Crans Montana Forum awards prizes for international figures committed to peace

Dakhla – The 27th Crans Montana Forum, held on March 17-22 in Dakhla, awarded, on Friday, prizes to several foreign figures for their tireless efforts and laudable actions in favor of peace, human dignity and freedom.During a ceremony chaired by health minister El Houssaine Louardi, the Forum’s council granted the 2016 Foundation Prize to the first lady of Afghanistan Rula Ghani who brought a human touch to the management of public affairs in her country.In addition, golden medals were given to several personalities for their adherence to the Forum’s values, namely: Polish John Abraham Godson who is a human rights activist and a former MP, foreign minister of the Republic of Vanuatu Bruno Leingkone and former environment minister of the Solomon Islands John Moffat Fugui. On this occasion, the 2016 excellence label was given to the Port of Dakar. read more

Demonstration staged in Jaffna against the Government

The protest is against what some claim is the systematic settlement of Sinhalese people in the Tamil dominated region and the erection of Buddhist statues in an area devoid of Buddhist devotees.The Tamil People’s Council (TPC) organised the demonstration, which also garnered the support of some constituent members of the TNA and the Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF) led by Gajen Ponnambalam. (Colombo Gazette) Northern Province Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran led a demonstration in Jaffna today against the Government.Most shops in the Jaffna town were closed during the demonstration.