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Special Scholarships for O/L High Achievers for GCE A/L Science Stream

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Group of Sixties, an associate body of the Old Boys Association of Zahira College, is pleased to announce this scholarship for ten best students who have obtained excellent grades at the G.C.E. (O/L) 2011 exams. The selected students will be admitted to the new A/L (2012 - 2014) classes at Zahira College, Colombo beginning end of May. This announcement is made with the full collaboration and approval of Zahira College 

 

Fingers Crossed: Religious rifts in Sri Lanka’s Dambulla area, not affecting tourists

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May 01, 2012 (LBO) – Foreign visitors continue to tour Sri Lanka’s central regions, despite ongoing religious tensions where Buddhist monks have demanded a 60-year-old mosque be relocated, a tourism industry lobby said.

"It’s not that much of an issue yet," NilminNanayakkara, president of the Sri Lanka Association of Inbound Tour Operators (SLAITO) told reporters.
The central regions which hosts some of the island’s former royal kingdoms and historic Buddhist temples, has been in the news since the dispute flared up recently. The area is one of the key cultural and heritage sites for visiting foreign tourists.
The Buddhist clergy point out that the mosque in Dambulla, some 150 kilometers north of Colombo, are situated inside temple land and should be demolished. The minority Muslims argue that they have been praying in that mosque since the mid-1940s.

Last week, the state offered three alternate locations for the mosque and also offered tax money to fund a new building, an offer firmly rejected by the SLMC.

"We will not agree to any compromise of taking land elsewhere," Sri Lanka Muslim Congress chief and Justice Minister RaufHakeem told reporters.

"We are very, very firm on that.”

Hakeem alleged that "extremist forces" were trying to stir trouble, to fan religious tensions across the island that is emerging after the end of nearly four decades of ethnic bloodshed.

"A strong government must protect the weaker minorities," Hakeem said. "We appeal to the government to ensure that they do not allow xenophobic forces to hold the country hostage."

Sri Lanka is recovering from a 30-year ethnic war which ended in 2009. In 1983 the state failed to protect thousands of minority Tamils who perished in ethnic riots, in landmark breakdown of rule of law and justice.

Sri Lankan citizens have taken up arms against the state three times, the Sinhalese majority twice and the Tamil minority once as the country was buffeted from both state intervention and nationalism.

Courtesy: LBO.lk

 

Fingers Crossed: Religious rifts in Sri Lanka’s Dambulla area, not affecting tourists

May 01, 2012 (LBO) – Foreign visitors continue to tour Sri Lanka’s central regions, despite ongoing religious tensions where Buddhist monks have demanded a 60-year-old mosque be relocated, a tourism industry lobby said.

"It’s not that much of an issue yet," NilminNanayakkara, president of the Sri Lanka Association of Inbound Tour Operators (SLAITO) told reporters.
The central regions which hosts some of the island’s former royal kingdoms and historic Buddhist temples, has been in the news since the dispute flared up recently. The area is one of the key cultural and heritage sites for visiting foreign tourists.
The Buddhist clergy point out that the mosque in Dambulla, some 150 kilometers north of Colombo, are situated inside temple land and should be demolished. The minority Muslims argue that they have been praying in that mosque since the mid-1940s.
   

Mosque issue: Hakeem happy after talks with MR

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Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) Leader and Justice Minister Rauff Hakeem said yesterday he had discussed the Dambulla Mosque dispute with President Mahinda Rajapaksa and that he was confident it would be resolved with justice to all.

“The President assured me he would not let the dispute get out of hand and will resolve the contentious matter without harming the interests of any individual or community,” the minister said

 

Sri Lanka's road to peaceful co-existence

The intent to demolish Dambulla mosque tears at wounds of ethnic violence which are in the process of healing

By Tariq A. Al Maeena

Following a protracted and violent civil war that lasted for more than 26 years costing thousands of lives and destruction of property, it would have been natural to assume that Sri Lanka would set itself on the path of healing through national reconciliation with all its peoples; Buddhists, Tamils and Muslims.

Yet, within many Tamils there exists a widespread belief that the Sri Lankan government is trying to wipe out their Tamil culture and religious identity by constructing Buddhist temples in Tamil areas. Now many of another ethnic minority feel recent moves have taken another dimension.

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