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"There are two things born from mountains, shining so brilliantly that the great bow down, driving darkness from earth circled by
roaring waters. One is the flaming sun, single wheel bright as lightning, the other is Tamil that has no like." — from the
taNTiyalankârum [Berkeley Tamil]
Ramakrishna Mission appeal
re: Sri Lanka IDPs
Due to recent eruption of violence in the eastern part of Sri Lanka , 72,000 people have
been displaced from Vaharai, Sampoor and Muthur. Among the displaced 17700 are
children of whom 10500 are school going. 41,500 (1160 families) people are in 61
Sri Lanka’s Neglected Population
IMC's mobile clinics bring health care to those
who need it most
By Sonia Walia
In recent years, the coastal region of Trincomalee in eastern Sri Lanka has been
buffeted by civil war and natural disaster.
Dec 9 - 15, 2007
Critical northern crossing point in Sri Lanka under pressure [IRIN]
The Omanthai crossing point 190km north of the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, is
the only gateway currently open between areas controlled by the Sri Lankan
government and those controlled by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE),
and traffic through this key transit point falls off sharply each time the security
Tun-Sinhale-The Best Devolution Model for Sri Lanka [FI]
by Dr. Sudath Gunasekara
Today we are passing through one of the most critical periods in the history of this
island nation. Political treachery and conspiracies, naivetes and stupidity and
administrative bungling over the past few decades have already made this
Paradise Island a land of abject poverty and uncertainty. Added to this legacy of
miserable postcolonial governance today we are wedged between a terrorist war
waged by a misguided minority group of Tamils on the one hand and an extremely
chaotic and uncertain political environment on the other
G.L. Peiris, Jayantha Dhanapala and ‘R2P’ [FI]
By Tissa Jayatilaka
I offer the following comments as a citizen of our
deeply troubled country with the caveat that my places
of work be not held responsible in any way for them.
I was present at an event held on the 15th of
November organised by the International Centre for
Ethnic Studies, Colombo, The United Nations Country
Office in Sri Lanka and the UNDP Regional Office for
Asia to mark the UN Day that fell on 24 October.
Federalism as a concept cannot be static [FI]
By Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India
The Indian Prime Minister discusses the concept of “Unity in Diversity” as the
driving principles of the Indian Federal system and argues that this is not static
and each country needs to adapt itself to the changes that serve them best:
Malaysian Indians: a disadvantaged community [FI]
by V. Suryanarayan
The unprecedented November 2007 demonstration by Malaysian Indians before
the British High Commission in Kuala Lumpur, under the sponsorship of the Hindu
Rights Action Force (Hindraf), has brought into sharp focus the pathetic situation
in which the Indian community finds itself today.
In pictures: India's Dalits gather [BBC]
Nearly 500,000 members of India's Dalit caste gathered in Mumbai to pay homage
to Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar, who fought for Dalit rights. (Text, photos: Prachi
In pictures: Maasai ceremony
Tanzania's Maasai males become men through the elaborate ritual of the Eunoto
ceremony, held just once every 15 years.
This is when the junior warriors or morani, are promoted to the ranks of the
Simon Mangunda's brother, Matayao is helping him to get ready for the ceremony:
"I'm excited about this important time in my life."
A hug from Amma
By Mario Cacciottolo
When it comes to being tactile, the British are notoriously, well, hands-off. So what
leads hundreds of people to travel to a giant hall in London all for a hug?
Seasonal Debate Rages Over Loveliest Branches [NY Times]
By J. Michael Kennedy
Last year, an estimated 9.3 million artificial trees were sold in the United States, up
2 million from five years ago. And while the real tree harvest was triple that, the
numbers are of major concern for growers because artificial trees can be used
year after year.
Maestro Amaradeva: Golden voice is 80
By MJR David
BBC Sinhala Service
Many Many years ago a little boy with curly hair was
carried on the shoulders of his friends for wining
them a gold medal for singing in a inter -school
The lads of Koralawella were singing praise for little
Albert for the fame he had bought them and the sea
side village of Koralawella, Moratuwa, little knowing
that in the years to come he would entice the nation
with his melodious voice.
Master storyteller [Hindu]
La. Sa. Ra. brought a new dimension to both the
language and the content of Tamil fiction.
Whether he wrote about spiritual sojourns or the
physical intensity of desire and lust, he never failed
to convey the depth and weight of the experience.
Stunning visuals, that’s about it --
Granted, the backdrops are splendid, the camera
angles astounding and chromatic tones stunning.
Congratulations to Vengal Ravi (art), and R.B.
Gurudev and Vetri (camera) for the effort. But do
these suffice to make a film watch-worthy? ita films’ ;
‘Rameswaram’ (U) has laudable technical
assistance holding aloft a love line that’s run-of-the-
mill. Jeevan (Jeeva) and his grand father are part of
a group of Sri Lankan refugees, which arrives in
Rameswaram, to escape the tumult on their island.
A philanthropist (Lal) lends a helping hand and his
daughter, Vasanthi (Bhavna) who gives little
thought to repercussions, in typical ‘Kadhal’ style,
ensnares Jeevan. He wards off the attention but
eventually gives in.
Tamil Cinema: Stargazing
Workouts pay off
Vijay Antony's compositions for the Nakul-Sunaina
starrer, `Kadhalil Vizhundhaen,' are out. The glossy
audio release invite made quite an impression. None
can forget Nakul, the roly-poly brother of Devyani,
who debuted in Shankar's `Boys.' But his
transformation into hero material is incredible. He
lost more than 20 kg after he began working in
`Kadhalil .' And during the period of shoot he has
shed a few kilos more. "His sweating it out at the
gym has paid off richly. His re-launch vehicle has a
solid storyline. It's about a young man given to
delusions. He lives in an illusory world . I don't to
reveal more," the unit hand stops midway with a
Government humiliates Tamils in deliberate
by D.B.S. Jeyaraj
Tamil people living in Colombo, suburbs and several
outstation areas underwent a humiliating ordeal last
week. In what seemed a Lankan variation of a
Western cattle roundup, more than 3,000 Tamils were
rounded up and herded into various places of
detention over a three-day period.
The Whole Nine Yards [OutlookIndia]
A 50,000 shade sari? A 3D sari? A 1276 feet long
sari? And now a sari costing Rs 40 lakhs --
encrusted with different precious stones, and the
impression of 11 paintings of Raja Ravi Verma
woven into it!
In these days of retail therapy, it's not easy to get
eyeball attention if you are in the business of selling
silk saris. Shoppers are tired of the Kanjeevarams
that they see in every shop and are always on the
look out for something that is eye-catching.
Chennai Silks seems to have come up with