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Lalin’s Column: Carolinas and Georgia (USA) holiday

I visited the USA for the first time at the age of 75, last July (2014). Greenville County, South Carolina once known as the textile capital of the world was the base. It has a population of 451,225 people and spends US $ 426m on education (SL with 21 m people spends US$ 415m). It is beautifully green with rivers, lakes and mountains too
At the US Embassy when we went to get our visas, we were treated with friendliness and warmth. This was unlike the reception one gets at the British and Canadian High Commissions (both members of the Commonwealth we are told to imagine) where rude, insulting and demeaning behavior is the fashion.

Images Oak Boone Plantation
Yorktown (CV 10)
Lalin’s Column:  Carolinas and Georgia (USA) holiday
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Health care is a civil right, says Dr Ramanathan Raju

Healthcare is a fundamental right of every citizen and more of a civil right, a human right and a constitutional right for all happening this country. “Only the way to improve the health for all is to provide adequate access not only to healthcare but also equal opportunities in education wealth housing jobs and pursuing happiness,” said Dr Ramanathan Raju, President and CEO of New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation.

Dr D'Esposito, center, presenting the award to Dr Raju while scientist Dr Arul Veerappan, Dr Madan Raj, Jaya Sundaram and John Joseph look on.(Photos by Nala Singham)
A section of the packed audience
Dr Raju addressing the gathering
Dr Ramanathan Raju
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Historic media Serendipity for Lankan Muslims unveiled in Colombo

As the promoters of the pioneering venture declared that their effort would remain independent and apolitical, Sri Lanka’s first mass media outlet aimed at the country’s 1.9 Mn Muslim community was unveiled on 16 December in Colombo-and Muslim Media Forum, an influential Muslim community voice in Sri Lanka called the effort a ‘historic event.’ “This is indeed a historic occasion. We are totally apolitical, inclusive and not in any way divisive. From today, the voice of Lankan Muslims will extend to electronic and online methods as well” said Faiz Mustafa (Senior President's Counsel) on 16 December in Colombo. " class="caption" align="right" />

From Right: M Imtiaz (Chairman, National News Agency Ltd, operating firm of Serendib TV), Karu Jayasuriya (Member of Parliament), Bin Saleh Al Dawood (Representative of World Muslim League), A. J. M. Muzammil (Mayor of Colombo), Faiz Mustafa (Senior President's Counsel), Rishad Bathiudeen (Minister of Industry and Commerce), and Basil Rajapaksa (Economic Development Minister) at the launch of Serendib TV, newspaper and Radio Channel at Kingsbury Hotel, Colombo on 16 December.
Members of the diplomatic community at the launch of Serendib TV, newspaper and Radio Channel at Kingsbury Hotel, Colombo on 16 December.
Seated from right: M Imtiaz (Chairman, National News Agency Ltd, operating firm of Serendib TV), Basil Rajapaksa (Economic Development Minister), Karu Jayasuriya (Member of Parliament), A. J. M. Muzammil (Mayor of Colombo), Bin Saleh Al Dawood (Representative of World Muslim League), Faiz Mustafa (Senior President's Counsel) at the launch of Serendib TV, newspaper and Radio Channel at Kingsbury Hotel, Colombo on 16 December.
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