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NPC declares May 18 as a Tamil national day of mourning

The Northern Provincial Council passed a resolution this week marking May 18 as a Tamil national day of mourning, in memory of the tens of thousands who were killed in the final stages of the armed conflict. 

The resolution was brought by NPC member, Ananthi Sasitharan during the NPC's 122n session on Wednesday, and was seconded by E Jeyasegram. 

It was passed unanimously without any opposition. 

On Monday, NPC members agreed that in line with the previous 3 years, a remembrance event should be held for those who were killed and appointed a committee to oversee arrangements. 

The event will be held on land that belongs to the local council.