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Sri Arthur C Clark

Muhammad (PBUH) in the eyes of Ahmad (a.s.)

By A. Abdul Aziz.

Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian, the Promised Messiah and Mahdi, the Holy Founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, had such a deep affinity for his master and leader Muhammad (PBUH.) that nobody in the past fourteen centuries reached the level of his true eulogy highlighting the prophet’s lofty station. He is not among us now but his writings are, from which we can realize how totally he was lost in the love of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). And this was the only reason for which Allah Almighty gave him the highest stage in the whole nation of Islam. The Promised Messiah, peace be on him, himself affirms.

Tibet Bypasses Security Council Scrutiny

Analysis by Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

When the Security Council is called upon to deal with a crisis that threatens the political, military or economic interests of any of its five permanent members, the U.N.'s most powerful body acts predictably: it does nothing. The killings and human rights transgressions in several of the world's trouble spots -- including Palestine, Burma (Myanmar), Sudan, Chechnya and now Tibet -- have failed to trigger any punitive action or mandatory sanctions against any of the governments or miscreants.

Wisdom dawns with the birth of Prophet Mohamed (Sal)

By M.C.A. Hameed - President - All Ceylon Thareekathul Mufliheen

The advent of Prophet Mohamed, 14 centuries ago in the holy city of Mecca is revealed as “Mercy to Mankind “in the Holy Quran. To the common or ordinary knowledge what is meant by this term are Wealth, Health and Happiness. In reality, Prophet (Sal) in solitude indulged in meditation in the cave “Hiraa” for many years and on reaching Prophet Hood proclaimed the divine message Kalima “La Ilaha Illallah”, the basic truth of Islam to the pagan Arabs. Their reaction to his message brought about many wars and tremendous calamity leading to death and destruction to human life, and displacement of people.

American Embassy Joins in Mourning Passing Away of Sir Arthur C. Clarke

The American Embassy in Colombo joins the many friends and admirers of Sir Arthur C. Clarke in Sri Lanka and around the world who mourn the passing away of one of the most original thinkers of our time. Often called “the father of the communication satellite” for advancing the idea in the mid-1940’s – some 15 years before technology caught up with him – of a series of artificial bodies in geostationary orbit around the Earth to facilitate communications between distant points on the planet, Sir Arthur is perhaps best known for more than 30 science fiction novels, notably 2001: a Space Odyssey, as well as a series of four books beginning with Rendezvous with Rama and a dozen collections of short stories.

Arthur C Clark's Cultural and Scientific Contributions Were Immense: President Mahinda Rajapaksa

Sri Arthur C ClarkPresident Mahinda Rajapaksa paid tribute to Sri Arthur C Clark for making important intellectual, cultural and scientific contributions to Sri Lankan development, while engaged in his scientific research and creative writing that earned him well deserved praise the world over. He had been a resident of his adopted country, Sri Lanka, since 1956. The people of Sri Lanka were touched by the passion he had for this country, and his close involvement in its progress, especially the courage with which acted for the protection of nature and the environment, long before Climate Change assumed the importance it has today. Always ahead of his time, his response in the aftermath of the devastating Tsunami of 2004 went beyond the harnessing of immediate relief, to focusing international attention on the need for a tsunami warning system.

Meelad-un-Nabi and its relevance

By Dr. T. Kamal Sheriff, M.D.

The historical origin of Islam revolves around the life of Prophet Muhammad (MPBUH) who was born in the city of Mecca ( which today is an important city of Saudi Arabia) in 570 A.D., his migration termed Hijra (which marks the start of the muslim calendar) to city of Madina and his subsequent death in the same city in 632 AD. During his life time Arabia was an impoverished country in all aspects i.e. politically, economically and also culturally. The Arabs were largely divided into tribes which consisted of number clans and held together by shared ancestry. The eldest member of the family was recognized as the leader of the clan and the clan leaders together constituted the ruling council of the tribe.

European Troika Delegation to Sri Lanka Covered Extensive and Mutual Area of Importance

“A six member delegation from the European Troika had extended talks with the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry on a variety of issues ranging from the ethnic crisis, recent elections in the East, bilateral trade and banning of LTTE front organizations in Europe. The exchange of views had been a success and the two sides are looking forward to a great deal of cooperation. EU Troika was headed Ambassador Janez Premoze Director for Asia, Africa and Pacific in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia representing the current EU Presidency, Mr. Didier Leroy, Head of the South Asian Division in the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of France, representing the incoming EU Presidency and Mr. James Moran, Director for Asia, External Relations Directorate representing the European Commission concluded a successful visit to Sri Lanka. An extensive series of discussions on issues of mutual interest were held with a Foreign Ministry delegation headed by Secretary, Dr. Palitha Kohona on Monday (17 March 2008).

Sri Lankan Navy Rescues Three Stranded Tamil Nadu Fishermen

The Sri Lankan Naval cadres saved three Tamil Nadu fishermen, who were struggling in seawaters, treated them at the forces hospital in Sri Lanka and sent them back to Tamil Nadu by air, day before yesterday. Three fishermen of Ramanathapuram – Lion (25), Sunil Selvam (20) & Nagaraj (25) – went for fishing from Rameshwaram on 11th February. They were fishing near Ramar Bridge and their boat, had rammed against a sand dune there and was broken in to three pieces. Apparently they had lost concentration while fishing. All the three fishermen fell in sea waters and were struggling for want of help.

Sri Lankan Navy patrolling in the area rescued the 3 fishermen and took them to Sri Lanka. They admitted them at a Security Forces hospital and treated them there.

"Virtual Water” Innovator Awarded 2008 Stockholm Water Prize

Professor AllanProfessor John Anthony Allan from King’s College London and the School of Oriental and African Studies has been named the 2008 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate. Professor Allan pioneered the development of key concepts in the understanding and communication of water issues and how they are linked to agriculture, climate change, economics and politics. People do not only consume water when they drink it or take a shower. In 1993, Professor Allan, 71, strikingly demonstrated this by introducing the “virtual water” concept, which measures how water is embedded in the production and trade of food and consumer products. Behind that morning cup of coffee are 140 litres of water used to grow, produce, package and ship the beans.

Vote “No,” We will Win

Prof. Kanbawza Win

After 14 years of broken promises, the Burmese Junta announce that it is finally introducing a constitution, with a referendum due in the 1st week of May followed by a full fledge elections in 2010. The Generals has learnt their bitter lessons, when in the 1990 elections, the people show their vehement hatred and obviously will not take any chances, especially after the killing of the revered Buddhist monks in September. Hence to wink the people of Burma, as well as to the international community, they now come up with the sly idea of referendum, which was partially copied from the Communist. It announced the referendum, while withholding details of the draft Constitution from the public, a scheme unheard of in the world. Moreover a reward of two decades in jail for any one discussion the constitution (see Law 5/96) was augmented.

Goa: Paradise Lost

By Chandramohan - Syndicate Features

A multi-million publicity blitz in the media across the world describes India as an ‘incredible’ holiday destination. But reports like the rape and murder of a foreign teenager on the beaches of one of the better-known tourist spots of India, Goa, suggest that the ‘incredible’ thing about India is something disconcerting: the increasing number of crimes against tourists and the authorities’ failure to prevent them. Goa has more reasons to be concerned about it. Next to the Taj Mahal, Goa is perhaps the best-known Indian tourist attraction among foreigners. Thanks to Goa’s international reputation as a tourist ‘paradise’ tourism has become the mainstay of its economy. Goa cannot afford to see all that collapse.

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Fisherman recued in the midst sea

Fishermen being treated

Professor John Anthony Allan