Friday, December 18, 2009

The High Commission of India, Colombo and the Indian Council of Cultural Relations announce the offer of forty (40) scholarships ...!!!

Undergraduate scholarships for studying in India

The High Commission of India, Colombo and the Indian Council of Cultural Relations announce the offer of forty (40) scholarships for Sri Lankan Nationals under the "Scheme of Scholarship for Nationals of Sri Lanka" for undergraduate courses in various Indian universities, for academic sessions commencing during 2010.

The selection of meritorious young Sri Lankan nationals for these scholarships will be done by the High Commission of India, in consultation with the Ministry of Higher Education, Government of Sri Lanka. The Ministry of Higher Education has invited applications from eligible candidates and the last date for submission of duly filled up application forms is 04th January, 2010

All scholarships cover full tuition fees for the entire duration of the course. Scholars are also paid a monthly sustenance allowance, accommodation allowance and an annual grant for books and stationary. In addition, they are provided full healthcare facilities, first class train fare and an annual grant for educational tours to various parts of the country, apart from several other auxiliary benefits.

Further details of the above scholarships and application forms can be down loaded from the Ministry of Higher Education website or from the website of the High Commission of India at


You want to submit student visa applications to the visa application centre in Colombo ...!!!

Email address to apply for UK student visa appointments

From Monday 21 December 2009, customers who want to submit student visa applications to the visa application centre in Colombo are required to make a prior appointment, a press release from British High Commission said.

Those applicants they are requested to send their applications between 8.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. Monday to Friday to:

Any one who wants further information about making an appointment can reach through

Email appointments should be asked only if you hold a valid Visa acceptance letter.

The press release says, "when you request an appointment please supply your full name, passport number and contact number. In addition, the appointment must be made in the name of the applicant who will attend the visa application centre to submit the application. It is not possible for appointment details to be changed once made or for another person to attend the visa application centre. You must make one request for an appointment only. (multiple requests are likely to result in you not receiving an appointment).

"It is not possible to obtain an appointment by visiting or telephoning the visa application centre.

"You will receive a response to your request within 3 working days. You will be allocated the first available appointment.

"It is important that the student visa application form is completed fully and all documents are assembled before the applicant attends the visa application centre by appointment. Applicants will be permitted to enter the visa application centre only if they possess the completed visa application form, passport, the visa fee, other supporting documents and a copy of the appointment confirmation email from VFS.

These arrangements have been introduced to improve the visa service and reduce waiting times for all customers.


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Melting ice in West Antarctica could add tens of centimetres to rising sea levels over the next century...!!!

Antarctic melt to have big impact on rising sea

* Ice loss to contribute to a 1.4 m sea level rise by 2100:

* Ozone hole shielded most of Antarctic from global warming:

* 90 percent of glaciers along Peninsula have retreated:

Melting ice in West Antarctica could add tens of centimetres to rising sea levels over the next century, according to a report by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) recently.

Global sea levels are estimated to rise by a total of 1.4 metres (4 feet 7 inches) by 2100.

"We can see the West Antarctic glaciers are shrinking at a rate fast enough to contribute to a sea level rise of 1.4 m by 2100 but it will be no more than that," SCAR executive director Colin Summerhayes told reporters at a media briefing in London.

"We are ruling out some of the more extreme sea level rises (forecast) for the next 100 years. Those are unrealistic in light of all we know about ice shelves."

A U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report in 2007 forecast a sea level rise of 18-59 cms (7-24 inches) by 2100 but did not take into account the possible increasing melt of Greenland and Antarctica.

A study last week forecast global sea levels to rise by up to 2 metres by 2100.

The 400-page SCAR report is based on evidence from 100 scientists from 13 countries and is the first comprehensive review of the impact of rapid global warming on Antarctica.

Published on the 50th anniversary of the Antarctic Treaty to safeguard Antarctica as a peaceful international space, the report comes six days before the start of a U.N. Summit in Copenhagen where world leaders hope to thrash out a new climate treaty.

A hole in the ozone layer has protected much of Antarctica from the effects of global warming, but 90 percent of glaciers along the Antarctic Peninsula have been lost, the report found.

Sea ice has actually increased by 11 percent around the Antarctic since 1980 due to stronger winds, changes in atmospheric circulation and the isolating effect of a hole in the ozone layer.

However, sea ice is declining around the Antarctic Peninsula as stronger winds bring warm, wet air into the region. Warmer water heats glaciers from underneath, causing them to break up.

By the late 21st Century, greenhouse gases are expected to double while the ozone hole should heal. The net effect will be strengthening winds and sea ice will decrease by a third.

"Over the next 100 years sea ice is going to decrease. Ice is increasing at the moment but it won't be like that when the ozone hole goes and we will lose 33 percent of sea ice," Summerhayes said.

One effect will be on the ocean's ecosystem. Krill, a food source for penguins, whales and fish, will likely halve.

Corals, algae and other species could become extinct as they fail to adapt to warmer sea temperatures and increased ocean acidity. Alien species could thrive and invaders, such as stone crabs from South America, could severely impact the ecosystem.