Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi today addressed the Indian-origin Tamil community at Norwood Grounds in Dickoya and assured them that India will support their endeavours towards peace and prosperity, the Indian Express reported.“The Government and people of India are with you in your journey towards peace and greater prosperity,” he said. Earlier in the day, he inaugurated a Rs 150 crore super-speciality hospital in Dickoya town that was built with Indian assistance. Dickoya is a subdistrict of Dimbula, one of the six primarily tea-growing regions in Sri Lanka. Calling for celebrations over the diversity between Sinhalese-speaking population and Tamil-speaking people, Modi said, “Diversity calls for celebration and not confrontation. Sinhala and Tamil people and languages existed harmoniously.” He also said that Sinhalese language should be a matter of “pride” for the people. “You speak one of the oldest-surviving classical languages in the world. It is a matter of pride that many of you also speak Sinhala,” Modi said. Talking about the bilateral deals between the two nations, Modi said, “We have decided to extend 1990 Emergency Ambulance Service, currently operating in Western & Southern Provinces, to all other Provinces.”“Under Indian housing project in Sri Lanka, 4000 houses being constructed in up country areas, happy to announce an additional 10,000 houses,” he added. (Colombo Gazette) Stressing the need for strengthening “threads of unity and harmony” between Indian and the Tamil community in Sri Lanka, the prime minister said, “We remember your forefathers. Men and women of strong will and courage who undertook the journey of their life from India to then Ceylon.” He also praised some of the original inhabitants of the community. “A great icon of India, MGR was born in this soil establishing a lifelong connection. You produced one of the finest spinners in the world, Muttiah Muralitharan.”The Prime Minister also said that he is aware of the steps taken by Sri Lankan government for the development of the community. “Sri Lankan Government is taking active steps to improve your life which includes a Five-year Action plan. India will fully support their effort in this direction,” he said. “We will continue to work tirelessly for your socio-economic development in all possible ways.” Modi congratulated the Tamil community for their hard work and said that Sri Lanka has benefitted from it.” If Sri Lanka today is third largest exporter of tea, it’s because of your hard work,” Modi said. “People all over the world are familiar with famous Ceylon Tea that originates in this fertile land,” he further added.
Mahdia, Region Eight, (Potaro-Siparuni) at an advanced stage in its quest to becoming Guyana’s tenth town, joining the three that were named back in 2015, this is according to Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan.Upgrade road and drainage works in MahdiaThe minister told the Department of Public Information (DPI) recently that the government is ready to move ahead with the process which was halted for some time.Mahdia was among a list of communities identified by President David Granger in 2015 to be commissioned to towns. The other three, Bartica, Lethem, and Mabaruma have already been up and running, however, Mahdia has been having some delays due to issues with internal boundaries.“We are at an advanced stage of resolving that matter and the last remaining issue was that while we have arrived at the external boundaries of what will become the municipality of Mahdia, it encompasses two Amerindian villages; Campbelltown and Micobie,” Minister Bulkan said.He added that government could not proceed and create the township and exclude the Amerindian villages as the law makes provision for the inclusion of all.The minister said the government has been holding consultations with the communities to ascertain whether they would like to be part of the township. He explained that discussions were held with the former Toshaos of Campbelltown and Micobie. Other officials, including Minister of Indigenous People’s Affairs Sydney Allicock, also met with the communities in May, where all the issues were explained.The two villages were given up to the end of last month, to decide whether they would like to be part of the township.“Whatever their decision is, we will accept. We would be happy if they recognise the additional benefits that could be accrued to them if they are part of the township,” Minister Bulkan said.He said if the decision is that they do not wish to be part of the process, the government will have to go ahead and give the order for the town to be named. The Communities Minister said internal constituencies have already been identified and all criteria in place to allow for the creation of the township which will allow for it to participate in the November 12 LGE 2018.Meanwhile, Minister Bulkan also spoke of the impressive progress made so far by the other three towns.“There seems to be a race among these councils to prove themselves. I think that it goes without saying that we feel vindicated by the president’s vision in creating these we towns. It was a wise decision, it was the right thing to do,” Minister Bulkan said.
About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. The DM Commission’s Annual Report, out today, has revealed that issues around data and privacy were the biggest concerns for consumers last year.The DM Commission’s 2016/17 report recorded nearly 200 complaints against businesses in the direct marketing sector between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2017 – 10% fewer than the previous year – and investigated 39 cases involving existing members of the DMA. Overall, 69% related to data, privacy and quality and 82% came from consumers.Cases often related to complex supply chains where insufficient due diligence led to original consent or lack of consent being overlooked. This was in breach of the DMA Code. The remaining complaints were split between contractual (21%) and customer service (10%) issues.Over the course of the year, the Commissioners conducted a full formal investigation into two businesses, finding one in breach of the DMA Code. One case related to complaints received from two individuals registered on the Telephone Preference Service, who had been contacted by a lead generation business for a lifestyle survey. The DMA member could not provide evidence that they had satisfied themselves that their call-centre partners had the consents necessary to be calling people registered with the TPS.A further consent issue was also highlighted in that the offshore suppliers’ call scripts listed sponsor names at the end of the calls, which in one case was within a pre-recorded message. This gave listeners no assured or straightforward mechanism for deciding who the call-recipient did or did not want to hear from. The Commission thought the consent mechanism for the DMA business to then make subsequent calls was therefore inadequate.George Kidd, Chief Commissioner of the DM Commission, said:“While the volume of complaints remains low the challenges with data and consents across lengthy value-chains are a cause for concern. Here, as with other issues, we seek to balance our responsibility for dealing with the behaviours with individual businesses with the need to look at where and why there is an issue, and to work with the DMA on policy responses across the board, and not just the individual complaint and member company.” 139 total views, 1 views today Advertisement Data concerns dominated consumer complaints in 2017, says DM Commission Annual Report AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 140 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 Melanie May | 29 January 2018 | News Tagged with: data data consent Research / statistics
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