8 Oct
2019

Government assures law and order after protest

The Government says it has taken all measures to maintain law and order and that there would not be any room for unruly elements to create any sort of disturbances in the country.Minister of Justice Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said that unruly protests will not be allowed in the North or any other part of the country over the kidnapping, rape and killing of an 18-year-old schoolgirl in Kayts, Jaffna. He said that Police have so far arrested nine suspects over the rape and killing of the schoolgirl. The situation was brought under control with the help of the riot police and security forces after firing tear gas to quell the emotionally agitated mob, the Minister said. (Colombo Gazette) He pointed out that 130 suspects were arrested for pelting stones at the Jaffna Police Station and the Magistrate Court on May 20. According to the Minister, the violent protesters attempted to harm the eight suspects arrested earlier for the gruesome murder. The Kayts police, after arresting the suspects, transferred them to the Jaffna police.Then the protesters gathered in front of the Magistrate Court and the Police Station in Jaffna and started hurling stones and attacking police personnel who tried to save suspects from being assaulted and the court and the police station being damaged. read more

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6 Oct
2019

UN telecommunications conference to be held in Qatar in March next year

The fourth World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-06) will take place in Qatar from 7 to 15 March 2006, four months after the second phase of the UN World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) meets in Tunisia on ways to reduce the digital divide between rich and poor countries, the UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU) said.”The WTDC provides an important opportunity for ITU to further its commitment to bringing the benefits of information and communication technologies (ICT) to all of the world,” ITU Secretary-General Yoshio Utsumi said.”WTDC will be the first global ICT event held after the World Summit on the Information Society and will no doubt give ICT leaders an opportunity to consider practical ways to achieve the WSIS goal of connecting the world by 2015.”Qatar is a leading user of ICT in the region, with an annual growth of 15 per cent in fixed and mobile teledensity over the last five years. Internet use has racked up an annual growth rate close to 47 per cent over the same period.The chairman of WTDC-06 will be Sheikh Abdulla Bin Mohammed Bin Saud Al-Thani, who is also the chairman of the largest public telecommunication provider in Qatar, Qtel. read more

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