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‘Future Minds in Jaffna’ exhibition draws
over 200,000 on last day

Close to two hundred thousand people attended the Future Minds of Jaffna Educational and Industrial exhibition on the last day (29)

The three-day exhibition organised by the security forces of Jaffna was held in a carnival atmosphere with local and South Indian artistes bringing smiles to a people who know little about entertainment.

By 5.30 p.m. on the last day the army’s head count of the people taken at the entrance was 173,500.

The crowd got bigger since then, especially with the army deciding to lift the curfew and extend the time of evening’s performances till 11.00 p.m.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa spoke to the people of Jaffna through video linkup

And greeted them wishing them a happy new year which will bring peace and prosperity to the people of the North and East.

"There is a distance between you and the South. But I promise you this distance will soon vanish," he said speaking in Tamil. The people greeted the speech with loud cheers.

The President said assistance will be given to farmers whose crops were destroyed in recent floods, so that the agriculture sector will be restored to its original state.

Derana TV presented the North Star Singing Competition.

27-year-old undergraduate of the University of Jaffna attached to the Fine Arts Faculty, Dharani Ranjan, was crowned the winner after weeks of trials. Ten singers performed in the final round on the last day of "Future Minds of Jaffna." She drove away in a brand new Maruti presented by AMW PLC.

Kulendran Jagadisan came second and took away a Landmaster Tractor sponsored by Hayleys.

Ceylon Biscuits Ltd., sponsored the third prize of a Bajaj Motor Cycle which went to Mahalingam T. an undergraduate of the Jaffna University.

Jagadisan is a visually impaired musician and was a hot favourite to win the North Star crown.

Army distributed 10,000 lunch packets on the final day of "Future Minds of Jaffna".

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