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Jan  20-26, 2008
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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
[Berkeley Tamil]
Urgent Need For UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission In Sri Lanka

by Rohini Hensman

he abrogation of the Ceasefire Agreement of 2002 by the government of Sri
Lanka, and impending departure of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission established
under it, impart an added urgency to the need for a UN human rights monitoring
mission in Sri Lanka. Without such a presence, an already unacceptable level of
human rights violations will only become worse.
The West is Not the International Community [FI]

Ambassador Dayan Jayatilleka replies Rohini Hensman:

Ms Rohini Hensman has just penned a piece which contains around ten
references to me, either by name or designation. I shall content myself by
correcting the most obvious falsehoods.
Historical Tolerance and Acceptance of Minority Communities in Sri Lanka

by Amjad Mohamed Saleem

here’s something rather strange about hearing “Frosty the Snowman” belting out
on a loudspeaker when it’s 90 degrees outside, or seeing a skinny Santa dancing
to the tune of ‘Baila’ at one of Colombo’s shopping centres
Blindness Of Sinhala Demagogues And Tamil Liberators [TC]

by H. L. Seneviratne

n his laudable and forward looking article , Bhikkhu Walpola Piyananda reports
the story of a Sinhalese boy who in a previous birth was a Tamil girl. Bhikkhu
Piyananda is, quite rightly, trying to show how meaningless, and perhaps, in
Buddhist sense, how ephemeral, labels like Sinhala and Tamil are.
JVP Youth to take to the jungle in 2008? [TC]

by Dr. Vickramabahu Karunaratne

ast week I was not feeling well and was unable to participate in the funeral
procession of the late Maheswaran, MP, the fourth Tamil leader to be killed after
Kumar Ponnambalam, Pararajasingham and Raviraj. All of them could speak in
both Sinhala and English and explain the Tamil national problem, especially to the
Sinhala people.
The APRC, Power Sharing and the 13th Amendment [FI]

by Prof.Rajiva Wijesinha

he Peace Secretariat is surprised at the barrage of criticism directed recently at
attempts to initiate a political solution to the country’s current problems through
the All Party Representative Committee.
Violence Unleashed by the Para Military
Group in Muslim Areas [FI]

Statement by Federation Of Kattankudy Mosques and
Muslim Institutions:
Legitimate, Practical & with Precedence [FI]

by Arvalan

“The only alternative to coexistence is co-destruction.”
-Jawaharlal Nehru
Britain 'has a right' to interfere [Sandeshaya]

Many international actors, including Great Britain, are
concerned of the escalating violence in Sri Lanka, a
senior British MP said.
President of the Liberal Democrat party, Simon
Hughes, MP told BBC Sandeshaya that what happens
in Sri Lanka is of importance to UK and the
Commonwealth as well as for many other countries.
“Our loyalties must transcend our race,
our tribe, our class, and our nation;
and this means we must develop a world perspective.

- Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-68), American civil rights leader
APRC in Quandary Over Future as Jan 23
Deadline Draws Near [FI]

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

he All Party Representative Committee (APRC) is
facing a practical dilemma as D -day or January 23rd
draws near!

The APRC chaired by Science and Technology
minister Prof. Tissa Vitarana is in a quandary about
what it’s future course of action should be in terms of
presenting a final report on Constitutional reform to
President Mahinda Rajapakse on Jan 23rd.
Bombs and bullets greet end of ceasefire [IRIN]

Bleak humanitarian, economic outlook

If the situation slides further, countries, including EU
members, may impose economic sanctions,
Muttukrishna Sarvananthan, a Colombo-based
economist said.
In Pictures: The Struggle for Palm Oil [NYTimes]

In the developing world, cooking oil is an important source of calories and
represents one of the biggest cash outlays for poor households. A steep rise in
prices for palm oil has forced many families in Dharavi, a sprawling slum in
Mumbai, India, to use less oil or even cut back on food.
In Pictures: Educating India's Poor [NYTimes]

More Indian children are in school than ever before, but the quality of public
schools such as the one in Lahtora, in the background, has sunk to spectacularly
low levels.
Happy times of a veteran [Hindu]

MEET The year will usher in a string of interesting
releases for ‘Thalaivaasal’ Vijay.
Blast from the past

Bhama Vijayam 1934

Maharajapuram Krishnamurthy, G. N.
Balasubramaniam, P. S. Ratna Bai, P. S. Saraswathi

Another musician who entered films was G. N.
Balasubramaniam, (GNB), one of the giants in the
Carnatic music world.
Film Review: Slice of life [Hindu]

Nearly 32 characters stomp the beautiful Chettinad
home on screen, and a few make you sit up and
take notice of them in Gnanam Films’ Pirivom
Sandhipom (U), written and directed by Karu.
Pazhaniappan. In a story backed by aut henticity
and natural underplay of emotions, you can’t expect
racy action or filmi logic. So Pirivom … is not for
those who feed on commercial spread. Soft as
Vidyasagar’s lilting refrains in the titles the film is a
welcome change for viewers who eschew the
formula format. Agreed, Pirivom … is slow, but in
portrayal of day-to-day life on the remote hills near
Coimbatore, what racy action can you expect?
Shriya's outfit enrages Hindu organisation

A local Hindu organisation in Chennai has lodged a
police complaint against actress Shriya, who starred
opposite Rajnikanth [Images] in the Tamil
blockbuster, Sivaji-The Boss, objecting to the outfit
(in the picture) worn by her during the 175th day
celebration of the film.
Testing patience - (Vazhthugal) [newstoday]

Seeman has taken us back to early 1940s and 50s,
when the movies had dialogues in chaste Tamil.

In Vazhthugal (the story too is as old), the hero
starts telephonic conversations to his parents with a
formal Vanakkam, in the airport he asks for
Guns and bruises - (Bheema) [newstoday]

After a long delay, Bheema finally made it to
theatres amidst hype and hoopla. The movie had
generated a lot of interest among the audience for it
is Vikram’s first movie after two years.

It has big names like director Lingusamy and music
director Harris Jayaraj.
Food from the streets of India [newstoday]

South Indian cuisine has been providing
gastronomical delights to food connoisseurs across
the globe for decades.

The delicate tempering, pungent spices and the
mouthwatering textures on offer from the southern
region have heightened interest in the cuisine and
endorsed millions of followers to its repertoire.
New shopping malls cater to South Asian
market [The Globe and Mail]

by V. Radhika

s Toronto's complexion increasingly acquires
brown hues, developers are responding with
shopping-mall projects that cater to the
fastest-growing segments of the new Canadian
market. While the Gerrard India Bazaar, on Gerrard
Street East between Greenwood and Coxwell,
remains a one-stop shop for all things South Asian,
shopping destinations are also being built further
out toward the suburbs.

The latest project is T. Junction - pronounced T-dot
junction, with the initial doing double duty for
Toronto and Tamil. Touted as North America's first
Tamil shopping plaza, its foundation stone is to be
dedicated tomorrow near Eglinton Avenue and
Warden Avenue in Scarborough.

T. Junction is the third project in Scarborough aimed
at shoppers looking for South Asian specialties,
joining the completed (but not yet occupied) GTA
Square on Finch Avenue East near Markham Road
and the planned Sitara at McNicoll Avenue and
Markham Road.
Documenting an art form that has vanished


Though cinema is more than 100 years old in India
it is receiving some scholarly attention only recently.
There was this issue with high art and low art.
Golden triangle [Hindu]

The north-central plains
of Sri Lanka, called the
nation’s Cultural
Triangle, is home to
many UNESCO world
heritage sites.

by Dr. Rajiva Wijesinha
Theoretical understanding of the death of
truce [FI]

by Dr. A.R.M. Imtiyaz

hy?” That was the question raised by many Sri
Lankan watchers - and others — when they were
stunned by the decision of the Mahinda Rajapaksa
administration to terminate the February 2002
ceasefire agreement signed with the Liberation Tigers
of Tamil Eelam (LTTE),
Will the guns go silent? [TC]

by SD

uestions after questions come pouring into my mind
disturbing an already disturbed mind. I was at the
Tinakural Rest and had very little sleep. Being
disturbed by constant shelling.
Remembering the
legacy of Ms.
Nahammal Kasipillai

by Dushiyanthini