‘Ramadan is of great importance to Sri Lanka’

Updated 30 July 2013
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‘Ramadan is of great importance to Sri Lanka’

Sri Lankan Ambassador Vadivel Krishnamoorthy hosted an iftar gathering at the embassy premises on Saturday in a show of religious tolerance.
Krishnamoorthy said that the month of fasting brings people closer to one another and is a form of personal sacrifice.
Speaking at the inter-community iftar party, Krishnamoorthy said, “The noble values of reconciliation and peace, which are at the heart of the Islamic tradition, need to be shared and celebrated. I am very happy to continue the tradition of hosting an iftar in the embassy to share our sense of unity and religious harmony with our friends and families.
“Ramadan is of great importance to us in Sri Lanka. The Muslim community in Sri Lanka and all other communities strive to reinforce their efforts toward working for peace and harmony in this holy time of the year.”
The ambassador said, “I have seen the spirit of Ramadan in my embassy staff who work very hard and sacrifice time with their families to help in the legalization process of illegal workers in the Kingdom.”
He also took the occasion to remind community members to take advantage of the amnesty extension provided by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah to rectify their status.
In his sermon, Abdullah Al-Masari, imam of the local Sheikh Khalid Al-Ruki Mosque, said, “Ramadan is a month of forgiveness and blessings from God Almighty; Muslims should not miss this great opportunity to absolve their sins and extend a helping hand to less fortunate in the community.”
Some 300 men, women and children from the Sri Lankan community and embassy officials and their family members attended the cross-section iftar gathering, which began with the recitation of the Holy Qur’an and sermons on Islamic values.
The Sri Lankan business community in the Kingdom also attended the iftar.
Islam in Sri Lanka is practiced by a minority group, constituing 9.72 percent of the population of Sri Lanka as per the census of 2012.


Saudi Arabia’s first ‘smart’ pharmacy inaugurated

Updated 21 July 2018
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Saudi Arabia’s first ‘smart’ pharmacy inaugurated

TABUK: Prince Fahd bin Sultan, governor of Tabuk region, inaugurated the Kingdom’s first smart pharmacy — operated by a robot — at King Fahd Specialist Hospital on Thursday, following his meeting with the province’s director general of health affairs, Ghurmallah bin Abdullah Al-Ghamdi.
It is hoped that the smart pharmacy — which can dispense 1,500 packages of medicine per hour, store over 20,000 packages of medicine, reject expired drugs, and deal with 240 prescriptions per hour — will save the time of patients and pharmacists, ensure better control of drug stocks, provide the highest safety standards, and reduce medication errors.
The pharmacy has six outlets, one of which is dedicated to serving disabled people.
Prince Fahd congratulated Tabuk Health Affairs on this achievement, which he said would contribute to better health care services.
He stressed that serving citizens was the main objective and praised the role of young men and women in meeting the requirements of the future.
He also thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for their support for the health care sector in Saudi Arabia.
Al-Ghamdi thanked Prince Fahd for his support for the health care sector in the province.