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Nayana Sumanga Rajapaksha

Institute of Personal Management and Open University to award Master of Business Administration in Human Resources Management

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

The Open University of Sri Lanka [OUSL] and the Institute of Personnel Management [IPM] have entered into a MOU for mutual collaboration and hope to award Post Graduate Degree for Master of Business Administration in Human Resources Management [MBA in HRM]. This MOU will greatly benefit to the development and delivery of study programs in Human Resource Management, said IPM President, Sanjiv Wijayasingha.

Abans to facilitate Sri Lankan expatriates to send gifts via Web

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Abans – a consumer home appliances dealer – have launched a Website "www.buyabans.com," to reach around 1.5 million Sri Lankans domiciled abroad enabling them to select purchase and send useful gift items to their loved ones in Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan expatriates returning home on holiday, or to be with their families for the Sinhala and Hindu New Year, or even at any special occasion such as birthday, wedding and anniversaries can go through the website of Abans, select and order whatever the product in Abans range and Abans undertake to deliver at any accessible destination in Sri Lanka.

Geographers to restore degraded ecosystems

Raymond R Kharmujai – Asian Tribune

A joint team of Indian and Polish geographers is on a mission to study and find ways to restore the degrading geo-ecosystems of Cherrapunji in Meghalaya. Of late, the place is on the verge of losing its distinction of being the wettest place on earth. Located on the southern spur of the Meghalaya plateau, Cherrapunji holds the record for receiving the highest rainfall in the world but the irony is that the place is facing acute water crisis at present.

UNICEF told LTTE to submit a time bound ‘Action Plan’ to halt the practice of recruiting underage children

UNICEF in Sri Lanka is urging those involved in the alleged recruitment of underage child soldiers to prepare action plans based on the UN Security Council Resolution No 1612, calling on the offenders to prepare a time bound Action Plans to halt the practice. Recently Joanna Van Gerpen, Head of UNICEF in Sri Lanka was in Vanni, met S.P. Tamilselvan, Head of the Political Division of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam to urged him to prepare a time bound Action Plan to halt the practice of recruiting underage children as child soldiers.

Story of a child soldier

This is a true story of a sixteen year old Tamil boy who had escaped form the clutches of the Tamil Tiger leaders in the East. He reveals his horrendous experience he had at the hands of the LTTE. The child soldier identified as Kliraza Ganeshlingam, told the security forces that he had been serving as a child soldier in the LTTE and escaped the outfit due to the unbearable sexual harassment committed by the senior LTTE leaders in the camp.

US and European Ambassadors attacked by the LTTE

A LTTE mortar attack launched from Vavunativu to Batticaloa Weber Stadium where aircraft movements take place resulted in minor injuries on Tuesday morning 8:20 am Sri Lanka time, to US Ambassador Robert O'Blake, Italian Ambassador Pio Mariano and the German Ambassador who were touring the east. They were accompanied by human rights minister Mahinda Samarasinghe. When the aircraft carrying US Ambassador Robert O'Blake, Italian Ambassador Pio Mariano and the German Ambassador landed in Weber Stadium Batticaloa, the mortar attack commenced, according to the sources.

Blake alright, Italian Ambassador airlifted to Colombo

The US Ambassador Robert O Blake "is alright" announced a US Embassy spokesman a while ago. However, the Italian Ambassador Pio Mariano who received a minor head injury in this morning's LTTE mortar attack at Batticaloa Weber Stadium has been airlifted to Colombo for medical treatment, the Sri Lanka military spokesman said. "None of the members of the foreign delegation received any major injuries" he said.

Diplomats Mishap: LTTE 'condemnation tactic' backfires?

LTTE military spokesman S Ilanthirayan, expressed “shock and sadness” that Sri Lankan Government has exposed senior diplomats to danger by allowing air crafts carrying them into an area where they have declared military operations without informing LTTE in advance. He added that this is criminal negligence on the part of the Sri Lankan government. He said that simple diplomacy could have avoided the unfortunate incident and condemned the childish action of the Sri Lankan military. Analysts said that Ilanthirayan's statement is a tacit confession of LTTE continuously violating the ceasefire agreement which they claimed to uphold and also an expression of approval of attacking diplomats.

Sri Lanka President arrived in Beijing

The Sri Lankan delegate team headed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who left the island to China early yesterday morning arrived in Beijing at 6.30 a.m. in local time on Monday. The Sri Lanka President and the delegates were cordially welcomed by Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Tshuwei Tian Kai. Later, President and the delegates were taken to the Diyotha Palace where guest state heads are officially welcomed and honored in a vehicle cordon.

The Big Apple Visits the Pearl of the Indian Ocean

The Landmark of New York, a photo exhibition open up today at the Lionel Wendt Arts Cente in Colombo. The Exhibit features a diversity of photographs including civic buildings, factories, office towers, universities, museums, parks and houses of worship. According to a statement released by the American Embassy in Colombo, that celebrating both well known structures such as the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge, and less known landmarks such as the Little Red Lighthouse in Manhattan, the exhibition will offer the viewers an opportunity to look into the history of New York’s people, their aspirations and values from the 1640’s to the present day.

The Landmark of New York

Presient visit Forbidden City

Four Sri Lankan workers beheaded in Saudi Arabia

Last Monday the Saudi Arabian government beheaded four Sri Lankan migrant workers—Sanath Pushpakumara, E.J.Victor Corea, Ranjith De Silva and Sangeeth Kumara—despite years of protest from international human rights organisations and the victims’ pleas for clemency. The beheading brought the number of people executed in Saudi Arabia this year to at least 17, compared to 38 for all of 2006. Two-thirds of those killed were foreign nationals. An estimated 350,000 Sri Lankans are working in Saudi Arabia and make up a significant portion of the 8.8 million foreigners living and working in the country. According to the report, Bad Dreams—Exploitation and abuse of migrant workers in Saudi Arabia, published by Human Rights Watch in July 2004, foreign nationals account for 67 percent of the workforce and hold 90 to 95 percent of private-sector jobs. Most come from South Asia and Africa to escape rising unemployment and poverty.

Young SL innovator wins Asia’s best award

Sunil C. Perera, Reporting from Colombo

A Sri Lankan student, Nayana Sumanga Rajapaksha won Asia’s best 'Inventor award,' at the International inventions Exhibition held in India, out beating a number of young inventors from 34 countries. This is the first Asian medal for Sri Lanka and many from the overseas academics and business community made a number of inquiries on his device - an efficient funnel which was developed to distribute liquid without wasting.

Pakistan replicating its Baluch experiment in Northern Sri Lanka

By Dr. Sunny Thomas - Syndicate Features

Pakistan is all set to help Sri Lanka raise an Armoured Brigade, despite opposition from the 'professional Generals' of the island nation’s army. The deal was finalised during the visit of Pakistan defence secretary to Colombo early February. Elementary knowledge of North and Eastern parts of Sri Lanka will tell that armoured vehicles cannot be used in places like Mullaitivu, Vavuniya, Killinochchi, which are the strong hold of the Tamil Tigers. So the unavoidable surmise is that kickbacks really played a role in cementing the tie-up. Second hand Al Zarar Tanks and Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) could cost about $100 million to the Sri Lankan exchequer. Country's interests have become hostage to private gains through kickbacks; it is being openly said in Lankan military circles.

Dick Cheney and US Ambassador to Sri Lanka attacked by two separate terrorist groups

US Vice-President Dick Cheney in Kabul, Afghanistan and US Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Robert O’Blake were targeted by Taleban and Tamil Tigers respectively in two separate attacks today. The Taleban suicide bomber who aimed to get Cheney missed him by quite distance, according to military sources. But O’Blake narrowly missed serious injuries when the helicopter carrying him and other Western diplomats came under Tiger fire.


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