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Govt. to formulate new Halal mechanism

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The Cabinet Sub-Committee yesterday decided to recommend to the government a legal mechanism worked out to deal with the Halal certification of food items, a Minister said yesterday.  
 
After meetings with Muslim clerics, the Buddhist clergy and the business community, the Sub-Committee chaired by Senior Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayake wrapped up its sessions yesterday.

It was ruled that the ACJU had no legal right to issue Halal certification for food items, the minister said.

“The ACJU has been legally recognised. Yet, it has no power to issue Halal certification. They admitted it,” a Committee member told Daily Mirror on condition of anonymity.

The ACJU maintains that Halal certification is needed to differentiate food items approved for consumption according to Islamic principles. Therefore Minister Wickramanayake, as the head of the subcommittee, is now expected to make a draft of recommendations to be considered by the Cabinet.

Asked about the consensus reached between ACJU and the representatives of the Buddhist clergy on Monday, the Minister said, “The committee was unaware of the aspects they had agreed upon. It is a step forward.” However, Minister Wickramanayake would make the final recommendations based on submissions made by the interested parties.

The ACJU, at a joint press conference on Monday, announced that issuance of Halal certification would be optional hereafter. Also, they agreed to do it without charging any fee from industrialists and businessmen. (Kelum Bandara)

 
 

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-51+108 # Andy 2013-03-14 10:59
wow... a good move.
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-21+76 # IHM 2013-03-14 11:27
Good Move. Lets see what is the recommendation.
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-216+56 # sagarika 2013-03-14 11:42
Why does the government want to adopt someone else s baby?
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-36+307 # James 2013-03-14 12:04
Cos Srilanka is the mother and govt is the father......All citizens of this country are their children.....
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-27+190 # Packeer 2013-03-14 12:08
well said
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-3+58 # Van der Merwe 2013-03-14 15:41
But the trouble is we have BAPPA now with a mousetache like a broom, not a Father.
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-81+21 # baba 2013-03-14 11:44
wanduragay athaay dali pihiya dunna wagay wadak..
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-31+163 # Nuzrath 2013-03-14 11:53
Until now the government did nothing for Muslims. They did say they are not willing to accept it. Now they are saying otherwise. i am really suspicious of their intention.
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-9+158 # tarzan 2013-03-14 12:04
want drag this problem until the new electricity bill calculated ??????????
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-19+89 # Packeer 2013-03-14 12:05
This is the correct way of dealing with a problem in a democratic country.
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-31+16 # PRASANNAJIT 2013-03-14 12:09
Rathnasiri should say that he would handle it if he is given the premiership.
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-16+97 # Eagle Eye 2013-03-14 12:12
Another extra income for the government ... may be an opportunity to appoint a separate minister.....
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-14+25 # MZS 2013-03-14 15:30
Patali ????????
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-180+36 # Chamara 2013-03-14 12:22
I have founded a new religion. It is the "bestest" in the world. A principle requirement is called jalal slaughter of animals. The throat should be cut slowly so that the animal bleeds to death. Everybody should chant jalal is the only God. Now what about my religious requirements?
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-17+153 # Buffaloa Citizen 2013-03-14 12:45
Oh come on, that was not the way the northern tamils were slaughtered?
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-42+41 # Silas 2013-03-14 15:38
Yes, that was the way the LTTE slaughtered innocent sinhalese, muslim and tamil people for 30 years! men, women and children! 'nuff said!!
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-8+71 # Sakraya 2013-03-14 15:28
There is a place for you in Mulleriyawa (angoda) where u can peacefully follow your religion.
Mate, You can't find a religion. You have to follow one!
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-1+10 # Uditha Karaputugala 2013-03-15 06:24
Killing innocent people for political reasons? Is that correct?
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-4+64 # shan 2013-03-14 12:23
Separate Minister,separa te department,addi tional income but at last running lost and need loan from central banak
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-127+60 # Arjuna 2013-03-14 12:26
As Islamist, they have a right to consume HALAL foods. there's no issue.
But as a non Muslim I don't like to consume any food followed by Islamic principles.
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-7+89 # malkanthi 2013-03-14 12:51
Do you know the difference?Is there any quality control or standardization done of all our food items by our authorities??
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-13+90 # Raj 2013-03-14 15:23
No one is forcing you to buy Halal meat/ products.
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-6+78 # MZS 2013-03-14 15:37
Mate, it has not followed any Islamic principle. Its the same food. (mathurala naha). Only thing is because of the permited contents we muslims can consume (eat) them!
Hope you understand brother.
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-7+74 # Tridax 2013-03-14 15:38
is your rejection of halal food based on Buddhist teaching ?
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-5+46 # Jayathilaka 2013-03-14 15:25
A new post opening for a new Minister: "Halal Minister"
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-1+20 # Election result 2013-03-14 15:26
Do not worry. all big fellows will see after the election
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-11+106 # mario 2013-03-14 15:31
I really don’t understand this stupidity. What next? Ban the abaya & head scarf, insist that they can’t grow beards? What minority / religion will be targeted next? Is it the Christians? Will we be banned from displaying the cross? This is not the Dhama preched by Gauthama Budha.
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-15+107 # Fairose 2013-03-14 15:37
Please end this here. We do not want another 'Halal Mechanism' that would again bring forth another extremist force. BBS was not known to anybody until it brought this 'Halal' issue and gain 'Haram' popularity. We muslims never ate 'Haram' food that is animal slaughtered or killed by improper methods other than that was prescribe to us. We will continue to do that whether any community like it or not. We plead the government keep their mouth shut like they did when Bodu Bala Sena was running wild against the muslim community using all the filth and abuse. Enough.
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-9+3 # Mr Retort 2013-03-15 11:21
Also tell your Ministers the same thing and ask them to leave the Muslim community alone
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-6+31 # mnsmart 2013-03-14 19:05
gearing up for another unpleasant period ahead.
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-2+5 # alecx 2013-03-15 10:39
Udaya gammanpila of JHU don't wait till 2015. Your allies BBS and def. Sec. Ready to start the war this year itself.
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-0+9 # thinkingsrilankan 2013-03-15 11:46
they say history repeats itself. We are racing from the problems of minority and majority culture in the sixties, to the same in the seventies, to the same for 30 years, to the new one. No peace without reconciliation.
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-4+1 # Saman 2013-03-15 15:00
Can someone explain the true meaning of Halal? Since when did this s***t start?
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