IDFR celebrated in Sri Lanka
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.
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“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.
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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