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Jaffna residents demand back their money, jewelry taken to Colombo Central bank

[TamilNet, Thursday, 2 July 2009 20:49 No Comment]

Representatives of civil organizations, NGOs, Traders’ Circle and other participants requested the President of Bank of Ceylon, Dr. Gamini Wickremasinghe, to expedite the return of all the money and jewelry of Jaffna people taken to the Central Bank in Colombo in 1996 for security reasons, Wednesday evening at Uroville Hall in Muththiraich Chanthai in Nalloor where he presided over a seminar titled ‘The role of Bank of Ceylon in the Development of Northern Province’, sources in Jaffna said. They further urged that the wealth of Jaffna people withheld in Colombo must be returned to Jaffna and used by the bank to build up the livelihoods of them.

The representatives told the visiting President of Bank of Ceylon that they will not allow Jaffna people’s withheld wealth to be misused in any way.

Meanwhile, commenting on the 19 member committee for the Development of North headed by Basil Rajapakse appointed by the President Mahinda Rajapakse, the representatives pointed that not a single member in the committee is a Tamil.

The much publicized development of the north made by the government is only an eyewash, the participants in the seminar expressed their opinion openly.

Dr. Gamini Wickremasinghe visited some of the IDPs camps in Jaffna besides donating a consignment of medical implements to Jaffna Teaching Hospital during his visit to Jaffna.

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