“Galle Dialogue” to Pave Way for Stability, Maritime Security in Indian Ocean

first_img View post tag: Navy The International Maritime Security Conference, “Galle Dialogue 2011”, organized by the Sri Lanka Navy under the aegis of Ministry of Defence, got underway in the port city of Galle today (14th November 2011).Ten (10) papers are scheduled to be presented to an audience of 38 foreign delegates from 18 countries and 130 local delegates at the two-day dialogue held under the theme, “Challenges and Strategic Cooperation for Indian Ocean Maritime Concerns”.Secretary of Defence Mr. Gotabhaya Rajapaksa delivered the keynote address and Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy Vice Admiral Somathilake Dissanayake made the welcome address.Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Prof. G.L. Peiris, Commander of the Sri Lanka Army Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya and Commander of the Sri Lanka Air Force Air Marshal Harsha Abeywickrema also graced the inaugural session.Secretary of Defence in his keynote address stated that the stability and maritime security of the Indian Ocean is important in the global context because of enormous reserves of oil, natural gas, minerals and a wealth of biological resources it possesses. In this context, he said, the lack of a coordinated international effort to uphold maritime security not only affects ocean-going vessels, but also the national security of coastal nations. Hence, the cooperation of maritime powers in sharing intelligence and enhancing maritime domain awareness and interoperability is vital, he emphasised. Providing assistance to improve the resources and capabilities of less advanced naval powers, he added, will enhance overall maritime security. He expressed his confidence that the Galle Dialogue will serve its purpose in facilitating and enhancing much needed Strategic Cooperation in the Indian Ocean region.Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy in his address, warmly welcomed all the distinguished delegates who made their valuable presence recognizing the importance of the Galle Dialogue initiative, which Sri Lanka offered as a nation, to the world after defeating three decades of brutal terrorism.  The lessons we learnt in a hard way, the strategies and policies we adopted in defeating the asymmetric maritime threat we faced, and the changing global environment, he went on to state, contributed to this effort.The Commander further stated that our quest is to keep this maritime conference an annual event with gradual expansion of participation to all regional and extra-regional countries.  Therefore, he earnestly requested the foreign friends, who were present, to map the Galle Dialogue in their respective annual ‘charts’ to make a stop-over every year in order to trade knowledge, ideas and experience towards enhancing cooperation and achieving our common aim.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , November 15, 2011; Image: navy Training & Education View post tag: Maritime “Galle Dialogue” to Pave Way for Stability, Maritime Security in Indian Ocean View post tag: Dialogue November 15, 2011 View post tag: way View post tag: Indian Back to overview,Home naval-today “Galle Dialogue” to Pave Way for Stability, Maritime Security in Indian Ocean center_img View post tag: ocean View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Security View post tag: Stability View post tag: Pave View post tag: Galle View post tag: Naval Share this articlelast_img read more

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NPFL Match Day 17: Battle for top spot hots up + full fixtures

first_imgRelatedPosts NPFL: Coach Dogo leaves Sunshine Stars NFF sanctions NPFL 2019/2020 final table Plateau United dedicates continental ticket to fans There is no doubting the fact that the 2019/2020 season of the Nigeria Professional Football League season is gradually becoming something to behold. Not the least among reasons for this is the fact that it is the first 380 matches series the league would witness in three years. Shocking results, eye-catching football artistry and unexpected formulations are some of the metrics that have left fans and stakeholders in the league with surreal palpitations every match day. This is in view of the fact that no one knows where the day’s shocking results would emerge from. The fact that no team has a 100 per cent home record after eight home games apiece is enough to throw up some interesting permutations ahead of any match day, Match Day 17 inclusive. As it is, three teams are now fighting neck-to-neck at the top of the table as we approach the half way mark of this marathon-like event. Plateau United went back to the summit in style on Sunday after mercilessly smashing Adamawa United 5-0 in Jos. But Abdu Maikaba’s men know quite alright that only a win away to MFM FC in Lagos can guarantee their stay on top of the table for the next week. This is because their leadership rivals have home matches to execute. Lobi Stars stayed on top for just four days after Dakkada FC held Gbenga Ogunbote’s side to a 0-0 draw in Makurdi last Sunday, their first points dropped at home this season. They, however have another home game to negotiate on Sunday. This time against hapless North Central opponents Nasarawa United who remain entangled in relegation mess. Rivers United are the other team sharing top spot with 28 points alongside Plateau United and Lobi Stars and they have a date with Wikki Tourists in Port Harcourt on Sunday. Wikki Tourists have claimed four points out of a possible six under new coach Usman Abd’Allah. They will now be hoping to add more against a Rivers United side they have beaten in their last three league meetings. Rivers United are however yet to lose at home this term. There is a top half of the table contest between Akwa United and Heartland at the Nest of Champions in Uyo. Both sides have overcome their poor starts to the season and just one point separates them in 7th and 9th respectively. The hosts have lost their last two matches by 0-2 score line and must be at their best to have a chance against Heartland who have kept clean sheets in their last three matches. Kano Pillars are in an unbelievable 11-match unbeaten sequence and they will further stake that in Akure against Sunshine Stars. The Owena Whales on their own are no small fish as well and currently unbeaten in their last four matches, winning three of those. Kabiru Dogo’s men should provide the sternest threat yet to the former champions’ unbeaten run on Sunday. Adamawa United are one of just seven clubs to have changed coaches this term but they are still praying for a change in fortunes. They face Kwara United at the Pantami Stadium in Gombe in search of their first win in eight outings. Any result other than a win might surely put paid to their survival hopes, even before the halfway mark. Katsina United will host FC IfeanyiUbah, seeking to earn that win that should take them into the top half of the table. FC IfeanyiUbah will also be hoping to arrest their away hoodoo which has seen them lose their last seven away games in the league. Another game on Sunday will see Abia Warriors entertain Warri Wolves in Umuahia, with Wolves midfielder Mark Daniel returning to the club, which gave him his NPFL bow last season. But all eyes will be on Wolves forward Charles Atshimene and Warriors lanky star Lukman Bello. Match Day 17 action starts with a Saturday afternoon game in Uyo between Dakkada FC and Jigawa Golden Stars at the Nest of Champions. Dakkada were humiliated by Kwara United in their last home game. But they can take solace from achieving what no other side in the league have done last Sunday – stopping Lobi Stars from winning in Makurdi.MATCH DAY 17 FIXTURES Saturday Dakkada FC vs Jigawa Golden StarsSunday Abia Warriors vs Warri Wolves Enyimba vs Rangers (Postponed) Katsina United vs FC IfeanyiUbah Akwa United vs Heartland Sunshine Stars vs Kano Pillars Adamawa United vs Kwara United MFM FC vs Plateau United Rivers United vs Wikki Tourists Lobi Stars vs Nasarawa United. NAN.Tags: Dakkada FCJigawa Golden StarsnpflPlateau Unitedlast_img read more