However, she noted that Fonseka was dragged into prison and jailed despite leading the military on the ground to defeat the LTTE.Kumaratunga said that a book she plans to release on her life story will reveal how badly Rajapaksa treated the country and her after he became President.She says the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) has been ruined by Rajapaksa and efforts must now be taken to first save the country and then the party. (Colombo Gazette) Kumaratunga said that after Rajapaksa became President parts of the North and East were freed and the LTTE was defeated.The former President, who recently announced that she will be backing the United National Front for Good Governance (UNFGG) at the Parliamentary election, said that Fonseka had a large role to play when Rajapaksa won the final battle. She recalled that when she was President, the military had secured Jaffna from the hands of the LTTE and under the UNP Government most of the Eastern Province had been liberated. Former President Chandrika Kumaratunga has questioned the rationale by some voters to back former President Mahinda Rajapaksa at elections on the basis that he won the war.Speaking at an event in Kurunegala, Kumaratunga said that if people are going to vote for Rajapaksa simply since he won the war, then they must vote for her and former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka since they too had a role to play. Kumaratunga said that Rajapaksa has no right to claim that he won the war on his own and that credit must also go to her, the UNP Government and the military.
Gemcom Software International, the largest global supplier of specialised mining productivity solutions, has announced that the Geological Society of London has issued Continuing Professional Development (CPD) endorsements for training courses for its Gemcom Surpac, Gemcom GEMS, and Gemcom Minex geology and mine planning software systems. Its strategic mine planning software, Gemcom Whittle, and its mine scheduling software, Gemcom MineSched, have also been CPD endorsed.The Geological Society of London endorses a variety of company courses, and Gemcom’s courses meet the criteria for supporting the geologists’ to achieve their CPD requirements. “The Geological Society of London is a professional body for geologists and is committed to the CPD of its members. As part of its support of the profession, the Society endorses specific training courses, like those offered by Gemcom, that are relevant to the professional development of its members. With this endorsement, members who participate in the courses can be confident that both the course content and the quality of the organisation delivering the course have been reviewed by the Geological Society,” said Sharon McIntyre, fellowship services manager, Geological Society of London.“Geologists play a vital role in exploration and mining. The work they do determines the viability of deposits to be mined, and strongly influences the profitability of producing sites,” said Alan Carmichael, vice president, Gemcom Software Europe. “Every year Gemcom trains thousands of professionals around the world. We strive to ensure that they have the best possible training on critical software systems that are used on a daily basis to interpret and model geology. The Geological Society of London’s endorsement of our Surpac and GEMS courses underlines our commitment to quality and the value of the training we deliver.”Members (Fellows) of the Geological Society of London are eligible to receive a 15% discount on CPD endorsed Gemcom training courses. Information on these courses is available at www.gemcomsoftware.com/emena. Gemcom training classes are offered at the company’s training centres and at client locations.