Northern Province Chief Minister made an inspection visit to Delft

16453979961_96a402007aChief Minister of Northern Province Justice C.V.Wigneswaran made an inspection visit to delft on 26 January 2015 and was accorded a rousing welcome.

Parliamentarian S.Sritharan, Ponnuthurai Ayngaranesan – Provincial Minister of Agriculture & Agrarian Services, T.Kurukularaja – Provincial Minister of Education, Provincial Council Members, Secretary to the Chief Minister S. Thiruvakaran and other officials were also accompanied with him during this visit.

Chief Minister had discussions with the people of that area regarding their needs and problems faced by them and also had discussion with staff of Divisional Secretariat regarding the development works. During this visit, Chief Minister provided dry rations to 250 families and also distributed bicycles and sewing machines to the needy people. Also Rs.400,000 was given by the Chief Minister for general works of the region.

Also, he visited to ruined historical places and had discussion with the relevant officials regarding tourism development of Delft region.

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Annual Festival of Nagulesvaram Temple Begins

2015_02_10_2jaffAnnual festival of historic Nagulesvaram Sivam temple of Keerimalai commenced on February 5th with attendance of a large crowd of devotees. Soldiers of 513 Brigade, as in early years, cleaned the surrounding of the temple in a sramadana.

Security Force Headquarters Jaffna responding to a request of the temple, provided dry ration to prepare meals for 500 people gathered on Friday (06). General Officer Commanding 51 Division Brigadier S. Thirunaukarisu, Commander 513 Brigade Brigadier Priyantha Perera and nearly 150 soldiers attended the Pooja specially organized for the Army.

The festival will be held until February 19th.

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Sri Lankan minister calls on poets to help unite a divided nation

A view of Ella in Uva province: poets are being asked to turn their attention from poems extolling the nation’s beauty to rethinking what it means to be Sri Lankan. Photograph: WestEnd61/Rex

A view of Ella in Uva province: poets are being asked to turn their attention from poems extolling the nation’s beauty to rethinking what it means to be Sri Lankan. Photograph: WestEnd61/Rex

For centuries, the poets of Sri Lanka have sung the praises of the island nation’s stunning physical beauty – and spoken too of the conflicts that have torn it apart. Now, the government is looking to the country’s literature to heal the wounds of a brutal civil war.

Rajiva Wijesinha, the recently appointed minister for higher education, has called on universities to organise programmes of poetry, along with sports, drama and dance, to “bring together” the largely Buddhist Sinhala majority and the largely Hindu Tamil minority.

“The arts are important. They can only be a part of a much broader effort, but should not be neglected. Nothing will make everyone happy but you can reduce the intensity of grief and anger,” Wijesinha, who recently published an anthology of poetry translated into English from both the main local languages, Sinhala and Tamil.

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Army Distributes School Items & Uniforms to Vadamaratchi Students

2015_02_11_5A group of students who got through Grade 5 scholarship 2014 examination from Vadamaratchi Education Zone received school items and uniform as a donation with coordination of 553 Brigade on February 6th at J / Uduthurai Hindu Primary school, Thalayady.

The donation, sponsored by Mr. Ivor Vancuylenberg, Vice President Kinder Haifer, Fulda, Germany and arranged by 10th Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment (10 VIR) were distributed among 190 students. Value of items distributed is of about Rs. 150,000/=.

Commander 553 Brigade Colonel Vijith Subhasinghe, Commanding Officer 10 VIR Lieutenant Colonel Upul Satharasinghe and principal of the J / Uduthurai Hindu Primary school Mr. S. Iyanthiram were also present.

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Murali Harmony Cup in Jaffna

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The Murali Harmony Cup Cricket Tournament for the year 2014 was held in the Northern Province with the participation of 16 boys’ teams (Under 19) and 8 girls’ teams (Under 23) from Oct. 29 to Nov. 02. The tournament is annually organised by Sri Lanka Cricket, according to a concept of Muttiah Muralitharan.

Ananda College, Colombo won the championship in this T20 cricket tournament beating Richmond College, Galle, in the men’s category. In the women’s category, the Seenigama Ladies’ team from Galle beat the Badulla Ladies’ team to win the championship.

The Murali Harmony Cup Tournament which was held for the third time with 40 matches and 368 players was conducted over five days in Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mankulam, and Mullaitivu. The motive behind the tournament was to build a bridge of friendship by enhancing reconciliation, goodwill, unity and cooperation amongst the teams.

The tournament had the collective support of Muttiah Muralitharan and current players Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardena, and the Foundation of Goodness and Red Dot Tours.

Source: Sri Lanka Cricket Board

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55 Division Celebrates Thai Pongal with Civilians

2015_01_17_8Soldiers serving in different areas under the 55 Division of Kaddaikadu together with Hindu devotees in respective areas celebrated Thai Pongal on January 15th. Hindu temples in their areas were cleaned by the soldiers on guidance of Commanding Officers and with participation of civilians.

Pongal rice was cooked by the soldiers following traditions according to Hindu culture and served it to villagers and travelers from 10.00 am to mid noon. Over 3000 civilians enjoyed pongal rice cooked and served by the Army.

Senior citizens, children and villagers who arrived in the venues were welcome according to Hindu tradition. Priests and villagers extended their support to soldiers in organizing the festival.

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Kanagasabapathy J Sripavan sworn-in as 44th Chief Justice of Sri Lanka

RV3234_ArticoloKanagasabapathy J Sripavan was on 30 January 2015 sworn in as 44th Chief Justice of Sri Lanka. His appointment was approved by Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena.

Justice Sripavan succeeded Shirani Bandaranayake who resigned on 29 January 2015. She resigned one day after she was reinstated as Chief Justice by the Sri Lankan President on 28 January 2015.

Bandaranaike, the first woman Chief Justice of Sri Lanka, was purportedly impeached and removed by the Sri Lankan Parliament in 2013.

Sripavan is the second Tamil to be the Chief Justice of the Sri Lankan Supreme Court. The first Tamil to hold this highest judicial post in Sri Lanka was Suppiah Sharvananda, who served between 1984 and 1988.

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