Indian High Commissioner pays respect to martyred IPKF soldiers
High Commissioner of India Mr. Ashok K. Kantha accompanied by Mrs. Sharmila Kantha paid their respected today to the martyred IPKF soldiers and placed a wreath at the IPKF Memorial located at Palaly.
Ashok K. Kantha is paying a visit to the Northern Province on 23-24 February 2013.
Consul General of India in Jaffna Mr. V. Mahalingam and Captain Sumeet Kapoor, Defence Adviser at High Commission of India, Colombo also laid wreath.
Senior officers from the Sri Lankan Army also participated in the ceremony and Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe Security Forces Commander, Jaffna also laid wreath at the Memorial.
The IPKF Memorial at Palaly is in memory of the martyrs of the 10 Para Regiment of Indian Army who lost their lives during the IPKF operation in Northern Province between 1987 and 1989. The Memorial consists of seven structures and has the names of 33 martyrs engraved.
During the visit, High Commissioner Kantha will formally inaugurate “India Corner” at the Consulate General of India premises in Jaffna, symbolically gift 4000 primary level books and audio compact Discs on various subjects in Tamil for distribution amongst 200 primary schools; gift school bags from India- Sri Lanka Foundation with each bag containing three exercise books, two pens, pencils, sharpener and eraser.
Indian High Commissioner Kantha will lay the foundation stone for the first phase of the Rehabilitation of the Atchchuvely Industrial Estate. Inaugural of the India Corner and laying the foundation stone of Atchchuvely Industrial Estate will also be graced by Douglas Devananda, Minister for Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development, G.A. Chandrasiri, Governor of Northern Province, Sri Lanka and with the participation of Consul General of India Mr. V. Mahalingam.
High Commissioner Kantha will also visit Vavuniya on 23 February 2013 to inspect the progress made in the construction of the 200-bed Ward Complex at District Hospital, Vavuniya.
High Commissioner Kantha accompanied by Mrs. Sharmila Kantha will attend the annual feast of revered St Antony’s church at Kachchatheevu on the early morning of 24 Feb. 2013.
- Asian Tribune -