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National Safety Day Held in Jaffna
[Updated :: 2010-12-27 14:35:45 Hours]  

“Thousands of Jaffna citizens who gathered at the Weerasingham Hall on Sunday (26.12.2010) remembered their loved ones, soldiers and all others who perished in natural and man-made disasters. Hon. Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne was the Chief Guest of the national ceremony which commenced with the hoisting of the National Flag, Provincial Flag, District Flag and the Disaster Management Flag. It was followed by reciting of the National Anthem and two minute silence in remembrance of disaster victims.

In front of the Weerasingham Hall, the Chief Guest was accorded with a tri services and Police march past in which Jaffna school bands, scouts, girl guides and cultural teams presented their striking performances. Several government and non governmental organizations joined the parade with respective exhibiting vehicles.

The main ceremony commenced at the Weerasingham hall with lighting of the traditional oil lamp by the Chief Guests and other invited guests. The function included cultural performances and speeches by guest speakers.

During the function, a book on Disaster Risk Reduction Development for School Children was launched and its first copy was presented to Hon Prime Minister by Government Agent (Jaffna). Awarding certificates to winners of the provincial and inter-school essay and arts competition organized parallel to the National Safety Day 2010 also took place on the same occasion. Government Agencies which excelled in supporting in disaster management were also awarded. In the meantime, a stock of Life Saving Equipment was donated to the Jaffna- based Navy. In addition, many donations were handed over to disaster-affected people and school children during the function.

Minister of Disaster Management Mr. Mahinda Amaraweera, Minister of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprises Mr. Douglas Devananda, Ministers, Governor of Northern Province Parliamentarians, Commander Security Forces –Jaffna Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe, Director General Disaster Management Centre Major General (Retd) Gamini Hettiaarachchi and a large gathering of senior officials were present.

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