Swaminathan told the former LTTE members that some Tamil and Sinhalese groups are attempting to scuttle the peace in the country. He urged the rehabilitated LTTE members to live peacefully with all communities, including the Sinhalese communities.The educational tour is organised annually to promote reconciliation among the communities by bridging the gap between the North and the South. An event was held at the ‘Ape Gama’ premises in Battaramulla under the patronage of Minister of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs D.M Swaminathan, to welcome the rehabilitated ex LTTE members. A group of 34 rehabilitated ex LTTE members from the Poonthottam Rehabilitation Centre in Vavuniya participated in the tour. They arrived in Colombo today after visiting Kandy, Nuwara Eliya and Kegalle.Commissioner General of Rehabilitation, Major General Janaka Rathnayake, Minister Swaminathan’s Private Secretary Shane Dullewe and the officials of the Rehabilitation Ministry participated in the event. (Colombo Gazette) The Government today told a group of former LTTE cadres that the time has come to move forward following the end of the war.A group of rehabilitated former LTTE members visited Colombo today concluding their annual educational tour. The tour was organised by the Ministry of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs. read more

first_imgMaddison Mills, eight, described the Duchess as being “very pretty”. “She seemed really worried that we had got cold waiting out for long to see them,” she said.Bruce Habberfield, 70, told the Duke how his father, Gordon, drove for his great-grandfather, King George VI, when he came to Calgary. “He seemed very touched,” he said.The Duchess took it in her stride when Charlene Silverfox, 43, grabbed her hands and started kissing them repeatedly.”Thank you for coming, thank you for coming, you are so beautiful,” she said.The Duchess stopped to chat to another group and told them: “Thank you for coming to see us. I know it’s so cold. We really appreciate it.” It was a cold day in Yukon, Canada, when the couple visitedCredit:Dominic Lipinski/PA The Duke and Duchess also followed in the footsteps of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh when they boarded an historic steam train on the White Pass and Yukon Route.The couple climbed through clouds of steam into the cab and took it in turns to loudly blow the whistle as they chatted to the driver.After hearing how his grandparents had travelled in the last carriage on the train, which was specially fitted out with a marble table for their 1959 visit, William gallantly helped his wife climb back down onto the tracks and they sidestepped along to the front of the engine. Fire pit in Whitehorse Carly Fredrickson, 22, from Whitehorse was among young people performing a street dance for the couple at a cultural centre in Whitehorse, the capital of Northern Territory Yukon.She said: “They were really impressed and they made jokes about how he’s a really good dancer and he wanted to get up and dance with us.”He said he has some moves and she agreed. He said he did want to get up and dance while we were performing.” The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge walks beside a steam train in Carcross, Yukon, Canada  Duke and Duchess of Cambridge get off a steam train The couple with Doug Bell, who sent the telegram Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. They stayed at the remarkably understated Coast High Country Inn in Yukon, just £95 a night and most notable for giant carved Mountie outside and a “hops and grub” pub.The Duke and Duchess had access to a jacuzzi bath, and they are likely to have seen the Northern Lights in starry Canadian skies.Earlier in the evening, they had been greeted by Rangers and junior rangers at Whitehorse airport in freezing temperatures.While their parents were away, Prince George and Princess Charlotte were treated to a low-key trip to the Beacon’s Hill Children’s Farm, where they could visit goats, pigs, sheep, chickens and llamas.   The Victoria tourist board tweeted: “Prince George & Princess Charlotte met the cute critters @bhchildrensfarm yesterday!” The visit yesterday is understood to have been a private occasion, with staff saying they had been banned from discussing it by Royal security.  Mr Bell said how he had met the Duke’s parents 1981 during a line up at a dinner in Ottawa.”I asked your father if he’d been to Yukon and he said no, and I said we ought to do something about that so I called the Governor General and we made arrangements.”Then I got a call saying ‘They can’t go, the Princess is pregnant’.””Wow, that must have been me, or Harry,” said the Duke, later learning that it had indeed been him. The Duke and Duchess spent time around a fire pit Credit:Mark Large /PA The event, at the MacBride Museum in Whitehorse, Yukon, also saw the Duke and Duchess join a group of local schoolchildren in a story-telling session, giggling as they read a tale starring “William the moose”.They met with Mike Parkhill, author of the children’s book ‘Hide and Peek’ which is used to teach children the native language Southern Tutchone in a programme  supported by the Prince of Wales’ charity Prince’s Charities Canada.The couple then walked through the wide streets of Whitehorse to a party in their honour, pausing to admire a totem pole en route. Emmie Campbell, four, gave the Duchess a picture she had drawn of herself with the Royal.”She asked me if that was me and her and seemed to really like it,” she said. The Duke and Duchess watched a presentation by children in a ceremony in Carcross, YukonCredit:Chris Wattie /Reuters The royal couple in Carcross, Yukon The Duchess greeted well-wishers in WhitehorseCredit:Dominic Lipinski /PA The Duchess, who was wearing a bright red Carolina Herrera coat, said: “Wow that’s amazing.” Mr Bell, a former Commissioner of Yukon went on to tell the couple about the time he met the Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales. in the early 1980s when the Prince and Princess of Wales were in Ottawa. The Duke joked: “It seems pretty much everyone has met my family here!” The Duchess wore a Hobbs coat and carried a maple leaf tartan scarf, in a nod to her hosts.In the evening, they moved to a cultural performance at Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre featuring local musicians and First Nations. The Duke boasted he was tempted to get up and join in, joking he has “moves”. The couple met Doug Bell, who sent the telegramCredit:Chris Wattie/Reuters Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave the MacBride Museum Afterwards, the couple followed in the exact footsteps of the Queen, posing for photographs outside the same door she had walked through.The Duke and Duchess signed the Museum’s virtual guest book via morse code, which was transmitted into a digital message and transmitted onto Twitter.”Ah, there’s a spelling mistake,” joked William as Doug Bell, a 90 year old former radio operator with the Department of Transport, typed out the message in morse code. Mr Bell last sent a telegram in 1947.The message read: “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Whitehorse, Yukon, September 2016”. The Duke and Duchess watched a presentation by children in a ceremony in Carcross, Yukon The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at the MacBride Museum in Whitehorse, Canada  The Duke and Duchess sent a message from the telegraph statoinCredit:Chris Wattie /Reuters The crowds were delighted to meet the DuchessCredit:Dominic Lipinski/PA The Duchess was wearing a Hobbs coat on her visit to WhitehorseCredit:Dominic Lipinski /PA They showed their adventurous side as they exited a steam trainCredit:James Whatling  The couple also visited a gold rush town that had played host to the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh in 1959, when they delighted residents with a visit to their telegraph station.Today, her grandson and his wife, the Duke of Cambridge, made history of a very 21st century kind, after sending a telegraph message from the very station she visited – which was swiftly converted into a tweet.The Duke and Duchess sent the first ever “telegraph to tweet” message from Whitehorse, Yukon, watched over 90-year-old engineer who recalled the Queen’s visit fondly.The message was immediately broadcast around the world thanks to translating technology, which took two weeks for the technical staff at the station to perfect. The royal couple in Carcross, YukonCredit:Tim Rooke/REX / Shutterstock The Duchess was wearing a Hobbs coat on her visit to Whitehorse Their impromptu stop came at the foot of Montana Mountain, where they were meeting young mountain bikers at the bottom of a trail.Their host in Carcross, Chief Andy Carvill, 52, said: “The Duke asked if he could go in and they got inside the train and blew the steam whistle.“I told them about the Queen’s coach and they were pleased to hear that.”The Duke said: “It was amazing, it was something we will remember forever.”After their visit to Carcross, the couple will return to Prince George and Princess Charlotte in Victoria.  The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have spent a romantic night away from their children in the Canadian wilderness, with dancing, jacuzzis and a riverside fire.The Royal couple spend the night in Whitehorse, Yukon, in the north of Canada, watching a dance performance and spending sunset around a picturesque fire pit.For the first and only time in their nine-day trip, Prince George and Princess Charlotte were left back in Victoria, British Columbia, with their nanny, giving the Duke and Duchess time to enjoy the evening together. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during a walkabout at the Main Street party in Whitehorse, Canadalast_img read more