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October
  2007
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
refugee camps.
Sri Lanka’s Neglected Population

IMC's mobile clinics bring health care to those
who need it most

By Sonia Walia

I
n recent years, the coastal region of Trincomalee in eastern Sri Lanka has been buffeted
by civil war and natural disaster.
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October 14 - 20, 2007
TamilWeek Archives
Sinhalization of
Ravana and
Un-deification of
Rama [TC]

By: Dr.Rajasingham
Narendran
Sri Lanka’s
homemade
political
constitutions [FI]

By Dr. S.
Narapalasingam
UNP’s double U-
turn on devolution
[TC]

by Rajan Philips
The Sri Lanka
Muslim Congress:
The Logic of
Politics [TC]

by Dr. A.R.M. Imtiyaz
TW News-Featutes
TW Current
Recent Features
Sri Chinmoy, Athletic Spiritual Leader, Dies at 76 [NY Times]

Sri Chinmoy, the genial Indian-born spiritual leader who used strenuous
exercise and art to spread his message of world harmony and inner peace, died
Thursday at his home in Jamaica, Queens, where he ran a meditation center.
He was 76.

Mr. Chinmoy spread his philosophy through his own way of life, exercising and
creating art and music. He drew attention by power-lifting pickup trucks and
public figures like Muhammad Ali and Sting. He said he had drawn 16 million
“peace birds.”
High Tea, India Style [NY Times]
" The fulness of life
Lies in dreaming and manifesting
The impossible dreams. "
- Sri Chinmoy, Philosopher, Guru (1931-2007)
Fair comment and objectivity in Journalism [TW]

by K. S. Sivakumaran

L
et me talk about something we all Journalists know. But first I wish to reiterate
certain principles. May I quote from some experienced journalists abroad.

Since I started working with The Island in the 1980s (I was there for about 10
years, I have had the opportunity of reading every editorial of the paper. The
senior editors I worked with were Vijitha Yapa, Gamini Weerakoon, and Ajith
Samaranayake. They were excellent editors and their editorials were objective
although the stance they took at times might not have been to my liking. On a
few occasions, during Vijitha Yapa’s editorship, yours truly, too, wrote a couple
of editorials of the paper in the capacity of a senior journalist.

The present editor of The Island, Prabath Sahabandu though relatively young
invariably writes fine editorials based on justice, righteousness, objectivity and
logical reasoning. This is not my estimate alone, but the opinion of many
readers who have expressed their views in print. As a freelancer now I continue
to write to The Island, The Daily News, The Daily Mirror and The Nation, apart
from writing to Thamil newspapers like the Thinakutal, Thinakaran, and
Virakesari.
The latest on ‘Dasavatharam’ [Hindu]

Film buffs may not know how many of the 10 avatars
in ‘Dasavatharam’ actor Kamal Haasan is done with,
but titbits about the film have been doing the rounds
among his fans’ circle.

An official press release issued by the crew recently
said two songs remained to be shot and that the
audio launch would be held this month. The songs
will be shot in Chennai at sets art director Thotta
Tharani has been constructing at a cost of Rs. 3
crore. Himesh Reshammiya has scored the music for
the film
In the skin of a lion [Hindu]

Michael Ondaatje on his new book Divisadero, the
art of editing and what’s currently blowing the
top of his head off
.

yes, and the intensity, but there’s also the easy or
laughter and the accent that could be from anywhere
laughter and the accent that could be from anywhere
or nowhere at all. Ondaatje was born in Sri Lanka
relocated to Canadaand spent his early years there
before moving to England with his mother in 1954. In
1962 he relocated to Canada
A Humble Appeal by Muttur Muslims [FI]

Although Muttur is a multi ethnic and multi cultural division in the Trincomalee
district, Muslims are the majority. In the past Muslims have lived with other
ethnic groups, mainly the Tamils and adopted a peaceful approach even
though they have been victimised several times.

The exodus from Muttur in August 4th 2006 due to shelling from both sides
resulted in the masses of Muttur camping in Kantalai. After 33 days the armed
forces made the people return to Muttur, not heeding the will of the people who
refused to go back due to the volatile situation. It is one year since the return of
the people of Muttur and the situation in Muttur has not yet come back to
normalcy.
One step forward, two steps back [TC]

by Pradeep Peiris & Anupama M. Ranawana

Ranil Wickremasinghe has been labelled as the United National Party’s most
unsuccessful leader to date. Whether you agree with this statement or not, it is
a solid fact that this gentleman has lost a total of twelve elections during his
tenure as UNP chief. Mrs. Kumaratunge probably felt rather blessed to have
him as opposition leader during her presidential years, but her ex-colleague
Mahinda Rajapakse seems to have benefited the most from Wickremasinghe,
as the latter’s track record as opposition leader is currently at its worst point.
Not only was he unable to portray the image of an aggressive opponent, but he
has also had no luck picking the right and timely issue against the government,
wasting time playing petty politics with Bhikkus and Benz cars and so on. With
Mangala Samaraweera’s defection, Wickremasinghe is now attempting to
create a unified opposition under the umbrella of the Jathika Sabhava. As a
step towards this he recently announced his abandonment of the federal
proposal. And once again, things backfire.
“People aren’t afraid of federalism” - Mangala [FI]

What do you do when your politics collide with your principles? If you are the
UNP, from the looks of it, you abandon principle and let politics rule.

But what of the UNP’s key ally and head of the SLFP (M) Mangala
Samaraweera?
HIV rise blamed on belief in cure [BBC]

A false belief among young HIV patients that the virus can be cured is fuelling a
rise in infection levels, a specialist has claimed.
Dr Veerakathy Harindra says a quarter of his young HIV patients wrongly believe
a cure has already been found.
The U.S. and Sri Lanka: Assessing Progress [TW]

Ambassador Blake’s Remarks to the American Chamber of Commerce Lunch -
October 9, 2007 Cinnamon Grand, Colombo:

Fellow Chamber Members, Ladies and Gentleman,

It is a pleasure to be here to address you again today, approximately one year
since my last luncheon with you. I always appreciate an invitation from the
Chamber to speak with you.

To the members of the press, let me assure you that the Embassy will release
the full text of my remarks right after this lunch. One thing I have learned
during the last year is that even my remarks at private meetings seem to end
up in the press so getting my side of what I actually said is very important!

First let me thank and commend the Board, Executive Director Gordon Glick
and the staff of the American Chamber of Commerce for your continued
outstanding work to promote greater trade and investment between the U.S.
and Sri Lanka.
12 Years on with No Independent Reporting Allowed from Jaffna
[TW]

says Sri Lanka Media Rights Group The Free Media Movement in a Press
years of its rule, that shows there is real problem that needs to be addressed,”,
FMM also points out to the earlier assertion by International Freedom of
Expression Mission on Sri Lanka that Jaffna is one of the most dangerous
places in the world today for media and journalism.
'No access' to Arbour in Jaffna [Sandeshaya]

Civilians affected by the escalated hostilities in the northern Sri Lankan
peninsular were prevented from meeting a top UN rights official, Jaffna
residents said.
At 13, Gajan Sivabalasingham is already a
golf phenom [Toronto Star]

This swinging sensation may seem like a regular
Web-surfing teen, but he isn't dubbed 'Little Tiger' for
nothing
“Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka share rich
cinema tradition” [Hindu]

Sri Lankan Deputy High Commissioner in southern
India P. M. Amza on Friday invited film producers and
directors to choose Sri Lanka as a location for film
shooting.

The scenic locales that the country offers have
encouraged several production companies to shoot
films there and the Sri Lankan government is keen on
more such collaborations, Mr. Amza said at the
inauguration of a Sri Lankan film festival here.

“Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka share a rich tradition of
cinema,” Mr. Amza said. Even today, post-production
of many Sri Lankan films is done in Chennai to
achieve superior technical quality.
P. Susheela records a song after 13 years

After a 13-year-haitus, veteran playback singer P.
Susheela has recorded a song for the movie ‘Sila
nerangalil,’ set to tune by Srikant Deva. The lyrics
have been written by Vairamuthu.

Susheela began her career in 1952 and has won
several accolades in the first phase of her career
spread across four decades. She was the national
award winner for best playback singer in 1969, 1971,
1977, 1982 and 1983.
Display of religious and non-religious idols
[HA]

by Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai

"N
avathaniyam"- nine grains are planted in a clay pot
during "Navarathri". The nine grains are "Nell"-
Paddy, "Ell"- Sesame, "Koll"- Horse gram, "Payaru"-
Green gram, "Uzhunthu"- Black gram, "Solam"-
Maize, "Irungu"- another variety of grain, "Samai"-
Millet, and "Kurakkan"- another variety of grain.
These nine grains are grown for prosperity
Tea-Cup Tempest Subsides as CWC Returns
to Govt Ranks [FI]

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

“P
ona Machan Indru Thirumbi Vanthane -
Poomanathode - Ennidam Puthumanathode” (My
cousinn who went away has returned to me today with a
fresh, flowery fragrance).

These well - known lines from a very old Tamil film song
sung by P. Leela came to my mind when I saw pictures
of the Ceylon Workers Congress returning to
Government ranks on Thursday October 11th. The five
MP’s of the CWC were now back hovering around the
President like the “Mahabharatha”s Panchapandavas
surrounding their consort Draupadhy.
Will “Col” Karuna Re-Appear Dramatically or
Simply Disappear? [TC]

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

“C
olonel” Karuna the erstwhile Eastern regional
commander of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam
(LTTE) is reportedly in Europe.Karuna whose real
name is Vinayagamoorthy Muraleetharan revolted
against the LTTE in March 2004 and formed the break-
away group called the Tamil Eelam Makkal Viduthalai
Puligal (Tamil Eelam People Liberation Tigers).
Letter to Madame Louise Arbour [FI]

We are sure that you are well aware of the history of
human rights violations in Sri Lanka and of the various
recommendations made oover the years by special
mechanisms of the UN human rights system.
Ramadan: some thoughts [MJ]

By Dr. A. R. M. Imtiyaz
Statement by Ms. Louise Arbour, UN High
Commissioner for Human Rights

[Full Text of OHCHR Press Release]
Media Talk: Sri Lanka - the Forgotten War?

How does the media cover this ongoing conflict?
Conducted by George Arney, former BBC
Correspondent, Sri Lanka
[Frontline club]