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Fresh Cabinet nod for Rs. 1.95 b Palaly Airport revamp
Fresh Cabinet nod for Rs. 1.95 b Palaly Airport revamp

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 - Feb 04 19:53 GMT - more ... [ Tags: India, Jaffna, History ]

Dr. Ravi Perumalpillai, Oxford Surgeon who became a Jaffna Farmer
Dr. Ravi Perumalpillai, Oxford Surgeon who became a Jaffna Farmer

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…

LBO - Dec 20 16:24 GMT - more ... [ Tags: Jaffna, History, World ]

Gary Anandasangaree
  • Their Husbands Casualties of War, Jaffna Women Fish for Their Families

    Their Husbands Casualties of War, Jaffna Women Fish for Their Families

    "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…

    Global Press Journal - Dec 20 14:17 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Jaffna, History, WarCrimes ]

  • Jaffna University students make final preparations for Maaveerar Naal

    Jaffna University students make final preparations for Maaveerar Naal

    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…

    TamilGuardian - Nov 26 18:56 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: LTTE, Jaffna, World ]

  • Thamilselvan remembered in Jaffna

    Thamilselvan remembered in Jaffna

    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…

    TamilGuardian - Nov 02 20:56 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: LTTE, Jaffna, History ]

  • Sierra Construction builds 15 water towers in Jaffna and Kilinochchi

    Sierra Construction builds 15 water towers in Jaffna and Kilinochchi

    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…

    FT - Aug 27 20:15 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Jaffna, History, Economy ]

  • China aims to build houses, roads in Sri Lanka north to extend sway

    China aims to build houses, roads in Sri Lanka north to extend sway

    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…

    ET - Aug 27 19:53 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Jaffna, History, China ]

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  • Turning the spotlight on industries

    Turning the spotlight on industries

    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…

    Hindu - Aug 14 14:58 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Jaffna, History, WarCrimes ]

  • Old Kachcheri, Jaffna

    Old Kachcheri, Jaffna

    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…

    AtlasObscura - May 09 18:48 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: LTTE, Jaffna, Arts&Culture ]

  • Mother seeks justice for slain Sri Lankan journalist

    Mother seeks justice for slain Sri Lankan journalist

    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…

    UCA News - Apr 11 13:08 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, Jaffna, WarCrimes ]

  • Thousands rally over mounting debt in northern Sri Lanka

    Thousands rally over mounting debt in northern Sri Lanka

    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…

    Hindu - Feb 27 18:30 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Colombo, Jaffna, History ]

  • ITAK picks Emmanuel Arnold as Jaffna Mayor

    ITAK picks Emmanuel Arnold as Jaffna Mayor

    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…

    Sunday Times - Feb 14 16:53 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Jaffna, History, TNA ]

  • Futile to continue ban on LTTE: NPC Chairman

    Futile to continue ban on LTTE: NPC Chairman

    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…

    Daily Mirror - Jan 30 20:49 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Jaffna, History, World ]

  • RETURNING TO THE LAND: Families Resettle On Land Cleared By HALO

    RETURNING TO THE LAND: Families Resettle On Land Cleared By HALO

    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…

    Halo Trust - Jan 18 17:16 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Jaffna, NGOs, WarCrimes ]

  • GCE A/Level 2017 - List of best performers

    GCE A/Level 2017 - List of best performers

    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.…

    Sunday Times - Dec 28 13:41 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Jaffna, Education, History ]

  • NPC Minister refuses to hoist national flag: Reginald Coorey seeks AG’s advice

    NPC Minister refuses to hoist national flag: Reginald Coorey seeks AG’s advice

    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…

    CDN - Nov 20 18:06 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Colombo, Jaffna, History ]

  • Norway and UNDP provide support to 1400 resettled households in N&E

    Norway and UNDP provide support to 1400 resettled households in N&E

    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…

    Sunday Times - Oct 30 14:03 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Jaffna, Norway, History ]

  • A trial-at-bar in Jaffna and a governance muddle in Colombo

    A trial-at-bar in Jaffna and a governance muddle in Colombo

    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…

    Sunday Times - Oct 03 10:32 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Jaffna, History, Arts&Culture ]

  • Vidya’s murder: Seven sentenced to death

    Vidya’s murder: Seven sentenced to death

    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…

    Daily Mirror - Sep 27 12:48 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Jaffna ]

  • Rain water harvesting project for Jaffna Peninsula

    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…

    Relief Web - Sep 25 14:09 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Jaffna, History, World ]

  • Northern Sri Lanka’s hidden treasures – a beautiful land scarred by war and untouched by tourists

    Northern Sri Lanka’s hidden treasures – a beautiful land scarred by war and untouched by tourists

    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…

    SCMP - Aug 29 17:52 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Batticaloa, Jaffna, Vanni ]

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