Morocco Wellpositioned to Attract Indonesian Investors Minister

Rabat – Minister for Energy, Mines, Water and the Environment, Abdelkader Amara, called on Wednesday in Rabat Indonesian investors to explore the investment opportunities offered in Morocco, notably in the sector of energy.The call was made during a meeting between Amara and Indonesia’s Ambassador to Morocco Endang Dwi Syarief Syamsuri, the Ministry said in a statement.In this regard, Amara said that Indonesian enterprises are welcome to respond to the international tenders in the field of energy in Morocco. He said the sector of energy will offer investment opportunities worth 36 billion dollars in the upcoming years.The meeting was also an opportunity to overview the national strategy for energy and the rehabilitation of the mines sector. read more

Indian girl held in Sri Lanka for Buddha image on dress

The Police had detained and questioned an Indian tourist who was wearing a dress with a print of the Buddha on it.The 26-year-old tourist was on the island on a family holiday at a resort near Bentota, The Hindu newspaper reported. Before the group’s departure from Colombo on Monday, some of them were shopping at an upmarket mall in the capital. “Just as we were about to make the payment at the counter, three cops came up to us and said they needed to arrest and take my niece. We were terrified,” said Deepam R., aunt of the young woman. The 26-year-old and the rest of the family apologised to the police and said they did not intend to offend Sri Lankans, she said. Insisting that she would accompany her niece, Ms. Deepam went to the police station, where they were made to sign a statement and apologise, before being allowed to proceed to the airport for departure.When contacted, the police said the family was let off with a warning. “Wearing such a print is an offence according to the penal code. It is not just about the Buddha, wearing prints of deities of any religion is considered offensive,” police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara told The Hindu. However, senior lawyer J.C. Weliamuna said: “Only defaming a religion is a criminal offence in Sri Lanka, wearing a normal print of the Buddha does not amount to that. This is ridiculous.” “One of my nephews rushed to the store next door and bought a T-shirt, so my niece could wear it over the dress. But the police did not allow her to do that. They asked her to come to the police station with them,” Ms. Deepam told The Hindu over telephone, upon her return to Chennai. read more