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Pluralism Workshop in Ratnapura on 24th April, 2009

BannarNational Peace Council of Sri Lanka in partnership with Canadian International Development Agency of Canadian Government, successfully conducted the workshop in ‘Powers and Limits of Pluralism South Asia’ in Ratnapura on Friday the 24th of April 2009, at Silver Ray Hotel. The event is hosted as a full day event, beginning at 9.00 am and continuing till 4.30 pm, with a full day agenda.

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Sports Event to Celebrate New Year and to Promote Peace Message - 19th April

National Peace Council of Sri Lanka organized a sports event as part of New Year celebration at Gavarawela School grounds, Up-Cot, Muskeliya on 19th of April, Sunday. The event took place from 8.30 am till 4.30 pm and a lot of children from all communities took part in the event. Participants who won in the events were awarded prizes. The children were very happy and upbeat and enjoyed every moment of being there, and the event was a complete success. Mr. Saman Seneviratna, Miss. Rasika Seneviratne, and Mr. Rajeeva from NPC worked with Mr. S. George Kesavan, the coordinator of REDO and Mr. Subramaniam to make this event a success.

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Seminar on Conflict Transformation

tom conf 1On April 1st 2009 National Peace Council hosted a seminar on Conflict Transformation for a wide array of eminent persons, tom conf 2including academics, former military officers and journalists.  Led by intern Tom Richardson, the seminar explored the social, economic and political impacts of three counter-insurgency strategies that were dominated by military strength.  The seminar took case studies from the Boer War, Punjab and Chechnya; ultimately drawing the conclusion that without an opportunity for serious political dialogue conflicts become protracted.  The seminar also looked in detail at the various tactics used in counter insurgency operations, and how they have a direct effect on the degree to which a civilian population will support militants.  The seminar concluded that the only way to guarantee peace was through a negotiated political settlement that would address the grievances of the effected population. 

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Annual meeting with the donors

donors noradsidaNational Peace Council had its annual review meeting with the donors  Norwegian Agency for Development Co-operation (NORAD) and
Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) on 31st of March, 2009. The event took place at the premises of NPC. Donors discussed with the management and the team leads about the activities of NPC for the year 2007 to 2008, and also about the future plans and funding.

The National Conference on Islam and Pluralism, BMICH, Colombo.

BMICH Conf Cultural EventThe Canadian High Commission in Sri Lanka and the National Peace Council of Sri Lanka, jointly BMICH Conf Gilles Nhosted The National Conference on Islam and Pluralism, at BMICH, on 29th of March, 2009, as culmination of the program series of Pluralism workshops held across the island in the recent past.

The program commenced at 9.30 a.m. with the opening ceremony of cultural programme by Children of Jilan Muslim Maha Vidyalaya, Panadura. His Excellency Giles Norman, Acting High Commissioner of Canada, graced the event as the chief guest. The chairperson of the first session, Dr. Jehan Perera, Executive Director of National Peace Council, welcomed and Introduced NPC and Pluralism to the participants. Ms. Regina Ramalingam, Chief Operations Executive of NPC, followed the welcome with an introduction to the Plurlism Project.

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Pluralism Workshop - Trincomalee


Trnc_small_Speaker_1National Peace Council of Sri Lanka held a workshop on Islam and Pluralism, in Trincomalee, on March 15th 2009.The event took place at the Welcome Bay Hotel, Trincomalee.

The participants convened at the venue of the workshop at 9.30 a.m. on Sunday, March 15th. There were about 35 people from various organizations, including provincial council members from ruling and opposition parties, journalists and religious leaders from Trincomalee. The workshop started with two minutes Silent Prayer. Mr.Geethapongalon, Secretary of the Trincomalee District Media Society, welcomed the audience with his elegant speech.

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