Friday, August 14, 2009

Warm welcome for pakistan

Sri lanka Today warm welcome the proude heritage of pakistan Independece day

Speciall ceromany for PAKISTAN INDEPEDENCE DAY at Colombo High Commission office

PAKISTAN INDEPEDENCE DAY ceromany at Pakistan High Commission office at Colombo

Today (14th August)is the Pakistan independece day.

Pakistan High Commission Office will be held on special ceromany for the Independence day of pakistan .

Pakistan celebrations 63rd Independence Day

Pakistan celebrat 63rd Independence Day (14th August)

Pakistan celebrations 63rd Independence Day
The Pakistani nation is celebrating country’s 63rd Independence Day on Friday(14th August 2009) with traditional zeal and enthusiasm across the country.
Each year August 14 is celebrated as Pakistan’s Independence Day. Flag-hoisting ceremonies are held in most major cities.
The Independence Day celebrations will start with offering of special prayers in the mosques for the progress and prosperity of motherland and the well being of the nation. The day will dawn with 31-gun salutes in federal capital and 21-gun salutes at each of the four provincial capitals.
After sounding of sirens at 8:58 am, the traffic will come to a halt for one-minute and citizens will observe silence, as the national anthem will be played. The main event of the day would be the flag-hoisting ceremony in Islamabad where Prime Minister, Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani will unfurl the national flag. Similar ceremonies will be also held at all provincial and district headquarters. There will be a change of guards at the mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam.
The cadets of the Pakistan Naval Academy will mount the guard duty at the mausoleum of the Father of the Nation Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. A flag-hoisting ceremony will be held at the mazar of Quaid-i-Azam. The Federal Government has already asked all the provincial as well as district governments to organise maximum programmes for creating awareness among the masses regarding the objectives of Pakistan Movement and the national achievements.
For this purpose, debate competitions in schools and seminars on national issues are being organised by different organisations to sensitise young generation to the objectives of Pakistan Movement and to create unity, brotherhood and patriotism among them. Educational institutes will also arrange events such as debate contests and national song competitions to celebrate the day.
Seminars, conferences, lectures, debates, book exhibitions, quiz competitions, Qir’at, Naat Khawani competitions, musical shows and mushairas will be held in a bid to promote national unity, integrity and solidarity. Various TV and radio channels would present special programmes while newspapers would bring out special supplements throwing light on various aspects of the freedom movement that culminated in the establishment of Pakistan.

petitioned the Supreme Court against the Parliamentary Elections (Amendment) Bill

Opposition parties worried over poll Bill
petitioned the Supreme Court against the Parliamentary Elections (Amendment) Bill

United national party and the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) and the pro-LTTE Tamil National Alliance (TNA) on Wednesday petitioned the Supreme Court against the Parliamentary Elections (Amendment) Bill, The Island reported.
The newspaper said the petitioners challenged, in particular, Section 6 (6) of the Bill which says a political party shall not be entitled to be treated as a recognised political party if, in the opinion of the Election Commissioner, it’s name signifies any religion or community.

“This limitation is arbitrary, discriminatory and breaches the freedom of speech and expression. This provision is inconsistent with Articles 12 (1), 12(2), 14(1) (a) and 14(1) (C) of the Constitution of Sri Lanka” the report quoted the petition.

The petitioners requested the court to declare that the Bill could be passed only with a special majority in Parliament or with a referendum.

The Sri lanka Freedom party Mahajana Wing leader mangala Samaraweera MP also against to the this bill

Three decade old problem cannot be solved overnight – Minister Tissa Vitharana

Three decade old problem cannot be solved overnight – Minister Tissa Vitharana

Minister of Science & Technology Prof.Tissa Vitharana emphasized that a problem which is existing for more than 3 decades cannot be solved overnight or within a short time.
Minister made this comment at a Live Discussion, known as “Thesa sanjaram” at the Srilanka Broadcasting Corporation.
He further said that 13 political parties have so far participated in APRC ( All Party Representtaive Committee ) sittings.
Out of this, 11 parties are backing the government while 2 parties are from outside. There were about 20 issues discussed during these sittings.
Out of which most of the issues have been sorted out and come to an mutual agreement. Already there were 127 sittings so far.
Answering to a question from a listener from Jaffna, Minister further said that there are many countries in the world facing similar problems. But they have not progressed like Sri Lanka.
For an example, North Ireland took about 6 years to arrive at an agreement. Whereas, Palestine and Kashmir are concerned, the relevant parties to the conflict have not still come to a negotiating table.
He reiterated that Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa wanted to have a home grown solution to the ethnic issue and not an imported one.
Commenting on the KP’s arrest, Minister Tissa Vitharana appealed to the Tamil diaspora to understand the ground situation and put a full stop for financing for terror activities. Minister also mentioned that with the KP’s arrest, the backbone of L T T E’s international network has been broken.

Dengue fever cases rise to 22,757 takes 232 lives

Dengue fever cases rise to 22,757

Dengu takes 232 lives

The number of Dengue cases has risen to 22,757 while 232 people have died of the disease in Sri Lanka so far, the Epidemiological Unit of the Health Ministry said .
The Epidemiological Unit said in its latest statistics that of the 22,757 cases, the highest number of patients were reported from June totaling 7,050. It is followed by July with 6,714 cases being reported.

This represents a sharp increase as only 4,156 Dengue cases and85 deaths were reported for the whole year of 2008.
Health officials said the majority of these cases have been reported from the areas of Gampaha, Kegalle, Kandy and Colombo.
The rapid rise in the level of the epidemic has forced the health authorities to carry out extensive public awareness campaign to eradicate the mosquito based epidemic.
Households have been warned to keep the environment free of mosquitoes. Those who allow the mosquitoes to breed by allowing stagnating water face prosecution with a special hotline being made available for public information.

Worldwide situation

The World Health Organization says some 2.5 billion people, two fifths of the world's population, are now at risk from Dengue and estimates that there may be 50 million cases of dengue infection worldwide every year.