Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Lankan group holds symposium

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Wednesday, December 24, 2008-->Web posted at: 12/24/2008 4:1:3Source ::: THE PENINSULA
DOHA: Sri Lankan Majlis Qatar (SLMQ), a socio-cultural organisation in Doha, hosted its annual symposium at Al Ghazal Club. Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Qatar, Vijesiri Padukkage, was the chief guest at the event, which was sponsored by Qtel.
Dr Shaukat Chandna delivered the keynote speech on Building Bridges of Conviction. He thrilled the audience with his explanation of the word ‘BRIDGES’ — Bonding, Reaching out, Initiative, Dream, Grab the opportunity, Enthusiasm, and Smile.
Ambassador Padukkage’s wife released a souvenir as part of the event. The president of SLMQ, Ameerudeen Moulana, briefed the gathering on SLMQ’s projects and its activities in Qatar and Sri Lanka.
Moulana mentioned that many inscriptions discovered in Sri Lanka show that there were Arab settlements in Sri Lanka in pre-Islamic times. The Sinhala kings considered the Arab settlements favourably on account of the revenue that they brought through their contacts overseas in trade and politics. Since then, they had become an inseparable part of Sri Lankan society and culture, he said.

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