Sri Lankan & Indian Catholic Fishermen Get St Anthony’s Blessing at Kachchathivu Annual Feast


Annual feast of St. Anthony’s Church Kachchathivu on Sunday (16) drew a huge crowd from Sri Lanka and India. Over 5200 Catholic fishermen from both countries had arrived with their families to fill the small island where majority stayed their night with Sri Lanka Navy’s protection.

Sri Lanka Navy had taken necessary steps to provide security and all facilities including water, food, and medicine for the crowd. Vicar General Jaffna Rev. Fr. Dr. Justin Gnanaprakasam conducted the prayers. Rev. Fr. Sahayaraj of Rameswaram, Rev. Fr. Amal Raj of Delft and a large number of catholic priests also attended the feast.

Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake, Commander of the Navy Vice Admiral Jayanath Kolombage, Director General Coast Guard Rear Admiral Ravi Wijegunaratne and Commander Security Force – Jaffna Major General Udaya Perera were also among the participants.
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Inadvertently, the name of Rear Admiral Sarath Dissanayake, Commander Northern Naval Area is not mentioned in the text above. He who coordinated the event on behalf of the Sri Lanka Navy too was among the distinguished crowd.

A Mobile Service at Dehiyattakandiya Conducted

E1M1-02-03-2014A mobile service of the Ministry of Road Development, EPC was conducted at Salika Salawa Hall at Dehiyattakandiya Divisional Secretariat area on 02.03.2014 under the Chairmanship of Hon. Minister of Road Development, EPC M.S.Uthumalabbe.

In this event, the problems faced by almost 250 peoples were identified through 20 societies functioning among 16 Grama Niladari Divisions and immediate attempts had been made to solve several problems.

Mr.M.I.Salawdeen, Mr.K.Pakkiyarajah, Planning Director, of Ministry of Road Development and other officers from Ministry of Road Development and from Divisional Secretariat Dehiyattakandiya have also been participated on this Mobile service.


Trilingual Learning Centre declared open by Governor – 21 March 2014

openingA timely act to strengthen the reconciliation process.

“Another promise of Mahintha Chinthanaya has been fulfilled in northern province.Trilingual Language center is the need of the hour for the people of different communities to learn languages other than mother tongue.A timely decision, which will definitely contribute immensely to the reconciliation activities of the government.This will empower the masses in all 3 languages.”

Opening ceremony of Northern Province Trilingual Learning Centre was held on 19th March 2014. Governor of the Northern Province GA Chandrasiri officially declared open the learning center.

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24 Ambulances handed over to Hospitals in Northern Province – 19 March 2014

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A ceremony to hand over 24 ambulances to the District Hospitals and the Base Hospitals in Northern Province was held at Ministry of Health & Indigenous Medicine on 19 March 2014 at 11AM. Minister of Health & IM Dr.P.Sathiyalingam headed the event.These ambulances were donated by JICA Project.

Chief Minister of Northern Provincial Council Justice C.V.Wigneswaran participated as the Chief Guest and Chairman of Northern Province Council C.V.K Sivagnanamparticipated as the Special Guest. Members of NPC E.Arnold, C.Sugirthan, B.Kajatheepan, Secretary to the Minister Ministry of Health & Indigenous Medicine, and other Ministries’ Secretaries, Provincial Director of Health Services, Provincial Commissioner of Indigenous Medicine, RDHs , Medical Superintendents, Medical Officers and Health Officials also took part at this event.

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Training Programme on Web Serving and Communication for Visual Impaired Persons

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A 05 days Training Programme on Web Serving and Communication was conducted by MDTD, EPC to enhance the abilities of web browsing and communicating skills for Visual Impaired Persons.

The Training Programme has been ceremonially inaugurated by Mrs. J.J.Muraleetharan, Deputy Chief Secretary – Personal & Training on 10th of March 2014 at MDTD, ICT Lab.

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Self-Employment Batik Training Project for Women in Jaffna– 15 March 2014


“Empowering the women through self employment has been a successful project in the recent past. After the end of hostilities the government has implemented a program to identify the requirements of the women society and fulfilling those through effective programs. This is one such program.”

Self-Employment Batik Training Project for Women in Jaffna was commenced in Chankanai on 15th March 2014. Minister of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development Douglas Devananda and Governor of the Northern Province GA Chandrasiri participated as chief guest and officially inaugurated the project.

Ministry of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development, National Craft Council and Rotary Club jointly organized this project at a cost of 3 million rupees.

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Army Organizes Awareness Lecture on Violence against Women for Jaffna Women

An awareness lecture on violence against women organized by the Security Force – Jaffna (SF – J) was held at Chavakachcheri Cultural centre on Sunday (09) afternoon to mark the International Women’s Day. Rights and responsibilities of women and legal protection for women against violence were among the topics of the lecture delivered by Sub Inspector M. Nitharsan of Thelippalai Police Station. The lecture was organized by Commanding Officer 7th Sri Lanka Army Women’s Corps Major Chandrika Rajaguru with coordination of the 523 Brigade. Nearly 350 women in the 52 Division area attended the lecture.

Meanwhile, with coordination of the 521 Brigade, 19th Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment (SLSR) offered lunch to 60 inmates of the female and children’s wards of Manthikai hospital the same day.

Governor’s Trophy – English Debate Competition commenced today – 08 March 2014

“Competitions are conducted to find the best talent among the selected group.This is another important event where the school children who can show not only the debating talent , but also the English language proviciency.”

Governor’s Trophy English Debate Competition commenced on 08th March 2014 at St.John’s College, Jaffna. Governor of the Northern Province GA Chandrasiri participated as chief guest at the inauguration ceremony.

Competitions were held under two categories – junior level and senior level. 24 schools competed in the junior level competitions as well as 24 schools for senior level competitions. All the competitions except final competition have been completed.

28 English language professionals judged the competitions.

Chief Secretary of the Northern Province Mrs.R.Wijialudchumi, Secretary to the Governor L.Ilaangovan and several officials and officers also participated at this event.

523 Brigade Encourages Youths for Vocational Training

2014_03_12_003An introductory lecture on vocational training and self-employment for unemployed youths in 52 Division area organized by the 4thth Mechanized Infantry Regiment (4 MIR) of Kankesanthurai was held at Headquarters 16th Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment (16 VIR) of Nunavil on Monday (10).

The workshop was organized to educate the youths on the demand for some skilled labour in society and motivate them to follow any kind of vocational training according their interest and skill.

Approximately 90 youths, both male and female attended the workshop. Mr. Suresh Kumar, an instructor of Jaffna Vocational Training Centre conducted the programme coordinated by the 523 Brigade of Allarai.

US seeks to eventually partition Sri Lanka – Tamara Kunanayakam

The United States has no genuine interest in accountability or reconciliation in Sri Lanka, but is seeking a strategic military base in Asia, says Tamara Manimekhalai Kunanayakam, onetime Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office at Geneva and Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Holy See.

In a wide ranging interview with Ceylon Today, Kunanayakam said, the US would demand more concessions using the resolution as a tool and charged the UN Rights Chief as a ‘US instrument’ doing Washington’s bidding.

Kunanayakam also alleged the resolution was aimed at demonstrating Sri Lanka’s alleged failure to demonstrate accountability and to showcase the island as a failed State to maximize on concessions, including a demand to create a US military hub in Sri Lanka.

Excerpts from the interview:

 By Dilrukshi Handunnetti

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