Large crowds at festival
The Nallur Kandasamy Kovil festival has attracted crowds from Jaffna and outstations. Sinhalese pilgrims daily join the local crowds. Scouts and police have made arrangements to control the crowds.
Four hundred policemen are detailed to control the crowd, assist elderly persons regulate vehicles at the temple vehicle parks and prevent anti-social activities.
As devotees to the temple are increasing daily and will reach a climax on the chariot festival day, 600 policemen will be on duty on the Ther, Thirtham and Poonkavanam festivals.
A ban has been imposed on food cooked outside and brought for sale in the vicinity of the temple.
Tamil scholar honoured
Renowned scholar, Saiva preacher, writer and philanthropist, late
Jaffna special correspondent
Thangammah Apppakutty, who built the Tellipallai Drugai Amman Temple has been awarded the Mahara Yarl Award.
This award is given by the Jaffna Municipality Saiva Promotion Society annually to an eminent social worker in the province.
Warm welcome for Namal
Namal Rajapaksa MP was given a warm welcome when he visited Pooneryn Chelliyathivu Tamil School and opened the school name board. He was taken on procession from Pooneryn Junction to the school with nathaswara and drum music. Principal S Ambikaipakan garlanded the Parliamentarian followed by Education Director Kilinochchi and Zonal Assistant Director Dharmaratnam.
Rajapaksa hoisted the National and School Flags amidst the signing of the National and School Anthems. He planted a tree in memory of his first visit. The Principal enumerated the urgent needs of the school. Rajapaksa promised to fulfil the school's needs.