BUREAU OF THE COMMISSIONER GENERAL OF REHABILITATION
"MINISTRY OF PRISON REFORMS,REHABILITATION, RESETTLEMENT AND HINDU RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS"

Sinhala and Tamil New Year Celebration-2017.

According to the instructions and guidance given by Commissioner General Rehabilitation Major General Janake Ratnayake, staff of Bureau of the Commissioner General of Rehabilitation organized a Sinhala and Tamil New Year Celebration at Malay Cricket Grounds-Slave Island,Colombo-02.

The celebrations commenced with welcoming the chief guest, Secretary to the Ministry of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindhu Religious Affairs,Mr.WMPG Wickramasinghe in the morning by a cultural dancing troop and ushered to the VIP pavilion. Thereafter National Flag was hoisted and National Anthem was sung by all the participants. The traditional oil lamp was lighten by the chief guest and the invitees.

Cultural events commenced at New Year celebration with much enthusiasm among the participants specially the ex-combatants who came all the way from Protective Accommodation and Rehabilitation Centre, Vavuniya to attend the function. Tug-of-War, Musical Chair, Pillow-fighting, Fancy Dress Competition, Avurudhu Kumaraya and Avurudhu Kumari competitions brought the colourfullness to the event. Traditional drum beating (Raban) and the swing (onchilla) with onchili waram kavi brought traditional and cultural value to the event. Army band along with the cultural dancing group performed free of charge during the event.

Honourable Minister, Ministry of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindhu Religious Affairs,Mr.D.M.Swaminathan also arrived in the afternoon to witness the interesting activities of the event despite his all busy schedule.

Private Secretary to the honourable minster, Ministry of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindhu Religious Affairs,Mr.S.R.Dullewa, Media Secretary, Ministry of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindhu Religious Affairs, Mr. Dumidu Bandara, Chairman of Northsea, Mr.ST.Parameshwaran, Working Director of Northsea, Mr.E Annalingam, Accountant of The Rehabilitation of Persons, Properties and Industries Authority(REPPIA) Mr.SNCWM Dharmakeerthi were among the invitees and Commissioner General Rehabilitation Major General Janake Ratnayake,Deputy Commissioner General Rehabilitation Brigadier Darshana Liyanage, Brigadier Admin/Logistics Colonel Saman Fonseka,Director of Post Rehabilitation Assistant Branch Colonel Azad Izadeen and Colonel General Staff Colonel Chithral Kulathunga also graced the occasion.