|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
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
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,”
“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
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
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
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
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
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
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.”
|Israel police on high alert as ‘Nakba’
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
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
|India opposed to extension of piracy
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
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
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
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
“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
The August 7, 1998 bombings were the worst against US
interests before the September 11, 2001 attacks on American
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
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
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
“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.
Praharaya’ launch on May 21
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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,
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
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
|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
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
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
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.
Nephrology meet minister Sirisena
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