from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A city of extreme northern Sri Lanka on Palk Strait. It was the center of an ancient Tamil culture until the Portuguese conquest of 1617. Population: 169,000.

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  • proper n. a city in northern Sri Lanka


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  • It was centred around Jaffna, hence the term Jaffna Tamil.

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  • Instead, fighting continues in Jaffna and other places to this day.

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  • In Jaffna, which is on the northernmost tip of Sri Lanka, it is the first election for local councils in 12 years.

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  • The separatist group waged a long and violent fight demanding an independent homeland for the country's minority Tamils who call Jaffna their cultural and political home. Top Stories

  • Washington Post called Jaffna born music phenom, Maya Arulpragasam (popularly known as MIA) the "most innovative and dynamic pop star of her generation" as it covered the story of MIA's release of her third album "Maya" Tuesday.

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  • Police said no casualties were reported in Jaffna, which is located 396 kilometres north of Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka.

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  • Shoojit Sircar's next titled Jaffna would be based on the LTTE


  • Rajapakse won the votes of most of the Sinhalese ethnic group, to which he belongs, but lost out in Tamil areas such as Jaffna to his rival Sarath Fonseka, a former army chief.

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  • It was held at that aunt's who knew how to cook up delicious "Jaffna" fare - vegetarian of course.


  • Urban Development and Sacred Area Development Ministry has launched a program through the National Physical Planning Department and Urban Development Authority to expedite preparation of a regional plan for the Northern Region together with development plans for main cities identified such as Jaffna, Mullaitivu, Kilinochchi, Mankulam, Mannar and Vavuniya.

    Ministry of Defence - Sri Lanka (MOD)


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