52 Division Arranges Donation of Artificial Limbs to Disabled Civilians

2015_03_13_2Forty three disable civilians in the area of 52 Division of Security Force Jaffna were donated artificial legs in a community welfare project arranged by the Headquarters 52 Division of Mirisuvil.

The programme, a joint project of Rotary District 3300, Malaysia, Rotary Club of Capital City Sri Lanka, Colombo Friend In Need and Security Force Jaffna consisted of a few stages commenced on February 27th on which measurements were taken for artificial legs needed by selected beneficiaries. Later, limbs were manufactured at Headquarters 523 brigade for three days.

The ceremony to hand over and fix the limbs to 8 females and 35 males was organized by the Headquarters 52 Division at the Church of South India, Chavakachcheri on March 4th.

Catholic Priests, Doctors, Divisional Secretaries and senior army officers were present on the occasion.

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International Women’s Day celebrated – Vavuniya 10 March 2015

iwdProvincial Ministry of Health & Indigenous Medicine celebrated the International Women’s Day at Vavuniya Urban Council Cultural Hall on 10 March 2015. Chief Minister of Northern Province Justice C.V.Wigneswaran participated as Chief Guest. Mrs. S. Sujeeva, Asst. Secretary, Ministry of Health chaired the event.

Wannai Parliamentarian Vino Noharathalingam, Dr.Pathmanathan Sathiyalingam – Minister of Health and Indigenous Medicine, C.V.K.Sivagnanam – Provincial Council Chairman, Provincial Council members, Staffs and public also present at this event.

An awareness public rally was held from Vavuniya Zonal Education Office to the Vavuniya Urban Council Cultural Hall.

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Strengthening The Reconciliation Process In Sri Lanka

I am pleased to have been asked to speak today on Reconciliation, at the meeting to mark International Women’s Day, because it is clear that women have a great role to play with regard to Reconciliation. Most important perhaps, in today’s context, is the need to act as advocates for coherent policies and actions with regard to reconciliation. I must admit to being deeply disappointed that this government, which we welcomed with such hopes, has put reconciliation on the back burner. It cannot assume that healing will come just because of goodwill, just as it cannot assume that prosperity will come to all of us through economic growth. We need concerted action, and that action must be based on carefully prepared plans.

One of the problems though with this government is that it is led by people who avoided the responsibilities of the political offices they held in the last few years. So we have no understanding of good government, because there was no effort to engage, and for instance promote efforts to strengthen Parliament against the encroaching executive. At Consultative Committee meetings with regard for instance to Resettlement, or Public Administration Reforms, members of the Opposition did not turn up, and they did not raise issues that continue to affect those who suffered in the conflict. And now they make platitudinous pronouncements about pursuing reconciliation, but have not set up a dedicated mechanism. They have ignored the work done by the LLRC Action Plan Task Force, they have ignored the draft National Policy on Reconciliation, which can easily be adopted, with amendments if needed. They seem, with no knowledge of mechanics, determined to reinvent the wheel, and are meanwhile content to trundle along on skateboards. Though the recent appointment of a Task Force on Reconciliation is welcome, it would have been better had this occurred as the government was elected, so that work could have commenced at once.

I have sent the head of the Task Force a copy of the draft policy, because, prepared as it was with inputs from the more civilized elements in all political parties, as well as constructive members of Civil Society, it has a lot of suggestions that could easily be taken forward. The last government unfortunately did not want to act because, like ostriches with their heads in the sand, they wanted to claim that there was no problem. Continue reading

“Janasarana” Foundation Assists Army in Community Welfare Projects in Jaffna

cap 1Donation of essential items for expecting mothers and schoolchildren was recently arranged by the 551 Brigade of Point Pedro with collaboration of “Janasarana” foundation, Lions’ Club and Edna Company.

With coordination of 551 Brigade, Methodist Mission mixed school of Mathanai was given whiteboards, chairs, library books, whiteboard markers and sports ware while 33 students from low-income families received shoes, exercise books, lunch boxes and water bottles during function held at the school on February 21st.

On the same day, 30 expecting mothers were given items necessary for them during another function arranged by the 551 Brigade at Karaveddy government hospital with sponsorship of the same donor organizations. Total value of donations was about Rs. 400,000/=.

Commander 551 Brigade Colonel Sharada Samarakoon, Chairperson of EAP media network and founder of “Janasarana” foundation Dr. Soma Edirisinghe, Deputy Director of Education Mr. A. Sri Karan and representatives from donor organizations were present on these occasions.

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CUP opens 32nd Little Library at Kaddaikadu

Children’s Uplift Programme (CUP) opened its 32nd Little Library at Kaddaikadu R. T. C. M. School, Jaffna benefitting about 250 students on February 28.

In accordance with CUP’s new concept, the theme associated with this library was “Value of Education” – a timely topic to address continuous school dropout rate and lack of attention given for education and to motivate parents in encouraging their children towards better education.

An art competition was held to enable students to display their creative ideas on the theme. The best 10 paintings were selected and drawn in the school wall with the support of JAT Holdings (Pvt) Ltd. Also the winners were awarded.

This library project was sponsored by Rotary Colombo East. President, Rotary Colombo East – S. Jayakarunakaran, and its members, CUP Officials, Harsha Gomes, Nadee Dissanayake, Nishantha Perera, Damayanthi Perera and Inoka Antony were present.

The organisers thanked Udana, Amandeepa, Smadi, Lasanthi, Kapila, Novanthi, Brithni, Udara, Hemantha Sandil, Roshan and Shoba for their contribution in many different ways to make this event a success.

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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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