India to help rebuild 79 schools in North Sri Lanka
India will help in re-building 79 schools in the war-affected Northern Province of Sri Lanka at a cost of LKR 160 million, Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai said here on Monday.
Interacting with the Indian press stationed in Colombo at the conclusion of his three day familiarisation visit to the country, he said that these schools are located in Vavuniya, Mullaithivu and Kilinochchi.
India will also take up work on restoration of the Tirukoteeswaram Temple in Mannar, and has also offered help in restoration of another ancient temple near Sampur.
Mr. Mathai met Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Monday morning, listened to Sri Lankan concerns, and discussed a range of issues. This included the question of a political solution to the Tamils. He said that the Sri Lankan government was planning to hold elections to the northern provincial councils soon.
On the question of fishermen from Tamil Nadu being attacked, he said there was a need to maintain peaceful atmosphere and explore ways of resolving the issue. Part of this would also involve fishermen from both sides holding regular meetings.
Asked for his comments on the Indian Housing project, which he visited on Sunday, he agreed that the pace of progress on the project was slow. The first houses will be handed over to beneficiaries in the next few months.
Source: The Hindu
India owe us more than repairing a few schools and a temple in the North, affected by VP’s militancy for 3 decades. Who nurtured, sponsored, trained, armed and unleashed this terrorist scourge on the people of SL, if not India, under Indira Gandhi, the wicked witch? Our economy was ruined and innocent civilians were brutally massacred by VP and the LTTE for 30 years. Isn’t it high time India own-up to this grave wickedness of Mrs IG and pay SL adequate compensation for the economic losses and civilian deaths? We are sick of the few seeni bolas India throws now and then to the people of the North. What about the destruction and brutal massacres caused in the South?
We are also sick of the huge trade imbalance between India and SL. They dump their rubbishy Bajaj vehicles and expired medical stocks on us, at inflated prices. Isn’t it time we turn to China, as Europe does, for most of our technical equipment and medical stocks? China has advanced very much and sell products of high quality standards, which are lacking in Indian goods.
Well said and its self explanatory. Truth to be prevailed someday or other.
Hon Excellency Mr. Mahinda Rajapakse is won with public faith and trust immensely, unless some members of his coallition govt. don’t worthy a penny. Hon. President can implement our own methods for our soil instead what Western countries or India wants us to do, with his executive powers, as he knows the real friends and vicious enemies and betrayers of our coutry to avert the nation gets suffered by pain being shot within and than onlookers outside.
Our corrupted politicians will not avail themselves for abolishing CEPA and its blood sucking rules and regulatory policies forced on our nation, limiting Indian dominancy on SL market, etc. We must, a nation as united as one, turn to China, Russia and even Pakistan to be cared to accomplish justice in import/export trade on mutual understanding which will not affect our toddling economy, having those countries diplomatically to involve in our development projects both in North and South.
In trade business, turning to African countries who well supported us at Human Rights Council in Geneva, will benefit our frustrated farmers as well as motherland instead excessive rice gets destroyed in vain at moment.
The bottom line truth is, we, being expats, highly thoughtful, caring and wishing to fullfil a dream for a developed SL and of course practically dedicated in our possible strength, to see our nation with the families of fallen and injured war heroes, gets risen and moving forward with preserved culture, social ethics and human rights and its stability than talking the price of one kilo potato and green chilly prevailing in current market.
Thanks for your valuable input. We appreciate it. When is this govt. going to wake-up and break free from India’s tentacles and strangle hold?