2ND LEAD (CORRECTION)

New Buddhist stupa constructed in Pachchanoor village in Moothoor

[TamilNet, Thursday, 14 June 2012, 10:41 GMT]
A Buddhist Vihara has been constructed in Pachchanoor, a village in Moothoor DS division of Trincomalee district, by the Colombo government and its Sinhala Buddhist clergy with the backing of the occupying Sri Lanka Army under the patronage of the SL presidential sibling and Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, news sources in Moothoor said.

Pachchanoor, which has traditionally been populated by Tamil speaking people, is situated on Moothoor-Verukal Road, 5 km south of Trincomalee city, near 3rd Mile Post in Pachchanoor, where only six Sinhala families were living before 2009.

After the conclusion of the war, around 110 Sinhala families were brought from the South. They were given lands which had been appropriated from the Tamils by the occupying SL military.

A Sinhala Buddhist school was established in Pachchanoor for Grade-1 children of the settlers.

Preparations are also under way to bring more Sinhala settlers from the South as Colombo was stepping up the Sinhala colonisation schemes in the district with the aim of changing the demographic composition of the district.

The Colombo Establishment has been appropriating lands belonging to Tamil and Muslim communities in several parts of Trincomalee district to create new Sinhala villages. Civil activists in the district complain that many Buddhist Vihares have been set up in recent times under the guise of reconstruction and development.

The Sinhala military has been planting Bo-saplings at several localities in the district throughout the years of its occupation. In the meantime, the SL Defence Secretary has gone on record saying that lands with Bo trees were to be regarded as ‘ancient Buddhist sites’.

 

Latest 15 Reports
19.04.18 21:15   Photo
JUSU urges Tamils to mark Mu'l'livaaykkaal Remembrance in its true spirit of uprising
18.04.18 23:03  
Cooray emerges as broker of civil contracts to occupying Sinhala military in North
17.04.18 23:31  
SL Resettlement Ministry twists figures on lands seized by Sinhala military in North
16.04.18 20:02  
Mano Ganesan challenged in Jaffna, politician complains of threat
15.04.18 10:13  
7 DS officials under pressure to collaborate with Sinhala colonisation schemes in Batticaloa
14.04.18 23:19  
Colombo schemes new type of subservient CSD colonies in Jaffna diverting foreign aid
13.04.18 23:18   Photo
SL military brings back paramilitary violence to control peaceful protests as NGO tricks fail
12.04.18 19:03  
SL Forest department blocks access to 300 acres of agricultural lands in Ampaa'rai
11.04.18 23:20  
Tamil political prisoner launches hunger-strike at Anuradhapura prison
10.04.18 18:19  
Genocidal Sri Lanka imposes forcible military training for CSD pre-school teachers
09.04.18 11:40   Photo
Fisheries society cautiously welcomes Court decision on fishing access to Naayaa'ru Tamils
08.04.18 23:28  
Militarisation of pre-schools akin to child soldiering: NPC Education Minister
07.04.18 21:34  
Muslim politicians block relocation of SL military base in Batticaloa
06.04.18 06:35   Photo
NPC finally awakens against SL Mahaweli Authority obstructing territorial integrity of Tamil homeland
05.04.18 16:46  
Vavuniyaa Judge warns SL Attorney General against delaying tactics on TPP cases
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=35294