SF-J Harmony Centre Ready to Provide IT Training to Jaffna Children

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In recognition of civic-oriented welfare projects being carried out by the Army in Jaffna, “We Are One Sri Lanka”, an organization based in UK showed its solidarity by donating 18 computers to Security Force Jaffna (SF-J) on Sunday (09) morning. Mr. Mohan Samarasinghe representing the organization handed over the computers, each to the value of Rs. 80,000/=, to Major General Priyatha Jayasundara, General Officer Commanding 52 Division at the “Harmony Centre” at Thalayalai, Kokuvil East.

Computers will be used to give training to Jaffna children on Information Technology at the Harmony Centre established on concept of Commander SF-J Major General Udaya Perera with purpose of helping people of Jaffna on requirements in spheres of education, health, fisheries, women empowerment and so on.

The donation was coordinated by Commanding Officer 6th Sri Lanka Signal Corps Lieutenant Colonel Chandana Arangalla.

“We Are One Sri Lanka” is conducting many community projects in many areas in the North.

http://www.cimicjaffna.lk/Cimicnews_2014_11_09.php

Workshop on Second National Language held at Kopay Training College – 08 November 2014

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A two-day workshop on Second National Language has been organized at Kopay Teachers’ Training College on 08th and 09th November. Governor of Northern Province GA Chandrasiri participated as Chief Guest at the inauguration ceremony of the workshop.

Students of Trilingual Learning Center of Northern Province participated at this workshop.

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Construction Work of the Northern Expressway to Begin This Month

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The construction work on the first phase of the Northern Expressway is scheduled to get underway this month. The four lane expressway will be built at a cost of approximately US$ 4 billion.

The Outer Colombo Circular Road, planned to be constructed from Enderamulla to Dambulla, will cover the main towns of Meerigama, Pothuhera, Kurunegala, Melsiripura and Galewela, under the first phase.

The entry way to Kandy will also be constructed as a part of this phase. It will begin from Pothuhera and end at Gannoruwa.

Project Minister of Highways, Ports and Shipping Mr. Nirmala Kothalawala said that the first phase of construction work will commence in Galewela, Galagedara, Rambukkana and Kurunegala later this month and is scheduled to be completed by 2018.

Source: Ministry of Highways, Ports and Shipping
Image Credit: Ministry of Defence and Urban Development

http://llrcaction.gov.lk/en/news/735-construction-work-of-the-northern-expressway-to-begin-this-month.html

Non-Communicable Diseases Medical Camp for Members of Governor’s Senior Citizens’ Club – 01 November 2014

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Under the guidance of Governor of the Northern Province GA Chandrasiri, second Medical Camp for Non-Communicable Diseases was conducted for the members of Governor’s Seniors’ Citizen Club on 01 November 2014 at Mallakam Sribaskaran Hall.

At this camp, 06 medical officers including ENT specialist conducted the camp. More than 250 members participated and benefitted.

It was recommended by medical officers to issue spectacles for 65 senior citizens and hearing aids for 03 members.

It should be noted that wheel-chairs, white canes and spectacles are to be issued by Governor on 08thNovember 2014. Further, as per the request of the MOH of Tellipalai Dr.Nanthakumar, such type of medical camp will be conducted at resettled area of Keerimalai.

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Access to Electricity in Delft Island Nearing 100%

The Delft Island (known as Neduntheevu in Tamil), located off the northern-most tip of Sri Lanka, will soon be provided with electricity for 100 percent of its population. Earlier, less than 50 percent of the island’s population had access to a continuous supply of electricity, if at all.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa, this week, ceremoniously commissioned the Delft East and Delft West electricity supply schemes from the Velanai Electricity Consumer Services Centre in Jaffna, which was also simultaneously declared open by the President.

The Deputy General Manager (Northern Province) of the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) and Project Director of the Uthuru Wasanthaya (“Northern Spring”) Programme Mr. D. K.P.U. Gunatilleke said three power generators were newly installed in Delft, and that will help meet the electricity needs of 98 percent of the island’s approximately 1,300 households. Previously, less than half of the population in Delft had access to electricity.

“The power supply was scattered at that time due to infrastructure constrains,” Mr. Gunatilleke said. “Therefore, the families were not able to receive electricity around the clock.

The Delft Island, which has an area of 40 sq km, was severely affected by the conflict. Since travelling to and from the Island required moving across land or sea that was susceptible to heavy fighting, there was hardly any movement of people or goods between Delft and Sri Lanka’s mainland, thus isolating the people of the island for decades.

Following the commissioning, President Rajapaksa travelled to Delft, becoming the first head of state to do so.

The CEB began supplying uninterrupted electricity to Delft in 2011 with the support of the Sri Lanka Navy. Mr. Gunatilleke assured that “Delft Island will soon enjoy 100 percent electricity supply” with the opening of the new power supply schemes.

http://llrcaction.gov.lk/en/news/726-access-to-electricity-in-delft-island-nearing-100.html

Jaffna Public Library won 1st Place for the Best Public Libraries in Sri Lanka – 27 October 2014

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Jaffna Public Library (யாழ் பொது நூலகம்) in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, is the famous library in Sri Lanka by historical and Sri Lankan civil war. It functions under the Jaffna Municipal Council. The library was built in 1933 and burnt in 1981. During early 1980s, it was one of the biggest libraries in Asia, containing over 97,000 books and manuscripts.In 2001, rehabilitation of the library was completed with new structure and new books. Even though, old books and manuscripts were not replaced.

Jaffna Municipal Council of the Jaffna District in the Northern Province has been awarded “Swarna Purawara” Certificate for winning the 1st Place by the Jaffna Public Library.

Jaffna Public Library won the first place at the Awards Ceremony for the Best Public Libraries in Sri Lanka which was organized by Ministry of Local Government and Provincial Councils together with University of Kelaniya-Department of Library and Information Science.

Minister of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development Douglas Devananda and Governor of the Northern Province GA Chandrasiri took part at this celebration of the success which was held at Jaffna Public Library on 27th October 2014.

Now Days, Success is observed in almost at every sector of socio – economic fields of northern people.

Governor wishes the relevant officials who brought the success.

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