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Department of Census and Statistics starts nationwide exercise to assess the loss of human lives and damage to property in the final stages of civil war: The Department of Census and Statistics started a nationwide exercise on November 28 to assess the loss of human lives and damage to property in the final stages of its civil war against Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), which ended in May 2009. The census would cover the period from 1982 to 2009 would involve 16,000 officials. Though UN estimates point to 40,000 civilian deaths in the final phase of the war, the Government has denied the figure and termed the campaign a "humanitarian operation," which could not have caused so many deaths. The Hindu, November 29, 2013.

NPC appoints committee to address problems faced by Muslims resettling in the Northern Province: The Northern Provincial Council (NPC) has appointed a special committee to address problems faced by Muslims resettling in the Northern Province following the end of the war. The NPC appointed the committee following a discussion between members of the Muslim community and Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran on November 17, 2013. Colombo Page, November 20, 2013.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa seeks time to address post-war challenges: President Mahinda Rajapaksa on November 17 said that he needed time to address post-war challenges, including allegations of human rights violation. He stressed, "We need time...this cannot be done overnight. A process [to probe allegations] is already in place." He was responding to a question how much time he needed to complete the probe into the allegations. The Hindu, November 18, 2013.

Sinhalese should be allowed to live in Jaffna, says Jaffna Tamil Buddhist Association: The Jaffna Tamil Buddhist Association has said that Sinhalese who wish to live in the Jaffna peninsula should be allowed to do so. It said Sinhalese should not be prevented from living in Jaffna. President of the Association, Ravi Kumar issuing a statement said that Sinhalese and Tamils in the North should be encouraged to live in harmony without any differences. He pointed out that Tamils live peacefully with Sinhalese in certain areas in the South. He made this comment in reference to statements made by some Tamil National Alliance (TNA) members against Sinhalese settling down in the North. Colombo Page, November 6, 2013.

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