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30th June 2016 16:35:11 Hours

'Palmyra Ingenuity - 2016' Exhibition Opened ; Talents Rewarded

Security Force Headquarters - Jaffna (SFHQ-J) organized innovative exhibition in collaboration with the Ministry of Technology and Research ended today (30) at Weerasingham Hall, Jaffna.

SFHQ-J in its efforts for promotion of reconciliation among the civilians and security forces has launched a range of community programmes to ensure sustainable peace in Jaffna.

Consequently, with the objective of “Transforming Imagination into Innovation”, SFHQ-J organized the ‘Palmyra Ingenuity - 2016’ innovation exhibition that began on Wednesday (29) and open to the public.

This serves a great opportunity for the students and people to enhance their knowledge and grasp the idea of innovative thinking.

Approximately 1000 students including civilians witnessed the exhibition on the first day. This exhibition continued and was open for school children and people in Jaffna until 1700 hrs on 30th June 2016.”

The event was inaugurated by the Commander SF (J) Major General Mahesh Senanayka on the invitation of the chief organizer Brigadier Prabath Dematanpitiya, the Commander 552 Brigade.

Divisional Secretary for Jaffna Mr. Nagalingam Vethanayagam, Commissioner of the Sri Lanka Inventors' Commission (SLIC) Dr. Mahesh Edirisinghe, Senior DIG Northern Province Franklin Fernando, GOC - 52 Division, Major General Priyantha Jayasundara, GOC - 55 Division Major General Nirmal Dharmarathna, GOC - 51 Division Brigadier Marvyn Perera, Commander FMA (North) Brigadier Nirmal Koswatta, Senior Government Officials and Senior try service officers also attended the exhibition.

Meanwhile, the same exhibition, renamed as ‘Eastern Innovata - 2016’ with the same purpose of promoting innovative thinking and reconciliatory moves in the East will take place at Welikanda Maha Vidyalaya during July 2-3 between 9.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.   

Meanwhile, Commander Security Forces Jaffna – SF (J) Major General Mahesh Senanayka during a special ceremony appreciated the contribution of all ranks to the success of the just-concluded ‘Palmyra Ingenuity’ exhibition.

Captain D.M.E.M. Dasanayaka of Sri Lanka Army Electrical and Mechanical Engineers was awarded the first prize for his innovative Transportable Cycle which can be folded and carry in a bag. Corporal D.M.C Dissanayaka of Military Intelligence Corps meanwhile achieved the second prize for his innovation equipment which controls high-speed and minimizes road accidents, fuel consumption and avoids breaching of traffic–laws.

Corporal S.H.P.A.C. Gunarathna and Lance Corporal K.M.N. Bandara from Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment were awarded the third prize for their innovative ground observation and target acquisition equipment. All other inventors also received a certificate and prizes for their inventions during the ceremony.

Distinguished invitees, including General Officer Commanding 51, 52, 55 Divisions, Commander Forward Maintenance Area (North), Senior Tri Force Officers and Senior Police Officers were also present at the event.