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Someone framed them, I don't know who exactly did it. They cowards they shot the boy dead, there are cops like this. Those are my kids, you know, I am afraid for my other boy, may be he will be shot dead too. They should arrest him, may be bring him but alive, alive. Justice should decide who is right and who is guilty.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

ACCA offers exemption for other professional accountancy qualifications

To reach far on the corporate ladder, professionals are expected to furnish more and more paper qualifications to support their experiences and skill levels.

As such, more often than not they are faced with the dilemma of studying the same old theories and lessons over and over under differently named qualifications and courses. To eliminate this and to enable easy access to higher education qualifications, the largest and fastest growing global professional accountancy body the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) is now offering exemptions for students who have obtained credentials of relevant accountancy qualifications prior to starting the ACCA’s qualification programme.

Under this exemption scheme, students can now refrain from undertaking all exams listed in the ACCA Qualification or at the foundation level, and can instead start studying at their level of knowledge ascertained through other qualification programs.

Anti-Muslim campaign harmful to Sri Lanka

What is the motive of those who are behind the Anti-Muslim campaign in Sri Lanka? 

Since the campaign began just before the Sri Lanka issue being taken up at the United Nations Human Rights Council sessions in Geneva, the question that arises is: Was it to deprive Sri Lanka of the votes of the Muslim countries?

The Government should find out who is financing this movement. I urge the President to check on this and take necessary action.

I feel that the aim of these groups is not only to deprive us of those the vote but also the remittance from our workers employed in West Asia. If the West Asian countries decide to close doors on Sri Lankan workers, what will be the fate of our economy?

Therefore, the authorities should nip the anti-Muslim campaign in the bud. Otherwise, all of us will suffer.

S.G. Gunawardene

Thanks: Sunday Times (Letters to the Editor)

CA Sri Lanka’s first ever degree in Applied Accounting kicks off in June

The inaugural Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Accounting offered by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka) will commence in June this year.

The BSc. in Applied Accounting which has also been approved by the University Grants Commission is open for students with three passes (under the new syllabus) or four passes (under the old syllabus) in any subject stream at the GCE Advanced Level examination.

The degree is designed in two stages, namely the general degree programme which will be conducted over a period of three years covering six semesters and or the special degree which will be conducted over a period of four years covering eight semesters.

Thirty-three percent of world’s poorest live in India

India has 33 percent of the world’s poorest 1.2 billion people, even though the country’s poverty rate is half as high as it was three decades ago, according to a new World Bank report.

India reduced the number of its poor from 429 million in 1981 to 400 million in 2010, and the extreme poverty rate dropped from 60 percent of the population to 33 percent during the same period. Despite the good news, India accounts for a higher proportion of the world’s poor than it used to. In 1981, it was home to 22 percent of the world’s poorest people.

The World Bank report comes just days after it proposed a $12 billion to $20 billion plan to reduce poverty levels over four years in the Indian states of Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. Sixty percent of the financing would go to state government-backed projects, according to the Hindu Business Line newspaper.

Egypt's Coptic challenge

Cairo is witnessing a backlash from the Christian community after tensions recently spilled over into deadly violence.

Clashes between Muslims and Christian Copts in Egypt over the past few weeks have left 10 people dead, bringing decades-old sectarian tension back to the forefront in the Arab world's most populous country.

Violence broke out April 6 after Coptic children allegedly drew crosses on the wall of an Islamic institute in Khosoos, north of Cairo, leaving four Copts and a Muslim dead. A funeral held for Coptic victims at St Mark's Cathedral, the seat of the Coptic Pope in Cairo, likewise descended into violence after unknown assailants attacked the procession, leading to more deaths in the deadliest sectarian incident since President Mohammed Morsi was elected in June 2012.

The attack on the Coptic Orthodox Cathedral - a major site for Egypt's Christian population - has resulted in a backlash from the community.

Coptic parliamentarians criticised the government and police for failing to protect the iconic church. Pope Tawadros II, the head of the Coptic Church, told local media that Morsi's handling of the crisis suffered from "negligence and poor assessment of events", and that the attack "crossed all the red lines", an unusual move for the church - which has generally shied away from criticising the head of state.

Car bomb explodes at French embassy in Libya

Two guards injured in apparent car bomb attack in Tripoli, according to security officials.

France's embassy in Libya was hit by what appeared to be a car bomb on Tuesday, injuring two guards in the first such attack in the Libyan capital since the 2011 war that ousted Muammar Gaddafi.

"There was an attack on the embassy. We think it was a booby trapped car," a French official told Reuters.

 "There was a lot of damage and there are two guards wounded."

In Paris, foreign minister Laurent Fabius condemned what he called a heinous attack and said everything would be done to find the perpetrators.

Deadly clashes break out in northern Iraq

At least 20 people have been killed in battle between protesters and security forces, according to ministry of defense.

Clashes between security forces and anti-government protesters in northern Iraq have left at least 20 people dead and dozens injured, officials said.

The clashes broke out early on Tuesday morning when security forces entered an open area in Hawijah, west of Kirkuk, where demonstrations have been held since January.

Iraq's ministry of defence said, in a statement, that 20 armed men were killed along with three army personnel - one officer and two soldiers - in the blasts. 

The statement also said that the armed men used protesters as cover, and that the army has arrested 75 "fighters" and seized 40 rifles, plus grenades.

Sheikh Abdullah Sami al-Asi, a Sunni provincial official, said the fighting began when security forces entered the protest area in the town and tried to make arrests.

Myanmar's 'crimes against humanity'

We discuss a Human Rights Watch report that alleges government involvement in the violence against minority Rohingya.

Authorities in Myanmar stand accused of a campaign of ethnic cleansing of minority Rohingya Muslims.

According to a report by Human Rights Watch, their actions amount to crimes against humanity, including murder, persecution and deportation.

It relates to violence in Myanmar's western Rakhine state in June and October of last year, in which more than 200 people were killed, and over 100,000 displaced.

Human Rights Watch says government security forces did nothing to stop the violence, and even took part in it.

The report comes as the European Union lifts sanctions against the country and President Thein Sein is given a peace award - the 'In Pursuit of Peace Award' is from the International Crisis Group (ICG).

The award recognises individuals for their outstanding contributions to the advancement of peace and security and praises the Myanmar's president for his efforts to "bring us closer to a world free of conflict".
It found extensive state involvement and planning in the killings and destruction of property and that community leaders and Buddhist monks, also played a role in the killings, along with police and army personnel.
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