An event to distribute water tanks to the temples and Pradeshiya Sabhas in drought affected area was held on 25 September 2014 at Governor’s Secretariat. Governor of Northern Province GA Chandrasiri participated as the Chief Guest and distributed the water tanks.
During the past five years, Britain has provided a total of £5.1 million towards demining activities in Sri Lanka. From 2010 to 2014, Britain has contributed £3.5 million to The HALO Trust for demining work in former war-affected areas of the country. Last year, Britain announced a further £1.6 million from July 2014 for a period of 18 months.
The British High Commissioner for Sri Lanka Mr. John Rankin, during his recent tour of the Northern Province, said that the United Kingdom has been a long-time supporter of the demining process in Sri Lanka.
The HALO Trust, a UK-based organisation, which removes hazardous debris of war, works in the Jaffna, Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts and conducts mine risk awareness and educational programmes.
Speaking about the current state of mine clearance, Army Spokesman Brig. Ruwan Wanigasooriya said that only an area of 80 sq. km. remains to be demined in eight districts of the Northern and Eastern provinces. He also pointed out that the remaining regions consist of forest areas.
Media Centre of the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development
British High Commission in Sri Lanka
“Sri Lanka Ministry of Health has declared the week from Wednesday, as a National Dengue Control Week to launch island wide cleaning campaigns for mosquito eradication as well as awareness campaigns. Operations during the Dengue Control Week aim to take measures for the prevention of mosquito breeding grounds taking into consideration with the forthcoming Northeast Monsoon. As a part of this, Northern Province also joins in this campaign under the patronage of Governor of the Province G A Chandrasiri.”
In order to mark the National Dengue Control Week (September 10 – September 16), every organization in the province has planned to conduct shramadana programmes.
Governor of the Northern Province GA Chandrasiri instructed the Jaffna Municipal Council to clear the lands and houses which are not properly maintained by their owners. Accordingly clearing and cleaning processes are being carried out by the Jaffna Municipal Council labourers now.
The Ministry of Higher Education is implementing a project that focuses on further developing the Jaffna University’s Faculties of Agriculture and Engineering.
“The Faculty of Agriculture, which was functioning at Kilinochchi, had to be shifted to the Jaffna University premises owing to the escalation of war and operated there under difficult conditions particularly due to limited space available,” said Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Higher Education Mr. P. Ranepura.
The Faculty is being shifted to Kilinochchi and will be renovated. Meanwhile, the Engineering Faculty that was functioning with limited facilities in Jaffna is also being relocated to Kilinochchi and further developed.
“We have drawn up plans to develop this Faculty as a priority development project of the Northern region,” Mr. Ranepura said.
Sri Lanka has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Indian Government through which India will provide financial assistance worth Rs. 600 million towards the development of these two faculties that will include infrastructure facilities and other requirements, including lecture halls, a conference hall, a computer laboratory, a library, a sports complex and administrative offices.
The Government of India has also agreed to extend its support for the development of the curricula, and organising faculty exchanges, training and research through affiliation to a prestigious Indian institution. A committee representing the Governments of Sri Lanka and India has been appointed to initiate and oversee the project.
“The expansion of the University of Jaffna to Kilinochchi is being done in line with the ‘University Township’ development plan,” Mr. Ranepura said. “With this development, there will be a lot of benefits to the community living in the area.”
Ministry of Higher Education
High Commission of India in Colombo
The Sri Lanka Police recently opened its 436 Police Station in Nilaveli, in the Trincomalee District in Sri Lanka’s Eastern Province. The fully-equipped police station that was built on two acres of land at a cost of Rs. 12.1 million was vested with the public recently.
“This Police Station was built to start a civil control through establishing law and order that was disrupted in the North and East area, while specially providing facilities needed by the people of the North and East,” said Sri Lanka Police Media Spokesperson SSP Ajith Rohana.
Approximately 9,511 individuals representing 2,587 Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim families live in this Police Division of 15 sq. km. In order to provide services to all three communities, police officers fluent in Tamil have also been employed.
Media Unit, Sri Lanka Police
Police Media Spokesperson
“Education has been one of the main interest in the province. Encouraging and promoting the educational activities have been a common practice. The Governor and governor’s secretariat have set an example on this. Books make the person perfect.”
A set of books were donated to Jaffna Osmania College on 12thSeptember 2014 at Governor’s Secretariat in Jaffna.
Acting Principal of Osmania College received the books from Governor of the Northern Province GA Chandrasiri.
Secretary to the Governor L.Ilaangovan, Asst. Secretary to the Jaffna Regional Commissioner Office S.Annadurai and teachers of Osmania College were also present at this event.
The first English Language Course – 2014 for officers serving in Jaffna ended on Thursday (11) with award of certificates in Multi Facility Complex auditorium at Headquarters Security Force Jaffna. Thirty one commissioned officers representing all military formations in Jaffna received credentials of language proficiency in a grand ceremony.
Student officers conducted the whole programme consisted of an End of Course Concert and the award ceremony. They displayed their talents and language skills acquired from the course during the concert which included varieties of entertainment with Shakespearean drama.
Officers with excellent performance received their certificates and awards from Major General Nandana Udawatta, Maser General Ordnance at Army Headquarters, Chief Guest of the event. Manager British Council Jaffna Ms Manda Brown and Commander Security Force Major General Udaya Perera also gave away certificates. Arrangements were made by the Headquarters Security Force (Jaffna) for parents and family members of officers of the course to witness the event.
The English course was a part of academic and military training programme organized by the Headquarters Security Force Jaffna on the concept of transforming the SF (J) to a learning organization. Chief Guest impressed with the presentation of student officers thanked Maj. Gen. Udaya Perera for his initiative to make his officers competent in effective communication. Using instructors from Jaffna education field to conduct the language teaching was praised by the Chief Guest who stated that it would strengthen the relationship between Army and civilians. Mr. Sri Rajkumar Kanapathipillai and Mr. Aravinthan Vadivel assisted Army English instructors to improve the language skill of officers during the period of three months.
Commander SF (J) citing examples from different learning situations highlighted the importance of English as a key to professional development and the enhancement of knowledge.
Member of British Council academic and coordinating staff, Senior officers of Army, Navy and Air Force, Jaffna university students and representatives from education and media sector were also present.
“Governors Trust Fund was established for the purpose of assisting people of various categories who face difficulties in pursuing their medical treatment, higher studies or daily living. Strict procedures are followed to select the correct recipient.”
An event of issuing cheques to 20 people for their medical purposes through Governor’s Trust Fund was held at Maviddapuram Kanthaswamy Temple. Governor of the Northern Province GA Chandrasiri participated as the Chief Guest and issued the cheques to the beneficiaries.
0.69 Million spent for this purpose.20 recipients received this financial assistance through Governors Trust Fund (GTF) for their medical treatment.
Chief Priest of the temple, Secretary to the Governor L.Ilaangovan, Asst. Secretary JX Selvanayagam and temple administration people were also present at this event.
The Achchuveli Industrial Complex in the Jaffna Peninsula was declared open last week under the Uthuru Wasanthaya (“Northern Spring”) Programme.
“Achchuveli industrial area was destroyed by the terrorists 25 years ago, but President Rajapaksa’s ‘Mahinda Chinthana – The Way Forward’ and ‘Uthuru Wasanthaya’ rebuilt it,” said Governor of the Northern Province Maj. Gen. (Retd) G.A. Chandrasiri.
The entire park extends over a total area of 65 acres and is being developed in two stages. The first stage consisted of the development of 25 acres at a cost of Rs. 300 million. Of this amount, the Sri Lankan Government contributed Rs. 50 million while the Indian Government provided the remaining Rs.250 million for infrastructure development within the industrial zone.
The development of this industrial park in Jaffna is expected to provide direct and indirect employment to more than 10,000 people in the region. More than eight companies have already commenced construction of factories during the first phase of the project.
“Small entrepreneurs also will be highly benefited from such (an) industrial zone,” Governor Chandrasiri said. “Other industrial zones have been already established in areas such as Jaffna, Mannar, Kilinochchi and Vavuniya. The construction of another zone in Mullaitivu is currently in progress.”
The Sri Lankan Government provided basic facilities to the industrial park, including electricity, widened roads, pipe-borne water, a drainage system and a waste water treatment plant.
Ministry of Economic Development
Northern Provincial Council
“The country has improved a lot in attitudes and human values. This could be a classic example to show that there is religious harmony in this country. The Buddhist organizations have come forward to help the Tamils in the north, which is an encouraging effort. This clearly shows the country has passed the dark era of separatism, and now people in this country have shown interest to live together shredding all petty differences. A friend in need is the friend in deed.”
A set of water tanks were handed over to the Governor of the Northern Province GA Chandrasiri by Triple Gem Buddhist Foundation on 06th September 2014 at Governor’s Sub Office in Colombo.
These tanks are to be delivered to the drought affected areas in the Northern Province. These tanks will be useful to store water for long term purposes.