Women's Awakening Day celebrated
[TamilNet, Tuesday, 12 October 1999, 14:11 GMT]
A portrait of 2nd Lt. Malathy, the first woman fighter of the Liberation Tigers who died on October 10, in 1987 in a fight against the Indian Peace Keeping Forces (IPKF) was carried in a colourful procession from the 18th Mile Post of Mulankaavil to the Mulankaavil 'Maveerar' Auditorium on October 8, to mark the Women's Awakening Day, said Thamileela Vaanoli, the Commercial Service of the Voice of Tigers Radio this evening.
Several thousands of people, including a major portion of women, participated in the procession that was led by a band and the 'thavil naathasuram', the cultural musical instruments of the Tamils. The musicians were women the radio said. (Editor's note: thavil naathasuram is traditionally played by males)
The radio said a cultural programme was held at the Mulankaavil auditorium.
Meetings and cultural programmes to mark the women's day was held at Puthukkudiyiruppu, Skandapuram, Pooneryn and other parts in the Vanni areas held by the Liberation Tigers, according to the radio.
Meanwhile security is being tightened in Vavuniya, by putting up new roadblock bunkers in various places, said residents in Vavuniya town. New bunkers have been put up at Vairavapuliyankulam, Kudiyiruppu, Jaffna Road and in Mannar Road.
Sources said that this is a normal precautionary measure taken by the security forces from time to time to tighten the general security of the northern border town.
Meanwhile, troops movement to the Vanni warfronts have been observed by the civilians in Vavuniya and its suburbs.
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