Government Renovates Thirteen Schools in the Kilinochchi District

151014-fullThe Ministry of Education, with assistance from the Republic of Korea, recently renovated 13 schools in the Kilinochchi District.

Situated in a district that was once home to the headquarters of the terrorist organisation known as the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), these schools had been in a dilapidated condition due to the near-30-year conflict.

The following schools had benefitted: St. Theresa’s Girls’ College Kilinochchi, Sivanagar Government Tamil Mixed School, Bharathy Vidyalaya Kilinochchi, Ramanathapuram West Government Tamil Mixed School, Konavil Government Tamil Mixed School, Ramanathapuram Maha Vidyalaya, Vaddakkachchi Maha Vidyalaya, Piramanthanaru Maha Vidyalaya, Tharmapuram Maha Vidyalaya, Murugananda College, Veravil Hindu Maha Vidyalaya,  Iranaitivu Roman Catholic Tamil Mix School and Kiranchi Government Tamil Mixed School.

Speaking about the renovations, Mr. Perumal Ganeshan, Principal of the Barathy Vidyalaya in Kilinochchi, said, “The students who were deprived from the opportunity of occupying luxurious (amenities) are now privileged to enjoy their school life with marvelous facilities.”

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UK’s Contribution to Demining in Sri Lanka Exceeds £5 Million

DeminingFullDuring the past five years, Britain has provided a total of £5.1 million towards demining activities in Sri Lanka. From 2010 to 2014, Britain has contributed £3.5 million to The HALO Trust for demining work in former war-affected areas of the country. Last year, Britain announced a further £1.6 million from July 2014 for a period of 18 months.

The British High Commissioner for Sri Lanka Mr. John Rankin, during his recent tour of the Northern Province, said that the United Kingdom has been a long-time supporter of the demining process in Sri Lanka.

The HALO Trust, a UK-based organisation, which removes hazardous debris of war, works in the Jaffna, Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts and conducts mine risk awareness and educational programmes.

Speaking about the current state of mine clearance, Army Spokesman Brig. Ruwan Wanigasooriya said that only an area of 80 sq. km. remains to be demined in eight districts of the Northern and Eastern provinces. He also pointed out that the remaining regions consist of forest areas.

Sources:

Media Centre of the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development
British High Commission in Sri Lanka

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Jaffna University Faculties of Agriculture and Engineering to be Established in Kilinochchi

The Ministry of Higher Education is implementing a project that focuses on further developing the Jaffna University’s Faculties of Agriculture and Engineering.

“The Faculty of Agriculture, which was functioning at Kilinochchi, had to be shifted to the Jaffna University premises owing to the escalation of war and operated there under difficult conditions particularly due to limited space available,” said Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Higher Education Mr. P. Ranepura.

The Faculty is being shifted to Kilinochchi and will be renovated. Meanwhile, the Engineering Faculty that was functioning with limited facilities in Jaffna is also being relocated to Kilinochchi and further developed.

“We have drawn up plans to develop this Faculty as a priority development project of the Northern region,” Mr. Ranepura said.

Sri Lanka has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Indian Government through which India will provide financial assistance worth Rs. 600 million towards the development of these two faculties that will include infrastructure facilities and other requirements, including lecture halls, a conference hall, a computer laboratory, a library, a sports complex and administrative offices.

The Government of India has also agreed to extend its support for the development of the curricula, and organising faculty exchanges, training and research through affiliation to a prestigious Indian institution. A committee representing the Governments of Sri Lanka and India has been appointed to initiate and oversee the project.

“The expansion of the University of Jaffna to Kilinochchi is being done in line with the ‘University Township’ development plan,” Mr. Ranepura said. “With this development, there will be a lot of benefits to the community living in the area.”

Sources:

Ministry of Higher Education
High Commission of India in Colombo

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Achchuveli Industrial Complex Declared Open in Jaffna

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The Achchuveli Industrial Complex in the Jaffna Peninsula was declared open last week under the Uthuru Wasanthaya (“Northern Spring”) Programme.

“Achchuveli industrial area was destroyed by the terrorists 25 years ago, but President Rajapaksa’s ‘Mahinda Chinthana – The Way Forward’ and ‘Uthuru Wasanthaya’ rebuilt it,” said Governor of the Northern Province Maj. Gen. (Retd) G.A. Chandrasiri.

The entire park extends over a total area of 65 acres and is being developed in two stages. The first stage consisted of the development of 25 acres at a cost of Rs. 300 million. Of this amount, the Sri Lankan Government contributed Rs. 50 million while the Indian Government provided the remaining Rs.250 million for infrastructure development within the industrial zone.

The development of this industrial park in Jaffna is expected to provide direct and indirect employment to more than 10,000 people in the region. More than eight companies have already commenced construction of factories during the first phase of the project.

“Small entrepreneurs also will be highly benefited from such (an) industrial zone,” Governor Chandrasiri said. “Other industrial zones have been already established in areas such as Jaffna, Mannar, Kilinochchi and Vavuniya. The construction of another zone in Mullaitivu is currently in progress.”

The Sri Lankan Government provided basic facilities to the industrial park, including electricity, widened roads, pipe-borne water, a drainage system and a waste water treatment plant.

Sources:

Ministry of Economic Development
Northern Provincial Council

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Opening Ceremony of Poonakary Market Complex and Bus stand held – 27 August 2014

15057306731_8b7296c6dbMinister Basil requests the stake holders of the province, not to disturb the on going development activities .

Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa was the chief guest of opening ceremony of Market Complex and Bus Stand constructed in Poonakary of Kilinochchi district on 27th August 2014.

Minister Basil Rohana Rajapaksa in his address requested the Tamil National Alliance to help the Central Government in rebuilding the Northern Province. He also stated that not to disturb the on going development activities. People of the Northern Province have started to enjoy the benefits of the mega development activities of the Government.

Minister of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development Douglas Devananda, Governor of the Northern Province GA Chandrasiri, Parliamentarian M.Chandrakumar and Provincial Minister of Health P.Sathiyalingam participated as special guests.

These buildings were the long term need of the people. Large number of area people participated at this ceremony.

Under the Vadakkin Vasantham Programme Economic Development Ministry spent 20 million rupees for the construction of the Modern Market Complex and 5 million for Poonakary Bus Stand.

Northern Provincial Council Member V.Thavananthan, Govt. Agent of Kilinochchi Roobavathy Ketheeswaran, Chairman of Poonakary Pradeshiya Sabha Sriskantharajah and several officials also took part at this event.

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New Classroom Complex of Konavil GTMS declared open – 28 July 2014

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“Education sector has been the main interested sector in northern province. People of the province shows more importance to the studies of their children. Accordingly, the government of Sri Lanka focused on providing the infrastructure facilities in northern schools. This school is one such school which has lacked classroom facilities for a long time. Longtime dream has come true in this occasion.”

Two newly built classroom complexes of Kilinochchi Konavil Government Tamil Mixed School were declared open on 28th July 2014. . Ambassador of the Republic of Korea for Sri Lanka Chang Won-sang and Minister of Education Bandula Gunawardana participated as chief guests and declared open the building. Minister of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development Douglas Devananda, Governor of the Northern Province GA Chandrasiri and Parliamentarian M.Chandrakumar also graced the occasion as special guests.

A two storied building which comprises a science and a computer laboratories and a single storied building which comprises 4 classrooms and a library were declared open. 52 million were spent for the construction of these buildings with the financial donation of Korean Republic.

Principal of the School K.Ithayasivathas chaired the program. Provincial Secretary of Education Ministry S.Sathiyaseelan, Kilinochchi Zonal Director K.Murugavel and large number of students also took part at this event.

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Trilingual Center organizes Sinhala & English Classes in Kilinochchi – 22 July 2014

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“A timely move to encourage and achieve meaningful reconciliation among society members in Northern Province. Sinhala and Tamil are official languages of this country. English is considered as the link language. In brief , I would say languages play a major role in establishing peace in the country. Communication gap between the communities can be reduced by learning other’s language.”

Northern Province Trilingual Center is scheduled to conduct Sinhala and English classes in Kilinochchi in coming August.
A meeting in this regard was held at Governor’s Secretariat in Jaffna on 22nd July under the chairmanship of Governor of the Northern Province GA Chandrasiri. The Principal of the Trilingual Center and resource persons took part at this discussion.

Secretary to the Governor L.Ilaangovan was also present at this meeting.

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Army to Assist Civilians with Auditory Defects

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Security Force Jaffna (SF-J), in one of its community welfare projects has planned to provide hearing aids to civilians in the North in collaboration with local and foreign donor agencies. As the first pace, a two day medical camp was held on 9th and 10th June to select the needy persons at the Civil Affairs and Public Relations Office on Hospital Road, Jaffna. A large number of civilians had come from Jaffna, Kilinochchi and Mullaithivu districts out of which 663 civilians identified as most needy were selected in the first stage. This number includes 59 schoolchildren.

“Starkey” Hearing Aids Manufactures of the US provides necessary hearing aids to the Army with coordination of Synergen Health (Pvt) Ltd. of Nugegoda. Army expects to provide hearing aids to 2000 civilians with auditory defects by November this year.

The 4th Sri Lanka Army Medical Corps (4 SLAMC) organized the medical camp.

Commanding Officer 4 SLAMC Major Sidath Amarasekara, Second in Command Palaly Army hospital Captain Prabhaswari Wijekoon and Army medical soldiers assisted Mr. Akil Chavuhan and Sai Kiran Sathyanarayana, audiologists of Starkey – India, Managing Director Synergen Health (Pvt) Ltd. Mr. Denvor Fernando and his staff to conduct the medical camp.

Wickramaarchchi Opticians, Vision Care and Teaching Hospital Jaffna supported the programme conducting audiogram test for patients.

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Governor on Inspection Visit to Jaffna Railway Station – 09 February 2014

“Completing the railway line from Kilinochchi to Pallai is yet another milestone of the steadily progressing Northern Railway restoration project. The train, when it drove in from Killinochchi to reach Pallai, made history, giving hope to many thousands of residents of the area that the resumption of train services would soon recommence. According to the construction agency, Ircon International Ltd., the track works between Killinochchi and Pallai are fully completed, with a few finishing touches left to be completed shortly.

The reconstructed railway line from Omanthai to Kilinochchi was commissioned and dedicated to the public of Sri Lanka on 14 September 2013 by the President at a colourful ceremony held at the Killinochchi station yard. The reconstructed track was the first segment of the Omanthai – Kankasanthurai line. The second segment, Kilinochchi – Pallai, of approximately 30 kilometres is now being readied to be added to the railway network of the island nation.”

Governor of Northern Province GA Chandrasiri paid an inspection visit to the Jaffna Railway Station on 09th February 2014 and observed the reconstruction work of the station.

For almost three decades the Jaffna-Colombo train service was interrupted due to the civil war. After the end of the hostilities in 2009, the railway stations and tracks along the Vavuniya – Jaffna railway path have been reconstructed in a rapid phase. Now the train services extended till Kilinochchi station. It is expected that the train will hit the Jaffna station in April 2014.

Governor had discussion with the officials and instructed them to expedite the work.

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Governor on Inspection Visit to Jaffna Railway Station – 09 February 2014

“Completing the railway line from Kilinochchi to Pallai is yet another milestone of the steadily progressing Northern Railway restoration project. The train, when it drove in from Killinochchi to reach Pallai, made history, giving hope to many thousands of residents of the area that the resumption of train services would soon recommence. According to the construction agency, Ircon International Ltd., the track works between Killinochchi and Pallai are fully completed, with a few finishing touches left to be completed shortly.

The reconstructed railway line from Omanthai to Kilinochchi was commissioned and dedicated to the public of Sri Lanka on 14 September 2013 by the President at a colourful ceremony held at the Killinochchi station yard. The reconstructed track was the first segment of the Omanthai – Kankasanthurai line. The second segment, Kilinochchi – Pallai, of approximately 30 kilometres is now being readied to be added to the railway network of the island nation.”

Governor of Northern Province GA Chandrasiri paid an inspection visit to the Jaffna Railway Station on 09th February 2014 and observed the reconstruction work of the station.

For almost three decades the Jaffna-Colombo train service was interrupted due to the civil war. After the end of the hostilities in 2009, the railway stations and tracks along the Vavuniya – Jaffna railway path have been reconstructed in a rapid phase. Now the train services extended till Kilinochchi station. It is expected that the train will hit the Jaffna station in April 2014.

Governor had discussion with the officials and instructed them to expedite the work.