SF-J Organizes Christmas Carol

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Celebrating the birth of the Prince of Peace, Security Forces – Jaffna (SF-J) organized Christmas Carol on 27th evening with participation of catholic priests, distinguished guests and a gathering of civilians.

The event was organized for the fourth consecutive year on directives of Commander Security Forces Jaffna Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe at Civil Affairs and Public Relations Office on hospital road. Opening prayer was conducted by Rev. Fr. Reggie Rajeswaran of the church of Our Lady of Refuge, Jaffna. It was followed by reciting of hymns by children of Iruppalai Canaan Prayer Centre, Kondavil Assembly of God Church and the soldiers of SF-J.

During the carol service, Santa Claus distributed Christmas gifts among children present to witness the event.

Later, the choir on board a gaily decorated vehicle toured to many areas including Passiyur, Gurunagar, Navanthurai and city centre till midnight.

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Reconciliation and the role of India

Reconciliation and the role of India

Presentation by Prof Rajiva Wijesinha, MP

At the Observatory Research Foundation

Delhi, December 13th 2013

I must admit to being deeply worried about the current state of relations between India and Sri Lanka. I contrast this with the excellent situation that obtained in 2009, when India was the chief component of the protective barrier against efforts to stop us eradicating terrorism from our shores. One might have thought that this was a goal the whole world would have supported, but sadly this is not an ideal world and countries will naturally put their own self interest first. Fortunately, not only did India’s interests coincide with our own at that stage, but given the terrible toll terrorism funded by external sources was taking on both our countries, I think it is also true to say that we worked in accordance with the highest moral perspectives.

But the aim we shared then, of eradicating terrorism on our shores, went hand in hand with another commitment, which was the promotion of pluralism in Sri Lanka. This again is a moral goal, but it also has a practical dimension, in that the full incorporation of the Tamil people in the body politic in Sri Lanka would have reduced the potential for future terrorism.

Sadly Sri Lanka has not pursued the Reconciliation process with the commitment it requires. Given its urgency I believe we should try to understand the reasons for this, and try to overcome them. In this process India has a significant role to play.

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Differently abled people received gifts at Olivizha held at Governor’s Secretariat – 21 December 2013

xmas2013The carol festival (Olivizha) was celebrated at Governor’s Secretariat on 21st December 2013. Governor of Northern Province GA Chandrasiri participated as the chief guest at this occasion.

Rev. Father Justuson Gnanaprakasham participated as a special guest. About 100 differently abled people from Arod, Vazhvakam, Technology Park and Nuffield School participated at this event. The Governor and other guests presented them with gift packs.

Chief Secretary of Northern Province Mrs.R.Wijialudchumi, Secretary to the Governor L.Ilaangovan, Secretary to the Assembly Secretariat G.Krishnamoorthy, Director of Social Services Department Mrs. Nalayini Inparaj, high ranking officials from various government departments and staff of the Governor’s Secretariat also took part at this event.

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Getting the balance right – David Cameron and foreign relations

Soon after David Cameron had left Sri Lanka, the Sunday Times in England published a satirical piece about his visit. It accused him of behaving like a public school prefect and treating the Sri Lankan President like a fag, a junior schoolboy who was at his beck and call.

Cameron’s was certainly a brilliant performance, full of British bravado. Having decided, correctly in my view, that he would attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, he had to contend with the anger of those who have in effect been running British policy with regard to Sri Lanka, which has been deeply negative about our success in overcoming terrorism in this country. He had therefore to put in an aggressive performance to keep them happy, and this he certainly did.

I do not mean only the extremist members of the diaspora, who have been enormously successful in lobbying British politicians where it matters. Having concentrated their attentions initially on Labour, and obtained brilliant results through David Miliband, they were quick to switch in 2010 when the Conservatives won, while the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry floundered, and did not even bother to appoint a High Commissioner to England for a lengthy period.

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