Lanka envoy honors top students

Updated 23 June 2013
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Lanka envoy honors top students

The need to expose children to other cultures and religions for peaceful co-existence among all members of the society was strongly stressed by the guest speaker at the graduation ceremony of the Sri Lankan International School, in Riyadh on Friday.
The keynote speaker was the new Sri Lankan Ambassador Vadivel Krishnamoorthy, who honored the 39 graduating students.
“It gives me great pleasure to congratulate all of today’s graduates as they step out into the world to pursue their dreams. Today’s celebration of achievement should also celebrate those students who have achieved a priceless level of performance. This moment should serve as an opportunity for motivation,” Kirshnamoorthy said.
“Children require an exposure to cultures and religions other than their own. It is only then that they will appreciate the value of unity in diversity; to respect other religions and cultures while practicing and respecting their own,” the envoy said, adding that a cocooned existence could place them at a major disadvantage.
“It could be a recipe for conflict and unhappiness,” the envoy said.
As the future leaders of the world, he said, the ability to respect and cooperate with all should be translated into all your endeavors. “A substantial number of children in the Sri Lankan International School will leave Saudi Arabia some day and head toward a life either in Sri Lanka or in some other country. You will be taking up positions of leadership. It is here that you must remember to apply the values you learned.”
In his opening speech, School Principal S.M. Nazeer highlighted that the school has reached the milestone of 25 years of service to the Sri Lankan community in Riyadh. “During its existence, the school has produced several intellectuals and professionals in different fields of study. The school has seen a steady rise in its student population on a yearly basis. During 2012, the school produced more than 10 students enrolled in medical faculties across various universities around the world.

Apart from that, many students were admitted to universities in different fields of study.”
Before concluding his speech, the principal appealed the graduates to use their education to pursue noble causes and extend a helping hand to the students who are in need of their valuable services. He further implored the students to make today a better tomorrow and become useful citizens, while valuing the teachers and parents who were behind their success and bestowing upon them due gratitude.


Saudi Arabia's KSRelief distributes assistance to Syrian refugees in Lebanon

KSRelief distributed assistance to Syrian refugees. (SPA/file)
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Saudi Arabia's KSRelief distributes assistance to Syrian refugees in Lebanon

  • KSRelief seeks to ensure that the living conditions of Syrian refugees are in accordance with international specifications
  • The center also distributed 3,500 cartons of dates in the villages of Izzala Al-Jumah in Yemen

JEDDAH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) distributed humanitarian aid including birth kits, personal bags and baby blankets to Syrian female refugees staying in Osman Hospital and Central Hospital in Kattermaya, Kharoub province of Lebanon on Friday.

This distribution is within the framework of the assistance provided by the center for displaced Syrians and refugees in neighboring countries. 

KSRelief seeks to ensure that the living conditions of Syrian refugees are in accordance with international specifications through various relief programs. 

Earlier, winter blankets, jackets, jumpers, hats and other items were distributed to meet the basic needs of refugee families.

The center also distributed 3,500 cartons of dates in the villages of Izzala Al-Jumah in Al-Mukha directorate in Taiz governorate, benefiting 21,000 people.

In addition, 36 trucks with 469,483 kg of relief, shelter and medicines crossed Al-Wadiaa border on Thursday evening as part of the KSRelief plan to help Yemenis.

Of this total, 26 trucks with 500 food baskets, weighing 375 tons, in addition to 43,173 kg of shelter items, will be heading to Maareb province, and ten trucks carrying 42,221 kg of shelter items and 9.89 tons of medications will go to Aden.

On Thursday, the Bahraini Royal Charity Foundation and the Khalifa bin Zayed Foundation for Humanitarian Affairs signed an MoU for the establishment of the Bahrain Health Center in Aden, Yemen, at a cost of $2 million, in the presence of Ahmed bin Ali Al-Bayez, assistant general supervisor of operations and programs at KSRelief, and a number of officials. SPA, Jeddah