25 October 2007Nine new members have been elected to the 21-member United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization committee charged with overseeing the World Heritage List of cultural and natural wonders, UNESCO announced today. Nine new members have been elected to the 21-member United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization committee charged with overseeing the World Heritage List of cultural and natural wonders, UNESCO announced today.Australia, Bahrain, Barbados, Brazil, China, Egypt, Jordan, Nigeria and Sweden were each elected to four-year terms during the General Assembly of the 184 States Parties to the UNESCO Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, held in Paris.The new members of the World Heritage Committee replace Benin, Chile, India, Japan, Kuwait, Lithuania, New Zealand, Norway and the Netherlands, whose terms expired this year. The terms of Canada, Cuba, Israel, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Morocco, Peru, Spain, the Republic of Korea, Tunisia and the United States will expire in 2009.The committee meets every year to inscribe sites on the World Heritage List and to review the state of sites already on the List and whether action needs to be taken to support their safeguarding. It also maintains the List of World Heritage in Danger.There are currently 851 cultural or natural sites on the World Heritage List, and they are situated in 141 countries.
However the students said that details of the transfer was not clear and therefore they requested the President to direct his attention with regards to their concerns when implementing the solution.“We as the students of SAITM joined this institute after being scrutinized by the specified authorities (UGC and Higher Education Ministry ) with regards to our entry qualifications. Therefore we request you to enroll all the students who are currently at SAITM to KDU without any discrimination,” the students said. The decision was taken following a meeting with President Maithripala Sirisena. A decision had been taken to transfer the medical students of the Malabe SAITM medical campus to the Kotelawala Defence University (KDU). Medical students of the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) have called for legislative changes before they are transferred to the Kotelawala Defence University (KDU).The Student Action Committee of the Faculty of Medicine at SAITM, in a letter to President Mithripala Sirisena, conveyed their heartfelt gratitude to him for providing them with a prompt solution to the SAITM issue. They also noted that their intention was to study in Sri Lanka due to certain financial and social issues, and so they strongly oppose any attempts made by certain parties to undermine the President’s decision and send a fraction of students abroad to continue their medical education in foreign universities.“We look forward to your excellency to come up with all the necessary legislative changes before our enrollment into KDU,” the students said. (Colombo Gazette)