Provincial Industrial Exhibition – 2014 inaugurated – 31 July 2014

14606317288_576e566edcNorthern Provincial Industrial Exhibition has been organized by Department of Industries commenced on 31 July 2014 at Jaffna Central College. The exhibition was organized for the purpose of promoting local products as well as increasing marketing opportunities.

Chief Minister of Northern Provincial Council Justice C.V.Wigneswaran graced the exhibition as Chief Guest and inaugurated the exhibition. Chief Secretary, Northern Province, Mrs.R.Wijialudchumi also graced the occasion as special guest.

This exhibition will be held on 31st July and 01st of August 2014.

Exhibits and displays are categorized into 03 main categories; such as processing and sales stalls, Handloom and Handicraft Exhibition and competition stalls and business centre. Coir based products, pottery based products, food processing, carpentry based products, Handloom products, sea shell products and Palmyrah based products are important exhibits. Chief Minister addressed the gatherings and visited every stall and had a casual chat with the gatherings.

The Selected exhibits (Handicraft & Textile) in Provincial level will be send to National level exhibition & competition conducted by the National agencies of National Craft Council & Textile Department Colombo.

Provincial Council members, Secretaries, Deputy Chief Secretaries, Heads of Departments, Provincial council staffs and public visited this exhibition.


Palm Jaggery Production Factory – Pandatharippu

8679564137_1024e35802“Local productions have shown tremendous progress in the recent past. The provincial administration under the guidance of the Governor, taking every possible step to improve the productivity of local production.”

Opening ceremony of Pandatharippu palm jaggery production factory of Pandatharippu Palmyrah Development Board was held on 24th April 2013. Minister of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development Douglas Devananda and Governor of Northern Province GA Chandrasiri participated as chief guests.

This factory was established to produce local jaggery products with modern technology and high standard and thereby, it will help to improve the livelihood of the relevant society. The arrangements for local and foreign marketing facilities have been made.

This jaggery factory which is located at Keerimalai, Periyavilan, Pandatharippu was declared open by the chief guests. They also unveiled the commemorative plaque of the factory. The guests also made a observation visit to see the machinery and activities. Sales activities were also officially launched.

The factory was constructed at a cost of 21 million rupees with the financial support of Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). It is estimated that 1,200 bottles of palm juice (karupani) can be produced per day through this factory.

Divisional Secretary of Vali South-West Muralitharan, Cooperative Commissioner Mathumathy Vasanthakumar, Asst. Commissioner of Cooperative Development Arunthavanathan, Regional Manager of UNDP Gnanaganeshan and several relevant officials also took part at this event.


Towards Reconciliation

Rajiva Wijesinha

Adviser on Reconciliation to HE the President


Four years after the conclusion of conflict, Sri Lanka still has a long way to go to achieve Reconciliation. This is unfortunate, given the enormous efforts made by government to improve facilities for the people most affected by war. But it is not surprising that, as indicated by the results of the last election held in the Northern Province, we have failed to win hearts and minds.

That would not have been difficult had a concerted effort been made. But this requires planning, and unfortunately planning is not something Sri Lanka has been good at. For over three decades now, we have tended to respond to events or rather to crises. The one exception was the care with which, in the period after 2005, we approached the conflict, with all branches of government working together and care taken to ensure the dissemination of clear and convincing information. Following the conclusion of the conflict however all that broke down, and propaganda, often based on parochial electoral considerations, took over, with little attempt at intelligent analysis of ground realities.

Thus we seemed to believe that reconstruction alone would suffice, and reconstruction that placed a premium on cement rather than people. This is on par with the worst delusions of capitalism as elevated into a political philosophy, the assumption that prosperity will trickle down. But this does not work, and Sri Lanka may in the end have to pay heavily for the failure to conceptualize with sensitivity of those who took on responsibility only for construction and not for consultation, who concentrated only on resettlement and not rather on restoration.

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