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.
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.
During 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.
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Opening ceremony of specialized medical officers’ quarters at District Government Hospital, Mullaitivu was held on 10th August 2013. This will necessary facilities to the doctors to serve more patients staying at the hospital. Mullaitivu Regional Director of Health Services Dr.A.Thileeban headed the event.
Governor of Northern Province GA Chandrasiri participated as the chief guest and declared open the building. This 3 storey building consisting of 6 units was constructed at a cost of 40 million rupees with the American government financial support.
Secretary of Provincial Health Ministry R.Raveenthiran, Medical Superintendant of Mullaitivu DGH K.Shanmugarajah and other relevant officials took part in the event.
It was an unmatched performance, two-day emotion packed ceremony – Education exhibition in Kilinochchi, organized by Major General Udaya Perera, Security Forces Commander, at the Kilinochchi Madhya Mahavidyalayam from 28 to 29 June. Kilinochchi Security Forces Commander has written a new chapter in the ‘reconciliation concept’ and on how to win the hearts and mind of the people.
People and students of Kilinochchi were flabbergasted over the compassion the Security Forces Commander and his men and women shown in the education of the students.
Security Forces in Kilinochchi has shown their concern and interest in the welfare of the children of Kilinochchi, as if they were their brothers’ and sisters’ children – something unbelievable and exemplary.
At the two-day Education Exhibition, total number of 1554 Scholarships were awarded for students of 121 Schools coming under SFHQ (Kilinochchi) from the districts of Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu and Mannar.