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XV Governors’ Conference Held in Jaffna

[2012-11-15 17:34:25]

Hon. Governors of all nine provinces of the island, for the first time in the recent history, gathered in Jaffna for the XV Governors’ Conference Thursday, November 15th. This year’s event organized by the Northern Province Council commenced at Tilko Jaffna City Hotel where all invitees were received amidst sounds of Thavil, placing Pottu on their forehead and shawl around their neck according to Hindu tradition. School children offered their welcome waving National Flags standing either side of the entrance. Before the official function commenced, National flag and provincial flags were hoisted by respective governors and National Anthem was recited by all present. Later, nine king coconut (cocos nusifera) pants were planted at the Hotel Premises by the governors to mark the National Tree Planting campaign.

At the inauguration, followed by lighting the traditional coconut oil lamp, Hon. Governor Western Province Mr. Alavi Maulana, the former Head of the conference held in Colombo last year invited Major General G.A. Chandrasiri, Hon. Governor Northern Province to chair the conference.

Commander Security Forces Jaffna (SF-J) Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe, Commander Northern Naval Area Rear Admiral Dhammika Udawatte, Senior DIG Mr. Gamini D Silva and Mayoress Jaffna Mrs. Yogeswari Pathgunarasa also joined to light the traditional coconut oil lamp.

Considering Jaffna’s present viable situation, it was decided during the previous meeting that the XV Governors’ Conference, which would discuss provincial administrative matters and submit proposals for future development programmes, would be held n Jaffna.

Mr. Ajith N. Kabral, the governor central bank also addressed the meeting to elaborate on future financial state of the country. The delegation is to visit the important areas in the North the following day to see the latest development.

Hon. Governor Central Province Mr. Tikiri Kobbekaduwa, Hon. Governor Eastern Province Rear Admiral (Retd) Mohan Wijewickrama, Hon. Governor North Central Province Mr. Karunarathne Divulgane, Hon. Governor Northern Province Major General (Retd) G.A. Chandrasiri, Hon. Governor North Western Province Mr. Tissa Balalle, Hon. Governor Sabaragamuwa Province Mr. Wijesinghe Lokubandara, Hon. Governor Southern Province Mrs. Kumari Balasuriya, Hon. Governor Uva Province Mr. Nanda Mathew and Hon. Governor Western Province Mr. Alavi Moulana attended the XV Governors’ Conference.

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