Panel to recommend raising minimum age of marriage for Muslim girls

The committee was set up in 2009 by the then Lankan President, For instance, when non-Muslim MPs, Hirunika Premachandra and M.A.Sumanthiran, took up the issue in and out of parliament, agitated Muslim leaders said that non-Muslims had no right to interfere.Sumanthiran was shouted down in parliament by Muslim ministers and MPs.However, among Muslims themselves,  a good section is in favor of  making a change in tune with the times.For example, S.M.Aliyar, the Qazi of  the all-Muslim town of Kattankudy in the Eastern Province, told Express that Muslim law does not say that marriage at 12 is mandatory for girls. The minimum age could vary from country to country and as per the culture of the times. If the government and people of a country, in their wisdom, decide to raise the age of marriage, there should be no objection, Aliyar said. (Colombo Gazette) Mahinda Rajapaksa.It is headed by the retired Supreme Court Judge Saleem Marsoof. One of the key organizations associated with it is the Muslim Women’s Research and Action Forum (MWRAF) headed by the well known social activist, Jezima Ismail.The committee has been on the job for long because of the sensitive nature of the issue.While social activists, human rights workers and the majority Sinhalese community have been clamoring for raising the age of marriage for Muslim girls to 18, to put it on par with the minimum age for the rest of Lankan females, the community itself has been wary about the bid for change. “Discussions are still going on and we hope to submit our recommendation in June,” the member said. The Sri Lankan Presidential panel set up to suggest amendments to the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act of 1951, is likely to recommend raising the minimum age of marriage for Muslim girls from 12 to either 16 or 18, a member of the panel told the New Indian Express on condition of anonymity.“The committee favors raising the age of marriage, but it is yet to decide if it should be raised to 16 or 18.” read more

Major Aitik order for Sandvik

first_imgSandvik Mining and Construction has reached agreement with Boliden to supply a complete in-pit crushing system to its Aitik copper-gold-silver mine. The crushing system consists of two complete primary gyratory crushing stations as well as overland conveyors and feeders. The system will have a capacity of 8,000 t/h and will transport the ore 7 km. The new crushing and conveying system is scheduled to be put into operation in early 2010. The value of the equipment order is some €86.5 million. Sandvik’s order includes engineering and erection as well as start-up services. Boliden’s decision to invest in a conveying system reduces the use of truck haulage. The conveyor system will provide higher availability, considerably lower running cost and be more environmentally friendly than trucks, Sandvik reports. With the new system, Aitik will be able to double its annual production of ore from 18 to 36 Mt. “For Sandvik, the order is of strategic importance since it is our largest complete in-pit crushing system and demonstrates Sandvik’s capabilities as a major supplier to support the open-pit mining process”, says Lars Josefsson, President of Sandvik Mining and Construction.last_img read more

Allison Pineau is leaving Metz Handball

One of the best female handball player, French star, Allison Pineau (23) will leave the French champion, Metz Handball on the end of the season. Currently injured, one of the best players of the last WCh 2011 in Brasil, Pineau is the target of the many TOP teams in Europe:– Other teams have better offers and we can’t play with them – says team’s president.Allison Pineau was the best World’s Player for 2009 by IHF. Allison PineauFrench handballMetz handball ← Previous Story Sanja Damnjanovic stays in Podravka – Anita Bulath is coming… Next Story → EHF CL Round 9 “Match of the Week”: Metalurg’s triumph in Plock