News Category: Jaffna
  • Free Education System: The Unexplored Flaws
  •    [ Sep 16, 2016 13:15:47 GMT ] [ UNDP ]

        Ministry of Education in 2013 reports that there are only 0.4% schools that offer school education in all three languages Sinhala, Tamil and English. Further it points out that there are only 3.5% national schools while 96.5% are provincial schools. This sheds light on why the grade 5 scholarship exam is highly competitive, pressurizing children to attend a national school which is considered 'better' due to its prestige. But it must be also noted that national schools are considered to have better resources and better teachers. Does that mean in provincial schools the situation is otherwise? [ Full Report ]

  • Sri Lanka to develop Jaffna island jetties for better connectivity
  •    [ Sep 09, 2016 17:49:04 GMT ] [ LBO ]

        Sri Lanka’s Ports and Shipping Ministry said in order to improve the regular costal transportation services in Jaffna, measures have been taken to develop the jetties in surrounding island’s with the aid of the Navy.“Piers and a slipway will be built to cater to passenger ferry transport as new infrastructure is needed to develop regular coastal transportation services enabling people to travel between seven inhabited islands and the peninsula.”The total number of islands in Jaffna is 11, out of that only seven islands are inhabited. They are Karikattuwan, Nagadeepa, Delft, Analathivu, Eluvativu, Kayts and Karainagar. The Ministry hopes to develop the jetties using the Navy’s labour force and professional expertise. [ Full Report ]

  • SLC to construct stadiums in Polonnaruwa and Jaffna
  •    [ Sep 06, 2016 14:09:11 GMT ] [ ESPN ]

        Sri Lanka Cricket is investing in the development of cricket in parts of the country less exposed to the game by earmarking funds for the construction of two new cricket stadiums in the Northern and North Central Provinces. The executive committee of SLC has given its approval for the two projects to go ahead. The projects, on which work is due to begin in the near future, are expected to cost Sri Lankan Rs 200 million (approximately 1.38 million USD). "We have allocated Rs 100 million each for the construction of a cricket stadium at Polonnaruwa and one at Jaffna," Sri Lanka Cricket secretary Mohan de Silva, said. "The projects are due to begin very soon." [ Full Report ]

  • In Jaffna, hundreds seek help during Ban’s visit
  •    [ Sep 02, 2016 18:25:00 GMT ] [ Hindu ]

        After a three-hour-long bus ride from Vavuniya, Padmarani Thuraisingham stood in front of the Jaffna Public Library for at least two hours on Friday. It was little past noon and the sun right over us. With a cotton hand towel covering her head she stood quietly, holding a pixelated photograph close to her chest. It was a picture of her missing husband Chinnathurai Thuraisingham. “This is from a passport photo he had taken when he was 45, say in 2002 or 2003.” One morning in July 2008, he left home soon after sunrise, taking a stock of bread in his autorickshaw to their bakery. And he never came back. His vehicle also went missing. [ Full Report ]

  • Jaffna GA's letters cause anger among uprooted Tamils from Valikaamam North
  •    [ Aug 30, 2016 14:04:47 GMT ] [ TamilNet ]

        Colombo's Defence Ministry has instructed the SL Government Agent in Jaffna, Mr N. Vethanayagan to issue three different letters to the uprooted families in Valikaamam North, who are staying in the so-called welfare camps in Jaffna. A section of the people have been asked to prepare to move out of their camps and to accept alternative housing-scheme [being built by the occupying military]. Around 70 of the families staying at Sabapathipillai camp in Chunnaakam have received a second-type of letter that states that in the event their lands were to be permanently seized for military use, they would be compensated with ‘suitable’ and ‘lucrative’ alternatives. [ Full Report ]

  • Sri Lanka: Improved Livability and Infrastructure in Kandy, Galle and Jaffna
  •    [ Aug 29, 2016 13:56:40 GMT ] [ WB ]

        Sri Lanka is in the midst of a structural transformation and urbanization process with the potential of yielding profound implications on economic development and poverty alleviation. Rapidly growing cities like Kandy, Galle and Jaffna are experiencing increases of population and industries, as well as higher concentrations of poverty. The Sri Lanka Strategic Cities Development Project is being supported by the World Bank initially through a $147 million development credit bolstered by $55 in additional financing for improvements in Jaffna for a total of $202 million. The overall project is expected to cost $257.08 million with the rest being funded by the Sri Lankan government. [ Full Report ]

  • Triangle of conflicts in Tamil Politics
  •    [ Aug 29, 2016 13:47:22 GMT ] [ Daily Mirror ]

        PM Wickremesinghe and his government work directly in the North-East and Chandrika Kumaratunge’s ONUR funded by foreign donors go about spending money on unsolicited livelihood projects, further centralising and controlling Northern life from Colombo, when more devolved power for the North-East is what has to be worked out. For the N-E, the purpose of voting Rajapaksa out was thus completely lost. This brings into the spotlight the role of the TNA leadership, which is very much in question among the ordinary Tamil people. [ Full Report ]

  • National security, Army’s foremost priority
  •    [ Aug 24, 2016 13:58:29 GMT ] [ CDN ]

        The incumbent Commander Security Forces - Jaffna, Major General, Mahesh Senanayake in an interview with the Daily News explained the allegations that there was a threat to national security in Jaffna, was more political than real. Certain groups or individuals keep saying that there is a threat to national security and that it would affect the South, another war may come and that we are about to lose our hard won victory. They also claim that our soldiers have lost their morale. That is all false, there is no such situation. These are attempts to gain political mileage. [ Full Report ]

  • Snuff targeting schoolchildren, floods country through legal loopholes
  •    [ Aug 24, 2016 13:48:34 GMT ] [ Sunday Times ]

        A decade-old legal loophole is allowing addictive substances containing nicotine to flood the country, with schoolchildren allegedly the prime target. The recent seizure of two stocks of a powdered substance identified as SVS snuff (dunkudu) has brought this matter into refocus. In September last year, Customs officials confiscated 75,000 vials of SVS snuff imported from India. The importer had tried to get the stock cleared through Customs by declaring the consignment as ‘sambrani’ (benzoin resin) used as incense. [ Full Report ]

  • Northern Province CM to discuss ex-Tamil rebels with Sri Lanka PM
  •    [ Aug 22, 2016 16:25:30 GMT ] [ BS ]

        Chief Minister of Sri Lanka's Northern Province C.V. Wigneswaran on Monday said he will meet Prime Minister Ranil Wickremeinghe to discuss concerns on former Tamil Tiger rebels. Wigneswaran said he will discuss with Wickremeinghe the allegations that former rebels who were released after being rehabilitated were injected with a poisonous drug, Xinhua news agency reported. The Chief Minister will also discuss concerns over the failure to release Tamil political prisoners being still in detention. [ Full Report ]

  • Northern Province Investor Forum on August 22
  •    [ Aug 18, 2016 13:12:55 GMT ] [ SLG News ]

        The Northern Province Investor Forum will be held at the Jaffna Government Agents office on August 22 with the objective of uplifting the lives of people which were affected by the war and support them in income generation, development of livelihoods and creating job opportunities.President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Rehabilitation, Resettlement, Reconstruction and Hindu Affairs minister D.M.Swaminathan and Fisheries Minister Mahinda Amaraweera, Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera, Industry and Commerce Minister Rishard Bathiudeen will grace the occasion. [ Full Report ]

  • USAF medical team to examine ex-LTTE combatants allegedly injected with poisonous substances
  •    [ Aug 17, 2016 11:29:29 GMT ] [ IE ]

        The Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province, C.V.Wigneswaran, has said that US Air Force’s medical team, currently in the province on a goodwill visit, will examine former Tamil Tigers combatants who had fallen sick allegedly because they were injected with poisonous substances by the Sri Lankan armed forces when they were undergoing detention or rehabilitation after surrender. NPC Fisheries Minister B.Deniswaran said on Tuesday that is it wrong to allege that ex-combatants had died or are sick because of deliberate poisoning, even before doing a survey. The TNA’s spokesman M.A.Sumanthiran told Express that no comment can be made before ascertaining the facts. “We are trying to ascertain the facts,” he said. [ Full Report ]

  • Ambassador Atul Keshap's Remarks at the Reception Held in Jetwing Hotel, Jaffna
  •    [ Aug 16, 2016 12:38:27 GMT ] [ US Embassy - Colombo ]

        In eight months, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights will report on the Government of Sri Lanka’s progress toward implementing its reconciliation and accountability promises made in Geneva last year. We know the government has committed to establish truth and reconciliation and judicial mechanisms to investigate war crimes; to replace the Prevention of Terrorism Act; to charge or release the remaining security-related detainees; dismantle the culture of surveillance; end discrimination against minorities; return more land; boost an open and free society for journalists and civil society; and promote reconciliation and forge a reconciled, united, peaceful, prosperous Sri Lanka. [ Full Report ]

  • US donates medical supplies through Operation Pacific Angel to North
  •    [ Aug 16, 2016 10:03:59 GMT ] [ Sunday Times ]

        U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap representing the American people and the government donated medical supplies brought in by U.S. Pacific Command’s Operation Pacific Angel (PACANGEL) to Chief Minister of the Northern Province C.V. Wigneswaran and Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan who accepted the items on behalf of the people of Jaffna.Operation PACANGEL is donating medical and dental equipment and providing free medical care, dental care, optometry, and physical therapy to the people of Jaffna. The supplies include medication to treat acute symptoms, physical therapy equipment, eyeglasses, dental care supplies, and vitamin supplements. [ Full Report ]

  • C.V Request To Chandrika To Help In Geneva Resolution
  •    [ Aug 12, 2016 10:17:42 GMT ] [ AN ]

        The Chief Minister of Northern Provincial Council requested the former President Chandrika Bandaranayake to help in practice the Geneva resolution. He stated in a public event which was organized by Ganam Foundation in Velanai that the reconciliation process have to gain success. He stated he got Peace building Matrix report but in that report nothing was mentioned about war crime inquiry. He asserted that the international judges should participate in the war crime inquiries. [ Full Report ]

  • Devolution the Only Solution: C.V. Wigneswaran on Tamil Ties with the Sri Lankan State
  •    [ Aug 11, 2016 16:09:41 GMT ] [ Wire ]

        Businesses are run by the army. Inter alia, they are running hotels and tourist resorts. Fishing is allowed for illegal immigrants from the south by the military, but the local fishermen are not allowed to fish in their own traditional fishing areas. Resources from the province are whisked away outside the province with the active help of the military. The NPC has very little control. Buddhist statues and temples are being constructed without permission being obtained from the local authorities; this is happening with the help of the military in areas where no Buddhists live. The army interferes in civil matters. Schools, public buildings, playgrounds, et cetera are still kept in military custody and not handed over to the people to run their own affairs. [ Full Report ]

  • All We Want Is Peace – Sivakkolunthu Agilathas
  •    [ Aug 10, 2016 14:27:23 GMT ] [ Sunday Leader ]

        Northern Provincial Councillor (NPC) Sivakkolunthu Agilathas claims that the Northern people are not in the least interested in protests and demonstrations to topple the government. He further said the new good governance regime have not been given the space to make a difference in the country. He went on saying that although he was a Tamil from the North, he was saddened to see the Tamil people wanting benefits from the government, yet slandering people of the south the moment they (Tamil people) have received what they want. This, he said, should not be promoted if true reconciliation is to happen. [ Full Report ]

  • The Report Send By Un Representative Create Questions: C.V
  •    [ Aug 10, 2016 14:10:35 GMT ] [ AN ]

        Northern Provincial Council (NPC) Chief Minister C.V. Vigneswaran yesterday (9th Aug) said he got a report from UN representative of Sri Lanka, in that reports nothing mentioned about war crimes which occurred in last civil war. He also said this make a doubt. He stated the report mention about resettlement of the people, reconciliation, and the rehabilitation. He mentioned planned to send a letter to UN representative on this issue before that he will get the opinion from the members of Northern Provincial Council. [ Full Report ]

  • CM of Lanka's North asks Tamils to insist on federal structure
  •    [ Aug 08, 2016 13:30:37 GMT ] [ PTI ]

        Chief Minister of Sri Lanka's Tamil- dominated northern province C V Wigneswaran has asked the community to "insist" on the federal solution to resolve the country's decades-long ethnic conflict. Addressing the Tamil Peoples Council in Jaffna yesterday, Wigneswaran said the Tamils must insist on a federal structure under the new Constitution with the re-merger of the northern and eastern provinces to form a single Tamil-speaking province. [ Full Report ]

  • Is Sri Lanka’s peace dividend finally within reach?
  •    [ Aug 08, 2016 12:54:41 GMT ] [ FT ]

        The prize from a sustained reconciliation between the majority Sinhalese and minority Tamils is little short of paradise. Historic temples and a rich architecture complement this stunning landscape. Education is almost universal, with a literacy rate of 92 per cent nationally and over 98 per cent in the main Tamil city of Jaffna. Theft and petty crime is low. Yet the challenges can’t be underestimated. Up to a third of northerners are unemployed, far more than in the rest of Sri Lanka. The region’s contribution to GDP is the lowest among the nine provinces. Work for the most part is informal and unstable. [ Full Report ]

  • Gov Plan To Use Keerimalai Harbour For Military – CV
  •    [ Aug 03, 2016 5:39:38 GMT ] [ Athavan News ]

        Chief Minister of the Northern Province CV Wigneswaran says the government’s proposed plan to construct a fisheries harbour in Keerimalai, Jaffna should be suspended. The Chief Minister said the construction of a harbour would be inappropriate as it is adjacent to a sacred place of worship. The Keerimalai Naguleswaram temple, a famous Hindu temple, is found in Keerimalai. Therefore the Chief Minister called for the project to be suspended. The Chief Minister CV Wigneswaran was speaking during a religious function in the area last evening (2nd Aug). [ Full Report ]

  • In Sri Lanka, a Government in Denial About the Ramifications of a Long History of Violence
  •    [ Aug 03, 2016 5:02:44 GMT ] [ Wire ]

        The crisis is a part of the Sinhalese establishment’s absence of conviction on the cardinal importance of secularism and the drift of the Tamil elite towards religious obscurantism. The Sinhalese students must come back to Jaffna, but will the university put its house in order by radical re-education of those in authority? Indeed, there would have been no pretext for the incident had the university observed secular ethics. It is retaining Buddhist pre-eminence in the constitution, and its vividly demonstrated potential to kindle conflagration, that forces the state into greasy compromises with others intent on their own hegemonic projects. The rejection of equality and secularism condemns Lanka to pervasive instability. [ Full Report ]

  • Containing communal conflict vital for economic development
  •    [ Aug 01, 2016 10:25:03 GMT ] [ Sunday Times ]

        The country’s economic engine cannot fire with all its pistons without all communities feeling that they belong to this Island nation as equal citizens with equal rights and opportunities. Achieving durable reconciliation and building a solid sense of nationhood is neither easy nor possible in a short period of time. What is needed is movement in the correct direction. The violence at the Jaffna University must be looked at as an opportunity to seriously address the issues of national reconciliation. The economic gains of a united nation should spur the Government and people towards the settlement of the ethnic issue expeditiously and with consummate skill. [ Full Report ]

  • This isn’t a question of tit-for tat - C.V.Wigneswaran
  •    [ Aug 01, 2016 10:11:18 GMT ] [ Daily Mirror ]

        Northern Province Chief Minister and former Judge of the Supreme Court C.V. Wigneswaran spoke to the Dailymirror at his official residence in Jaffna. During the interview, he spoke of the recent clash at the Jaffna University, the personal and the political and much more:"My student Sripavan is the Chief Justice today. He is the only Tamil in the Supreme Court and in the Court of Appeal. There are Muslims, but there is no Tamil. Isn’t that a discrimination against the Tamils?" [ Full Report ]

  • Jaffna University – when entitlement is rejected
  •    [ Jul 29, 2016 3:21:15 GMT ] [ Groundviews ]

        On the 16th of July, a clash happened between students at Jaffna University over the inclusion of Sinhalese cultural spectacles in the welcome event. Below is a brief of the events but a more in-depth report of the goings-on can be found on DBS Jeyaraj’s blog.[i] The background to this skirmish is a freshers’ welcome at the Science Faculty (16 July). The organizing student committee of the Science Students Union (SSU) had planned a march with traditional Tamil welcome drums and music, garlanding and escorting the Dean and Academic Staff from the Science Faculty gates for the event in the mathematics department hall. [ Full Report ]

  • Kerala Ganja worth Rs.10 million seized in Jaffna
  •    [ Jul 02, 2016 11:14:58 GMT ] [ Sunday Times ]

        A haul of Kerala Ganja with a staggering street value of 10 million rupees was seized by the Special Task Force (STF) at Achchuveli in Jaffna yesterday. The haul, weighing 91.519 kilograms, was detected in a search operation conducted along the Achchuveli-Valalai coast in Jaffna. Two suspects who were allegedly transporting the Kerala Ganja were also arrested by the STF. The STF had received a tip-off regarding a Kerala Ganja smuggling racket centered in this area, which had reportedly been active over a long period of time. The arrested suspects, aged 24 and 24 years, are residents of Valalai and Ilavalai. [ Full Report ]

  • Displaced Tamils call for expert panel to monitor progress in Sri Lanka
  •    [ Jun 29, 2016 10:11:18 GMT ] [ TamilGuardian ]

        Tamils who have been displaced from their homes for decades have written to the United Nations human rights chief, urging him to appoint an expert panel to “monitor and report the progress on resettlement, relief, and restoration of the sociopolitical and economic structures”. In a letter written to the High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Al-Hussein, Tamils from Valikamam North in the Jaffna district said that the Sri Lankan military continues to occupy their houses. [ Full Report ]

  • 'The situation in Sri Lanka is not alarming for refugees to return'
  •    [ Jun 23, 2016 19:30:03 GMT ] [ Rediff ]

        A 28-minute documentary, No Longer A Refugee, tells the story of Sri Lanka Tamils who have returned home after spending many years as refugees in Tamil Nadu. According to one estimate, there are over 65,000 65,000 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees still living in nearly 110 refugee camps in Tamil Nadu. The documentary was produced by Ashok Gladston Xavier, a Chennai-based academic, on behalf of the Organisation for Eelam Refugees Rehabilitation or OfERR, a self-help group run by refugees since 1983 and which has offices in Chennai and Colombo. The documentary will be shown in all refugee camps in Tamil Nadu, and where not possible CDs will be supplied to refugee camps for exhibition. [ Full Report ]

  • Tamils in Sri Lanka need a federal solution: Wigneswaran
  •    [ Jun 22, 2016 15:57:10 GMT ] [ PTI ]

        The grievances of minority Tamils in Sri Lanka can only be addressed through a federal system of governance and the merger of north and eastern provinces, Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran has said. Mr. Wigneswaran said he had conveyed this to the Colombo-based ambassadors, including those from the European Union, during his recent engagements with them. The Tamil issue should not be seen by the government from the view point of the nationalist extremists in the south, Mr. Wigneswaran said in Jaffna on Tuesday. [ Full Report ]

  • Judge Ilancheliyan struck terror in the hearts of Jaffna's criminals
  •    [ Jun 21, 2016 15:36:46 GMT ] [ NIE ]

        Ilancheliyan’s awesome reputation as a fearless judge stemmed from his handling of the Krishanthi Kumaraswamy rape and murder case in 1999. The incident which took place at Chemmani in Jaffna district, involved Captain-rank military personnel. Ilancheliyan not only had the officers arrested, but ordered exhumation of the bodies. Fifteen bodies were exhumed under the glare of the international media. “Predictably, the Defense Ministry objected to the arrests, and many thought that Lanka’s Sinhalese majority will not allow a Tamil judge to remand Sinhalese army officers. But President Chandrika Kumaratunga bowed to international pressure and allowed the arrests. However, the four arrested officers went to the Court of Appeal in Colombo and got bail,” Ilancheliyan said. [ Full Report ]

  • Jaffna’s Glitzy Exterior Hides A Stagnant Local Economy
  •    [ Jun 21, 2016 15:30:02 GMT ] [ NIE ]

        “The five salterns in Elephant Pass, if used, could supply salt to the entire island. The abandoned cement plant in Kankesanthurai could be restarted with imported limestone, and Paranthan chemicals could be revived. If the 6,000 acres of agricultural land held by the armed forces in Weligamam North is returned to civilians, food could be produced. Cashew, coconut, sugarcane, grapes and mangoes could be grown in plantations and food processing could be given a fillip,” Jayasekaram told Express. [ Full Report ]

  • Duraiappah stadium a symbol of optimism, economic development: PM Modi
  •    [ Jun 20, 2016 8:04:21 GMT ] [ ANI ]

        Asserting the Duraiappah stadium a symbol of optimism and economic development, Prime Minster Narendra Modi on Saturday said India will walk side by side with Sri Lanka as it charts its own path to progress and prosperity for all citizens. “The Duraiappah stadium is not just bricks and motors it is a symbol of optimism and economic development. An arena of phosphorous and healthy future for Jaffna’s youth. [ Full Report ]

  • Modi, Sirisena inaugurate renovated Duraiappah stadium in Jaffna
  •    [ Jun 20, 2016 8:02:13 GMT ] [ IANS ]

        Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena inaugurated newly-renovated Duraiappah Stadium in Jaffna on Saturday. While Sirisena was present at the stadium in Jaffna, Modi joined the event through video-conferencing from New Delhi. Modi said that Indian government with Sirisena jointly dedicate to the people of Sri Lanka the newly-renovated Duraiappah Stadium. [ Full Report ]

  • India-rebuilt Lanka stadium where 23 human skeletons were discovered
  •    [ Jun 18, 2016 10:47:21 GMT ] [ IANS ]

        The India-renovated Duraiappah sports stadium in the embattled Sri Lankan city of Jaffna had once laid bare the hidden brutalities of the Tamil civil war when at least 23 human skeletons, including those of some disappeared children buried secretly in the playground, were discovered in 1999. The skeletons, including those of children, were unearthed when the stadium was being refurbished, according to a 2002 report on Sri Lanka child soldiers by Daya Somasundaram, a renowned psychiatrist in northern Sri Lanka. The bodies were believed to be of those arrested by Sri Lanka security forces and later allegedly killed in what activists say were extra-judicial murders. [ Full Report ]

  • Colombo's TID interrogates Tamil paramilitary operative
  •    [ Jun 16, 2016 13:35:26 GMT ] [ TamilNet ]

        Colombo's ‘Terrorist’ Investigation Division (TID) officers are interrogating a 29-year-old Tamil paramilitary operative from Thenmaraadchi, Jaffna, in connection with the discovery of explosives in March at the village of Ma'ravanpulavu, informed sources told TamilNet on Wednesday. Sivarasa Sivakulan alias Murali, who has been a close confidant of former SL Military Commander in Jaffna Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe and who was actively involved in SLFP election campaigns in Thenmaraadchi during the regime of Mahinda Rajapaksa, is the one subjected to interrogations at the notorious 4th Floor in Colombo. Mr Sivakulan has also been a close friend of the present SL Governor of Northern Province Mr Reginald Cooray, informed sources in Jaffna said. He was detained on 11 June. [ Full Report ]

  • Sri Lanka: People affected by the past conflict regain economic stability
  •    [ Jun 16, 2016 13:00:44 GMT ] [ ICRC ]

        In Sri Lanka, the ICRC is responding to the needs of some of the most vulnerable households, to provide them with the means to acquire basic necessities to restore a decent life. We support vulnerable households in the north and east of the country to start a small business of their choice through our Micro Economic Initiatives programme, which is carried out in line with the Sri Lankan government's community empowerment programme. A member of the household receives a cash grant and basic training to develop this business into a sustainable source of income. [ Full Report ]

  • "Militti" Army Camp In Jaffna Should Be Removed – CM Vigneshwaran
  •    [ Jun 14, 2016 12:50:01 GMT ] [ Hiru ]

        C.V. Wigneswaran, Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Northern Province, making a statement in Vavuniya, said considering the fire and explosions of the ammunition storage at the Kosgama Army Camp, the ammunition storage in the “Militti” army camp in Jaffna should be removed along with the entire camp. He pointed out that maintaining weapons storages in populated areas endanger the lives of the people.Adding further, CM stated that he has discussed in this regard with the Commander of the Security Forces in Jaffna, Major General Mahesh Senanayake as well. [ Full Report ]

  • World Bank provides USD55mn to develop Jaffna
  •    [ Jun 02, 2016 15:20:51 GMT ] [ LBO ]

        “The loan will add development of rapidly urbanizing Jaffna to the existing Strategic Cities Development Project (SCDP), which is supported by the World Bank and was originally approved in 2014,” the bank said in a statement. A recent World Bank study, “Sri Lanka: a Systematic Country Diagnostic (SCD)”, identifies Jaffna as a rapidly growing, single-city agglomeration in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka. “Well planned cities can be centers of innovation and job creation as experienced in many parts of the world and this is an opportunity for Sri Lanka to connect people to prosperity,” Françoise Clottes, World Bank country director for Sri Lanka and the Maldives said. [ Full Report ]

  • Absence of Tamil Cops is Main Reason for Rise in Crime in Jaffna
  •    [ May 31, 2016 18:29:28 GMT ] [ NIE ]

        The alarming rise in crime in Jaffna peninsula since Eelam War IV ended in 2009, is attributed to a variety of factors, but one of the principal causes appears to be the absence of Tamil-speakers, especially ethnic Tamils, in the local police force, says M. A.Sumanthiran, Jaffna district MP and spokesman for the Tamil National Alliance (TNA). Describing the situation as being "very serious" , Sumanthiran said that unless Tamils are recruited at all levels, crime detection will continue to suffer grievously and result in further widening the "trust deficit" that has always existed between the Tamils and the powers-that- be in Colombo. [ Full Report ]

  • Repair and reconciliation in Sri Lanka
  •    [ May 26, 2016 18:55:54 GMT ] [ BL ]

        But the present dispensation has been sensitive to India’s security concerns. This should be acknowledged and reciprocated. While it will be unwise and unaffordable to look at every Chinese initiative in Sri Lanka with suspicion, New Delhi has to ensure that it retains its influence in Trincomalee, while ensuring that China’s presence in Colombo and elsewhere does not pose a security challenge. Sri Lanka has avoided acquiring Chinese-Pakistani JF17 fighter aircraft. It is prepared to look at acquiring the superior Indian Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) instead. No effort should be spared to ensure that Sri Lanka expeditiously receives a sufficient number of Indian LCA. [ Full Report ]

  • Community Mediated Justice in Post-War Sri Lanka
  •    [ May 26, 2016 16:30:18 GMT ] [ Asia Foundation ]

        The Asia Foundation played a critical role in providing much-needed assistance, both logistical and financial, to enable members of the Mediation Boards Commission to travel to the North to interview and select mediators. As in other parts of the country, mediators for the Northern Province were selected from within the community, appointed through an established selection process, then subsequently provided with the required technical training to practice interest-based mediation. Anecdotal information provided by mediators and from members of the community at the time revealed that, even the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) which fought a 30-year war with the government of Sri Lanka, were supportive of the mediation boards as they were seen as a mechanism by the people, for the people, and therefore non-threatening despite its government affiliations. [ Full Report ]

  • Wigneswaran takes over three portfolios
  •    [ May 24, 2016 10:50:25 GMT ] [ Daily Mirror ]

        Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran has taken over three portfolios earlier held by Northern Provincial Council Minister P. Sathyalingam. The provincial ministries of Social Welfare, Rehabilitation and Women Affairs will now come under the purview of the Chief Minister who was sworn in as the subject minister by Governor Reginald Cooray at his office. [ Full Report ]

  • Government of Canada partners with UNDP and FAO to take Northern Sri Lanka’s Dairy and Agriculture Sectors to New Heights
  •    [ May 17, 2016 16:51:23 GMT ] [ UNDP ]

        Under the Canada-funded Agro Economic Development Project (ADP), the Government of Canada together with UNDP and FAO, is working to strengthen agro economic cooperatives in the Northern Sri Lanka, with a specific focus on the districts of Jaffna, Killinochchi and Mullaitivu, as the region continues a gradual transition from recovery to development phase.The Government of Canada under a financial envelope of 6 Million Canadian Dollars is funding the UNDP-FAO jointly implemented ADP with a reach of over 11,000 households across the Jaffna, Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu Districts. The Government of Canada continues to enhance the strong and longstanding partnership with the United Nations and is the third largest donor of UNDP Sri Lanka. [ Full Report ]

  • Wigneswaran hospitalised; talks postponed
  •    [ Apr 18, 2016 10:55:22 GMT ] [ Daily Mirror ]

        Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran had been admitted to the Jaffna General Hospital due to a sudden illness yesterday, hospital sources said. The meeting scheduled for today with President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in Colombo over the release of lands in the North has also been postponed due to this, officials said. [ Full Report ]

  • The Tamils of Sri Lanka are still stuck between a bloody past and hope
  •    [ Mar 28, 2016 10:08:27 GMT ] [ Quartz ]

        “Sinhala politicians are paranoid about the next uprising. But, we cannot build trust among these people if we keep so many armed personnel there,” says Sanjana Hattotuwa, Colombo-based founder of the Groundviews, dubbed Sri Lanka’s first citizen journalism portal. “Military presence reminds Tamils about what the state did to them.” Nilanthan says, “We are still unable to count our dead and those who disappeared… The army hasn’t given back the land it holds and we are being monitored by the intelligence..." [ Full Report ]

  • Return remaining lands swiftly-US to SL
  •    [ Mar 01, 2016 11:06:15 GMT ] [ Daily Mirror ]

        While expressing support to Sri Lanka in fully implementing the commitments as agreed in the Human Rights Council resolution, the US has urged the Sri Lankan government to return remaining lands to rightful owners swiftly. “The United States expressed support for the Government’s plans for constitutional and legislative reform including public consultations on a new Constitution and the repeal of the Prevention of Terrorism Act to be replaced by appropriate counter-terrorism legislation consistent with international law,” the US said. [ Full Report ]

  • Sri Lanka northern province CM asks for Indian help for a federal solution
  •    [ Feb 29, 2016 13:53:04 GMT ] [ PTI ]

        Mr. Wignewswaran said he believed that India would intervene again in Sri Lanka as they had come to the assistance of the Tamils in politically sensitive situations in the past. India might ‘intervene’ again in Sri Lanka to help the Tamil minority and provide a federal solution to the ethnic reconciliation problem, a media report quoted the country’s Northern Province Chief Minister as saying. The BBC’s Sinhala service reported that C V Wigneswaran, who is himself a Tamil, made the remarks in Jaffna on Sunday while addressing a group of academics, who had returned to the north after their educational pursuits in India. [ Full Report ]

  • Jaffna Railway Station: On a fast track to success
  •    [ Feb 28, 2016 12:35:35 GMT ] [ Sunday Times ]

        The Jaffna Railway Station has turned to be one of the main out hubs for transportation between the north and the south. Over 1,200 passengers pass through the station daily with four trains from Kankesanthurai (KKS) to the south and back to KKS. The intercity train has turned out to be the most popular train between the two destinations with most seats being booked on a regular basis. The station is one of the best maintained stations in the country after the Bank of Ceylon sponsored the reconstruction of the station. [ Full Report ]

  • Lingering sore in a fast-healing Jaffna
  •    [ Feb 28, 2016 12:30:00 GMT ] [ Sunday Times ]

        “Today in Jaffna, there are incidents of gang fights, child abuse, public harassment cases and violent activities being reported. If any issues erupt, don’t turn to violent protests. We don’t like to see university students languishing in cells. “You are our future leaders Jaffna High Court Judge M. Elancheleyan said at an event to mark the aluminum jubilee of the Department of Law, University of Jaffna last Sunday at the Kailasapathy Auditorium. [ Full Report ]

  • Problems Continue to Plague Sri Lanka’s Northern Province
  •    [ Feb 19, 2016 11:25:24 GMT ] [ The Diplomat ]

        It’s been over a year since Maithripala Sirisena assumed the presidency, although much about daily life in Sri Lanka’s war-torn Northern Province remains the same. “There’s a reduced number of troops on the road,” says Shalin Uthayarasa, a journalist. “We’re experiencing a temporary respite in repression.” Uthayarasa goes on to mention that his two previous points apply to ordinary people, but aren’t relevant for journalists or human rights activists, who continue to face threats (or worse) from state security personnel. “I’m sure they [the Sri Lanka Army] haven’t reduced troop numbers,” he tells me. [ Full Report ]

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