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"PRATHIBA" Showing Dancing Competition

Written By NAFSO on Friday, October 24, 2014 | 4:59:00 PM

The folk dancing competition that  organize to protect and promote the traditional dances which escape gradually from the Sri Lankan community as well as building up the welfare  fund of Sri Vimukthi Fisherwomen Organization in Negombo.

Objectives –
1.      Protecting and promoting the traditional folk dances which are escaping from the society by endowing to the future generations
2.      Building up a sensitive and cultured  filial generation
3.      Continuing  the traditional dances
4.      Developing  the skills of young generation
5.      Developing a  welfare fund of Sri Vimukthi Fisherwomen Organization
We would like invite to dancing groups of your Sunday school, school or children society participate to the dancing competition which is organized on above objectives at 3.30pm on 20th of December 2014 at the Port Playground in Negombo.

Conditions of the competition-
v  It should be a creative folk dance according to our industries or sectors  ( Ex- Fisheries, Farming, Labour, Mine)
v  Music should be supplied by yourself
v  The  dance should be limited within 5-7  minutes
v  Dancers should be limited within 10-14
v  Dancer’s age should be limited within 12-18 years
v  Only children who participate to the dance, 3 persons who take the  responsibility for the children, relevant singers and music suppliers are allowed to enter with free pass. Others are not allowed to enter without tickets. They must buy tickets by paying 100 rupees.
v  Discipline  of the participants is highly concerned
v  Contacts                                                                                                               

       Sri Vimukthi Office 0315673780,  Vincent Fernando 0779019484, Milina kumari  07283038,  k. Subashini 0721383334 

Other conditions-
·  Female and male are allowed to dance on the same dancing theme
·  Dances should be limited within 10-14( Maximum 14, Minimum 10)
·  Starting time , 03.30pm
·  Dancers should wear a suitable dress
·  Singers and music suppliers should be limited within 8
·  Participants of dances  should present their identity card or birth certificate  if necessary
·  Decision of the judgment board is the final decision
·  Competitors in the Negombo division are only permitted to participate to the competition.
·  Closing Date of Applying 2014/10/30
·  The Place Of Handin Over The Application Sri Vimukthi Office
(No - 115 St, Mary’s Road Negombo)

Prizes for the winners - 
First prize-                                                  25,000.00 Rupees
Second prize -                                            15,000.00 Rupees
Third prize-                                               10,000.00 Rupees

Note- A certificate is given every participant
The points to give marks on the judgment
1.      Creativity
2.      Relevant of the dance on the theme
3.      Time management
4.      Using instruments for the dance
5.      Background and make-up
6.      Playing, singing and music
7.      Skill

8.      Comply to the conditions

    Donations are highly welcome by the Sri Vimukthi Fisherwomen Organization for the success of the program

Fisheries Minister Says, "I Do not Approve the Assault of Protesters"

Written By NAFSO on Thursday, October 23, 2014 | 5:47:00 PM

The assault with stones  to the protesters  who were conducted protest in front of fisheries ministry on 20th Oct asking for several demands including Stop Chinese vessels which are use Sri Lankan Flag and fish in EEZ and international waters near Sri lanka.
According to the protesters the stoning have injured 3 persons.    
The protestes also charged that a group of thugs led by Minister Rajitha Senarathne stonned them while Minister staying inside the premises of fisheries Ministry. 

3 days later minister have spoken on the issue that saying "I do not approve the assault of protesters"   

Northern Fishermen Seek Tougher Action

Fishermen leaders of Northern Sri Lanka have sought legal action to deter Indian fishermen from illegal fishing in Sri Lankan waters, The Hindu newspaperREPORTED.
They said Indian fishermen — apprehended by the Sri Lankan Navy for fishing illegally in Sri Lankan waters — were handed over to the police or the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and produced before the nearest magistrate court. They were subsequently charged under Section 45 of the Immigration and Emigration Act, and remanded for illegally entering Sri Lanka without a visa, and not for fishing illegally, they said in an October 16 petition.
“We appreciate the court’s decision to release the fishermen while detaining their trawlers. This has brought down the number of Indian trawlers coming to our waters, but appropriate legal provisions have to be used,” said Mohamed Alam, of the Mannar District Fishermen’s Cooperative Society Union, who along with Anthony Emiliyanpillai, president of the Fishermen’s Cooperative Society Union, petitioned the Attorney-General’s office.
They said a long-term solution to the persistent issue of Indian trawlers allegedly poaching in Sri Lankan waters and engaging in bottom trawling would REQUIRE a more focused legal approach. They urged the courts to use specific provisions of the Sri Lanka’s Fisheries (Regulation of Foreign Fishing Boats) Act of 1979.
Fishermen in the Tamil-majority Northern Province are among the worst hit by the Indian trawlers that allegedly fish illegally along their coast.
The fisheries conflict across the Palk Bay has been a major challenge before the two countries, with talks at various levels having failed to yield a solution.
Currently, 24 Indian fishermen and 76 trawlers are in Sri Lankan custody.

Indian Boats Will Not Be Returned

The Ministry of Aquatic Resources and Fisheries  will not consider returning the boats of the Indian fisherman that were taken in to custody by the Sri Lankan navy  while poaching in Sri Lankan seas.
Minister of Aquatic Resources and Fisheries Rajitha Senaratne told The Sunday Leader that these boats were taken into the custody while they were engaged in fishing illegally in the Sri Lankan seas using illegal methods of fishing. “The Indian government has not made a request for the release of the boats, they only approached us to ensure the release of the Indian fishermen who were arrested while poaching in the Northern sea area,” he added.
He further said that the boats would not be released under any circumstances.
When asked what the government expect to do with the boats, Minister Senaratne said that they would continue to keep them in their custody. “There is no purpose in auctioning the boats.
Bottom trawling is illegal in Sri Lanka and those boats won’t serve any purpose for the fishermen here,” he added. Recently the new Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam sought the assistance of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene to secure the release of the boats of the Indian fishermen from Sri Lankan custody. (WK)

Civil Activists of North and East area were educated on International Guideline on Tenure and Small Scale Fisheries

Awareness raising campaign  was conducted in Mannar and Baticaloa with the objectives of 
Ø  Awareness raising on international instruments in relation to Food Producer groups and food sovereignty
Ø  Education on the ongoing debate of the Seeds bill in the country and the campaign,
Ø  Highlighting of issues and the campaigns related to IDP, WHF, Indian trawling and Security concerns in the northern province
Ø  Awareness raising on the Yes! for Change with Reform campaign in the country
   Ø  Establishing possible collaboration of the eastern civil society groups in relation to the change with                  reform campaign. 

About 50 participants were participated to the Baticaloa program which was organized by local civil organization and participants from several other organizations from Baticaloa as well as Trincomalee district were also included in the group during the three day program.

Jaffna, Kinochchi, Mulathive, Vawniya and Mannar people joined to the 2 programs conducted in Mannar.  
Active participation of the people made the program more understandable for them and we were able to identify ground realities of the areas at present. 

Programs were conducted with uncertainty due to government banning all programs conducting by the civil organizations and NGOs in North and East.    

As outcome of the program, people decided to build provincial civil society forums for protection of civil and political rights.  

Program at Baticaloa on 22 Sep 2014

Program at Baticaloa on 22 Sep 2014

Program at Baticaloa on 22 Sep 2014

Program at Baticaloa on 22 Sep 2014

Program at Baticaloa on 22 Sep 2014

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