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Carnage hits Pakistan
SHABQADAR, Pakistan (AFP) – The fresh-faced cadets of Pakistan’s Frontier Constabulary were meant to be taking the fight to the Taliban. Instead the fight came to them, in a horrific bloodbath.
A pair of Taliban suicide bombers on Friday turned a joyous homecoming for the newly trained paramilitary police cadets into a massacre of at least 80 people, ripping apart human flesh shortly after morning prayers.
Scores of cadets were getting into buses, looking forward to seeing their families for the first time after weeks of gruelling courses designed to turn them into frontline fighters in Pakistan’s war against the insurgents.
Little did they know that they were already on the frontline.
As a group stood by, discussing after breakfast whether it really was a good idea to be travelling en masse from their academy in the northwest town of Shabqadar, the motorcycle-borne bombers struck, seconds part.
“Our trainers had already advised us not to go in groups. We were standing outside the gate, discussing whether to go in groups and then the blast happened,” said Gul Momin, 21, his leg in plaster.
“We had been very happy,” he added. “I was loading my bag into the bus when the blast took place. I was seriously injured but wasn’t knocked out. I crawled towards a safe place, then I heard another huge blast.
“Everybody was lying on the ground and crying. I saw people lying in blood and dying. There were dead bodies and body parts. I can’t put it into words.”
The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the country’s bloodiest militant attack this year as vengeance for the May 2 killing of Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden by US forces north of Islamabad.
A 25-year-old paramilitary constable was sliced by shrapnel in the neck, left leg and back shoulder. He said he had gone out to buy some bread while the cadets were milling around preparing to go home.
“When I opened my eyes, I saw destruction everywhere. I saw cadets screaming and crying for help lying on the ground. It was horrible. Everything was ruined. It was a blood pool,” Hidayat Noor told AFP from his hospital bed.
Visiting the bomb site and visibly distressed, Bashir Ahmed Bilour, senior minister for Khyber Paktunkhwa province, lashed out at the attackers.
“Why are these beasts targeting innocent people? These young boys were going back to see their parents. They were Muslims. They were Pashtuns,” he said.
“Can I ask, why are they (Taliban) targeting their own countrymen? This is not Islam.”
The Frontier Constabulary is a paramilitary police force that has notably been deployed to frontline duties in militant-infested areas such as Khyber Paktunkhwa, on the porous and dangerous border with Afghanistan.
Its members are drawn largely from the Pashtun community, the same ethnic group who form the bedrock of Taliban support, in the hope that their local knowledge can be turned against the fundamentalist militia.
The Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar, 30 kilometres (19 miles) from Shahqabar, declared a state of emergency as medics battled to treat 140 wounded, including 40 who were fighting for their lives.
Relatives of the victims were seen crying and running to fetch medicines as others donated blood in a nearby ward.
Naqeeb Ullah, 22, received shrapnel in his right hand and leg, but his condition was stable.
“I was told they may send me to Khyber or Karachi (to work after training) but I was thinking about my family.
“The guards at the gate started firing after the blast. I tried to get to safety and then the second explosion came. It was like someone pushing me away. Body parts fell on me,” he said.
“I am injured but let me tell you – I am ready to die. I want to embrace martyrdom. I’m not afraid of these beasts.”


Uganda shelves anti-gay bill
Uganda’s parliament has adjourned without debating a controversial bill which includes the death penalty for some homosexual acts.
It had been reported that a vote could be held on Friday.
The Anti-Homosexuality Bill has been condemned by Western leaders and human rights groups, some of whom are celebrating “victory”.
The bill, first introduced in 2009, could still be brought up when the new parliament meets later this year.
Uganda is a largely conservative society and many people condemn homosexuality both as un-African and un-Christian.
But in recent years, some gay rights groups have been set up in the country.
Homosexual acts are already illegal in Uganda but the bill would increase the penalty for those convicted to life in prison.
Those found guilty of of “aggravated homosexuality” - defined as when one of the participants is a minor, HIV-positive, disabled or a “serial offender” - would face the death penalty.
Anyone failing to report to the authorities a person they knew to be homosexual would also be liable to prosecution.
Internet campaign group Avaaz said the bill’s lack of progress was a “victory for all Ugandans and people across the world who value human rights”.
“We must now ensure this heinous bill can never return to parliament again,” said Avaaz campaign director Alice Jay.
Maria Burnett of Human Rights Watch said it would still be a very long fight to stop the Ugandan legislation as “the issue has not gone away”.
“The international pressure over the last year and a half has been very important to show that Uganda cannot act in isolation from the international community,” she said.
US President Barack Obama has condemned the bill and donors have urged Uganda’s government to ensure the measures never become law.
But David Bahati, the MP who introduced the private member’s bill, said he would try to re-introduce it when the next parliament convened after February’s elections, and said it had achieved his goal of sparking debate.
“We have made important steps in raising the issue and that will continue,” he was quoted as saying by the AFP news agency.
In January, David Kato, a campaigner who led condemnation of the bill, was murdered not long after suing a paper that outed him as gay. Police denied the killing was because of his sexuality.
Three months before the murder, Uganda’s Rolling Stone newspaper had published the photographs of several people it said were gay, with the headline “Hang them.”
(BBC News)


Israel police on high alert as ‘Nakba’ events begin

JERUSALEM (AFP) – Israeli security forces were on high alert on Friday for fear of violence as the Palestinians begin marking the “Nakba” or “catastrophe” which befell them following Israel’s establishment in 1948.
“The police are on high alert and we have deployed thousands of police officers in and around Jerusalem, as well as in the north,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP.
“Border police and regular units have been deployed in and around the Old City, although we are not on the highest level of alert,” Rosenfeld said.
“At the moment, we are not expecting anything but we just want to make sure there are no disturbances on the Temple Mount,” he said, referring to the site housing the flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound inside the Old City.
The site is the holiest place in Judaism and the third holiest in Islam after Mecca and Medina, and a destination for thousands of Muslims who go there to pray every Friday.
But police said in light of the anniversary, they would restrict access to allow in only men over the age of 45 who held blue Israeli identity papers. There were no restrictions in place for women.
Palestinians and their Arab Israeli kin were on Friday expected to begin a series demonstrations and marches in the run-up to Nakba Day, which will be commemorated on Sunday.
Activists behind “The Third Intifada” website have also urged Palestinians to join a new uprising and march towards homes which they fled from or were forced out of when Israel was created in 1948.
Refugees in Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria were also to mark the anniversary from Friday onwards.
Israeli police said in a statement that they would step up checks on anyone coming in from the West Bank to annexed east Jerusalem, saying: “Police will act firmly to prevent any attempt to disturb public order by anybody.”
And the military said troops were also on alert. “The army is prepared for any unusual event during the coming weekend,” a spokeswoman told AFP.
Israel celebrated the 63rd anniversary of its creation on Tuesday, in accordance with the Hebrew calendar.
More than 760,000 Palestinians – estimated today to number 4.7 million with their descendants – were pushed into exile or driven out of their homes in the conflict that followed Israel’s creation.
Around 160,000 Palestinians stayed behind and became known as Arab Israelis. They now number around 1.3 million people, which is about 20 percent of Israel’s population.
Israel has always refused to allow the return of the 1948 refugees for fear that a massive influx would threaten the Jewish majority in Israel, which now counts some 5.8 million Jewish citizens.


India opposed to extension of piracy ‘risk zone’

MUMBAI (AFP) – India is opposed to extending a piracy “risk zone” to the edge of its territorial waters, the country’s maritime regulator said Friday, as pirates seek new targets beyond the Horn of Africa.
The extension, brokered by the International Transport Workers Federation with ship owners and managers, came into effect on April 1 and is designed to protect sailors and vessels at risk of attack.
“It (the zone) is extended up to the Indian coast and we don’t think that that is the right thing to do,” Captain H. Khatri, a deputy director-general of shipping at the Directorate General of Shipping in Mumbai, told AFP.
“There are no piracy incidents in these waters so it shouldn’t be an issue,” he added.
The extension provisions include increasing security on ships travelling in the area to reduce the risk of attacks and paying compensation to seafarers if their vessel is targeted or if they are injured or killed.
An agreed “high risk zone” with similar terms lies off the coast of Somalia, where an international force is patrolling to protect shipping in the busy maritime corridor.
India’s opposition to the extension comes as the country’s coastguard and navy are on high alert against pirates seeking to evade the clutches of the international force by attacking shipping in the eastern Indian Ocean.
More than 100 pirates have been caught and are awaiting trial in India following a series of violent skirmishes near the country’s Lakshadweep islands since the start of this year.
Last week, an Indian navy reconnaissance aircraft forced pirates to flee as they attempted to hijack a Panamanian-registered cargo ship about 800 kilometres (500 miles) off Mumbai.


Security tightened for Obama’s Kenyan family

NAIROBI (AFP) – Kenya has tightened security around the home of US President Barack Obama’s step-grandmother after the killing of Osama bin Laden, an official said.
“In the wake of security challenges including terror threats, I can confirm that we decided to enhance security at the home of Mama Sarah...,” said regional administrator Francis Mutie, using the popular name for Obama’s step-grandmother who lives in western Kenya.
There have been no direct threats against the family but Kenya is on alert following warnings from Al-Qaeda followers after bin Laden was killed by US special forces in Pakistan on May 2.
“All visitors going to the home will have to be thoroughly vetted. They will undergo security screening before they are cleared to visit the home,” Mutie said.
“Everybody, including relatives, must comply to make the work of security personnel easier,” added the official. “On top of the security that was given, we will also provide more security in terms of escort for Mama Sarah.”
The elderly Sarah Obama’s homestead has been guarded since her step-grandson was elected president in 2008.
Sarah Obama was the third wife of President Obama’s paternal grandfather, Hussein Onyango Obama. Although not a blood relation, Obama often refers to her as his grandmother.
Many Kenyans take pride in Obama, whose election sparked widespread jubilation in the country, and consider the US president as one of their own.
The Kenyan government in 2009 officially listed Sarah Obama’s Kogelo village, near the border with Uganda, a protected national heritage site in a bid to boost tourism.
Al-Qaeda’s threats of retaliation are particularly serious for Kenya which was targeted in 1998 when elements of the radical group bombed the US embassy in central Nairobi, killing 213 people including 12 Americans.
Eleven others were killed almost at the same time when the US embassy in Dar es Salaam in neighbouring Tanzania was also bombed.
The August 7, 1998 bombings were the worst against US interests before the September 11, 2001 attacks on American soil.
On Wednesday Somalia’s Al Qaeda-inspired Shebab insurgents vowed to avenge bin Laden’s death “very soon”.
“We are sending a message to (Barack) Obama and (Secretary of State) Hillary Clinton that we will avenge the death of our leader Sheikh Osama bin Laden very soon,” said US-born Omar Hamami, a senior Shebab official.
“Osama is dead but the holy war is not dead. Mujahedeen fighters all over the world are fully prepared to revenge the death of our leader,” he added.
The Shebab control large swathes of the lawless Horn of Africa country, which shares a long and porous border with Kenya.
They have repeatedly threatened to attack Kenya for supporting Somalia’s transitional government that the rebels are fighting to topple.
Somalia has been mired in a bloody civil war since 1991.


Amnesty slams Central Asia on torture, clamp on dissent

ALMATY (AFP) – The use of torture, suppression of public dissent and harassment of independent journalists continue to flourish unchecked in Central Asia, Amnesty International said Friday.
In its annual report, the London-based organisation said the practices “continued unabated” in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, despite the two regimes’ assurances to the contrary.
The rights watchdog criticised gas-rich Uzbekistan for rejecting international calls for an independent investigation into mass killings of protesters in 2005.
The regime has also imprisoned “several thousand people” including political dissidents and those allegedly involved with Islamist parties that are banned in the region’s most populous country, the report said.
The gas- and oil-rich Turkmenistan holds prisoners incommunicado after unfair trials and restricts freedom of expression, religion and movement, the report said.
“Virtually any form of dissent was suppressed in Turkmenistan. Journalists working with foreign media faced harassment and intimidation, and independent civil society activists were unable to operate openly,” the report said.
The poorest of the ex-Soviet states, Tajikistan uses confessions obtained under duress in courts and victims rarely report torture for fear of repercussions, the report said.
The watchdog slammed Tajikistan for failing to prosecute perpetrators of violence against women.
“Between one-third and half of all women have suffered physical, psychological or sexual violence at the hand of their husbands or other family members at some time in their lives,” the report said.
Journalists in Tajikistan continue to face criminal lawsuits for criticising the government.
In Kyrgyzstan, where deadly clashes left 470 people dead in June 2010, beatings by law enforcers are “routine,” the report said, adding that they disproportionately target members of the Uzbek ethnic minority and their neighbourhoods.
“There were concerns over ethnic bias in the attitudes of the authorities following the June events,” the report said.
The deadly clashes broke out two months after former president Kurmanbek Bakiyev was ousted in street protests that left dozens dead. The provisional government has struggled to assert its authority over the conflict.
“Attempts to establish the truth about what happened were undermined by apparent ethnic bias,” the report said.


‘Sinha Senankaye Praharaya’ launch on May 21
‘Sinha Senankaye Praharaya’, the Sinhala translation of Minister Champika Ranawaka’s book ‘Charge of the Lion Brigade’ will be launched at a ceremony to be held at New Town Hall, Colombo 7 at 3 pm on May 21.
This book, brought out to mark the second anniversary of the victory over three-decade old terrorism, contains a graphic record of the role played by the nationalist forces in the country to pave the way for defeating terrorism militarily and a vivid account of how our heroic security forces forged ahead in a do-or-die battle to wipe out a terrorist outfit described by many analysts as invincible.
“This book also serves as an invaluable critique of the part played by local and foreign forces at this decisive stage of the war on terrorism,” an organiser of the event said.
Year 5 Scholarship Awards Ceremony

Four hundred children of ETF Members who had passed the Year 5 Scholarships Examination held in 2010 with high marks, were awarded scholarships at a ceremony presided over by President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees recently. The President being received on arrival by Deputy Finance Minister Geethanjana Gunawardena, ETF Chairman K. M. A. Godawatte, Working Director G. Tissakuttiarachchi, Additional General Manager Mangala Gunaratne and Scholarships Manager Yamuna Madigasekara

SLPA Chairman Dr. P. B. Wickrama gets most outstanding Lankan award
Dr. Priyath B. Wickrama, Chairman of Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) received the prestigious award of the International Association of Lions Clubs, as the most outstanding Sri Lankan in the field of Construction and National Development. The award was presented at the ceremony organized by the District 306 A1-Sri Lanka, of the International Association of Lions Clubs, on May 7, 2011 at the BMICH in Colombo.
The award ceremony of the District 306 A1 of the International Association of Lions Clubs was held parallel to the 6th annual Lions’ Conference with the initiation of the former President of the International Association of Lions Clubs Lion Mahendra Amarasuriya and with the participation of a distinguished gathering including the President of District 306 A1 of the International Association of Lions Clubs, Lion Sunil Dharmarathne. Five most outstanding Sri Lankan personalities including Dr. Priyath B. Wickrama, Mrs. Rohini Nanayakkara, Rosmand Senarathne, Jackson Anthony and Chinthana Geethal Vidanage were awarded at the ceremony for their dedicated contributions made in the fields of construction, human resource management, media, aesthetic performance and sports towards the socio-economic and national development of Sri Lanka.
Dr. Wickrama is also the Director (Southern Regional Development) in view of managing the development of all sea ports in the Southern region of the country. He is the Project Director of Magam Ruhunupura Mahinda Rajapaksa Port Project. In the year 2010, Dr.Wickrama was appointed as the Director of the Urban Development Authority and the National Paper Company Ltd. At present, he also serves as the Chairman of Sri Lanka Port Management and Consultancy Services Pvt. Ltd.
Dr.Wickrama also holds the PhD of International University of America in United Kingdom in Operations Management. He had been a Chartered Engineer and Council Member at the Institute of the Engineers Sri Lanka in 2006. Dr. Wickrama has performed in the capacities of the Committee Member of the Port Planning and Development Committee of the International Association of Ports and Harbours (IAPH) in 2007 and an Affiliated Member (Professional) at the Chartered Institute of Marketing in 2010.
Since Dr. Priyath B. Wickrama assumed duties as the Chairman of the SLPA in 2008, he had a goal from day one, as the Chairman on one of the largest Public Sector Establishments in Sri Lanka, in terms of workforce and invaluable contribution towards national economy. Realizing the necessity of achieving the expected results by optimum utilization of resources such as men, materials and money, he has been working with a desire and determination to take crucial steps where necessary to achieve the goal with anticipated results.
At a time where, optimum management of human resources, materials, finance, time and infrastructure facilities was lacking mainly due to conservative concepts and undesirable attitudes at the institution, Dr. Wickrama addressed the issues successfully, by introducing world recognized procedures and systems to ensure commitment, dedication and loyalty of the employees to the organization supported by technology to compete with any developed port in the world.

One of the most important systems introduced under the leadership of Dr. Wickrama at SLPA, is the Terminal Management System for the efficient and effective planning and operation of the Container Terminals. Manual operations prevailing in the past have been computerized under the new Terminal Management System resulting higher productivity and efficiency in all Terminal Operations, less paper work, facilities for better monitoring of services, possibility for the Shipping Lines and Agencies to obtain final bay plan and other information on line and speedier turn round time of ships.

He also introduced the Human Resource Information System (HIRS) at the institution, to maintain a data base with personal data of all employees from recruitment to the retirement which covers attendance, leave, pay roll administration and performance evaluation which reduced the loss of man hours in routine work to attend to such areas in institutional administration.

Computerizing of finance functions at SLPA was also introduced by Dr. Wickrama for the cost control in the areas of electricity, water, purchase of materials, financial management system, on line system for landing and delivery of containers, operations and management of customer service centres to ensure efficiency, accuracy and faster services to the port users.
Medical students of ‘61 meet

The times were when Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) had only one medical school and the making of a doctor took six long grueling years. Getting a foot across to portals of the Faculty of Medicine, Kynsey Road, Colombo was an exacting, daunting task. Failures were plentiful. The cream of the crop formed the medical students.
The 1961 graduating class had 120 students. They ventured into a multitude of tracks in the field of medicine and dispersed geographically to all corners of the world. Surgeons, Physicians, Researchers, and Administrators were they. A few ascended the pinnacle of Academia as Professors. Each was an illustrious story.
As the years passed, some of them passed away. However, the survivors dreamed of a re-union. On 8th May 2011 they congregated at a Southern Sea Side Resort. They had come a long way in years and in miles (now kilometers)!
Following is the name list:
1. Dr. A. A. W Amarasinghe – USA; 2. Dr. S. N. Breckenridge - USA; 3. Dr. Aggie Breckenridge - USA; 4. Dr. Sivaloganathan - USA; 5. Dr. Guna Sivaloganathan - USA; 6. Dr. Alfred Medagoda - UK; 7. Dr. Chandra Medagoda - UK; 8. Dr. Piyadasa Ranmuthu - UK; 9. Dr. Bernard Seimon - UK; 10. Dr. Adolphus Silva - UK; 11. Dr. Selvi Sinnathamby - UK; 12. Dr. Yves Christopher - Australia; 13. Dr. Hamilton Koolmeyer - Australia; 14. Dr. K. Jeevaratnam - New Zealand; 15. Dr. Nanda Amerasekera; 16. Dr. A. K. J. C. Amerasinghe; 17. Dr. Maya Attapattu; 18. Dr. Asthika Charavanamuttu; 19. Dr. Malini De Silva; 20. Dr. S. A. Ediriweera; 21. Dr. H. I. K. Fernando; 22. Dr. R. P. Fernando; 23. Dr. George Fernando; 24. Dr. Mahal Fernando; 25. Dr. Joyce Goonawardena; 26. Dr. Mahasara Gunaratne; 27. Dr. H. M. S. S. D. Herath; 28. Dr. Sidney Jayasuriya; 29. Dr. Newton Jayaratna; 30. Dr. R. Kulanayagam; 31. Dr. S. Kadiriwelipillai; 32. Dr. P. B. Mudannayake; 33. Dr. P. H. Rajapaksa; 34. Dr. Nandrani Soysa; 35. Dr. Bernard Soysa; 36 Dr. Ranjan Sylva; 37. Dr. S. M. S. Senanayake; 38. Dr. Dhana Sarawanapavan; and 39. Dr. N. W. Vidyasagara.

New 7-storey building for ICASL

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (ICASL) embarked on a new chapter with the ceremonial laying of the foundation stone for a modern, state of the art multi-storied building at No: 30A, Malalasekera Mawatha, Colombo 7.
In its continuing strive to provide the best of facilities to its ever expanding student base and members, the institute embarked on this development project at a grand ceremony held on May 12, 2011.
Foundation stones for the project were laid by the chief guest Minister of Co-operatives and Internal Trade, Johnston Fernando and guest of honour, Namal Rajapaksa, MP.
Joining them in the laying of the foundation stones were ICASL President Sujeewa Mudalige, Vice President Sujeewa Rajapakse and Chief Executive Officer Aruna Alwis.
The momentous event was further boosted when the ICASL gave pride and place to its past presidents, giving them the opportunity to individually lay a foundation stone each for the beginning of this new legacy which will take forward the institute’s vision, mission and objectives.
The building which will cover a total area of 40,000 sq. ft. will consist of a ground floor plus six floors and a roof terrace.
In the light of the new demands of the current and potential students and members, this building project is also viewed as part of ICASL’s brand building exercise which will exhibit the Institute’s strengths and affirm its pre-eminent position in the industry.
The 18-month long project which is scheduled to conclude on 20th August 2012 aims at providing better and enhanced facilities to the institute’s over 36,000 student base, 4,200 members and administrative staff.
This development project is also expected to accommodate a greater level of activities and increase revenue streams from the institute’s core functional areas as well as other strategic business units under the ICASL wing.
Commenting on this historic occasion, President of ICASL Sujeewa Mudalige highlighted the role played by the founder fathers of this institute which has brought ICASL to this esteemed status, while emphasizing that the new building will be a symbol which will tirelessly carry on this legacy towards the future.
“Today we take the legacy of our forefathers forward. This step also demonstrates our continuing dedication and commitment for the profession and the longer term benefit for the country,” he said.
Mr. Mudalige emphasized that the ICASL, Sri Lanka’s national accounting body which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2009 has today entered a new era.
“As we envisage towards the future, strongly making our mark not only locally but globally too, our qualification has also been recognised by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales. As today’s generation of chartered accountants, we have a responsibility to future generations to help shape both our profession and this great Institute, so that those who follow us will benefit in the same way that we do today and this project is undertaken with that in mind,” the President said.
ICASL Chief Executive Officer Aruna Alwis sharing his thoughts highlighted that the building once completed is expected to accommodate increased levels of activity, to strengthen the core functional areas, while also providing additional space for the benefit of its students and members.

Ministry of External Affairs marks 2600th Sambuddha Jayanthi
 A Dhamma Sermon and a mid-day Dhana were held in the Ministry of External Affairs to mark the 2600th Sambuddhajayanthi on Friday (13).
The Dhamma Sermon was delivered by the Venerable Kakkapalliya Annuruddha Thero, Chief Incumbent of the Bauddha Shiksha Nikethana of Delgoda, Udupila and head of the Centre for Buddhist Studies in University of Hong Kong .
Governer of the Western Province, Alavi Maulana, Secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs, Karunathilaka Amunugama, foreign ambassadors in Sri Lanka and the Staff of the Ministry of External Affairs including its senior officers participated in the occasion.
China Education Exhibition at Colombo University

Sri Lanka-China Journalists’ Forum (SLCJF) began the second consecutive China Education Exhibition - 2011 on the theme of ‘The Path to Success’ yesterday, May 14. The two-day event will be open for public from 10am to 7pm, at the Gymnasium of the University of Colombo. The event, organized by the SLCJF under the patronage of the China Scholarship Council in collaboration with the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Sri Lanka, is facilitated by the University of Colombo.
Following the success of the first ever China Education Exhibition - 2010 hosted and launched by SLCJF at the BMICH last year with the participation of more than 40 renowned Chinese Universities that offered Degrees of international recognition, this year’s exhibition will be attended by another 14 Chinese universities that offer international degrees in many spheres such as medicine, pharmaceutics, humanities, astronautics, aeronautics, agriculture, IT, posts and telecommunications, technology as well as fine arts.
The Chinese universities at the 2nd China Education Exhibition-2011in Sri Lanka include, the Zhejiang University, Nanjing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics, Shanghai Normal University, Harbin Engineering University, Guangxi University of Nationalities, Chongqing University of Posts and telecomunications, Huazhong Normal University, Guangxi University, Shanghai University, Lanzhou University of Technology, East China University of Science and Technology, Ocean University of China, Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine, and Harbin Institute of Technology.
Commenting on the exhibition, Nalin Aponso, President of Sri Lanka-China Journalists’ forum said that the exhibition would boost the interest of the Sri Lankan overseas higher education seekers to study in a stress free learning environment at the state of the art modern universities throughout China. “The exhibition will provide a unique platform for Sri Lankan students to find better and reputed educational partners in China, to fulfill their higher educational requirements abroad,” he added.
Sri Lanka-China Journalists’ Forum that commenced in 2001, is engaged in a dedicated performance since its inception, in promoting bilateral relations with the People’s Republic of China in many areas of bilateral interest including, culture, education, art and media that contribute at large, towards the long stood socio-economic, diplomatic and mutual ties between the countries. The forum is a collaboration of dedicated Sri Lankan print and electronic media personnel who serve towards the worthy course of promoting and developing bilateral relations between Sri Lanka and China throughout the past decade.
In the year 2010, the forum was felicitated by the China Central Television (CCTV) and China Radio International (CRI) for its dedicated performance through Nalin Aponso, President of the SLCJF, to explore possible institutions enabling CCTV and CRI to find the most accurate media partnership for CCTV and CRI programmes in Sri Lanka.
Nalin was also the youngest Sri Lankan to be awarded by the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries at the award ceremony held in the year 2007 for the outstanding performance for the development of mutual understanding between Sri Lanka and China. The award ceremony was held in commemoration of 50 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries and several reputed Sri Lankan personalities were awarded for their dedicated performance and contributions to upgrade Sri Lanka-China friendship. Nalin is the Deputy Secretary of the Organization of South Asian Regional Friendship and Cooperation with China (OSARFCC) where Sri Lanka-China Journalists’ Forum holds parallel membership along with India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal.

Professors of Nephrology meet minister Sirisena

Three world famous Professors of Nephrology who were in Sri Lanka attending a conference of Nephrologists met Mithripala Sirisena, Minister of Health on May 5, 2011.
The Minister discussed with the professors ways and means of combating the high incidence of Kidney diseases in Sri Lanka. In the picture, 2nd from the left is Professor William Couser, Head Commission for the Global Advancement of Nephrology, next is Professor Georgy Abraham from International Society of Nephrologists. They were accompanied by Professor Rizvi Sherrrif and Mr. Chandra Mohotti.