Government and private institutes, business community and people of Jaffna joined hands with the rest of the country to celebrate the 66thth Independence Day on 4th February 2014 hoisting National Flags at their offices, business places and houses. Three-wheelers, private and government CTB (Central Transport Board) buses and many vehicles carried National Flags.
Special programmes had been arranged to mark the Independence Day at different places with participation of senior citizens of respective areas. Security Force – (Jaffna), in addition to military functions held at camps, organized a range of community welfare programmes in association with civilians.
A blood donation camp was organized by the 513 Brigade of Keeramalai for the 5th consecutive year at Inuvil Mc Leord (Pvt) hospital on Tuesday (04). 86 soldiers serving under the 51 Division donated blood to Jaffna Teaching Hospital blood bank. Soldiers of the 513 Brigade repaired the dilapidated Keeramali-Adithy road with villagers.
Meanwhile, 512 Brigade of Jaffna town conducted a Shramadana to clean and colour wash the eye ward of Jaffna Teaching Hospital. Around 40 soldiers participated in the programme.
Troops of the 523 Brigade of Allarai, the same day took part in a shramadana to clean the Kaithady State Receiving (Children’s) Home. The place accommodates 40 small children below the age of 5 years who were handed over to the Department of Probation and Child Care on court order due to lack of parents’ attention. They also conducted a separate campaign to clean the premises of Kaithady Ayurvedic Teaching Hospital. Members of the hospital gave their maximum support to the Army in the campaign. 20 beds of the hospital were repaired and the parapet wall was colour washed by the soldiers. Lunch was served to 58 inmates including doctors and other staff members by the Army.
In the meantime, 55 Division troops offered lunch to inmates of Kaithady Shanthi Nilayam Elders’ Home functioning under the Department of Social Services. Shanthi Nilayam provides shelter to 189 elderly people including 07 blind and 47 bedridden aged people. Its yard was cleaned by the soldiers of the 522 Brigade.
Among the freedom fighters who worked hand in hand with Sinhalese and Muslim community leaders to win independence to the country in 1948 were Sir Ponnamabalam Ramanathan, Sir Ponnambalam Arunachalam and Sri Arumuga Navalar who hailed from Jaffna.
Opening ceremony of newly constructed veterinary office building and quarters was held at Rethithenna on 20th of January 2014. Hon. Minister of Agriculture, EPC Eng. Z.A.Nazeer Ahamad was the Chief Guest at this ceremony.
Mr. K.Pathmanathan, Secretary of Ministry of Agriculture, EPC, Dr. T.K.Thavarajan, Provincial Director of Dept of Animal Production and Health and foreign Investors who participated in the “Invest in East” International Investor Forum held at Taj Samuthra Hotel, Colombo on 17th of January 2013 also participated in this special occasion. This veterinary office building and quarters was constructed by Central Department of Animal Production and Health, Peradeniya.
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Opening ceremony of Vaikarai – The health care center for spinal cord injured people, Pampaimadu Ayurveda Hospital premises was held on 17th January 2014. The Chief Minister of Northern Provincial Council Justice C.V.Wigneswaran participated as the chief guest and ceremonially declared open the center.
This health care center was established with the effort of Health Minister Dr. P. Sathiyalingam to support those who are affected by spinal cord issues. Obviously this center will serve them to return their normal life and involve their day-to-day activities without any ache.
This kind of health center will be established in other districts too after collecting the details of number of affected people.
Provincial Minister of Health Dr.P. Sathiyalingam, Provincial Minister of Education T. Kurukularajah, Provincial Member of Fisheries and Transport B. Deniswaran, Parliamentarian N. Sivasakthy Ananthan, Members of Northern Provincial Council and officials from Provincial Ministry of Health also took part in the event.
A large crowd of Hindu devotees joined the “Om Nama Shivaya Pada Yathra” organized by International Hindu Priests’ Organization on Friday (24) in Jaffna. The “Pada Yathra” started from Vannai Sivam Temple on Kankasanthurai road reached Naguleswaram temple of Keerimalai where participants attended a special Pooja.
It was organized to pray Lord Shiva to protect Hindu temples from vandals and robbers and also to invoke blessing on the Hindus enabling them to protect their culture.
Soldiers of the 513 Brigade extended their solidarity to the “Pada Yathra” which carried the Shiva Linga gathering at Innuvil and Chunnakam to welcome it. Soldiers washed and cleaned the main road for this worthy religious event and offered flowers, fruits and incense to Lord Shiva.