|Kadhafi accuses protesters of bin
TRIPOLI (AFP) - Libyan leader
Moamer Kadhafi spoke Thursday to the elders of a town west
of the capital where he said a drug-crazed mob of youth
spurred on by Al-Qaeda had killed four policemen, urging
them to bring their children under control.
Speaking on state television by phone from an undisclosed
location, the embattled 68-year-old former colonel fretted
about unrest in Az-Zawiyah, 50 kilometres (30 miles) west of
Tripoli, as the battle to unseat him began to encircle the
Al-Jazeera television reported heavy fighting there between
pro- and anti-government forces and said there had been an
undetermined number of casualties.
Addressing the older generation, Kadhafi said Al-Qaeda was
behind the problem’s facing Libya, while the youth were on
drugs and misbehaving.
“It is obvious now that this issue is run by Al-Qaeda,” he
said. “Those armed youngsters, our children, are incited by
people who are wanted by America and the Western world.
“Those inciting are very few in numbers and we have to
capture them. Others have to stay at home. They have guns,
they feel trigger happy and they shoot especially when they
are stoned on drugs.”
The “situation is different from Egypt or Tunisia ... Here
the authority is in your hands, the people’s hands. You can
change authority any way you wish. It’s your call. You are
the elderly, the head of the tribes, the professors.”
“They have been brainwashing the kids in this area and
telling them to misbehave. These are the one who are under
Bin Laden’s influence and authority, under the influence of
Kadhafi repeated what he often says, that he had
relinquished power in 1977 (after seizing the government in
a 1969 coup) and “since then I only have moral authority.”
“It’s not like the old jihad, when we had the Italians
occupying our land,” he said, referring to colonial rule
from the early to the mid-20th century.
“It’s different. I’ve given the power to you; you should
take responsibility for your country.”
After again admonishing the elders of Az-Zawiyah to “take
the guns away from the kids,” he said “then you should
arrest the ones behind them.”
At the end of an address that lasted about 20 minutes, he
offered his condolences to the families of the four people
killed, adding sarcastically: “I wonder if Bin Laden is
going to help compensate the families.”
“Please do not disappoint me.”
This was the embattled leader’s second television appearance
since protests broke out against his 41-year-old rule on
On Tuesday, in a defiant, sometimes rambling speech on
television, Kadhafi vowed to remain in Libya as head of its
revolution, saying he would die as a martyr in the land of
his ancestors and fight to the “last drop” of his blood.
He ordered the army and police to crush the popular uprising
against his iron-fisted four-decade rule that has left
Residents of Libya’s dissident-held east vowed on Thursday
to march on Tripoli to oust the veteran leader.
State news agency Jana said three “terrorists” attacked a
security forces post in Az-Zawiyah and slit the throats of
three policemen on Thursday.
It quoted witnesses as saying an army unit led by Kadhafi
ally Naji Shifsha blasted the minaret of a mosque being
occupied by protesters in Az-Zawiyah.
The Qatar-based channel also quoted witnesses as saying
pro-Kadhafi forces had attacked Sabratha, which lies between
Az-Zawiyah and the capital; Misrata, 200 kilometres east of
Tripoli and Sabha, about 650 kilometres to the south.
|Iran warships dock in Syria
DAMASCUS (AFP) - Two Iranian warships have docked at the
Syrian port of Latakia after passing through the Suez Canal
in a move Israel has called a “provocation,” an Iranian
diplomatic source told AFP on Thursday.
“The two Iranian naval vessels have moored at Latakia on the
Syrian coast,” the source confirmed to AFP.
According to the source, a reception ceremony is slated on
Friday at Latakia in the presence of Rear Admiral Habibollah
Sayari, commander of the Iranian navy, who arrived in
Damascus on Wednesday.
Iranian news agency IRNA quoted Sayari as saying the mission
to transit the Suez Canal and sail past Israel to Syria had
been accomplished without regard for Israeli concerns.
“The Zionist regime may create concern for itself and look
at this issue from its own view but we will carry out our
plans regardless of this regime and in coordination with the
friendly nation in the region,” Sayari said.
|US Army ordered psy-ops on own
WASHINGTON (AFP) - A US
military team conducting psychological operations in
Afghanistan was ordered by superiors to illegally target US
lawmakers in a bid to get more troops and funding for the
war, Rolling Stone magazine reported.
Thursday’s explosive new report by the magazine accused the
command of General William Caldwell, in charge of training
Afghan troops, of pressuring a cell of US soldiers
specializing in “psy-ops” that normally influence enemy
behavior to train their sites on senators and congressmen
visiting him in Afghanistan, as well as other VIPs and
senior foreign officials.
It said the senators included John McCain, the Republican
nominee for the 2008 presidential race, as well as Joe
Lieberman, Jack Reed, Al Franken and Carl Levin, according
to several members of the information operations team and
internal documents obtained by the magazine.
Among those the team was repeatedly told to pressure during
a four-month period were Representative Steve Israel of the
House Appropriations Committee, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs
of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen, several think-tank analysts,
Germany’s interior minister, and the Czech ambassador to
And when an officer sought to bring the operation to a halt,
a campaign of retaliation was launched against him,
according to the magazine.
“My job in psy-ops is to play with people’s heads, to get
the enemy to behave the way we want them to behave,”
Lieutenant Colonel Michael Holmes, leader of the
“information operations” unit, told Rolling Stone.
“I’m prohibited from doing that to our own people. When you
ask me to try to use these skills on senators and
congressman, you’re crossing a line.”
The magazine also said Caldwell’s chief of staff asked
Holmes how the general could secretly manipulate the US
“How do we get these guys to give us more people?” the chief
of staff demanded. “What do I have to plant inside their
A Pentagon spokesman could not be immediately reached early
Thursday for comment.
|Makeshift toilets part of life in
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AFP)
- For Christchurch mother-of-two Nicky White, the city’s
deadly earthquake has left no room for delicacy as her
family struggles with the basics of everyday life such as
finding a toilet.
Much of the city’s infrastructure was crippled after
Tuesday’s 6.3-magnitude shake, which claimed at least 123
lives, forcing White and other residents to rely on their
White, who has no lawn or garden in her apartment block in
the suburb of Woolston, has taken to lining her toilet with
a large plastic bag.
“I had nowhere to dig so I put a plastic bag in the toilet
bowl and when it starts to fill I tie it up and put it in
the rubbish bin,” she said, adding that at times “it stinks
the house out”.
Emergency supplies of portable toilets, food and petrol were
being rushed into the city, where more than 62,000 homes
have no water supplies and 100,000 properties have lost
their connection to the sewers.
As residents battle to bring a sense of normality to their
lives, authorities were closely monitoring the health
situation in the city.
One of the main concerns has been toilets for people in the
most devastated eastern areas, which remain without power
More than 350 people had to be removed from one of the
welfare centres housing earthquake refugees because of fears
there could be an outbreak of measles or diarrhoea and
worries about sanitation.
The city’s road network has been clogged with vehicles since
the deadly quake as people head to the less affected western
suburbs to stock up on food at supermarkets and to drain
service stations of petrol supplies.
Civil defence officials said 200 portable toilets had been
placed in the city and a further 600 were on their way.
In the suburb of Avonside, one resident -- who has refused
to leave her damaged home, which was earmarked to be rebuilt
after a 7.0 earthquake last September -- said the portable
toilets cannot arrive soon enough.
“I’ve been using a bucket as a makeshift toilet and buried
the contents in the garden,” she said.
Christchurch mayor Bob Parker said he knew residents were
going through a difficult time.
“This will not get easy in a hurry,” he told a media
“The next few days as we try to work as hard as possible on
restoring services, we need to ask that you support us with
your understanding of what we are doing.”
In areas without electricity, residents have fired up their
barbecues to use as community kitchens, prompting one energy
company to offer free refills of LPG gas bottles.
The line of people at one service station stretched for more
than 50 metres as people took advantage of the offer.
Owner Robert Wales said he was filling a bottle a minute and
some of the people arriving were giving him supplies and
donations to pass on to people who were struggling.
“Someone gave us NZ$100 ($75), others NZ$10, and I’ve told
them we’ll pick out the people who are really affected and
give it to them.”
Officials said food and petrol supplies were now reaching
Christchurch and there was no need to panic buy.
Supermarket manager Justin Blackler said people had been
coming from all over Christchurch to his store in the
Western districts where they were mainly buying bulk
supplies of essential items including food, water and
|Turkish PM to meet German, EU leaders
over accession bid
ANKARA (AFP) - Turkish Prime
Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will meet with German and EU
leaders next week as his country’s EU membership bid faces
the risk of grinding to a halt, officials said Thursday.
On Monday, Erdogan will hold talks with Chancellor Angela
Merkel in Hannover, where the two would inaugurate the CeBIT
technology fair, a statement from Erdogan’s office said.
He will travel on to Brussels Tuesday for talks with the
head of the EU Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, and EU
President Herman Van Rompuy, it said.
Erdogan’s trip will follow a visit to Ankara Friday by
French President Nicolas Sarkozy, a vocal opponent of
Turkey’s EU accession.
France and Germany advocate a special partnership rather
than full membership for the sizeable, mainly Muslim nation,
an idea Ankara flatly rejects.
Out of the 35 policy chapters that candidates must
negotiate, Turkey has opened talks on only 13 since the
negotiations began in 2005.
Eight chapters remain frozen as a sanction for Turkey’s
refusal to open its ports to Greek Cypriot vessels under a
trade pact with the EU, with France and Cyprus blocking
Turkey’s chief EU negotiator Egemen Bagis said Thursday that
Erdogan was also planning a trip to Britain in late March.
“I believe these sets of meetings will help Turkey take the
real sense of where Europe stands,” he told AFP.
“Turkey has more self-confidence that she ever did -- with
our economic vibrancy, with our young dynamism, with the
opportunities around us... It’s time for European
intellectuals to calculate the costs of having Turkey in the
EU and the cost of keeping Turkey out,” he said.
If Turkey fails to open a new chapter in the accession talks
by July, it would make one year without progress.
A senior Turkish diplomat said earlier this month that
Turkish-EU ties were headed towards a crisis unless Brussels
made gestures to overcome the impasse.
“We are stubborn, you may even say masochistic... If the EU
finally says ‘sorry, we can’t have you in’ then so be it.
But we won’t be the one quitting first,” he said.
|LinkedIn says access
restored in China
BEIJING (AFP) - Networking
site LinkedIn said Saturday access to its service in China
appears to have been restored after it was blocked following
calls for Middle East-style rallies in the country.
“We’re now seeing indications that access to the LinkedIn
service has been restored in China,” company spokesman Hani
Durzy told AFP.
“We will continue to monitor the situation.”
A China-based AFP journalist was able to access LinkedIn on
Saturday. However, the website just-ping.com, which monitors
web accessibility around the world, said the service was
still not available in parts of the country.
The site was blocked in China in recent days after the
launch of an online campaign for weekly “Jasmine rallies” in
13 Chinese cities -- a reference to Tunisia’s “Jasmine
Revolution” -- rattled government officials already uneasy
about the unrest in the Middle East and North Africa.
China, which has the world’s largest online population at
457 million, has a huge Internet censorship system that
blocks content deemed objectionable by the ruling Communist
Government censors in China have long barred access to
foreign social networking sites such as Facebook and
Twitter, and in recent days have heavily censored online
chat about the wave of unrest sweeping across the Arab
LinkedIn, which describes itself as the world’s largest
professional network on the Internet with more than 90
million members in more than 200 countries, filed last month
to stage an initial public offering in the United States.
|Mass march in Bahrain
as Mullen wraps up visit
MANAMA (AFP) -
Bahraini protesters thronged Manama on Friday to demand the
end of the ruling Sunni regime, as top US military officer
Admiral Mike Mullen reaffirmed Washington’s commitment to
embattled King Hamad.
“The people want to topple the regime!” roared tens of
thousands of demonstrators in Pearl Square, which has become
the epicentre of protests that began on February 14.
“The people should choose their government,” said
23-year-old demonstrator Maitham al-Manami.
A large yellow balloon floated over the square with “Leave”
and “The people want to topple the regime” written on its
sides. It was tethered to the ground by a rope strung with
fluttering Bahraini flags.
The mass of protesters had marched along two routes to the
square, where demonstrators have camped in a forest of
Young and old, men and women, they marched in mostly
gender-segregated processions on either side of a main
highway -- one of the two routes -- waving the red-and-white
flag of Bahrain or draping it across their shoulders.
By evening, the crowd had thinned significantly in Pearl
Square, which protesters have renamed “Martyr’s Roundabout”
in honour of seven victims killed by security forces since
It took on a festive atmosphere on Friday night, with
demonstrators chatting and eating free food distributed from
stands. There was also an open microphone for those who
wanted to speak.
“I think the time when you can oppress people without any
accountability is gone,” said Mohammed Ashoor, 27, sitting
in one tent on the square.
Mullen, who arrived in Kuwait on Friday, has now wrapped up
his visit to Bahrain, a key US ally and home to Washington’s
He reaffirmed Washington’s support for the monarch’s
“handling (of) the popular crisis” and “strong commitment”
to Bahrain’s army before leaving Manama, an AFP
The White House said on Friday that US National Security
Adviser Tom Donilon telephoned Bahraini Crown Prince Salman
to urge “continued restraint” by security forces while
backing the Gulf kingdom’s national dialogue initiative.
Many protesters, however, were not enamoured of the Bahraini
government’s call for talks, chanting “no dialogue, no
dialogue, until the regime falls!” as they marched to Pearl
“The people have said we don’t want dialogue,” read a
handwritten yellow sign held by a small boy wearing a
Bahraini flag like a cape, who was carried atop a man’s
Leading Shiite clerics had called the demonstrations to
mourn the victims killed by security forces, urging
protesters to converge en masse on Pearl Square.
Signs hanging around the square on Friday signalled that the
protests were far from over: “We will not accept any
dialogue with he who kills us in cold blood,” declared one
banner draped from an overpass.
“A free state and a happy people,” read another, while a
third demanded that the government “free all political
Official opposition groups have stopped short of demanding
outright regime change, instead calling for major reforms
including the election of the prime minister and creation of
a “real” constitutional monarchy.
In a bid to reach out to protesters, King Hamad this week
ordered the release of several Shiite prisoners under royal
pardon, some of whom claimed they had been tortured in
Ashoor said the release of remaining political prisoners and
the resignation of the government are the protesters’
outstanding requirements for dialogue to begin.
One Bahraini opposition leader was freed in Lebanon on
Friday after being held there since Tuesday during a
stopover en route to Manama from London because of an
outstanding Interpol arrest warrant.
|Gold jumps as high as
$1,418.20 per ounce
|LONDON (AFP) - The price of gold soared to within sight
of record highs on Thursday as investors flocked to the
safe-haven precious metal amid heightened concerns over
ongoing unrest in Libya, analysts said.
Gold hit as high as $1,418.20 per ounce on the London
Bullion Market at about 1320 GMT.
That marked the highest level since early January and was
not far off the record $1,431.25 hit on December 7 amid
deepening worries over the eurozone debt crisis.
“The market drew more support from the ongoing unrest in
Libya as safe-haven buying remains the key driver behind the
ongoing rally,” said VTB Capital commodities analyst Andrey
Gold rises in times of economic and geopolitical uncertainty
because it is widely regarded by investors as a safe store
|Ambassador Jayatilleka on Global
Advisory Council on Climate Change
|Newly-appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and
Plenipotentiary of Sri Lanka to France and Permanent
Delegate to UNESCO, Dr Dayan Jayatilleka has been appointed
to the Global Advisory Council on Climate Change, Human
Security and Democracy Project of the University of
California, Santa Barbara.
The 12-member Council is chaired by the Prince of Morocco
and includes Mario Soares, the former President and Prime
Minister of Portugal.
geared towards bringing together persons from both private
and public sectors, as well as academic experts, civil
society activists and workers with the intention of building
a better understanding of how diverse perceptions and
priorities are altering the understanding of the social and
political effects of climate change.
Dr Jayatilleka is one of 12 members of the Global Advisory
Council which comprises:
Moulay Hicham ben Abdullah, Chair Prince of Morocco;
Foundation for Research and Development in the Middle East
Mario Soares, former President (1986-1996) and Prime
Minister (1976-1978, 1983-1984), Portugal
Lakhdar Brahimi former Special Envoy, United Nations
Secretary General, Algeria
Rajendra Kumar Pachauri, Chairman of the Intergovernmental
Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), chancellor of TERI
University, head of Yale’s Climate and Energy Institute
Kader Asmal, former Minister of Water Affairs, Government of
South Africa, 1994-1999; also Minister of Education,
Walden Bello, Member, House of Representatives, The
Fiona Dove, Director, Transnational Institute, Amsterdam,
Dayan Jayatilleka, diplomat, journalist, author, Sri Lanka
Christine Jogarth, private sector energy specialist
Omar Madre, environmentalist, journalist, Turkey
Chandra Muzaffar, founder and director, JUST, Kuala Lumpur,
Hans von Sponeck, former Assistant Secretary General and
Coordinator for Humanitarian Affairs, United Nations,
The Director of the Project on Human Security, Climate
Change, and Democracy is Richard Falk, Emeritus Professor of
international law and international relations, Princeton
University where he taught for 40 years. Since 2002 he has
taught at the University of California in Global and
International Studies, and since 2005 chaired the Board of
the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.
The University of California considers climate change and
ecological balance from the perspective of governance,
democracy and human rights and more broadly, human security,
areas which Ambassador Jayatilleka has dealt with
extensively as Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva
where he served as Vice President of the Human Rights
Council, Ambassador to the Conference on Disarmament,
Chairman of the Governing body of the ILO, Chairman of the
Intergovernmental Working Group on the Effective
Implementation of the UN’s Durban Declaration against Racism
and Racial Discrimination and served on the Time For Peace
Film and Music Awards Jury. Dr Jayatilleka is an Honorary
Senior Fellow of the Institute of South Asian Studies,
National University of Singapore.
|EU team commends ‘tremendous efforts
|The leader of the South Asia Delegation of the European
Parliament, Mrs. Jean Lambert (Greens/UK) commended the
government on the “tremendous efforts and progress made by
the Government to remove the legacy of the conflict”.
The observations were made during the concluding interaction
between the Delegation and the Minister of External Affairs,
Prof. G. L. Peiris recently.
During the meeting, Prof. Peiris welcomed the Members of the
European Parliament (MEPs) and recalled that this was the
5th interaction between the Delegation and Sri Lanka. The
Minister said that much progress has been achieved in the
country since the last visit by the MEPs in 2008.
Today, Sri Lanka is characterised by a sense of optimism and
confidence arising from durable peace, long term political
stability and economic progress. The Government is pleased
to have afforded the MEPs an opportunity to hold
wide-ranging discussions with all stakeholders in Sri Lankan
society, as well as to undertake visits to Jaffna and
Vavuniya. This was an opportunity for the Delegation to
witness first-hand progress made in resettlement,
restoration of normal security conditions and provision of
livelihood opportunities to those in conflict-affected
The minister highlighted to the delegation that the
government has also given priority to post-conflict
reconciliation among civilians, and the Inter-Agency
Administrative Committee comprising of key officials has
already commenced implementation of the recommendations of
the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC).
Furthermore, the Government has commenced a dialogue with
the Tamil political parties with a view to evolving
consensus on the broader political and constitutional
Sri Lanka has also recognised that the Sri Lankan Diaspora
overseas, many of whom are resident in EU countries,
constitute an important dimension of the future progress of
the country, and the Government has already commenced a
dialogue with some sections of the Diaspora. The Minister
also brought to the attention of the MEPs that as
highlighted in the EU Terrorism Situation Report 2010 by
EUROPOL, the LTTE remnants overseas still constitute
significant threat to European and international security.
He cautioned the MEPs to remain vigilant regarding European
networks of the remnants of the LTTE and anti-Sri Lanka
With regard to relations with the EU, the Minister stressed
the multi-dimensional nature of Sri Lanka’s relations with
the EU and encouraged greater co-operation on the trade and
business front against the background of significant
progress in the Sri Lankan economy, which is now growing at
approximately 8%. The Minister also highlighted that many
leading Sri Lankans in politics, business, education and
other fields had been trained in EU countries.
The EU side thanked Minister Peiris and the Government for
the extensive efforts made to ensure the success of their
visit and appreciated the opportunity to interact with a
cross-section of Sri Lankan society. While appreciating
their interaction with the Parliament of Sri Lanka, they
also welcomed the formation of the EU Parliamentary
Friendship Association within the Parliament of Sri Lanka
and invited the Members of the Association to visit the EU
Parliament. The Delegation also welcomed the process of
political empowerment taking place in Sri Lanka and the
beginning of dialogue with the Diaspora. Several Members of
the Delegation highlighted the need to strengthen trade and
business links between Sri Lanka and the EU and the need to
attract foreign direct investments. They agreed that this
aspect was an important dimension of the future direction of
the EU-SL relations. With regard to the situation in Jaffna,
Members of the Delegation expressed their favourable
impressions regarding post-conflict developments, although
foreign direct investment could be enhanced. While
recognising the positive developments over the last few
months, they stated that further progress was needed in
meeting the grievances of the conflict-affected people,
including in land related issues and matters concerning the
last stages of the conflict. The Delegation stated that they
were privileged to see the work of a number of international
NGOs, who are working closely with the Government in the
North, including with EU assistance.
A cross-party Parliamentary Delegation of the Members of the
European Parliament (MEP) headed by Mrs. Jean Lambert
(Greens/UK) comprising of six MEPs, is currently visiting
Sri Lanka in the context of a wider regional Mission,
including to the Maldives, at the invitation of the
Parliament of Sri Lanka. The Mission concludes it visit
|Walk for cancer, walk for life
|“Cancer is a diagnosis. Not a death sentence.” This is
the hope that needs to be conveyed to the people.
To bring this message to light, friends and family members
of cancer victims and survivors will participate in a Walk
for Cancer on March 6, 2011, at 4:00 p.m. from Town Hall to
Organised by the Sri Lanka Cancer Society, the main aim of
the walk is to raise awareness that cancer can be overcome
with early detection and timely treatment.
A J B Anghie, Chairman of the Sri Lanka Cancer Society said,
“A majority of people in our society still fear cancer, as
it is considered to be a fatal disease. We want to change
that perception and educate people that cancer is merely a
diagnosis and can be treated and cured if detected in time.
We hope that the walk will create this awareness and
encourage people to take the necessary steps for early
detection or prevention.”
As a first in the 60-year history of the Sri Lanka Cancer
Society, this walk symbolises the support system and the
strength of friends and family towards this cause.
Therefore, the organisers hope that people from all walks of
life will support its efforts to fight this disease that has
had an effect, either directly or indirectly on every family
in society. This is the chance for the public to show their
support alongside cancer survivors, their families,
caregivers, activists, and celebrities by joining the walk
which celebrates life and bears witness to those who have
triumphed over the disease.
After the conclusion of the walk, there will be a street
parade with performances by musicians, dancers, street
theatre groups, and others. The day’s events will conclude
in a Hawker Street Food Fair on Green Path in Colombo 7. The
proceeds from the walk will be utilised to continue the
varied projects that are currently under way, and for those
in the pipeline. Stafford Garments Industries (Pvt) Ltd are
associate sponsors of the walk.
The Sri Lanka Cancer Society is an organisation made up of
volunteers and has been in existence since 1948. The Society
works towards educating people and helping to control,
prevent and cure cancer in Sri Lanka. With its headquarters
in Colombo, it has branches in Kandy, Anuradhapura,
Moratuwa, Galle and Batticaloa staffed by over 200 dedicated
volunteers who work towards achieving these goals.
A Poly Clinic is held every second Sunday of the month to
screen patients for all types of Cancer. It is an important
step in detecting and preventing this dreaded disease. The
Society also runs a Cancer Home in Maharagama where patients
receiving treatment at the Cancer Institute are cared for by
trained nursing staff.
The Shantha Sevana Hospice is the only institution of its
kind in Sri Lanka and caters for terminally ill patients.
Its goal is to provide relief for patients in the last
stages of cancer. The Cancer society also has a Public
Education unit which is dedicated to raising awareness
amongst the general population about prevention, diagnosis
and treatment of different types of cancer.
|Unparalleled Splendour – photo
|Sri Lanka-China Friendship Association in collaboration
with the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Sri
Lanka and Royal College, Colombo 7 has made arrangements to
have a photo exhibition to educate children about China’s
30th parallel on February 28, 2011 at Nawarangahala of Royal
This exhibition will be declared open on February 28 at 9:30
a.m. by Civil Aviation Minister Piyankara Jayaratne with the
participation of Guest of Honour Han Tao, Charge de Affairs
of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Sri
Lanka and Upali Gunasekara, Principal, Royal College Colombo
As China’s 30th parallel runs from West to East, it
traverses regions of incomparable natural splendour,
encompassing virtually every type of geography with the
exception of desert. Eighty-Seven National Nature Reserves,
representing today’s China’s concern with the environment,
are located along this corridor accounting for almost
one-third of China’s environmental protection zones. The
30th parallel passes through the Changjiang River Valley,
China’s most densely populated and economically developed
region. Since ancient times, the Changjiang River Valley has
been one of China’s most important economic centres. For
millennia, the landscapes of this region have been depicted
in gorgeous ink scroll painting, reflecting the traditional
Chinese principle of harmony between humanity and nature.
The Changjiang and Yellow River Valleys are known as the
cradles of Chinese civilisation. Thirteen World Cultural
Heritage sites, one-third of China’s total, are located
along this historic corridor. The priceless cultural legacy
of the 30th parallel offers a living record of the
development of the Chinese people, and provides a tangible
link between past and present.
Like a song, like a painting
Stretching from the West to East, China’s 30th parallel,
links together a wide range of natural conditions and social
customs. One-third of China’s population lives along this
corridor, blending the vivid diversity of human culture into
a song of the ages. The unique folk-customs and lifestyles
of over 40 ethnic minority autonomous prefectures and
counties along the 30th parallel combine to create a
cultural landscape of harmony.
|Lanka helps build 18 MW power plant in
|The largest hydro power plant constructed beyond the
shores of Sri Lanka was inaugurated in Kamisha Kabichenge,
Uganda recently under the supervision of Lankan Engineers.
This power plant will add 18 MW to their National Power
This hydro power station was completed by a 200-strong Sri
Lankan workforce at a cost of $30 million, by a Sri Lankan
company VS Hydro Company.
This hydro power station is 103 metres long and consists of
3x6Mw turbines. Ugandan Power and Energy Minister Simon De
Ujanga said that this hydro power station with 100% Sri
Lankan engineering expertise and labour is no doubt an asset
to their power and energy sector.
Minister of Power and Energy Patali Champika Ranawaka said
that while Sri Lanka turned its focus to renewable energy
sources as a solution to our power crisis; it is indeed a
privilege and great victory for us to be in a position to
introduce hydro power technology beyond our shores.
|E-City office for Kandy
|The Ministry of Power and Energy recently declared open
an E-City at the Electrical Engineers’ offices premises at
Power Station Road, Kandy, to provide efficient service to
the electricity consumers.
This service will cater to the needs of the consumers in the
Central Province and provide solutions to all their
electricity requirements, from connections, disconnections
and all power-related services.
The Ministry of Power and Energy stated that every power
station that was functional during the era of the British
rule will be reconstructed and put into use.
Minister of Power and Energy Patali Champika Ranawaka said
at the ceremony to declare open the office that through this
E-City office, the people of the hill country will be
provided an efficient and friendly service.
Consumers can also forward their complaints and suggestions
to this E-City office on telephone number 081-2220227.
|Unilever’s A-Rated Quality Supplier
of the Year
|JF Packaging (Pvt) Ltd was presented the Unilever’s
A-Rated Quality Supplier of the Year Award in a special
‘Supply Chain Business Partner Award Ceremony’ held recently
at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel. (From L-R): Ms Rumal Fernando,
Supply Manager Packaging Material – Unilever Sri Lanka; Amal
Cabral, Chairman – Unilever Sri Lanka; Ms Gayani De Alwis,
Director, Customer Service – Unilever Sri Lanka and Lakshman
De Fonseka, Managing Director, JF Packaging (Pvt) Ltd
|Sajith inaugurates pre-school in
Sajith Premadasa, MP for Hambantota District and Chairman of
the Janasuwaya Development Movement, has initiated many
projects to upgrade and enhance livelihoods and
infrastructure of all communities of Hambantota District.
The picture illustrates Sajith Premadasa, inaugurating a
pre-school in Ambalantota Division of the Hambantota
District in the Goda Koggalla village at a cost of Rs.1.2