International Women's Day celebrated across NorthEast
[TamilNet, Wednesday, 09 March 2005, 12:16 GMT]
Events celebrating International Women's day were held across the NorthEast including Thambiluvil Madhya Maha Vidyalayam in Thirukovil, Cultural Hall in Trincomalee, Town Hall in Vavuniya and in Jaffna district Tuesday, sources said. In Trincomalee Ms Kaaronja, LTTE Trincomalee district women political wing head hoisted the Thamileelam National Flag at the Trincomalee Cultural Hall at the commencement of the International Women's Day event amid protest by a member of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM).
A section of the crowd at the Women's Day event at Thambiluvil
Wife of Late former TNA senior politician and former parliamentarian Mr ChandraNehru, lighting the flame of sacrifice.
After the flag controversy in Trincomalee, Mr.S.Elilan, LTTE Trincomalee district political head, addressing the women's day meeting said that SLMM had informed him of the LTTE flag being hoisted in violation of the ceasefire agreement and had wanted him to convey
the message to the organizers of the event to pull down the flag.
The Thamileelam national Flag was brought down only at the conclusion of the event by the LTTE cadres, sources said.
In Amparai hundreds of participants marched from Thirukovil junction to the Thambiluvil Madhya Maha Vidyalayam where Amparai district Head of LTTE Political Wing, Ms Kanivilli, presided a general meeting, sources said.
Wife of Late former TNA senior politician and former parliamentarian Mr ChandraNehru, son Chandrakanth, and Head of Thirukovil political wing Tharaka lit the flame of sacrifice.
Head of Women's Organization Yogawathi and LTTE's Head of Women's Political Wing Thamilini also spoke.
In Vavuniya, the International Women's Day event was presided by the District Secretary, Ms Suganthi Thuraisamy.
Vavuniya Government Agent Sinnathamby Shanmugam and Ms Shanmugam from Vavuniya Campus joined the event as special guests.
TNA parliamentarians Noharathalingam and Kanagaratnam, Head of Vavuniya district LTTE Political Wing T Gnanavel, Head of Vavuniya LTTE Women's Political Wing, Ms Alai, members of the public and a number of students participated in the event, sources said.
Handicraft exhibition that included products from Vavuniya, Chettikulam, Neunkerni and from forty different Sinhala groups was also held during the event.