International Women’s Day celebrated – Vavuniya 10 March 2015

iwdProvincial Ministry of Health & Indigenous Medicine celebrated the International Women’s Day at Vavuniya Urban Council Cultural Hall on 10 March 2015. Chief Minister of Northern Province Justice C.V.Wigneswaran participated as Chief Guest. Mrs. S. Sujeeva, Asst. Secretary, Ministry of Health chaired the event.

Wannai Parliamentarian Vino Noharathalingam, Dr.Pathmanathan Sathiyalingam – Minister of Health and Indigenous Medicine, C.V.K.Sivagnanam – Provincial Council Chairman, Provincial Council members, Staffs and public also present at this event.

An awareness public rally was held from Vavuniya Zonal Education Office to the Vavuniya Urban Council Cultural Hall.

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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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District level Indigenous Arts Competition commenced in Kilinochchi – 10 April 2014

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“These competitions are organized to promote the art culture among the school children. Further it also helps to cultivate the minds of the people with positive thinking. Peace has given more dividends including mental peace for the people of the north to get involved in these productive activities.”

Governor Secretariat of Northern Province has organized the Indigenous Arts Competitions to promote the indigenous arts and artistes under the guidance of Governor of the Northern Province GA Chandrasiri. At first, district level competition were commenced on 11th April 2014 at Kilinochchi Central College. The artistes from Vavuniya and Kilinochchi took part.

Secretary to the Governor L.Ilaangovan and Kilinochchi district Govt. Agent with Assistant Govt Agent and Drama Coordinator of Governors Secretariat Mrs. N.Sridevi participated at the inauguration ceremony. The competitions held successfully and the artistes showed their better performance. Finally the names of the winning teams to compete at Provincial level were informed.

The competitors satisfyingly accepted the judgments of the judges and thanked the Governor for organizing such kind of programme. They appreciated the deed of the Governor. He not only gave life to the critically endangered indigenous arts but came forward to provide rewards also.

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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.

Counting the Dead and Paying the Cost

The Daily Mirror reported last week that between November 30 and December 10, the government would carry out a census of those who were killed or who had disappeared, during the war years – July 1983 to May 2009. The subject dealt elsewhere in writings as the numbers game.

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For those affected or accused it is no game. The impact is quite serious. The LLRC recommended were ,’ Conduct a professionally designed household survey covering all affected families in all parts of the island to ascertain first hand the scale and circumstances of death and injury to civilians, as well as damage to property during the period of the conflict.

The progress has been – Using data on ‘Population and Housing Census 2012′ covering the entire country including North and East Provinces for the first time since 1981, Department of Census and Statistics is taking following initial steps to conduct a survey on affected families.

Steering committee comprising senior officers of relevant Ministries and Agencies meets fortnightly to discuss activities related to the census on death/injuries to persons and property damages due to conflict.

The methodology suitable to conduct the census was devised and data collection forms were designed. Both were pre-tested in selected GN divisions in Vavuniya, Polonnaruwa and Mullativu districts in order to cover different conflict situations since 1982.

The outcome of the pre-test was evaluated by DCS working group. Final draft to be submitted. Department of Census and Statistics is planning to conduct an Economic Survey covering entire country which will generate most of data on the affected families.

The second LLRC recommendations was to ,’Take all necessary measures for implementation of the [Registration of Deaths Act] at the administrative level.. Give adequate publicity to the relevant provisions of the Act through media, Grama Niladharis etc., especially in the conflict affected areas.’

The progress has been-During 2011, 37 and 761 deaths were registered in the Northern and Eastern Provinces respectively. In 2012, these numbers were 38 and 801. In addition, 29 mobile services were held during 2011 in various DSDs in North and East to issue death certificates. Services were also held in Mullaitivu District Secretariat in September 2012.

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Commonwealth Secretariat, Human Rights Commission of SL and Reconciliation

Workshop in Vavuniya

The Commonwealth Secretariat organized  a workshop for staff of our Human Rights Commission and invitees  last week.  The objectives  were facilitate to identify HRC’s role in contributing to the country’s on-going national reconciliation process;  share  experiences and best practices of  ‘A’ accredited NHRIs in contributing to the reconciliation processes of their own countries; facilitate discussions between the HRCSL staff, NGOs, grassroots organizations, community and religious leaders, and senior local administrative officials in the areas directly affected by the former conflict to reach consensus on a collaborative project/s on how to contribute to the on-going reconciliation process AND  raise awareness among the Commissioners and staff on how the direct involvement of the HRCSL in the reconciliation process may improve its effectiveness, independence and authority under the Paris Principles.

Status of HRC

Our HR Commission was granted Status ‘A’ in 2000 by the ICC. In 2007 it was downgraded to a’ B’ Status by the Sub-Committee on Accreditation of the International Co-ordinating Committee of National Human Rights Institutions (ICC). The ICC was established for the purpose of creating and strengthening national human rights institutions which are in conformity with the Paris Principles.

The Commonwealth and HRC

The Secretary-General in his Departure Statement issued in February from Colombo observed that bolstering the capacity (of the HRC)  involved in national reconciliation processes was an area of collaboration with the Secretariat.

In May,  the Chairperson of the HRCSL Justice Priyantha Perera and his delegation, which included the Commissioner in charge of the Inquiries and Investigations Division, and Regional Coordinators from Jaffna, Vavuniya and Batticaloa – met with the Secretary-General and Deputy Secretary-General in London. They were in London to participate in the Commonwealth Roundtable on Reconciliation. The HRCSL delegation confirmed the areas in which they would appreciate Commonwealth Secretariat support and technical assistance such as – support for the HRCSL to determine its role, as the national human rights institution, in national reconciliation efforts including making firm recommendations to the government on the fast-tracking of issues around language; making public high profile cases of disappearances and sharing the reports widely; engaging in advocacy with government and Parliament around counting and naming the dead; commencing engagement with government on issues of memorialization.

The UN on Role of NHRI’s

The UN Manual on “National Human Rights Institutions: History, Principles, Roles and Responsibilities”  on the role of NHRIs in post conflict situations, describes that NHRIs can play both a preventive and a restorative role in such circumstances.

“Reconciliation may ensure that people, especially those that have experienced violations, are able to voice their feelings, experiences and expectations. It may support the rehabilitation of combatants and their reintegration into society. And it helps to create an environment where people can live together again. Ensuring justice may serve to deal with past abuses so as to ensure that there is no impunity for gross human rights abuse.” Continue reading

“Kurukshesthram” Oriental Dance Story staged in Vavuniya – 04 July 2013

Kurukshestram 4 July 2013 Vavuniya

Kurukshestram 4 July 2013 Vavuniya

“Kurukshesthram” – a literature piece in Mahabharatham – an oriental dance story was staged at Vavuniya UC hall on 04th July 2013.

Governor of Northern Province GA Chandrasiri graced the event as chief guest.

Govt. Agent of Vavuniya District Bandulla Harrischandra, Secretary to the Provincial Ministry of Education S.Sathiyaseelan, Regional Commissioner of Vavuniya District ISM Mohideen, Provincial Director of Cultural Affairs Mrs.N.Sridevi and several officials participated at this event.

More than 1500 people and enthusiasts attended the show.

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Japanese Government through IOM provides Food Security & Livelihoods

The project to strengthen food security and livelihoods of 150 beneficiaries in Eachalamkulam and Kalmadu in Vavuniya was funded by the Japanese Government through the IOM.

Field assistants in Tharanikulam, Eashwaripuram and Nochchikulam were given push bicycles and instructions to complete the identification of 25 quarter acre plots of farming in each village and map them out. They were also instructed to conduct a monthly evaluation to report the progress in their respective villages by visiting all the beneficiaries in the village.

The beneficiaries were also issued stationary to write the daily activities done by them, which would include land preparation, weeding, preparation of liquid fertilizer and application, harvesting, sale of products and income.

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Japanese Grant for Displaced Vavuniya Families


The government of Japan has provided US$ 89,825 (over Rs 11.7 million) in grant aid for a project to improve the livelihoods of the resettled people in the Vavuniya District under its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project (GGP), the embassy said.

‘The project for increasing Food Security with Comprehensive Measures in Vavuniya’, to be implemented by People’s Livelihood Development Foundation (PLDF), aims to improve agricultural activities and livelihoods of approximately 625 resettled families who are engaging in agricultural in the area.

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