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Eastern Province (Sri Lanka)
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located by Jens Pattke, 14 February 2008
Two separate flags for the Northern and Eastern provinces
were unveiled last week in Trincomalee. Rear Admiral Mohan Wijewickrema,
Governor of the Eastern Province and acting Governor of the Northern Province,
handed over the Northern Province flag to the council’s Chief Secretary S.
Rangarajah, and the Eastern Province flag to its Chief Secretary Herat
Abeyeweera at a ceremony on Tuesday at the Governor's Secretariat.
Eagle, Fish and Lion symbols are in the Eastern flag. Eagle
symbolises Trincomalee, fish Batticaloa and lion Amparai. The Eastern Province
comprises these three districts.
Darme W., 27 May 2007
Adopted in May 2007, the flag is already controversial. According to "The
Colombo Page", 6 September 2007, "Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, the major
constituent of the minority community that accounts to 7% of the nearly 20
million population of the country, says that the new flag designed by the
recently set up Eastern Province does not represent the Muslim community. The
Deputy Minister of Supplementary Crops Development Hassan Ali raised the issue
at the adjournment debate in the House yesterday denying accepting the new flag
that did not symbolize the Muslim community.[...]"
Ivan Sache, 11 September 2007
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