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

http://llrcaction.gov.lk/en/news/747-murali-harmony-cup-in-jaffna.html

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International Cricket in Kilinochchi

This is an account of a hopeful story from my friend Skanda Kumar Aruni. It is these acts of kindness and humaneness that raises hopes for our country.

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Just back from Killinochchi (at 4 am Monday morning after having left at 8 am on Sunday)!! It was a rewarding trip that allowed a group of us to visit an orphanage of 330 children, and see the work that a retired GA in charge, Rasanayagam, is doing for them and for 6000 widows in that area. We also visited a Harmony Centre constructed by the army that will soon provide access to IT, English etc and also has a badminton court and modest gym facilities .

We then went to a village adopted by the Foundation of Goodness (a Kusils brainchild supported by Murali Sanga and Mahela) which has installed outdoor toilets and water facilities through wells for the people there. Met up with around 15 educated young women looking for opportunities to be self employed. I have returned with a proposal they have made to that which will require Rs 150,000 (in order to become a supplier to the many shops in consumer products in town) and once it is examined and approved by Kushils staff I will try and raise the funds and channel it through the foundation for monitoring purposes.

We saw for ourselves the interaction between the army and the civilian population that was reflected in the resurgence of perhaps the biggest town in the North that was devastated in the closing stages of the war.

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