News 2005

 7 Dec On 07 Dec at a function was organised by College of Military Engineering, Pune. Horizon donated physiotherapy equipment worth Rs Two Lacs for treatment of mentally challenged children.
 5 Dec Horizon donated one ambulance to Sahyadri Hospital, Pune. Income generated will be transferred to `Samvedana' another charitable trust for medical assistance to the needy.
 30 Nov Work on Thomaspuri Minefield VA-130 (NH-8 Area C) which was started on 11 Nov 05 had to be suspended due to heavy rains and water logging.
 26 Nov A cheque of Sri Lankan Rs 70,000/- was handed over to GA Mannar. This is the first installment for setting up of two grocery shops and a tailor shop for distributing the amount to three mine affected individuals of Vankalai village.
 25 Nov Clearance of Thamaspuri Minefield VA-130 (NH-8, Areas A and B) was completed on 11 Nov. Total 70,414 sq mtrs of area was cleared and handed over to Government Agent, Mannar; on 15 Nov 05. 28 Anti personal mines, three UXOs and one loose detonator were recovered from this minefield.
 23 Nov Vankalai Sea Site Minefield (VA-191) was cleared between 22 Sep and 27 Oct 05. Total 9274 sq mtrs area was released to Government Agent, Mannar; on 23 Nov 05. 92 Anti personal mines and one loose detonator were recovered from this site and destroyed.
 18 Oct Sri Lankan news paper `Daily Mirror' published on article titled 'Reclaiming the Paddy Fields and Laughter' covering the demining work of HORIZON. Details could be seen on the following site :-

www.dailymirror.lk/arch/

 19 Sep-22 Sep Maj Gen (Rted) SG Pitre, (Chairman) attended the Eighth International Meeting on Mine action at Geneva.
 12 Sep Mechanical Ground Impactor System (MGIS) developed by HORIZON inducted for field trials in Sri Lanka.
 31 Aug Clearance of Thomaspari mine field VA 130 (HM-7) in Mannar district was completed on 24 Aug 2005. An area of 1,04,115 sq m has been cleared. 822 Anti personal mines, 5 UXOs and 21 other items were removed and destroyed. The land has been released to Government Agent, Mannar.
 29 Aug Horizon donated Sri Lankan Rs 1,00,000/- to Rewata Children's Home.
 27 Aug HORIZON is now ISO 9001-2000 certified organization
 8 Aug-9 Aug Lead Auditor carried out the audit at the project site for ISO certification.
 11 Jul Members of Mine Awareness Trust (MAT) visited the project site.
 7 Jun Final trials of MGIS carried out at Nasik. Equipment found suitable for employement and decision taken to induct in Sri Lanka.
 31 May Clearance of Thomaspuri minefield, which was suspended due to heavy water logging in Dec 2004 completed and handed over to GA, Mannar.
Area Cleared - 112240 Sq Mtrs.
Anti-personnel mines - 1029.
Anti-tank mines - Three.
UXOs - Eight and
Loose detonators - 142.
 23 May Director Operations joined the correspondence course being conducted by UNITAR.
 15 May Demining with local deminers commenced. Strength of expatriates reduced to 11.
 1 May NSCMA issued instructions that locals be employed on demining task and number of expatriates reduced to supervisory staff only. Accordingly 30 locals were selected and their training commenced.
 24 Mar A revision of SOP apropos the training in REDS undertaken.
 16 Feb Documentary film of HORIZON activities released.
 1 Feb Demining team inducted. Composition
Project Manager
Operations Officer
Medical Officer
Deminers - 32 and
Administrative Staff - Eight.
 30 Jan Funding for the demining project for the year approved by Royal Norwegian Embassy.
 22 Jan-29 Jan Training of Team Leaders (Train the Trainers) conducted at Vavuniya by experts under the agies of Norwegian People's Alliance(NPA). Training aimed at mastering the Rakes Excavation Demining System (REDS).