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Ashok Leyland to enter Russia with a local partner

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Chennai: Commercial vehicle major Ashok Leyland Ltd will enter the Russian market with a local partner in a year's time, said a top company official.

He also said the company plans to enter the top 10 global commercial vehicle manufacturer's club soon and betting big on its modular platform.

"We have identified a local assembler in Russia to take our franchise. We will enter the Russian market in next 12 months," Dheeraj G. Hinduja, Chairman, told reporters here on Monday.

According to him, in the new markets, the company will have a local partner as there will be tax concessions.

Hinduja said large distributors in newer markets are now showing interests in taking Ashok Leyland franchise.

He said the company is looking at newer overseas markets like Indonesia, Malaysia and others apart from Russia.

As a measure to look at newer overseas markets, Ashok Leyland has decided to come out with a left hand drive vehicle for all its new models.

Currently, the company exports to Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Middle East, Bhutan, East and West African markets.

He said, Ashok Leyland is faring better during this downturn as compared to earlier downturn in 2013-14.

"We have gained market share in the bus and medium and heavy commercial vehicle's segment. Our market share now is 31 per cent. We are also cutting costs," Hinduja said.

According to him, the company had a debt levels of about Rs 6,000 crore during 2013-14 and it has come down to about Rs 1,800 crore.

Hinduja said, earlier the company was in an investment mode putting money in joint ventures with John Deere, Nissan and others which was draining cash.

He said the company had exited the joint ventures with John Deere and Nissan.

Hinduja said the company saw good potential in the light commercial vehicle (LCV) rolled out by the joint venture with Nissan and bought out the Japanese company's stake in the venture.

Globally LCV's account for about 70 per cent of the market and the severity of the industry down cycle is lesser than that of the medium and heavy vehicles.

According to him, the company will be launching the BS-VI vehicles and the vehicles will be built on modular platform.

Queried about the time frame for Ashok Leyland to enter the top 10 global commercial vehicle makers club, Hinduja said the idea is to enter it soon.

"The last vision was to enter the top 10 medium and heavy commercial vehicle segment. That target was fixed in 2010 and was achieved in 2019," Hinduja said.

"I will be disappointed if we don't achieve this less than last time frame," he added.

He said the company rolled out about two lakh units last year and to achieve the global vision the volume required will be about four lakh units.

Hinduja said LCV's share in achieving that target will also be major.

According to Gopal Mahadevan, Wholetime Director and Chief Financial Officer the company will be focussing on customer solutions business that includes finance, fuel, vehicle performance management systems, maintenance parts, re-sale and driver skilling.

He said over the next decade one-third of industry's profits is expected to come from offering various solutions to customers.

The company's Chief Operating Officer Anuj Kathuria said the transition from rolling out vehicles confirming to BS IV emission norms to BS-VI emission norms will be smooth.

Queried about the costs savings by the company by going for modular vehicle platform having common parts Kathuria said it will be known only after stabilisation of BS-VI sales.

On Monday, the company showcased its BS-VI trucks and buses.


          

Corporaciones médicas de India y España inician una colaboración para combatir el tráfico de seres humanos y órganos

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El Dr. Serafín Romero, presidente del Consejo General de Colegios Oficiales de Médicos de España (CGCOM), corporación que forma parte del consejo de la AMM, mantuvo un encuentro en Georgia con el Dr. Ravindra Sitaram, tesorero de la AMM, actual presidente de la Asociación Médica del sur de Asia que engloba a los países de India, Afganistán, Bangladesh, Bután, Maldivas, Nepal, Pakistán y Sri Lanka y presidente, hasta 2018, de la Asociación Médica de la India.
 
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Karma für den Staat

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Karma für den Staat
In Süd(ost)asien wird Buddhismus ausschließend
Rosaly Magg 5 November, 2019 - 14:03

 

In Myanmar und Sri Lanka wurden in den letzten Jahren Übergriffe gegen Minderheiten buddhistisch legitimiert. Zu den Unterstützern fremdenfeindlicher Bewegungen zählen viele Mönche. Woher kommt diese ausgrenzende Strömung im Buddhismus?

 

Die Frage nach religiösem Fundamentalismus im Buddhismus erfordert die Definition beider Begriffe. Religion ist ein Glaubenssystem basierend auf einer Vision des Transzendenten und/oder besseren Lebens in einer anderen Existenz. Gleichzeitig ist sie ein soziales Phänomen, ein Kernelement menschlicher Gesellschaft, welches Menschen universell verbindet. Fundamentalismus (lateinisch fundamentum: Basis, Grundlage) hingegen bietet – scheinbare – Sicherheit in einer unsicheren Welt. Die vermeintliche Rückkehr zu den Wurzeln kann ausschließend werden, wenn nur eine Interpretation der Lehre zugelassen wird. Das führt häufig zum Rückzug aus der Welt und zu Isolation. Gewalt nach außen entsteht, wenn FundamentalistInnen andere Auslegungen bekämpfen. Wer sich auf die reine Lehre beruft, meint meist gar nicht diese, sondern spätere, politisch gefärbte Anwendungen.

Daraus kann sich die Religionisierung der Politik entwickeln: Der Staat soll religiöse Gebote unterstützen und das fromme Leben ermöglichen oder erzwingen. Die Übertragung religiöser Belange auf die politische Ebene dient häufig nicht nur dem frommen Leben, sondern heiligt Ausschlussprozesse. Sie können sich gegen ‚Andere‘ und Minderheiten richten, gegen kritische Stimmen und die politische Opposition.

 

Buddhismus und Herrschaft

Der Buddhismus gilt als tolerante, gewaltlose Religion, die für Fundamentalismus keinen Raum lässt, nicht zuletzt, da er als ‚gottlose‘ Religion gilt: Er vermittelt keine Heilsbotschaft. Ziel dieser Religion ist der Ausstieg aus dem Saṁsāra, dem Kreis von Werden und Vergehen, um das Nirwana, absolute Nichtexistenz, zu erreichen. Dies ist Mönchen vorbehalten. Hierzu muss man Karma vermeiden, also die Konsequenzen individueller Handlungen im nächsten Leben. Ahimsa oder Nichtverletzung ist davon ein wesentlicher Bestandteil.

Mönche waren auf den Unterhalt durch Laien angewiesen. Ihre Sicherheit erforderte eine zumindest rudimentär befriedete Gesellschaft mit ökonomischem Überschuss. Erstmals gelang dies dem indischen Kaiser Aśoka (304 – 232 v. Chr.). Er wurde in Südostasien zum Modell des buddhistischen Herrschers, der die Religion notfalls gewaltsam schützt. Damit war die Idee des gerechten Krieges zum Schutz der Religion geboren.

Dieser Pfad führte bis zu aktuellen rassistischen Übergriffen gegen Andersgläubige. Vor einigen Jahren äußerte sich ein hochrangiger Mönch in Sri Lanka wie folgt: »Was können wir tun? Wir müssen die Kinder töten. Sie werden LTTE-Kämpfer, dann töten sie uns und zerstören den Buddhismus.« Hier werden Tötungen tamilischer Sri Lankaner mit Verweis auf die tamilische Guerilla LTTE legitimiert. Die tamilische Minderheit wird als Feindin der singhalesischen Bevölkerungsmehrheit und des sri-lankischen Buddhismus definiert. Ein Zitat des Myanma-Mönches Sitagu Sayadaw relativiert ebenfalls das Tötungsverbot: »Obwohl du Millionen von Menschen getötet hast, waren es nur eineinhalb echte Menschen.«

Sind solche Äußerungen Ausnahmen? Legitimierung der Gewalt existiert in der mündlichen Überlieferung: Buddhas Schüler Ananda zeichnete angeblich dessen Predigten auf und verbreitete sie. Ananda erbot sich, unter Inkaufnahme schlechten Karmas die Religion auch gewaltsam zu verteidigen. Aus dieser Tradition wurden in Südostasien ausgedehnte Kriege und Raubzüge gegen andere buddhistische Reiche geführt, die angeblich nicht der Lehre genügten.

Eine Rechtfertigung religiöser Gewalt findet sich im buddhistischen Kanon, d.h. in den Lehrreden Buddhas, nicht, dagegen in einem singhalesischen Epos aus dem 5./6. Jahrhundert, dem Mahāvaṁsa. Es beschreibt die – angeblich auf Tatsachen beruhende – Befreiung Sri Lankas vom Tamil-Hindu König Elara durch Dutthagāmani (2. Jh. v. Chr.). Am Ende ist Dutthagāmani schockiert über die Kriegstoten. Aber die Mönche beruhigen ihn: Er habe nicht Menschen erschlagen, sondern nur Tiere; keiner der Toten sei Buddhist gewesen.

In Sri Lanka wurde das Mahāvaṁsa teilweise als Erzählung über die Etablierung eines singhalesischen Buddhismus gelesen. Dies ist etwa so, als betrachte man heutzutage Berichte über die Kreuzzüge als religiös fundierte und zum Handeln verpflichtende Texte. Wichtig ist die Umkehrung der Wahrnehmung: Im 19. Jahrhundert wurde die Erzählung als großes Narrativ nationaler singhalesischer Hegemonie gelesen. Heute wird sie als religiös-doktrinärer Text interpretiert, der nationale Ansprüche legitimiert.

 

Aufstieg und Fall des Säkularismus

Ostern 2019 verübten muslimische Selbstmordattentäter in Sri Lanka Anschläge auf Kirchen und Hotels mit hunderten Toten. Die Täter wurden rasch als lokale Muslims identifiziert. Für radikale buddhistische Gruppen rechtfertigten die Anschläge wiederum neue Gewalttaten gegenüber muslimischen, aber auch tamilischen und christlichen Menschen. Fundamentalismus einer Religion findet oft seine Entsprechung im Fundamentalismus einer anderen.

Fundamentalistischer Buddhismus wird heute sowohl in Sri Lanka als auch in Myanmar benutzt, um ethnische/nationale Identität religiös zu markieren. Dabei hatte bereits die Kolonialzeit in beiden Ländern antikoloniale Laienbewegungen zur ‚Rettung’ der Religion hervorgebracht. Von ihnen erhoffte man sich neben dem Kulturerhalt auch ganz dezidiert die Rückgewinnung der Unabhängigkeit. Die postkolonialen Verfassungen beider Länder waren allerdings säkular. Nach der Unabhängigkeit verbanden sich alte Feindbilder mit notwendig enttäuschten Erwartungen. Man benötigte Schuldige für die zerstörten Hoffnungen. Religiöse Identität wandelte sich in Feindseligkeit gegenüber dem ethnisch-religiös Anderen. Seit 1956 und während des Bürgerkrieges war es in Sri Lanka vor allem der Saṅgha, die Mönchsgemeinschaft, der Religion und Ethnie gleichsetzte. Konzessionen an die TamilInnen würden demnach den singhalesischen Staat und Buddhismus zerstören. Damit einher ging die Forderung, den Buddhismus zur Staatsreligion zu machen.

In Myanmar, damals Burma, erklärte Premierminister U Nu 1961, auch auf Druck des Saṅgha, den Buddhismus zur Staatsreligion. U Nu’s buddhistische Glaubwürdigkeit schützte ihn nicht vor dem Zorn radikaler Mönche, da die Verfassung weiterhin Religionsfreiheit vorsah. Die Unruhen infolge des Gesetzes führten zum Militärputsch 1962 und zur Gesetzesannullierung. Auch gegenwärtig liegt in beiden Ländern die Betonung auf der ethnisch-religiösen Einheit. Der damalige sri-lankische Präsident Rajapaksa betonte im Mai 2009, dass die TamilInnen in Sri Lanka nur mit singhalesischer Duldung existieren. In Myanmar wiederum traten 2015 die ‚Race and Religion Protection Laws‘ in Kraft, die Konversion und interkonfessionelle Heiraten erschweren und die Kinderzahl bestimmter Ethnien begrenzen.

 

Neue Kampfverbände und alte Mythen

In beiden Ländern entstanden im letzten Jahrzehnt radikale buddhistische Organisationen. In Sri Lanka war das etwa die Bodu Bala Sena (BBS/Buddhas machtvolle Armee), die den Sinhala-Buddhismus ‚schützen‘ will; in Myanmar MaBaTha (Verband zum Schutz von Rasse, Buddha und Religion). Beide zeichnen sich vor allem durch Angriffe auf die muslimische, in Sri Lanka auch auf die tamilische und christliche Minderheit aus und genießen erheblichen gesellschaftlichen Rückhalt. Dies beruht auf alten Ressentiments und neuen Ängsten. Letztere hängen teilweise mit realen Missständen zusammen, wie etwa die schlechten Arbeitsbedingungen sri-lankischer Hausmädchen in den sunnitischen Golfstaaten. Während die BBS hier keine Lösung anbietet, war es in Myanmar MaBaTha, die auf die Verabschiedung der ‚Race and Religion Protection Laws‘ drängte. Die verbalen und physischen Angriffe auf die Rohingya sind eine daraus folgende, obwohl nicht notwendige Entwicklung.

Hielte man sich nur an die Lehre, wäre religiöse Gewalt illegitim. Die Rechtfertigung von Gewalt wird aus lokalen oder regionalen Quellen gezogen, die dabei ihren herrschaftlichen Kontext einspeisen. Obwohl Buddhismus als Weltreligion verstanden wird, sind seine Manifestationen, sein Gebrauch und die Verwendung für politische Zwecke stark lokal oder ethnisch gefärbt.

Religionisierung der Politik entsteht aus der Lokalisierung von Religion zugunsten regionaler politischer und wirtschaftlicher Interessen und Ziele. Hier beginnt der Fundamentalismus, nämlich mit der Frage, wem das ‚gute und fromme Leben‘ zusteht. Das hat mit der Rückkehr zu den Ursprüngen von Lehre oder Glauben wenig zu tun. Vielmehr geht es um soziale und ökonomische Privilegien aufgrund ethnisch interpretierter Religionszugehörigkeit; und um Religion als öffentlichen Lebensstil und Moral. Religionisierung der Politik in Richtung Fundamentalismus ist eine Bewegung von unten, eine Bewegung tatsächlicher oder gefühlter VerliererInnen. Sie ist die Forderung an den Staat, das gute Leben für die Auserwählten zu sichern. Daraus folgt das Recht, diese Teilhabe nichtzugehörigen Gruppen zu verweigern. Hier liegt die Saat religiös geheiligter Gewalt gegen Ausgeschlossene, die in den genannten Ländern prächtig aufgegangen ist.

 

 

Dagmar Hellmann-Rajanayagam ist Lehrbeauftragte in der Abteilung Südostasienstudien der Universität Passau sowie Mitarbeiterin beim Erasmus+ Projekt der Abteilung.

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Phó Thống đốc Nguyễn Thị Hồng tiếp và làm việc với Giám đốc Điều hành ADB

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Investigation of Debilitation of Tea and Technology Adoption in Small Holders in Mathugama Division in Kalutara District, Sri Lanka

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Comparative Study of Human Capital Investment between Government and International School Teachers in Sri Lanka: with Special Reference to Colombo District

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Sri Lankan presidential candidates asked to guarantee editorial independence

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Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on Sri Lanka’s presidential candidates to give firm pledges to respect press freedom after a media owner threatened and then fired a radio news editor for refusing to broadcast fabricated and biased information, in an incident that speaks volumes about intimidation of journalists in Sri Lanka.


          

Kaks Eesti projekti valiti 40 maailma parima e-teenuse hulka

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Täna valis World Summit Awardi (WSA) rahvusvaheline žürii 40 maailma parima e-teenuse hulka Eestist pärit elektroonilise piirijärjekorra haldamise süsteemi GoSwifti ja rahvusvaheliste maksete ja valuutavahetuse teenust pakkuva TransferWise'i. Võitjaid autasustatakse oktoobris Sri Lankal toimuval WSA Global Congressil. *GoSwift on elektrooniline piirijärjekorra haldamise süsteem, mis võimaldab mootorsõidukite juhtidel füüsiliselt järjekorras seismise asemel oodata oma piirijärjekorda virtuaalselt ning see on täna kasutusel Eestis, Venemaal ja Leedus.TransferWise pakub ainulaadset odavat ja kiiret rahvusvaheliste maksete ja valuutavahetuse teenust, millele ei rakendata suuri ülekandetasusid. Selleks kasutatakse crowdsourcing põhimõtet. Teenus valiti ka Eesti parimaks e-teenuseks aastal 2013.Žürii Eesti esindaja Mihkel Tikk tõi välja, et konkursil osalevate projektide tase on tõusnud iga korraga. „Maailmas luukase iga päev häid e-lahendusi, mida nii kasutajamugavuse kui ka tehnilise külje poolest teistele eeskujuks seada. WSA žürii töö aitab selliseid rakendusi põhjalikumalt analüüsida ja parimaid lahendusi kõlavalt esile tuua. Eesti esindajana oleksin muidugi lootnud tipus rohkem meie lahendusi näha – järgmistel aastatel soovitaksin siinsetel WSA konkursil osalejatel muuhulgas esitusmaterjalid paremini läbi mõelda ja löövamalt teostada,“ lisas Tikk. Sel nädalal valisid Tallinnas ÜRO egiidi all rahvusvahelised tippspetsialistid välja 40 maailma parimat e-teenust. 461 e-teenuse seas kandideeris parima tiitlile kokku seitse Eesti projekti ja teenust: e-piirijärjekorra süsteem GoSwift, ProgeTiiger, TipTheAuthors.com, veebimäng Ennemuistne, Eesti Ekspressi digiväljaanne, TransferWise ning lairibavõrk EstWin. Eesti teenused on ka varasematel aastatel konkursil edukalt osalenud ning suurima tunnustuse on saanud majandusaasta aruannete elektroonilise esitamise keskkond, mille WSA tunnistas viimase kümne aasta maailma parimaks e-riigi lahenduseks. World Summit Award (WSA) konkurss toimub iga kahe aasta tagant ning e-lahendusi hinnatakse kaheksas kategoorias: e-valitsemine, e-õpe ja teadus, e-meelelahutus, e-kultuur ja turism, e-meedia, e-äri, e-kaasamine, e-tervis ja keskkond. Lõpliku nimekirja 40 parima e-lahendusega avaldatakse World Summit Awardi kodulehel algava nädala jooksul. WSA delegatsiooni kutsus Eestisse Majandus- ja Kommunikatsiooniministeerium ning žürii kohtumine sai teoks Riigi Infosüsteemi Ameti, Eesti Infotehnoloogia ja Telekommunikatsiooni Liidu ning Registrite ja Infosüsteemide Keskuse koostöös. Üritus toimus EL struktuurifondide programmi "Infoühiskonna teadlikkuse tõstmine" raames ja Euroopa Regionaalarengu Fondi rahastusel.* Pressiteade täiendatud 22.10, lisatud info võitja samuti 40 projekti hulka valitud TrasferWise'i kohta.
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Eestis valitakse maailma parimaid e-teenuseid

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Sel nädalal valivad Tallinnas ÜRO egiidi all ligi 20 rahvusvahelist tippspetsialisti välja 40 maailma parimat e-teenust, mis osalevad oktoobris Sri Lankal toimuval WSA Global Congressi lõppvõistlusel. Ligi 500 parima tiitlile kandideeriva projekti hulgas on ka seitse Eesti projekti.Majandus ja Kommunikatsiooniministeeriumi IKT-asekantsler Taavi Kotka ütles kohtumisel žürii liikmetega, et Eesti infoühiskonna üheks edu aluseks on ID-kaart ja mobiil-ID. „Digiallkirja kasutamine säästab juba täna Eestis ühe aasta jooksul inimese kohta hinnanguliselt terve töönädala,“ ütles Kotka. Samuti rõhutas Kotka e-teenuste rahvusvahelise toimimise olulisust ning tõi näiteks Soome ID-kaardi, millega on Eestis registreeritud juba üle 1000 ettevõtte. Hannes Astok E-riigi akadeemiast tõi oma ettekandes välja, et Eesti infotehnoloogiline edu pole saanud võimalikuks üksnes tänu tehnilistele vahenditele, vaid eeskätt inimeste, ettevõtete ja valitsuse valmisolekule minna muutustega kaasa. Ettekannete järel toimusid kohtumised Eesti IT-ettevõtete ning WSA ekspertide vahel eesmärgiga tutvustada siin loodud ambitsioonikaid e-lahendusi nii WSA võrgustikule kui ÜRO infoühiskonna töögrupile laiemalt.Rahvusvahelisel konkursil osalevad e-teenused võivad olla väga erinevat tüüpi, näiteks infoteenused ja portaalid, dokumentide ja taotluste menetlusteenused, e-demokraatia teenused (hääletamine, valimine jms), iseteeninduskeskkonnad jmt. World Summit Award konkursil on 8 kategooriat: e-valitsemine, e-õpe ja teadus, e-meelelahutus, e-kultuur ja turism, e-meedia, e-äri, e-kaasamine, e-tervis ja keskkond. Käesoleval aastal on konkursile esitatud seitse Eesti projekti ja teenust: E-piirijärjekorra süsteem GoSwift, ProgeTiiger, TipTheAuthors.com, veebimäng Ennemuistne, Eesti Ekspressi digiväljaanne, TransferWise ning Lairibavõrk EstWin.  Eesti teenused on ka varasematel aastatel konkursil edukalt osalenud ning suurima tunnustuse on saanud majandusaasta aruannete elektroonilise esitamise keskkond, mille WSA tunnistas viimase kümne aasta maailma parimaks e-riigi lahenduseks.28.–31. augustil 2013 koguneb Tallinnas e-teenuste konkursi World Summit Award (WSA) rahvusvaheline žürii. WSA delegatsiooni kutsus Eestisse Majandus- ja Kommunikatsiooniministeerium ning žürii kohtumine saab teoks Riigi Infosüsteemi Ameti, Eesti Infotehnoloogia ja Telekommunikatsiooni Liidu ning Registrite ja Infosüsteemide Keskuse koostöös.Üritus toimub EL struktuurifondide programmi "Infoühiskonna teadlikkuse tõstmine" raames ja Euroopa Regionaalarengu Fondi rahastusel.
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There is a gathering chorus of voices at home and abroad demanding expeditious return to normalcy of civil life in the state. It is hoped the Centre and the state administration together are succeeding in effectively neutralising the militants and pro- Pak elements in J&K who had had a free run of the place earlier and who basically provided the raison detre for the Indian move.

The dilemma for the government in Kashmir is that unless the externally aided trouble makers were rendered ineffective, they would continue to keep the Kashmiris under a cloak of fear by carrying out stray acts of violence and prevent normalisation of business, educational and health-related activities.

It is not yet clear if the state administration and police -- the collector and the station house officers in particular -- had started reaching out to the people on the ground to build their morale as free citizens and get them to respond to the calibrated steps of the government to lift prohibitory orders. If local militants could still appear in mohallas and lanes to warn the people to do just their 'minimal' chores and not cooperate in the wider process of normalisation then it is evident that a lot more had to be done.

The army has to focus on eliminating the mujahideen, foreign or local, but the state administration must fulfil its primary responsibility of helping the citizens to feel normal about running their lives. Illicit guns and explosives had to be neutralised through sustained flow of Intelligence from below -- the state Intelligence machinery had to produce more. If Pak agents had to be rounded up even in hundreds and moved out of the state, if necessary, this would be an acceptable part of the process of restoring normalcy.

It is the detention of political leaders of the Valley, however, that has led the Human Rights advocates to set off the false narrative of 'suppression of the people'. The government could consider progressively setting them free of any restraint on the condition that they would not indulge in 'political activity' -- as mandated by the Supreme Court itself. Senior officers of the state should make this position clear to the leaders of the Valley parties and should let the country know about the reasonableness of the government stand.

The handling of the Kashmir situation has a macro perspective and a more important micro dimension -- the former has worked out extremely well but the latter is the ongoing challenge facing the state administration. The district headquarter should become the fulcrum of development and people's security. 

Every member of the state set-up must be made to understand that 'security for all' required a 'contribution from all' by way of those in the government acting as the eyes and ears of the democratic state against the doings of anti-national elements. The current state of affairs in J&K arose because the corrupt leaders of Valley parties remained silent over the launch of Kashmir Jehad by Pak ISI, colluded with separatists to stay in power and ignored the agents of Pakistan who organised civic disturbances to destabilise the state.

These leaders never asserted that Kashmir was not a 'Muslim' issue -- a claim made by Pakistan -- since the integral state was home to Hindus, Buddhists and Christians in large numbers. They deliberately brought in Pakistan as a factor in the democratic internal governance of the state simply because this helped to divert attention from their misrule and corruption. Now, under the LG regime, development should be taken to the people and deeper enquiries should be made into the disproportionate assets acquired by the local political leaders, in appropriate cases. Normalcy will return to J&K when its administration will come into full play and the state would be seen as being governed from Srinagar, not Delhi.

As mentioned earlier, India's security and foreign policies have held well in the context of Kashmir -- the Oct 22 proceedings of the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs proving it as much. American acting assistant secretary for South and Central Asian affairs, Alice Wells, told the committee that the US supported the Indian government's stated objectives for scrapping the special status of J&K -- thus affirming that the development was an internal matter of India -- and went on record to make it clear that while a dialogue between India and Pakistan was the most effective way of reducing bilateral tensions this was contingent on Islamabad taking 'sustained and irreversible steps' against terrorists on its soil. 

This coordinates with India's policy stand that 'terror and talks could not go together' and turns Pakistan's plea that terrorists were 'non state actors' on its head by questioning that country's failure to chase the militant outfits out of their safe havens, if indeed they did not enjoy any state patronage.

The US concerns for an early return of the Kashmiris to normal day-to-day life represent the objective of India too -- the world community has to be kept updated on the efforts being made by the state and central governments to facilitate that process. Visibility of improvement can be demonstrated in many ways. The decision of the Centre to allow a group of 23 members of European Parliament coming to Delhi to make a trip to J&K counts for this -- the visiting dignitaries expressed full support for India's fight against terror. Militants, meanwhile, made some stray attacks on non-Kashmiri labour working in the state -- not surprising, considering that the latter are soft targets.

India has finally succeeded in getting the world to acknowledge that Pakistan's incessant attempts to use cross-border terrorism in Kashmir to keep the pot boiling there was what had forced the hands of the Modi regime to abrogate Art 370 and take charge of the security and development of J&K as a state of India. Time has come for India to specify the dangerous character of Pak-sponsored terror that relied for motivation not on ideology or an ethnic assertion but on commitment to 'faith' and to impress upon the entire democratic world that the revanchist call of Jehad, which had the potential of producing suicide bombers as an instrument of war, could make the world an unsafe place for a long time to come.

This is the threat of a new kind of terror arising out of the Muslim world and it is necessary to have it countered by way of a declaration of OIC that resort to Jehad was not a legitimate way of solving political disputes in today's world. Unlike a country like the US, India, that houses the second largest Muslim population in the world, is particularly vulnerable to this danger since Pakistan has made Kashmir Jehad a declared war cry against India and is now determined to infiltrate Islamic militants through Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka routes. 

Internal security in India has to watch out against the influences of radicalisation and extend the outreach to concerned families to ward these off. Indian diplomacy must talk of the faith-based terror that the world was being exposed to and mobilise international opinion against it. A grave threat to our national security need not be couched in ambiguous terms for reasons of the need for diplomacy to be 'politically correct' always. India can use the dialogue of think-tanks to firm up the opinion of democratic countries against the enlarging threat of what is clearly an Islam-based terror.

(The writer is a former Director Intelligence Bureau)


          

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Klamath Residents Offer Earthquake Prep Advice

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The Klamath Basin is no stranger to earthquakes. A big one in 1993 damaged several buildings, including the county courthouse, which had to be replaced. Klamath Falls natives Steve Eberlein and Lydia Ledgerwood-Eberlein were living in Sri Lanka when a tsunami from the Indian Ocean quake of 2004 devastated the island. They started a business, Tipping Point Resilience , to help people and organizations get ready for earthquakes like the Big One expected from the Cascadia Subduction Zone.
          

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Distance from akuressa to Athuraliya, Sri Lanka

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Distance from akuressa to Athuraliya, Sri Lanka

Distance of 4 Km travelled in 1 day(s)

Day's Itinerary: akuressa » Athuraliya
Day's Distance: 4
Day's Time: 9

          

Distance from akuressa to Maramba, Sri Lanka

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Distance from akuressa to Maramba, Sri Lanka

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Day's Itinerary: akuressa » Maramba
Day's Distance: 6
Day's Time: 12

          

Distance from Matara to Maramba, Sri Lanka

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Distance from Matara to Maramba, Sri Lanka

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Day's Distance: 30
Day's Time: 51

          

Distance from Matara to maliduwa, Sri Lanka

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Distance from Matara to maliduwa, Sri Lanka

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Day's Itinerary: Matara » maliduwa
Day's Distance: 32
Day's Time: 56

          

Distance from seeduwa to Eheliyagoda, Sri Lanka via Kaduwela

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Distance from seeduwa to Eheliyagoda, Sri Lanka via Kaduwela

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Day's Itinerary: seeduwa » Kaduwela
Day's Distance: 41
Day's Time: 61
Day's Itinerary: Kaduwela » Eheliyagoda
Day's Distance: 47
Day's Time: 89

          

Distance from seeduwa to Eheliyagoda, Sri Lanka via Amithirigala

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Distance from seeduwa to Eheliyagoda, Sri Lanka via Amithirigala

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Day's Itinerary: seeduwa » Amithirigala
Day's Distance: 46
Day's Time: 80
Day's Itinerary: Amithirigala » Eheliyagoda
Day's Distance: 25
Day's Time: 41

          

Distance from seeduwa to Ingiriya, Sri Lanka via Amithirigala

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Distance from seeduwa to Ingiriya, Sri Lanka via Amithirigala

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Day's Distance: 46
Day's Time: 80
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Day's Distance: 49
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Distance from seeduwa to Ingiriya, Sri Lanka via Kaduwela

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Distance from seeduwa to Ingiriya, Sri Lanka via Kaduwela

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Day's Distance: 41
Day's Time: 61
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Day's Distance: 33
Day's Time: 45
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Distance from seeduwa to Boralesgamuwa, Sri Lanka via Keera Kotuwa Road

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Woman claims she was ‘slut-shamed’ by Australian airport workers

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An Australian woman claims she was “slut-shamed” inside Sydney Airport for wearing track pants and a crop top while sitting on her boyfriend’s lap, according to a report. Serah Nathan, 33, who’s half Sri Lankan, told news.com.au that she was waiting for her Nov. 3 flight when staffers from Jetstar airline directed her to get...
          

SB’s guards arrested

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Two police guards who had opened fire at a group of individuals in Ginigathhena yesterday for allegedly obstructing the convoy of MP S.B. Dissanayake have been apprehended. Police Media Spokesperson SSP Ruwan Gunasekara today said the pistols that were used to open fire were seized during the arrest. Gunasekara said the two suspects[...]

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TELO, PLOTE pledge support to Sajith

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The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) today officially announced that all its constituent parties have pledged support to New Democratic Front (DNF) presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa. Accordingly, The People’s Liberation Organisation of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE), Tamil Eelam Liberation Organization (TELO) and the Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK) will render their support to Premadasa at the 16 Nov presidential polls. The TNA[...]

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RSF calls on candidates to give firm pledges to respect press freedom

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Reporters Without Borders (RSF) today called on Sri Lanka’s presidential candidates to give firm pledges to respect press freedom. This statement was issued following a recent incident involving a radio news editor who was threatened and then fired by a media owner for refusing to broadcast fabricated and biased information.[...]

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SB’s guards shoot two in Ginigathhena

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Two persons have been hospitalized after SLPP parliamentarian S. B. Dissanayake’s security guards opened fire at a group alleged to have obstructed the path of his convoy. Police Media spokesperson Ruwan Gunasekara said the incident took place at 8.30 p.m. in Ginigathhena. Dissanayake’s vehicle had left the location following the incident.

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Singaporean companies win bids to supply coal to Lakvijaya

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Singaporean companies win bids to supply coal to Lakvijaya
Two Singaporean companies, this week, won bids to supply coal to Sri Lanka’s Lakvijiaya Power Station in Puttalam.
Adani Global Pte. Ltd had won a spot tender to supply 240,000 metric tonnes of coal at a cost of USD 16.1 million (Rs 2.9 billion), a cabinet paper submitted by the Power and Energy ministry said.

In addition, Swiss Singapore Overseas Enterprises Pte Ltd, won a long-term tender to supply 1.1 metric tonnes of coal at a cost of USD 66.7 million (Rs 12.9 billion)

The proposal observed that this amount would be half of what is required by the power plant to produce electricity from November 2019 to April 2021.

(Sunday Times)

          

Tourism Promo chief absent at world's biggest tourist trade fair

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Tourism Promo chief absent at world's biggest tourist trade fair
Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) Chairman Kishu Gomes has been dropped from participating at this year's World Travel Mart (WTM) in London.
The Chairman of the promotion bureau has been a key personality that has always been participating every year at the travel industry's biggest international mart.

However, it is learnt that the SLTPB's Managing Director Charmerie Maelge is said to have insisted on participating at the event.

This year was a crucial year in that it was the first time that Sri Lanka was the premier sponsor of the event.

But the event went ahead without the head of tourism's promotions body who was replaced by the MD and a number of her hand-picked officials from the bureau. The event was held in London from November 4-6 with large industry participation.

          

Chandrika accepts Sajith's manifesto

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Chandrika accepts Sajith's manifesto

Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge said that she accepts the manifesto presented by NDF candidate Sajith Premadasa against the manifesto presented by Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.

She said this addressing the ‘Api Sri Lanka’  rally held at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium yesterday.

The former President refuted allegations that the SLFP had been destroyed by them joining the UNP, adding that the SLFP had become stronger after joining the government in 2015 and the SLFP members had received powerful ministerial posts enabling them to work for the benefit of their supporters.

 She said that in the event the SLPP wins the election on November 16th, the SLFP would be destroyed and they could even lose their party headquarters.  

This conference was attended by former President Chandrika Kumaratunge, Ministers Mangala Samaraweera, Rajitha Senaratne, Arjuna Ranatunge, Mano Ganesan and Kalutara District MP Kumara Welgama.


          

Gas companies to increase supply to market

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Gas companies to increase supply to market
Gas companies have decided to increase gas supply to the market owing to its current shortage, the Finance Ministry said in a statement today.
Litro Gas Lanka Ltd which operates under the Finance Ministry, has decided to increase its supply of gas cylinders to the market, from 75,000 to 100,000, the statement read.

The company's Sales Director Janaka Pathira, was quoted as saying, in the statement, that a 15,000 metric tonne gas tanker is nearing Sri Lankan shores.

Meanwhile, LAUGFS Gas PLC - a leading gas supplier in the country, has also decided to increase the supply of gas in the market upto 35 percent.


          

Young Sri Lanka spinners mentored by spin great Warne in Brisbane

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Sri Lankan spinners on tour in Australia recently had the opportunity to speak with Shane Warne and had received useful tips from the bowling great, Sri Lanka’s chief selector and team manager Ashantha de Mel said. Warne was a part of the TV commentary team for the T20I series between Sri Lanka and Australia, which […] More
          

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Sri Lanka ‘learnt a huge amount’ from 3-0 Australia whipping — chief selector

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Chairman of cricket selectors Ashantha de Mel said the recent cricket tour to Australia was a very good eye-opener for Sri Lanka ahead of the ICC World T20 which will be hosted by Australia in October next year.
          

"Our bench is strong. But they continue to remain on the bench!"- Around the Wickets

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“Our bench is strong. But they continue to remain on the bench!”- Around the Wickets Renowned commentator Roshan Abeysinghe, former Test Cricketer Jehan Mubarak reviews the completed T20I series in Australia, Sri Lanka U19s tour of Bangladesh, Sri Lanka players participation in T10 league and much more on Around the Wickets. Subscribe now ✔️ http://thepapare.com/youtube […] More
          

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Dear Island Page viwers well i have been posting very critical post’s may be over a period of 2 to 3 years  cause couldn’t stand once up to 2017 Sri Lanka Cricket team was considered as  a powerful cricket team world over but so called ex cricketers and certain so called officials ,clubs from 2014 […] More
          

Oxfam testet erfolgreich Mikroversicherung auf Blockchain-Basis für Reisbauern

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Oxfam testet erfolgreich Mikroversicherung auf Blockchain-Basis für Reisbauern In Sri Lanka läuft seit einiger Zeit ein blockchainbasiertes Projekt zur Vergabe von Mikroversicherungen an Kleinbauern.   Source: BTC-ECHO Der Beitrag Oxfam testet erfolgreich Mikroversicherung auf Blockchain-Basis für Reisbauern erschien zuerst auf BTC-ECHO. Source: Import

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Gotu Kola

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Gotu kola, not to be confused with the caffeine-rich kola nut, is a red flowering plant that grows in India, Sri Lanka, Madagascar and other hot, swampy areas throughout the world. It has been a part of traditional Indian Ayurvedic healing for centuries, and especially revered for its therapeutic benefits towards skin disorders. Gotu kola is also a food of choice for elephants. Some believe the herb helps these animals - and perhaps humans as well - live to a ripe old age.

Gotu kola contains chemicals called "triterpenes"; which help form collagen in bones, cartilage and connective tissue. Taken internally or applied topically, the herb can be beneficial for burns, keloid scars, incisions and wounds. It is also shows promise as a treatment for varicose veins as it helps strengthen blood vessels and improve blood flow. Some studies show gotu kola is effective as a topical agent on psoriasis lesions.

Another use of gotu kola is for improving memory and mental acuity. Some studies show it helps improve the concentration levels of developmentally disabled children and Alzheimer's patients.


          

DEPUTY COMMANDANT ATTENDED THE COLOURS AWARDING CEREMONY AT LUMBINI COLLEGE – 2019

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Deputy Commandant of the Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force Major General L F Kasthuriarachchi KSV who is an outstanding past pupil of Lumbini College –…
          

FAREWELL DINNER TO RETIRED SENIOR OFFICERS OF THE VOLUNTEER FORCE

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Headquarters of the Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force organized an elegant farewell dinner which is customarily held in appreciation of the services rendered by senior…
          

State of the Map Asia 2019 - Dhaka, Bangladesh

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Pertama kali untuk bisa ikut State of the Map adalah salah satu impian saya sejak bergabung dengan Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team Indonesia, dan akhirnya impian itu terwujud di tahun ini yaitu State of the Map Asia yang berlokasi di Dhaka, Bangladesh. Mengapa menjadi salah satu impian? Karena State of the Map ini merupakan konferensi internasional untuk saling berbagi pengetahuan dan pengalamannya dalam berkontribusi di pemetaan yang menggunakan OpenStreetMap ataupun data lain. Sesuai dengan ekspetasi, saya pun mendapatkan kesempatan mengikuti State of the Map Asia melalui program beasiswa.

Saat mendapatkan pengumuman bahwa saya menerima beasiswa rasanya senang sekali dan saya langsung bergegas menyiapkan keperluan yang dibutuhkan untuk ke Bangladesh. Kesempatan ini juga didapatkan oleh Silvia Dwi Wardhani dan Tri Selasa Pagianti, mereka adalah teman satu kantor di HOT - ID. Hari pertama tiba di Dhaka, Bangladesh tepatnya di Bandara Hazrat Shahjalal International pada pukul 01.30 am waktu Dhaka saya bertemu juga dengan dua orang penerima beasiswa yang sedang menunggu penjemputan untuk menuju tempat penginapan dari pihak panitia SotM Asia 2019, yaitu Monica (asal Phillipine) dan Suthakaran (asal Sri Lanka).

State of the Map Asia 2019 berlangsung selama dua hari, tanggal 1-2 November 2019. Selama dua hari tersebut akan ada berbagai sesi mulai dari talk, lightening talk, workshop dan panel discussion. Sesi saya ada di hari pertama pada pukul 16.30 pm yang berlokasi di Main Auditorium. Sesi saya bertipe talk dengan judul “Quality Assurance for Indonesia Road Mapping”. Judul tersebut saya ceritakan tentang pengalaman saya sebagai Quality Assurance dalam proyek Indonesia Road Mapping. Proyek tersebut bekerjasama antara HOT-ID dan Facebook, yang dimana untuk memetakan jalan di Indonesia dengan menggunakan Machine Learning. Sungguh pengalaman yang luar biasa saya dapatkan di tahun ini dengan mengikuti State of the Map Asia 2019.

Pengalaman luar biasa yang saya dapatkan adalah berani berbicara bahasa inggris di depan orang banyak sekelas internasional, membagikan pengalaman dalam pemetaan menggunakan OpenStreetMap dan menambah jaringan pertemanan internasional. Banyak ilmu baru yang saya dapatkan pada kesempatan kali ini.


          

Bầu cử Sri Lanka: Trông chờ sự thay đổi

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TGVN. Chính trường Sri Lanka lại bắt đầu nóng lên với cuộc bầu cử Tổng thống dự kiến diễn ra vào ngày 16/11 tới. 
          

Subiendo a la torre Ambuluwawa, en Sri Lanka

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La torre Ambuluwawa se encuentra en una montaña de Gampola, una ciudad de Sri Lanka en el distrito de Kandy. Hay un monasterio, un templo hindú, una iglesia y una mezquita, pero lo más característico es esta torre. Se encuentra a 1000 metros sobre el nivel del mar. La recomendación es subir cuando el día es soleado y no hace viento. El último tramo de escaleras es tan estrecho que solo se puede pasar de lado. La entrada cuesta unas 300 rupias, menos de 4 euros. 

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US looking forward to $ 480 m MCC approval

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The United States yesterday said it was looking forward to the implementation of the $ 480 million Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Compact with the Sri Lankan Government following the 16 November Presidential Election and due parliamentary approval.
          

GR, Sabry make strong case for Muslim support

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Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) presidential aspirant Gotabaya Rajapaksa, and his ally Ali Sabry PC, made a very strong and seemingly compelling case for the Muslim community to back the former last week at the packed National Muslim Collective Forum at the Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo, with a key highlight being the continuous applause for various statements made by both Rajapaksa and Sabry. “Under my leadership, I will leave n
          

CB Chief says robust governance, compliance key for success

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Central Bank Governor Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy this week said no amount of policies and regulations would ensure growth, prosperity and stability if good governance and compliance frameworks were fragile. Speaking at the launch of the Professional Masters in Banking and Finance by the Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka (IBSL) and the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), he said that the banking sector played a vital role in
          

Tourist arrivals dip 22.5% in Oct.

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Tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka were down 22.5% in October and 20.7% over the past 10 months, confirming a continuing downturn following the Easter Sunday terror attacks. According to data released by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) yesterday, October arrivals were 118,743 as against 153,123 a year ago while the cumulative January to October haul was almost 1.5 million as against 1.8 million in the corresponding period of 2018.
          

Fireside Chat with presidential candidates today at GFH

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The third in the series of the popular Fireside Chat series will be hosted by the International Chamber of Commerce Sri Lanka (ICC Sri Lanka) together with Daily FT today. The session is titled ‘What Lies Ahead: With the Leading Presidential Candidates’ will be held today at the Galle Face Hotel. The leading presidential candidates – Sajith Premadasa, Anura Kumara Dissanayake, Dr. Rohan Pallewatte, Gen. Mahesh Senanayake and Dr. Ajantha Perera
          

Aries Services celebrates 37 years of supplying tools and equipment to SL engineering industry

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Aries Services is the preferred supplier of premium quality engineering tools and equipment to suit any requirement. Celebrating 37 years, the company has built trust among customers as a reliable entity, which imports tools manufactured in England. The organisation introduced brands such as Clarke, SP tools and Gunson to the Sri Lankan market. Recently, Aries Services introduced another well-known brand named Laser Tools to the local market. Ar
          

Thenmarachchi

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Thenmarachchiis locatedin Jaffna  District   Northern Province In Sri Lanka Thenmarachchiis one of the three historic regions of the Jaffna peninsulain northern Sri Lanka.  The other two regions are Vadamarachchiand Valikamam. Thenmarachchi is sometimes spelt Thenmarachi, Thenmaraachior Thenmaraadchi. This area, like the entire Jaffna peninsula, is populated mostly by Tamilpeople and was for many years under the de facto control of the “Tamil Tigers“. in thenmaradchi […]
          

Another Cricketer Biopic and this time 'Sangatamizhan' does it...

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Another Cricketer Biopic and this time
Days back there were speculations making rounds that Makkal Selvan Vijay Sethupathi might be soon signing a movie which will have him playing the former legendary Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan and that this movie might be announced soon.
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11/7/2019: The Brexmas Election: Soldier sues MoD for £100k after ‘years of racist taunts’

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A MIXED-RACE soldier who claims he was forced from his job after being compared to James Bond villain Nick Nack by a comrade is suing the Ministry of Defence for £100,000. Mark De Kretser, 48, who has Sri Lankan heritage, says he was subject to...
          

Just around the riverbend

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Thilini Wikramasinha, Yehali Sangakkara, Hiranya Malwatta  ( river team photographer), Eduard Hempel developer of Tamba Villas / Logistics and Transportation sponsor,  Dr SinhaRaja Tammita Delgoda – Director / Producer and Launch Co-lead of the film, Kumar Sangakkara, Shanika Daluwatta Production sponsorship: Shanika Daluwatta Weerasundara – Teqlaa Solutions, Production Sponsor
Thilini Wikramasinha, Yehali Sangakkara, Hiranya Malwatta ( river team photographer), Eduard Hempel developer of Tamba Villas / Logistics and Transportation sponsor, Dr SinhaRaja Tammita Delgoda – Director / Producer and Launch Co-lead of the film, Kuma

Unveiling of the short film ‘In Search of the Malwatu Oya’ a journey to the heart of the agriculture-based civilization of Sri Lanka was held at the National Film Corporation amid a large gathering of invitees.

This was an event dedicated to the children of the country’s irrigation civilization with profit of the event channeled to fund scholarships for children of farming families. (Educate Lanka:https://educatelanka.org/)

The event was sponsored by Hayleys Agriculture. It was an evening devoted to the Malwatu Oya River, making history by discovering its foundations that had never been explored before.

A team of passionate individuals who are professionals in diverse fields, having common interests have boldly gone on an expedition to an extent where no one has gone before, exploring the river and its past glory. Their experiences and findings on an irrigation civilization that had existed for centuries were shared via the documentary.

The second largest river in Sri Lanka, Malwatu Oya is also the most historic lying at the very heart of the country’s ancient past. The river is of enormous significance to the story of civilization of our beautiful island.

Insightful speeches and a series of classic songs devoted to the theme of ancient Anuradhapura, to the Malwatu River and its vicinity was in store for the audience to enjoy and to rethink of the value of their Motherland.

Poems about Malwatu Oya composed especially for the event were read and songs that harmonizing with the theme sung to enthrall an audience.

Music at the hands of the best people touches the core of our hearts. Dr Nilanka Anjalee Wickramasinghe being a passionate vocalist rendered a series of songs from her husky and velvety voice while poems on Malwathu Oya were read by Thilini Wickramasinghe.

The screening of ‘In Search of the Malwatu Oya’ documentary that followed brought memories of agricultural heritage of our country that had been nurtured for centuries.

Washington, USA based Teqlaa Solutions Company CEO Shanika Weerasundera the sponsor of the documentary speaking at the event said, Sri Lanka has enormous resources in abundance but very few people make use of them.

“The very heart of a country and its people is connected to its culture and history. Sri Lanka being one of the oldest living cultures in the world has a rich message for the world. We intend to tell the story of Sri Lanka to the rest of the world in a more meaningful and memorable manner. As Sri Lankans living abroad we could uplift our Motherland by way of bringing knowledge, investments, educating children, creating jobs, supporting art or helping tell the story of our country. The search for Malwatu Oya connected me with my roots in a compelling and extraordinary way”, she said.

The mastermind of the project, scholar, author Dr Sinharaja Tammita Delgoda who is the director, producer and launch co-lead of the documentary also addressed the gathering. He said search of Sri Lanka’s ancient past is a voyage of the mind, body and soul.

“Sri Lanka will always be an agricultural land and a farming society. We depend on water and we survive on irrigation”, he said.

Dr Delgoda said, “Sri Lankans living in the west keep telling their relatives, how well they are doing while neglecting their homeland. In contrast, moved by a deep feeling towards her country and its culture, Shanika Weerasundera is passionately committed to uplifting her motherland. She made this short film a reality. This is an innovative way of showing our country to the world.”

Cinematography of this remarkable documentary is by Hiranya Malwatta. Dr Delgoda commended the editing and cinematography of the documentary. Malwatu Oya being the 164 kilometer long river in Sri Lanka ranks as the second longest river in the country, with a great historic significance. It connects the city of Anuradhapura, which was the capital of the country for over 15 centuries, to the coast of Mannar.

The last person to explore Malwatu River was the Englishman Robert Knox in 1679. The aim of this new expedition is to start where the Knox’s journey ended at Arippu, where the river flows into the sea. The voyagers would row up the Malwatu Oya in canoes. As they travel they would document the story of the journey through a series of audio-visual programs, this particular one being the first.

Over the next year the team hopes to trace the course of the river by boat, all the way to Anuradhapura, a journey which has never been attempted in the modern time.

 

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Sri Lanka vocalists AGM

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The Annual General Meeting of the Sri Lanka Vocalists Association was held recently. New members for the board were also selected at the event. Janaka Wickramasinghe was elected at the President while Rohan de Silva was elected as the secretary.

Vijitha de Silva was the treasurer. Tyronne Maddumage became the vice president. Charitha Priyadharshani was the vice secretary. Michael Perera is the vice treasurer.

The book keeper is Ranjan Jayatilleke. The Technological Advisor is Ajantha Peries.

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Hearing status among 20-45-year-old bus drivers and conductors of the Kadawatha bus station, Sri Lanka.

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Hearing status among 20-45-year-old bus drivers and conductors of the Kadawatha bus station, Sri Lanka. Ileperuma, L.D. ABSTRACT: Bus drivers and conductors are a group working in noisy environments having a risk of developing occupational hearing loss. The hearing status of 86 bus drivers and conductors was evaluated comprehensively via diagnostic testing. Age and duration of work were the main factors contributing to their reduced hearing levels. Bilateral high frequency hearing loss was commonly seen in this population. BACKGROUND: Noise is a significant occupational health hazard in the transportation industry (Duarte et al. 2014). Bus drivers and bus conductors are a group affected by occupational hearing loss due to traffic noise, difficulty in sound protection methods, poor maintenance of vehicles and roads (Guardiano et al., 2012). It is important to evaluate the hearing status of Sri Lankan bus drivers and bus conductors comprehensively for the establishment and enforcement of proper regulations in the transportation sector to ensure health and safety of this population. METHOD: This descriptive cross sectional study recruited 86 bus drivers and bus conductors between 20 and 45 years from the Kadawatha bus station by purposive sampling. Data were collected from May to October 2015 through an interviewer-administered questionnaire, otoscopic examination, Distortion Product Otoacoustic Emission (DPOAE) hearing screening and diagnostic evaluation which included several hearing tests such as pure tone audiometry, speech audiometry, tympanometry, reflexometry and diagnosticDistortion Product otoacoustic emission (DPOAE) test. Data were analyzed by descriptive and inferential statistics using SPSS version 22. RESULTS: 79.1% failed the hearing screening test; 89.8% of bus drivers and 64.9 % of bus conductors. Probable factors/causes for failing the hearing screening test were, being a bus driver, age above 40 years, having a working experience as a bus driver or a bus conductor for more than 10 years and having a habit of listening to loud music. All tested by the diagnostic hearing evaluation had some form of hearing loss; 32.3% had NIHL. Age above 40 years, working experience of more than 10 years, daily travelling hours greater than 5, playing a sound system in the bus, having a habit of alcohol consumption and a history of noisy occupation and they could be associated factors for hearing loss. CONCLUSION: Tinnitus, ear fullness, headache and difficulty in hearing in noisy setting are the common complaints reported by this group. Bus drivers were the most affected group. Bilateral high frequency hearing loss was common. Age and working experience were the main factors contributing to reduced levels of hearing in this population. RECOMMENDATIONS: A pre-employment hearing evaluation and periodic follow up tests are recommended. Further in-depth studies can be conducted to measure noise levels of the bus drivers’ working environment such as inside buses, place of control and other parking places. Further studies can also be conducted to identify other causative factors for hearing loss such as whole body vibration and Carbon Monoxide exposure. It is also important to conduct education programs in order to raise awareness among bus drivers, bus conductors and their authorities on the risk of developing hearing loss and its potential implications. Poster Presentation Abstract, ASHA Convention 15th -17th November 2018 Boston, Massachusetts
          

Trusting Community Reporting?

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John Naughton writing in The Guardian makes a very powerful point about the need for trusted sources of information in developing communities. With the use of Facebook as a tool for promoting fake news, which has led to violence in Myanmar and Sri Lanka, Naughton suggests that: We have woken up to Facebook’s pernicious role [...]
          

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Visit Nepal Year 2020 Europe inaugurated in Berlin

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Visit Nepal Year 2020 Europe was inaugurated in German capital city of Berlin on Saturday. Nepali Ambassador to Germany Ramesh Prasad Khanal and Executive Officer of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) Deepak Raj Joshi jointly inaugurated the programme amidst a function in Berlin. More than 300 people including tourism entrepreneurs and tourism ministers of Sri Lanka …

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Ben McDermott joins Derbyshire on white-ball overseas contract

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9:17 AM GMT ESPNcricinfo staff Ben McDermott, the Australian wicketkeeper/batsman, has signed a white-ball deal that will see him become Derbyshire’s overseas player in both the One-Day Cup and the T20 Blast next season. McDermott, 24, has been in Australia’s squads for their T20 series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan, and is likely to be available for the duration of both tournaments, though he could miss some games if named...
          

Updating Garmin map

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Ah ok never used garmin so cant comment, im using Google maps through Carplay, so far no issues with live traffic updates etc. I also tried using Waze, which supposedly will give updates on cops etc etc. but since community in Sri Lanka is not active shifted to google maps.
          

Festival en Ecuador hurga en los recovecos de relaciones tóxicas y machismo

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Quito, 6 nov (EFE).- El primer festival de cine feminista de Ecuador exhibirá 34 películas nacionales y extranjeras que hurgan en los recovecos de relaciones tóxicas, del machismo y de los estereotipos hacia las mujeres y sus luchas por la equidad, en busca de reflexiones y acciones para construir una sociedad más justa.

Del 26 de noviembre al 1 de diciembre, los espectadores podrán asistir a distintos escenarios de Quito y Guayaquil (suroeste) para admirar, en el marco del 'Festival EQUIS', trece largometrajes y 21 cortometrajes de ficción y documentales enfocados en la igualdad de género.

'EQUIS', según sus organizadores, es un festival de cine independiente e internacional que pretende generar un espacio de diálogo y cuestionamiento alrededor de temas relacionados con el género, la identidad, la sexualidad y las relaciones de poder, por medio de la exhibición de películas de alta calidad.

El telón se abrirá con el documental suizo-alemán 'Female pleasure', en el que se habla de la sexualidad femenina a través de la historia de cinco mujeres de distintas culturas que, de una u otra forma, se revelan contra lo establecido en sus comunidades religiosas.

Con una inversión de 50.000 dólares, el festival 'EQUIS' estará dividido en tres partes: 'Poner el cuerpo', 'Puños arriba' y 'Amiga date cuenta', precisaron los organizadores.

En la primera parte hay una selección de películas sobre mujeres fuertes que desde su trinchera cambian la historia del mundo, pues son ellas las que en su día a día rompen estereotipos y son protagonistas de sus propias vidas.

En esta sección se juntan obras de Ecuador, Estados Unidos, Sri Lanka/Reino Unido, Brasil, Colombia y Argentina, agregaron.

Además, siete piezas de Argentina, Ecuador, Suiza/Alemania, Guatemala, Brasil y Chile integran la sección 'Puños arriba', en la que se ofrece una mirada colectiva sobre la desigualdad, la explotación, el placer y la autonomía.

En la sección 'Amiga date cuenta' se pone énfasis en que el primer paso para acabar con las relaciones tóxicas es reconocerlas, un mensaje que calará hondo con temas como el acoso laboral y feminicidio, entre otros temas, con nueve obras de Israel, México, Chile, Argentina, Brasil y Ecuador/España.

Para Virginia Sotomayor, codirectora del festival, las relaciones tóxicas en las que se mueven las mujeres abarcan varios ámbitos, entre ellos, los laborales, familiares, sentimentales o de amistad.

'Es un proceso súper largo deshacerse de estas relaciones, pero todo empieza en darte cuenta. Ver estas películas puede dar una señal' sobre los límites que deben poner las mujeres, pero también un mensaje sobre la actuación de otras personas con ellas, comentó Sotomayor Efe.

Por ello, aseguró que el festival no es solo para mujeres o feministas 'sino para todas las personas que estén interesadas en cuestionarse estas actitudes'.

Consideró que el cine es una herramienta con capacidad para generar empatía sobre los personajes y por ello, al ponerse en los zapatos del protagonista, se pueden generar cambios y sumar apoyos en distintas luchas.

Por eso, con el festival se invita a romper todo tipo de relaciones tóxicas y estereotipos de belleza como la idea de que 'todas tenemos que ser flacas, altas, piernas largas, y cuestionar qué es belleza en realidad', agregó.

Pero en el festival también hay películas que hablan sobre la vulnerabilidad de mujeres y niñas en casos de migración, otras sobre derechos sexuales y reproductivos y unas más en las que se trata la visión de las mujeres hacia otras de su género.

Tema, este último, que se aborda en el cortometraje ecuatoriano-español 'Ni sí, ni no', de 2018, en el que se retrata cómo una hija ve a su madre solo como progenitora y no como mujer, obra que está incluida en la sección 'Amiga date cuenta'. EFE


          

Certified Ethical Hacker - CEH V10 - Hippo Cyber Institute , Dubai

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Certified Ethical Hacker V10
A Certified Ethical Hacker is a skilled professional who understands and knows how to look for weaknesses and vulnerabilities in target systems and uses the same knowledge and tools as a malicious hacker, but in a lawful and legitimate manner to assess the security posture of a target system(s). The CEH credential certifies individuals in the specific network security discipline of Ethical Hacking from a vendor-neutral perspective.

Hippo Cyber Institute Premium CEH V10 Training program 
  • Officially EC-Council Accredited training Centre
  • Certified EC-Council Trainer with 8+ year of industrial training experience in more than 8 countries and delivered training to people from America, Canada, Brazil, UK, Netherlands, Belgium, Angola, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Cameroon, Egypt, Syria, Australia, Hongkong, Mongolia, Philippines, Indian, Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia, Argentine, Qatar, Tanzania, Lesotho, Seychelles, Afghanistan, Burundi, Sweden, Pakistan, Russia
  • Official EC-Council courseware material includes Book, Tools, & Exam Voucher
  • Official EC-Council Test Centre
  • Intense hands on training and demonstration
  • One free repeat training if not you are not ready for the exam
  • Exam tips, practice questions, and in-depth explanations
  • Post-training support
  • Exam Registration support
  • Exam cost of all the training are included
  • Refreshments
About the Program

Our security experts have designed over 140 labs which mimic real time scenarios in the course to help you “live” through an attack as if it were real and provide you with access to over 2200 commonly used hacking tools to immerse you into the hacker world.
As “a picture tells a thousand words”, our developers have all this and more for you in over 1685 graphically rich, specially designed slides to help you grasp complex security concepts in depth which will be presented to you in a 5 day hands on class by our Certified EC-Council Instructor.
The goal of this course is to help you master an ethical hacking methodology that can be used in a penetration testing or ethical hacking situation. You walk out the door with ethical hacking skills that are highly in demand, as well as the internationally recognized Certified Ethical Hacker certification! This course prepares you for EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker exam 312-50.

The Purpose of the CEH credential is to:
  • Establish and govern minimum standards for credentialing professional information security specialists in ethical hacking measures.
  • Inform the public that credentialed individuals meet or exceed the minimum standards.
  • Reinforce ethical hacking as a unique and self-regulating profession.
What is New in CEH Version 10 Course
  • Module 01: Introduction to Ethical Hacking
  • Module 02: Footprinting and Reconnaissance
  • Module 03: Scanning Networks
  • Module 04: Enumeration
  • Module 05: Vulnerability Analysis
  • Module 06: System Hacking
  • Module 07: Malware Threats
  • Module 08: Sniffing
  • Module 09: Social Engineering
  • Module 10: Denial-of-Service
  • Module 11: Session Hijacking
  • Module 12: Evading IDS, Firewalls, and Honeypots
  • Module 13: Hacking Web Servers
  • Module 14: Hacking Web Applications
  • Module 15: SQL Injection
  • Module 16: Hacking Wireless Networks
  • Module 17: Hacking Mobile Platforms
  • Module 18: IoT Hacking
  • Module 19: Cloud Computing
  • Module 20: Cryptography
About the Exam
  • Number of Questions: 125
  • Test Duration: 4 Hours
  • Test Format: Multiple Choice
  • Test Delivery: ECC EXAM, VUE
  • Exam Prefix: 312-50 (ECC EXAM), 312-50 (VUE)

Cost: 5000 AED

Duration: 40 Hours


          

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How did she do that? New Zealand-based Shibani Shetty on making it on the global fashion stage

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She’s dressed some of India and Sri Lanka’s biggest movie stars, but Auckland-based Shibani Shetty is only just getting started. Inspired by the international runways, from Milan to Mumbai, Mission Bay-based Shibani looked to the international fashion community to launch her contemporary fashion label Tutla. A software engineer by trade, the designer has shown how […]

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Sri Lanka PM to lose job after presidential vote

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Presidential contenders Rajapakse and Premadasa both say they’d pick someone besides Wickremesinghe


          

Special Notice : External Pharmacy Exam (November 23)

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Special Notice, External Pharmacist Exam, (November 23), Eligible list and Instructions, Ceylon Medical College Council,Special Notice, External Pharmacist Exam, (November 23), Eligible list and Instructions, Ceylon Medical College Council, Special Notice has released by Ceylon Medical College Council to All Candidates for the external Pharmaicst Exam which was sheduled on 23 November 2019. Please download […]

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Results Released : Exam Department

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Results Released,Oriental (Pracina) Pandit , Intermediate Exam Statistical Officer Grade II of the Department of Census and Statistics, Exam Department,Results Released,Oriental (Pracina) Pandit , Intermediate Exam Statistical Officer Grade II of the Department of Census and Statistics, Exam Department Department of Examination has released the results of Below exams. Examinations of the Oriental Studies Society […]

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MCC Agreement

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MCC Agreement ,MCC Agreement ,MCC Agreement ,MCC Agreement ,MCC Agreement Here we have attached the MCC Document which is the trending ongoing topic and as sri lankans we all have to aware on it. Click Below link and Download the agreement which contains 86 Pages. This was drafted by ministry of finance. Click Below for […]

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Temporary identity card to vote for Presidential Election

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Temporary identity card to vote for Presidential Election for those who do not have National Identity Card, Passport or Driving License, ජාතික හැඳුනුම්පත, විදේශ ගමන් බලපත්‍රය හෝ රියදුරු බලපත්‍රය නොමැති අය සඳහා ජනාධිපතිවරණයට ඡන්දය දීමට තාවකාලික හැඳුනුම්පත, தேசிய அடையாள அட்டை இல்லாதவர்கள், வெளிநாட்டு கடவூச்சீட்டு இல்லாதவர்கள், சாரதி அனுமதிப்பத்திரம் இல்லாதவர்களுக்கு வாக்களிப்பதற்கான தற்காலிக அடையாள அட்டை Election Department says its […]

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Sri Lanka, cercasi boia per eseguire impiccagioni

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Dopo che, alla ricerca di un buon argomento per acchiappare consenso e voti in vista delle elezioni nelle quali si candida a un secondo mandato, il presidente Maithripala Sirisena ha lanciato la sua “guerra alla droga” annunciando il ripristino delle esecuzioni, il ministero della Giustizia dello Sri Lanka ha pubblicato sui quotidiani locali il bando per l'assunzione dei boia. Dato che l'ultima esecuzione risale a 42 anni fa, la posizione che in passato si tramandava di padre in figlio è (...) - Mondo / , , ,
          

Sri Lanka’s First Modern and Contemporary Art Museum to Open in December

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Sri Lanka is planning to open its first museum dedicated to modern and contemporary art next month.The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Sri Lanka, which has been three years in the making, began
          

Sri Lanka: Listing Rajapaksa era atrocities TNA says no to Gota; calls on Tamils to vote Sajith

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Presidential Election – 16th November 2019. An Election for a President to be democratically elected for Sri Lanka is due to be held on 16th November 2019. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) -The Illankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi (ITAK) as the party with the third largest number of seats in Parliament desires to state its position, [...]
          

Sri Lanka: Letter to Facebook- Urgent need for rollout of platform affordances for greater oversight of campaign spending

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7 November 2019, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is releasing a letter sent to Mr Senura Abeywardene, the Country Representative for Sri Lanka at Facebook, on 30 September 2019, with specific asks around ads oversight in relation to the 2019 Presidential Election. Download the letter as a PDF here. It is also reproduced [...]
          

Sri Lanka: Compensation up to 1.5 million to be paid to 78 victimised media persons under Rajapaksa rule.

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Implementation of Committee Recommendations providing relief to Media Persons who were subjected to harassment and persecution during 2005 to 2015 Period. The Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal presented by H. E. the President upon the request of Non-Cabinet Minister of Mass Media to compensate 78 journalists who were subjected to harassment and persecution during [...]
          

Sri Lanka: Sandhya Ekneligoda files complaint with HRC over Gotabaya

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Sandya Ekneligoda, wife of the missing journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda, yesterday lodged a complaint with the Chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) with regard to a statement made by SLPP Presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa on an election campaign stage in Anuradhapura. “Gotabaya Rajapaksa on October 10 said that he will release intelligence [...]
          

Sri Lankan presidential candidates asked to guarantee editorial independence – RSF

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Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on Sri Lanka’s presidential candidates to give firm pledges to respect press freedom after a media owner threatened and then fired a radio news editor for refusing to broadcast fabricated and biased information, in an incident that speaks volumes about intimidation of journalists in Sri Lanka. “He shouted at me, [...]
          

Millennium Challenge Corporation Compact — MCC Sri Lanka — UPDATING document – Prof Kushan Liyanarachchi

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In Brief What is MCC? It is an independent development organization, like USAID, funded by US Taxpayer dollars. Is MCC a grant or a loan? A Grant. Not a loan. Is it connected to SOFA and ACSA military agreements? No connection to ACSA or SOFA. No military connection what-so-ever. MCC has signed 37 grant agreements up to date in 30 different [...]
          

Sri Lanka Presidential election 2019: Premadasa manifesto – Is it better than Gotabaya’s? – Waruna Singappuli

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Image: Sajith Premadasa. The election manifesto of Sajith Premadasa was released last week and it is interesting to analyse it with the same criteria that was used by me to evaluate the manifesto of Gotabaya Rajapaksa last week. What’s good The most eye-catching aspect of the manifesto could be the concessions offered to small enterprises. [...]
          

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Delayed splenic rupture after blunt trauma is rare and contributes to a significant mortality rate. As this is accompanied by a period of clinical quiescence, a close clinical vigilance is required for early diagnosis and surgical intervention. A case report on death because of delayed rupture of healthy spleen after blunt trauma is presented. The pathophysiology of delayed rupture and importance of early detection are discussed. The case presented is the first known case of death due to delayed splenic rupture in Sri Lanka.
          

World: Education Above All Foundation, World Bank Partner to Ensure Education for Two Million Out of School Children Around the World

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Source: World Bank, Education Above All
Country: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Haiti, India, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Kenya, Lao People's Democratic Republic (the), Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, World, Zambia

WASHINGTON DC, September 20, 2019 - This week, Education Above All Foundation (EAA) and the World Bank announced a ground-breaking partnership to enrol two million out of school children from more than 40 countries by 2025. During a meeting with World Bank President David Malpass, Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Founder and Chairperson of Education Above All Foundation, stressed the importance of this framework agreement.

The agreement commits up to $250 million in funding for developing countries striving to enable access to quality primary education for all of their still out-of-school children. Unlike traditional philanthropic efforts of organizations like EAA who usually fund local non-profits directly, this innovative funding model aims to take lessons learned in the field to scale, through direct support to participating countries with implementation, evaluation, and reporting - enabling accountability and systemic change at the national level.

Out of school children (OOSC) are among the hardest to reach in each country due to the many and often compounding barriers to education including extreme poverty, distance to school, and conflict. This new agreement calls on governments to utilise funds to prioritise out of school children by ensuring their access to quality primary education through results-based financing. The agreement highlights the importance of multi-stakeholder partnerships in supporting developing nations, in providing education for all, and meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals, particularly SDG 4 (ensuring inclusive and quality education for all and promoting lifelong learning).

"The World Bank is committed to addressing the global learning crisis. The partnership with Education Above All is critically important in this effort. There are still too many out of school children around the globe. Together we will bring these children into school and help them learn and fulfil their potential. Learning for all is a foundation for building strong human capital for every country," said Jaime Saavedra, Global Director for Education at the World Bank.

"Our partnership with Qatar and Education Above All will play an especially important role in the Middle East and North Africa," said Ferid Belhaj, World Bank Vice President for the Middle East and North Africa. "As access to quality education is critical for the region to unlock the huge potential of its large youth population, whose energy and creativity could become a new source of dynamic and inclusive growth."

Through this new funding structure, EAA and The World Bank will support financing opportunities for resource mobilization, education advocacy, and poverty reduction in developing countries across three continents. Proposed targeted countries include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Haiti, India, Iran, Iraq, Kenya, Laos, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, and Zambia.

About Education Above All (EAA) Foundation

The Education Above All (EAA) Foundation is a global education foundation established in 2012 by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser. The Foundation envisions bringing hope and real opportunity to the lives of impoverished and marginalized children, youth and women, especially in the developing world and in difficult circumstances such as conflict situations and natural disasters. It believes that education is the single most effective means of reducing poverty, generating economic growth and creating peaceful and just societies, as well as a fundamental right for all children and an essential condition to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For more information, visit educationaboveall.orghttp://educationaboveall.org/.

About World Bank Group Work on Education

The World Bank Group is the largest financier of education in the developing world. We work on education programs in more than 80 countries and are committed to helping countries reach Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4, which calls for access to quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all by 2030. In 2018, we provided about $4.5 billion for education programs, technical assistance, and other projects designed to improve learning and provide everyone with the opportunity to get the education they need to succeed. Our current portfolio of education projects totals $17 billion, highlighting the importance of education for the achievement of our twin goals, ending extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity.

For more information, please visit: worldbank.org/educationhttp://.worldbank.org/education educationaboveall.orghttp://www.educationaboveall.org


          

World: FPMA Bulletin #3, 10 April 2018

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Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Country: Afghanistan, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mexico, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Eswatini, Tajikistan, Thailand, Togo, Uganda, Ukraine, United Republic of Tanzania, Viet Nam, World, Zambia

KEY MESSAGES

↗ International prices of wheat and maize rose in March for the third consecutive month and averaged more than 10 percent above their levels in December 2017. Prices were mainly supported by concerns over the impact of prolonged dryness in key-growing areas of the United States of America and Argentina, coupled with strong demand. International rice prices remained relatively stable.

↗ In South America, severe dry weather and strong demand underpinned the domestic prices of grains in key exporting country, Argentina, while the price of yellow maize spiked also in Brazil in March.

↗ In East Africa, in the Sudan, the strong upward surge in prices of coarse grains faltered in March but they remained at record or near-record highs, reflecting the removal of the wheat subsidies and the strong depreciation of the local currency.

↗ In Southern Africa, in Madagascar, prices of locally-produced and imported rice declined in February from the record highs reached in January with the harvesting of the minor season paddy crop and following an appreciation of the Malagasy Ariary.


          

World: FPMA Bulletin #2, 9 March 2018

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Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Country: Afghanistan, Argentina, Armenia, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mexico, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Eswatini, Thailand, Togo, Uganda, Ukraine, United Republic of Tanzania, Uzbekistan, Viet Nam, World, Zambia, Zimbabwe

KEY MESSAGES

↗ International prices of wheat and maize increased further in February, mainly supported by weather-related concerns and currency movements. Export price quotations of rice also continued to strengthen, although the increases were capped by subsiding global demand for Indica supplies.

↗ In East Africa, in the Sudan, prices of the main staples: sorghum, millet and wheat, continued to increase in February and reached record highs, underpinned by the removal of the wheat subsidies and the strong depreciation of the Sudanese Pound.

↗ In Southern Africa, in Madagascar, prices of rice hit record highs at the start of the year, as a result of tight supplies following a sharp drop in the 2017 output to a substantially below-average level and a weaker currency.

↗ In West Africa, prices of coarse grains continued to generally increase in February and reached levels above those a year earlier despite the good harvests gathered in late 2017, due to a strong demand for stock replenishment, coupled with localized production shortfalls and insecurity in some areas.


          

World: FPMA Bulletin #1, 16 February 2018

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Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Country: Afghanistan, Argentina, Armenia, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Malawi, Mali, Mexico, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Eswatini, Thailand, Togo, Uganda, Ukraine, United Republic of Tanzania, Uzbekistan, Viet Nam, World, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Key messages

  • International prices of wheat and maize were generally firmer in January, supported by weather-related concerns and a weaker US dollar. Export price quotations of rice also strengthened mainly buoyed by renewed Asian demand.

  • In East Africa, in the Sudan, prices of the main staples: sorghum, millet and wheat, rose sharply for the third consecutive month in January and reached record highs, underpinned by the removal of wheat subsidies and the strong depreciation of the Sudanese Pound.

  • In West Africa, prices of coarse grains were at relatively high levels in January, despite the good harvests gathered in late 2017, due to strong demand for stock replenishment and insecurity in some areas.


          

World: FPMA Bulletin #11, 11 December 2017

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Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Country: Afghanistan, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mexico, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Eswatini, Tajikistan, Thailand, Togo, Uganda, Ukraine, United Republic of Tanzania, Viet Nam, World, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Key messages

↗ International prices of wheat and maize remained relatively stable in November, reflecting good supply conditions, while export quotations of rice strengthened amid increased buying interest and currency movements.

↗ In East Africa, prices of cereals in November continued to decline in most countries with the ongoing 2017 harvests and were at levels around or below those a year earlier with a few exceptions. By contrast, in the Sudan, prices surged and reached record highs in some markets, mainly underpinned by the sharp depreciation of the Sudanese Pound in the parallel market.

↗ In Central America, after the sharp increases recorded in the previous month, prices of white maize eased in November as market flows returned to normal, after disruption caused by severe rains in the previous month. Good domestic availabilities kept prices at levels below those a year earlier.


          

World: FPMA Bulletin #10, 10 November 2017

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Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Country: Afghanistan, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mexico, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Eswatini, Tajikistan, Thailand, Togo, Uganda, Ukraine, United Republic of Tanzania, Viet Nam, World, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Key messages

  • The benchmark US wheat price declined in October mostly because of higher supply prospects while maize quotations firmed due to rain-induced harvest delays. International rice prices strengthened in October, mainly reflecting seasonally tight Japonica and fragrant supplies.

  • In East and West Africa, cereal prices declined in October with the 2017 ongoing or recently-started harvests. However, concerns over crop outputs and civil insecurity kept prices at high levels in some countries, particularly in Ethiopia, Nigeria and South Sudan.

  • In Central America, heavy rains in October led to unseasonal increases in maize and bean prices. They remained, however, at levels well below those a year earlier as a result of adequate domestic supplies, following the overall good outputs in 2016 and the 2017 first season harvests.


          

World: FPMA Bulletin #9, 10 October 2017

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Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Country: Afghanistan, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mexico, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Eswatini, Tajikistan, Thailand, Togo, Uganda, Ukraine, United Republic of Tanzania, Uzbekistan, Viet Nam, World, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Key messages

  • International prices of wheat increased in September mostly because of weather-related concerns, while maize quotations fell further on crop harvest pressure. International rice prices remained generally firm, supported by seasonally tight availabilities of fragrant rice and strong demand for higher quality Indica supplies.

  • In East Africa, prices of cereals remained at levels above those of a year earlier in most countries, particularly in Ethiopia reflecting seasonal tightness amid concerns over the impact of the Fall Armyworm infestation on the main harvest and in South Sudan mainly due to the ongoing conflict.

  • In Asia, prices of rice in Bangladesh increased again in September and reached record highs, with seasonal patterns exacerbated by the reduced 2017 main season output and concerns over the impact of the July-August floods on the second season crop, to be harvested from November.


          

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Two Novel Variants in the ATRX Gene Associated with Variable Phenotypes

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The X-linked alpha-thalassemia mental retardation (ATR-X) syndrome is a rare genetic condition caused by mutations in the X‐encoded gene ATRX. Here we describe two unrelated patients of Sri Lankan origin with novel missense variants in the ATRX gene: c.839C>T|p.Cys280Tyr and c.5369C>T|p.Ala1790Val. These two novel variants were associated with variable phenotypes which clinically resembled X-linked mental retardation-hypotonic facies syndrome and Smith-Fineman-Myers syndrome respectively. These cases expand the clinical spectrum of ATR-X syndrome and open new opportunities for the molecular diagnosis of ATRX mutations in male patients with severe global developmental delay and intellectual disabilities.
          

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Imperial Encounters in Sri Lanka: Pluriversal Sovereignty and the State

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CEVA Logistics strengthens its presence in Sri Lanka with a new operation

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Marseille, France, 4th November, 2019 – As it further extends its capabilities across Asia, CEVA Logistics has set up a new operation in Sri Lanka officially opening the CEVA Sri Lanka office for business today. With the new set up, CEVA Sri Lanka will service clients in both the island nation and in the Maldives. From its headquarters in Colombo customers will be offered a full range of multi-modal services including air, ocean, sea-air Customs brokerage and road transportation solutio...

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The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) to the U.S. Educational system, culture and values. Deadline : 31 December 2019

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The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) to the U.S. Educational system, culture and values. Deadline : 31 December 2019

The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) brings future leaders to the U.S. to experience the U.S. educational system, share their culture, and explore U.S. culture and values.

Application is open November 4th, 2019 through December 31st, 2019.

Global UGRAD is administered by World Learning on behalf of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by World Learning.

Since 2008, World Learning has provided this opportunity to over 2,200 Global UGRAD students.  Participants leave the U.S. with the tools to become leaders in their professions and communities. Global UGRAD alumni go on to receive Fulbright grants, obtain prestigious international internships, and work in business and government in their home countries and regions.

Countries: Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cambodia, China, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Georgia, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mauritania, Mauritius, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Oman, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, West Bank and Gaza, Zimbabwe

 

 

Program Goals

To promote mutual understanding between people of the United States and other countries.

  • Provide a fulfilling exchange experience to drive academic, cross-cultural, and leadership competencies for students from Global UGRAD countries.
  • Enhance students’ academic knowledge and professional skills needed to pursue long-term academic and career goals.
  • Cultivate students’ comprehensive and nuanced understanding of the U.S.
  • Facilitate opportunities for students to establish social networks with U.S. host institutions and local communities.
  • Empower students to engage constructively in the civic life of their local and global communities.               CLICK HERE TO APPLY

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Full Masters Scholarships offered by Commonwealth (Deadline: 18 December 2019)

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Full Masters Scholarships offered by Commonwealth (Deadline: 18 December 2019)

Commonwealth Shared Scholarships are for candidates from least developed and lower middle income Commonwealth countries, for full-time Master’s study on selected courses, jointly supported by UK universities.

Funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Commonwealth Shared Scholarships enable talented and motivated individuals to gain the knowledge and skills required for sustainable development, and are aimed at those who could not otherwise afford to study in the UK.

These scholarships are offered under six themes:

  1. Science and technology for development
  2. Strengthening health systems and capacity
  3. Promoting global prosperity
  4. Strengthening global peace, security and governance
  5. Strengthening resilience and response to crises
  6. Access, inclusion and opportunity

For more information on other scholarships offered by the CSC, visit the CSC Apply page.

Eligibility
Terms and conditions
Selection Process
How to apply
Enquiries

Eligibility

To apply for these scholarships, you must:

  • Be a citizen of or have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country, or be a British Protected Person
  • Be permanently resident in an eligible Commonwealth country
  • Be available to start your academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2020
  • By September 2020, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) standard, or a second class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree). The CSC typically does not fund a second UK Master’s degree. If you are applying for a second UK Master’s degree, you will need to provide justification as to why you wish to undertake this study.
  • Not have studied or worked for one (academic) year or more in a high income country
  • Be unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship

The CSC aims to identify talented individuals who have the potential to make change. We are committed to a policy of equal opportunity and non-discrimination, and encourage applications from a diverse range of candidates. For further information on the support available to candidates with a disability, see the CSC disability support statement.

The CSC is committed to administering and managing its scholarships and fellowships in a fair and transparent manner. For further information, see the CSC anti-fraud policy and the DFID guidance on reporting fraud.

Eligible Commonwealth countries

Bangladesh
Cameroon
Eswatini
The Gambia
Ghana
India
Kenya
Kiribati
Lesotho
Malawi
Mozambique
Nigeria
Pakistan
Papua New Guinea
Rwanda
Samoa
Sierra Leone
Solomon Islands
Sri Lanka
Tanzania
Tuvalu
Uganda
Vanuatu
Zambia

Terms and conditions

For full terms and conditions – including further details of the scholarship themes, value of the scholarship, and general conditions – see the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships terms and conditions 2020.

Selection process

Each participating UK University will conduct its own recruitment process to select a specified number of candidates to be awarded Commonwealth Shared Scholarships. Universities must put forward their selected candidates to the CSC in March 2020. The CSC will then confirm that these candidates meet the eligibility criteria for this scheme. Universities will inform candidates of their results by July 2020.

Applications will be considered according to the following selection criteria:

  • Academic merit of the candidate
  • Potential impact of the work on the development of the candidate’s home country

For further details, see the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships 2020 selection criteria.

How to apply

You can apply to study one of the taught Master’s courses offered in the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship scheme. These scholarships do not cover undergraduate courses, PhD study, or any pre-sessional English language teaching, and are usually tenable for one year only. View a full list of eligible courses.

You must also secure admission to your course in addition to applying for a Shared Scholarship. You must check with your chosen university for their specific advice on when to apply, admission requirements, and rules for applying. View a full list of university contact details.

You must make your application using the CSC’s online application system, in addition to any other application that you are required to complete by your chosen university. The CSC will not accept any applications that are not submitted via the online application system.

You can apply for more than one course and/or to more than one university, but you may only accept one offer of a Shared Scholarship.

The CSC particularly welcomes applicants from the following countries:

Eswatini
Kiribati
Lesotho
Malawi
Mozambique
Papua New Guinea
Rwanda
Samoa
Solomon Islands
Tanzania
The Gambia
Tuvalu
Vanuatu

All applications must be submitted by 16.00 (GMT) on 18 December 2019 at the latest.

You are advised to complete and submit your application as soon as possible, as the online application system will be very busy in the days leading up to the application deadline.

Your application must include the following supporting documentation by 16:00 (GMT) on 18 December 2019 in order for your application to be eligible for consideration:

  • Proof of citizenship or refugee status – uploaded to the online application system
  • Full transcripts detailing all your higher education qualifications including to-date transcripts for any qualifications you are currently studying (with certified translations if not in English) – uploaded to the online application system

The CSC’s online application system is now open.

Enquiries

If you have any queries about applying for a Commonwealth Shared Scholarship, you can Contact us. We will not use your email address for any purpose other than responding to your enquiry.

For more information on other scholarships offered by the CSC, visit the CSC Apply page.

 

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STUDY IN UK : Full Funded Scholarships from Commonwealth for candidates from least developed and lower middle income, Deadline : 18 December 2019

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STUDY IN UK : Full Funded Scholarships from Commonwealth for candidates from least developed and lower middle income, Deadline : 18 December 2019

Shared Scholarships

Commonwealth Shared Scholarships are for candidates from least developed and lower middle income Commonwealth countries, for full-time Master’s study on selected courses, jointly supported by UK universities.

Funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Commonwealth Shared Scholarships enable talented and motivated individuals to gain the knowledge and skills required for sustainable development, and are aimed at those who could not otherwise afford to study in the UK.

These scholarships are offered under six themes:

  1. Science and technology for development
  2. Strengthening health systems and capacity
  3. Promoting global prosperity
  4. Strengthening global peace, security and governance
  5. Strengthening resilience and response to crises
  6. Access, inclusion and opportunity

For more information on other scholarships offered by the CSC, visit the CSC Apply page.

Eligibility
Terms and conditions
Selection Process
How to apply
Enquiries

Eligibility

To apply for these scholarships, you must:

  • Be a citizen of or have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country, or be a British Protected Person
  • Be permanently resident in an eligible Commonwealth country
  • Be available to start your academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2020
  • By September 2020, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) standard, or a second class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree). The CSC typically does not fund a second UK Master’s degree. If you are applying for a second UK Master’s degree, you will need to provide justification as to why you wish to undertake this study.
  • Not have studied or worked for one (academic) year or more in a high income country
  • Be unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship

The CSC aims to identify talented individuals who have the potential to make change. We are committed to a policy of equal opportunity and non-discrimination, and encourage applications from a diverse range of candidates. For further information on the support available to candidates with a disability, see the CSC disability support statement.

The CSC is committed to administering and managing its scholarships and fellowships in a fair and transparent manner. For further information, see the CSC anti-fraud policy and the DFID guidance on reporting fraud.

Eligible Commonwealth countries

Bangladesh
Cameroon
Eswatini
The Gambia
Ghana
India
Kenya
Kiribati
Lesotho
Malawi
Mozambique
Nigeria
Pakistan
Papua New Guinea
Rwanda
Samoa
Sierra Leone
Solomon Islands
Sri Lanka
Tanzania
Tuvalu
Uganda
Vanuatu
Zambia

Terms and conditions

For full terms and conditions – including further details of the scholarship themes, value of the scholarship, and general conditions – see the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships terms and conditions 2020.

 

 

Selection process

Each participating UK University will conduct its own recruitment process to select a specified number of candidates to be awarded Commonwealth Shared Scholarships. Universities must put forward their selected candidates to the CSC in March 2020. The CSC will then confirm that these candidates meet the eligibility criteria for this scheme. Universities will inform candidates of their results by July 2020.

Applications will be considered according to the following selection criteria:

  • Academic merit of the candidate
  • Potential impact of the work on the development of the candidate’s home country

For further details, see the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships 2020 selection criteria.

How to apply

You can apply to study one of the taught Master’s courses offered in the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship scheme. These scholarships do not cover undergraduate courses, PhD study, or any pre-sessional English language teaching, and are usually tenable for one year only. View a full list of eligible courses.

You must also secure admission to your course in addition to applying for a Shared Scholarship. You must check with your chosen university for their specific advice on when to apply, admission requirements, and rules for applying. View a full list of university contact details.

You must make your application using the CSC’s online application system, in addition to any other application that you are required to complete by your chosen university. The CSC will not accept any applications that are not submitted via the online application system.

You can apply for more than one course and/or to more than one university, but you may only accept one offer of a Shared Scholarship.

The CSC particularly welcomes applicants from the following countries:

Eswatini
Kiribati
Lesotho
Malawi
Mozambique
Papua New Guinea
Rwanda
Samoa
Solomon Islands
Tanzania
The Gambia
Tuvalu
Vanuatu

All applications must be submitted by 16.00 (GMT) on 18 December 2019 at the latest.

You are advised to complete and submit your application as soon as possible, as the online application system will be very busy in the days leading up to the application deadline.

Your application must include the following supporting documentation by 16:00 (GMT) on 18 December 2019 in order for your application to be eligible for consideration:

  • Proof of citizenship or refugee status – uploaded to the online application system
  • Full transcripts detailing all your higher education qualifications including to-date transcripts for any qualifications you are currently studying (with certified translations if not in English) – uploaded to the online application system

The CSC’s online application system is now open.

Enquiries

If you have any queries about applying for a Commonwealth Shared Scholarship, you can Contact us. We will not use your email address for any purpose other than responding to your enquiry.

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11/04 Links Pt1: The missing billions of the Palestinian Authority; The delusional one-state solution; Netanyahu: Arab Countries Now See Israel as an ‘Indispensable Ally’ Against Iran

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PMW: The missing billions of the Palestinian Authority
Since its creation, the Palestinian Authority has received tens of billions of dollars of international aid. Just since 2011, the European Union, the United States, and other countries have provided the PA with hundreds of millions of dollars and euros of aid.

While the PA has constantly complained about its financial difficulties, scrutiny of the PA’s own financial records for the years 2011 - 2018, shows that the PA transferred from its coffers over 7 billion shekels to the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), some of which was then given to terrorist organizations. In that same period, the PA also spent over 440 million shekels to fund its non-functioning institutions.

Funding to the PLO and internationally designated terrorist organizations

The PLO, which is also headed by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, is an umbrella organization for several Palestinian groups. The largest and most dominant member is Abbas’ Fatah party. Other members include groups designated as terror organizations by the US and the EU such as the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and the Palestinian Liberation Front. PLO members are entitled to and receive funding from the PLO.

While international donors have demanded that the PA show financial transparency, the PLO is not subject to any financial regulation or demands of transparency. Accordingly, it is impossible to know what happens with billions of dollars of donor money the PA has given and continues to give today to the PLO.

Only on sporadic occasions are the financial workings of the PLO exposed. In June 2018, a senior PFLP official, Maher Mazhar, complained that the PFLP was not getting its monthly allocations from the PLO.

Denying the claim of the PFLP, PLO Executive Committee member and Fatah Central Committee member Azzam Al-Ahmad confirmed that Abbas and the Palestinian National Fund - the financial branch of the PLO - are responsible for funding the PFLP, and stressed that the allocations had not been stopped:

“PLO Executive Committee member [and Fatah Central Committee member] Azzam Al-Ahmad denied that the allocation from the Palestinian National Fund to any Palestinian organization, including the Popular Front [for the Liberation of Palestine] (PFLP), has been stopped. In a telephone conversation with Al-Ahmad from Amman, he said: ‘There is no truth to the rumors that [PA] President Abbas or any other party has stopped the allocation to the PFLP.” [Ma’an, (Independent Palestinian news agency), June 17, 2018]
The delusional one-state solution
Events like the Jaffa Riots of 1921 (95 dead) and the Riots of 1929 (249 dead) were a common fixture. When all out war inevitably emerged in 1948 due to Arab rejection of a Jewish state, it ended with the permanent exile of up to 90% of Palestinians from Israeli-controlled territory. Nothing unusual here. Population transfers are a common result of intrastate ethnic conflict. Those wishing to alleviate Palestinian hardship should consider this when contemplating a situation that would result in a power struggle similar to what emerged following the British Mandate.

And a power struggle it will be. One-staters envision shared governance between Jews and Arabs, who will work together under a liberal democratic framework, but the Palestinians have proven unable to do this even amongst themselves. Two years after Israel withdrew from Gaza, Hamas overthrew the PLO and instituted a totalitarian Islamist regime.

Things are not much better in the West Bank, where President Mahmoud Abbas is now in his 15th year of a four-year term. The “occupation” cannot be blamed. After all, pre-state Israel somehow managed to uphold democratic norms under the brutality of the British Mandate. Democracy is simply not presently part of the Palestinian lexicon.

The same goes for the “liberal” part of “liberal democracy.” Polls by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center show that the Palestinians hold beliefs vehemently at odds with an inclusive society. A majority support honor killings, and 93% of the population harbors antisemitic views, according to the Anti-Defamation League.

Before the one-state solution as envisioned by Palestinian advocates is even discussed, Palestinians have a very long way to go. Looking at examples from the broader region, there’s good reason to believe that an Israeli-Palestinian utopia will forever remain a pipe dream.

Understandably, as US President Donald Trump continues to delay his vision for resolving the conflict, ideas counter to the mainstream two-state solution will be discussed. Some are worse than others, but few are as bad as the one-state solution.
Trump’s Middle East shake-up led to killing of al-Baghdadi
As it turns out, the killing of both Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his heir apparent, Abu Hassan al-Muhajir, was a direct result of Trump’s shake-up of the pre-existing order in northern Syria and northern Iraq. While it should be obvious, it bears repeating: the media and the American people are not privy to the vast trove of intelligence the commander in chief has at his fingertips. This is particularly important in the complex and multidimensional Middle East, where alliances and verbal agreements are the rule, rather than the exception.

We think in black-and-white terms, but the truth is often closer to gray and white, or black and gray. I have many theories as to just how our US special forces pulled off this miraculous assault against the No. 1 terrorist in the world, but overall, I would venture that what it boils down to is that the president caught al-Baghdadi off-guard.

Al-Baghdadi was no doubt celebrating America’s pullout from the region and got careless. Essentially, it flushed him out into the open. He was planning a new barrage of terror, especially against the Kurds and Yazidis. What he was not prepared for was the determination and steadfastness of Trump. He miscalculated regarding our president and suffered the consequences.

By taking out al-Baghdadi and al-Muhajir, Trump has now sent the clearest message yet to all of our enemies, including Iran and North Korea, that he means business. This was and is a major turning point in his presidency, and it is a crying shame that he can’t seem to get one iota of credit for it from his political opponents.

In the final analysis, the American people will ultimately decide how much credit to give him. I am a firm believer they will be much kinder and wiser judging his record in hindsight.




Netanyahu: Arab Countries Now See Israel as an ‘Indispensable Ally’ Against Iran
The Arab world’s perception of Israel is undergoing a seismic shift, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday.

Addressing a 200-strong crowd in Jerusalem at the kick-off event of the Christian Media Summit and inauguration of the Friends of Zion Museum’s new media center, Netanyahu said Israel has gone from being perceived as an enemy in the region to being seen as an “indispensable ally.”

“Something very big is happening: the transformation of Israel in the minds of many in the Middle East. It’s no longer being perceived as an enemy. We’ve become an indispensable ally against the enemy of militant Islam,” he said.

As evidence, Netanyahu cited the lack of violence following US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and then later of Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

“People said there would be a tremendous convulsion. But what happened? Nothing,” said Netanyahu.

The Friends of Zion Museum in Jerusalem is an interactive facility that harnesses Christian support to combat BDS and antisemitism.

The impetus behind the Arab world beginning to band together with Israel, said Netanyahu, was Iran. Israel’s goal, he said, was “to make sure that Iran does not develop nuclear weapons and that its march toward an empire and conquest has stopped.”

Netanyahu praised US President Donald Trump’s decision to impose hefty economic sanctions on Iran to curb its nuclear program, but said that “if Israel was not here, Iran would already have nuclear weapons.”


Thanks to the Likud, Israeli Arabs Are Flourishing
During Benjamin Netanyahu’s long tenure in office, and contrary to widespread perceptions that he is anti-Arab, the Jewish state’s Arab citizens have seen major social and economic improvements. Netanyahu himself displayed his characteristic savvy and tenacity in pushing through an important 2015 measure to increase government investment in Arab communities. Drawing on an interview with Ron Gerlitz—a staunchly leftist activist who advised the government in devising and implementing these policies—Netta Ahituv explains what they have accomplished. (Free registration required.)

Over the past seven years, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics, the number of Arab students enrolled in universities and colleges in Israel has risen by 80 percent. Over five years the number of Arabs studying computer sciences, and the number of Arab students pursuing master’s degrees in all fields have both jumped 50 percent, while the number studying for a PhD has soared 60 percent.

In the last decade, the number of Arabs working in high-tech has increased eighteenfold, and one-quarter of them are women. . . . The proportion of Arab doctors in Israel has climbed from 10 percent in 2008 to 15 percent in 2018, and 21 percent of all male doctors are Arab, according to the Health Ministry. Educational institutions in Arab locales are receiving unprecedented levels of funding—including 130 million shekels ($37 million) for informal-education programs. Moreover, public transportation is finally making inroads into the smaller Arab towns, to the point where the Bank of Israel recently declared that the gap in access to such transport between Jewish and Arab locales with fewer than 20,000 residents has shrunk considerably.


In the interview, Gerlitz notes that some of the ministries that have contributed the most to these improvements have done so under the direction of right-swing politicians, such as Likud’s Yisrael Katz and the Orthodox Shas party’s Aryeh Deri. And he notes other kinds of good news as well, including major changes in the labor market:

Government investment, on the one hand, and a new spirit in Israeli Arab society, on the other, has led to Arabs enrolling in higher education and working in both the public and private sectors; [in fact], the proportion of Arab civil servants rose from 5.7 percent in 2007 to 11.3 percent in 2017.
Arabs and Jews speak up for Israel and foster coexistence
Israel is often accused by her enemies of being an apartheid state. Nothing could be farther from the truth. As one who grew up under the apartheid system in South Africa, I can attest to this. Arab citizens of Israel are accorded the same rights as any other citizen. They travel on our public transportation in safety without the fear of being attacked. They walk freely around our neighborhood streets, play with their children in the local parks, attend the local movie theaters, eat in Israeli restaurants, and are treated in all Israeli hospitals.

Until not long ago, some of the Hamas terrorist officials were sending their relatives to be treated in Israeli hospitals. The practice was stopped at the behest of the Hamas leadership, who forbade their citizens from seeking treatment in Israel – despite medical services in Gaza being woefully inadequate.

In Jerusalem, many of the main pharmacies are staffed and managed by Arab citizens. Arab women wear the Hijab and are often seen shopping in Israeli shopping malls and supermarkets with their husbands and families. Many of the doctors and specialists in Jerusalem are from the Arab sector. A friend’s daughter gave birth to her child at Hadassah-University Medical Center, on Jerusalem’s Mount Scopus. She shared a ward with another expectant mother who also happened to be Arab. The obstetrician was a Muslim Arab from East Jerusalem.

“He was outstanding,” our friend told us. “Apart from being an excellent doctor, he was also so kind and considerate. In fact, my daughter was so impressed with him that she asked if she could come and see him at his consulting rooms in East Jerusalem. Unsurprisingly, he advised against it. He told her that it would not be safe for her to come to the neighborhood where he worked.”

Many years ago, a few years after the Six Day War, I lived in Jerusalem for a short while. In those days relations between Jewish and Arab citizens were particularly cordial to the extent that we young people would patronize some of the Arab discotheques. This was before the days of fundamentalism (on both sides). We spent many Saturday nights learning the moves of the exotic oriental disco music. Both Arabs and Jews mingled on the dance floor and had a great time. We shopped in the Arab shuk, and would regularly visit the souvenir stores of Bethlehem and Beit Jala.

Despite the feeling of gloom and hopelessness, there are chinks of light. One of my first voluntary activities was to coach young Israelis. I ended up coaching two remarkable young people. One was an Israeli Arab from a virulently ant-Israeli town in the north, where “A” was brought up to hate Israelis and Jews. When the IDF offered young Arab youths the opportunity to attend an engineering course for free, A decided to sign up.

“After all,” he told me, “anything we could take from the Israelis for free was almost considered an obligation.”

A recounted his first encounter with Israelis. He was surprised and almost shocked to discover how friendly and “nice” the personnel were.
JPost Editorial: Gaza policy
Ten rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip at the South on Friday night. Although they were fired after a month of relative calm, it’s hard to say they came out of the blue. Israelis, and particularly residents of the western Negev, are aware that rocket attacks from Gaza can happen at almost any time.

The main difference with the rockets this weekend was that they did not seem to be fired for any particular reason. There had been no Israeli operation in the area and no casualties in the ongoing “March of Return” border protests. The rockets, one of which scored a direct hit on a home in Sderot, were reportedly fired by Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) and not Hamas, which controls the Strip.

Although this is not the first time, this should be of concern because the large number of rockets launched indicates that Hamas might be losing its grip to more radical terrorist organizations, and that an internal struggle among these terrorist groups could result in them trying to gain points by attacking Israel or even trying to drag Israel into an escalated conflict.

Until now, Israel has seen Hamas as in control and responsible for what happens in Gaza. But it should be kept in mind that PIJ is affiliated with Iran and relies on the Islamic Republic for funds and weapons. In this sense, the events in the South cannot be seen in isolation from the tension with Iranian-proxy Hezbollah on the northern border.

The general opinion seems to be that Hamas is not interested in another mini-war with Israel – what would be the fourth serious conflict since 2008 – and Israel does not want another war on its southern border.

The fact that there is not a fully functional government following two rounds of elections – and a serious possibility now of a third round – might act as an encouragement to the terrorists in Gaza. It will be clear to the Palestinian extremists that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu does not want to face a third election in a state of war on the southern border.
Only Decisive Action on the Ground, Not Precision Firepower from Afar, Can Defeat Israel’s Enemies
In its conflicts fought in the past two decades with Hamas in Gaza and Hizballah in Lebanon, the IDF has a used a strategy based on the combination of precision weapons with detailed intelligence. David M. Weinberg, basing himself on a recent, extensive report, argues that this doctrine has proved to be a failure, and calls for a return to the military principles that served the Jewish state so well in the first three decades of its existence:

In most clashes, a deleterious dynamic has repeated itself. At first, Israel successfully launches a salvo of firepower based on accurate intelligence gathered over a long period of time. Then follows a decline in the quality of targeting intelligence with an attendant reduction in the number of targets that justify a strike, and a recovery by the enemy and a continuation of its attacks against Israel.

Subsequent Israeli frustration leads to attacks on targets with high collateral damage or on useless targets, alongside an immense effort to acquire new quality targets, which can lead to an occasional success but does not alter the general picture. What follows is a prolonged campaign—leading to public anger and frustration—and a maneuver by ground forces that is not sufficiently effective to bring the enemy to the point of collapse.

Consequently, a return to combat along more traditional lines is inevitable in many cases. This means maneuvering into enemy territory, locating and destroying enemy forces (or capturing them, thus undermining the myth of the self-sacrificing jihadist “resistance”). Only this will break the spirit of the enemy.

Consider this, too: while no large conventional armies today threaten Israel, the situation could change. If a radical Muslim Brotherhood regime should rise in a country like Egypt, or if the Syrian army is rebuilt after that country’s civil war, the IDF must be ready. Bear in mind that building ground forces is a complex process that takes time. Neglecting IDF ground-maneuver capabilities is therefore a dangerous gamble.
Caroline Glick “The Joint Arab List is Unified to Wipe Israel Off the Map”
The Joint Arab List is a political party in Israel’s parliament. It currently has 13 seats.

The only way the Anti-Bibi Netanyahu forces can form a government without Netanyahu is if it has the support of this Joint Arab List party. Yet how can any Israeli, or Israel supporter, support having this list or these politicians in an Israeli government or even in Israel’s parliament?

Nobody else is saying the truth about this party like Caroline.

Israeli Transportation Ministry Pushing ‘Sovereignty Through Transportation’
Israel’s Transportation Minister Bezalel Smotrich is pursuing a policy that would bolster the road and rail infrastructure in Judea and Samaria with the goal of creating de facto annexation of the territories, according to a report by Israel Hayom.

The program, described by the ministry as “sovereignty through transportation,” would see the road connecting Jerusalem to Gush Etzion expanded at a cost of about NIS 1 billion ($283 million). A major new road from Gush Etzion southward would be built at a similar cost under the plan.

According to Smotrich’s office, this new policy, which includes additional projects, is designed to “end the current isolation of Judea and Samaria when it comes to transportation planning, so that the area is just like any other region in Israel.”

To promote this agenda, Smotrich has also created a special bureau for Judea and Samaria planning in his ministry. He has also had Judea and Samaria transportation projects integrated with national projects so that the residents of those areas can have their concerns addressed over the long term.

This means that a variety of issues that have previously been ignored by state agencies will have proper oversight, including road safety. It would also allow residents of Judea and Samaria to use the same general monthly or daily public transportation passes used all over Israel, known as the Rav Kav.
EU slams Israel for okaying 2,342 settler homes, road that ‘fragments’ West Bank
The European Union on Monday condemned Israel after construction plans for 2,342 settlement homes were green-lighted last month.

The bloc said its position on Israel building in the West Bank remains unchanged: “All settlement activity is illegal under international law and it erodes the viability of the two-state solution and the prospects for a lasting peace.”

The EU also criticized the decision to approve the expansion of a road that connects settlements to Jerusalem while bypassing Bethlehem, referred to by locals as the tunnel road, saying it is “entrenching the fragmentation of the West Bank.”

The Peace Now settlement watchdog has speculated that the project would “dramatically increase the number of settlers in the Bethlehem area.”

The bloc made its statement after the Civil Administration’s High Planning Subcommittee — the Defense Ministry body responsible for authorizing settlement construction — published on Thursday the protocol from a meeting it held earlier this month when it made the approvals, capping off a record year for such plans since US President Donald Trump took office.

The quarterly session was the last held during the 2019 calendar year, during which plans for 8,337 homes were advanced — the most since 2013. Each of Trump’s nearly three years in office saw an increase in settlement approvals, with 6,742 green-lit in 2017 and 5,618 advanced in 2018.
This Ongoing War: In Washington, a step towards bringing the Sbarro bomber to justice
So did the legislators ask King Abdullah II to extradite Tamimi so she can be put on trial for the terrorism charges she faces in Washington? We still don't know and it's not for lack of trying. But at least we know now this isn't because Jordan is free of the obligation to hand her over. We know the State Department has an actual view on this. That view is the Jordanians surely are obliged and that justice demands it.

Jordan's government tracks what was published in yesterday's Country Report about Jordan and Ahlam Tamimi. We know because it's a front page item in today's Jordan Times, the English-language newspaper said to be controlled by the government (and which blocks us on Twitter):

The US Department of State has hailed Jordan as a “committed partner” in counterterrorism and countering violent extremism (CVE). In its Country Reports on Terrorism 2018, the Department of State commended Jordan’s “leading role” in the global coalition to defeat the Daesh terror group...

Hailed and commended, yes. As for the State Department report saying the US regards the extradition treaty as valid, that part the authoritative Jordanian daily's editors simply ignore. They just choose not to report it. And for those laboring under the illusion of a free, liberal and fair-minded Hashemite Kingdom, you might want to glance at "20-Jan-18: Shutting down media critics in Jordan isn't quite the challenge it might seem to be". According to Freedom House, Jordan has one of the world's most unfree news industries, media and human rights environments.

Nonetheless, what's just happened amounts in our eyes to a welcome step in the direction of overdue justice.
Jordanians held in Israel to be sent home, Amman set to return envoy after row
Two Jordanian nationals who were recently detained by Israel will return to the Hashemite Kingdom in the coming days, authorities in both countries said Monday.

Ayman Safadi, Jordan’s foreign minister, made the announcement on Twitter Monday afternoon. It was later confirmed by Israeli authorities, who pointed to the importance of Jerusalem’s ties with Amman.

Heba al-Labadi and Abdel Rahman Miri were detained several months ago over suspicions of ties to terror groups and held without charge, sparking a diplomatic row between Jerusalem and Amman.

Jordan recalled ambassador to Israel Ghassan Majali last week to protest the pair’s detention.

“Heba al-Labadi and Abdel Rahman Miri will return home before the end of the week,” Safadi tweeted.

“The government has worked to secure their release since the first day [they were arrested] in accordance with strict instructions from his Majesty King Abdullah II to take all measures necessary to bring them back safely,” he added.

Israel detained Labadi, 32, and Miri, 29, at the Allenby crossing in the Jordan Valley on August 20 and September 2, respectively. The Palestinian Authority Prisoners Affairs Commission has said that both of them were held under administrative detention orders.

Administrative detention is a measure that allows Israel to detain certain suspects for months at a time without indicting them or presenting details of the accusations against them.
'We'll turn Israeli cities into ghost towns,' Hamas leader warns
If Blue and White leader Benny Gantz "dares" to order a "foolish operation" against the resistance movement in the Gaza Strip, he will "rue the day he was born," leader of the Hamas in Gaza Yahya Sinwar declared on Monday.

Sinwar was speaking in response to remarks Gantz made about a possible military response to rockets fired from the Gaza Strip toward southern Israel.

In a meeting at which Hamas' politburo leader Ismail Haniyeh and UN Special Coordinator for the Gaza Strip Sergey Mladenov were also present, Sinwar called Gantz "the next leader of the occupation."

According to a report on the Al Ghad TV station, at a separate meeting with young people in Gaza, Sinwar said, "If Israel continues to tighten the siege on Gaza, we'll shoot rockets at Tel Aviv for six months straight. We'll turn the cities of Israel into ghost towns."

Over the past few days, Sinwar had made a number of stringent anti-Israeli declarations. In an interview Sunday, he said that a prisoner exchange deal was not currently possible because of the political situation in Israel and the "leadership vacuum it has created."

Sinwar also said that "They don't even have a government that can agree on a budget, or a limited government to discuss security issues such as the Iranian threat, for example."
How Hezbollah Recruits Palestinian Terrorists
A lot of attention has been devoted to the Islamic State’s use of the Internet to inspire or direct international terrorist attacks. But little has been written about how Hezbollah uses similar approaches to recruit and execute attacks. A new study published this month in the CTC Sentinel explores this development by analyzing several cases of Hezbollah’s alleged social media efforts to recruit Israeli Arabs and Palestinians to kill Israelis.

From the end of 2015 through 2017, both the Islamic State and Hezbollah recruited terrorists outside their base countries using social media and encrypted communications platforms to help people form cells and conduct terrorist attacks abroad. Several high-profile Islamic State virtual plots were carried out successfully, killing people in Europe and beyond during this period. Hezbollah, on the other hand, has thus far failed to execute an attack using Palestinians recruited online. But foiled, covert plots still point to a major, yet poorly understood, terrorist threat to Israel. By hiding behind anti-Israel Facebook groups, Hezbollah can oversee plots from afar, at a limited cost to the organization.

The latest study compares and contrasts six publicly available cases of Palestinians recruited by Hezbollah handlers online. In each case, Hezbollah operatives develop ties with individual Palestinians through anti-Israel Facebook groups. After establishing a relationship, the Palestinian recruit is instructed to continue discussions over encrypted email and other communications platforms. The recruit is then asked to form cells with other trusted people in the West Bank. According to the analysis, all of the recruits and cell members were young men from across the West Bank between the ages of 18-32. The sole exception was 49-year-old Mustafa Ali Mahmoud Basharat — who did not make it very far in the planning process before Israel foiled that plot.

In most cases, Hezbollah used secure platforms to send instructions on how to build explosive devices. Palestinian recruits usually conducted surveillance of Israeli military targets, unless Israeli authorities disrupted the cell early on the planning process. Hezbollah’s instructions ranged from kidnapping Israelis, carrying out bombings, and conducting shooting attacks against Israeli military targets. In one case, a Hezbollah-led cell started to build explosives to use in a suicide bombing targeting an Israeli bus.
It’s Time for the US and NATO to Give Turkey the Boot
No wonder. Despite a long, friendly relationship with Turkey, Ankara under Islamist strongman Recep Tayyip Erdogan has become increasingly belligerent towards the United States and our allies, especially Israel, and, most recently, the Syrian Kurds.

Turkey’s invasion of Syria this month to subdue US Kurdish allies has generated condemnations from Western European and Arab nations, as well as from Russia, India, China, and, surprisingly, even Iran

But this is only the latest dust-up: Erdogan’s Turkey is guilty of a string of international offenses.
In 2015, Turkey, unprovoked, shot down a Russian fighter jet.
To Egypt’s annoyance, Turkey supports its enemy, the radical Islamist Muslim Brotherhood.
Erdogan frequently issues antisemitic calumnies, is a reliable foe of Israel, and in 2010 attempted to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza, which ended in the deaths of 10 Turkish activists.
Turkey deployed a team of thugs to the streets of Washington, DC to abduct anti-Erdogan Turkish activists.
Turkey illegally occupies most of Cyprus.
After buying American F-35 fighter jets, Erdogan contracted with Russia to purchase anti-aircraft batteries against stern US objections.
Erdogan runs Turkish politics with an authoritarian fist, just a short step from totalitarianism

To make matters worse, Turkey is a member of NATO, and the alliance’s only Eurasian member; all others are North American or European, but Turkey has been in the group since 1952. Under Erdogan’s leadership, Turkey has moved further from the goals and policies of other NATO members, often standing in stark opposition to the body’s will, as it is currently doing in Syria.

US Vice President Mike Pence insisted that “the United States of America is not going to tolerate Turkey’s invasion of Syria any further.” Defense Secretary Mark Esper is encouraging NATO members to take “diplomatic and economic” measures against Turkey. President Donald Trump threatened Erdogan with devastating economic sanctions, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo noted that “military action” may be needed.
Turkey’s Erdogan May Call Off US Trip After Congress Votes: Officials
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan may call off a visit to Washington next week in protest at votes in the House of Representatives to recognize mass killings of Armenians a century ago as genocide and to seek sanctions on Turkey, three Turkish officials said.

Erdogan is due in Washington on Nov. 13 at President Donald Trump’s invitation, but said last week that the votes put a “question mark” over the plans.

“These steps seriously overshadow ties between the two countries. Due to these decisions, Erdogan’s visit has been put on hold,” a senior Turkish official said, adding that a final decision had not been taken.

Turkish sources say Trump and Erdogan have a strong bond despite anger in Congress over Turkey’s Syria offensive and its purchase of Russian air defenses, and despite what Ankara sees as Trump’s own erratic pronouncements.

Those personal ties could be crucial given NATO member Turkey’s purchase of Moscow’s S-400 missile defense system, which under US law should trigger sanctions.

Turkey is already suspended from the F-35 fighter jet program in which it was both joint producer and customer, and the offensive it launched against Kurdish forces in northeast Syria on Oct. 9 set the stage for further US retaliation.
Turkish pro-gov media orders Qatar to 'weed out' critical journalists
In a withering attack on Al Jazeera and Qatar, the pro-government Daily Sabah slammed Al Jazeera English for being critical of Turkey’s foreign policy and demanded that it “weed out” journalists.

Turkey, which Amnesty International calls “the world’s largest prison for journalists,” appears to be using its far-right nationalist media to try to order Qatar to muzzle Al Jazeera in English. The lead editorial at Daily Sabah calls the network a “threat against the Turkey-Qatar alliance.”

The editorial begins by noting that Turkey and Qatar are “strategic partners” and accuses Israel and other countries of “ganging up” on Qatar. But the Turkish newspaper accuses Al Jazeera English, “Qatar’s flagship news channel,” of “spreading anti-Turkey propaganda under the pretext of independent and objective journalism.” Turkey’s pro-government media now accuses Qatar’s media of “jumping on the Western media’s Turkey-bashing bandwagon” and “smearing last month’s Turkish operation into northeastern Syria.”

The US State Department slammed Turkey on Saturday as one of the “worst offenders” in crimes against journalists. Amnesty International says Turkey has arrested hundreds of people for being critical of Turkey’s invasion of Syria. The Daily Sabah article now reflects Turkey’s demands that regional media of other authoritarian states abide by Turkey’s demands and control critical journalists. There can be no critique of Turkey’s military operation, either in Turkish media or abroad.
Turkey vows to return jihadists to countries that revoked their citizenship
Turkey said Monday it would send jihadist prisoners back to their countries of origin, regardless of whether they had been stripped of citizenship.

Interior Minister Soleyman Soylu said Turkey had nearly 1,200 foreign members of the Islamic State terror group (IS) in custody, and had captured 287 during its recent operation in northern Syria.

“Of course, those that are in our hands, we will send them back to their countries,” he said, state news agency Anadolu reported.

“However, the world has devised a new method. They say ‘Let’s strip them of their citizenship… Let them be tried where they are.’

“It is impossible for us to accept this view… We will send Daesh (IS) members to their countries whether they strip them of their citizenship or not,” he added.

It remains unclear whether Turkey will be able to do so in practice.

Western countries have often refused to accept the repatriation of citizens who left to join IS in Syria, and have stripped many of their citizenship.

Although under the New York Convention of 1961, it is illegal to leave someone stateless, several countries, including Britain and France, have not ratified it, and recent cases have triggered prolonged legal battles.
JCPA: The Mystery Successor of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
U.S. intelligence officials told the New York Times that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi paid sums of money to the “Hurras al-Din“ (Guardians of Religion Organization) which is affiliated with al-Qaeda, to provide protection for ISIS members and their families, who fled Deir ez-Zor and Mosul.

The main difference between ISIS and al-Qaeda was that ISIS initiated the establishment of the Caliphate through the occupation of huge territories in Iraq and Syria and founded the “Islamic State,” whose capital was Raqqa. Al-Qaeda, meanwhile concentrated on establishing its affiliates in various parts of the world.

As a result of ISIS’s success, terrorist branches in various parts of the world such as Sri Lanka, Malaysia, and other South Asian countries, such as the Philippines and Myanmar abandoned al-Qaeda and swore allegiance to ISIS instead.

The death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is a severe blow to the morale of ISIS, but ISIS has already lost leaders such as Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, so the death of the latest leader may be a temporary blow from which the organization can recover.

The new leader of ISIS will find it very difficult to re-take control of the vast territories the “Islamic State” lost in Syria and Iraq and will have to devise a new strategy.

The dream of the Islamic Caliphate ended even before Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s death.

ISIS’s new leader is now expected to become the number one target of U.S. intelligence, who the U.S. will also seek to assassinate because ISIS and its new leader pose a threat to U.S. national security.
Protests in Iraq Have Turned against Iran
At the beginning of last month, anti-corruption demonstrations spread through Iraq. They were put down, violently, by the government, sometimes with the help of the Iran-backed militias that have come to exert increasing influence in the country. The deaths of protestors at the hands of these militias have, however, only stoked popular anger and diverted much of it toward the Islamic Republic itself. David Adesnik and Nicholas Wernert write:

From the onset of the unrest, Tehran has played an integral role in shaping Baghdad’s response. After the first protests, Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force, the organization’s expeditionary branch, flew to Baghdad and—in place of the prime minister—chaired a meeting of Iraq’s top security officials.

The U.S. has supported the elected Iraqi government’s efforts to assert the rule of law over the militias, yet their parliamentary factions serve as key power brokers in Baghdad. The current protests also demonstrate Iraqi voters’ complete loss of confidence in their prime minister, in part because of his failure to resist Tehran.

Until now, the U.S. government has been extremely hesitant to designate Iraq’s Iran-backed militias as terrorist organizations, fearing a potential popular backlash. Yet Iraqis’ own resentment of Iran’s proxy forces is now obvious. Washington therefore should designate these groups [as terrorists] under human-rights as well as counterterrorism authorities in order to highlight their atrocities and demonstrate that America stands with the Iraqi people.
Iraqi security forces open fire on protesters, killing 5
At least five people were killed as Iraqi security forces opened fire on protesters in Baghdad on Monday, a Reuters witness said, as thousands continued to gather in the largest wave of anti-government protests for decades.

A Reuters witness saw one man shot dead, his body carried away by fellow protesters, when security forces opened fire with live rounds on demonstrators near Baghdad's Ahrar bridge.

A Reuters cameraman saw at least four others get killed.

However, security and medical sources put the toll at one dead and 22 wounded, adding that rubber bullets and tear gas, not live ammunition, were used. The Interior Ministry could not be immediately reached for comment.

More than 250 Iraqis have been killed in demonstrations since the start of October against a government they see as corrupt and beholden to foreign interests.
‘Death to America! Death to Israel!’ Iran marks 1979 takeover of US Embassy
Reviving decades-old cries of “Death to America,” Iran on Monday marked the 40th anniversary of the 1979 student takeover of the US Embassy in Tehran and the 444-day hostage crisis that followed as tensions remain high over the country’s collapsing nuclear deal with world powers.

Demonstrators gathered in front of the former US Embassy in downtown Tehran as state television aired footage from other cities across the country.

“Thanks to God, today the revolution’s seedlings have evolved into a fruitful and huge tree that its shadow has covered the entire” Middle East, said Gen. Abdolrahim Mousavi, the commander of the Iranian army.

However, this year’s commemoration of the embassy seizure comes as Iran’s regional allies in Iraq and Lebanon face widespread protests. The Iranian Consulate in Karbala, Iraq, a holy city for Shiites, saw a mob attack it overnight. Three protesters were killed during the attack and 19 were wounded, along with seven policemen, Iraqi officials said.

Associated Press video showed a fire burned the consulate’s gate as demonstrators threw gasoline bombs and climbed its walls, some waving an Iraqi flag. Iranian media only reported a “protest outside” of the diplomatic post, adding that things had returned to normal.
Iran announces fresh violations of nuclear deal with extra, advanced centrifuges
Iran on Monday broke further away from its collapsing 2015 nuclear deal with world powers by announcing it’s doubling the number of advanced centrifuges it operates, calling the decision a direct result of President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the agreement.

The announcement — which also included Iran saying it now has a prototype centrifuge that works 50 times faster than those allowed under the deal — came as demonstrators across the country marked the 40th anniversary of the 1979 US Embassy takeover that started a 444-day hostage crisis.

By starting up these advanced centrifuges, Iran further cuts into the one year that experts estimate Tehran would need to have enough material for building a nuclear weapon — if it chose to pursue one. Iran long has insisted its program is for peaceful purposes, though Western fears about its work led to the 2015 agreement that saw Tehran limit its enrichment of uranium in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions.

Tehran has gone from producing some 450 grams (1 pound) of low-enriched uranium a day to 5 kilograms (11 pounds), said Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran.

Salehi dramatically pushed a button on a keyboard to start a chain of 30 IR-6 centrifuges at Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility, where he was being filmed, increasing the number of working centrifuges to 60.
Iran remains worst state-sponsor of terror, works with al-Qaeda
The US State Department’s new report on terrorism lists the Islamic Republic of Iran as the top international state-sponsor of terrorism and cites Tehran’s work with facilitating the activities of Sunni terrorist organization al-Qaeda.

“Iran remains the world’s worst state sponsor of terrorism,” noted the document titled, “Country Reports on Terrorism 2018” that was released on Friday. “The regime has spent nearly one billion dollars per year to support terrorist groups that serve as its proxies and expand its malign influence across the globe. Tehran has funded international terrorist groups such as Hezbollah, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad. It also has engaged in its own terrorist plotting around the world, particularly in Europe.”

The report said that “Tehran continued to allow an AQ [al-Qaeda] facilitation network to operate in Iran, which sends fighters and money to conflict zones in Afghanistan and Syria, and it has extended sanctuary to AQ members residing in the country.”

“At the same time, the United States and its partners continued to pursue al-Qa’ida (AQ) globally, and the United States applied maximum pressure on Iran-backed terrorism, significantly expanding sanctions on Iranian state actors and proxies and building stronger international political will to counter those threats,” the State Department said.

Germany and the EU have refused to designate Hezbollah’s entire organization a terrorist group. According to German intelligence reports reviewed by The Jerusalem Post, 1,050 Hezbollah members and supporters operate in Germany. The Hezbollah operatives raise funds for Hezbollah in Lebanon, recruit new members and spread antisemitic and jihadi ideologies in Europe. The Netherlands, Canada, the US, Israel, Britain and the Arab League proscribed Hezbollah’s entire entity a terrorist organization.

“Hezbollah remained Iran’s most powerful terrorist partner and the most capable terrorist organization in Lebanon, controlling areas across the country,” wrote the State Department’s counterterrorism experts. “Iran’s annual financial backing to Hezbollah – an estimated US $700 million per year – accounts for the overwhelming majority of the group’s annual budget. Hezbollah’s presence in Lebanon and Syria continued to pose a threat to Israel.”
European Union warns Iran over nuclear deal after uranium claims
The European Union on Monday warned that it could back away from supporting the Iran nuclear deal, after Tehran announced a major increase in enriched uranium production.

Following a series of steps away from its commitments under the 2015 accord, the head of the Iranian atomic energy agency said Monday that production of enriched uranium had reached five kilos a day and two new advanced centrifuges had been developed.

Maja Kocijancic, spokeswoman for EU diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini, said that the EU’s backing for the deal depends on Tehran keeping up its end of the pact.

She said the bloc “took note” of the announcement but would wait for confirmation by the UN International Atomic Energy Agency before responding.

“We have continued to urge Iran to reverse such steps without delay and to refrain from other measures that would undermine the nuclear deal,” Kocijancic told reporters in Brussels, saying the EU “remained committed” to the nuclear deal.

“But we have also been consistent in saying that our commitment to the nuclear deal depends on full compliance by Iran.”
Iran's decision to speed up uranium enrichment 'unacceptable,' says German FM
Iran's announcement that it has developed advanced machines to speed up its uranium enrichment jeopardizes an agreement with world powers, Germany's foreign minister said on Monday, urging Tehran to return to the original accord.

"Iran has built very advanced centrifuges, which do not comply with the agreement," German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told a news conference in response to a question about the announcement.

"They have announced in early September that they would not comply with the nuclear accord and we think this is unacceptable," he said through an interpreter.

On Monday, Iran broke further away from its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers by announcing it was doubling the number of advanced centrifuges it operates, calling the decision a direct result of US President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the agreement.

The announcement – which also included Iran saying it now has a prototype centrifuge that works 50 times faster than those allowed under the deal – came as demonstrators across the country marked the 40th anniversary of the 1979 US Embassy takeover that started a 444-day hostage crisis

By starting up these advanced centrifuges, Iran further cuts into the one year that experts estimate Tehran would need to have enough material for building a nuclear weapon – if it chose to pursue one.






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i NEVER get emotional,about  a FOX news item, (never read the rubbish) or politics ,to me its a a big joke , and Chump is the top JOKER....at the moment, 

please Note ,Obama will be the next President of the USA ,

 i cant wait to see Chump SACKED.......

Jacksdad, if you have ever read "the Art of War",its very pertanent to the China situation we have developing NOW.....they building "ports" all over in Strategic places , i.e Sri Lanka,Djibouti , building and fortifing Islands...........seems to me they building infrastructure to what means  ,who knows.....

the World needs a strong USA lead by a 

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A mother’s lament: ‘The idea of letting my child go. It’s unthinkable.’

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Her 11-year-old son died in the suicide bombing of a hotel in Sri Lanka. How will she go on?
          

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Restaurant shamed for using live crabs in claw machine

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A restaurant in Singapore is under fire for putting live crabs in a claw game vending machine. After social media backlash, the restaurant owner has apologized and removed the crabs.

From Oddity Central:

The restaurant had posted a video of clients using its controversial claw machine to catch live crabs in early October, and then lifestyle website Shout posted its own video on it as well, which drew a lot of attention on social media. Apparently, for a $5 token, clients could try their luck at the claw machine, only instead of a plush animal, they could catch a live Sri Lankan crab. If they were lucky enough to catch one of the 500 to 800 gram crustaceans the restaurant would cook it for them for free.

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Hearing status and noise exposure levels of workers at a washing plant in Dankotuwa, Sri Lanka.

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Hearing status and noise exposure levels of workers at a washing plant in Dankotuwa, Sri Lanka. Subasinghe, R.A.I.A; Ileperuma, L.D ABSTRACT: Noise is one of the most common causes of hearing loss. The World Health Organization estimates that 10% of the world population is exposed to sound pressure levels that could potentially cause Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) and among them 16% were found to be associated with occupational noise. The Recommended Exposure Limit (REL) for occupational noise exposures should be 85 dB(A) for 8 hours. Among the working populations who could be affected by NIHL, washing plant workers are a specific group as they are exposed to high noise levels. The findings of this study will contribute to building a knowledge based platform for a hearing conservation policy for the washing plants in Sri Lanka. This study mainly focused on determining the hearing status and noise exposure levels of workers at a washing plant in Dankotuwa, Sri Lanka. A descriptive cross sectional study design was implemented to determine the noise levels the workers were exposed to during their shifts, to evaluate hearing related complaints and audiometric measures of the workers and to determine the association between the job category and the hearing status. The study included 107 of workers engaged in different job categories within the age range of 20-50 years, males and females at a washing plant. Purposive sampling was used to recruit participants to the study. The noise measurements inside the washing plant were taken, an interviewer administered questionnaire was employed and findings of the hearing screening test and diagnostic hearing tests (Pure tone Audiometry, speech Audiometry, tympanometry and Oto Acoustic Emission testing were used) were obtained. Noise levels were found to be 69.9 to 100.3 dB(A). Among washing plant workers 43 (40.18%) were found with altered audiograms. Among those who have altered Audiograms 34 (31.77%) were found to have Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) in the right ear and 30 (28.03%) were found to have NIHL in the left ear. 37 (34.57%) workers were diagnosed with NIHL. Washing plants are hazardous occupational settings resulting in hearing loss, thus preventive measures, such as hearing conservation programs must be adopted. Abstract on CAA Conference & Exhibition Oct. 11 – Oct. 14th, 2017, Delta Hotels Ottawa City Centre in Ottawa
          

Knowledge, practices, hearing-related symptoms among students exposed to leisure noise of a Sri Lankan University.

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Knowledge, practices, hearing-related symptoms among students exposed to leisure noise of a Sri Lankan University. Ileperuma, L.D. BACKGROUND AND RATIONALE: Exposure to excessive noise is a major cause of hearing disorders (Crandell et al., 2004). Leisure time noise can be one of the most important reasons for the development of noise induced hearing loss in the young population (Landälv, Malmström & Widén, 2013). Recent studies have revealed that the risk of experiencing hearing loss due to discotheque music, rock concerts, and music from personal music players in teenagers and young adults has increased (Sliwinska-kowalska, 2012). In the Sri Lankan context, there is a dearth of literature regarding knowledge practices and hearing related symptoms among university students exposed to leisure noise. Therefore, this study focused to describe university students’ level of knowledge on leisure noise exposure, hearing protection methods, activities and situations in which university students being exposed to, can cause damage to their hearing and to determines the association between tinnitus and other hearing related symptoms and leisure noise exposure among university students. METHODOLOGY: This descriptive cross-sectional study included 131 2nd year students representing faculties of Medicine, Science, Commerce and Management Studies, Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. Simple random sampling was used to select the total study sample. Probability proportional to size sampling technique was used to decide the number of participants from each faculty. Quantitative data collection was carried out using a self-administered questionnaire. Appropriate statistical tests were performed using SPSS 22 software. RESULTS: 13 (10%) students from medical faculty, 24 (18%) from science faculty, 26 (20%) from commerce and management studies faculty, 27 (21%) from humanities faculty and 41 (31%) from social science faculty participated in this study. The results showed that although majority (88.55%) of students considered excessive leisure noise exposure can damage their hearing, a minority (22.90%) of the students considered that hearing loss caused by excessive noise exposure cannot be cured. A substantial number (46.56%) of students had heard about hearing protective devices, while a very low number of students (02.00%) had used them when they were exposing themselves to loud noise. The most frequently exposed situations were listening to music using MP3 players (90.08%), watching movies at film theatres (73.28%) and attending musical shows and concerts (46.56%). Majority (54.24%) of students use middle 1/3 (33.33% to 66.67% of the loudness) of the rating scale to listen to music using MP3 Player and the level can be consider as somewhat loud or loud. Discomfort in the ear(s), blocking sensation or fullness in ear(s), tinnitus and reduction of hearing were the most prominent hearing-related symptoms after being exposed to leisure noise. A significant relationship could be found between blocking sensation and listening to music using MP3 Player; and discomfort in ears and attending musical shows and concerts. CONCLUSIONS: Even though majority of students considered excessive leisure noise exposure can damage their hearing, their motivation on the usage of most effective hearing protection methods was considerably low. Therefore, hearing conservation programs for younger students should be developed to address the effects of leisure noise exposure on hearing and hearing protection. Poster Presentation Abstract, ASHA Convention 15th -17th November 2018 Boston, Massachusetts.
          

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EEUU apoya programa de infraestructura para competir con Iniciativa Un Cinturón, Una Ruta de China

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EEUU intenta aprovechar la creciente inquietud en Asia sobre los riesgos y costos de la Iniciativa Un Cinturón, Una Ruta (BRI, por sus siglas en inglés) de China al presentar un programa de certificación que establecerá estándares internacionales para grandes proyectos de infraestructura.

La Blue Dot Network, encabezada por EEUU, examinará y certificará proyectos para promover el desarrollo de infraestructura “impulsado por el mercado, transparente y financieramente sostenible” en Asia y en todo el mundo, según dijeron sus organizadores el lunes.

La Blue Dot Network, llamada así por la observación del astrónomo Carl Sagan de que la Tierra parecía un “punto azul pálido” (pale blue dot) vista desde el espacio, será inicialmente dirigida por la Corporación para Inversiones Privadas en el Extranjero (OPIC, por sus siglas en inglés), en cooperación con el Banco de Japón para la Cooperación Internacional y el Departamento de Relaciones Exteriores y Comercio de Australia.

El plan lo anunció la OPIC, la agencia estadounidense que promueve la inversión en los mercados emergentes, en un Foro Empresarial del Indo-Pacífico patrocinado por EEUU que se celebró al margen de la cumbre anual de líderes de la Asociación de Naciones del Sudeste Asiático (ASEAN, por sus siglas en inglés) en Bangkok, Tailandia.

Los organizadores formarán un comité directivo para desarrollar el plan, invitando a otros países, compañías privadas y grupos de la sociedad civil a unirse.

“Cada punto azul debe considerarse un punto en el mapa que será un lugar seguro para que las compañías operen si les interesan los proyectos de infraestructura sostenible”, dijo Wilbur Ross, secretario de Comercio de EEUU, al Financial Times (FT) antes del lanzamiento. “La cuestión es mostrar seriedad sobre la sostenibilidad de los proyectos”.

La iniciativa se presenta a raíz de ciertas críticas de que algunos proyectos de la BRI — por ejemplo, en Sri Lanka, Myanmar y Laos — crean trampas de deuda para los países beneficiarios o no cumplen con los estándares internacionales sobre transparencia, derechos de los trabajadores locales y estándares ambientales.

“El Plan Marshall demostró los beneficios del desarrollo”, dijo David Bohigian, el funcionario de la OPIC que anunció la iniciativa, al FT, refiriéndose al programa de ayuda de EEUU después de la segunda guerra mundial en Europa. “La Iniciativa Un Cinturón, Una Ruta sigue una trayectoria diferente al Plan Marshall”.

Sin embargo, no está claro qué tan efectiva será la iniciativa respaldada por Washington para frenar los desarrollos insostenibles de la BRI. Los organizadores de Blue Dot Network afirman que la iniciativa servirá como un catalizador para las finanzas privadas, pero no tendrá una función crediticia propia. En cambio, la BRI cuenta con un financiamiento de miles de millones de dólares de bancos y compañías estatales chinas.

El papel de EEUU en Asia fue el centro de atención en la cumbre de la ASEAN, donde el Sr. Ross y Robert O’Brien, el asesor de seguridad nacional, encabezaron la delegación estadounidense. La prensa regional destacó ampliamente la decisión del presidente Donald Trump de no asistir, y varios líderes del sudeste asiático enviaron a funcionarios de menor rango a una cumbre ASEAN-EEUU el lunes, algo que Washington consideró un desaire.

Cuando se le preguntó en una conferencia de prensa si el Sr. Trump debería haber asistido, Carlos “Sonny” Domínguez III, el secretario de Finanzas de Filipinas, dijo: “Habría sido bueno, pero supongo que tiene otros problemas que atender, y la mayoría de ellos son domésticos en este momento”.

Según el Asia Power Index anual — publicado por el Lowy Institute, con sede en Sydney, que mide la influencia de los países en las relaciones económicas, la capacidad militar y otros socios — EEUU sigue siendo el poder general sobresaliente en Asia, pero tuvo un “bajo rendimiento neto” en 2019 cuando China ganó terreno.

“EEUU sigue siendo un actor económico importante, pero no es el principal actor en Asia”, dijo Hervé Lemahieu, director del Programa de Diplomacia y Poder Asiático de Lowy. Señaló que China ahora lo superó en el comercio. “EEUU tiene que acostumbrarse a eso”.

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