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President Anthony Carmona
says the lighting of deyas is sym-
bolic "of our daily struggle to keep
our minds focus on good
thoughts, actions and deeds, so
that we are not overwhelmed by
evil temptations and conduct."
He said so yesterday in his Divali
message to the nation. The Pres-
ident said Divali was the triumph
of light over darkness, of knowl-
edge over ignorance, of good over
He added: "In the absence of
light, darkness reigns supreme.
Darkness brings with it chaos and
in this chaos we are prone to lose
our way as a people and stumble
as a nation.
"As I wish the Hindu commu-
nity a Happy Divali 2013, I must
remind you that the true repre-
sentation of this festival has to do
essentially with an inner spiritual
He also pleaded with citizens to
refill the deyas of their hearts with
the oils of courage, love, compas-
sion, perseverance, hope and
"We must remember that the
most portentous meaning behind
this festival of lights is the con-
sciousness of the inner light or
"The ancient philosophy of the
Hindus, the yogis and some other
religious sects have always prop-
agated the doctrine that there is
something beyond the physical
body and mind which is pure, infi-
nite and eternal," he added.
He said Divali was also a cele-
bration of thanksgiving for the
bountiful harvest of the year and
the ushering of a year filled with
"In a multi-cultural, multi-reli-
gious society as ours, the festival
of Divali brings us together as one,"
"The celebration of Divali has
been taking place since ancient
times and while the story behind
the celebrations may differ from
region to region, one theme
remains constant, and that is the
victory of good over evil, light over
darkness," Carmona said.
He added: "Let me once again
wish you, the great people of this
nation, a holy and happy Divali
My wife Reema, son Christian
and daughter Anura, join me in
wishing everyone shubh Divali."
In a bid to increase container sur-
veillance capability, the Ministry of
Transport has signed a contract with
China for the delivery and installa-
tion of a container inspection system
to be installed at the Port of Port-
A statement said the contract was
signed between the Ministry of Trans-
port for and on behalf of the Gov-
ernment and the NUTECH Co Ltd
of the People s Republic of China.
Funding for the project is provided
from financial aid provided by the
Government of China to the T&T
When installed, the system will
have the capability of penetrating 300
millimetres of steel as well as a fully
loaded container, enabling a wide
variety of cargo to be visible without
opening the container.
The system makes use of patented
technology, used internationally, to
provide high resolution images that
assist the human eye in detecting
anomalies in containerised cargo.
The signing of the agreement took
place at the offices of the Ministry
of Transport at the Waterfront Com-
plex, Port-of-Spain, on Thursday.
Signing on behalf of the ministry was
permanent secretary Verna Johnson.
Liu Ying, representative of the Eco-
nomic and Commercial Counselors
of the Embassy of the People s Repub-
lic of China, signed on behalf of the
Plans to transform Lapeyrouse cemetery into a
museum were handed over to new Port-of-Spain
mayor Raymond Tim Kee yesterday by former mayor
Louis Lee Sing.
During his term as mayor, Lee Sing was presented
with a proposal to transform the cemetery, on Tragarete
Road, Port-of-Spain, into a tourist attraction with
walking tours by conservationist group Citizens for
Permanent secretary in the Ministry of Transport Verna Johnson, left, shakes
hand with Liu Ying, representative of the Economic and Commercial Counselors
of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China after Thursday's signing
Other cities in the world, such as New Orleans,
Arlington and Buenos Aires, have cemetery museums
where people take tours learning about the history of
the people and families who inhabited these areas long
In an interview yesterday, Lee Sing said the Port-
of-Spain City Corporation had partnered with CFC
on the project. He said: "They were supposed to come
up with an actual plan but they did not come up with
the actual answers required in dealing with the matter
at the time so I moved on to another project. It needs
a proper plan."
Lee Sing said he did not fear the project would be
lost once the new mayor started work.
CFC member Rudylynn Roberts told the T&T
Guardian she understood the project needed funding.
"It was something that CFC was lobbying for but at
the end of the day somebody has to fund it, she added.
She said CFC had expected the project to be pre-
sented to Cabinet for approval but did not know
whether it had been.
Lee Sing said the project had not been forwarded
Roberts said it would also take a lot of planning
and research, none of which has been started.
The cemetery is overrun with weeds and is a com-
mon target for vandals who steal metalwork to resell.
Some of the tombs in the cemetery show signs of
life as newspapers, bottled waters, clothing and shoes
are stashed in corners where vagrants sleep. Many
vaults have been smashed open and emptied.
President Carmona's divali message
Refil deyas of hearts
with oils of love
New city mayor gets plans for cemetery
New container inspection
plan for Port-of-Spain port
President Anthony Carmona
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