Soldiers 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.
Over 450 civilians residing in 55 Division area underwent medical checkup and received medicine at two medical clinics organized by the 55 Division with coordination of 4th Sri Lanka Army Medical Corps (4 SLAMC) on 12th and 13th December at Uduththurai and Kaddaikadu. Dr. Jayan Stephan, Dr. J. Gunaseelan and Dr. Giritharan and a medical team of “Navajeevana Health Centre”, Colombo extended their assistance to doctors and medical staff of 4 SLAMC to conduct the clinics.
The programme was organized for the civilians who do not have easy access to medical facilities since there is no hospital or medical centre in the vicinity. Out of 462 civilians, 29 attended the dental clinic. Those who were in need of treatment were given medicine while a few others were referred to hospital.
Headquarters 55 Division of Veththilaikerny, in another Civil Military Coordination (CIMIC) affair, organized a coaching camp for football players competing in the tournament organized by the 55 Division for the second year.
With coordination of the Civil Affairs Officer of the Division Headquarters and the Commanding Officer of the 19th Sri Lanka National Guard, Mr. S.K.P. Silva, coordinating officer of Sri Lanka Football Federation and coach national beach football team, Mr. Lakmal Sampath and Mr. Rohitha Kumara, school football coaches gave a two day training to 150 players including youths, soldiers and school players on 05th and 06th September at Uduththurai Senthamil ground.
Inter-sports club football tournament organized by the 55 Division of Veththilaikerny came to an end on Thursday (12) making Nagarkovil Ilantharans the champions. The tournament commenced on 1st of September with participation of 11 Sports Clubs in the area.
Ilantharan players defeated St. Marys of Kaddaikadu recording a 05-03 victory after a hard battle. The tournament was organized for the second time by the 55 Division and Commander 552 Brigade Colonel Deepal Wanniarachchi attended the inauguration.
Award ceremony was held on Thursday (12) with participation of General Officer Commanding 55 Division Brigadier Ajith Wijesinghe, the Chief Guest. Catholic priests, General Officer Commanding 51 Division Brigadier Chula Abeynayake, Brigade Commanders and senior officers of Army and Police witnessed the award ceremony.
Some more houses and lands in Vadamaratchi East, Pachchilapallai and Valikamam areas, hitherto occupied by the Army, were released on Friday (23) after shifting those camps to government lands.
Commander Security Forces – Jaffna (SF-J) Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe delivered the documents related to the release of 51 acres and 7 houses in Uduththurai, Mamunai, Champiyanpattu and Pullopallai to the Minister of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprises Development Mr. Douglas Devananda who subsequently handed them over to Civil Administrative Authorities. Camps were established in those areas by the Army in 2009 after defeating the LTTE terrorists in Humanitarian Operation.
Divisional Secretary Vadamaratchi East Mr. S. Saththiyaseelan, Administrative Officer Pachchilapallai Divisional Secretariat Mr. T. Suntharamoorth, General Officer Commanding 55 Division Brigadier Ajith Wijesinghe and a large crowd attended the handing over ceremony held at Thalaiady Central College. The 55 Division had arranged a donation of dry ration packs, each worth of Rs. 2000/=, for 75 low income families in the area on the same occasion.
The third Tamil language course conducted by the 55 Division for soldiers serving in the 55 Division area ended on 31st May 2013 with a End of Course Concert presented in Tamil language by the participants.
Three officers and forty nine other ranks attneded the third Tamil language improvement course conducted for one month at the 55 Division Headquarters. This programme which commenced for soldiers to improve their communication ability with civilians in respective areas has helped the Army and civilian community to strengthen their rapport.
This Tamil language improvement programme in the 55 Division was started on directives of General Officer Commanding of the Division Brigadier Ajith Wjesinghe. Commander 552 Brigade Colonel Deepal Wanniarachchi attended the closing address of the course as chief guest.