• India's External Affairs Minister SM Krishna flew by chopper on jan 18 to Kilinochchi on way to Jaffna in the northern province of Sri Lanka to meet ethnic Tamils. 
  • He will gift medical equipment to the district general hospital at Kilinochchi on the third day of his four-day visit after fruitful official talks  with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Prime Minister DM Jayarathna and his counterpart GL Peiris in this scenic capital. 
  • S.M.Krishna will hand over a school repaired with Indian financial assistance at Sivapathakalaiyagam near Kilinochchi and proceed to Jaffna for a luncheon meeting with Northern Province Governor Maj Gen (retd) GA Chandrasiri.
  • In the post-armed conflict era, India has been engaged in the rehabilitation of about 300,000 Tamil-speaking minorities who have been living in camps set up for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the northern, central and eastern provinces.
  • In the Jaffna province, the minister will hand over about 50 houses built under a pilot project to the Tamil beneficiaries in Nalavadi near Ariyalai in the northern region and gift about 10,000 bicycles to IDPs.