Raghavan visited the former stronghold of the LTTE in Kilinochchi yesterday to award grants to some 1,233 small and medium scale businesses. India and Sri Lanka have agreed to resume the ferry service between Rameshwaram and Talaimannar within the next two months, Additional Secretary of the Indian External Affairs Ministry P S Raghavan said.The service was suspended in 2012. “The government of India will be with you in your economic development and prosperity”, Raghavan, part of a team of officials with a 5-member Indian parliamentary delegation, told the gathering.The 1,233 businesspersons received cash grants ranging between Sri Lankan rupees 50,000-200,000 based on the scale of devastation suffered by them due to military clashes between the government troops and the LTTE. India has also extended financial grants to businesses in northern Sri Lanka, ravaged by the nearly three-decade-long civil war, to promote economic development and prosperity in the country, the Press Trust of India reported. Raghavan said that building of two railway tracks to link Talaimannar with Pallai in Jaffna and the building of 50,000 homes are two key Indian assistance-funded projects in the north.India will also fund the commissioning of a factory to process palmyra-related products. read more

first_imgShe told Mr Marsh’s partner that Gabriela would not be allowed back to her school – and said she would advise other dance schools to beware of accepting her.The email war of words between the two led to each of them making a complaint against the other to the police. A Gloucestershire Police spokesman confirmed they had received the complaints.He added: “An officer has now spoken with both parties at length and given suitable words of advice. Both parties have been told not to contact the other under any circumstances.“There will be no further police involvement in this case. This wouldn’t be classed as harassment as both parties are replying to each other.” An extraordinary row over a four-year-old girl’s ballet classes has led to her father and a dance school principal reporting each other to police.The bitter wrangle began when plumber Neil Marsh, 30, asked to attend one of daughter Gabriela’s classes at the Danceworks Studios in Cheltenham because he was not happy with the progress she was making.He wanted to see for himself that Gabriela’s dancing was improving after 20 months of twice-weekly lessons at the school.But the principal, Whanita La Bouchardiere, refused – telling him she had a strict policy of allowing parents to attend only the last class of each term. Neil Marsh, daughter Gabriela and her mother Paulina BorowiecCredit:Picasa Mr Marsh said: “If I am working in someone’s house as a plumber I am happy if they want to watch what I’m doing… I would have thought the same should apply when you are paying for your child to have dance lessons.”Ms La Bouchardiere said Mr Marsh was annoyed she would only let him attend an open class. “He then took it to a whole new level and I consider he has harassed me with bad reviews – the only bad review we’ve had in 18 years.”She added: “It was in the heat of the moment that I said ‘stupid, stupid little man’.” I never expected that my simple request to attend a lesson would lead to Whanita being so hostile and abusiveNeil Marshcenter_img Neil Marsh, daughter Gabriela and her mother Paulina Borowiec Mr Marsh, of Cheltenham, said he could not go to the next open class because of a pre-booked family holiday.When Ms La Bouchardiere refused to relax her rule to let him attend a lesson Mr Marsh posted an uncomplimentary review of the dance school on social media – and then received an email from Ms La Bouchardiere calling him a “stupid, stupid little man”. 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.last_img read more