Kayts, also known as "Layden" in Dutch, is a small island off the coast of minority
Sri Lankan Tamildominated Jaffna Peninsulain the North of Sri Lanka. It is also sometimes referred to as "Velanai". Kayts is also the name of an important village within the Island. There are number of other villages within the island such as Allaipiddy, Naranthanai and Karampon.
It is divided into 9 wards and each ward represented by a councilor in the local municipal council. The majority of the people are
Hindusalong with a minority of Muslimsand Christians. There are number of Hindu Temples along with a Church and a Mosque. The island is also served by a dozen schools. Waithilingham Duraiswamya well known member of parliament during the British colonial period and his son Yogendra Duraiswamya Hindu activist and well known diplomat were born in Kayts.
1983Kayts Island has also been the scene of violence as part of the ongoing Sri Lankan civil warincluding the Allaipiddy massacre[ [http://www.atimes.com/ind-pak/CI29Df03.html Asia Times: Chapter 8: Pan Sinhalese board of ministers - A Sinhalese ploy : Cheap Car Rentals and Cheap Airline Tickets ] ] [ [http://www.uthr.org/SpecialReports/spreport2.htm Special Report No.2 ] ]
* [http://velanai.com/ Velanai community portal]
* [http://www.humanitarianinfo.org/srilanka/catalogue/Files/Map%20Centre/Geographic%20Maps/Administrative%20Maps/LK00956_Admin_Jaffna_Velanai_3.pdf Map of Velanai]
* [http://books.google.lk/books?id=MrBi0ghiZN0C&pg=PA144&lpg=PA144&dq=Kayts+Islands&source=web&ots=-Q_M0bza7C&sig=kIkCqhAo3ubK4Sp4tas7jhrYRdg&hl=en A Visit to Indian Ocean's Kayts Islands]
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