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Decisions taken by the Cabinet at its Meeting held on 29.02.2012

1. CREDIT FACILITIES UP TO RS 250,000 TO THOSE WHO WERE REINTEGRATED IN TO THE SOCIETY

 

  • The proposal made by Mr Chandrasiri Gajadeera, Minister of Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms, the Cabinet decided to introduce a scheme through a State Bank to provide loans up to a maximum of Rs.250,000 for self employment purposes, to 10,375 persons from the North and East who have successfully completed the rehabilitation programme conducted by the Commissioner General of Rehabilitation.
 

Understanding Islamic Prophetic medicine in light of eastern medicine

by Dr. Rehan Zaidi

Amazing is our confidence in Modern medicine. Amazing still is how illness can change all that confidence quite quickly. Spending billions of dollars annually on alternative health care in the United States, the sheer number of people becoming disillusioned with the current state of medical care is driving medical institutions to loosen up on their conservative medical ideology.

Johns Hopkins, the Mayo Clinic, MD Anderson, most other leading hospitals, all have begun integrating complementary therapies, even if nothing more than treating with Chinese needles. Acupuncture, like most Eastern therapies, used in a purely Modern medical fashion is limited in benefit compared to its 4000 year old traditional method, but at least Western medicine is recognizing the East can contribute a thing or two. Eastern countries, surprisingly, are doing the exact opposite: As the West proudly presents its newfound respect in ancient therapies, the East shyly brushes its medical traditions under the rug.

 

Mahela is the best captain - Akram

Former Pakistani skipper and a legendary pace bowler, Wasim Akram hailed Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene as the best captain in the world.

After closely observing Mahela’s captaincy tactics during the recently concluded triangular Commonwealth Bank series, the legendary Pakistan pacer said that he is a leader any country would love to have. Akram is eager to see how the hard-hitting Lankan opener will lead the side in sub-continent conditions.

"All three are capable men but right now, Mahela is the best captain in the world,” said Wasim Akram during a media encounter ahead of the Asia Cup opener between Pakistan and Bangladesh in Mirpur.

“Mahela's captaincy in the CB Series was astute and he is a leader any country would love to have. I want to see how he leads the Lankans in Asia Cup,” the former pace bowling veteran added further.

   

HNB partners Adl Capital for Islamic banking solutions

Hatton National Bank PLC became the newest entrant to the growing domestic market of Islamic banking with the launch early last week of the bank’s dedicated and branded Islamic Banking Unit – HNB – Al Najah. The unit will operate under the overall ambit of HNB and will offer a broad spectrum of Shariah compliant products and services to its entire clientele.

 

Legal action against dual registered voters

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The time given to voters to register only in one district to prevent dual-registration will lapse on March 20th and the Elections Commissioner will take legal action against those who ignore the reminders to do so by the department, a senior official said.

Additional Elections Commissioner U. Amaradasa said the Elections Commissioner has informed voters who have been registered in several district to register only in one district. These voters were asked to inform the commissioner about their preferred district for registration on or before March 20th.

   

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