July 19, Kopai: Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa who is touring the conflict-affected Northern Province pledged to rebuild everything the public in the North lost during the three-decade long war with the separatist Tamil Tiger rebels.
Addressing a public rally held this morning at Kopai Navalar Tamil Maha Vidyalaya grounds today (19) to declare open a new two-story building at the school, the President said he is ready to serve for everyone in the country as their President without any discrimination. The government has focused its prime attention towards the development the North and East, he said.
Reiterating his commitment to not let any room to divide the country again, the President requested the people of the north to support building of the country after developing the village.
The Uva Provincial Council and the people in the Uva Province have provided the financial assistance for the school building project while the 511 Brigade of the Army completed its constructions within eight months.
Addressing the gathering the Principal of the school Mrs. S. Vakeesan said President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s visit to Northern Province is a great respect for the people in the North. She praised the President for his efforts to enhance friendship between Sinhala and Tamil communities. Students of the school performed many cultural items at this function.
Chief Minister of Uva Province Shashendra Rajapaksa, Prime Minister, D.M. Jayaratne, Minister of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprises, Douglas Devananda, Minister of Technology and Research Mrs. Pavitra Devi Wanniarachchi, Minister of Child Development and Women’s Affairs Tissa Karalliyadda Minister of Agrarian Services and Wild Life, S.M. Chandrasena and the Deputy Minister of Ports and Highways, Rohitha Abeygunawardena and many others were present at the occasion.
The President who is on campaign trail to consolidate the success of Jaffna District ruling United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) candidates in the forthcoming local government elections also addressed a rally held at the Chavakachcheri Municipal Grounds today.
Parliamentarian Malinie Fonseka, Industry and Commerce Minister Rishad Bathiyutheen and Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare Minister Dilan Perera were also present at the meeting.
(Photos by Chandana Perera)