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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.
Nov 18-24, 2007
Gerald D. Feldman, Historian of the Nazis and Finances, Dies at 70
by Douglas Martin
Gerald D. Feldman, an eminent historian of 20th-century German history who
concentrated on the intersection of economics and politics to explore subjects like
the hyperinflation of the 1920s and the cozy relationships between financial
companies and the Nazis, died on Oct. 31 at his home in Berkeley, Calif. He was
NY Times Editorial: Again and Again in the Balkans [NY Times]
The trouble is that these are conflicts with no good guys, and very little spirit of
compromise. The Serbs refuse to admit that Slobodan Milosevic’s repression of
the ethnically Albanian majority lost them Kosovo, which has been administered
since the NATO intervention in 1999 by the United Nations. The Albanians of
Kosovo are woefully unprepared for the independence they demand. The
European Commission reported recently that the Kosovo administration is plagued
by graft, cronyism and organized crime.
An Uncertain Future [TC]
by B. Raman
With the death of S. P. Thamilchelvan, the head of the political wing of the
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), under mysterious circumstances on
November 2, 2007, the Sri Lankan Tamil cause faces an uncertain future.
Iran to Fund Sri Lankan Arms Purchases [TC]
by B. Raman
“Reliable Tamil sources also say that about 12 to 15 members of the Pakistani
Armed Forces, including four or five from the Pakistan Air Force, are stationed in
Colombo to guide the Sri Lankan security forces in their counter-insurgency
operations. The Pakistan Air Force officers have reportedly been guiding the
SLAF officers in effectively carrying out air-mounted operations against the LTTE.
Alienation of Tamils from the Sri Lankan State Continues [FI]
By Jayadeva Uyangoda
Amidst repots of heavy fighting in the Northern Province, the government and the
LTTE appear to be in the act of moving towards a big showdown. President
Rajapaksa, his advisors, and defence officials as well as the government media
are quite open about the military’s readiness to launch an all-out offensive in the
North very soon.
LTTE Must Reconcile with India for the sake of SL.Tamils [TC]
by Dr K Chandradeva
I firmly believe that reconciliation with India is more important than finding a
solution to the current conflict India. Unless India underwrites any political
agreement preferably in collaboration with the Co-chairs of the Sri Lankan peace
process, I do not think this brutal conflict can be effectively brought to an end. It
has always been my unshakable belief that we need the support of India [Contd.]
India Must Ask LTTE to Stop Pursuing Separate State [FI]
By K. Godage
The Indian Finance Minister P. Chidambaram delivering the Lakshman Kadirgamar
Memorial Oration is reported to have said that neither side in the Sri Lanka conflict
could prevail over the other through conflict, and peace must be forged at the
Plain Terrorism And Politically Committed Terrorism [FI]
by Kusal Perera
Terrorism is easy meat these days. Very often with totally incompetent political
leaderships who are also ethnically or religiously egoistic and therefore not
prepared to meet the challenge of finding answers for political issues, “eradicating
terrorism” turns out as a good pasttime.
Decline and Fall of “Col” Karuna in East [TC]
by Shanthi Sachithanandam
Vakarai division, largely jungle tracts crisscrossed with
14 or so villages and little hamlets, situated along the
northern border of Batticaloa District.
Photo Journal: Our Strength is Pen [TW]
by Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai
“Our strength is pen”, We will continue to write, even our hands are chopped”,
“We will not stop writing”. These were some of the slogans shouted during the
protest last week in front of the Fort Railway Station.
A Journey of Hope: Counseling-Prevention of HIV/AIDS [HA]
by Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai
“If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded”-
Maya Angelou - American poet, memoirist, actress and civil rights activist
25 million people have died of AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome)
globally according to a survey carried out recently. The first case of a HIV positive
person was reported in Sri Lanka in 1987. here have been 886 HIV positive
persons reported by June 2007, and 120 died of AIDS according to the National
STD (Sexually Transmitted Diseases) and AIDS Control Programme. Out of which
41% were women. Further out of 886 HIV positive persons, 516 are males and 370
are females. A total of 28 paediatric HIV have been diagnosed in Sri Lanka as end
of June 2006. The male to female ratio is 1:4:1.
On Cloud Nayan [Hindu]
Tamil or Telugu films, Nayanthara is notches above
some of her contemporaries. sreedhar pillai talks to
the star about her new look and forthcoming
I am happy being myself. The day I am not happy
with what I’m doing, I will stop acting
Soaring on the wings of poetry [Hindu]
In his book ‘Devageethikal,’ veteran music director
G. Devarajan says melody should complement the
Every creative endeavour has an interesting story.
CM commends Vairamuthu’s service to
Vairamuthu’s works of poetry are marked by their
depth and relevance to people’s lives, M.
Karunanidhi, Chief Minister, said here on Monday.
The Chief Minister said Mr. Vairamuthu was known
for his longstanding service to the Tamil film
industry through his thoughtful lyrics. He and the
poet often interacted with each other on matters
concerning poetry, Mr. Karunanidhi said.
The Woraiyur wonder [Hindu]
The saris have benefited from the designers’ touch
to attract young buyers and herald changing tastes.
Our designs were inspired by market and other
The saris are called ’Thiruvarangam.’
The Fine Arts Department of Stella Maris College
was engaged in a project with the weavers.
This self effacing suburb seems to cleave to the
town of Tiruchi seeking an identity. But Woraiyur,
an ancient centre of the textile trade, was once full
An Australian Sees a 'War Crime'; Indonesia sees a 'Closed Case'
An Australian coroner concluded Friday that the Indonesian Army killed five
Australia-based journalists at the beginning of its 1975 invasion of East Timor to
prevent news of an Indonesian attack from reaching the outside world.
The inquiry found that the five journalists — Greg Shackleton and Tony Stewart of
Australia, Brian Peters and Malcolm Rennie of Britain, and Gary Cunningham of
New Zealand — were killed by Indonesian forces in the village of Balibo, nearly two
months before the Indonesian Army took over all of East Timor, then a Portuguese
Dorelle Pinch, the deputy state coroner for New South Wales, who conducted the
six-week inquest, said all five journalists were victims of a war crime.
Bharucha - Many splendoured
English Broadcaster [TW]
A colourful Lankan beloning to the Farsi community
in this little isle was Jimmy Bharucha. He was a
veteran broadcaster and household name in this
country where English broadcasting was listened to
by a generation familiar with the language and
western culture - not necessarily the upper class
Understanding the legitimate fears of Sinhala
by D.B.S. Jeyaraj
Recent history shows the Sinhalese are not unalterably
opposed to a fair deal for the minority Tamils. However,
competition between the major Sinhala parties, the
United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom
Party (SLFP), together with the violence and
intransigence of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam
(LTTE), has led President Rajapaksa to adopt a
hard-line nationalist approach.