Congress MPs want 13A in Lanka

The MPs also said that Sri Lanka should take urgent steps for implementation of LLRC recommendations with clear time bound programme.“The Sri Lanka government should send message to the world that normalcy is restored by replacing Army by Police,” the MPs said. The MPs also suggested that Indian universities can have an understanding with institutions in these areas for higher studies. (PTI) They also said that displaced Tamil civilians and refugees in India should be enabled to get back their houses and lands left in Sri Lanka by sending a team of survey and settlement officials from India and identifying the properties and pushing for claim from the concerned refugees.“Fertile lands and fishermen villages of the north and east were taken away by the Military as ‘Security Zone.’ This should be handed over to owners and allow them to economically develop the country,” the letter said.The MPs also recommended establishment of centres for rehabilitation of widows, mentally challenged children and differently-abled persons and children. “The political empowerment through implementation of 13th Amendment of the Constitution of Sri Lanka made on Rajiv Gandhi’s effort, by holding talks with TNA and other Tamil political parties are in urgency to create the confidence of the Tamils to return to motherland,” they said in the letter. The 13th Amendment of the Sri Lankan Constitution envisages devolution of powers to Tamil-dominated northern and eastern provinces. “India’s human resources department should send teachers for English, Science and Mathematics for schools with the cooperation of Tamil Nadu government as Tamil knowing teachers are needed,” they said. Rajya Sabha member EM Sudarshana Natchiappan, Lok Sabha members M Krishnasamy, NSV Chithan and Manicka Tagore made these demands in a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh after they returned last week. Congress MPs, who were part of the delegation that visited Sri Lanka recently, have demanded India’s intervention in ensuring political empowerment of minority Tamils by implementing the historic 13th Amendment, holding talks with various political parties there.Four Congress MPs from Tamil Nadu also asked India to demand urgent steps from Sri Lanka to implement recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) with a “clear time-bound programme”. read more

Last chance for Brock students to win iPad Mini tuition exemption Aug

Anna Lathrop (right), Vice Provost, Teaching and Learning, presents business administration student Feng Xu with an iPad Mini he won after filling out a spring/summer course survey.There’s one more chance for Brock University students to win an iPad Mini or tuition exemption for a half-credit course.Brock students who enrolled in 2014 spring/summer courses are entered into a draw to win either prize just by answering a few survey questions. The final draw is Friday, Aug. 29.Surveys were emailed to spring/summer students at the beginning of August. Feedback gained from the surveys is used to help improve the courses for next year and beyond.Fourth-year business administration student Feng Xu won an iPad Mini in the most recent draw, while Kelly Oattes, a second-year Sport Management student, won a $25 Campus Store gift card.Winners will be announced through Brock’s Twitter and Facebook accounts and be listed online. If you have any questions, please contact pmajumder@brocku.ca read more