Colombo & Jaffna Media Educated on Release of Land to Civilians

2015_06_10_6A team of media personnel representing 44 electronic and print media based in Colombo and Jaffna visited lands newly released from the Palaly Military Cantonment in order to get firsthand experience on the process on June 10, 2015. They were initially educated on release of lands in different stages since the end of the Humanitarian Operation in 2009 during briefing conducted at Headquarters Security Force – Jaffna (SF-J), Palaly.

Responding to questions raised by journalists during briefing, Commander SF-J Major General Nandana Udawatta revealed that 99.44% of contaminated areas have been cleared of mines and humanitarian demining is being continued by the Army Engineers and foreign demining agencies in the remaining area.

He further added that Jaffna is safe in the aspect of security and no terrorist activity has disturbed the Jaffna life after the war ended. Journalists from both government and private media firms joined the visit organized by the Media Centre, Ministry of Defence.

The delegation was headed by Military Spokesman Brigadier Jayanath Jayaweera. Senior officers of the SF – J were also present on the media briefing.

http://www.cimicjaffna.lk/Cimicnews_2015_06_10.php

North – South students to promote Harmony and Reconciliation

Capture1Hundreds of students traveled from Dickwella to join hands with their counterparts at the Nelliyadi Central College Jaffna to play, sing and enjoy together on 16th May 2015. Their theme was to join hands and build bridges to promote understanding, harmony and brotherhood among the youth in the North and South. They invited the Northern students to visit the South soon.

Governor HMGS Palihakkara participated at this event. He said that he believed that this programme would help to develop brotherhood and reconciliation among the communities in Sri Lanka.

Secretary to the Governor L.Ilaangovan, parents and teachers also participated in this event.

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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

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

Canteen Facility in Jaffna Old Park Premises – 15 January 2015

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“A food serving center is an essential service at a public place. Jaffna Old Park has been a cynosure to many in the District, a canteen facility is a timely need of the hour. This will also improve the basic facilities of the premises. Further it will attract more visitors to the premises. Jaffna Old Park has become a common leisure time entertaining place for many including children and adults.It is ideal that the canteen was opened on a special day – Thai Pongal day.”

A canteen was opened in Jaffna Old Park for public use. A ceremony in this regards was held on 15thJanuary 2014.

This canteen was constructed under the guidance of the Governor of the Northern Province GA Chandrasiri for the use of children and public who visit Children Park and Adventure Park.

Secretary to the Governor L.Ilaangovan, Asst. Secretary to the Governor JX Selvanayagam, Asst. Secretary of Jaffna Regional Commissioner Office S.Annadurai and Commissioner of Jaffna Municipal Council S.Pranavanthan participated at this event.

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511 Brigade Conducts Anti-Dengue Programme – Kopay

2015_01_05_4Aiming at minimizing the spread of Dengue alarmingly rising in Jaffna soon after the rain ceased, 511 Brigade at Atchuvely organized an awareness programme in Kopay to educate civilians on precautionary measures.

With the support of regional health authorities, soldiers together with public health officials educated people to keep the environment clean to remove mosquito breeding place.

Two doctors, twenty Public Health Inspectors and Public Health Midwives, five Police officers joined hundred soldiers in this programme.

http://www.cimicjaffna.lk/Cimicnews_2015_01_05.php

Army organizes Leadership & Moral Development Workshop for School Prefects

2014_12_13_3An educative programme to improve personality, leadership and moral qualities of younger generation in Jaffna, Security Force Jaffna (SF-J) organized a two day workshop for 120 school prefects on December 09th and 10th at Thalsevana Holiday Resort, Kankesanthurai.

In the first phase conducted on the 09th, 75 school prefects, both male and female, from Alaveddy Arunothya College, Vasavilan Central College and Kuttiyapulam Government Tamil mixed school attended the workshop.

The second day programme on 10th were attended by 45 prefects from, Thelippalai Union College, Thelippalai Mahajana College, Mallakam Central College and Alaveddy Arunachalam Vidyalaya.

Lectures on social etiquettes and manners, leadership and public relations were conducted by religious leaders and senior Army officers.

Principals and teachers of those schools were also present.

13 Dec 2014 – http://www.cimicjaffna.lk/Cimicnews_2014_12_13.php

SF-J Harmony Centre Ready to Provide IT Training to Jaffna Children

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In recognition of civic-oriented welfare projects being carried out by the Army in Jaffna, “We Are One Sri Lanka”, an organization based in UK showed its solidarity by donating 18 computers to Security Force Jaffna (SF-J) on Sunday (09) morning. Mr. Mohan Samarasinghe representing the organization handed over the computers, each to the value of Rs. 80,000/=, to Major General Priyatha Jayasundara, General Officer Commanding 52 Division at the “Harmony Centre” at Thalayalai, Kokuvil East.

Computers will be used to give training to Jaffna children on Information Technology at the Harmony Centre established on concept of Commander SF-J Major General Udaya Perera with purpose of helping people of Jaffna on requirements in spheres of education, health, fisheries, women empowerment and so on.

The donation was coordinated by Commanding Officer 6th Sri Lanka Signal Corps Lieutenant Colonel Chandana Arangalla.

“We Are One Sri Lanka” is conducting many community projects in many areas in the North.

http://www.cimicjaffna.lk/Cimicnews_2014_11_09.php

Access to Electricity in Delft Island Nearing 100%

The Delft Island (known as Neduntheevu in Tamil), located off the northern-most tip of Sri Lanka, will soon be provided with electricity for 100 percent of its population. Earlier, less than 50 percent of the island’s population had access to a continuous supply of electricity, if at all.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa, this week, ceremoniously commissioned the Delft East and Delft West electricity supply schemes from the Velanai Electricity Consumer Services Centre in Jaffna, which was also simultaneously declared open by the President.

The Deputy General Manager (Northern Province) of the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) and Project Director of the Uthuru Wasanthaya (“Northern Spring”) Programme Mr. D. K.P.U. Gunatilleke said three power generators were newly installed in Delft, and that will help meet the electricity needs of 98 percent of the island’s approximately 1,300 households. Previously, less than half of the population in Delft had access to electricity.

“The power supply was scattered at that time due to infrastructure constrains,” Mr. Gunatilleke said. “Therefore, the families were not able to receive electricity around the clock.

The Delft Island, which has an area of 40 sq km, was severely affected by the conflict. Since travelling to and from the Island required moving across land or sea that was susceptible to heavy fighting, there was hardly any movement of people or goods between Delft and Sri Lanka’s mainland, thus isolating the people of the island for decades.

Following the commissioning, President Rajapaksa travelled to Delft, becoming the first head of state to do so.

The CEB began supplying uninterrupted electricity to Delft in 2011 with the support of the Sri Lanka Navy. Mr. Gunatilleke assured that “Delft Island will soon enjoy 100 percent electricity supply” with the opening of the new power supply schemes.

http://llrcaction.gov.lk/en/news/726-access-to-electricity-in-delft-island-nearing-100.html

Jaffna Public Library won 1st Place for the Best Public Libraries in Sri Lanka – 27 October 2014

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Jaffna Public Library (யாழ் பொது நூலகம்) in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, is the famous library in Sri Lanka by historical and Sri Lankan civil war. It functions under the Jaffna Municipal Council. The library was built in 1933 and burnt in 1981. During early 1980s, it was one of the biggest libraries in Asia, containing over 97,000 books and manuscripts.In 2001, rehabilitation of the library was completed with new structure and new books. Even though, old books and manuscripts were not replaced.

Jaffna Municipal Council of the Jaffna District in the Northern Province has been awarded “Swarna Purawara” Certificate for winning the 1st Place by the Jaffna Public Library.

Jaffna Public Library won the first place at the Awards Ceremony for the Best Public Libraries in Sri Lanka which was organized by Ministry of Local Government and Provincial Councils together with University of Kelaniya-Department of Library and Information Science.

Minister of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development Douglas Devananda and Governor of the Northern Province GA Chandrasiri took part at this celebration of the success which was held at Jaffna Public Library on 27th October 2014.

Now Days, Success is observed in almost at every sector of socio – economic fields of northern people.

Governor wishes the relevant officials who brought the success.

 http://www.np.gov.lk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3175:jaffna-public-library-won-1st-place-for-the-best-public-libraries-in-sri-lanka-27-october-2014&catid=8&Itemid=114

Housing assistance granted to the poverty line people in the Northern Province – 29 October 2014

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Ministry of Local Government, Northern Provincial Council has inaugurated a project called “New house for poverty line people”. This is will provide financial assistance to construct houses for families who are under poverty line.  Under this scheme, 05 beneficiaries from Mullaitivu and Jaffna have been selected.

Chief Minister of Northern Province Justice C.V.Wigneswaran has given the first payment to the beneficiaries from Mullaitivu district at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat on 29th October 2014. Secretary to the Chief Minister S.Thiruvakaran also participated in this event.

Beneficiaries were selected among the war affected poverty line who didn’t receive any housing assistances from other sources.

In future beneficiaries will also selected from other districts in the Northern Province as well.

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