14 GW Entertains Children at “Vaazvaham” in Chunnakam

Children at “Vaazhvaham”, home for visually handicapped in Chunnakam had a day full of fun with soldiers when solders of 14th Gemunu Watch (14 GW) visited their home recently.

On directives of Commander Security Force – Jaffna (SF-J) Major General Udaya Perera, Commander 513 Brigade Brigadier Priyantha Perera and Commanding Officer 14 GW Lieutenant Colonel M.G.G.W. Rohana took the 14 GW Calypso with which inmates of Vaazvaham sang and danced on February 16th.

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International Photographic Exhibition inaugrated in Jaffna – 22 February 2014

“After the end of hostilities, the northern province saw many developments in different sectors. This has been a boost to many other related sectors as well. Photographic exhibition is one such event which will attract many local and foreign tourists as well.”

16th International Photographic Exhibition was commenced in Jaffna Hindu College on 22nd February 2014. Chairman of the Northern Provincial Council CVK Sivagnanam inaugurated the exhibition by cutting the ribbon.

Mayoress of Jaffna Municipal Council Mrs.Y.Patkunarajah, the President of the National Photographic Art Society of Sri Lanka (NPASSL) T. G. Sunil Wickrama, International Photography Exhibition Executive Director Ranjith Abyasinga graced the event as guest of honours.

This exhibition has been organized in Jaffna under the guidance of the Governor of the Northern Province GA Chandrasiri. Large number of students visited this gallery. The exhibition will be available for 2 days (22nd – 23rd February).

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8th Deyata Kirulla Exhibition Declared Open by President – 21st February 2014

“Deyata Kirula” – the national development exhibition which was organized at Wayaba University premises was inaugurated by His Excellency the President Mahinda Rajapaksa on 21st February 2014. The opening ceremony replete with several dancing displays made it a spectacular inauguration in this pleasant evening.

It is the 8th successful year and is being held in a grand scale. The President unveiled the commemorative plaque and visited every gallery.

Under the theme of “Awakening of the Sri Lankan People,” this year exhibition commenced on 21st February 2014 and will be available for 7 days.

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19 SLNG Arranges Donation of School Items

Kinder Helper Sri Lanka, a Non Governmental Organization based in Kekirawa, Anuradhapura, on request of the Army donated school items and uniforms worth of Rs. 200,000/= to students of 553 Brigade area.

With coordination of Commanding Officer 19th Sri Lanka National Guard (19 SLNG), 39 students of Veththilaikerny Roman Catholic Tamil Mixed school and 25 students of Veththilaikerny Parameswaran Maha Vidyalaya were handed over the donation by the organization at a ceremony held recently at Veththilaikerny Roman Catholic Tamil Mixed school.

Parents who were present on the occasion were also given packs of dry ration during the function.

President Kinder Helper Sri Lanka Mr. I.O. Venkulan, General Officer Commanding 55 Division Brigadier A. Kariyakarawana, Commander 553 Brigade Colonel S.P.V.S. Subhasinghe, principal of Veththilaikerny Roman Catholic Tamil Mixed school Mr. P. Thiruganathan and students, teachers and parents participated in the event.


Signalers Clean Polluted Ceynor Jetty

Troops of 6 Sri Lanka Signal Corps (6 SLSC) of Gurunagar cleaned the old Ceynor jetty on 27th and 28th January using backhoe machines to assist fishermen using it to anchor their boats. The jetty remained unusable for a long time due to mud and garbage dumped around the jetty inconveniencing fishing folk of Gurunagar.

The cleaning campaign was conducted on request made to Commanding Officer 6 SLSC Lieutenant Colonel Samitha Imaduwage by Mr. Juliet Sahayaraja, president Gurunagar Fisheries Committee representing 2400 family members.


8th Deyata Kirula Exhibition Preparations – 18 February 2014


Chief Minister of the Northern Provincial Council C.V.Wigneswaran and Provincial Ministers visited Jaffna Hindu College where the things to be exhibit at the Deyata Kirula Exhibition were arranged. They observed the preparations.

This year the developments activities in the province are to be exhibited in the Northern Province stalls. Exhibits are divided into various categories such as Agriculture, Education, Health, Local Government, Road and Tourism etc.

The Deyata Kirula National Development Programme and Exhibition 2014, would be held centering three educational institutions, namely the North Western University, Kuliyapitiya Industrial College and Kuliyapitiya Central College. The exhibition premises will extend to 162 acres. It would be opened to the public from February 21 to 27.


521 Brigade Organizes Dental Clinic for PPD Students

Nearly 235 school students and teachers attended an awareness lecture on oral sanitation and dental clinic organized by the Civil Affairs Office of 521 Brigade, Point Pedro (PPD) on Tuesday (11).

During the dental clinic conducted at PPD Siva Prakash vidyalaya with coordination of 7th Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment of Valvettithurai, 36 students were treated.

Dr. Sri Nivasan of Jaffna Teaching Hospital mobile dental clinic unit, Dental surgeon of Manthikai Base hospital Dr. S. Senthilkumaran and his medical staff conducted the programme.

Governor on Inspection Visit to Jaffna Railway Station – 09 February 2014

“Completing the railway line from Kilinochchi to Pallai is yet another milestone of the steadily progressing Northern Railway restoration project. The train, when it drove in from Killinochchi to reach Pallai, made history, giving hope to many thousands of residents of the area that the resumption of train services would soon recommence. According to the construction agency, Ircon International Ltd., the track works between Killinochchi and Pallai are fully completed, with a few finishing touches left to be completed shortly.

The reconstructed railway line from Omanthai to Kilinochchi was commissioned and dedicated to the public of Sri Lanka on 14 September 2013 by the President at a colourful ceremony held at the Killinochchi station yard. The reconstructed track was the first segment of the Omanthai – Kankasanthurai line. The second segment, Kilinochchi – Pallai, of approximately 30 kilometres is now being readied to be added to the railway network of the island nation.”

Governor of Northern Province GA Chandrasiri paid an inspection visit to the Jaffna Railway Station on 09th February 2014 and observed the reconstruction work of the station.

For almost three decades the Jaffna-Colombo train service was interrupted due to the civil war. After the end of the hostilities in 2009, the railway stations and tracks along the Vavuniya – Jaffna railway path have been reconstructed in a rapid phase. Now the train services extended till Kilinochchi station. It is expected that the train will hit the Jaffna station in April 2014.

Governor had discussion with the officials and instructed them to expedite the work.

Army Vacates more Civilians’ Houses

2014_01_26_3In another stage in the process of releasing civilians’ properties used by the Army, five Battalions withdrew from 23 houses in 51 Division area on Saturday (25).

Headquarters and company bases of 9th Sri Lanka National Guard (9SLNG), 23rd Gajaba Regiment (23 GR), 25th Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment (25 VIR), 11th Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment (11 SLSR) and 14thGemunu Watch (14 GW) were shifted to new camps handing back those houses to respective Divisional Secretaries in the presence of the owners.

General Officer Commanding 51 Division Brigadier Chula Abeynayake, Commander 511 Brigade Colonel Priyanka Fernando and Civil Affairs Officer 513 Brigade Lieutenant Colonel Sarath Amarasinghe handed over the documents with regard to release of the properties to Mr. S. Muralitharan, Mr. M. Pratheepan, Mr. Nantha Gopalan and Ms. S. Theivendran, Divisional Secretaries of Santhilppay, Thelippalai, Uduvil and Jaffna.

Process of releasing civilians’ properties in Jaffna was expedited on directives of the present Security Forces Commander (Jaffna) Major General Udaya Perera.


Chess Tournament in Valikamam Education Zone – 09 February 2014



The Governor’s Trophy Chess Tournament for Valikmamam North Education Zone was commenced on 09th February 2014 at Ramanathan College, Maruthanarmadam.  Governor of Northern Province GA Chandrasiri participated as Chief Guest and commenced the competitions.

Governor addressed the gathering. He also explained the mechanism of the chess and discussed relevant things with the arbiters, teachers and students.

Chess Tournament for the Governor’s Trophy has been commenced since 16th January 2014 has been and conducted in all five districts. Presently zonal level competitions reached final stage. Next, the district and provincial level competitions are to be commenced soon.

This competitions are conducted under the guidance and direction of the Governor to develop the skills of the north students.

12420753753_8dca44b235Secretary to the Governor S.Ilaangovan, Assistant Secretary JX Selvanayagam, Assistant Secretary of Jaffna Regional Commissioner Office S.Annadurai also took part in the event.

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Chess  can raise your IQ

Chess has always had an image problem, being seen as a game for brainiacs and people with already high IQs. So there has been a bit of a chicken-and-egg situation: do smart people gravitate towards chess, or does playing chess make them smart? At least one study has shown that moving those knights and rooks around can in fact raise a person’s intelligence quotient. A study of 4,000 Venezuelan students produced significant rises in the IQ scores of both boys and girls after 4 months of chess instruction. Continue reading