He vehemently believed that unity amongst the Muslims in Sri Lanka is the stepping stone of a long walk ahead, towards the identity with dignity of the minority Muslims of the country.
In the late 1986 the SLMC was declared as a political party At this historic meeting Mr. Ashraff publicly declared that the party “wishes to function as a national political party to achieve its objectives and to participate more effectively in the political affairs of Sri Lanka”.
The ideology of the SLMC was built on the call for unification of Muslims in Sri Lanka and influences them to adapt to laws of Shariah. Articulating the vision of the SLMC Mr. Ashraff said a true Muslims cannot be part of different political entities. As long as Muslims are divided, he argued, unity was a distant dream. He asserted that that Muslims had two options: To serve the majority parties and face humiliation or join hands with a Muslim party and strengthen it. If the Muslim chooses the latter option, he claimed, twin objective could be achieved. Muslims would have an independent political representation and such an entity could guide the Muslims towards the tenets of Islam and also win them political rights Read the rest of this entry »
The Saudi Fund for Development has agreed to provide a loan equivalent of US$ 46 million (approximately Rs.5,200 mn) for the Kaluganga Development project. The loan is provided on highly concessional terms at an interest rate of 2% per annum repayable in 20 years including a grace period of 5 years. The Kaluganga Development project is a part of the Mahaweli Development program and is interlinked with the implementation of Moragahakanda Development project, the Ministry of Finance and Planning announced yesterday.
The main objectives of the project are to increase the availability of irrigation and drinking water, expand the existing irrigable areas in Kaluganga basin and thereby increase food production and improve the standard of living of people in Matale, Anuradhapura, Pollonaruwa and Trincomalee districts Read the rest of this entry »
The 9th Joint Economy and Trade Cooperation Committee meeting between Iran and Sri Lanka, is being held from the 13th to the 15th of September. In this meeting the two countries commerce ministers plan to sign six MOUs and cooperation agreements in the fields of customs, sisterhood between Shahid Rajaei and Colombo ports and acceptance of each other’s maritime certificates.
Also in this meeting agreements will be made between the two countries in the fields of science, culture, art and standardization. An increase in trade, holding international exhibitions, enhancing maritime relations and implementing engineering and technical projects are among other agendas during the meeting Read the rest of this entry »