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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]
Mahinda has
reduced APRC to
a parliamentary
Select Committee
[FI]

by Mano Ganesan

M
ahinda Rajapakse,
soon after he
became president
convened all political
parties represented
in the Parliament to a
conference. It is
called the All Party
Conference (APC).
Kadal Kaditham: Movie
Review in Tamil

by Dushiyanthini
Kanagasabapathipillai
Arts-Culture-Heritage
One Language all over the World….By Poet Vaali [HA]

Language spoken by hearts in love..
Language spoken without sound..
Language of sphere-less divine….
Will there be a third JVP uprising? [TC]

by Dr.Vickramabahu Karunaratne

T
he Government hastily removed the ill-fated health services department circular.
It appeared like a bomb blast, disturbing the entire worker population and it
disappeared before one could say ‘why?’
Maestro Murali: Spin Wizard of Sri Lanka [TC]

by Dr. Baptist Croos F.S.C.

A
nation’s history is embellished by the names of its illustrious sons and daughters
‘its ingenious inventors, chivalrous discoverers, statesmen, painters, scholars,
entrepreneurs, patriots, artistes, sportsmen and the whole gamut of professionals..
Is Democracy Ready for Sri Lanka? [TC]

By Subra S. Massey

A
fter 60 years of freedom from the Europeans Sri
Lanka is fasts becoming an un-democratic and
non-democratic country.
Sri Lanka at Sixty: Fighting the Absolute
Enemy [TC]

by Dayan Jayatilleka

“The only question therefore is this: is there an
absolute enemy and who is it in concreto?”
-Carl Schmitt
The long journey towards real freedom [TC]

by Rt.Rev Duleep de Chickera
"The world is governed by self interest only."
-Johann Friedrich Von Schiller (1759-1805)
German Poet/Dramatist
Elusive wolves caught on camera [BBC]

By Rebecca Morelle
Science reporter, BBC News

Remarkable new footage of Canada's Arctic wolves has been caught on camera
by a BBC crew.

The team managed to film the wolves taking to the water to hunt waterfowl -
behaviour that has never been seen before, according to an expert.

Arctic wolves live in the Canadian Arctic and northern parts of Greenland;
observing them is a difficult task as they rarely interact with humans.
In pictures: Kenyan Rift Valley school [BBC]

Law and order has broken down in Kenya's Rift Valley area since the disputed 27
December presidential election. Head teacher John Langat stands in front of
Fadhili Academy, which was looted and burnt a month ago. He is just thankful the
attack was during the holidays.
What is behind Hindu-Christian violence

By Dan Isaacs
BBC News, Orissa
Peppered with candour [Hindu]

Director-actor Cheran dwells on ‘Pirivom
Sandhipom,’ and other experiences.

Kerala takes pride in its newsmakers, we don't.

Cheran doesn’t mince words. Ask the actor-director
about the National Award that his ‘Thavamai
Thavamirundhu’ bagged for the Best Family Film, or
the Best Regional Film honour Malayalam maker T.
V.Chandran’s Tamil attempt ‘Aadum Koothu’ in
which he played hero opposite Navya Nair received,
he is piqued.
Blast from Blast [Hindu]

Seva Sadanam 1938

M. S. Subbulakshmi, F. G. Natesa Iyer, S.
Varalakshmi
MGR award for poet Vaali [Hindu]

Speakers led by P.R. Gokulakrishnan, former Chief
Justice of Gujarat, paid rich tributes to the signal
contribution made by former Chief Minister of Tamil
Nadu M.G. Ramachandran for the growth of the
Dravidian movement in Tamil Nadu.
A saviour act - (Asoka) [Newstodaynet]

Vijayakanth did it. Arjun did it. Now it is the turn of
actor-director Prem to do it. Taking cue from his
predecessors, Prem plays a saviour act rescuing
the life of Indian Prime Minister from the hands of
ultras.

With enough bullets and bomb shells, he achieves
his task in Asoka. A patriotic film in Tamil means
terrorists from Jammu and Kashmir  hellbent on
dividing the country. A flurry of dialogues on Mother
India,  unity and brotherhood. Asoka has everything
in it.
Back to basics -- (Thangam) [Newstodaynet]

Sathyaraj is back to do what he knows the best -
being part of a commercial entertainer in the
company of Goundamani that is set in rural milieu.
The two had teamed up before to render several
such hilarious entertainers.

Thangam is one more addition to the long list of
‘typical Sathyaraj’ films that were made in 1990s.
Set in a village in southern Tamilnadu, Sathyaraj
plays a doting brother, caring son and a lovable
husband.
Canada PM issues Afghan ultimatum [BBC]

Canada has told US President George W Bush
that it will withdraw its troops from Afghanistan next
year unless Nato deploys more soldiers there.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is demanding that
a further 1,000 Nato troops be sent to Kandahar
province where Canada's 2,500 troops are based.
In Pictures: Seeking Independence [NYTimes]

The Caribbean island of San Andrés has long
been a subject of dispute between Nicaragua and
Colombia. Today, Colombia lays claim to the land,
while Nicaragua is allowed to fish in its waters.
In Pictures: Weekend in Cape Town,
South Africa [NY Times]

In Cape Town everything plays second fiddle to
Table Mountain, the city's 3,051-foot icon. So join
the hordes of tourists who take the rotating cable
car to the top. The views of the city and the
spectacular landscape beyond the mountain's
south flank are both awe-inspiring and a grand
orientation for the first-time visitor.
In Pictures: Potential Change for a Crucial
Habitat [NY Times]

A view of the Sierra del Rosario National Park, 50
miles west of Havana, Cuba. The country's
mountains, forests, swamps and marine areas are
rich in plants and animals, some of which are
found nowhere else on earth.
Sarkozy and Bruni marry in Paris [BBC]

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has married his
girlfriend, former model-turned-singer Carla Bruni,
in Paris, an official statement said.
Bangladesh's majestic dolphins at risk

By Alastair Lawson
BBC News, in the Sunderbans of Bangladesh

Seeing the river dolphins of Bangladesh is not
something that is easily forgotten.  
Sri Lankan Tamils after Sixty Years of
Independence I [TC]

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

S
ixty is a magic number in the Hindu astrological
calendar. Each year has a distinctive name.The
names for these years number sixty . All years come
and go in a cycle of sixty. So people born in a
particular year will find themselves celebrating their
sixtieth birthday in the year with the same name.
Buddhism, Nationalism and Politics [FI]

By Dr. S. Narapalasingam

O
n 4 February 2008, Sri Lanka will be in the 60th year
of independence. Although the Government will
celebrate the day pompously, the people carrying the
burden of the internal war and the high cost of living
will have little cause to rejoice.