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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.
October 21 - 27, 2007
|~ Opinion ~
The UNP Stance
Fear of partition may lead to peace [FI]
By Dr. A. R. M. Imtiyaz
There was speculation in Colombo that the Liberation
Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the major ethno-political
movement of the Sri Lankan Tamils, is planning to
declare the formation of a separate state for the Tamils
in Sri Lanka’s violent North and East on January 18,
2008. Sri Lanka’s violent conflict between the Tamils
and the Sinhalese has denied its people an opportunity
to embrace ethnic peace.
UN’s Louise Arbour concerned about human
rights violations [IRIN]
M. Malaravan, a young doctor from the Sri Lankan
capital, Colombo, has been trying to wake up from a
terrible, 10-month nightmare: Since 15 December
2006, he has been searching frantically for his father-
in-law who went missing after attending an academic
conference in Colombo.
The disappearance of Professor S. Raveedranath,
vice-chancellor of the Eastern University of Sri Lanka
in Batticaloa District and Malaravan’s father-in-law,
has been the most high-profile abduction case
reported in the last 20 months.
Sri Lankans want a larger say in building
by Amjad Mohamed-Saleem
There's an old saying in Malay: "When you grow, grow
like rice, for as rice grows, it bends forward; do not
grow like grass, for as grass grows, it grows straight."
The essence is that humility is the key to development.
Being part of a reconstruction process in a country
devastated by natural and man-made disasters can
colour the lens through which you view the situation.
Often we make the mistake of thinking we have all the
answers and solutions for every problem.
Sri Lanka on brink of all-out war [BBC]
By Ethirajan Anbarasan
"Sri Lankan forces are now focusing on the nerve
centre of the rebels. Since their rear base is under
threat, the Tigers have to break out militarily at some
point," says analyst DBS Jeyaraj.
The pattern is clear. Both sides exchange heavy
artillery fire in the Forward Defence Lines (FDLs),
separating their forces. Heavy aerial bombardment is
followed by military incursions.
Hidden Agenda for Demographic Change in
by D.B.S. Jeyaraj
The “Panchamahabalavegaya” or five great forces that
brought SWRD Bandaranaike to power in 1956
comprised the Buddhist priests, Ayurveda physicians,
teachers,agriculturists and workers. There is a “Nava
Panchabalavegaya” at work now that seeks to
“Sinhalaise” Trincomalee district in particular and the
Eastern Province in general.
Who’s Afraid of Louise Arbour and the UN
Human Rights Council?[FI]
by D.B.S. Jeyaraj
Who’s afraid of Louise Arbour the United Nations High
Commissioner for Human Rights?
Very few in Sri Lanka if reported responses to her visit
are any indication!
Mahinda Samarasinghe rules out emphatically the
questions of establishing a UN country office and setting
up a field mission in Sri Lanka; the indefatigable peace
secretariat chief Rajiva Wijesinghe says she is being
kicked about like a political football and urges her to
issue a statement.
‘Win the people to defeat LTTE completely’- V. Anandasangaree [TC]
by Lynn Ockersz
Winning the confidence of the people in the “cleared areas” by the government
and restoring to them all that they have lost is a key to defeating the terror
campaign of the LTTE, President, Tamil United Liberation Front, and ex-MP V.
Anandasangaree reveals in this interview with ‘The Island”.
The veteran Tamil politician said that a principal tragedy affecting Sri Lanka today
is the lack of fellow feeling among sections of the people as a result of escalating
violence. He said that, although fortunately, ethnic violence is on the wane, fear
and tension in the lives of the people are on the increase. Indicating the
inadequacy of a military solution to the conflict, he said a political solution should
go hand-in-hand with military action by the state.
SLMC Not Bound with Any Party [TC]
by Shanika Sriyananda
Congress (SLMC) says that they had joined the government as both parties have a
collective vision to develop the country but is not a slave of any of the state
policies. The Leader of the SLMC and Minister of Posts and Telecommunication
Rauff Hakeem, who is now clamouring for acquiring more ‘power’ as a minister and
ready to end the ‘UPFA - SLMC marriage’ when he is unhappy with the way the
government treat them, told the Sunday Observer that the SLMC is not
permanently bound with any political party. He said that the SLMC would never let
down the Mahinda Rajapaksa government until it secures the best interest of the
Jesus was of Tamil descent: Scholar [TC]
Dr Vartak said Jesus Christ’s forefathers had migrated to Jerusalem from India and
they were Tamils. To support his statement he said the last words uttered by Christ
at the time of certification were Tamil words.
Dr Vartak said in one of the portraits kept in Vatican City, Christ was depicted
wearing dhoti. The picture of Christ also shows that he had a ‘Janiwaram,’ he said
adding that Christ had a sister whose name was ‘Thamar’ which in Tamil means
Ernest Withers, Civil Rights Photographer, Dies at 85 [NY Times]
Ernest C. Withers, a photographer whose voluminous catalog of arresting black-
and-white images illustrates a history of life in the segregated South in the 1950s
and ’60s, from the civil rights movement to the Beale Street music scene, died on
Monday in Memphis. He was 85.
The cause was complications of a stroke, said his son Joshua, of Los Angeles.
Rich haul at rock-art site in Tamil Nadu [Hindu]
A cavern filled with ancient rock paintings has been
discovered at Puthurmalai, 6 km from Usilampatti in
Madurai district in Tamil Nadu. Malaipatti is the
The paintings include human figures dancing,
marching, hunting and riding on animals, scenes of
chase and unidentified animals. Others include
geometrical designs and abstract paintings.
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Last week, the hot and happening heroine of Tamil
cinema Shriya Saran created a tremor in Kollywood
when she agreed to do an item number with
comedian-turned-hero Vadivel in Indiralokathil Na
Azhagappan! ‘Item number’ in our films means
dancing to a sizzling song by a top female star, who
is not part of the film; she usually dances with the
hero and provides entertainment to viewers.
Making progress steadily, surely
When Shaam beams and warmly welcomes you with
‘Hey, come in,’ you wonder if you had been to
school or college with him. In a few minutes, he’s
telling you what he did when he failed in Class VI: He
hid under the cot, happily munchin g apples, when
the entire household was frantically searching for
him. He finally came out when he was sure they’d
only be too glad to see him.
“I have not forgotten what my father said then:
Never run away from failure. Fight it. And, I repeated
A life full of surprises
Nothing was planned says actor Dhanush. Not
even his career in films, his marriage to
Rajnikant’s daughter or anything else
He was the scrawny teenager with a ‘born loser’
look on his face in his first two films. Girls wanted to
mother him and the boys felt no threat. It’s with the
super success of “Thiruda Thirudi” that his stock
shot up. Th ere were a couple of turkeys like ‘Sullan’
but typical of today’s youngsters he doesn’t mind
taking on dark characters. He was outstanding in
“Pudhupettai” a stark, unwavering look into Chennai’
s underbelly. The film flopped but will be rated as a
classic in the years to come.
Padmapriya speaks up [Rediff]
A normal day on the sets of a Tamil film Mirugam
was rocked by a shocking incident where an award
winning actress was slapped in front of an entire
unit by her director.
The crime? Because the actress didn't get her
Outraged by this behaviour, the Tamil Film
Producers Council, Nadigar Sangam and Film
Federation of South India have banned the Tamil
director Samy, from making films for one year as
they felt it affected the reputation of the Tamil film
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