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* Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats conference being held in Sri Lanka capital
Tue, Mar 2, 2010, 09:41 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 02, Colombo: The Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD) conference is currently being held at the Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo Hotel in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo from March 1-3.

The CALD is a regional organization of liberal and democratic political parties in Asia and consist of eight member parties.

The conference themed "Choice and Excellence in Education" is being hosted by the Liberal Party of Sri Lanka with the support of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNF).

Dr. Rajiva Wijesinha, Chairman of the CALD and former president of the Liberal Party of Sri Lanka welcomed the attendees to the conference yesterday.

Lalith Weeratunga, Secretary to the Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa delivering the keynote address at the conference yesterday Sri Lanka having eliminated the terrorism is now focusing on education.

Efforts should be made to build a unified nation to share the prosperity, responsibility, and freedom while being vigilant, he stressed.

Secretary Weeratunga pointed out that Sri Lanka’s literacy rate has been over 90 % for decades. Education has to be provided for all to achieve their full potential despite the shortage of resources in the country, he said.

Sri Lanka's Minister of Education Susil Premajayantha is to deliver the closing keynote address tomorrow.

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