IDFR cel­e­brated in Sri Lanka

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL - [Maria Dubovikova is a Pres­i­dent of IMESClub and CEO of MEPFoun­da­tion. Alumni of MGIMO (Moscow State In­sti­tute of In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions [Univer­sity] of Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs of Rus­sia), now she is a PhD Can­di­date there. Her re­search fields are in

OUR COR­RE­SPON­DENT COLOMBO—The first-ever In­ter­na­tional Day of Fam­ily Re­mit­tances de­clared by the In­ter­na­tional Fund for Agri­cul­tural De­vel­op­ment(IFAD) was cel­e­brated last week and pri­mar­ily rec­og­nized the sac­ri­fices made by 250 mil­lion in­ter­na­tional mi­grants world­wide on be­half of their fam­i­lies. The Rome­based IFAD cham­pi­ons the de­vel­op­ment of global re­mit­tances by mi­grant work­ers liv­ing out­side the coun­try they call home.

The IFAD ac­knowl­edges the huge sac­ri­fices made by these mi­grant work­ers who live and work over­seas and are thereby de­prived of fam­ily fel­low­ship to­geth­er­ness and com­pan­ion­ship.They leave their near and dear ones be­hind to travel to strange lands and work alone to sup­port their fam­i­lies eco­nom­i­cally so that they could lead bet­ter lives. These in­ter­na­tional mi­grant work­ers col­lec­tively re­mit US $ 450 bil­lion an­nu­ally to their re­spec­tive coun­tries.

The monies these in­ter­na­tional mi­grants re­mit to their re­spec­tive coun­tries an­nu­ally is far big­ger than donor fund­ing-aid given to these poor na­tions by in­ter­na­tional lend­ing agen­cies. In Sri Lanka mi­grant work­ers play a sig­nif­i­cant role by re­mit­ting around US $ 7 bil­lion an­nu­ally , which of­fers fi­nan­cial so­lace to their fam­i­lies and also helps in a big way to boost the coun­try’s for­eign exc hange re­serves and fund the pro­cure­ment of im­port com­modi­ties.

There are 1.5 mil­lion Sri lankan mi­grant work­ers over­seas , which means that an equal num­ber of fam­i­lies are left at home with­out the com­pany of their love ones.

It is im­por­tant to rec­og­nize the sac­ri­fices of these mi­grant work­ers over the past 10 - 15 years not only to­wards en­rich­ing their fam­i­lies. ISIS in Fal­lu­jah more than a week ago but fight­ing con­tin­ued inside the city, in­clud­ing in the Golan district.

“We an­nounce from this place in cen­tral Golan district that it has been cleaned by the counter ter­ror­ism ser­vice and we con­vey the good news to the Iraqi peo­ple that the bat­tle of Fal­lu­jah is over,” Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Ab­dul Wa­hab al-Saidi told state TV.—Agen­cies

Rus­sia would be happy with the dis­rup­tion of NATO. But as far as the Euro­pean Union is con­cerned, Moscow wants it to be strong.

Some po­lit­i­cal fig­ures and the me­dia con­grat­u­lated Vladimir Putin over the ref­er­en­dum re­sults and in­sin­u­ated that the “leave” vote is his per­sonal vic­tory. Such state­ments are un­called for.

Rus­sia would be happy with the dis­rup­tion of NATO. But as far as the Euro­pean Union is con­cerned, Moscow wants it to be strong. And the stronger, the bet­ter.

To United Kingdom, where Scot­land and North­ern Ire­land voted to stay, this ref­er­en­dum prom­ises the loss of these parts in the long term. It lit­er­ally means the be­gin­ning of the col­lapse of what was once one of the most in­flu­en­tial states in the world. And the sep­a­ratist move­ment in Scot­land and North­ern Ire­land may fi­nally find the strength to call for in­de­pen­dence, some­thing they had been fight­ing for cen­turies.

There is still a prob­a­bil­ity that the sec­ond ref­er­en­dum will be held, which could save the sit­u­a­tion. How­ever such a de­ci­sion would look awk­ward, at the least.

It’s a twist of fate that the foun­da­tions of a Euro­pean Union were laid down by a Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter and an­other Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter has un­der­mined these foun­da­tions pre­cisely 70 year later. What started with Win­ston Churchill has ended with David Cameron. —Cour­tesy: AA

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