News Category: Jaffna
  • Jaffna university closed until further notice
  •    [ May 13, 2019 0:59:58 GMT ] [ TamilGuardian ]

        The University of Jaffna has been closed until further notice, the university’s registrar announced on Friday. Students would be informed of the university’s reopening through the local press he said. Two student union leaders and a canteen owner were arrested during a military search of the campus on May 3 and are currently being detained under PTA regulations for allegedly possessing photographs of LTTE figures. The university, which like other institutions on the island had remained shut following the Easter Sunday attacks, reopened following the search operation before the decision to close again was announced on Friday. The popular Vice Chancellor was also suspended prior to the search. In recent years, large scale remembrance activities attended by students and staff have taken place at the campus around Tamil genocide remembrance week. [ Full Report ]

  • How Gandhi ended up with the gods on a Sri Lankan temple’s entrance
  •    [ Apr 02, 2019 14:56:09 GMT ] [ Quartz ]

        While the gateway bore much that was similar to others that front Vishnu temples – especially its pyramid-like structure decorated with various Vishnus, his avatars, and musicians, apsaras, animals and holy men – it was also unique. Amidst this crowd of colourful divine and living beings, one thing stood out for its sheer incongruity: an image of Mahatma Gandhi. Though he had been unassumingly integrated into the temple architecture, what made him stick out was the fact that he graced a gopuram. [ Full Report ]

  • Recruitment and retention of physicians in underserved areas - Robert J Cusimano, Cardiac Surgeon, Toronto General Hospital
  •    [ Apr 01, 2019 13:52:11 GMT ] [ CMAJ ]

        A recent visit to a cardiac surgery unit in Sri Lanka made me realize how similar the medical problems of a country like Sri Lanka and Canada are. Jaffna, in northern Sri Lanka has a population of 88,000 but serves the adjoining provinces, giving a catchment area of 1 million people. The sole cardiac surgeon performed 100 cases per year in the public hospital and had over 1000 patients waiting, having grown that list in just two years since starting the programme. Money can buy bricks, beds and electronics but without the people to work in those places, they are useless. Governments need to take action that is palatable, fair to all, not overly expensive and stands a chance at working towards a solution. [ Full Report ]

  • TNPF reiterates call for international justice process in Sri Lanka
  •    [ Mar 14, 2019 19:34:37 GMT ] [ TamilGuardian ]

        TNPF leader Gajen Ponnambalam addressed the council, stating that despite Sri Lanka co-sponsoring a 2015 UN resolution that mandated an accountability mechanism with international judges, “it has consistently rejected the need for such criminal justice accountability”. “The Prime Minister of Sri Lanka speaking to Tamil victims whilst these very sessions were underway publicly called on them to ‘forgive and forget’ as a response to the victims’ demands for criminal justice,” Ponnambalam added. [ Full Report ]

  • Comments on the ´Economic Development Framework for Northern Province´
  •    [ Mar 13, 2019 14:11:45 GMT ] [ JDS ]

        ´Economic Development Framework for a Northern Province Master Plan´, is a study commissioned by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka and carried out by a team of seven members with competence in relevant fields and knowledge of post-war conditions in the province. The study provides an opportunity for an open discussion on post-war development in the Northern Province. [ Full Report ]

  • Wannabe movie ‘heroes’ bring terror to Jaffna with swordfights
  •    [ Mar 11, 2019 18:53:37 GMT ] [ Sunday Times ]

        “In our area, people are constantly living in fear every moment without knowing what would happen next. It’s similar to the wartime years. We don’t feel safe,” a youth in Kokkuvil said on condition of anonymity. This situation had become the norm, he added. Increasing unemployment, drug usage, remittance money from relatives in the diaspora and the strong influence of cinematic portrayals of masculine “heroism” have pushed these Tamil youths onto a self-destructive path, local civil society leaders observed, expressing great worry over the future of the community. [ Full Report ]

  • The Women Who Are Clearing the Minefields in Sri Lanka
  •    [ Mar 11, 2019 17:32:47 GMT ] [ Atlantic ]

        It has been nearly 10 years since the end of the Sri Lankan civil war, a horrific conflict that lasted more than 25 years and claimed an estimated 100,000 lives. A decade later, land mines and unexploded ordnance still litter the northern landscape, endangering those who are trying to return to their previous lives. Allison Joyce, a photographer with Getty Images, recently spent time with some of the Tamil women, many of them widows and survivors of the war, who work for the HALO Trust, one of the NGOs trying to clear one of the largest minefields in the world. [ Full Report ]

  • India to help set up Information Technology Park in Jaffna with Rs. 250 m grant
  •    [ Feb 22, 2019 18:06:14 GMT ] [ FT ]

        India and Sri Lanka yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a Business Centre for ICT incubators/accelerators in Jaffna through a grant of Rs. 250 million from the Government of India. The MoU was signed by High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka Taranjit Singh Sandhu and Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade Secretary S. T. Kodikara, at Temple Trees in the presence of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrema, Deputy Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Nalin Bandara Jayamaha, Member of Parliament Mavai Senathirajah, Export Development Board Chairperson Indira Malwatte, and several other invited guests and senior officials of Government of Sri Lanka. [ Full Report ]

  • Prime Minister directs officials for speedier resettlement of Jaffna Muslim IDPs
  •    [ Feb 19, 2019 19:48:05 GMT ] [ LBO ]

        Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has directed authorities in Resettlement Ministry and Divisional Secretariat to make arrangements to speed the resettlement process of displaced Muslim families of Jaffna. This is the first time in three decades that the Jaffna’s displaced Muslims, since their plight of expulsion in 1990, are hearing good news on their future. Among the 20,000 Northern Muslim families expelled overnight from their traditional homes in North on 30 October 1990, was the eight-member family of Rishad Bathiudeen. [ Full Report ]

  • How Jaffna Hindus met the challenge of European missionaries
  •    [ Feb 19, 2019 19:36:23 GMT ] [ News In ]

        However, despite possessing all the necessary tools for mass conversion, the Protestant missionaries did not make much headway. According to Dr Gunasingam, determined evangelization by the American Ceylon Mission (ACM) from 1816 to 1839 had yielded only 492 converts. Success eluded the Wesleyan Mission and the Church Missionary Society (CMS) also. Conversion was low because, unlike the Portuguese or the Dutch, the British did not make conversion a necessity for obtaining government jobs or state patronage. The British had also declared that they would not allow forcible conversions, Gunasingham says. [ Full Report ]

  • Fresh Cabinet nod for Rs. 1.95 b Palaly Airport revamp
  •    [ Feb 04, 2019 19:53:18 GMT ] [ FT ]

        The Cabinet has approved a proposal costing Rs. 1.95 billion, to develop Palaly Airport to operate regional commercial flights, the second on the project after it was first approved in October last year. As the first step developing the airport a feasibility study is to be conducted by Airport and Aviation Services Sri Lanka Ltd, Chairman Dammika Ranatunga told Daily FT. Last year, the development of Palaly airport became a hot topic, after an idea was floated to utilise Indian funds for the project. Then Transport Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva was to make a statement in Parliament, about the Government’s plans to develop the military-managed airport with its own money. However, following the feasibility study, decisions on funding may undergo changes depending on the cost, Ranatunga said. [ Full Report ]

  • Dr. Ravi Perumalpillai, Oxford Surgeon who became a Jaffna Farmer
  •    [ Dec 20, 2018 16:24:15 GMT ] [ LBO ]

        Ravi had created the Oxonian Heart Foundation to bring cardiac surgery to North and East Sri Lanka. He became the Medical Director of Jaffna’s North Central Hospital in 2013, setup the Cardiac Unit and he performed the first heart surgery here in July 2014...And yet one of the things he did when he moved back to Jaffna was to find and buy 10 acres of sandy scrubby land with a sea frontage on Velanai Island. Ravi was a man who appreciated the simple things as well as the comforts of life...Ravi’s ambition was to develop a farm, which would be a pilot to create an industry that could spread and bring sustainable economic growth across the North. [ Full Report ]

  • Their Husbands Casualties of War, Jaffna Women Fish for Their Families
  •    [ Dec 20, 2018 14:17:50 GMT ] [ Global Press Journal ]

        "Traditionally, women in Sri Lanka do not fish for a living. But in Jaffna, where many men died, were wounded or went missing during the civil war, Rasathurai Sarojathevi is teaching a group of 20 women to earn their livings from fishing. Even when the rains don’t cooperate, local women are taking the lead in earning for their families....Local women do not typically work in the fishing industry in Sri Lanka. Learning to catch crab with their bare hands has proven lucrative for many women who lost their husbands during the war." [ Full Report ]

  • Rebel cadre turned politician rules out re-emergence of war
  •    [ Dec 14, 2018 15:07:13 GMT ] [ Daily Mirror ]

        In future, whatever the election that is held, there is a ray of hope that Tamil people would support the Tamil National Alliance because Tamil people do not like division in their votes. It is a sheer waste of time to talk about Vigneswaran or Anandasangari or Ananda Shashidaran or other minority parties. They do not do anything good for Tamil people or the country. Our party has teamed up with the Tamil National Alliance. We hope to do the best we can on behalf of the Tamil people. [ Full Report ]

  • Jaffna University students make final preparations for Maaveerar Naal
  •    [ Nov 26, 2018 18:56:16 GMT ] [ TamilGuardian ]

        Jaffna University students embarked on their final preparations for Maaveerar Naal, the Tamil national remembrance day for fallen fighters, today. Red and yellow flags marking Tamil national colours where hung across the campus, with the University Maaveerar monument receiving fresh coats of paint and a newly constructed entrance gate. The miniature entrance gate which was newly erected for this year's event, resembles the towering entrance gates of the Liberation Tamil Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) cemeteries, which were bulldozed by Sri Lankan forces at the end of the armed conflict. Faculties across the university helped with the preparations throughout the day with the arts students directing and making the final arrangements. [ Full Report ]

  • In Northern Sri Lanka, thosai worth driving for
  •    [ Nov 13, 2018 17:13:00 GMT ] [ CN Traveller ]

        In the North, this often isn’t the case, because it’s the women that are left. You’ll see women whizzing around on bicycles, women on the buses, women running shops, and women leading the Ammachchi Centres (or, less catchily, the Empowering Women’s Entrepreneurship Centres). These restaurants are clean, organised and bustling spots with a great menu of vegetarian snack staples, ranging from ghee thosai to banana blossom cutlets to fresh juice. They’re usually adjoining a spice and agri-centre also run by women and women suppliers and farmers. [ Full Report ]

  • Thamilselvan remembered in Jaffna
  •    [ Nov 02, 2018 20:56:27 GMT ] [ TamilGuardian ]

        The head of the political wing of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), S P Thamilselvan who was assassinated by the Sri Lankan Air Force (SLAF) on November 2, 2007 was remembered today in Jaffna eleven years on. Members and supporters of the Tamil National People's Front (TNPF) lay flowers and placed garlands in memory his service to the Tamil struggle nation. Sri Lankan Air Force jets carried out a strike on a residence of members of the LTTE's political division. Five other LTTE officials - Lt. Col. Anpumani (Alex), Major Mikuthan, Major Neathaaji, Lt. Aadchiveal and Lt. Maavaikkumaran - were killed alongside Brigadier Thamilselvan, in the attack. [ Full Report ]

  • Government to hand over land in Jaffna to it’s rightful owners
  •    [ Sep 05, 2018 20:11:01 GMT ] [ News 1st ]

        Army spokesperson Brigadier Sumith Athapatthu said the government has decided to hand over 4.4 Acres of land to the previous owners in the Tellippalai Divisional Secretariat in Jaffna. Further Adding to this, Brigadier Athapatthu said, the Jaffna District Secretary Nagalingam Vedhanayanan has planned to hand over the lands tomorrow. According to the Army, 65,174 Acres have been handed over to the original owners in the North and East during the course of 3 years. Currently, 19,260 Acres of land is under the Army out of which 2586 Acres are private land. [ Full Report ]

  • Sierra Construction builds 15 water towers in Jaffna and Kilinochchi
  •    [ Aug 27, 2018 20:15:10 GMT ] [ FT ]

        Funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Sri Lanka, the work entrusted to Sierra involved the construction of 15 water towers on behalf of the National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB) of Sri Lanka. Work began in December 2014 and the completed towers are to be formally handed over by Sierra Construction at the end of the year. Eight water towers were constructed in the towns of Palai, Kodikamam, Nallur, Karainagar, Pungudutivu, Kayts, Vaddukkodai, and at the Jaffna Municipal Council (Old Park). Another seven water towers were constructed in the areas of Puttur, Meesalai, Poonakari, Navatkuli, Kaddudai, Velanai, and Mandaithivu. [ Full Report ]

  • SOS Children’s Villages Sri Lanka empowering Jaffna’s youth with vocational education
  •    [ Aug 27, 2018 19:59:59 GMT ] [ FT ]

        After 30 years of civil war in the country, generations of Jaffna’s youth lost educational and skill development opportunities. This has left a great vacuum of income generating among the younger generations in Jaffna. SOS Children’s Villages Sri Lanka decided to bridge this gap by enabling the low income earning youth to enrol in a skill development program at the Vocational Training Centre (VTC). The Jaffna VTC was declared open in June and by utilising the findings from research conducted by Jaffna University, has identified vocational training for a number of professions, including air-condition repair work, beauty culture, ICT and the English language. [ Full Report ]

  • China aims to build houses, roads in Sri Lanka north to extend sway
  •    [ Aug 27, 2018 19:53:13 GMT ] [ ET ]

        China wants to build houses and roads in Sri Lanka's north, much of which is in a state of disrepair nearly a decade after the end of civil war, Chinese and Sri Lankan officials said, in a bid to expand it influence beyond the island's south. China's latest push in the Indian Ocean island nation comes despite criticism that a big Chinese port project and related infrastructure in the south are dragging the country of 21 million people deep into debt. [ Full Report ]

  • Chinese archaeologists study ancient Jaffna ports: India also wants to develop it
  •    [ Aug 27, 2018 19:30:21 GMT ] [ Sunday Times ]

        Involved in the task in Sri Lanka now is a team of archaeologists from the Shanghai Museum. Their attention at present is focused on learning about the ancient port city that existed centuries ago in Jaffna. Interesting enough, India has expressed the wish to develop the port area in the northern capital and transform the airfield there into an airport for regional flights. In fact, before the separatist war, such flights were operated. At present Chinese archaeologists, with the help of their counterparts attached to the Central Cultural Fund are excavating two areas – Kappalthurai (literally means ship port in Tamil) and Alaipitty. [ Full Report ]

  • Turning the spotlight on industries
  •    [ Aug 14, 2018 14:58:56 GMT ] [ Hindu ]

        In the pre-war era, Jaffna’s local industries — such as rice mills and glass factories — were active, much like industries in the rest of the country. In 1983, Jaffna district had 3,121 manufacturing units, where more than 18,000 people worked, according to the Department of Statistics. The Industrial estate in Atchuvely, Jaffna, set up in 1971, then consisted of 36 factory units. In the 30 years of war, almost all the factories that functioned out of 25 acres of the estate’s developed area were destroyed. Though the estate was revived in 2014 with Indian assistance, only five medium scale industries — including light engineering, sheets and cement-based products — function out of it, employing a little over 100 persons. [ Full Report ]

  • National reconciliation is our condition To any presidential candidate who seeks our support
  •    [ Jun 15, 2018 19:03:47 GMT ] [ Daily Mirror ]

        Our condition is to achieve national reconciliation practically on the ground. We will support a candidate capable of delivering it in the real sense. There should be equality among the ethnic groups. They should be able to live with dignity. Our people continue to suffer. They need a political solution that guarantees equal rights for them. Tamil politicians always claim that Sinhala leaders did nothing for Tamil people. We believe Tamil political leaders also did not act in a manner that would encourage the Sinhala leaders to work for Tamil people. That is our feeling. If the Tamil leaders acted in that manner, most problems could have been resolved. [ Full Report ]

  • Old Kachcheri, Jaffna
  •    [ May 09, 2018 18:48:50 GMT ] [ AtlasObscura ]

        A kachcheri is a district secretariat that functions as a liaison between the central Sri Lanka government and its activities at district level. Within its own district, a kachcheri also implements government projects, collects revenues, and organizes elections. Expectedly, a bureaucratic branch of the government of this magnitude requires a large facility to accommodate it. Jaffna, being the capital city of the Northern Province of Sri Lanka, is also home of the local kachcheri. [ Full Report ]

  • President Sirisena provide employment to Vidya’s sister
  •    [ Apr 25, 2018 14:39:44 GMT ] [ CDN ]

        President Maithripala Sirisena handed over a letter of appointment to Nishanthi Sivaloganathan, the sister of Vidya Sivaloganathan the school girl who was murdered in Jaffna on 2015, today. This letter of appointment was handed over to her fulfilling a promise made by the President when he visited the residence of Vidya during a tour Vavuniya last year. Veteran actress Swineetha Weerasinghe, the Vice President of the Vidya Foundation and Saraswathi Sivaloganathan, the mother of Vidya were also present at the occasion. [ Full Report ]

  • Mother seeks justice for slain Sri Lankan journalist
  •    [ Apr 11, 2018 13:08:37 GMT ] [ UCA News ]

        Selvarani Sahadevan is still seeking justice for her son nearly 11 years after he was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Sri Lanka. The retired principal of Jaffna Hindu Primary School made a formal complaint to the Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission in 2007 to bring the perpetrators to court but has still had no positive response. Sahadevan Niluckshan, a 22-year-old media student at Jaffna University's media research and training center, was murdered on Aug. 1, 2007, by gunmen on a motorcycle in front of his house in Kokuvil West in Jaffna. The city had a heavy military presence and a curfew because of the civil war (1983-2009) at that time. His mother said Niluckshan had always opposed his family's plan to leave Sri Lanka to escape the war, killings and abductions. [ Full Report ]

  • Colombo strengthens impunity for genocidal Sinhala commander
  •    [ Apr 04, 2018 18:35:30 GMT ] [ TamilNet ]

        Jaffna High Court Judge Manickavasagam Ilancheliyan on Monday gave green signal to proceed with the cases of habeas corpus seeking a senior commander of the SL Military to produce three of twenty-five Tamil youth, whose whereabouts are not known after the SL Army at Naavatkuzhi detained them 22 years ago in 1996. The first respondent is Major General Duminda Keppettiwalana, who commanded the Sinhala soldiers of the military camp at Naavatkuzhi in 1996 when he was a captain. He has been systematically protected and promoted by Sarath Fonseka, the former SL Army commander and a partner of the current regime in Colombo. [ Full Report ]

  • Thousands rally over mounting debt in northern Sri Lanka
  •    [ Feb 27, 2018 18:30:30 GMT ] [ Hindu ]

        Protesters in Jaffna slam government for inaction against microfinance companies that charge exorbitant interest rates Months after Sri Lanka’s Central Bank vowed action on mounting household debt in the war-affected north, thousands gathered in Jaffna on Tuesday, protesting against the government’s inaction. ‘Our home and country are indebted, what is the solution?; ‘Stop loans, give employment’ and ‘Strengthen people’s organisations’, read the banners held by participants, who marched from the iconic Veerasingham Hall — named after a former MP who pioneered the northern cooperative movement — to the office of the Government Agent (GA corresponds to the district collector in India). [ Full Report ]

  • Northern Provincial Council calls for ‘international justice mechanism’ for accountability in Sri Lanka
  •    [ Feb 27, 2018 17:49:09 GMT ] [ TamilGuardian ]

        The Northern Provincial Council has passed a resolution calling for an “international justice mechanism” headed by the United Nations in order accountability and “permanent peace” in Sri Lanka. The resolution, passed earlier today, notes frustration with the Sri Lankan government stating that it has “not only failed to take meaningful steps towards implementing” a UN resolution on calling for a hybrid accountability mechanism, but that senior government leaders including the president and prime minister “have clearly and categorically proclaimed that they will not fully implement the Resolution”. [ Full Report ]

  • ITAK picks Emmanuel Arnold as Jaffna Mayor
  •    [ Feb 14, 2018 16:53:43 GMT ] [ Sunday Times ]

        The Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK) has taken a decision to name Emmanuel Arnold as the new Mayor of Jaffna. He contested the 2013 Northern Provincial Election under ITAK and was elected as a member. He resigned from the council recently to contest last week's Local Government Election under ITAK. Before entering politics, Mr Arnold had worked as an insurance executive at a private insurance company's Jaffna branch. He holds a degree in Management. [ Full Report ]

  • SLC to build international cricket stadium in Jaffna
  •    [ Feb 02, 2018 19:41:15 GMT ] [ PTI ]

        Sri Lanka Cricket is set to build an international cricket stadium in former LTTE hub, Jaffna and has already carried out a preliminary inspection of a site, SLC president Thilanga Sumathipala said. Sumathipala visited the Mandaithivu area in the Kayts islet of Jaffna district to inspect a 50 acre plot for the purpose.All international venues in Sri Lanka are either in the Western, Southern or Central regions. Jaffna, the northern capital and the cultural capital of the Tamil minority, has a long history of cricket but with over three decades old separatist violence since the mid 70s, the area had not seen any cricket infrastructure development. [ Full Report ]

  • Futile to continue ban on LTTE: NPC Chairman
  •    [ Jan 30, 2018 20:49:27 GMT ] [ Daily Mirror ]

        Northern Provincial Council (NPC) Chairman C.V.K. Sivagnanam told a news conference, that it was meaningless to continue with the ban imposed on LTTE within Sri Lanka. "Eight years has lapsed since the war ended with even former LTTE members joining mainstream politics after surrendering their weapons and in such a scenario continuing with the ban on the LTTE is meaningless," he said. The chairman said the LTTE wanted to win the rights of the Tamil people and the Tamil political leaders are also engaged in politics with the same intention. He said the time had come to consider the release of all LTTE suspects in custody and allow them to integrate into society after taking the necessary legal precautions and withdrawing the ban on the LTTE. [ Full Report ]

  • Sri Lanka election authorities obstruct Tamil meeting “discussing politics”
  •    [ Jan 18, 2018 17:39:53 GMT ] [ JDS ]

        In an apparent effort to suppress public criticism of Sri Lanka dragging its feet on constitutional reforms, election authorities have unsuccessfully tried to ban a public meeting with international participation in the Tamil speaking northern town of Jaffna. Sri Lanka election commission has requested university authorities not to allow a political meeting to be held in the Jaffna campus. “Political discussion is likely to be beneficial to certain parties and damaging to others,” says the letter to Jaffna university vice chancellor by Director General Elections, RMAL Rathnayake, dated 12 January. Despite repeated obstructions, the public meeting had gone ahead with senior figures from diverse Tamil political parties attending. [ Full Report ]

  • RETURNING TO THE LAND: Families Resettle On Land Cleared By HALO
  •    [ Jan 18, 2018 17:16:05 GMT ] [ Halo Trust ]

        Conflict forces people to flee their homes, but even after the fighting has ended, landmines and unexploded remnants of war mean it is often too unsafe to return. During Sri Lanka’s Civil War, over 300,000 people were displaced. Since 2012, HALO has been working to clear the vast Muhamalai minefield so that the land can be made safe, families can resettle and communities rebuild their lives.This is the fifth section of the Muhamalai minefield to be returned to the community and is a symbolic milestone for the people of Sri Lanka. Muhamalai represents one of the last mined areas allocated for resettlement in the entire country. For families who have been displaced, sometimes for decades, it is a time for new beginnings. [ Full Report ]

  • India gives $45.27 million aid to develop KKS harbour in Sri Lanka
  •    [ Jan 12, 2018 20:31:27 GMT ] [ PTI ]

        India has extended a fresh financial assistance of USD 45.27 million for upgrading Kankesanthurai (KKS) Harbour in northern Sri Lanka into a commercial port and strengthening the country's efforts to become a regional maritime hub. Sri Lanka's Ministry of Finance and Export-Import Bank of India (Exim Bank) signed an agreement in this regard on January 10, the Indian High Commission said. [ Full Report ]

  • GCE A/Level 2017 - List of best performers
  •    [ Dec 28, 2017 13:41:19 GMT ] [ Sunday Times ]

        According to the Department of Examinations, following are the names of the best performers from the island at the 2017 GCE Advanced Level (A/L) Examination. Results of the examination were released this morning. Physical Science: 1. Sridharan Duwarakan (Tamil Medium) – Hartley College, Point Pedro;3. R.D. Jeyarajan Paul Jansen (Tamil Medium) – St. Patrick’s College, Jaffna;Bio Systems Technology: 3. Kamaleshvari Sendilnathan (Tamil Medium) - Vembadi Girls’ High School, Jaffna [ Full Report ]

  • Thousands mark Maaveerar Naal across Jaffna district
  •    [ Nov 27, 2017 20:24:33 GMT ] [ TG ]

        Thousands of local residents and families of the Maaveerar gathered at the Thuyilum Illams (LTTE resting homes) and memorial sites across Jaffna district today to mark Tamil National Remembrance Day (Maaveerar Naal). Many wept at the traditional Thuyilum Illam song played whilst lamps were lit by make shift tombstones. Events took place at Thuyilum Illams and memorial sites across the North-East, which were destroyed by Sri Lankan armed forces, but cleared and decorated over recent weeks. [ Full Report ]

  • NPC Minister refuses to hoist national flag: Reginald Coorey seeks AG’s advice
  •    [ Nov 20, 2017 18:06:00 GMT ] [ CDN ]

        Northern Province Governor Reginald Coorey is to seek Attorney General's advice on how to proceed on, over the incident where the Education Minister of the Northern Province S. Sarweshwaren refused to hoist the national flag. The Northern Education Minister attended a function held at a school in Vavuniya as the Chief Guest last Thursday and had refused to hoist the national flag. It was reported that the function commenced upon the hoisting of the national flag by the Principal of the school. The Governor said that various people have expressed various opinions over the issue and added that the details related to the incident would be referred to the Attorney General for his opinion following which necessary action would be taken. [ Full Report ]

  • More worries for the TNA
  •    [ Nov 14, 2017 18:15:41 GMT ] [ Daily Mirror ]

        A new political front is likely to be mooted against the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) in the Northern Province ahead of the elections to the local authorities, EPRLF leader Suresh Premachandran said yesterday. The TNA, made up of four political parties is facing an internal struggle after the Eelam People’s Evolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF) led by Mr. Premachandran decided to quit the alliance. Since its inception in 2001, the EPRLF has contested elections under the 'House Symbol' of the Ilankai Tamil Arachu Katchchi (ITAK), which is the TNA's main constituent party. [ Full Report ]

  • Norway and UNDP provide support to 1400 resettled households in N&E
  •    [ Oct 30, 2017 14:03:09 GMT ] [ Sunday Times ]

        Royal Norwegian Embassy and UNDP provide support to 1,400 resettled households in the North and East with a contribution of more than Rs. 300 million, a statement from UN agency said. Thorbjørn Gaustadsæther, Ambassador of the Royal Norwegian Embassy to Sri Lanka recently visited the Tellipalai Divisional Secretariat area in the Jaffna District where communities have been recently resettled. [ Full Report ]

  • The Myth of Lazy Jaffna Youth
  •    [ Oct 16, 2017 17:02:17 GMT ] [ Daily Mirror ]

        A more meaningful approach to address both the economic problems in Jaffna and the aspirations of the youth would be investment to create local jobs that provide a regular income. That would mean investment to develop local resources and small industries. That would also require some critical reflection on the part of the economists, policy makers and other pundits who rarely consider the social and economic dynamics in rural settings. Any serious change in Jaffna as in the rest of the country is likely to come from the youth, and we may want to listen to them before writing them off with moral judgments. [ Full Report ]

  • A trial-at-bar in Jaffna and a governance muddle in Colombo
  •    [ Oct 03, 2017 10:32:51 GMT ] [ Sunday Times ]

        In midst of an impossible muddle of governance in Colombo, the handing down of the death sentence to the accused in the Sivaloganathan Vithya rape and murder case by a trial-at-bar in Jaffna this week is one tentative indication that, (to borrow from Longfellow) the mills of justice in Sri Lanka have started grinding again, exceedingly fine. Indeed, this trial is noteworthy in a way that goes far beyond its verdict. It is more than merely symbolic that the court sittings were held in Jaffna. The last such nationally prominent case was far back as the mid 1990’s when Chemmani school girl Krishanthi Kumaraswamy’s rape and murder, (as well as the murder of her mother, brother and neighbour), was prosecuted before a Colombo trial-at-bar. [ Full Report ]

  • Gangsters’ death sentences changed to life jail in rape-murder case
  •    [ Sep 28, 2017 13:56:05 GMT ] [ AFP ]

        Six men who gang-raped a 17-year-old schoolgirl and also filmed the incident have had their death sentences commuted to life imprisonment because their country, Sri Lanka, has an unofficial moratorium on capital punishment. One of the convicted men was reportedly aided by police to escape to Switzerland, though public outcry eventually forced President Maithripala Sirisena to intervene. One of the convicted rapists, Mahalingam Shashikumar, was based in Switzerland and he was sentenced to death Wednesday with six others. [ Full Report ]

  • Vidya’s murder: Seven sentenced to death
  •    [ Sep 27, 2017 12:48:42 GMT ] [ Daily Mirror ]

        Seven of the nine accused in Sivaloganathan Vidya’s abduction, rape and murder, were sentenced to death by a three-judge bench of Jaffna High Court a short while ago. Jaffna High Court Judge M. Elancheliyan while sentencing them said the first and the seventh accused should be released because of the lack of evidence against them. The seven men found guilty were also sentenced to 30 years rigorous imprisonment and ordered to pay Rs.1 million as compensation to Vidya’s family and in the event they failed to pay, the Jaffna High Court said their term of imprisonment should be extended. [ Full Report ]

  • Jaffna yet to over come trauma of war
  •    [ Sep 25, 2017 14:15:21 GMT ] [ Millennium Post ]

        The primary vocation of the people of Jaffna, fishing, is also in a confusing state. The traditional fishermen are finding it a tough proposition to survive on fishing. Most of the sea sides and beaches are under control of the Army. The government needs to make a huge investment in the northern province. Incidentally, the flow of foreign investment has not been sufficient to boost economic activities. Sri Lanka is very fortunate that both India and China have shown a very keen interest in integrating its economic development to their respective economic development plans for the region. [ Full Report ]

  • Rain water harvesting project for Jaffna Peninsula
  •    [ Sep 25, 2017 14:09:14 GMT ] [ Relief Web ]

        A new project for rain water harvesting has been initiated in the Jaffna Peninsula as a solution to the severe shortage of water. Accordingly, it has been planned to save 20 percent of the rain water in an area of 78 square kilometers around the Vadamarachchi lagoon. The project has got the approval of the Chief Minister of Northern province as well as the cabinet and is being headed by a retired Secretary of the Irrigation Ministry and a retired Director of the Irrigation Department Vidyajothi Eng. A.D. S. Gunawardena. [ Full Report ]

  • Tamils seek federalism, not Sri Lanka’s division: Wigneswaran
  •    [ Sep 11, 2017 10:30:49 GMT ] [ Daily Mirror ]

        Sri Lanka’s Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran has said the Tamil minority community’s demand for a federal solution to meet their political aspirations was not aimed at dividing the country. “You [the South] think we [Tamils] are all terrorists. We do not want to divide this country. When we ask for federalism we are being accused of trying to divide the country,” Mr. Wigneswaran said. He said the Tamils want their distinct identity recognised by the majority Sinhalese. [ Full Report ]

  • Northern Sri Lanka’s hidden treasures – a beautiful land scarred by war and untouched by tourists
  •    [ Aug 29, 2017 17:52:03 GMT ] [ SCMP ]

        It is hard to miss the scars left by three decades of civil war. For years, the LTTE (the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, known internationally as the Tamil Tigers) fought for an independent state until their defeat in 2009. Houses are riddled with bullet holes. Once beautiful colonial buildings are missing roofs and are burnt out. But between the ruins, life has returned in its glory. “It’s still difficult for us. Sri Lanka tourism does not really promote the northern provinces, so we don’t get that many visitors,” says Jeevitha, the villa’s proprietor. Tourists are missing out, not just on warm hospitality, but also great food. The local cuisine has a distinct southern Indian influence, and plenty of seafood due to the vicinity of the sea. [ Full Report ]

  • NPC can’t support draft 20A outright: CV
  •    [ Aug 25, 2017 14:42:21 GMT ] [ Daily Mirror ]

        Northern Province Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran said yesterday that there was no possibility of them supporting the draft 20th Amendment to the Constitution outright. The Chief Minister expressed these views at a meeting held at the Provincial Council Complex in Kaithady, Jaffna. He said that the government was attempting to take over the powers of the Provincial Councils and hand it over to Parliament by the Constitutional Amendments and therefore the people and the legislators of the province should be consulted when drafting the document. [ Full Report ]

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