Earlier today Colombo Gazette reported that Muslims in Sri Lanka had written to the United Nations over the threats faced by them as a result of the recent campaign carried out by the Bodu Bala Sena.The Muslim Tamil National Alliance, in a letter sent to UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, said that what’s disturbing is that radical members of the Buddhist clergy are allowed to take the law into their hands, with the enforcers of the law watching from the sidelines.“After the defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam, the Muslims of Sri Lanka have been looking at every opportunity to bring about national unity at a time when the country is in transition. We fail to understand the failure of the government of Sri Lanka in arresting the current trend which if left to go its course ,would spell disaster for the country we call our home,” the letter said. The military has had talks today with Muslim groups on the security concerns of Muslims over the situation which has developed following the Halal certification issue.The meeting comes a week after similar discussions were held between the military and the Bodu Bala Sena monks. The Muslim Tamil National Alliance, led by Muslim politician Azath Salley, urged the UN to draw the attention of the Government of Sri Lanka to international standards relevant to the protection and promotion of the rights of minorities. (Colombo Gazette) Meanwhile separately Ministers A.H.M Fowzie, Rauf Hakeem, Rishard Badurdeen and A.L.M Athulaulla met President Mahinda Rajapaksa after the Cabinet meeting this morning, the Navamani newspaper reported.The newspaper said in an online posting that the situation faced by Muslims in the country was discussed at the meeting. The military had assured the Muslims that they will be given full security and that any anti-Muslim campaign will not be encouraged. The Navamani newspaper reported that the Head of the Military Intelligence took part in the meeting today with the Muslim organizations. read more

Jobs STEARNS, Ky. (WTVQ) – Gov. Matt Bevin joined Congressman Hal Rogers, local officials and executives from Fibrotex USA for a ribbon cutting on a new manufacturing facility.The $12.1 million investment is expected to create up to 350 full-time jobs in McCreary County.- Advertisement – Announced in October 2018, Fibrotex USA was awarded a 10-year, $480 million contract to supply Ultra-Lightweight Camouflage Net Systems (ULCANS) to the US Army.Leaders at the company project it will create 150 jobs at the new Fibrotex facility to manufacture material used in ULCAN and additional signature management technologies moving forward.The investment includes accommodation for a 200-job expansion at Outdoor Venture Corp. (OVC) s McCreary County operation. The ULCANS is a modular camouflage system used to conceal military equipment, facilities, troops and other assets in a wide variety of environments.Related Article: Inmates attack guards at prison in McCreary Co.Founded in Stearns in 1972, OVC is a prime supplier of next-generation military tent systems for the U.S. Department of Defense, allied international governments and private industry.OVC operates four facilities in McCreary County, where the company employs 225 people.To encourage the investment and job growth in the community, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) in December 2018 approved OVC for up to $200,000 in tax incentives through the Kentucky Enterprise Initiative Act (KEIA) based on a $12.1 million investment. KEIA allows approved companies to recoup Kentucky sales and use tax on construction costs, building fixtures, equipment used in research and development and electronic processing. read more